Course Descriptions – High School

Language Arts

9th Grade English: World Literature (Two semester course)
This course is designed to offer a variety of non-fiction literature with an emphasis on themes that pertain to social issues surrounding the author’s time period. Students will work on developing skills in the area of not only reading texts, but using evidence to support claims in writing. Students will be required to write explanatory and persuasive essays, building on the conventions of the English language. The course will cover fiction and non-fiction texts poetry, philosophy, and concepts from the greatest century in the history of civilization.

9th Grade: Honors English (Two semester course)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
This course is designed to offer an in-depth study of non-fiction literature with an emphasis on themes that pertain to social issues surrounding the author’s time period. Students will develop high level skills in the area of not only reading texts, but using evidence to support claims in writing. Students will be required to write explanatory and persuasive essays, building on the conventions of the English language. The course will cover fiction and non-fiction texts poetry, philosophy, and concepts from the greatest century in the history of civilization. College level short stories, Narrative Writing, SAT vocabulary, and conventions will be areas of focus.

10th Grade English (Two semester course)
This course is designed to offer a variety of non-fiction literature with an emphasis on themes that pertain to social issues surrounding the author’s time period. Students will work on developing skills in the area of not only reading texts, but using evidence to support claims in writing. Students will be required to write explanatory and persuasive essays, building on the conventions of the English language.

Writing 121 English Composition (One semester course – 12th Grade)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
This is a Semester 1 HS/College Dual credit class that introduces critical reasoning and analysis. Explores connections between thesis, structure, and tone. Designed to develop skills in ethical argument, research, and critical thinking. Multi-page papers, including argumentative research paper, required. Focuses on writing process with attention to audience, effective style, and overall rhetorical effect. Students will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the course.

Writing 122 Argumentative Writing (One semester course – 12th Grade)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
This is a Semester 2 HS/College Dual credit class designed to develop skills in ethical argument, research and critical thinking. Multi-page papers, including argumentative research papers, required. Focuses on writing process with attention to audience, effective style, and overall rhetorical effect. Students will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the course.

AP Language and Composition (Two semester course – 10th grade)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
This course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

AP Literature (Two semester course – 11th grade)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
Advance Placement English Literature and Composition aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.


Math

Algebra I (Two semester course)
Students in this course will use algebra concepts in greater detail to solve problems involving graphing and slope equations. Students will work using algebra properties with patterns, relations, and functions. Students will be able to apply probability and statistical methods to analyze data. Successful completion will provide high school credit and a solid foundation to advance to Geometry.

Geometry (Two semester course)
The course covers topics in algebra, geometry, probability & statistics, logical reasoning, discrete math, and basic trigonometry.

Algebra II (Two semester course)
This course continues the study of algebra to prepare students for more advanced work in mathematics. It covers all major algebra topics including algebra operations with real and complex numbers, equations and inequality solving, linear functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, quadratic and other polynomial functions, as well as certain topics in geometry, probability, discrete math, trigonometry and statistics. Opportunities to complete assessment tasks will be given.

Math 111 (One semester course) – Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
This is a Semester 1 HS/College Dual credit class Calculus class. Included are topics covering advanced functions, analytic geometry, polynomials, complex numbers, sequences, series, matrices, probability and statistics. Students will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the course.

Math 112 (One semester course)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required
Trigonometry is a Semester 2 HS/C college level course. The main focus is on nonlinear functions, right triangle properties, trigonometric functions, and advanced algebra. Students will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the course.

Calculus AB (Two semester course)Teacher recommendation and signed approval required; B average or better in Math 111/112
This is a full year course in differential and integral calculus. The curriculum follows the standards and content established by the College Board. The course will cover topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.


Science

Integrated Science (Two semester course)
Prerequisite: 9th grade standing. This course focuses on developing intuition and hands-on experience with physical science concepts through laboratory experiments and discussion. Topics include experimental design, scientific graphing, heat, energy, radioactivity, basic astronomy, chemical bonding, acids and bases, chemical reaction rates, Newton’s laws of force and motion, and wave properties.

Biology (Two semester course)
This is the scientific study of life using lab investigations, local field trips, and individual research projects. Students will learn how to improve scientific investigation techniques to answer important questions. Topics covered in class include the study of cells, DNA, genetics, evolution, microbiology, classification of organisms and ecology. This is a fun and challenging course for sophomores.

Environmental Science (Two semester course)
The goal of the Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course incorporates hands-on projects, field work, laboratory experiments, lecture, and other classroom activities.

 


Social Science

World History (Two semester course)
This is a standard based course that covers world history from ancient to modern time. The primary focus of the course will be from 1800 to the early 2000’s. Student will develop the skills to be a consumer of information. Using the information they gather to formulate and support opinions. We will look closely at how historic events impacted cultural and social conventions of the day. Projects and written works will be a major part of the course. Student will start to develop the needed skills to research and write an historical argument. In addition homework will be given 3-4 times per week. It is important that students complete homework in order to take part in class discussions and prepare for exams.

United States History (Two semester course)
This is a standard based course that covers United States history from founding to modern time. The primary focus of the course will be from Post-Civil War to the early 2000’s. Student will develop the skills to be a consumer of information. A major goal of the course will be for students to develop the skills needed to write a high level historical argument support by both primary and secondary sources. Written works and other creative projects will be a major part of this course. Students will work to continue to develop their skills as researchers and writers. The final goal will be to develop the ability to develop an original historical argument supported by research.

Government (One semester course)
This is a standards based course in Government. The goal of the course is to give students a foundation in the function and foundations of government. In addition students will look at comparative forms of government, the election process and role of parties and special interest groups. Students will be asked to formulate and support opinions of questions of public interest, political campaigns and political debates. Students will be asked to create both written and visual presentations to support their ideas.

Economics (One semester course)
This is a standards based course in economics and personal finance. The goal of this course is to have students develop a basic understanding of both macro and micro economics. Students will examine different economic models and theories. Students will also examine tools to use for personal finances such as budgeting, saving and investing. Students will be asked to compare economic models and systems.

19th & 20th Century US History (Two semester course)Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade standing
This is a comprehensive college credit course in twentieth century US history offered for high school/college dual credit. It is open to any junior or senior and can be used to both complete the US history requirement for graduation and/or gain a freshman level college credit. The course will be much more rigorous than the normal US history class offered in your junior year. Students taking this course will need to understand the work load and writing requirements will far out way the traditional high school course. Students will be asked to complete original research for relevant historical questions they develop. In addition students will take comprehensive exams from the eras covered in the course of study. The area of focus for this course will be 1900 – present day, allowing for deeper analysis of the topic. It will be important that students in this course understand the need to budget their time wisely and they should plan on 3-4 hours of work outside the class each week. Students will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the course.


Electives

High School Leadership (One semester course)
Waldport High School Leadership allows students the opportunity to better their school community. The goal is to promote Irish traditions and spirit! This student driven class prompts students to think about, discuss, and implement activities and events that reflect the needs and wants of the WHS student body.
Responsibilities include: planning and running assemblies, dances, and related events, creating the yearbook, working with community members and organizations, and participating in activities to promote involvement. Students committed to this class must be good stewards of the school and class, as they will be asked to represent both.

AVID Grade: 9, 10, and 11 (Two semester course)Prerequisite: Application, Interview and Administration Approval
This course is designed to improve student academic performance and achievement via college prep skills. Students will receive two hours/week of instruction in college level skills, two hours/week in tutor led study groups, one hour/ week in motivational activities and academic survival skills. The focus of the course will be the connection between reading and writing skills across the curriculum. https://www.avid.org/


Physical Education/Health PE

PE (One semester course)
The mission of this course is to increase student fitness through participation in sports and fitness activities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in many different forms of exercise to build healthy habits to carry throughout their lives.

Health (One semester course)
Students will expand their knowledge in health and wellness to assist them in making informed, healthy choices for the rest of their lives.

Weight Training (One semester course)
Students will learn the proper use of weight lifting and conditioning strategies as a means of increasing muscular strength, muscular endurance, speed, agility, power, flexibility, and balance. Students will also learn the benefits of exercise and how it affects different systems of the body.

Oregon Outdoors (One semester course)
During this term of Oregon Outdoors we will experience a variety of activities and knowledge related to the coastal environment. As we proceed through the term, students will learn about and participate in Surfing, Kayaking, Hunter Safety Education, Crabbing/Fishing, Survival, Forestry, Archery, and Boater’s Safety.


Foreign Language

Spanish 1 (Two semester course)
Students in Spanish 1 will work toward developing proficiency by acquiring functional vocabulary and basic grammatical structures for use in speaking and writing about self, school, family, preferences, after school activities, daily schedule, and other topics relative to interpersonal communication. Students will also begin studying the different cultures of countries where the Spanish language is spoken.

Spanish 2 (Two semester course)Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1
This class is a continuation of Spanish language and culture study with emphasis on expanding vocabulary and improving skills of reading, writing, and conversation. Topics covered in this course include a review of all content of Spanish 1 with the addition of vocabulary pertaining to household chores, shopping, vacation/travel, volunteering in the community, entertainment, and narrating one’s daily preparation routine using reflexive verbs in both the present and past verb tenses. Students are encouraged to apply language to life situations through creating original descriptions, narratives, role-plays, etc. with a focus on gaining further communicative proficiency.

 


Performing and Fine Arts

Art 2 – 3D Ceramic/Sculpture (One semester course)
In this 3D art class, you’ll learn the basic techniques of slab building, pinch and coil—working with clay to create ceramic and mosaic projects. You’ll sculpt with a variety of materials and found objects to create 3-dimensional artworks using the elements and principles of design, sparked by your wildest imagination!

Commercial Art (One semester course)
Commercial art is the art of creative services referring to art created for advertising purposes. Students in this class will become graphic designers and illustrators in order to craft logos, cool lettering, decal stickers, package designs and more, all with the “clients” goals in mind.

Digital Media & Design (One semester course)
Develop your creative skills at stop-motion animation, digital photography and video projects. We’ll use hands-on and digital art processes, including storyboarding, writing scripts, editing, and designing visually ‘out-of-the-box’ presentations of your work!

Mixed Media (One semester course)
In this art class, we’ll create artworks in both 2D and 3D, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Explore combining a variety of art techniques and materials, and make mixed media artworks that are uniquely your own! In this intermediate art class, you will expand your creative confidence and skills in both 2D and 3D art making. You’ll have opportunity to combine materials and techniques to create mixed media artworks that express your individual style.

Art 2 – Studio Art (One semester course)Prerequisite at least 1 high school level art class
For more advanced students, Studio Art is for students that want to enter the art industry. It’s here that student artists will have access and the time needed to further develop their skills and build a portfolio that will help them enter the art field.

High School Band (One semester course)
In this class students will be taught to perform instrumental music while reading standard music notation. Experience on a band instrument is required (a student without experience needs to be approved for the class): flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Group performances are a required portion of this class. Performances will include 1-2 concerts per semester, home football and basketball games, and high school graduation.

High School Choir (One semester course)
Choir is a place for students to sing in a group setting. No prior singing experience is required, but students do need a willing attitude to learn and try new things. Students in this class will learn about reading sheet music, singing with solfege syllables, concepts of group singing, and tone production. This class sings a mixture of standard choral repertoire as well as arrangements of more modern music. Performances are a required portion of this class. Group performances will include 1-2 concerts per semester and other possible concerts. Come and sing with us!

Drama (One semester course)
Participation in the performing arts is a way for students to learn about themselves and others; to become more human by experiencing and sharing human interaction through artistic endeavors; to value creativity and the creative mind; to develop an understanding of the styles, language, and structure of the performing arts; to understand the contribution of the performing arts to societies; and to develop commitment, responsibility, sensitivity, esteem, and pride through performance.


Career and Technology

CERT (One semester course)
Teen CERT training teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community. Newly acquired leadership skills empower you to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering yourself or others. You’ll be equipped with skills that last a lifetime.