Courses by Grade

Required Courses

 

Below we present a list of courses by grade level. Click each course of study for a brief description of that material.

* NOTE: Certain Bio-Med Science Academy courses starting in the sophomore year will be offered with a dual college credit option.  Sophomore dual-credit courses are noted with an asterisk.  Junior & Senior courses with a dual-credit offering are still to be determined.

FRESHMAN STUDIES

For any student, the transition from middle school to high school can be strange, daunting or even traumatic. Coming into a nontraditional learning environment can add even more challenges. As an Academy freshman, each student receives diligent attention and support from our teachers and staff so that their level of orientation, comfort and engagement is maximized. 

Biology
The course explores the fundamental concepts in biology with a molecular approach to the study. Students learn basic concepts about the life-sustaining processes that occur within the cell, the anatomy and physiology of complex multi-cellular organisms, how all the Earth’s systems are interconnected and the ways by which various life forms have adapted to the environment. Mastery of the concepts will occur through interdisciplinary projects, discovery/ inquiry methods to approach experimentation and research.
Math
Reinforce content from middle grades mathematics (solving equations, graphing linear relationships, arithmetic operations, etc.) and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.
English Language Arts I
This course will focus on developing reading and writing skills necessary for success in high school and in the world beyond. Writing skills will include the writing process, writing conventions and research standards. APA and MLA formats will be introduced as well as formal letter writing. Various genres of literature will be utilized to gain mastery in reading comprehension and analysis. In addition, fundamental concepts of vocabulary, grammar and communication will be studied within the curriculum.
US/World History I
This introductory course will engage students in the study of the social and philosophical relationships humans and nations have with their environment as it relates to key events in US and world history from 1600 C.E. to the onset of World War I.
Foreign Language
Students will be introduced to a foreign language and culture, stressing effective communication skills in both the written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices of the culture.
Computer Applications
This introductory course will expose students to the world of technology and teach them how to use and navigate a wide variety of resources, software and equipment. Students will also brush up on their typing skills.

SOPHOMORE STUDIES

By year two, a student is acclimated to the Academy’s learning environment and educational delivery system. Technology and Humanities studies begun in freshman year continue with more advanced material, while new studies in the areas of chemistry, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship are added.  

Chemistry*
This course will familiarize students with atomic structure, chemical bonding and compounds, energy changes, gas laws, solutions and acids and bases. Students will develop an understanding of how the fundamentals of chemistry are threaded through Biological and environmental concepts.
Introduction to Engineering
 Expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
Math
Introduction to functions, systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomial operations, scientific notation. Factoring polynomials, solving quadratics by factoring, radicals and rational exponents will also be included.
Language Arts II
This course will be comprised of writing, reading and communication with an emphasis on world literature. Students will be exposed to a variety of culturally-diverse fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry, global communication opportunities and problem-based learning objectives. They will also explore the lifestyles of culturally-diverse people and experience one-on-one communication with them via phone, video chats or e-mail. They will continue to develop the skills of appropriate reading and writing for various mediums which in turn, will help in preparing them for state testing.
US/World History II
This introductory course will engage students in the study of the social and philosophical relationships humans and nations have with their environment as it relates to key events in US/World History from the end of WWI until modern times.
Foreign Language
Students will be deepen their understanding of the foreign language and culture, stressing effective communication skills in both the written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices of the culture.
Computer Programming
(1/2 unit) – In this course students learn to develop basic internet and intranet web pages and complete sites.  Students learn the basics of web design and client side markup languages including HTML, CSS, XHTML, and XML.

JUNIOR STUDIES

Physics
Environmental Engineering
 This course will investigate engineering and the effect it has on both our society and our environment. What exactly is “Green Engineering” and what will the future demand in terms of renewable sources. Students will also look at alternative forms of energy that are eco-friendly and if modern technology makes them a realistic option for the future.
Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Math
Study of linear and quadratic equations, their  applications, solving rational and radical equations, complex numbers, linear, polynomial and rational inequalities, equations and inequalities involving absolute value, graphs of equations, relations and functions, angles and their measure, right angle trigonometry, trigonometric functions of any angle, graphs of trigonometric ratios
Language Arts III
Government and Modern Issues
Foreign Languages
Art I

SENIOR STUDIES

Anatomy & Physiology
Research APEX
Math
Language Arts IV
Foreign Language
Principles of Engineering
Computer Science
HPE