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District and School Mission

In a safe environment, we will do whatever it takes for the academic and character success of every student to develop as a lifelong learner and responsible citizen. In order to accomplish this, we will engage every student every day in intellectually challenging and meaningful learning to give all students the resources necessary to prepare them to achieve their greatest potential and to meet the expectations of the future

Vision: Summit School District students, staff and community members work together in an atmosphere of care and respect to offer each student an array of educational programs designed to foster his/her unique academic, vocational, and personal strengths.

Our aim is to develop internationally minded people who help to create a better world.

Summit High School Mission
 

Developing Caring Learners for the 21st Century... Creating a Better World... One Student at a Time.

Every Summit School District student will develop as a caring learner by demonstrating at least a year’s growth in academic achievement and by showing an increase in behaviors associated with positive character development. This growth will be measured by a body of evidence in an end-of-year review.

IB Learner Profile
 

Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective

Summit High School Touchstone: PRIDE (Positive attitude, Respect, Inclusion, Dedicated to Excellence)

IB Programme 


The International Baccalaureate (IB) provides a high quality international education whose aim is to create a better, more peaceful world through education. At the heart of the IB is the Learner Profile, which places the student at the center of everything we do to plan for that student’s educational experience. The Learner Profile is the IB Mission Statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century, and is the unifying force to bring students, teachers, parents and administrators together as lifelong learners.


IB Learner Profile


Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others.
We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights Brisenoof people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

All students in Grades 9 and 10 study the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) course and complete the academic requirements in earning the MYP Certificate. The MYP is a program for students aged 11 to 16, which insists on a thorough study of various disciplines. The accent is on their interrelatedness. MYP is a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections among eight traditional subjects and the real world and become critical and reflective thinkers. Teachers use criteria established by the IB to assess all student work. The IB validates the school’s assessment standards by providing external monitoring. Authorized schools are visited and evaluated regularly. A team of professional educators reviews the delivery and effectiveness of the programme and makes recommendations for improvement. MYP teachers in grades 9 and 10 teach through the six Global Contexts and use an inquiry-based method of instruction.

IB Diploma Program (IBDP)- Grades 11, 12 (Fees required for assessments—Due October 31).
The IB Diploma Program (IBDP) is a choice for all students who wish an academically challenging course of study, either in single courses or as a full IBDP student to attempt to earn an internationally recognized IB Diploma in addition to the SHS Diploma. Students taking a single DP class may earn individual course college credit. Always check with the university to confirm credit granted for IB courses completed.

The IB’s Diploma Programme (DP) is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with class assessments and final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. The DP’s grading system is criterion referenced, which means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools around the world. Some DP courses prepare students for taking AP exams. Some DP courses are also CMC courses.

The full IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course of study. All courses are for the college-bound or high interest student. Teachers may recommend students for single IB courses, which may earn students college credit.) Fees: Families pay for all exams. In the case of IB exams, registration is due to SHS by October 31 for May testing. Because the IBO requires that IB exams be paid for by October 31, students electing to forfeit the exam after October 31, also forfeit the exam payment. Students designated as free or reduced lunch participants might have discounts, depending on state funding.

Required courses:    

Group 1– Literature A (HL)
Group 2– Language B (Spanish or French) (HL or SL)
Group 3– History of the Americas (HL) or Psychology (SL)


Choose One:

Group 4– Biology (HL) or Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)
Group 5– Math Applications (SL), Math Analysis (SL)
Group 6– Visual Arts (HLA or HLB) or Music (HL) or ESS (SL) or Psychology (SL)

Students attempting the full IB diploma must have each of the six groups covered with at least 3 at HL and 3 at SL. Higher Level courses are two-year courses; Standard Level courses are either one- or two-year courses. Each course requires assignments and exams that will be assessed by international standards and sent out of Summit County to be assessed. Assessments are paid for by the student and are due by October 31.

IB grades are on 1-7 scale. Twenty-four out of 45 possible points, with a total of 12 HL points or 16 HL points, and successful completion of TOK, CAS, and the Extended Essay, earn the student the IB Diploma. Those students earning the IB Diploma with no score lower than a 4 and attending a Colorado University may earn 24 college credits or more (School of Mines is an exception). Course students may earn individual college course credit. IB DP credit is recognized world-wide and may earn college credit or placement for students.

IB Diploma, AP, and CMC concurrent enrollment classes carry a +1.0 weight.

IB Diploma Programme Exit Policy

Because dropping IB classes for full IB Diploma candidates is a big decision, and because SHS wishes to serve its students with their best interests in mind, students wishing to drop a DP course shall:

1. Meet with the teacher of the class the student wishes to drop to ensure that all avenues to help the student achieve have been taken. Have an exit meeting with at least the parent, IB coordinator, and guidance counselor.

2. Fees: Families pay for all AP* and IB exams**. Reductions are made for those on free or reduced lunch when the state offers funding. In the case of IB exams, payment and registration are due to SHS by October 31 for May testing. Because the IBO requires that IB exams be paid by October 31, students electing to forfeit the exam after October 31, also forfeit the exam payment.

*AP 2023 fees are $97 per exam. Fees usually go up each year by at least a few dollars.
**IB 2022 fees were $119 per subject. Fees usually go up each year by at least a few dollars.

Grades

Standard Based Grading Procedures

According to current research, students achieve better success when they are given multiple opportunities to improve in identified skill areas without having scores averaged over time. By giving students continual feedback on achievement progress, students are encouraged to improve their performance. Standards Based Grading uses specific rubrics with descriptors that clearly indicate a particular level of achievement on the identified criteria for each subject. Your student will focus on learning the criteria and continue to submit works that are indicators at the level they are performing for each of the identified learning objectives.

Students' efforts will be rewarded with the opportunity to have their grade replaced by a higher grade as their skills continue to increase. Students will receive ‘grades’ based on their current performance on each of the specified criteria, always allowing for improvement. As courses progress throughout the semester, student grades may continue to improve as they continue to demonstrate higher achievement in each particular skill.

A grade point average is an average of all grades attained in relation to the credit value of each class and the number of classes attempted. All classes assigning a numeric grade are figured into the grade point average at semester. A “Pass” grade is not included in the GPA. Only Summit High School courses will be calculated into a student’s cumulative GPA.

Higher-level courses can receive more quality points for percentage grades earned. This is known as grade weighting. Classes that are eligible for college credit and/or utilize an external assessment (dual enrollment classes of 3 credits or more, AP, IBDP) are weighted +1.0.

Grading Scale

4.0 - Advanced

Student consistently exceeds grade level expectations/standards and is able to apply them almost faultlessly in a wide variety of situations. The student demonstrates originality and insight and regularly produces work of high quality.

3.5 - Advanced

Student consistently meets and exceeds grade level expectations/standards and is able to apply learned information and skills to new and unfamiliar situations with original insights beyond what is covered in the classroom.

3.0 - Proficient

Independently, student consistently meets and sometimes exceeds grade level expectations/standards and is able to apply learned information and skills to complex ideas and processes in familiar situations (this is the level being "taught).

2.5 - Proficient

With minimal adult support, student consistently meets grade level expectations/standards and is able to apply learned information and skills to complex ideas and processes in familiar situations. (The student is showing proficient level of work but not as consistently).

2.0 - Progressing

The student meets or exceeds proficiency of foundational details and processes prerequisite skills, but is still working toward proficiency of the complex ideas and processes of the grade level.

1.5 - Partially Proficient

With assistance, the student displays knowledge of foundational details and processes or prerequisite skills.

1.0 - Unsatisfactory

The student is rarely able to display knowledge of foundational details and processes, even with help.

IE - Unsatisfactory

Insufficient Evidence, the student has not provided enough evidence to determine a score.

 

Grading Reporting

GPA: Computed on a weighted 4.0 scale

Grade Weighting: GPA of 1.5 and higher in all DP, AP, Colorado Mountain College courses weighted by +1

Rank: SHS does not rank. Available when required.

Advanced 4.0


Proficient 3.0


Progressing 2.0


Partially Proficient 1.5


Unsatisfactory 0

College Preparation


Preparing for the future-course selection


As a general guideline, the following areas and courses are considered important in preparing for college (see chart under Graduation Requirements):


English: Colleges and most employers continue to place an emphasis on the ability to write and express oneself clearly and accurately. Writing, grammar, speech, and literature courses should be included in your Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Summit High School requires 8 semester credits of English and most four-year colleges recommend 4 years of literature and composition.

Humanities: Many colleges recommend courses in Geography, World History, and U.S. History. Some colleges require additional
Humanities courses.

Mathematics: Colleges recommend taking at least three years of math through Algebra II. Anyone contemplating a career related to math and science are strongly recommended to take additional math courses and should complete Algebra II by the end of the sophomore year. Most colleges require a minimum of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Colorado Commission on Higher Education
recommends 4 years of Algebra I or higher.

World Languages: College interest in this requirement range from no world language to three years of the same world language. Most liberal arts colleges require at least two years and a select number require completion of four years of the same world language. Although many colleges do not require a world language, students who successfully complete two to four years will expand their opportunities for admission to the college of their choice. CCHE recommends 2 years of the same World Language. SHS offers French and Spanish and requires two years of the same language.

Other courses: Colleges are interested not only in the areas of English, Humanities, Math, Science and World Language, but also in Art, Business, Technology, P.E., and Music. Although colleges place emphasis on academic subjects, most colleges recognize excellent achievement in ALL courses as well as extracurricular activities.

Career Guidance and Resources: Information regarding careers, college admissions, and occupations is available in occupational handbooks, the Internet, college catalogs, Reach seminars, educational directories located in the library, and through Naviance software available in the counseling offices, computer lab, and at home. All students will become familiar with the Naviance software beginning in 9th grade and will continue utilizing that program throughout their high school career. Students also meet with counselors and/or engage in grade level Reach seminars to complete ICAP components on Naviance each year.
 

College Entrance Requirements


College admission is dependent on the following factors:


Quality of your academic record as seen in your selection of courses: The quality of a student’s academic program is one of the most important factors considered by college admission personnel. Take the most challenging curriculum you can successfully handle and then achieve the best grades of which you are capable. Since most colleges and universities require the completion of 15–16 core academic units in high school, it is recommended that a student enrolls in at least 4 core academic classes each year. Academic courses are English, Math, Science, Humanities, and World Language.

Grade point average: Colleges use your grade point average as a predictor of academic success in college. Your level of achievement within your class is determined from your cumulative grade point average and is computed at the end of each semester. Grades earned in middle school are not calculated into the high school GPA. Only SHS courses will be calculated into a student’s cumulative GPA.

SAT and/or ACT Scores: Some colleges have actual cut-off scores for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT), while others use these tests primarily for placement purposes. Some colleges also require SAT subject tests to be submitted.

Personal recommendations from counselors and teachers: Some schools place considerable weight on recommendations from teachers, counselors, and employers. They are looking for qualities of sound judgment, work ethic, reliability, etc.


Related Activities: Participation in activities such as clubs, community service, volunteerism, student leadership, athletics, drama, and out-of-school organizations gives a student a competitive edge in the competition for admission to college. The quality of your participation, including offices held and how fully you carried out your responsibilities are more important than the number of activities.
 

N.C.A.A. Requirements for Student Athletes 


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) verifies the academic status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics. College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet the following requirements:
• Graduate from high school
• Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or II
• Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT
• Request final certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center


Division I Initial-Eligibility Requirements

(in addition to the above standards):
• Successful completion of 10 of the 16 required core courses before the seventh semester; Seven (7) of the 10 must be in English, math, or natural/physical science.
• Students must present a corresponding test score (ACT sum score of SAT combined score) and core-course GPA (minimum 2.3) on the DI Sliding Scale.


Division II Initial-Eligibility Requirements:


• Minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
• Students must present a corresponding test score (ACT sum score of SAT combined score) and core-course GPA (minimum 2.2) on the DII Sliding Scale.

NCAA eligibility is the responsibility of the student. Please refer to www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information.

***Meeting NCAA eligibility is the responsibility of the student***
 

Summit High School NCAA Approved Courses

English Science Mathematics Humanities Additional Core Classes

English 1

Earth & Phys Science

Algebra I

Civics & Economics

Spanish I

English 2

Chemistry

Algebra II

World History/Geo.

Spanish II

English 3

Biology

Geometry

AP World History

Spanish III

English 4

Anatomy & Physiology

Pre Calc. Trig.

US History

IBDP Spanish (SL/HL) Yr. 1 

Speech

Physics

CMC Algebra

IBDP History of the Americas  HL 1

IBDP Spanish (SL/HL) Yr. 2

IBDP English I

IBDP Env. Systems & Societies

CMC Intro Statistics

IBDP History of the Americas HL 2

French I

AP/IBDP English II

CMC Biology

CMC Calculus II

CMC Human Geography

French II

CMC Comp I

IBDP Biology HL I

IBDP Math Applications Yr 1 or 2

Civics Econ. DL

French III

CMC Comp II

IBDP Biology HL II

IBDP Math Analysis Yr 1 or 2

CMC General Psych.

IBDP French Yr. 1

Popular Literature

Environmental Science

N/A

CMC Intro Sociology

IBDP French Yr. 2

CMC British Literature

CMC Chemistry

N/A

DP Psychology

IBDP TOK Yr. 1

IBDP TOK Yr. 2

DL Spanish I/II

College Credit Opportunities While in High School 


1. IB Diploma Classes: By successfully scoring the required level on the DP assessments, students may earn college credit by taking DP classes singly for certificates or for the full IB Diploma. Those students earning the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to investigate with each university they are considering on how that university accepts and/or awards college credit for placement for this program. Students who attend state-funded colleges or universities in Colorado and earn the IB Diploma with no scores lower than a 4, are guaranteed 24 credits, according to House Bill 1108. The exception is Colorado School of Mines. Also, all institutions of higher learning are expected to have an IB Diploma credit policy. Universities and Colleges outside of Colorado and outside of the United States often recognize the IB Diploma for admission and/or credit. Students are responsible to look for the IB policy at the higher learning institution of their choices.

2. IBDP and Advanced Placement Test Preparation Courses: These courses are required to prepare for the IB exams. They are challenging and stimulating, explore subjects in great depth, and can pay off in two ways: 1) students who take these exams are typically very successful in their college work; 2) students can earn college credit by performing at a high level in the DP level course and/or high performance on the AP exam. If the student is enrolled in a DP or AP class, we strongly encourage that he/she take the end of the year exams at his/her own expense. Students can take AP exams without taking classes. It is not recommended, but it is possible.

Summit High School offers an array of challenging courses for the advanced student. Students desiring to enroll should consider these criteria in their decision to register for these classes versus regular classes:

The grades in IB Diploma and Advanced Placement are weighted with a +1.0 on GPA. For this reason, it is expected that students will show dedication and perseverance at all times. If this is not the case, the teacher may recommend placement in a course that is not at the advanced level. All high school courses are college preparatory in nature. The decision to place into a different setting will be a collective one made by the teacher, parent, student, counselor, and administrator. These courses are accelerated in the delivery of fundamental concepts; therefore, they cover more subject matter during each semester. More in-depth, advanced, and independent reading, writing, and research are expected. A student may earn college credit by earning 4 or better on a DP exam or a 3 or higher on any AP test.

3. Concurrent Enrollment: The Colorado Legislature allows students in grades 9-12 to attend approved post-secondary institutions to earn high school and/or college credit. Summit High currently has an agreement with Colorado Mountain College and students must complete an application for the program. Students may need to pay for books and supplies but tuition is free. Students receive both college and SHS credit. These courses include a +1.0 weighting. For this reason, it is expected that students will show dedication and perseverance at all times. If this is not the case, the teacher may recommend placement in a course that is not at the college level.
Courses must meet the following criteria:
1. The course is a class offered at SHS.
2. The course is an extension of core programming and is not offered at SHS.
3. The course has been identified as a vocational course that extends or links school to career.
Note: During 1st Semester, students must take 6 SHS classes, in addition to any CMC course selected. ANY CMC class taken outside of SHS must be approved in advance in order to transfer in as credit.

 

Registration Requirements for Concurrent Enrollment:


1. Qualifying placement scores in one or more of the following: SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer.
2. College-level composition and reading skills for most courses; some require college-level math skills.
3. 2.5 or better in applicable prerequisites (including, but not limited to, Pre-Calc/Trig, English III, and US History)
4. Counselor recommendation
5. Seniors have priority. Underclassmen accepted based on space availability the first day of the semester in seniority order (i.e. Junior, Sophomore, Freshman).
6. Students who did not pass the previous semester CMC class(es) with a 1.5 or higher are not eligible to enroll in any    CMC classes the next semester.
 

Alternative Credit Opportunities


The Alternative Credit opportunities give a student the structure within which to pursue a course of study not available due to scheduling conflicts. Students must propose and submit the necessary paperwork for alternative credit options to their counselor within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Student, parent/guardian, counselor, teacher, and school principal are all active participants in the approval process for alternative credit options. Once approved by administration, student progress is monitored by the teacher of record. Any expenses incurred by the selected option must be borne by the student.

Alternative Credits other than SHS On-Line, may be taken for elective credit only. Credit will be officially recorded upon the completion of the course and score reported electronically by the teacher.

 

Alternative Curricular Extension Credit Opportunities


Any proposed independent learning opportunity, exclusive of an on-line class, will meet the following criteria:
1. The course will follow current adopted SHS course curriculum and meet the State Standards for that course.
2. Course Standards/Curriculum specifics will be identified and communicated to the student's counselor and SHS Administration within the first 2 weeks of the semester.
3. The course will be taught by a certified staff member of Summit High School.
4. The student will be held to a consistent class schedule with the instructor for a minimum of 66 hours. Attendance will be taken and submitted to the SHS Attendance Office using the standard protocol.
5. Documentation will be kept and submitted at the completion of the course:
  a. Teacher will keep formal/informal notes or lesson plans from all contact time with the student.
  b. Student will log their hours.
  c. Student will keep a journal of all learning activities/ tasks.
  d. Teacher will provide copies of formal and informal assessments or descriptions of alternative assessments used.
  e. The student will be scored using a Standards Based Grading system recorded electronically as are all other courses.
  f. The student will complete a written or oral reflection for the instructor regarding the insights/knowledge/critical thinking skills gained through this learning opportunity.
6. Formative and Summative assessments will be used to guide instruction and determine the extent to which each Standard has been met.

A student whose completion date exceeds that specified in the contract may request extended time, which may or may not be granted. Under no circumstances will an extension of more than a semester be granted. In an instance of gross lack of student responsibility, the instructor may terminate the class. Such a decision will be made after meeting with the teacher, student, parents and counselor.

 

On-Line Courses


Summit High School’s Edgenuity Program or other accredited online courses are excellent solutions for students who have scheduling conflicts, are participating in the Academic Athlete program, are homeschooled, homebound, or for students who are seeking credit recovery or enrichment courses or those who may be at risk for dropping out or not graduating on time and those students who may be expelled. For more information regarding online classes see your counselor or the online course coordinator. Besides offering our own online classes where SHS teachers are the instructors, we also offer Edgenuity Online Courses* that are also high quality standards-based online courses, taught by outside instructors that include:
  • English, math, science, and history/ humanities for grades 6-12
  • 3 academic levels for high school: Foundations, Standard, and AP– plus credit recovery
  • 6 world languages
  • More than 50 career-building high school electives
  • More than 45 STEM courses
  • 19 credit recovery courses


*SHS On-Line courses are NCAA approved


Talk with a counselor for specifics regarding any online learning opportunity. All online courses must be pre-approved by SHS prior to enrollment. The cost of $190 per class must be paid prior to enrollment. Registration Deadlines apply.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements have been established by Summit High School and the Summit RE-1 Board of Education to ensure a well-balanced educational program to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. These requirements allow and encourage a wide range of electives to prepare the student for post high school work, training, and advanced study. However, we encourage students to exceed these minimum requirements to prepare for career and college success.
To receive a Summit High School diploma, students must earn a minimum of 50 credits and complete the MYP Personal Project.


These requirements are as follows:

Graduation Requirements

Class of 2024 and Beyond

R= Required Courses * CCHE: Colorado Commission on Higher Education

  SHS Graduation Requirements MYP Certificate Requirements CCHE* Recommendations

Total Credits Required

50

(Grades 9 & 10)

 

ENGLISH

8

 

8

English 1

R

2

 

English 2

R

2

 

English 3 or IBDP Literature  Yr. 1

R

   

English 4, IBDP Literature Yr 2 or English Elective (2)

R

   

MATH

6

4

8

SCIENCE

6

 

6

Earth & Physical Science

R

2

 

Chemistry

R

2

 

Biology/IBDP Biology Yr. 1

R

2

 

HUMANITIES

6

 

6

Civics/Economics

R

2

 

World History & Geography or AP World History

 

2

 

US History or IBDP HOTA I & II

R

2

 

HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND PHYSICAL ED

3

   

PE I

R

1

 

PE II

R

1

 

HEALTH

R

1

 

WORLD LANGUAGE

4

4

2

FINE ARTS

2

2

 

APPLIED ARTS/TECHNOLOGY

2

2

 

ELECTIVES

13

   

Keep Your Own Records

The responsibility of gaining the required credits for graduation is YOURS. To help you keep track of how well you are doing in meeting the goals, use this sheet to keep your own credit count. Counselors are always available for consultation about course planning. Please call your student’s counselor if you have questions.

9th Grade-First Semester Credit 9th Grade-Second Semester Credit

1. World Literature

1

1. World Literature

1

2. Math

1

2. Math

1

3. Earth and Physical Science

1

3. Earth and Physical Science

1

4. Civics & Economics

1

4. Civics & Economics

1

5. World Language

1

5. World Language

1

6. PE I or Health

1

6. PE I or Health

1

7. FAST or Introductory Course

1

7. FAST or Introductory Course

1

8. Academic Preparation

NC

8. Academic Preparation

NC

 

10th Grade-First Semester Credit 10th Grade-Second Semester Credit

1. American Literature

1

1. American Literature

1

2. Math

1

2. Math

1

3. Chemistry

1

3. Chemistry

1

4. World History/Geography or AP World History

1

4. World History/Geography or AP World History

1

5. World Language

1

5. World Language

1

6. PE 2 or Elective Class

1

6. PE 2 or Elective Class

1

7. CTE or Fine Art

1

7. CTE or Fine Art

1

8. Academic Preparation

NC

8. Academic Preparation

NC

 

11th Grade-First Semester Credit 11th Grade-Second Semester Credit

1. Contemporary Literature or IBDP Literature Yr. 1

1

1. Contemporary Literature or IBDP Literature Yr. 1

1

2. Math

1

2. Math

1

3. Biology or IBDP Biology Yr 1

1

3. Biology or IBDP Biology Yr 1

1

4. IBDP HOTA Yr 1 or US History

1

4. IBDP HOTA Yr 1 or US History

1

5. Elective Class

1

5. Elective Class

1

6. Elective Class

1

6. Elective Class

1

7. Elective Class or Late Arrival or Early Release

1

7. Elective Class or Late Arrival or Early Release

1

8. Academic Preparation, Late Arrival or Early Release

NC

8. Academic Preparation, Late Arrival or Early Release

NC

 

12th Grade-First Semester Credit 12th Grade-Second Semester Credit

1. English

1

1. English

1

2. Elective Math

1

2. Elective Math

1

3. Elective Science

1

3. Elective Science

1

4. IBDP HOTA Yr II or Elective Humanities

1

4. IBDP HOTA Yr II or Elective Humanities

1

5. Elective 

1

5. Elective

1

6. Elective 

1

6. Elective 

1

7. Elective Class or Late Arrival or Early Release

1

7. Elective Class or Late Arrival or Early Release

1

8. Academic Preparation, Late Arrival or Early Release

NC

8. Academic Preparation, Late Arrival or Early Release

NC

 

Total Credits 50-60

Courses Description By Department

ALL courses in Grades 9 and 10 are IB MYP Courses. Emphasis in all classes is the interconnectedness of all contents and their application to the real world. The MYP focuses on concept based learning that aims to increase understanding beyond the classroom as students work to establish learning contexts within authentic world settings, events and circumstances. IB Global Contexts ensures that learning becomes meaningful and relevant to all students.

Summit School District requires that a fee be paid by students to cover the costs of consumable materials or required performance attire. Fees may also be required for CMC books and supplies, external assessments (IBDP, AP, college entrance) or when a student pursues a certification through an outside agency, or enrolls in an online course. Athletic/Activity fees and miscellaneous fees for field trips may also be required.

Students who may require financial assistance should contact the school office or Athletic Department for an application. Financial aid will be determined on an individual basis.

English Language Arts

English 1

Prerequisite: 8th grade English
Grade: 9 (MYP Year 4 Lang and Lit)
Duration: 2 semesters
Enrollment: all freshman students or new students to SHS in need of 9th grade ELA credit
semester grades
**NCAA Approved Course**

As an introductory course to the study of high school English Language Arts, the 9th grade ELA course highlights the function of literature and language as important tools for communication throughout time and across the globe. Students will survey, study and explore a range of both canonized and contemporary texts that represent the five major literary genres (novel, short story, poetry, non-fiction and drama). Students will learn about language and literature from the MYP framework, and will develop skills outlined by the Colorado State Standards for Oral Expression & LIstening, Reading for All Purposes, Writing & Composition, and Research & Inquiry. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and learning through a variety of formal and informal course assessments.

English 2

Prerequisite: English 1 
Grade: 10 (MYP Year 5 Lang and Lit)
Duration: 2 semesters
Enrollment: all sophomore students or new students to SHS in need of 10th grade ELA credit
**NCAA Approved Course**

As a continuation of the introductory study of high school English Language Arts, the 10th grade ELA course highlights the function of literature and language as important tools for communication throughout time and across the globe. Students will survey, study and explore a range of both canonized and contemporary texts that represent the five major literary genres (novel, short story, poetry, non-fiction and drama). Students will learn about language and literature from the MYP framework, and will develop skills outlined by the Colorado State Standards for Oral Expression & LIstening, Reading for All Purposes, Writing & Composition, and Research & Inquiry. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and learning through a variety of formal and informal course assessments.

English 3

Prerequisites:  English 2 
Grade: 11
Duration: Semester

This course is an exploration of contemporary literature in its various forms including novels, poetry, informational texts, and podcasts. Students will engage in reading, writing of various genres, discussions, as well as research to help bring awareness to complex ideas that are found within literature and society. This course will help students continue to develop, refine, and master their reading, writing, and communication skills in order to be prepared for any of the 12th grade English Language Arts courses.

English 4

Prerequisites: 3 years of English coursework
Grade: 12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course targets all students and seeks to engage or re-engage them in the literary community. Throughout the year students will be exposed to reading, writing, and issues of social relevance as linked to thought, expression and action. Students will demonstrate skills associated with each of the Colorado State Standards including Oral Expression and Listening, Reading for all Purposes, Writing and Composition, and Research and Reasoning, Also within this course, students will work on improving their mechanical skills and engage in practical writing skills using a variety of methods and materials. Ultimately this course seeks to provide students with necessary post-secondary knowledge and skills of the English Language Arts (**may count as a CMC Developmental Education Course if taken for the full year.)
 

IBDP English 1 HL

Prerequisites: American Literature
Grade: 11
Duration: 2 semesters

**NCAA Approved Course**

The IB Diploma Program literature course is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the requirements set by the IB Organization and to allow students to explore and respond to a broad range of literary materials. In this two-year course, literature covers a time period from the 15th to the 21st Century. These works represent most of the continents or regions of the world. There is also a range of forms that include poetry, drama, novels, short stories and essays. The assessment practices are extensive, including written (essays, short stories, creative responses, pastiche, poetry, journals, and exams) and oral (formal exams, prepared presentations, dramatic representations, discussion groups, and debates). The international scope of the course will help connect students over time and space with other cultures, places and eras, and be a major aspect of the attempt of the students to discover the world—and themselves—through literature. The general aims of the IB Literature program involve the advanced development of the student's understanding of the English language and world literature. More specifically, the student will focus upon extending his/her awareness and mastery of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills. The two year course also prepares students for taking the AP Exam.

IBDP English 2 HL

Prerequisites: 3 years of English coursework
Grade: 12
Duration: 2 semesters

**NCAA Approved Course**

The IB Diploma Program literature course is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the requirements set by the IB Organization and to allow students to explore and respond to a broad range of literary materials. In this two-year course, literature covers a time period from the 15th to the 21st Century. These works represent most of the continents or regions of the world. There is also a range of forms that include poetry, drama, novels, short stories and essays. The assessment practices are extensive, including written (essays, short stories, creative responses, pastiche, poetry, journals, and exams) and oral (formal exams, prepared presentations, dramatic representations, discussion groups, and debates). The international scope of the course will help connect students over time and space with other cultures, places and eras, and be a major aspect of the attempt of the students to discover the world—and themselves—through literature. The general aims of the IB Literature program involve the advanced development of the student's understanding of the English language and world literature. More specifically, the student will focus upon extending his/her awareness and mastery of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills. The two year course also prepares students for taking the AP Exam. 

CMC English Composition I

Prerequisites: Pass junior-level SHS course with a 2.5 or higher, ERW ≥ 470 (SAT) or English 95 (Accuplacer)
PLUS Reading 80 (Accuplacer)
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This intensive writing course emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions and development of critical and logical thinking skills. It includes several writing opportunities that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

CMC English Composition II

Prerequisite: Pass ENG 121 with a 2.5 or higher, ERW ≥ 470
(SAT) or English 95 (Accuplacer) PLUS Reading 80
(Accuplacer)
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

Comp II expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. It emphasizes critical/logical thinking and reading skills, problem solving, research strategies, and analytical writing. Several compositions are required in this
course.

*Students’ completion of CMC Composition I and II at SHS or at the college campus will count for senior year elective English credits only. Students must complete English courses in alignment with identified sequencing charts (Pg. 38).

Popular Literature

Prerequisite: 3 years of English coursework
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is designed as an analytical study of different contemporary texts, all of which are considered to be popular for different reasons. These texts will span across a variety of genres, themes, commentaries, and criticisms. This course is structured toward college preparation. Though this course is focused on reading, writing is also a crucial element of the course; some of the course writing topics include reflective, analytical, persuasive, and creative writing. Ultimately, all course readings, discussions, research, formal and informal presentations will help to enlighten students to the complexities and ambiguities within literature, society, and themselves. Note: this course is not offered every semester or every year; it is an elective class dependent on enrollment numbers and scheduling. To be safe, have an alternative English course in mind.

CMC English Composition II

Prerequisite: Pass ENG 121 with a 2.5 or higher, ERW ≥ 470
(SAT) or English 95 (Accuplacer) PLUS Reading 80
(Accuplacer)
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

Comp II expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. It emphasizes critical/logical thinking and reading skills, problem solving, research strategies, and analytical writing. Several compositions are required in this
course.

*Students’ completion of CMC Composition I and II at SHS or at the college campus will count for senior year elective English credits only. Students must complete English courses in alignment with identified sequencing charts (Pg. 38).

Speech I

Prerequisites: 2 years of English coursework
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

The study of skills involved in oral and written communication serves as the basis for this course. The coursework covers logic, speech structure, research, delivery as well as different styles and modes of communicating in the 21st Century. Most assessments are performance-based. Speech I is an English Elective. Note: This is an English elective not offered every year due to enrollment and scheduling issues. To be safe, have an alternate English course in mind.

Mathematics

Algebra 1

Prerequisites: 8th grade math or less than 2.0 in Algebra I
Grade: 9
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students will be introduced to the basic rules in algebraic manipulation of numbers, polynomials, and equations/inequalities. It is a discipline in logical reasoning which emphasizes problem solving and provides the necessary background for Algebra II and Geometry. A scientific or graphing calculator is required.

Algebra II

Prerequisite: 2.5 or higher in Algebra I and Geometry
Grade: 9, 10, 11 or 12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

The class prescribes a study of the following five branches of mathematics: Number, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability, and an introduction to trigonometry and discrete math topics. The emphasis during this course will be placed on concepts and skills. A graphing calculator is required.

Intermediate Algebra 

Prerequisite: 1.5 or higher in Algebra I and Geometry
Grade: 10, 11 or 12
Duration: 2 semesters

Students’ skills in using the basic rules in algebraic manipulation of numbers, exponents, polynomials, Equations, and inequalities will be reinforced. The topics of writing equations of lines, systems of equations, factoring and graphs of polynomials, functions, rational and irrational numbers will be included as well as various geometry topics throughout the year. An expanded scientific calculator is used.

Geometry

Prerequisite: 2.5 or higher in Algebra I
Grades: 9 or 10
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students will learn the basic properties of geometric figures including lines, planes, angles, polygons, circles, and polyhedrons. Students will apply formulas for area and volume. 2-D coordinate geometry is mastered. Course involves practice with basic right triangle trigonometry and similarity of polygons. Proficiency in developing formal and informal proofs is discussed. Standardized testing strategies and practice problems are stressed throughout the entire year. Mastery of solving linear equations is expected.

Pre-Algebra

Prerequisite:  Recommendation from Middle School Teacher
Grade:  9
Duration: 1 year  

PreAlgebra is a course designed for students who need to strengthen their skills in number sense, problem solving and beginning Algebra skills before entering Algebra 1.  The class is designed around algebraic concepts such as representation of a linear function with a graph, table, rules and context.  Proportional reasoning is taught throughout the year, which is the basis for most mathematical problem solving. Students apply algebraic symbol manipulation to linear equations, linear systems and exponential problems.  The class uses investigative techniques, along with strategic questioning so students learn and retain the skills they need to succeed in Algebra 1.

Pre-Calc-Trig

Prerequisite: 2.5 or higher in Algebra II
Grade: 10, 11 or 12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is designed for students interested in science, engineering, business, medicine, or computers. The major topics/concepts studied are linear functions, polynomials, rational functions, inequalities, logarithms, exponential functions, conics, and trigonometric functions. Each student is required to have a graphing calculator.

IBDP Math Analysis and Approaches SL Year 1

Prerequisite: 3.0 or higher in Algebra II or higher. All students are required to complete independent, portfolio projects.
Grades: 10 & 11
Duration: 2 years
**NCAA Approved Course**

A two-year diploma program course created to prepare students for the Mathematics SL Exam at the end of the course. The majority of students in this course will go on to study subjects that are rich in mathematical content. Therefore, this course is a rigorous demanding course where students are expected to already possess a large amount of mathematical knowledge and ability when entering it. Students will go on to apply important mathematical processes and study a broad range of topics. Many topics are included because they are required for further mathematical study. Students will solve problems in context and will study certain topics independently in completing the internal assessment, exploration project. The course will help students develop their thinking skills and appreciation of mathematics. Each student is required to have a graphing calculator.

IBDP Math Applications and Interpretations 1+2 SL

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or teacher
recommendation and successful (2.0 or higher in Algebra 1 and Geometry and completion of Algebra 2 is highly recommended). All students are required to complete an independent portfolio project.
Grade: 11 and 12 (two year course)
Duration: 2 years
**NCAA Approved Course**

This two-year course aims to prepare students for the IB DP Applications and Interpretation SL exam at the end of the course. This course will follow the framework for IB mathematics. This course is intended for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. It is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics to students who appreciate how math is applied in the world around them instead of a theoretical approach. Topics of study
include: Graphics Display Calculators, Numbers and Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Functions and Financial mathematics, Statistics and an introduction to Differential and Integral Calculus.

CMC Developmental Education

Prerequisite: 12th grade only
Duration: 1 semester

Develops number sense and critical thinking strategies, introduces algebraic thinking, and connects mathematics to real world applications. Topics in the course include whole numbers, fractions and decimal notation, percents, intro to statistics, geometry review topics and an introduction to real numbers and algebraic expressions. This course prepares students for Math 055- Algebraic Literacy during semester 2.

CMC College Algebra

Prerequisites: 2.5 or higher in Pre-calculus/Trigonometry. Math 23 (ACT) or
85 (Accuplacer).
Grade: 12 has priority
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course will review equations, equalities and inequalities and the theories of relations and functions. Expand previous knowledge of polynomial operations. Exponential and logarithmic functions will be introduced. Concepts of analytic geometry will be introduced. Concepts of analytic geometry will be introduced through conic sections. Systems of linear independent equations will be reviewed and fundamental concepts of matrix algebra will be introduced. Sequences and series will be reviewed. A graphing calculator is required.

CMC Calculus II

Prerequisite: DP Math SL/AP Calculus AB Year 2
Grade: 12
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This is a college freshman second semester calculus course. Topics will include a continued study of differentiation and integration with emphasis on polar coordinates, vectors, and improper integrals. Infinite series will also be studied. Each student is required to have a graphing calculator.

CMC Statistics 

Prerequisites: 2.5 or higher in Pre-calculus/Trigonometry or Algebra II and
CMC College Algebra. Math 21 (ACT) or 85 (Accuplacer)
Grade: 12 has priority.
Duration: 1 semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

Includes data presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, statistical inference estimation, hypotheses testing, comparison of populations, correlation and regression. A graphing calculator is required. Students will be required to buy or rent their own textbooks.

Ibdp Math Analysis and Approaches SL Year 1
Ibdp Math Analysis and Approaches SL Year 2
Ibdp Math Analysis and Approaches SL Year 3

Prerequisite: 3.0 or higher in Algebra II or higher. All students are required to complete independent, portfolio projects.
Grades: 11 & 12
Duration: 2 years
**NCAA Approved Course**

A two-year diploma program course created to prepare students for the Mathematics SL Exam at the end of the course. The majority of students in this course will go on to study subjects that are rich in mathematical content. Therefore, this course is a rigorous demanding course where students are expected to already possess a large amount of mathematical knowledge and ability when entering it. Students will go on to apply important mathematical processes and study a broad range of topics. Many topics are included because they are required for further mathematical study. Students will solve problems in context and will study certain topics independently in completing the internal assessment, exploration project. The course will help students develop their thinking skills and appreciation of mathematics. Each student is required to have a graphing calculator.

Science

Earth Science & Physical Science

Prerequisite: None
Grade: 9
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This year-long course serves as the foundation to all other science courses at SHS. Study skills, organization skills, test- taking skills, data collection and analysis, and experimental design are emphasized. Students actively apply the scientific method as they explore topics related to physical science, earth and space science in both lecture and lab/activity format.This year-long course serves as the foundation to all other science courses at SHS. From topics like the Big Bang to Sustainability and Newton’s Laws to Wave Technology, students actively apply the scientific method and explore topics through inquiry, lecture, and lab activities. Emphasis is on experimental design, supporting claims with evidence, developing models, and analyzing data.

Chemistry 

Prerequisite: Earth & Physical Science
Grades: 10
Duration: 2 sequential semesters, must pass Sem1 to take Sem 2
**NCAA Approved Course**

This is a year-long class that answers the following guiding questions: What is matter?  How does matter react?  How is energy involved in these reactions?  Throughout the year we learn about atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. The class focuses on a conceptual approach, with real-world applications. Students will develop problem-solving skills, lab techniques, and data analysis skills. Prerequisite for this class is EPS. Students must pass semester 1 with 1.5 to move on to semester 2.

CMC Chemistry 

Prerequisite: Chemistry
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This class will explore the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, rates of chemical reactions, acids and bases, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry.  This course is a rigorous algebra-based class with a strong laboratory component and a focus on developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Prerequisites for this class are Chemistry.  CMC Credit is available with a C or better in both semesters.  This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses. GT-SC1

Biology

Prerequisite: Earth & Physical Science
Grades: 11
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course provides a pre-college level study of Biology
concepts and laboratory lessons. Topics include biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, taxonomy, and ecology. Students will study the concepts of ecology, taxonomy, genetics, cell structure, and biochemistry. This is a lab-oriented course.

IBDP Biology YR 1 HL

This course is designed as the first year of a two-year comprehensive overview of biology. It is taught at the collegiate level in hopes that the student will develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of the subject. It also prepares students for the successful completion of the requirements stated for Biology HL by the International Baccalaureate Organization. 
The topics are taught relevantly and practically, and we will use critical thinking skills to examine and analyze real-world and timely ecological challenges that our human community faces. Students will have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings. Students develop the skills to work independently on their own design, but also collegiately, including collaboration with schools in different regions, to mirror the way in which scientific research is conducted in the wider community.
Topics Covered:
1. Cells and organic chemistry
2. Plants and photosynthesis
3. Ecology and conservation
4. Animal anatomy and physiology 
Students in this class will work in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the USDA Forest Service on real-world learning and research experiences.  This class also serves to prepare students for DP Year 2 Biology or CMC Biology.  There are no prerequisites for this class but EPS, Chemistry and Biology are all helpful.  This is best taken as a Junior.

Students are expected to take the IB Biology Exam upon completion. Full DP candidates and certificate seeking students must complete both a G4 Project and IA during their junior and senior year.

CMC Biology 

Prerequisite: Chemistry & Biology
Grades:  12
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This year long course examines the fundamental molecular, cellular, and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Topics include cell structure and function, the metabolic processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as, cell reproduction and the basic concepts of heredity. The course includes laboratory experience. This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses. GT-SC1

Anatomy & Physiology (Semester) 

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11, 12 (12 has priority)
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This semester-long advanced course focuses on the study of the structures and functions of the human body. Topics covered include investigations of various cells and tissues of the body, homeostasis, and a break-down of individual body systems. This is a laboratory-based course involving microscope skills and dissections and benefits students with an interest in health, biology, and medical related studies. 

Environmental Science

Prerequisites: Biology
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 1 semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This hands-on course is designed for students interested in environmental science and current topics and discoveries related to this field of study.  It includes several field study opportunities, as well as research, discussion, and presentation as learning and assessment tools. Current environmental issues and student interest generate the class topics.

CMC Environmental Systems & Society 

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This class is an exploration of the monumental environmental issues that face humanity currently.  We will explore the causes, impacts and solutions to the major issues such as global warming, energy sustainability and food production.  We will ask 3 questions of each topic 1) What is the problem? 2) What role do humans play in its cause and 3)  What role do humans play in correcting the problem?  This class is appropriate for anyone who cares about the fate of humanity.  CMC credit is available with a C or better in both semesters.  There are no prerequisites for this class but EPS, Chemistry and Biology are all helpful.  This is best taken as a Junior or Senior.

Ibdp SL Environmental Systems & Society

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This class is an exploration of the monumental environmental issues that face humanity currently.  We will explore the causes, impacts and solutions to the major issues such as global warming, energy sustainability and food production.  We will ask 3 questions of each topic 1) What is the problem? 2) What role do humans play in its cause and 3)  What role do humans play in correcting the problem?  This class is appropriate for anyone who cares about the fate of humanity.  CMC credit is available with a C or better in both semesters.  There are no prerequisites for this class but EPS, Chemistry and Biology are all helpful.  This is best taken as a Junior or Senior.

Physics 

Prerequisites: Geometry and be taking Algebra 2
Grade: 11, 12  
Duration: 2 sequential semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Physics is a year-long class that allows students to investigate and model Newton’s Laws, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetic Waves, Sound, Gravity, and Energy Transfer through models, mathematics, and experimentation. Students will develop inquiry and critical thinking skills within the labs where they will construct and revise lab designs, evaluate their date, and use mathematical representations to communicate their results. This course is a hands-on, algebra based course. Algebra 2 is a prerequisite for Physics.

Individuals & Societies (Humanities)

Civics & Economics

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students will continue their foundational studies in the social sciences as they investigate civics and economics in the United States and the world. Civics units of study will include the foundations and branches of government, the US political system,  voting and elections, and citizenship. Economics units include the study of scarcity, rational decision making, productivity and the role of the government, economic systems, supply and demand, and basic personal finance.

Classes marked with a ^ are also offered as part of the Dual Language program. The content is the same, but the course is taught in Spanish. Students must be in the DL program or have a Counselor recommendation.

AP World History Modern Course 

Prerequisites: Civics & Economics. Based on standardized test
scores and prior semester grades.
Grades: 10
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

AP World History teaches the history of the world from 1200 to present with a global perspective emphasizing worldwide historical processes and connections among human societies. The course focuses not only on factual knowledge but also on the ability to critically assess such information. Students will be exposed to many primary sources in an effort to show them how historical analysis works and how they can proceed to make their own informed interpretations of world events, both past and present. This course focuses on the following 5 themes: 1) interaction between humans and the environment, 2) development and interaction of cultures, 3) state-building, expansion, and conflict, 4) creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems, and 5) development and transformation of social structures. Intended to prepare 10th graders for IBDP History of the Americas years 1 and 2.

World History & Geography 

Prerequisites: Civics & Economics
Grade: 10
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course will focus on contemporary world history and geography. Students will gain knowledge of how geography impacts inhabitants and their experiences throughout history. Units of study will include world geography, and 20th century history of the following world regions: Latin America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa

US History 

Prerequisites: Civics & Economics, AP World History, or
World History & World Geography
Grade: 11
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students take an in-depth look at the major political, economic, and social movements in America. Students focus on US history from the time of reconstruction (1865) to the present.

IBDP History of the Americas 1 + 2 HL 

Prerequisites: Civics & Economics. AP World History OR
World History & Geography
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 2 years
**NCAA Approved Course**

 IB History of the Americas
(HOTA) is a two-year Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate History
Program class.

YEAR ONE: The focus of study will be on the IB region of the Americas; as such Canada, The United States, Central and South America. Topics of in-depth study include the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights Movement.

YEAR TWO: Year 2 will concentrate on the IB Prescribed Subject of the Cold War in relation to the Americas and the larger world. Topics of in-depth study include WWII, Origins of the Cold War, the Cold War in Asia and Latin America, and the End of the Cold War.

Those who take this DP class and pass the DP Subject Exam with a mark of 4 or higher may be eligible to earn up to 6 college credits.
ALL students are encouraged to take the IB HOTA exam at the end of their senior year. 

CMC Human Geography Geo 105 (3 CR) 

Prerequisites: ERW ≥ 470 (SAT) or English 95 (Accuplacer)
PLUS Reading 80 (Accuplacer)
Grade: 11 and 12 (Grade 12 has priority)
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is a comprehensive survey of world regional geography, including both human/cultural  and environmental/physical aspects of geography. In this course students will analyze the geographic conditions of particular regions throughout the world and how they affect human populations using the five fundamental themes of geography as a guide.

CMC Intro Sociology | Soc 101 (3 CR) 

Prerequisites: ERW ≥ 470 (SAT) or English 95 (Accuplacer)
PLUS Reading 80 (Accuplacer)
Grade: 11 and 12 (Grade 12 has priority)
Duration: Semester
**NCAA Approved Course**

This introductory course examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of human social groups including research methods, culture, socialization, social structure and interaction, groups and organizations, deviance and crime, and social class/stratification.

Personal Finance 

Grade: 11 and 12
Duration: Semester

This upper level year, semester-long elective is designed to prepare students for real-world financial scenarios. The course is built upon CDE economics standards and the premise that as students leave high school, it is crucial for them to possess a practical understanding of financial challenges and opportunities. Topics will include setting money goals, budgeting, debt, credit card management, building credit, student loans, taxes, insurance, stocks, savings and checking accounts, investing options, and retirement potential

IBDP Psychology  

Grade: 11 and 12
Duration: One year

IB Psychology is a one-year Standard Level (SL) International Baccalaureate program class. In IB Psychology students will investigate topics in the Biological, Cognitive and Social realms of psychology and continue to build on skills and gain mastery in reading, writing, speaking and problem solving. 

Those who take this DP class and pass the DP Exam with a mark of 4 or higher may be eligible to earn up to 3 college credits.
ALL students are encouraged to take the IB Psychology exam at the end of the year.

IBDP TOK Yr 1 & 2 

Prerequisites: Teacher approval
Grades: 11, 12 *Priority given to IB diploma candidates
Duration: Two semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

The Theory of Knowledge Course is an interdisciplinary; two-
semester course (meeting for one term in Junior Year and continuing for one term in Senior Year) required for all International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates. Central to the IB Program, its purpose is to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge gained inside and outside the classroom as expressed through rational argument. Designed as an intelligent dialogue about knowledge, the course examines how we know what we think we know in the six academic disciplines of the IB. The IB grade is based upon an essay (2/3) and a presentation (1/3) and passing TOK is required to be eligible for the IB diploma. This is a weighted class.

In order to meet the 50-hour requirement for this class, which is weighted and for a grade, students will meet during Reach and outside of class, typically during lunch.

World Languages

Civics & Economics

World language study is one of the most important skills one can pursue. It is an essential life skill in today’s world, but it also develops cultural appreciation and understanding. Research consistently validates the transfer of second language skills to other coursework and to higher performance on standardized tests such as SAT, ACT and IB and AP. Summit Schools have a long established goal of preparing students for careers in a world that centers around international business, communication, and understanding. Language offerings start in kindergarten. The DP programs of IB are integral in our secondary schools. Spanish and French are the two languages we offer to students. Like a large number of students around the world, many choose to take a third language before graduating from SHS. Our world language staff is committed to developing the proficiencies of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in this forum of internationalism. Extra-curricular activities available are the French Honor Society  and Spanish Honor Society.  International travel opportunities are also offered every 2 years in each program.

These language classes are full year courses. Students must  pass the first semester of each course in order to continue on to the second semester.

French I

Prerequisite: None 
Duration: 2 semesters 
**NCAA Approved Course**

In this beginning French Language course, students will focus on listening and reading comprehension, oral expression, vocabulary building and pronunciation. Through Comprehensible Input, students are introduced to reading and wiring in French and presented with the grammar for simple communication. Students will learn about the cultures and current events of various French-speaking countries. This course is intended for students who have not studied French or who did not demonstrate French Level ll proficiency on the SHS World Language Placement exam. To be successful in this course, students will demonstrate proficiency at the Novice Low/Mid level. 

Spanish I

Prerequisite: None
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students will focus on listening comprehension, oral expression, vocabulary building and pronunciation to this beginning Spanish language course. Students are introduced to reading and writing in Spanish and presented with the grammar for simple communication. Students will learn about the cultures and current events of various Spanish-speaking countries.

French II

Prerequisite: French I 
Duration: 2 semesters 
**NCAA Approved Course** 

This course is a continuation of French l, building on communication skills and expanding reading comprehension.  This course is intended for students who have previously studied French and have demonstrated proficiency on the SHS World Language Placement exam, or have completed SHS French l.  To be successful in this course, students will demonstrate proficiency at the Novice Mid/High level.

Spanish II

Prerequisite: Spanish I
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, building upon the communication skills and expanding reading comprehension and written expression through Comprehensible Input. Study of cultures, connections and comparisons within the international world reinforce the higher-level thinking skills in world language study.

French III 

Prerequisite: French II 
Duration: 2 semesters 
**NCAA Approved Course** 

This intermediate language course continues the skills acquisition of French ll. Through various formats (novels, songs and technology), students will continue to increase their level of proficiency in the French language.  This course is intended for students who have completed two semesters of French ll. To be successful in this course, students must demonstrate proficiency at the Intermediate Low/ Mid level.  

Heritage Language

Grade: 9
Duration: 1 year 

Heritage students are those who have grown up in a Spanish-speaking household or are exposed to a Spanish-speaking community outside or within the US. They are able to communicate, at some extent, in more than one language. The main purpose of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses is to build upon the language knowledge that students bring to the classroom and advance their proficiency of Spanish for multiple contexts. Special attention is given to building vocabulary, acquiring and effectively using learning strategies, and strengthening composition skills in Spanish. Cultural projects and readings reinforce learners' understanding of the multiple issues related to the Hispanic cultures in the USA. Taught in Spanish and English, this course is designed for heritage or native speakers only.

Heritage Language I & II 

Heritage students are those who have grown up in a Spanish-speaking household or are exposed to a Spanish-speaking community outside or within the US; they are able to communicate, at some extent, in more than one language. The main purpose of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses is to build upon the language knowledge that students bring to the classroom and advance their proficiency of Spanish for multiple contexts. Special attention is given to building vocabulary, acquiring and effectively using learning strategies, and strengthening composition skills in Spanish. Cultural projects and readings reinforce learners' understanding of the multiple issues related to the Hispanic cultures in the USA. Taught  in Spanish and English, this course is designed for heritage or native speakers only.

CMC 111/IB DP French Yr 1 

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation required 
Duration: 2 semesters 
**NCAA Approved Course** 

This is an intermediate/advanced level course refining the skills learned in all previous levels. Through various formats (authentic texts, novels, songs, and technology) students will continue to increase their level of proficiency in the French language. This course will prepare students to continue on to IB DP FRENCH YR 2 in preparation for the IB DP French Language B Standard Level exam* to be taken at the end of DP2. 

* The DP French exam consists of the Internal Assessment, a 12-15 minute Individual Oral exam with the French professor.  Students choose 1 of 2 photos to present in French for 3-4  minutes, after which the professor conducts a conversation around the photo with the student for 4-5 minutes.  The final stage of this assessment is a general 4-5 minute discussion of an additional topic studied in class.  Students will also take the 3- hour long External Assessment, which includes Paper 1 (writing) and Paper 2 (reading and listening comprehension).

CMC 112/IB DP French Yr 2 

Prerequisite: CMC 11 IB DP FRENCH YR1
Duration: 2 semesters 
**NCAA Approved Course** 

This advanced level course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the French language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  Authentic French materials, literature, current publications and productions provide a foundation to SHS Curriculum Map 2021-22 IB DP French SL Yr 1 to develop the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the IB DP French Language B Standard Level exam.  These examinations begin in March with the Internal Assessment, a 12-15 minute Individual Oral assessment with the French professor.  Students choose 1 of 2 photos to present in French for 3-4  minutes, after which the professor conducts a conversation around the photo with the student for 4-5 minutes.  The final stage of this assessment is a general 4-5 minute discussion of an additional topic studied in class.  In May, students take the 3- hour long DP 2 Standard Level exam at CMC which includes Paper 1 and Paper 2 (reading, grammar and writing) and Listening Comprehension.  In May, students take the 3- hour long External Assessment, which includes Paper 1 (writing) and Paper 2 (reading and listening comprehension).

IBDP Spanish 1 SL

Prerequisite: Spanish 3
Grade:  11
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This intermediate-mid level course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B Higher Level exam. Students will augment vocabulary and grammar to increase fluency and/or continued studying in the language and/or prepare for the Diploma Spanish Language B Standard Level assessments.

IBDP Spanish 1 HL

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 (3.5), Spanish Dual Language, Heritage II or equivalent and teacher recommendation.
Grade:  11
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This advanced-low level course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions and DP Spanish Language B exam preparation resources provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B High  Level exam. Students will augment vocabulary and grammar to increase fluency and/or continue studies in the language and/or prepare for the Diploma Spanish Language B High Level assessments. Students will read authentic Spanish language novels.. They are required to produce several written texts of 400 or more words generally preparing for the Diploma Spanish Language B Higher Level assessments.

IBDP Spanish 2 SL

Prerequisite: Spanish DP 1 SL
Grade:  12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This intermediate-high course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B Standard Level exam.  In April, students will begin the DP 2 Individual Oral assessment with the Spanish professor. Students choose 1 of 2 photos to present and record. Students present in Spanish for 4- 5 minutes and the professor conducts a conversation around the photo with the student for 4-5 minutes. In May, students will take the 3- hour long DP 2 Standard Level exam at CMC which includes Paper 1 and Paper 2 (reading, grammar and writing).

IBDP Spanish 2 HL 

Prerequisite: Spanish IBDP HL YR 1
Grade:  12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This advanced course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions and DP Spanish Language B exam preparation resources provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B Higher Level exam. Students will augment vocabulary and grammar to increase fluency, continue studies in the language, and prepare for the Diploma Spanish Language B High Level assessments. The ability to make authentic and relevant cultural comparisons and analysis is also an important component of this class. Students will read two authentic Spanish language literary works throughout the two-year course. In their senior year, students will take the DP Spanish Language B examinations beginning with the DP 2 Individual Oral, a 12-15 minute assessment with the Spanish. In May, students will continue with the 3.5 hour exams, which includes Paper 1 and Paper 2 (reading, grammar and writing) and Listening Comprehension. The Higher Level Paper 1 and 2 exams require students to read more difficult texts, one additional text and to write an additional writing in the same amount of time as the Standard Level Test.

Dual Language

Dual Language (DL) Spanish I

Prerequisite: Enrollment in dual language program or administration approval
Duration: 1 year 
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is designed to further develop the Spanish Language proficiency of our Dual Language students emphasizing reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will also make meaningful connections with students and adults in Spanish-speaking countries around the world while participating in a variety of Global Projects. Students will read novels and newspapers focusing on authentic resources and social media. Students will watch various forms of media as well as produce their own to build Spanish language proficiency. 

Dual Language Spanish II 

Prerequisite: Enrollment in dual language program or administration approval
Grade: 10
Duration: 1 years
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is designed to further develop the Spanish Language proficiency of our Dual Language students emphasizing reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will also make meaningful connections with students and adults in Spanish-speaking countries around the world while participating in a variety of Global Projects. Students will read novels and newspapers focusing on authentic resources and social media. Students will watch various forms of media as well as produce their own to build Spanish language proficiency. 

IBDP Spanish 1 HL 

Prerequisite: Spanish 3 (3.5), Spanish Dual Language, Heritage
II or equivalent and teacher recommendation.
Grade:  11
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This advanced-low level course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B Standard Level exam. Students will augment vocabulary and grammar to increase fluency and/or continue studies in the language and/or prepare for the Diploma Spanish Language B Standard Level assessments. Students will read an authentic Spanish language novel and TPRS novels. They are required to produce several written texts of 400 or more words generally preparing for the Diploma Spanish Language B Higher Level assessments.

IBDP Spanish 2 HL 

Prerequisite: Spanish IBDP HL YR 1
Grade:  12
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

This advanced course refines proficiency in all forms of communication in the Spanish language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Authentic Spanish materials, literature, current publications and productions provide the foundations for developing the communication skills necessary for successful preparation for the DP Spanish Language B Higher Level exam. The DP Spanish Language B examinations begin in January with student’s written assignments. Students must read an authentic piece of Spanish language literature. Students must read an authentic piece of Spanish language literature. Students create a text type writing of 500-600 words plus a 150-200 word justification to submit online. In February, students will begin the DP 2 Individual Oral assessment with the Spanish professor. Students receive a photo to present and record. Students present in Spanish for 4-5 minutes and the professor conducts a conversation around the photo with the student for 4-5 minutes. In May, students will take the 3 hour long DP 2 Standard Level exam at CMC which includes Paper 1 and Paper 2 (reading, grammar and writing). The Higher Level Paper 1 and 2 exams require students to read more difficult texts, one additional text and to write an additional writing in the same amount of time as the Standard Level Test. The study of Spanish literature is an additional component to the Diploma Year 2 Higher Level course.

Dual Language Civics & Economics

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9
Duration: 2 semesters
**NCAA Approved Course**

Students will continue their foundational studies in the social sciences as they investigate civics and economics in the United States. Units of study will include foundations of government, 3 Branches of government, the US political system, voting and elections, supply and demand, the US market system, the Federal Reserve, and socialism and communism. This course is taught mostly in Spanish, so biliteracy is an entrance requirement.

Students must be in the DL program or have a Counselor recommendation.

Dual Language Welding I

Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Designed for students who have never welded before, but like doing hands-on projects and would like to learn how to weld. Students will learn how to design a project, acquire materials, MIG weld, cut and grind metal.

Dual Language Construction Tech I (Wood Shop) 

Prerequisites: None
Grades: 9 - 12
Duration: Semester

Designed for all students enrolled in the Dual Language Program. This class will be delivered in Spanish and will be a perfect fit for anyone who will own or rent a home in the future.  In this class students will learn how to problem-solve basic home repairs and how to use tools to make their lives better.  Students will learn tool safety and operation, wood selection, cutting and finishing. Hands on projects will form the main part of their grade. This is an active class in a shop setting. It will be fun, safe and applicable to your life immediately.

Dual Language Mariachi

Prerequisite: None
Grade: 9-12
Duration: Semester

This year-long class is open to all students who wish to learn Mariachi-style music, whether in the Dual Language program or not,  and may be repeated. Students without musical experience will play guitar and/or voice (guitars provided). Students with musical experience may choose from additional available instruments including a primary band/orchestra instrument, vihuela and guitarron. Students will perform in public outside of school hours 3-5 times per year. This class is taught half in English and half in Spanish, and all students regardless of language ability are welcome in this class

Dual Language Latin American Studies

Prerequisite: None
Grade: 10-12
Duration: 1 semester

The class will teach students about Latin American cultures, their vibrant histories, and their contributions to our world today. Students will also discuss challenges facing our Latin American countries today and examine the interconnectedness between the U.S. and Latin America throughout history. This class will push students to explore Latin American cultures from a deeper level, and from varied perspectives. As a Dual Language course, students will use their Spanish language to interact with text, improve their academic writing, and communicate with one another about relevant topics.

Dual Language Technology

Prerequisite: Dual Language I
Grade: 9-12
Duration: 1 semester

This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Using the Colorado Technology standards it will focus on creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, critical thinking, research and information fluency and digital citizenship. Students will also read and blog on issues tied to the IB Themes preparing them for their DP Spanish test in a few years.

Dual Language Certificate Requirements

9th

DL Civics & Economics

DL Spanish I

10th

DL Spanish 2

Plus:

2 Additional Semester DL Electives

 

 

11th

IB Spanish 1 HL

12th

IB Spanish 1 HL

• 20 Hours of community service utilizing Spanish
• APPL Test (Taken in Junior or Senior Year)
• Reflection paper based on Service Learning Project, 3rd Language exposure or Spanish Immersion Experience.

Human Performance and Physical Education

Physical Education I 

*required for graduation

Prerequisites: None
Grades: 9-12 (designed for freshman)
Duration: Semester

Physical Education 1 is required for graduation and is designed for freshmen. The primary goal of this course is to introduce the State Standards, promote positive attitudes towards and develop a basic understanding of physical fitness through individual and team activities, personal fitness, dance and aerobic activities. Strategies, teamwork, sportsmanship, necessary safety practices, and knowledge of equipment are covered. The participants will learn about the components of fitness and health, the principles of training, and how to integrate into a plan for a healthy lifestyle.

Physical Education 2

*required for graduation

Prerequisites: Physical Education 1
Graduation: 10-12 (designed for Sophomores)
Duration: Semester

Physical Education 2 is required for graduation, meets the MYP requirements for a certificate, and is designed for sophomores. The primary goal of this course is to deepen the implementation of the State Standards, promote positive attitudes towards and further their understanding of physical fitness through a survey of activities, aquatics, weight training, aerobics, dance, and personal fitness. Strategies, teamwork, sportsmanship, necessary safety practices, and knowledge of equipment used are covered. The participants will learn how to select and implement a fitness and health plan for a fit lifestyle.

Health

• required for graduation

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12 (designed for Freshmen)
Duration: Semester

Health class is required for graduation. This course is designed to help the student make healthy and informed choices based on the ability to define, understand facts, and practice elements that promote a healthy lifestyle. Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are stressed and topics include Healthy Relationships, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, Violence and Injury Prevention, Sexual Education & Health, and  Nutrition.

Alpine Conditioning

Prerequisite: Based on the class level taking
Grades: 9-12 (designed for SHS/Club Ski Racers enrolled in Academic Athlete and  competing in Alpine Ski Racing)
Duration: Spring Semester Only

The class is designed for Alpine Ski Racers to take in the spring semester and can be taken for PE1, PE2, CMC Ski Racing, CMC Advanced Ski Racing or CMC Weight Training. This course is designed to help the student fulfill the PE graduation requirements and utilize training time on the hill, through online work and in class activities that cover the specific course content needed given their grade level (9th=PE1, 10th=PE2, 11-12th=CMC).

Weight Training I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-10 designed (for freshman)
Duration: Semester

This class is designed as an introduction to  weight training  techniques to prevent injury, develop body strength, endurance and power. Weight training for physical fitness, athletic development, and an understanding of the Principles of Training, basic anatomy, physiology, and program fundamentals will be covered. Proper form, safety, and spotting techniques will be taught and emphasized.
Students will complete a standard assigned program for conditioning, mobility, and muscular development.

CMC Weight Training I

Prerequisite: Weight Training II, CMC qualified, and Instructor approval
Duration: Semester

Students in this college dual credit advanced class will understand and apply weight training techniques, develop strength programs, and manipulate the Principles of Training to achieve their individualized goals and program and teach Weight Training students. Students will be expected to understand more advanced concepts of anatomy & physiology, developing energy systems, and manipulating the principles of strength training to increase, analyze, and adjust effective programs for conditioning, flexibility, power, and muscular development.

Weight Training II

Prerequisite: Weight Training I or Instructor approval
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Students in this more advanced class will continue to learn and apply weight training techniques, how  to develop strength programs, and manipulate the Principles of Training. Students will be expected to understand some more advanced concepts of anatomy, physiology, energy systems, and principles of strength training and use them to develop, modify, and analyze effective programs for conditioning, flexibility, power, and muscular development.

CMC Weight Training II

Prerequisite: CMC Weight Training I, CMC qualified, and Instructor approval
Duration: Semester

Students in this college dual credit advanced class will understand and apply weight training techniques to develop a personal strength program and complete it. Students will be expected to understand advanced concepts of anatomy & physiology, developing energy systems, diet & nutrition and how they affect  conditioning, flexibility, power, and muscular development.

Special Education/English Language Development

Academic Intervention (AI) 

Prerequisite: Students with IEP
Duration: 2 Semesters

This course is designed to improve student academic performance. Support is tailored to individual student goals related to their IEP. This course emphasizes organization, time-management, goal setting, progress-monitoring, and work completion targets.

AI MYP

Prerequisite: 10th Grade Students with IEP
Duration: 2 Semesters

This class is a typical AI Literacy class.  However, during the 3rd quarter, AI Literacy takes a pause and the students will work solely on their MYP project.  AI Literacy class work and standards resumes quarter 4.

Transitional Math

Prerequisites: Students with IEP
Grades: 9-12
Duration: As progress indicates

This course is designed to improve student math skills, including the six strands of math (number sense, algebra, data analysis/probability, geometry, measurement, computation). Math is taught using the TransMath pre-algebra program

AI Literacy

Prerequisite: Students with IEP
Duration: 2 Semesters 

AI literacy is for 9-12 grade students who need reading, writing, and presentation skill support as deemed through their IEP goals and IEP determination.  Executive functioning skills along with different ways to practice and improve literacy skills.

AI Intensive Literacy

Prerequisite: For students hand picked by SPED Department (max 4 students)
Duration: 2 Semesters

This is a class for students who are impacted significantly in the area of phonics.  The Orton Gillingham techniques are applied.  Reading instruction is individualized and study hall is provided for students not receiving instruction.

Why Try

Prerequisites: Counselor Recommendation
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 2 Semesters


Why Try is a course that focuses on 10 visual metaphors that are designed to improve SEL, resilience, and attendance. The class will focus on academic success through participation, organization, goal setting, positive peer connections, and self-advocacy.

Financial Literacy AI

Prerequisites: Students with IEP
Grades: 11-12
Duration: 2 semesters

This course is a typical AI literacy class.  However, content is now based on learning pillars of financial literacy (banking, saving, taxes, investments, etc.).

ELD Academic Intervention

Prerequisites: ELD Student
Duration: Semester

The ELD Academic Intervention class serves to assist ELD students in their transition to high school and into new mainstream classes. In the class, students will work on study skills, basic literacy and math that will help them be more successful at Summit High School. The class will also consist of a guided study hall so students can receive assistance in their core classes.

ELD Early Intermediate English

Prerequisites: Newcomer ELD or teacher recommendation,
and concurrent registration in Beginner/Early Intermediate Linguistics
Duration: 2 semesters

This class is designed for limited English proficient students who have developed basic communication skills in English. Students will continue to improve their communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) through the study of grammar, literature, and writing.

ELD Beginning English

Prerequisites: ELD Student
Duration: 2 semesters

Newcomers who have no knowledge of the English language will be introduced to basic vocabulary and communication skills. Students will continue to improve their skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Grammar, literature and writing will be incorporated as well. Concurrent enrollment in ELD Linguistics is required.

ELD Intermediate English

Prerequisites: ELD Beginner/Early Intermediate English or
teacher recommendation
Duration: 2 semesters

Advanced English language learners will be introduced to the five major genres of literature (novel, poetry, short story, non- fiction, and drama). The students will continue more advanced studies of grammar and writing as well.

ELD Linguistics: Beginning, Early Intermediate & Intermediate Levels

Prerequisites: Previous ELD Linguistics Course or teacher recommendation
Duration: 2 semesters

Students with limited English proficiency will work on their acquisition of English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in this in-depth study of the structure of the English language. This class is paired with students’ ELD English course to offer all ELD students two distinct but complementary English classes. concurrent registration in the corresponding ELD English course required.

Career and Technical Education

The vision of Colorado Career and Technical Education (CTE) is centered on the integration of workforce and education systems, aiming to offer every learner high-quality CTE experiences that pave the way for lifelong career success. In alignment with this vision, the mission of Colorado CTE is to contribute to a flourishing state economy by delivering education that is both relevant and rigorous. The focus is on creating an educational environment that is connected to the needs of the workforce, responsive to emerging trends, and provides real-world applications. By upholding these principles, Colorado CTE strives to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their chosen careers, ultimately bolstering the overall economic vitality of the state.
 

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STEM, Arts, Design, and Information Technology

Multimedia Production

Introduction to Video Production

Grades 9-12
Duration: Semester

Students are introduced to the variety of programs and occupations in the arts, audio/video technology, and communications systems. Within this context, students will be expected to develop an understanding of the various and multifaceted career opportunities in this cluster and the knowledge, skills, and

Broadcast Production

Prerequisite: Introduction to Video Production or Audio/Video Production I with final grade of 2.5
Grades 10-12
Duration: Semester

 In the Broadcast Production course, students will examine the techniques and technologies involved in creating multimedia shoots for the news and broadcast television genres. Students will explore the unique logical , structural, and aesthetic methodologies that distinguish broadcast production from other types of production.

Film Analysis

Grades 9-12
Duration: Semester

Film Analysis is an Applied Art one credit course that is open to any SHS student. This is not an appreciation of film course, but rather a focus on developing the skills necessary for the active viewing of, and critical writing and speaking about various film texts and the strategies they use for constructing meaning. We will begin by learning the basic vocabulary used to describe films: mise-en-scène, montage, cinematography, lighting, musical score, editing/pacing, etc. The class will be assessed through multiple mediums, such as written reviews, video analysis reviews, and more.

Audio/Video Production II

Prerequisite: Video Production I
Grades 11-12
Duration: Semester

This course explores the Audio and Visual production industry and its post-secondary educational and career opportunities. Students will gain job-specific training for entry level employment in audio, video, television, and motion picture careers. Professional grade equipment and software will be used in the creation of student-led productions. Students will be involved in every aspect of several class and small group audio, video, and film style production projects with emphasis on TV studio broadcasting and news production projects. Students will also be encouraged to participate as studio crew for district productions outside of school hours. 

Yearbook

Prerequisite: Previous year’s English grade 2.5 or above, 
Grades 10, 11, & 12
Duration:  Year
 
This is an activity-based class in which the yearbook is produced.  Students will learn layout and design principles and applications, advanced computer skills, effective copy writing skills, organizational skills and photographic composition.  Students will also learn the business aspects of producing a yearbook, including budget development and management, advertising sales, creating a business plan, and public relations.  This course may be repeated for credit.

Stem and Engineering

Introduction to Engineering and Technology

Grades 9-12
Duration: Semester

Are you a hands-on kind of student? Do you like to make things, take things apart, tinker or just experiment? This course provides those kinds of opportunities. In this course we explore a variety of types of engineering. There are options and opportunities for students with nearly every interest. We learn how to problem solve and create amazing solutions. 

Drafting and Design (Architectural Design)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Principles of Engineering

Grades 10-12
Duration: Semester

Architecture is much more than most people realize. The world around you was designed by an architect. We learn to explore and think more like architects and engineers. We learn why things are designed the way they are and how to design new things ourselves. We use tools such as Sketchup, Tinkercad, CAD and revit. Perhaps your parents want to build a new garage or an addition. You might be able to use skills learned in this course to help draw the plans for that new garage or addition to your house including a much larger room for you. This course may be taken more than once and your transcript will reflect a different course name for iterations.
CMC credit is available for this course

Engineering and Technology (Tech Lab II)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Principles of Engineering
Grades 10-12
Duration: Semester

This course is the jumping off point for students that want to explore in more depth, the design and engineering process. This course gives students the time, tools and resources to create amazing projects, solve real world problems and have a great time while doing it. This course can be taken more than once. Your transcript will be adjusted so that you have Engineering II.

Robotics and Automated Systems

Prerequisite: None
Grades 10-12
Duration: Semester

Explore robotics and engineering with vex and tiny whoop drones. We build, battle, fly, and compete while learning engineering design principles, problem solving skills, and of course STEM.

Computer and Digital Technologies

Introduction to Computer Sciences (CS Foundations)

Grades 9-12
Duration: Semester

Introduction to Computer Science is a foundational course that provides a broad overview of the field of computer science and its applications. The course covers a wide range of topics, including algorithms, data structures, computer architecture, programming languages, and software engineering. Through a combination of lectures, labs, and projects, students will gain a solid foundation in the principles of computer science and be able to apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems. The course is designed for students with little or no programming experience, and is a great starting point for those interested in pursuing further study in computer science or related fields.

AP Computer Science Principles

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science Foundations or Introduction to Principles of Engineering
Grades 10-12
Duration: Year Long

The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to a first semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics include: problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using the Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities. CMC credit is available for this course.

Coding and Game Design

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science Foundations
Grades 10-12
Duration: Semester

This course focuses on learning to code by creating fun and exciting games. Students will create amazing graphics oriented programs. Game theory and design will be studied. Students will learn to read and write reliable programs. Debugging and problem solving skills are also emphasized. CMC credit is available for this course

Skilled Trades

Manufacturing and Welding

Welding I / DL Welding I

Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Designed for students who have never welded before, but like doing hands-on projects and would like to learn how to weld. Students will learn how to design a project, acquire materials, MIG weld, cut and grind metal.

Construction Tech I / DL Construction Tech

Prerequisites: None
Grades: 9 - 12
Duration: Semester
Construction Tech has partnered with Careers in Construction Colorado and the Summit County Builders Association to bring you this excellent learning opportunity.  Construction Tech I is a hands-on class that is designed to teach students the basics of working with wood and home building.  Students will learn how to plan, measure, cut, fasten and finish wood by completing a number of individual projects.  Safety and workplace skills will be taught and applied on a daily basis.  An OSHA 1O Certificate is available as well as an industry recognized certificate from Home Builders Institute. No prior knowledge or skills are necessary to take this course, just an interest in learning new things, having fun and making your world better one project at a time.

CMC Welding III

Pre-requisites: Welding I or Instructor Approval
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Students will improve upon foundational welding skills learned in Welding I.  Focus will be on oxy-acetylene torch usage, SMAW (Stick) welding and preparation for taking American Welding Society tests in the future. May be taken for CMC dual enrollment credit with qualifying college placement scores. This class will count towards a Welding Certification that is offered at CMC Rifle.

Construction Tech II (Wood Shop Plus)

Prerequisites: Construction Tech I
Grades: 10 - 12
Duration: Semester
Construction Tech has partnered with Careers in Construction Colorado and the Summit County Builders Association to bring you this excellent learning opportunity. Construction Tech II will pick up where Construction Tech I left off.  In this course we will be taking on bigger and more complex projects, including the basics of home building; concrete work, framing, electrical and plumbing. An OSHA 1O Certificate is available as well as an industry recognized certificate from Home Builders Institute. Hand tools and larger shop tools will be used to increase your skills and abilities to enter into the skilled trades at a basic level or to simply make your world better one project at a time.

Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety

Health Science

Health Science Technology I

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Semester

This course is a general introduction for students interested in pursuing healthcare careers and/or postsecondary education related to health care. Emphasis will be on understanding health care systems, different health care career opportunities, personal qualities of health care workers, legal and ethical responsibilities and cultural diversity issues related to health care. The medical terminology portion of the course introduces students to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on combining and using the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to the major body systems as well as clinical, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and oncology, to name a few. Classroom structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the health healthcare setting. All Med Prep Students will participate in Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA). HOSA is a national student organization that promotes career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Sensitive health care issues will be explored.

Health Science Technology II

Prerequisites: Health Science I (Medical Terminology and EMR Preferred)
Application and interview required
Grades: 12
Duration: 2 semesters

This course will provide training in the fundamentals of individualized health care skills. Students will learn skills necessary to work in health care centers with acute care patients. They will gain workplace experience in clinical areas of interest. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency in Nurse Aide and will be eligible to take the state exam for Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Students are required to put in extra time outside of class to fulfill clinical requirements. CMC concurrent enrollment available.

CMC Medical Terminology

Prerequisite: Biology/Chemistry
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester (Fall)

Provides the student an understanding of the Greek and Latin based language of medicine and health care. Emphasis is placed upon word roots, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, symbols, anatomical terms, and terms associated with movements of the human body. Proper pronunciation, spelling, and usage of medical terminology will be stressed. This course is helpful to anyone considering going into the healthcare field. CMC concurrent enrollment available.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester (Spring)

This American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response course is to provide students the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an emergency medical responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help takes over.

Course content and activities prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide in a medical emergency. Successful completion of the course and final assessments earn the student certification as an Emergency Medical Responder and provides preparation that may be needed. Students are required to put in extra time outside of class to fulfill clinical requirements” In addition EMR students are required to attend the clinical final for certification. Students can then purchase the certification from the Red Cross.  CMC concurrent enrollment available.

Athletic Training, Sports Medicine and Personal Trainer

Athletic Training I: Prevention & Care of Sports Injuries

Prerequisite: None (a background in human body suggested)
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Basic principles of athletic training will be covered. These include the prevention, recognition, evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. Musculoskeletal anatomy, mechanisms of injury and basic taping techniques will be taught. Laboratory hours and 100% completion of Athletic Training 1 Student Handbook will be required. This consists of working in the SHS Athletic Training Room during practices and/or home athletic events with the Summit High School Athletic Trainer.

Athletic Training II: Advanced Athletic Training

Prerequisites: Complete AT 1 with a 4 or better, approval from
instructor, demonstrate the ability to teach and lead Athletic
Training I students
Suggested Grades: 11, 12
Duration: Semester

Advanced athletic training techniques will be covered in this section, including anatomy and injury evaluation. All students will be required to write research papers pertaining to new sciences in the sports medicine field. All Athletic Training II material is learned outside of class time in the Athletic Training Room. Athletic Training II is also a teaching assistant position for AT I, attendance is required during 7th period.

CMC Exercise Physiology

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology
Grades: 11-12
Duration: 2 Semesters
This course is designed to introduce students to Exercise Physiology and can be taken for College credit. The course covers basic anatomy and physiology, nutrition and energy systems, an introduction to biomechanics, athlete evaluation and programming, skill development, health maintenance, injury prevention, and disease. The course not only meets CMC HWE 245 - Physiology of Exercise requirements but also is taught in the spirit of the IB DP SL Sports, Exercise, and Health Sciences class and is an appropriate higher level science class for students interested in exercise, science, biomechanics, human performance, athletic training, physical therapy, health sciences, and other human movement related careers or interests. This class is taken for CMC Credit and is graded using IBDP SEHS Standards-Based Rubrics.

CMC Human Nutrition

Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Course involves (1) study of the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system, including the legislature, the courts, and corrections; (2) an analysis of the roles and problems of the criminal justice system in a democratic society with an emphasis on 4th, 5th, & 6th amendment considerations during police investigations, arrest, in pre-trial procedures, and while moving through the justice system. Careers in policing are examined, including ethical considerations and standard protocols and dilemmas facing law enforcement on a daily basis such as matters involving use of force and the force continuum. This introductory course provides students the foundational knowledge needed from which they can make an informed decision whether or to pursue the full range of careers and postsecondary opportunities in the criminal justice fields.

Hospitality, Human Services, and Education

Education

CMC Early Childhood Education I: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Grades: 11-12
Duration: 2 Semesters

Provides an introduction to the profession Early Childhood Education (ECE). Course content includes eight key areas of professional knowledge related to working with young children and their families in early care and education settings: child growth and development; health, nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity and inclusion; professionalism; and administration and supervision. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years.

CMC Early Childhood Education I: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Grades: 11-12
Duration: 2 Semesters

Explores guidance theories, applications, goals, and techniques, as well as factors that influence behavioral expectations of children. This course includes classroom management and pro-social skills development of young children in early childhood (EC) program settings. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years.

CMC Introduction to Education

Grades: 11-12
Duration: 2 Semesters

This introduction course focuses on the historical, social, political, philosophical, cultural, and economic forces that shape the United States public school system. This course includes current issues of education reform, technology as it relates to education, and considerations related to becoming a teacher in the state of Colorado. The course addresses diversity in the preschool through secondary school system.


*Qualifies students for the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation (TREP) program creates the opportunity for qualified students in an educator career pathway to concurrently enroll in postsecondary courses and earn college credit at no tuition costs to them or their families, for up to two years after the 12th grade year. 

Hospitality

Intro to Hospitality

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

This combination lab and class/course is designed to allow students to focus on the basics in the kitchen. The course is designed as a prerequisite to all related food service career strands. Topics such as nutrition, techniques and use of kitchen tools, basic cooking and baking are covered.

Pro Start I

Prerequisites: Catering I strongly recommended. Must be 16
years of age.
Grades: 10-12
Duration: 2 semesters

This course is designed for students who are interested in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This course gives the student a chance to use their creativity in menu developing, financial savvy in controlling profits and losses, marketing ideas in reaching customers, management skills in team leading, and the scientific know-how in preparing and serving food safely. (MSU college credit may be available)

Pro Start II

Prerequisites: Pro Start I and an interest in a career in the
hospitality/resort industry
Grades: 10-12
Duration: 2 semesters

This course will survey the different types of hospitality and resort industries (e.g. hotel/motel management, resort management, guest relations, food and beverage management) and the implications for career preparation and training within these industries. Students will be expected to conduct field studies and shadowing exercises in local businesses. **This class is not offered every year.** (MSU college credit may be
available)
 

Pro Start Youth Apprenticeship

Prerequisites: Catering I and II. Enrollment in Pro-Start
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: Semester

Pro-Start students who wish to receive the Pro-Start National Certificate of Achievement from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation must complete a minimum of 400 hours of work experience. Students who complete this semester-long Pro-Start Internship will submit documentation of working a minimum of 200 hours paid employment in a food service operation, as approved by the instructor. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a minimum of 50 of the 72 job-related competencies. Students must complete an agreement to work with a designated mentor during the Pro- Start Internship and turn in weekly journal reflections. Students will also create a resume, portfolio, and a career research paper. Each student will be required to complete a final project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned their Pro-Star.

Pro Start Hospitality and Tourism

Prerequisites: Catering I
Grades: 10-12
Duration: 2 semesters

This course is designed for the student interested in the hospitality industry. Students will develop business proposals for a new hospitality industry. The business proposal will consist of a defined concept and supporting marketing plans. Students will prepare a comprehensive written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display. (CMC or MSU college credit may be available).

 

Business, Marketing and Public Administration

Business and Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

In this class students will learn the basic principles of business, marketing, accounting, and economics; investigate domestic and global businesses; analyze business transactions and financial statements; learn management fundamentals and other skills needed for the modern workplace; learn problem-solving skills and learn how to open up and start a business.

Business Marketing

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester

Explores contemporary marketing environments, strategies, and practices. Emphasizes elements of the marketing mix, including product/service development and management, pricing, channel management, and promotion. Legal, ethical, and social issues in marketing are discussed.

Personal Finance

Grade: 11 and 12
Duration: Semester

This upper level year, semester-long elective is designed to prepare students for real-world financial scenarios. The course is built upon CDE economics standards and the premise that as students leave high school, it is crucial for them to possess a practical understanding of financial challenges and opportunities. Topics will include setting money goals, budgeting, debt, credit card management, building credit, student loans, taxes, insurance, stocks, savings and checking accounts, investing options, and retirement potential.

Bike Technician

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11-12 
Duration: Semester

Learn the basics of Bicycle Mechanics from trail/roadside emergencies to complete assembly and wheel work. This hands-on class will also feature visits from many experts from our amazing biking community. Students will be prepared for personal bike mechanics as well as ready to enter into a shop as an entry level mechanic.

Bike Technician II

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 11-12 
Duration: Semester

Learn the basics of Bicycle Mechanics from trail/roadside emergencies to complete assembly and wheel work. This hands on class will also feature visits from many experts from our amazing biking community. Students will be prepared for personal bike mechanics as well as ready to enter into a shop as an entry level mechanic. 

CMC Ski/Snowboard Technician

Grades: 11-12; Students must be 16yrs. old
Duration: Semester

This course is a partnership with Christy Sports. Students will be trained in aspects of ski and snowboard tuning as well as retail ski and snowboard product knowledge. It is a hands-on class that offers the opportunity for students to secure a job with Christy’s following a successful completion of the class. Students will be encouraged to do this in conjunction with the SHS internship class. Course participants will also learn and follow Christy Sports ski rental procedures.

Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

Outdoor Education and Leadership

Outdoor Education Fall: Navigation, Survival and Cooking

Duration: Semester (Fall)
Grade: Priority given to grade 12, minimum of grade 10
Duration: Semester

This course will focus on increasing the leadership and outdoor skills of students through teamwork, skill development, understanding, responsibility, and confidence while engaging in environmental and outdoor education topics that may include camping, orienteering, outdoor cooking, rock climbing, fly fishing, archery, kayaking, rappelling, ropes course, hiking, snowshoeing, and trip planning. There will be some aspects of the class that involve additional fees and take place outside the Summit High School campus. Students will have the option to test their camping, group travel, and survival skills in the backcountry on a weekend practical backpacking trip.

Outdoor Education Spring: Leadership, Snow & Rock

Duration: Semester 
Grade: Priority given to grade 12, minimum of grade 11
Duration: Semester

Outdoor Education II focuses on developing leadership, communication, and teamwork skills of students. Through the disciplines of winter backcountry travel and ropes course management, students will improve their abilities to assess risk, make decisions, and manage groups in wilderness and team-building settings. Students will study snow science and snow safety. They will also act as ropes course facilitators. The class will have an optional field experience that tests their abilities and skills.

Wilderness First Aid

Prerequisite: None
Grade: Priority given to grade 12, minimum of grade 10
Duration: Semester

Qualifying students may receive a CMC Wilderness First Aid credit as well as an American Health and Safety Institute certification. This certification is a basic requirement and industry standard for outdoors, camp, and wilderness jobs. Wilderness First Aid covers a variety of general medical concepts and life saving skills. When hospitals and doctors are not definitive, Wilderness First Aid will help the student identify, problem solve, and fix medical maladies in the outdoors. It is intended for any person who spends time outside, hiking, skiing, boang, walking, climbing, etc. The WFA course is designed as a preparatory course to a Wilderness First Responder course. Topics covered include parent assessment systems, fractures, abrasions, anaphylaxis, CPR, hypothermia, backcountry medicine, patient carriers, and others.

Additional Programming

Sources of Strength Leadership

Prerequisite: Current SOS Peer Leader and  SOS Adult Advisor approval
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester
This course is designed to strengthen students' personal and group leadership skills. It will cover such topics as public speaking, effective communication, human relations, organization and management, and group dynamics. Time will be dedicated to planning SOS campaigns, engaging in community outreach, and facilitating meetings.

 

Pathway to Profile 9/10

Prerequisite: None
Grade: 9, 10
Duration: Year Long
Pathway to Profile is a year long course designed to help 9TH and 10TH GRADE students be set up for success during their time at SHS.  The curriculum in this class will help students to be:
 
COURAGEOUS: Take informed risks, persevere through challenges, and advocate for the needs of themselves and others.
GLOBALLY AWARE: Participate in local and global communities, embrace different cultures, welcome the perspectives of others, and communicate effectively across lines of difference.
GROWTH ORIENTED: Remain flexible and open to possibilities, adapt in changing circumstances, and pursue passions.
PREPARED: Are academically prepared, socially and emotionally intelligent, and financially ready.
CURIOUS: Ask questions, think critically, and solve problems using a variety of strategies.
 

Fine Arts

Visual Arts

Art Foundations

Prerequisite: Enrollment in dual language program or administration approval
Duration: 1 year 
**NCAA Approved Course**

This course is designed to further develop the Spanish Language proficiency of our Dual Language students emphasizing reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will also make meaningful connections with students and adults in Spanish-speaking countries around the world while participating in a variety of Global Projects. Students will read novels and newspapers focusing on authentic resources and social media. Students will watch various forms of media as well as produce their own to build Spanish language proficiency. 

Ceramics I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

Emphasis will be placed on the ceramic hand-building skills on pinch, coil, and slab. Student projects will consist of functional and sculptural pieces. Students will be introduced to the potter’s wheel, as well as, the use of clay tools, equipment and glazing. Variety of surface treatments, low firing glazing and kiln firing will be explored with a brief introduction to high fire effects.

Ceramics II

Prerequisite: Ceramics I
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Advanced hand building skills will be emphasized as students
are expected to apply techniques learned in Ceramics I. Students will further enhance the skills of throwing on the potter’s wheel. High Fire Glazing techniques and alternative firing methods will be explored in Ceramics II. Students enrolled in this class must be highly motivated and able to work independently.

Ceramics Studio

Prerequisite: Ceramics II
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester (Can be repeated for elective credits)

Ceramic Studio uses techniques learned in Ceramics I and II and advances these techniques and skills as students develop personal goals for their art. Students work on independent proposals exploring their interests. Advanced hand building skills will be practiced, as well as the pottery wheel techniques and forms. High Fire Glazing techniques and alternative firing methods will be emphasized. Students enrolled in this class must be highly motivated and able to work independently. This class can be repeated for elective credits if students want to continue developing pottery skills and explore selling their artwork.

Photography I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

This introductory course emphasizes basic film camera skills, darkroom procedures, digital camera skills, and computer skills. Effective photographic compositions and a variety of techniques will be explored. Students will be expected to take photographs outside of class and off-campus. Students are encouraged to own their own manual 35mm camera, although some cameras are available on a 24-hour loan through the art department.

Photography II

Prerequisites: Photography I and Instructor approval
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

A continuation of Photo I, students will learn advanced black & white and digital techniques, studio lighting techniques and photographic concepts while using traditional film cameras, digital cameras and computer applications. Projects emphasize interpretation of themes in addition to commercial photography, portraiture, and digital imagery. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently. It is recommended that students have their own manual 35mm cameras, although some equipment is available on a 24-hour loan through the Art Department.

Photography Studio

Prerequisites: Photography I and Instructor approval
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester (Can be repeated for elective credits)

Students will continue developing their skills from Photography II and create independent proposals for projects that emphasize their interests and development as a Photographer. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently. It is recommended that students have their own manual or digital 35mm cameras, although some equipment is available on a 24-hour loan through the Art Department. This class can be repeated for elective credits if students want to continue developing photography skills and explore selling their artwork.

Drawing I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

Students will practice drawing techniques through the manipulation of various drawing media. Throughout the course, students will learn about drawing through direct observation and viewing the work of master artists and thematic exercises. Students will also learn the components of good composition and how to successfully utilize the Elements and Principles of Art into their studio work.

Drawing II

Prerequisite: Drawing I
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of skills and techniques covered in Drawing I. They will expand their knowledge, techniques, and skills from Drawing I while working on developing a comprehensive portfolio.

Graphic Design I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

This course will introduce students to the language, tools and techniques used by the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to presenting and solving design problems. This class is designed with a drawing, design, and technology curriculum. Computer applications will be introduced using Apple computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software. The computers are used as a tool to enhance and manipulate student work. Emphasis will be placed on print media including personal and profession advertising, posters, CD Covers, and T-shirt designs. Each project is designed to meet the needs of “the client”. Students can continue the class for a second semester in Graphic Design II.

Graphic Design II

Prerequisite: Graphic Design I
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester

This course will review the introduction of the language, tools, and techniques used by the professional graphic designer presented in the first course and continue the design curriculum. Attention will be paid to presenting and solving design problems. This class is designed with a drawing, design and technology curriculum. Computer applications will be introduced using Apple computers with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software. The computers are used as a tool to enhance and manipulate student work. Emphasis will be placed on designing, magazine/book covers, advertising package design and t-shirt design. Each project is designed to meet the needs of “the client”. This class can follow Graphic Design I for a complete year.

Metals (Jewelry)

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

This introductory course focuses on working with sheet metals and wire. Students will create a variety of functional or decorative pieces while implementing metal-smith tools, skills, and techniques. While torches are used this is not a heavy or large scale welding class or beading class.

Metals Studio (Jewelry)

Prerequisite: Metals
Grades: 10-12
Duration: Semester (Can be repeated for elective credits)

This advanced course focuses on the exploration of soldering, stone setting and lost wax casting. All skills and techniques from Metals will be repeated at an advanced level creating jewelry work out of sterling silver with added stones and enhancements. Students enrolled in this class must be highly motivated and able to work independently. This class can be repeated for elective credits if students want to continue developing metalsmithing skills and explore selling their artwork.

Painting I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

Students will learn painting techniques while exploring historic and contemporary painters and individual painting styles. Students will paint a variety of subject matter while implementing elements and principles of art in their paintings. Rules of good composition, exploring realism, abstraction, and non objective art.  Students will work on developing their own unique creative voices.

Painting II

Prerequisite: Painting I
Grades:10-12
Duration: Semester

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the skills, techniques, and aesthetic theories learned in Painting I. They will expound upon their knowledge of the elements and principles of design, employ more advanced techniques and processes and utilize additional types of painting media— in relation to societal, cultural, historical, and personal concepts. Students will reflect critically on their own artistic development while working on developing a comprehensive portfolio.

IB DP Visual Art

Prerequisite: 2 semesters minimum of High School art
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: 2 years for IB Diploma

IB Visual Arts 11 and 12 is a rigorous, two-year course where the students work with a variety of materials and concepts, exploring their own art making practice and developing an understanding of other art forms and artists. Emphasis will be on expanding student understanding of communication in the arts, developing a body of work that is personally meaningful and understanding how art production reflects both their own and others’ worlds, ideas and experiences. Emphasis is on the documentation of the process from the initial idea to a final artwork per IB criterion. A sketchbook is mandatory for recording ideas, process work, art criticism, visual explorations, as well as the further development of technical skills. All work is assessed using the IB aims and objectives and exam criterion. The submissions of the IB Art exams is the final component, as well as an exhibition of your artwork. CMC dual enrollment credit registration can occur the last semester of the senior year.

CMC Studio Art

Prerequisite: 2 semesters minimum of High School Art level I/II
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: Semester

A multimedia studio art environment designed for advanced 11th and 12th grade art students.  Students can work independently or follow teacher assignments  in specialized mediums. They will explore historical references and themes, evaluate work formally and informally throughout the entire creative process. Studio work will be the product of research documented in individual sketchbooks. Emphasis is on the documentation of the process from initial idea to a final artwork per IB criterion.

CMC Art Appreciation

Prerequisite: Accuplacer score
Grades: 11-12
Duration: Semester

An introduction to the cultural significance of the history of the visual arts, course studies will include media, processes, techniques, traditions, and terminology. As art is fundamental to human nature, and Art Appreciation gives an insight into our individual and collective spirit, this course explores both the characteristics of expression in the visual arts and their relation to other media through the course of documented history. Discussion of the techniques of artistic production, the role of the artist’s personality and social context, and our own perspectives in the evaluation of art will focus on works representative of major historical periods. May be taken for CMC dual enrollment credit with qualifying college placement scores.

Performing Arts Elective Pathways

Concert Band

Prerequisite: Middle School Band or audition-based approval
of Instructor
Grades: 9-12
Duration: One Year, may be repeated

The Concert Band is open to all students in grades 9-12 who play an appropriate band instrument. Any beginning students who do not meet prerequisite requirements and wish to join the Concert Band must get approval from instructor and take private lessons for the duration of their first year in band. Most instruments will need to be furnished by students; see Instructor for details. We do not want to deny any student the opportunity to participate, so if there is a financial situation, please speak to the Instructor directly to discuss possible solutions. There will be 5-7 mandatory performances per year. This is a yearlong course. Uniform purchase and SmartMusic subscription purchase are required.

Concert Choir

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 1;  year, maybe repeated
CMC credit: Junior and senior years only

Students will use the vocal performance to further their music education. Students will learn the essentials of healthy tone production, vocalizing, sight reading, and performance. The choir performs concerts and attends clinics, festivals, and contests. This course may be repeated for additional credits. Students will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge and application level commensurate with ability and formal studies. CMC Credit may be available for 3rd/4th year members.

Gig band

Prerequisite: 1 Year HS Music Experience or Instructor Approval
Grades: 10-12
Duration: One year, may be repeated

Students must have at least 1 year of high school music experience (or have previous director approval), be able to read music fluently and be proficient on at least one instrument or voice. This group is designed for students who want to gain real-world performance experience in all genres including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Country/Bluegrass, etc. While all musicians meeting the above guidelines are welcome in the class, the Varsity-level drum set, guitar, bass, keyboard and vocal positions will be auditioned at the start of the semester. Additional students on these instruments will be welcomed at the apprentice level. The performance schedule of the Varsity-level ensemble can be quite demanding. Non-varsity members will perform on an as-available basis. This is a yearlong course. Uniform purchase is required. (CMC credit may be available for Juniors and Seniors).

Drama I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

Drama I is an active, hands-on class in which students will explore the many facets of drama performance, including storytelling, monologues, improvisation, theatre games, and scene study. Students will learn character analysis and theatre terminology. This course may be used to fulfill a fine arts elective requirement, and may be repeated once for additional credit.

Guitar I

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester

Guitar I is open to all students. A book must be purchased from instructor at the beginning of the year. A limited number of school-owned guitars are available for student rental. The curriculum includes open chords, note reading, rhythm reading, tablature, strumming patterns, fingerstyle, ensemble playing, bass lines, power chords  and barre chords. Students who want to pursue guitar performance who already have a thorough understanding of these concepts should ask the instructor for approval to join Gig Band.

Orchestra

Prerequisite: Middle School Orchestra or audition-based approval of Instructor
Grades: 9-12
Duration: One year, may be repeated

The Orchestra is open to all who play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Any beginning students who do not meet prerequisite requirements and wish to join the Orchestra must get approval from the instructor and take private lessons for the duration of their first year in Orchestra. Most instruments will need to be furnished by the students; see Instructor for details. We do not want to deny any student the opportunity to participate, so if there is a financial situation, please speak to the Instructor to discuss possible solutions. There will be 3-5 mandatory performances per year. This is a yearlong course.  Uniform purchase and SmartMusic subscription purchase are required. (CMC credit may be available for Juniors and Seniors)

Piano Keyboarding I, II-IV available upon request

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: Semester
CMC piano: Junior and senior years only for levels II-IV.
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning to play the keyboard/piano. Students will learn the basics of music theory, and gain beginning piano skills. Emphasis is on technique, individual practice, original composition, and individual and small ensemble performance. Students with previous or no piano/keyboard experience are welcome.

Summit Singers

Prerequisites: Some musical experience in reading music and/or performance choir experience.
Grades: Primarily 11-12
Duration: 2 semesters
CMC credit may be available for juniors and seniors

This performance-based group is the top vocal group at Summit High School, and serves our community and school through many performances throughout the year, many of them outside school hours. Students are expected to demonstrate vocal and musical growth and commitment, and are encouraged to remain with the group throughout high school. Musical repertoire will include pop, jazz, classical, and world language. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for regional and state-level honor choirs, participate in solo and small group work, etc. Fundraising for triennial international trips is a group effort and is required. Formal performance outfit purchase required. CMC credit may be available for juniors and seniors.

Symphonic Band

Prerequisites: Audition and Instructor approval
Grades: Primarily 10-12
Duration: One year, may be repeated
CMC credit: Junior and senior years only

Any student who plays a wind/percussion instrument may audition for this select group. Instructors will be working closely in the weeks before school starts to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate ensemble. There will be 5-7 mandatory performances per year, including an adjudicated festival. Most instruments will need to be furnished by the students. See Instructor for details. We do not want to deny any student the opportunity to participate, so if there is a financial situation, please speak to the Instructor directly, and it will be taken care of. All performances are mandatory. This is a yearlong course. Uniform purchase and SmartMusic subscription purchase are required.  (CMC credit may be available for Juniors and Seniors).

Theater Technology I and II

Prerequisite: None
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 2 semesters

The students in Theater Technology will learn the basic fundamentals of setting and operating lights and sound in the theater; assist with building and painting sets and props; assist in the maintenance and inventory of equipment, costumes, prop room, and sets in the theater. Students are required to participate in at least one production each semester. All students working with productions and in class sign a tech contract.

Theater Tech Internship

Prerequisite: Theater tech I and II
Grades: 10-12
Duration: 1 year

Theater Tech Internship is an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience within the performing arts. Students will attend class in-person every Wednesday throughout the semester to work with the instructor on job responsibilities and schedule outside school hours.  Students will work a minimum of 90 hours (paid) at their internship during the semester, in order to meet requirements. Emphasis is placed on career exploration and developing a strong work ethic and professional skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Dual Language Mariachi

Prerequisite: none
Grade: 9-12
Duration: Semester

This year-long class is open to all students who wish to learn Mariachi-style music, whether in the Dual Language program or not, and may be repeated. Students without musical experience will play guitar and/or voice (guitars provided). Students with musical experience may choose from additional available instruments including a primary band/orchestra instrument, vihuela and guitarron. Students will perform in public outside of school hours 3-5 times per year. This class is taught half in English and half in Spanish, and all students regardless of language ability are welcome in this class.

Music Production

Prerequisite: none
Grade: 10-12
Duration: Semester

Music production introduces students to the concepts of recording, sequencing and mixing music using computer-based Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Topics covered include digital audio and MIDI theory,  MIDI sequencing, stereo mixing techniques, and use of software-based virtual instruments and effects processors such as equalizers, compressors and reverbs. Students receive hands-on practice in digital music production using a school provided Macbook and also Chromebook based software.

IB/DP Music (SL/HL)

Prerequisite: At least four semesters of high school music classes and ability to read music and perform an instrument fluently.
Grades: 11-12
Duration: 1-2 Years
CMC Credit Available (6 credits)

DP Music is open to students in grades 11-12 with four semesters of high school music class experience. Students must enter the class able to read at least one clef of music fluently and play at least one instrument fluently. If you are not sure if your previous skills are adequate, please see the Instructor for details. Students will explore, experiment with, and present music as researchers, performers, and composers. A wide variety of music will be studied, including music for sociocultural and political expression, music for listening and performance, music for dramatic impact, movement and entertainment, and music technology in the electronic and digital age. Students may choose SL for one year or HL for two years, and CMC guaranteed transfer college credit for Music Appreciation (3 credits) and World Music (3 credits) is available for this class. The HL option includes a significant capstone project in music during year 2.

Scheduling Policies

Number of Scheduled Courses

All students must be registered in a minimum of 6 courses in semester 1, there is no minimum for second semester with the exception of student athletes. Students participating in school sports have to be registered in a minimum of 6 courses in semester 2 for 9th, 10th and 11th graders and a minimum of 5 courses in semester 2 for 12th graders.

Courses that do not meet requirements as a ‘6th class’ - Academic Resilience, Academic Athlete, Teacher Aide, Classes taken off campus (CMC, BYU Online, etc.)

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes have a serious effect on the master schedule, individual schedules and class size. The master schedule is developed by the number of course selections identified by students during the registration process.  School administrators make decisions regarding the number of sections per department based on students’ course selections. Class schedule changes should not be necessary except in rare circumstances.  The following outlines the SHS policy on schedule changes 

ADD/DROP/WITHDRAWAL POLICY

A student may add any course during the first 7 days of any semester as long as there is an opening in the course and does not impact other class periods.  Course options may be limited.  No class is officially added to a student’s schedule until the student meets with their counselor and receives an updated schedule. 
A student may drop classes from their schedule only if this does not put them below the minimum number of classes required (6 classes in s1, 5-6 classes in s2)  and does not affect any graduation requirement. This may be done within the first three weeks of the semester without penalty. All students must have a full schedule. 
If a student drops a class between Week 4 and Week 10, the course will appear on the student’s transcript and the record will show a WP or WF (withdrawal pass or withdrawal fail).  A WP/WF is not factored into a student’s grade point average.  
No withdrawals will occur after the 10th week of the semester unless an administrator requests a drop, which will be noted as a WF and will count towards the GPA as a .5 regardless of grade in class.
During the first semester, students may make changes to their second semester schedule (adding/dropping semester long classes) by meeting with their counselor between mid-November and end of semester 1.  Students must gain approval from their parents, teachers, and counselor to make changes.  
Appeals can be made to administration and counseling for hardship cases.

SUBJECT LEVEL CHANGE POLICY 

Students may make a level change up (ex. Pre-Calculus to IB Math Analysis) by working directly with the classroom teacher within the first 3 weeks of the course. 
Students may make a level change down (ex IB Math Analysis to Pre-Calculus) by working directly with the classroom teacher within the first 6 weeks of the course.

TEACHER CHANGE POLICY

If a student wants to request a teacher or advisor change for any reason, the student should contact their school counselor to discuss concerns.
A meeting will be scheduled with the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and counselor to create a plan to address the concerns.  A follow-up meeting will be scheduled.
Counselor/Student and Teacher/Parent/Student follow up meeting will discuss progression action steps set at initial meeting.  If there has been no improvement, the information will be shared with the SHS Administration.
Changes to Teacher/Advisor may be approved by SHS Administrator in response to extenuating circumstances.

ONLINE COURSE POLICY

Online courses are offered through Edgenuity for $190 per semester course, contracts must be turned in and fees paid prior to course enrollment.
No more than 40% of classes can be taken online.
Students may add online courses within the first 3 weeks of each semester.