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Available as either semester or full year unless noted. All courses meet elective Graduation requirements unless stated as College Prep.

AP Computer Science Grades 11-12 – Full Year

AP Computer

AP Compter Science A focuses on object-oriented programming methodology with a concentration on problem solving 

and algorithm development. It also addresses the study of data structures, design, and abstraction.

Students who choose AP Computer Science A should have successfully completed Algebra II as well as some previous programming experience, a basic understanding of networks, and knowledge of the responsible use of computer systems (including system reliability, privacy, legal issues, intellectual property, and the social and ethical ramifications of computer use).


As an AP course, the level of rigor is equivalent to that required of students in a college freshman or sophomore course in this area of study. The course has been audited and approved by the College Board, the governing body for AP Courses and prepares students for the College Board examination for Computer Science A.

College Prep • Honors

Art Journal – Semester
Art Journal is a second-semester accompaniment to Journal Writing, or it can stand alone as a singular semester course. Recommended for students with a strong interest in pursuing art studies, Art Journal explores theoretical and conceptual artistic elements best suited for students with some art background. It combines personal experience with artistic expression in writing and drawing by encouraging daily reflection on various themes, culminating in a final report.

Astronomy: Exploring the Universe – Semester
Why do stars twinkle? Is it possible to fall into a black hole? Will the sun ever stop shining? Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. This course will introduce students to the study of astronomy, including its history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe.

Additional topics include the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the sun and stars. Using tools, students will examine the life cycle of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space.

Calligraphy – Semester
Calligraphy offers a beginner’s workshop in learning the art of beautiful writing. The course starts by teaching students how to select the proper pen and hold it correctly, then moves on to training the writer to listen to his or her creative side. Learn to produce unique gifts, stationery and invitations that will be valued by your friends and family. Both Italic and Gothic styles are studied.

Cartooning Animals – Semester
From drawing simple animals to villains, this course teaches the basics of how to draw cartoons for comic strips and other art-related activities.

Students learn how basic elements of shading and coloring can make their own action figures pop right off the page! Learn how using a triangle and T-square, effective wrist movements and art supplies can help round out your “budding artist” skills. This is a fun course for the creative student.

Creative Writing – Full Year
While using proper grammar, punctuation and spelling is important, each student must also develop the writer within. Creative Writing is designed to encourage students to appreciate the joy of writing and heal from past negative experiences with writing. This is an excellent course for students who want an opportunity to express themselves through the written word. The course focuses on all aspects of writing, from personal writing to narrative and expository writing, and culminates with a full-term paper.

Creative Writing – Semester
This is a friendly, student-centered course, written for all skill levels, that fosters creative writing in a variety of forms. Students explore journal writing, poetry, fiction and nonfiction such as letter writing and technical writing.

College Prep

Criminology: Inside the Criminal Mind – Semester
In today’s world, crime and deviant behavior rank at or near the top of many people’s concerns. In this course, we will study the field of Criminology – the study of crime. We will look at possible explanations for crime from the standpoint of psychological, biological and sociological perspectives, explore the categories and social consequences of crime, and investigate how the criminal justice system handles not only criminals, but also their misdeeds.

Why do some individuals commit crimes why others do not? What aspects in our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why are different punishments given for the same crime? What factors…from arrest to punishment…help shape the criminal case process?

College Prep

Digital Photography I: Creating Images with Impact! – Semester
Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs.

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Digital Photography II: Discovering Your Creative Potential – Semester
In today’s world, photographs are all around us, including in advertisements, on websites, and hung on our walls as art. Professional photographers have created many of the images that we see. In this course, we will examine various aspects of professional photography, including the ethics of the profession, and examine some of the areas that professional photographers may choose to specialize in, such as wedding photography and product photography.

We will also learn more about some of the most respected professional photographers in history and we will learn how to critique photographs in order to better understand what creates an eye-catching photograph.

College Prep

Digital Photography II: Discovering Your Creative Potential – Semester
In today’s world, photographs are all around us, including in advertisements, on websites, and hung on our walls as art. Professional photographers have created many of the images that we see. In this course, we will examine various aspects of professional photography, including the ethics of the profession, and examine some of the areas that professional photographers may choose to specialize in, such as wedding photography and product photography.

We will also learn more about some of the most respected professional photographers in history and we will learn how to critique photographs in order to better understand what creates an eye-catching photograph.

College Prep

Drawing Animals – Quarter Term
Share your love of animals by learning to draw the wonderful critters with whom you are sharing your life. Using proper tools and techniques, drawing realistic animals can be accessible and fun for all students of art, from the elementary scribbler to the accomplished artist. Take this course and learn to draw animals, both exotic and familiar, through the use of shapes and shading.

Learn how paying close attention to details will help you see variations in facial features, fur and skin textures and muscle movements. By learning the techniques for background details, you can create nature drawings that will be cherished by family and friends for years to come.

Drawing People – Semester
This course offers step-by-step instruction on how to draw real people and still life. The course begins with exploration of measurement and proportions, then teaches students to create perspective using cubes, lines and cylindrical objects.

Assignments teach students how to use diverse media, including pencil, chalk and charcoal, to draw individual facial features and full facial portraits. Students also learn to draw a wide variety of expressions.

The course curriculum is extremely flexible and can be adapted to offer in-depth, detailed instruction in drawing techniques or an informal introduction to the joys of using art for personal expression.

Forensic Science I: Secrets of the Dead Semester
Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system.

This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

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Forensic Science II: More Secrets of the Dead – Semester
Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.

College Prep

Great Minds in Science: Ideas for a New Generation – Semester
Is there life on other planets? What extremes can the human body endure? Can we solve the problem of global warming? Today, scientists, explorers, and writers are working to answer all of these questions.

Like Edison, Einstein, Curie, and Newton, the scientists of today are asking questions and working on problems that may revolutionize our lives and world.

This course focuses on 10 of today’s greatest scientific minds. Each unit takes an in-depth look at one of these individuals, and shows how their ideas may help to shape tomorrow’s world.

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Health Science: The Whole Individual – Semester
Will we ever find a cure for cancer? Meningitis, tuberculosis, and the measles identified and diagnosed? Health sciences provide the answers to questions such as these. In this course, students will be introduced to the various disciplines within the health sciences, including toxicology, clinical medicine, and biotechnology.

They will explore the importance of diagnostics and research in the identification and treatment of diseases. The course presents information and terminology for the health sciences and examines the contributions of different health science areas.

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History of the Holocaust – Semester
Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of Antisemitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy.

The study of the Holocaust is a multi-disciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester- long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference, the potential for government- supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.

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Hospitality & Tourism: Traveling the Globe – Semester
With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers. As a result, hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This course will introduce students to the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas.

Student will learn about key hospitality issues, the development and management of tourist locations, event planning, marketing, and environmental issues related to leisure and travel. The course also examines some current and future trends in the field.

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Law & Order: Introduction to Legal Studies – Semester
Every society has laws that its citizens must follow. From traffic laws to regulations on how the government operates, laws help provide society with order and structure. Our lives are guided and regulated by our society’s legal expectations.

Consumer laws help protect us from faulty goods; criminal laws help to protect society from individuals who harm others; and family law handles the arrangements and issues that arise in areas like divorce and child custody.

This course focuses on the creation and application of laws in various areas of society. By understanding the workings of our court system, as well as how laws are actually carried out, we become more informed and responsible citizens in our communities and of our nation.

College Prep

Mathematics for College Success – 1200410
This course is targeted for students who are not yet “college ready” in mathematics. This course incorporates the Florida Standards for Mathematical Practices as well as the following Florida Standards for Mathematical Content: Expressions and Equations, The Number System, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Functions, Algebra, Geometry, Number and Quantity, Statistics and Probability, and the Florida Standards for High School Modeling.

The standards align with the Mathematics Postsecondary Readiness Competencies deemed necessary for entry-level college courses.

Pre Algebra – Full Year
Pre Algebra provides students with a solid preparation for algebra and geometry. Students will build on previously developed arithmetic skills to expand their algebraic thinking skills. Students will cover topics including solving equations and inequalities containing fractions and decimals, ratios, linear functions, graphing, spatial thinking, finding area and volume of geometric figures, and right triangles.

The program also provides numerous opportunities to assess basic skills along with abundant remediation and intervention activities found throughout the course. Students have access to practice exercises and will also utilize many resources, within the classroom and beyond which will help to solidify the concepts covered throughout the course.

Public Speaking – Semester
The art of public speaking is one which underpins the very foundations of Western society. This course examines those foundations in both Aristotle and Cicero’s views of rhetoric, and then traces those foundations into the modern world. Students will learn not just the theory, but also the practice of effective public speaking, including how to analyze the speeches of others, build a strong argument, and speak with confidence and flair.

By the end of this course, students will know exactly what makes a truly successful speech and will be able to put that knowledge to practical use.

College Prep

Reading for College Success
This course is targeted for students who are not “college-ready” in reading. This course incorporates reading and analysis of informational selections to develop critical reading skills necessary for success in college courses.

This course prepares students for successful completion of Florida college English language arts courses requiring extensive grade-level reading. The benchmarks reflect the Florida College Competencies necessary for entry-level college courses.

Video Production – Semester
This dynamic multimedia course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and mechanics of film making. Working through the 18-lesson structure, you will be exploring the various facets of professional videography: cinematography and lighting, editing basics, pre-production and planning, rules of composition, diegetic and non-diegetic sound and the art of visual storytelling.

A variety of assignments will allow aspiring auteurs to not only get their feet wet with various field exercises and Milestone movie projects but to also gain an understanding of what goes on “behind the scenes” through applied critical thinking and problem solving. In order to successfully complete assignments for the Video Production course, students must own or have ready access to the following: a video camera (virtually any digital camcorder will do, from recreational models such as the Sony Flip to a commercial-grade HD model such as the Canon Vixia) and editing software: for either Mac (Final Cut, iMovie or Adobe Premiere) or PC (AVID, Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere/ Elements).

Vocabulary for the SAT – Full Year
This elective course is designed to increase students’ vocabulary and reading comprehension as they prepare to take the ACT and SAT exams. Listening to a CD with 13 original, hip songs, using more than 250 ACT/SAT words, students practice drills with these same words in dozens of exercises included in the accompanying McGraw-Hill text.

They also work their way through the Sadlier-Oxford text as they master hundreds of words, plus their classic roots, synonyms, antonyms and other grammatically related components.

In addition, students have access through the course to interactive games, puzzles and dictionaries, which they can use to further supplement their studies. This course can be taken for a full year or as a one-semester course. Vocabulary for the SAT – This elective course is designed to increase students’ vocabulary as they prepare to take the ACT and SAT exams. Working with over 200 vocabulary words that are most commonly used on the SAT exam, the students will master hundreds of words, plus their classic roots, synonyms, antonyms, and other grammatically related components.

Students will create connections, practice word usage, and create study guides to later help them in preparing for the SAT and ACT. In addition, students have access to interactive Games, Puzzles, and Dictionaries, which they can use to further supplement their studies.

College Prep

Writing for College Success – 1009370
This course is targeted for students who are not “college-ready” in writing. This course incorporates language study, the practice of writing craft strategies, and the analysis of writing selections to develop critical writing skills necessary for success in college courses, preparing students for successful completion of Florida college English courses requiring extensive grade-level writing. The benchmarks reflect the Florida College Competencies necessary for entry-level college courses.

Clubs for high school offer our students the opportunity to socialize with other students who share the same interests, talents, and goals. Students gather in a stimulating and inviting environment where they can share with each other and dive more deeply into subjects that interest them, all under the guidance of experienced, dynamic teachers.

Clubs meet once a month on a pre-assigned day and time. Students continue to work together throughout each month on club projects and activities.

Art Club
Students look at various types of artwork, share their own art, and put together a virtual art newsletter to be shared with the school via our private social network.

Book Club
Students will choose books for the club to read each fall. Club members are encouraged to explore new genres and a variety of authors. Students will lead book discussions, respond to posts in the Book Club forum, have read-a-thons, and debate topics and authors.

Computer App Club
Computer, iPhone, iPad, tablets, etc. all have a huge range of apps that are used and created these days. Students often know a lot of very useful apps for keeping calendars, staying in touch, getting homework help, and having fun. Students can come to share new apps they’ve found or heard about, and maybe even learn how to create apps of their own.

Cooking Club
Students will share recipes, learn cooking techniques, tips and more.

Craft Club
Club members will learn about the historical and cultural backgrounds surrounding knitting, crochet, needle point, embroidery and weaving—along with other hand crafts. In addition, students will learn the basics of each craft, work on projects in each area, and present finished projects as student interest determines.

Creative Thinking Club
Club members will have an opportunity to think outside the box. We will have a variety of creative exercises during the meetings and will also complete some tasks individually and report back on our results. Creative Writing, Poetry, and Photography Club Club members make up the staff of the Club Med Academies Vision and Voices Magazine published at the end of each semester. This club is for students who enjoy writing and reading poetry, fiction and non-fiction and submitting photography to be published. Through peer editing and a monthly meeting, members improve their creativity and craft.

Debate Club
Club members are provided with a topic, and take either the pro or con position. They are given a few minutes to do some research, gather their arguments, and then debate the topic until consensus is reached.

Environment Club
This club is for students who love nature and the Earth, and seek to find a closer connection with the Earth and the environment, both as individuals and as a human community.

Equestrian Club
Members of this club have a love for horses and/or riding. It will be for beginners to experienced riders. There will be no requirements except for the shared love of horses.

Students will participate in discussions, exhibit their performances, develop and participate in group projects. The Equestrian Club is a place for students to share their love of horses, without the stress of competition!

Fashion Club
Club members will explore the fashion world, keep up on the latest trends, and share their own original designs and get feedback/support from other “fashionistas.”

Film and Theater Club
Club members have an interest in stage theatre or the art of filmmaking. We will discuss and learn various aspects of theatre and film including character development, script/screen writing, and presentation. Expertise or previous experiences are not prerequisites for this club; whether you’re just starting out or already on your way, your participation is encouraged!

French Club
Club members are French students who would like to have a real experience of French, France, and the French- speaking world in a very interactive environment. Our goal is to use the skills already acquired in the language, and enjoy a discovery journey of France, its landscapes and all aspects of its culture.

Gardening Club
Club members will learn how to start, maintain and harvest their own gardens. Students will be able to share their results via images and video and learn techniques for taking care of all kinds of plants.

Model United Nations Club
The Model UN Club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. Model UN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

Music Club
Club members create and enjoy music. Our goal is to celebrate, educate, support, inspire, create, listen to, and express our love of the spirit of music.

Sports Business Club
This club will offer its members a new way of looking at sports- from the business side, rather than the player’s side. The purpose is to let our students know and learn about alternate opportunities in the sports industry for those who want to be involved, but not necessarily play the sport.

Travel Club
Club members will have the chance to share their personal travels and pictures, exchange advice and travel tips. They will also get to explore other places they may like to visit in the future.

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