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SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL
Course Catalog
2006


9th GRADE ENGLISH

Grade Level: 9
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: None
First semester is designed to
prepare each student with the
skills and knowledge necessary to
become a competent writer, reader
and communicator. The study of
literature, including the novel and
the short story, persuasive and other
forms of nonfiction will serve as a
focus for each student to develop
his or her own skills as a writer.
Expository pieces, including two
multi-paragraph essays of both
persuasion and literary analysis,
as well as other forms of narrative
writing, are all important elements
of this development. Second semester
will focus on the study of literature,
including the novel, drama and
an emphasis on nonfiction forms.
Expository pieces, including two
multi-paragraph essays of both
literary analysis and autobiography/
biography, as well as other forms of
narrative writing, are all important
elements of this development. In
addition, continuing development
of communication skills is addressed
through active listening practice
and a variety of oral presentations
including formal and informal
speeches and individual and group
presentations. Vocabulary, grammar
and spelling, as well as technology,
will be included in the context of
specific writing projects.

10th GRADE ENGLISH

Grade Level: 10
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th grade English
Students will develop and practice
skills in reading, writing and
communication while examining
a variety of literature, including
the novel, nonfiction, poetry and
drama. Student writing will include
a documented research paper as
well as several literary analyses.
Vocabulary, grammar and spelling
will be included in the context of
specific writing projects. In addition,
communication skill development
will be addressed through activelistening
practice and a variety of
oral presentations. Students will have
opportunities to refine and apply
their technology skills to written
work and assigned projects.

10th GRADE HONORS ENGLISH

Grade Level: 10
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th grade English
As a suggested pre-requisite for
Advanced Placement English courses,
this course focuses on developing and
practicing skills in reading, writing
and communication through an
intensive study of literature, including
novels, drama, poetry and nonfiction.
Student writing will include a
documented research paper and a
variety of literary analysis essays.
Students are expected to write both
in- and out-of-class essays that will be
assessed at a higher standard than in
the regular curriculum. In addition,
communication skill development
will be addressed through activelistening
practice and a variety of
oral presentations. Students will have
opportunities to refine and apply
their technology skills to written
work and assigned projects.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Grade Level: 11
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th and 10th grade English
The focus of this course is to
develop and practice skills in reading,
writing and communication through
the study of American literature
from its Puritan beginnings through
the twentieth century. Major works
include many of the traditional
“Great American Novels,” as well as
poetry and drama. Student writing
throughout the year will include
personal narrative, compare/contrast,
literary and nonfiction analysis,
poetry explication, persuasive
and argumentative writing, and a
research paper. Communication
skill development will continue
to be addressed through activelistening
practice and a variety of
oral presentations. Students will have
opportunities to refine and apply
their technology skills to written
work and assigned projects.
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AP (Advanced Placement)
LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th and 10th grade
English
Advanced Placement Language
and Composition is a year-long
course that helps students become
skilled readers of prose from a
variety of periods, disciplines and
rhetorical contexts in American
Literature. As in a college course, its
purpose is to enable students to read
complex texts with understanding
and to write prose that is rich and
complex enough to communicate
effectively with a mature audience.
Although students will write in a
wide variety of forms, the emphasis
is on expository, analytical and
argumentative writing. Students will
write in informal as well as formal
contexts to gain authority of voice
and to learn to take risks in writing.
The AP Language and Composition
course assumes that students already
understand and properly use English
grammar. The course is designed
to prepare students to take the
Advanced Placement Language and
Composition exam. Students who
successfully pass the examination
may be eligible for college credit.
Consult your selected college for
specific information.

AP (Advanced Placement)
LITERATURE AND
COMPOSITION

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th and 10th grade
English
Advanced Placement Literature
and Composition is a year-long
course designed to engage students
in the careful reading and critical
analysis of classic fictional prose and
poetry. Through close reading of
selected texts, students can deepen
their understanding of the ways
writers use language to provide
both meaning and pleasure for their
readers. Students will consider a
work’s structure, style and themes, as
well as more specific elements such
as the use of figurative language,
imagery, symbolism and tone. The
AP Literature and Composition
course assumes that students already
understand and properly use English
grammar. Writing assignments will
focus on literary analysis through
expository and analytical essays.
The goal of both types of writing
assignments is to increase students’
abilities to explain clearly, cogently
and elegantly what they understand
about literary works and why they
interpret them as they do. The course
is designed to prepare students to take
the Advanced Placement Literature
and Composition exam. Completion
of a summer reading program is
required. Students who successfully
pass the examination may be
eligible for college credit. Consult
your selected college for specific
information.

COLLEGE WRITING

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 English
Pre-requisite: 9th, 10th and 11th grade
English
This intensive writing course offers
a review of essay skills with an
introduction to writing techniques
that will be helpful for students in
their first years of college. Attendance
and homework demands limit the
class to serious and highly motivated
students. Students will write a series
of essays based on their responses to
readings and classroom discussion.
We will focus on writing as a
process with opportunities for prewriting,
peer response, revision and
publication.

CREATIVE WRITING

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 English
Pre-requisite: 9th, 10th and 11th grade
English
This course involves students in a
variety of situations enabling them
to become more successful writers
of poetry, short stories and other
linguistic structures.

CREATIVE WRITING
ADVANCED

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 English
Pre-requisite: An A or B grade in
Creative Writing
This course is designed as a
workshop in which students compose
extended creative pieces, novella,
short stories, essays and poetry
collections.

NORTHWEST LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 English
Pre-requisite: 9th, 10th and 11th grade
English
The literature of the Pacific
Northwest has a characteristic flavor
that resonates the history, geography
and spirit of the place. Students will
study selections from ancient Native
American myths to modern novels
while building skills in writing and
thinking.

HUMANITIES

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester or Year-long
Credit: .5 English or 1.0 English
Pre-requisite: 9th, 10th and 11th grade
English
Humanities presents an integrated
approach to addressing such time
honored questions as “Who am
I?,” “Is the truth really out there?”
Course Descriptions 2006
and “How do I know what I know?”
Literature, language, philosophy
and arts from ancient and modern
cultures will be examined to pursue
answers to the above questions.
Responses to a variety of texts will
include writing, speaking and creative
projects. At semester’s end, each
student will create a culminating
essay or project based on the works
and questions studied.

TECHNICAL WRITING

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 English
Pre-requisite: 9th, 10th and 11th grade
English
Technical communication is the
process of composing technical
information in such a manner that
people can understand it easily and
use the information effectively. In
this course, students will learn how
to develop documents that convey
technical information. Much of the
focus for the course is on analyzing
the target audience and applying the
knowledge obtained through analysis
to the production of documents.
This course will teach students the
established practices of written
communication in the business world
and introduce them to such types
of writing as process, description of
mechanisms, proposals and reports.
As much as possible in the school
setting, the class will simulate
workplace expectations concerning
deadlines, conduct and issues
involving client relations, as well as
other “soft skills” that professionals
use on a daily basis.

FINE &
PERFORMING
ARTS

1.0 credits required for graduation
Some of the courses listed below are
offered based on availability of staff.


ART COURSES

ART 1

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: None
This class provides a general
introduction to the visual arts
with an emphasis on production of
artwork, art history and art criticism.
A variety of media, techniques and
processes will be explored with a
focus on color theory, composition,
design elements and principles, media
manipulation and creativity. Students
will study various painting, drawing,
printmaking and crafts techniques
and related artists and styles
important in art history. Offered first
and second semesters.

Art 2

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: C grade or better in Art 1
Fee: $10 supply fee
This class provides an advanced
continuation of Art 1 and prepares
students for Art Studio Advanced.
This class covers a variety of media,
subject matter and technique in a
structured manner with an emphasis
on development of personal style
and self-expression. Students will
experience both two-dimensional
and three-dimensional media,
computer technology applications, art
history and criticism. This class may
be repeated for credit and is offered
first and second semesters.

ART STUDIO

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: C grade or better in Art 2
Fee: $10 supply fee
This course is designed for the
serious visual art student who wishes
to continue to develop artistic skills
and knowledge by stressing individual
approaches to a variety of media
and techniques within individually
chosen projects. This class is based
on the development of an individual
portfolio of student artwork. Students
have the option of developing a yearlong
body of work that may qualify
for Advanced Placement Art Studio
credit. This class may be repeated for
credit and is offered first and second
semesters.
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CERAMICS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: C grade or better in Art 1
Fee: $10 supply fee
This course is designed to give
the serious art student a chance to
concentrate efforts on the materials
and techniques used in the art of
ceramics: hand building with coils
and slabs, using the potter’s wheel,
ceramic sculpture, glazing and
decorative techniques, use of the kiln
and other special firing techniques.
Students will have the opportunity
to study trends in traditional works
and modern ceramic art. Emphasis
will be on good craftsmanship,
individualized solutions to design
problems and students’ ability to
demonstrate creativity. This class is
offered first and second semester and
may be repeated for credit.


DRAMA COURSES

DRAMA 1:
INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: None
This is an introductory class that
emphasizes speaking skills and
concentrates on the tools of the
performer: voice, body and mind.
This class introduces acting skills,
dramatic structure and vocabulary
of the theater to the students so that
they will be better equipped to speak
in front of an audience. Theater
games and activities will allow
the participants to learn in a nonevaluative
environment. Monologues,
dialogues and group scene work will
expose students to the finer points
of acting. Offered first and second
semesters, the class may be repeated
for credit.

DRAMA 2:
INTERMEDIATE ACTING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: Drama 1 w/grade of
C or better
This is an advanced acting class
that focuses on acting skills that are
introduced in Drama 1. Skills are
polished and refined through work
on scenes and monologues in both
the dramatic and comedic styles.
Improvisation and movement play
an important part of the class and
allow the students to step outside of
the safety of prepared script work.
Students that are seriously interested
in theater arts and willing to work
with others will find the variety
and challenges of the class to their
liking. Reading and analysis of plays
will help the students understand
the requirements for production and
the skills necessary for actors and
directors. Drama 2 is offered both
semesters. This class may be repeated
for credit.

DRAMA 3:
ADVANCED PRODUCTION

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester 1
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: Drama 2 w/grade of C or
better and teacher permission
Drama 3 is an advanced theatre
class for those students serious about
drama. It is designed as an advanced
acting class in which drama
students work on specific acting and
directing projects. Projects for the
class will center on performance of
classical and contemporary scenes,
monologues and longer pieces.
This course is specifically designed
to reinforce performance skills,
analytical and creative thinking
skills, and an aesthetic appreciation
of the arts. This class may be repeated
for credit.

DRAMA 3: HONORS

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length: Semester 2
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: Drama 3 w/grade C or
better and teacher permission
Drama 3 Honors is a theatre class
for those students serious about
drama. It is designed as an advanced
acting class in which drama students
will study the aspects of modern
drama in scene work, monologues
and public performances. This
course is specifically designed to
reinforce speaking skills, analytical
and creative thinking skills and
an aesthetic appreciation of the
arts. Students will study, perform
(and direct) theatre from different
playwrights, genres and cultures. This
class may be repeated for credit.

MUSIC COURSES
BAND: SYMPHONIC

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: Previous band
experience
Fee: $15 uniform fee per year
This course provides an opportunity
for any student to play a band
instrument without the heavy
demands of musicianship, concerts
and other obligations imposed by
concert band membership. This
course requires that students provide
their own musical instrument. This
class may be repeated for credit.
Course Descriptions 2006

BAND: CONCERT

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: Teacher permission
Fee: $15 uniform fee per year
This class emphasizes a high
standard of musicianship, scholarship
and discipline. Musical styles,
ranging from modern, popular
music to serious concert music
will be analyzed, rehearsed and
performed. Members are expected
to participate for the entire year.
Students must provide their own
musical instruments. This class may
be repeated for credit.

HONORS BAND: JAZZ

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: Teacher permission
This class allows a select group
of musicians to pursue an interest
in jazz. All areas of musical style
will be analyzed, rehearsed and
performed. Students are expected
to participate for the entire year.
Students must provide their own
musical instrument. This class may be
repeated for credit.

MIXED CHOIR

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: None
The main educational goals of this
course are to provide students with
a safe environment in which to
demonstrate musical competencies
through the performance of varied
literature, the acquisition of proper
vocal technique, the application
of musical notation and theory, as
well as a general understanding of
music history. Along with improved
musicianship and technique, students
will be able to work well as a team,
express emotions and practice selfdiscipline
while striving to reach their
individual as well as group goals. This
course maybe repeated for credit.

WOMEN’S CHOIR

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: None
Designed as an entry-level choir
for girls with no required audition,
this class is open to all grade
levels. Underclassmen interested in
auditioning for Concert and Chamber
Choirs are particularly encouraged
to enroll. Through voice-building
techniques and the development of
sight-reading skills, a wide variety of
music particularly suitable for girls is
rehearsed and performed. This course
may be repeated for credit.

HONORS CHOIR: CONCERT

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: By audition or teacher
permission
This choir, for the more advanced
choral musician, performs in many
performance situations, including
community, school, contests and
tour events. This choir sings a wide
variety of traditional choral literature,
preparing students for college or
community choirs. Students are
expected to remain all year. This
course may be repeated for credit.

HONORS CHOIR: CHAMBER

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: By audition
Participants of Concert Choir
audition for this advanced group.
Class emphasis is on the rehearsal
and performance of advanced choral
literature composed for smaller
ensembles, including chamber music,
madrigals, jazz and pop. Students
participate in numerous performances
for community and school events,
developing performance skills that
can lead to employment within
the music profession. Students are
expected to participate in Concert
Choir and to remain all year. This
course may be repeated for credit.

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: None
This course emphasizes a high
standard of musicianship and
discipline. Students will perform
orchestral literature ranging from
modern to classical while continuing
to improve their technique. The
orchestra performs for civic and
community concerts and contests.
Members are expected to remain the
entire year. Students must provide
their own instrument, except for
cellists and bassists. This course may
be repeated for credit.
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ADVANCED ORCHESTRA,
HONORS

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: By audition
This group is composed of students
who audition in the spring. This
course emphasizes a very high
standard of musicianship and
discipline. Students will perform
orchestra literature ranging from
modern to classical. Interested
students will learn how to lead the
ensemble through their rehearsals
and finally their performance. The
orchestra performs for community
programs, concerts and contests.
Members are expected to remain the
entire year. Students must provide
their own instrument, except for
cellists and bassists. This course may
be repeated for credit.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
HONORS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Fine Arts or Occupational
Pre-requisite: By audition
Participants of Advanced Orchestra
audition for this specially qualified
group. Emphasis is placed on
advanced orchestral literature written
for smaller ensembles. Students
participate in numerous performances
for school and community events,
developing performance skills that
can lead to employment. Students
must participate concurrently in
Advanced Orchestra and are expected
to remain all year.


MATHEMATICS

FOUNDATIONS FOR ALGEBRA

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Teacher placement
This one-year course of study
continues to develop students’
knowledge in the following topics:
number sense, algebra, data
representation, geometry, probability
and statistics. This course will
emphasize solving problems,
reasoning, communicating, and
making connections to other
subject areas and real-life situations.
Students in this course will begin
Algebra 1 and continue by enrolling
in Integrated Algebra 1 (10-12) the
following year. The primary texts for
this course are “CPM Foundations for
Algebra Year 2” and “CPM Algebra 1.”
A scientific calculator is required.

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA 1

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Eighth grade math or
Foundations for Algebra
This one-year course of study
includes an emphasis on problemsolving
and communication skills.
Competency in basic math skills is
required. Topics of study include
data representation, equations,
inequalities, linear and quadratic
functions, graphing systems, rational
expressions, relations and functions,
and geometry. A scientific calculator
is required.

INTEGRATED GEOMETRY

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Integrated Algebra 2
This course continues the study
of algebraic concepts with the
exploration of the following
geometric relationships: points, lines,
planes, polygons, circles, 3-D figures,
the concepts of proportion, similarity
and congruence, area and volume,
and geometric probability. The
course involves investigations, logical
thinking and problem-solving leading
to conjectures formalized in methods
of proof. A scientific calculator is
required.

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA 2

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Integrated Geometry
This course continues the study
of algebraic and geometric concepts
including polynomial, exponential,
logarithmic, trigonometric and
rational functions, systems of
equations and inequalities, sequences
and series, conic sections, matrices,
and complex numbers. A graphing
calculator is required. (TI-83 plus
recommended).
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FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS
AND TRIGONOMETRY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Algebra 2 with a C grade
or higher or department approval
This course provides instruction
about functions, statistics, probability
and trigonometry for the general
college preparatory student. It
emphasizes the development and use
of the trigonometric functions on the
unit circle and includes study of right
and oblique triangle applications. It
also includes the gathering and use
of data to address issues, statistical
influence and probability. A graphing
calculator is required (TI-83 plus
recommended).

PRE-CALCULUS

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Algebra 2 with C grade
or higher
This course furthers the study and
application of polynomial, rational,
exponential, and logarithmic
functions, sequences and series,
and conic sections. The study of
trigonometry and circular functions
includes graphs, oblique triangles,
fundamental and composite angle
identities, and applications with
vectors, polar equations, and complex
numbers. Pre-Calculus may be taken
concurrently with AP Statistics. A
graphing calculator is required (TI-83
plus recommended).

AP (Advanced Placement)
CALCULUS

Grade Level: 11 or 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Pre-Calculus with C
grade or higher
AP Calculus is intended for
students who will take the Advanced
Placement Calculus test and possibly
qualify for college credit. This
course teaches students to work
with limits of functions, derivatives
(instantaneous rate of change),
definite integrals and indefinite
integrals (areas under a curve). Study
will include analysis of problems
numerically, verbally, algebraically
and graphically. AP Calculus may be
taken concurrently with AP Statistics.
A graphing calculator is required (TI-
83 plus is recommended).

AP (Advanced Placement)
STATISTICS

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics
Pre-requisite: Algebra 2 with C grade
or higher
AP Statistics is intended for the
students who will take the Advanced
Placement Statistics test and possibly
qualify for college credit. Students
will collect, analyze and draw
conclusions from data. They will
observe patterns and/or the absence
of patterns in data. They will plan
a study, anticipate patterns, model
solutions using probability theory
and use statistical inference to
confirm the model. AP Statistics
may be taken concurrently with
Pre-Calculus or Calculus. A graphing
calculator is required (TI-83 plus
recommended).
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Business and Marketing Grade Level
Technology Connections (*T) 9

Introduction to Computer Applications 10 11 12

Computer Applications 1: Word & PowerPoint (*T) 9 10 11 12

Computer Applications 2: Excel & PowerPoint (*T) 9 10 11 12

Accounting 1 and 2 (*T) 10 11 12

Economics 11 12

Personal Finance & Investing (*T) 11 12


Family and Consumer Science Education

General FACS Classes:

Surviving on Your Own (Consumer Education) 11 12

Psychology of Children 9 10 11 12

Interior Design 9 10 11 12


Food Preparation/Culinary Arts Classes:

Meal Management 9 10 11 12

Introduction to Culinary Arts (*T) 11 12


Early Childhood Education Classes:

Stars: Basics in Childcare (*T) 10 11 12

Child Development: Theory & Observation (*T) 11 12

Child Observation: Assessment & Recordkeeping (*T) 11 12

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition (*T) 10 11 12

ECE Cooperative Work Experience (*T) 11 12


Careers in Education Classes:

Careers in Education Internship (*T) 11 12

Education Internships Advanced (*T) 11 12


Health Occupations

Health Care Services/Anatomy & Physiology (*T) 11 12

Health Care Services Externship (*T) 11 12


Technology Education

Principles of Technology/Applied Physics 9 10 11 12

Design Engineering 1 & 2 9 10 11 12

Design Engineering Advanced 10 11 12

Manufacturing Technology 10 11 12

Industrial Technology Advanced 9 10 11 12

Computer Programming Advanced 9 10 11 12

Web Design 1 & 2 (*T) 9 10 11 12

Web Design Advanced 10 11 12

Video Game Programming & Design 10 11 12


OCCUPATIONAL/CAREER AND
TECHNICAL EDUCATION SUMMARY

TECH PREP DIRECT COLLEGE
CREDIT PROGRAM

Tech Prep is a unique program
that allows high school students
to get a jumpstart on their college
education. High school Tech Prep
courses, identified by (*T) in the
course title, meet the entry-level
course requirements of comparable
college courses at Whatcom
Community College, Bellingham
Technical College or Skagit Valley
College. Students who take Tech
Prep (*T) courses earn both high
school and college credit provided the
student demonstrates proficiency in the
identified college course competencies
with a B or better grade. At the end of
the semester, each student who has
successfully achieved these criteria
will complete the Direct College
Credit process. To receive the college
credits at Bellingham Technical
College, Whatcom Community
College, or Skagit Valley College,
students complete the online Tech
Prep Direct Credit registration process
and pay a one-time “transcript fee”
of $25. The transcript fee is required
with the first request only; the
fee allows the college to create an
academic transcript for the student.
The college will provide the high
school student with a transcript
indicating the number of college
credits or college clock hours earned
for each Tech Prep course completed.

SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL TECH PREP CLASSES

High School Tech Whatcom Community College Bellingham Technical College
Tech Prep (*T) Class Title Title and Quarter (Credit Hours) Class Title and Quarter (Clock Hours)
STARS: Basics in ECE 104 Basics in Child Care (2) HLTH 930 HIV/AIDS for Childcare
Child Care (*T) Providers (2 clock hours)
Child Development: ECE 116 Child Development Theory
Theory & Observation (*T) and Observation (5)
Child Health, Safety ECE 218 Healthy, Safety and ECH 903 Current Topics in Early Care
and Nutrition (*T) Nutrition (3) and Education: Safety (5 clock hours)
Observation, Assessment ECE 141 Observation, Assessment,
and Recordkeeping (*T) and Recordkeeping (3)
Cooperative Work Experience ECE 190a Application in Early Childhood
in ECE (*T) Education I (1)
COOP 180 Preparing for Work-Based
Learning ECE (1)
ECE 190b Applications in Early
Childhood II (2)
Careers in Education EDUC 190a Applications in Education I (1)
Internship (*T) COOP 180 Preparing for Work-Based
Learning EDUC (1)
Education Internship EDUC 190a Applications in
Advanced (*T) Education II (2)
Technology Connections (*T) OFFAD 100 Beginning Keyboarding (2) CAP 105 Computerized
Touch Keyboarding (2)
Computer BIS 121 Word Processing (3) CAP 105 Computerized
Applications 1 (*T) OFFAD 100 Beginning Keyboarding (2) Touch Keyboarding (2)
CAP 106 Formatting with MS Word (3)
Computer BIS 101 Introduction to CAP 139 Document Processing (5)
Applications 2 (*T) Business Computing (3)
Accounting 1 (*T) OFFAD 107 The Accounting Cycle (5) ACCT 141 Financial Accounting I (5)
Accounting 2 (*T) OFFAD 110 AP/AR and Inventory (5)
Family &
Consumer
Science
Business
Education
High School
Department
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For students who continue
their education after high school
graduation at Whatcom Community
College, Bellingham Technical
College or Skagit Valley College, the
Tech Prep Direct College Credits may
apply to elective or core requirements,
depending upon the student’s
major. Students planning to attend
other colleges may request that an
official transcript be sent to the
college/university admissions office
to evaluate the classes to determine
if credits will apply to elective or
specific program requirements.
Tech Prep credits are primarily
intended for two-year technical
education programs in Washington’s
community and technical college
system. Students should consult with
four-year colleges or universities to
determine specific credit transfer
requirements.
For additional information contact
the Career Center, Counseling
Center or the teacher of a (*T) Tech
Prep class. Check the College Tech
Prep Web site for more program
information: www.whatcomtechprep.org
or e-mail techprep@btc.ctc.edu.

TECH PREP DIRECT COLLEGE
CREDIT PROGRAM (continued)

High School Tech Whatcom Community College Bellingham Technical College
Tech Prep (*T) Class Title Title and Quarter (Credit Hours) Class Title and Quarter (Clock Hours)
Health Care Services 1 (*T) HLTH 933 HIV/AIDS for Healthcare
and HCS Anatomy MA 101 Medical Terminology (1) Professionals (1)
and Physiology (*T) BIO 105 Essentials of Anatomy &
Physiology (6)
HLTH 903 CPR: Adult Heartsaver
(3 clock hours)
Health Care Services COOP 180 Work Experience (1) NA 101 Nursing Assistant Essentials (3)
Externship (*T)
Health
Occupations
High School
Department
High School
Department
Informational
Technology
High School Tech Prep (*T) Class Title Skagit Valley College Class Title and (Credit Hours)
Web Design 1 & 2 (*T) MIT 149 Web Design & Development (5)
(Need to complete both classes)
Course Descriptions 2006 13
INTRODUCTION TO
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: None
This course is designed to provide
students the opportunity to develop
and demonstrate proficiency in using
word processing software, creating
spreadsheets, using databases,
using publishing and graphics
software, using presentation software
techniques and creating Web pages.
Students will utilize digital cameras,
scanners and other technology tools
that will be helpful as students create
projects for assignments in other
classes. The course will also assist
students to improve keyboarding
proficiency, understand technology
ethics, e-mail, the district network
and computer basics. The course will
meet the graduation requirement
for students who did not complete
Technology Connections during
grade 9 or assist students to perfect
foundation technology skills in
preparation for advanced computer or
information technology courses.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 1:
Word and PowerPoint
Essentials (*T)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Technology Connections
This course is designed to expand
students’ understanding of features of
Microsoft Word 2000 and PowerPoint
2000 software. The course provides
students with the essential skills to
prepare for Microsoft Office User
Specialist (MOUS) certification.
Course topics include how to use
Word software to create documents,
format text, make table and outlines,
link objects, embed information
in applications and select the
appropriate tool for solving a specific
problem. Student will also practice
basic skills for effective presentations
using Microsoft PowerPoint,
including creating presentations,
using screen slides, editing, drawing,
using clip art, animation, and
WordArt, inserting tables and charts,
and using templates. Computer
Applications 1: Word and PowerPoint
Essentials is recommended for
all students in the Business and
Marketing Pathway, and for students
preparing for careers in Information
Technology. Students who complete
the required competencies in
Computer Applications 1 with a B
or better grade qualify for both high
school and college credit for the class.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of
America) membership is available and
recommended ($10 fee).
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 2:
Excel and PowerPoint
Essentials (*T)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Technology Connections
or Computer Applications 1
This course is designed to expand
students’ understanding of the
features of Microsoft Excel 2000 and
advanced features of PowerPoint
2000. Students will use spreadsheet
features and will create charts and
tables as they gain the necessary
skills to prepare for Microsoft Office
User Specialist (MOUS) certification
for Excel and PowerPoint. Computer
Applications 2: Excel and PowerPoint
Essentials is recommended for
all students in the Business and
Marketing Pathway, and for students
preparing for careers in Information
Technology. Students who complete
the required competencies in
Computer Applications 2 with a B
or better grade qualify for both high
school and college credit for the class.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of
America) membership is available and
recommended ($10 fee).
BUSINESS AND
MARKETING
EDUCATION
Courses in the Business and
Marketing Department are planned
to provide a background of business
principles and skills as a basis
for technical employment and
college preparation. The required
occupational credits for graduation
can be fulfilled in this department.
Not all courses are offered each
semester. Classes with (*T) symbol are
part of the college Tech Prep program.
Students may earn both high school
and college credit for these classes if
they demonstrate competency in all
course outcomes and receive a B or
better grade.

TECHNOLOGY
CONNECTIONS (*T)

Grade Level: 9
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Occupational
Prerequisite: None
Technology Connections is a
required course included as part of
the core for all students in grade 9.
The course provides a foundation
in use of technology tools that will
enable students to utilize software
programs, digital cameras and
scanners as they learn effective ways
of creating projects for assignments in
other high school classes. The course
covers technology ethics; e-mail and
the school district network; computer
basics; using word processing
software; using presentation
software techniques; and creating
Web pages. Career and educational
planning is also included in the
course. A “challenge” opportunity is
available each fall for students who
feel they can demonstrate mastery
in all modules. Students complete
performance demonstrations for
each module and complete the career
and educational planning module.
Information about the challenge is
available online at http://www.bham.
wednet.edu/learning/CourseWaivers.
htm .
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ACCOUNTING 1 and 2 (*T)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational
Pre-requisite: None
Do you like money? Do you plan
to work in the business world? If the
answer to either of these questions is
“yes,” then you should plan to take
Accounting. Accounting offers an
important and necessary foundation
for students who will attend college
or enter the business world upon
graduation. Students will learn the
universal language of all businesses
by experiencing how to set up and
maintain records for a business using
the double entry accounting method.
Computerized accounting will also be
introduced in this class. Accounting
is a must for any college-bound
student planning to major in business
administration. Students who
complete the required competencies
in Accounting 1 or 2 with a B or
better grade qualify for both high
school and college credit for the class.

ECONOMICS

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational
Pre-requisite: None
This course will introduce the
student to basic economic theory
with emphasis on free market
capitalism. Major concepts include
economic systems, markets, supply
and demand, economic indicators,
monetary and fiscal policy.
Students apply their knowledge and
understanding of these concepts in
a competitive business simulation.
Individual consumer topics of
spending, saving, checking, credit,
insurance and tax return preparation
are also covered.

PERSONAL FINANCE AND
INVESTING (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational
Pre-requisite: None
Fee: $10 for Stock Market Game
This course will cover the following
consumer topics as they apply to
individuals: spending and saving,
checking, credit (obtaining, using
and evaluating), insurance, tax
preparation and investing. Investing
includes stock analysis and mutual
fund selection with emphasis on
investment strategies and portfolio
construction. All topics are presented
in a framework to develop the
knowledge, skills and attitudes
necessary to manage your financial
life and achieve your personal goals.
FAMILY AND
CONSUMER
SCIENCE
EDUCATION
All Family and Consumer Science
classes fulfill the occupational
graduation requirement. Classes
with this symbol (*T) are part of the
college Tech Prep program. Students
are eligible to earn both high school
and college credit for these classes if
they demonstrate competency in all
course outcomes and receive a B or
better grade. Additional information
is available from the Career Center
or from the teacher for the (*T) Tech
Prep class.
GENERAL FAMILY
AND CONSUMER
CLASSES
SURVIVING ON YOUR OWN
Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: None
This course is designed to give
junior and senior students all of the
skills necessary to be successful when
living on their own after graduation.
Students will learn the following:
how to select a career and impress
employers at an interview; how to
fill out a tax form and file taxes;
how to open and manage a bank
account; how to establish credit;
how to buy insurance and which
types are needed; and how to live
independently in an apartment.
PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDREN
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: None
Students will study physical,
emotional, social and intellectual
development from infancy
through preschool. Topics explored
include developmental stages,
developmentally appropriate
care, and health and safety. This
class is designed to increase selfunderstanding
and to provide
students with childcare knowledge
and skills. An in-class preschool offers
practical experience in planning
activities for and working with
young children. This course is highly
recommended as a pre-requisite for
Early Childhood Education and
Careers in Education courses.
Course Descriptions 2006 15

FOOD
PREPARATION/
CULINARY
ARTS CLASSES
MEAL MANAGEMENT

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: None
This class introduces the student to
the skills and techniques necessary
for choosing and preparing foods
that result in nutritious and attractive
meals. Students will prepare and eat
foods from each of the categories
of the food pyramid and will learn
to use standard kitchen equipment,
including the microwave, food
processor and pasta machine. Other
topics will include menu planning,
supermarket shopping, nutrition
and food safety. Students have
the opportunity to earn the food
handler’s permit in class.

INTRODUCTION TO
CULINARY ARTS (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: C or better in Meal
Management and instructor’s
permission
This course is an advanced course
in food preparation and skills. This
course teaches students the ServSafe
National Food Safety and Sanitation
curriculum and allows students to
learn food preparation at an advanced
level as they would as a prep chef in
a restaurant. Students will have the
opportunity to earn college credit for
this course at Bellingham Technical
College through the Tech Prep
Program. This course offers excellent
training for students interested in
a career in food preparation and
service. This class is the high school
equivalent of Bellingham Technical
College course FSRV 102: Sanitation,
Safety and Hygiene (3 college credits).

EARLY
CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION
CLASSES
STARS: BASICS IN
CHILDCARE (*T)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Psychology of Children
is recommended
This course provides a basic, core
knowledge of childcare based on
DSHS state licensing and certification
requirements. Competencies are
developed in communication,
guidance, healthy practices and
professionalism. The Occupational
Childcare Professionals Licensing
Certificate will be awarded upon
successful course completion. This
course is the high school equivalent
of Whatcom Community College,
ECE 104 STARS: Basics in Childcare (2
college credits). Students who receive
a B or better grade for the required
competencies for the class qualify for
both high school and college credit.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT: THEORY
AND OBSERVATION (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Psychology of Children
or STARS: Basics in Child Care
This course is a second level child
development course designed for
students who want to work with
young children. Students study
child growth and development,
child guidance, diversity and
observation. Students participate in
a six week practicum experience in a
community based licensed childcare
center. This course is College Tech
Prep approved and articulated with
Whatcom Community College’s Early
Childhood Education program. In
combination with the pre-requisite
course, this class meets competency
requirements for ECE 116 (5 credits):
Child Development Theory and
Observation. Students who receive
a B or better grade for the required
competencies for the class qualify for
both high school and college credit.
Transportation to the community
childcare site is the responsibility of
the student.

CHILD HEALTH, SAFETY
AND NUTRITION (*T)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: STARS: Basics in
Childcare
This course explores the health,
safety and nutritional needs specific
to young children and addresses
the educator’s or caregiver’s role in
ensuring appropriate health, safety
and nutrition education. Students
study basic principles as well as
planning lesson activities for young
children. Students participate
in a community-based childcare
program. Tech Prep credit is available
and course meets competency
requirements for Whatcom
Community College ECE 218 (3
college credits) and BTC EHC 903 (5
clock hours). Transportation to the
field site is the responsibility of the
student.

CHILD OBSERVATION,
ASSESSMENT AND
RECORDKEEPING (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Child Development:
Theory and Observation
Students will acquire knowledge
and practice the application of
various techniques for observing and
recording behavior of young children
in early childhood settings, and
explore both formal and informal
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ways of presenting information to
parents.
This class is the high school
equivalent of Whatcom Community
College course, ECE 141 Observation,
Assessment and Recordkeeping (3
college credits). Students who receive
a B or better grade for the required
competencies for the class qualify for
both high school and college credit.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
(ECE) COOPERATIVE WORK
EXPERIENCE (*T)

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Prerequisite: Successful completion
of a minimum of two Early Childhood
Tech Prep courses with grades of B
or better.
This course is an advanced level
child development course designed
for students who want to work
with young children. Students will
complete a Learning Contract that
will identify their goals for the
semester-long, paid or non-paid
work experience in a community
based, licensed childcare center. This
class is the high school equivalent
of Whatcom Community College
course, Co-op 180 Preparing for
Work-Based Learning or ECE 190
Cooperative Work Experience in ECE
(1-2 college credits). Students who
receive a B or better grade for the
required competencies for the class
qualify for both high school and
college credit. Positive attendance
history is required. Transportation
to the site is the responsibility of the
student.

CAREERS IN
EDUCATION
CLASSES
CAREERS IN EDUCATION
INTERNSHIP (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Recommended: Psychology
of Children or teacher permission
Students participate in both the
high school academic learning
environment and a non-paid,
supervised, work-based learning
internship at an elementary or middle
school. This class is for students
interested in careers in human
services and education, as teachers,
counselors or social workers. This
class is the high school equivalent of
Whatcom Community College course
Co-op 180 Preparing for Work-Based
Learning (1 college credit), and EDUC
190 Cooperative Work Experience in
Education (1 college credit). Students
who receive a B or better grade for
the required competencies for the
class qualify for both high school and
college credit. Positive attendance
history required. Transportation to
the site is the responsibility of the
student.

EDUCATION INTERNSHIP
ADVANCED (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational or Elective
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of
Careers in Education Internship
This class is a second semester
field site experience in the Careers
in Education program. Students
complete a competency journal in
addition to their work-based learning
experience. This class meets the
competency requirements for Central
Washington University EDS 300 (4
credit waiver) and is the high school
equivalent of Whatcom Community
College EDUC 190 Cooperative
Work Experience in Education (1- 2
college credits). Students who receive
a B or better grade for the required
competencies for the class qualify for
both high school and college credit.
Positive attendance history required.
Transportation to the site is the
responsibility of the student.

HEALTH
OCCUPATIONS
HEALTH CARE SERVICES 1:
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
(*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester, 2 hours per
day; fall semester only
Credit: .5 Elective or Occupational and
.5 Science (1.0 total)
Pre-requisite: Junior/Senior status;
1-year lab science grade. Students
must be at least 16 years old, provide
verification of testing negative on
Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD) and have
reliable transportation. Application
required for admission.
Health Care Services 1 meets daily
from 7:30—9:25 a.m. or 1—2:55 p.m.
at St. Joseph Hospital’s Community
Education Center. The focus is
on development of the necessary
academic and technical skills needed
for the health care professions.
Students will participate in seminars
and clinicals at St. Joseph Hospital
and other community medical
facilities as well as investigate career
choices through opportunities
for informational interviews, job
shadows, site tours and interaction
with guest speakers from the
professions. Students will complete
First Aid and CPR training, HIV/AIDS
training for Health Occupations,
and training in aseptic techniques,
legal and ethical responsibilities for
Course Descriptions 2006 17
the medical profession and medical
terminology. St. Joseph Hospital has
a Drug Free Workplace policy and
requires that students in programs
affiliated with the hospital pass the
same drug test required of hospital
employees. Applications are available
through the Career Center or
Counseling Office. Tech Prep College
Credit available through Bellingham
Technical College and Whatcom
Community College.

HEALTH CARE SERVICES 2
EXTERNSHIP (*T)

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester (2 hours
per day, offered spring semester only)
Credit: 1.0 Elective or Occupational
Pre-requisite: Students must have
completed Health Care Services
1/Anatomy and Physiology with B or
better grade and be recommended by
the instructor.
The focus of the Health Care
Services Externship is on the
exploration of careers related to the
health care professions. Students
select areas of specialization and
complete three short-term rotations
working directly with an adult
mentor for the specialty field. The
class meets from 1—2:55 p.m. daily
at St. Joseph Hospital Community
Education Center or at the student’s
clinical site. In addition to the clinical
rotations, students will present
a final report of their externship
experiences. It is helpful if students
have flexibility in their after-school
schedule to accommodate work
schedules at clinical sites.

TECHNOLOGY
EDUCATION

The goal of the Technology
Education Program is to prepare
students for post-high school, college
and/or technical training programs or
employment and to be equipped with
universally transferable technological
skills. Classes with (*T) symbol are
part of the college Tech Prep program.
Students may earn both high school
and college credit for these classes if
they demonstrate competency in all
course outcomes and receive a B or
better grade for the class.

DESIGN ENGINEERING 1

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: None
This course introduces students
to computer-aided design (CAD) in
both a two- and three-dimensional
environment. In this class students
will learn how to customize a
modeling environment, create basic
graphic objects such as lines, circles,
arcs, curves, solids and surfaces; draw
with precision using coordinate input
and object snaps; modify objects with
edit commands; display a portion
of the model; import and merge
models; and render models. There
will be several design projects that
culminate various units chosen by
the instructor.

DESIGN ENGINEERING 2

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: Design Engineering 1
This hands-on course provides
more in-depth work in the design
area. Students will learn advanced
CAD features and be exposed to
more design problems with multiple
solutions. More in-depth time will be
spent on both rendering and lighting.
Students will also be introduced to
computer aided machine (CAM) and
computer numeric control (CNC)
in which students will design and
mill parts in a two-dimensional
environment. Each unit will end with
a design project or solution to a real
world problem.

DESIGN ENGINEERING
ADVANCED

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education or Fine
Arts
Pre-requisite: Design Engineering 2
This course is project-based. The
course will use several software
packages that integrate both CAD
and CAM. Emphasis on CAD/CAM/
CNC will be in a three-dimensional,
three-axis environment with milling
surfaces rather than contours, and
pockets that are done in the two-axis
milling.

APPLIED PHYSICS/
PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science, Math or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: 1 Year of Algebra
Applied Physics or Principles of
Technology is an interdisciplinary
course, which combines math,
science and technology. In the oneyear
course, there are five units of
study: force, work, rate, resistance and
energy. Each unit has four related
systems: mechanical, fluid, electrical
and thermal principles of technology.
The class also includes a focus on
robotics; students will design and
construct a special-purpose robot.
Applied Physics is designed for
students interested in technical
careers and students wishing to
further their understanding of
the physical principles underlying
modern technology. Applied Physics
meets a lab science requirement at
most colleges/universities.
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COMPUTER PROGRAMMING:
VISUAL BASIC

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Math or Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: 1 year of algebra or
instructor permission
This course is designed for
anyone who wants to learn how
to create powerful, useful and
fun computer applications. No
previous programming experience
required. This course is composed
entirely of hands-on projects, so
good attendance is a must. Students
will learn the concepts, algorithms
and reasoning of both procedural
and object-oriented computer
programming using Microsoft Visual
Basic. Course content includes:
graphics, variables and arrays,
functions and procedures, class and
form modules, events and objects,
database programming and much
more.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING:
VISUAL BASIC, ADVANCED

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Mathematics or Occupational
Pre-requisite: Computer Programming
or instructor permission
This course is designed as
a continuation of Computer
Programming with Visual Basic.
The course starts with students
working with parameters and
graphic properties in Visual Basic.
The students will then work with
Visual Studio C++. Students will
learn how to write and debug simple
C++ programs. The lessons will
begin with the use of variables and
constants, move into program flow,
functions, and classes and finish with
recursion and arrays. For students
who are interested in higher level
programming in Visual Basic C++
and who have demonstrated a strong
understanding of programming, there
will be the option of writing a project
proposal that would be worked on for
the post-VB part of the class.

WEB DESIGN 1 (*T)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: Technology Connections
This class is an introduction to
designing, creating and maintaining
Web pages. Students learn how to
work with images, how to properly
create Web pages, how to properly
link Web pages and how to properly
maintain Web pages. Course content
will include proper file management,
appropriate Web page design and
layout/site appearance, incorporating
and working with inline images/
graphics.

WEB DESIGN 2 (*T)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: Web Design 1 or teacher
permission
This course is designed to challenge
students with an interest in preparing
for a career in Web Design and/or
continue in an advanced technical
program at the college level. Students
will develop and refine their skills,
expanding their knowledge of
graphic design, utilizing tools and
software for designing sites for local
companies.

WEB DESIGN ADVANCED

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: Web Design 2 or teacher
permission
This course is a continuation of Web
Design 2. Students are expected to
enter the class with proficiency and
knowledge of HTML codes and a basic
understanding of graphic design. The
course is designed to meet the needs
and proficiency level of the student
and will emphasize individualized
projects. The course may be repeated
for elective credits.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: Design Engineering 2
Based on specific criteria, students
are required to design and draw on
CAD software a complete set of plans
for a single family dwelling, including
floor plan sketch, conventional floor
plan, site plan, roof plan, foundation
plan, elevations and structural detail.

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: None
Fee: $10 supply fee
This class gives students the
opportunity to explore various
design and manufacturing processes
including woodworking, welding,
machining, foundry and computer
applications. After completing some
beginning design and building
projects and a unit on computer
applications, students make decisions
on the areas they wish to explore.
The process of designing and
building projects and safely working
in an industrial shop are stressed
throughout the class.

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education
Pre-requisite: Industrial Technology,
instructor permission
Fee: $10 supply fee
This class allows students to
pursue interests that they develop
in Industrial Technology. Students
work independently on specific
projects, such as electric go-karts, or
they concentrate on specific skills,
such as welding, woodworking, etc.
Students are encouraged to pursue
the areas that interest them to the
highest possible level. This class can
be repeated for credit.
Course Descriptions 2006 19

VIDEO GAME PROGRAMMING
& DESIGN ANIMATION

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Mathematics and .5 Occupational
or .5 Fine Arts
Pre-requisite: Application
Note: This class is a two-hour
block. The course will be offered
periods 1 & 2 from: 7:30-9:25 a.m.
everyday. Students will need to
complete an application to enroll
in the program. Applications are
available in the career center or
counseling office at each high school.
Students will be responsible for
their own transportation to/from
Sehome High School. Students can
turn their passion for video games,
art, or technology into a future
career in the multi-billion-dollar
video game industry. This class will
be taught in a state-of-the-art lab
in cooperation with the Digipen
Institute of Technology. Students’
learning will include game analysis,
game design, creation of characters
and their environments, low-polygon
modeling, and file limitations. Other
content covered will be the C++
programming language, algebra,
geometry and trigonometry concepts,
and game production using the Fun
Editor (Digipen product). A wide
range of skills will be developed in
the class, including storyboarding,
sketching, rendering, animation and
program debugging.

PHYSICAL
EDUCATION

2.0 Credits Required for Graduation
(1.5 PE and .5 Health)

RACQUET SPORTS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This course is designed for the
beginning or recreationally oriented
student. Basic skills of badminton,
pickleball and tennis will be taught in
proportional units. This course may
be repeated for credit.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL/
FLICKERBALL

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This is a class for those students
wishing to participate in a rigorous
and competitive physical education
experience. Baseball, softball and
flickerball will be the core sports
of the semester. Strategy, skills
acquisition, classroom lectures on the
theory of play and tournaments will
be emphasized.

BEGINNING WEIGHT TRAINING
AND BODY SHAPING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This class is designed for students
interested in the introduction of
weight training and body shaping.
Power lifting techniques, nutrition,
dietary analysis and overall body
conditioning will be emphasized.
Each student will have a baseline
assessment and a program will be
designed to fit the individual needs.
This course may be repeated for
credit.

FOOTBALL/FLICKERBALL/
CONDITIONING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This class stresses strength
conditioning, functional fitness,
agility, speed and balance work
to help the student-athlete better
compete in flag football, flickerball
and team handball. This course may
be repeated for credit.

SOCCER/CONDITIONING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This course presents basic
fundamentals and strategies of
indoor soccer. Strength conditioning,
functional fitness, agility, speed and
balance work will be incorporated
throughout the semester. This course
may be repeated for credit.

STRENGTH TRAINING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
Individualized strength and
conditioning programs will be
developed for each student’s needs
and desires. Emphasis is on total
conditioning balanced between
strength, speed, agility, endurance,
and flexibility drills and programs.
If becoming an upper limit athlete is
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your goal, this class is designed for
you! This course may be repeated for
credit.

VOLLEYBALL/BASKETBALL/
CONDITIONING

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This class is designed for the
volleyball or basketball enthusiasts.
Conditioning will take place
throughout the semester. This course
may be repeated for credit.

YOGA/JOGGING/WALKING/
SOFTBALL

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
Designed to present the various
movements of Yoga from beginning
to advanced, this course includes
exercises that are done slowly with
relaxed and rhythmic breathing. Yoga
helps to avoid strains and injuries by
teaching how to efficiently use our
bodies in exercise and daily activities.
Other activities to fit personal needs
include 1) jogging and walking (T-Th),
and 2) softball. This course may be
repeated for credit.
Some of the courses listed below are offered
based on availability of staff.

ATHLETIC HEALTH ADVANCED

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Occupational Education or
Elective
Pre-requisite: Instructor permission
This course is designed for student
trainers. There are 90 hours of work
outside of the regular school hours.

HEALTH

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Health
Pre-requisite: None
Health is designed to prepare
students for lifelong decision making,
problem solving, critical thinking,
and management skills related to
health and wellness issues impacting
individuals and families. The primary
emphasis is on enabling students to
assume an active role in developing
healthy lifestyles for themselves and
others. The curriculum includes
the following: mental health
and wellness; alcohol and drug
education; diseases; body systems;
cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
personal and family relationships;
social and personal responsibility;
and community health systems.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: P.E.
Pre-requisite: None
This course offers a broad variety
of activities that will give students
an opportunity to be exposed to
activities they may use in later life. It
will emphasize the development of
acceptable social skills for successful
group interaction and will encourage
and assist the individual to maintain
fitness throughout life. The units
will be 2-3 days to 3 weeks in length.
Activities: table tennis, basketball,
soccer, slowpitch, volleyball, tennis,
badminton, pickleball, disc golf and
other recreational activities.
SCIENCE
2.0 Credits Required for Graduation

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grade Level: 9
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Science
Pre-requisite: None
This is a year-long, rigorous course
designed for all students who have an
interest in the sciences and plan to
attend college. Students taking this
course will gain an understanding of
properties, structures and changes of
earth, physical and living systems.
Units of study will include: weather,
motion, plate tectonics, energy and
ecosystems, water quality and global
warming. This course provides
laboratory experiences. Students
taking this course will be expected to
use outside class time for application,
study and projects. Students are
expected to take both semesters.
AP (Advanced Placement)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Science
Pre-requisite: Environmental Science
or Biology
The goal of the AP Environmental
Science Course is to provide students
with the scientific principles,
concepts and methodologies required
to understand the interrelationships
to the natural world, to identify and
analyze environmental programs
both natural and human-made, to
evaluate the relative risks associated
with these problems, and to examine
alternative solutions for resolving or
preventing them

BIOLOGY

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: 1.0 Science
Pre-requisite: Environmental Science
This is a comprehensive biology
course designed for students who
have an interest in the sciences. It
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fulfills a laboratory science credit for
a four-year college. The topics covered
include the following: biochemistry,
cells and cell function, energetics,
biodiversity of living systems, human
biology, genetics and ecology. This
course is laboratory-based and
demands 2-4 hours of homework per
week. This is a sequence course and
students are expected to take both
semesters.

HONORS BIOLOGY

Grade Level: 9*, 10, 11, 12 (*9th grade
by placement only)
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Environmental Science
(9th graders must meet criteria)
This is a rigorous biology course
designed for students who have a
strong interest in the sciences and
plan to attend college. Students
taking this course will investigate
complex concepts of biology. The
course focuses on the inquiry and
investigation of the integrated
biological systems: diversity,
energetics and evolution. Units of
study will include: biochemistry,
cells and cell functions, genetics,
biodiversity of living systems, human
biology and ecology. This course is
laboratory-intensive and requires
outside of class time for application
and project completion. Students are
expected to take both semesters.

AP (Advanced Placement)
BIOLOGY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Honors Biology and
Honors Chemistry, minimum grade
of B in each subject. Previous or
concurrent enrollment in Physics
recommended. Permission of
instructor required.
An advanced, lab-intensive course
for students with high interest in the
biological sciences. Recommended
for students who intend to pursue
a career in the sciences, this class
focuses on biochemistry, molecular
genetics, heredity, cell energetics
evolutionary biology, structure and
function of plants and animals,
diversity of organisms and ecology.
Dissections are required. This course
is equivalent to an introductory
college-level biology course. This
course is designed to prepare students
for the AP Biology exam given in
May. Students are expected to take
both semesters.

LIFE SCIENCE

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: None
This class presents the following
areas of biology in a one semester
course: cells, plants, ecology, anatomy
and physiology. It includes a trail
revegetation project and dissection
of the fetal pig. This course is not a
college prep class, but does provide
science credit for graduation.

OCEANOGRAPHY

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: None
This class is an activity and projectoriented
class that focuses on physical
oceanography and marine biology.
Topics include ocean floor and coastal
geology, water characteristics, global
currents, climate and marine ecology.
The course integrates laboratory,
computer and outdoor-based activities
with reading and writing.

CHEMISTRY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Integrated Algebra 1 &
Environmental Science (or Biology)
This class is designed to prepare
students for college. The course is labintensive
and covers all the standard
areas of inorganic chemistry. A brief
introduction to organic chemistry
may be included if time permits.

HONORS CHEMISTRY

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Integrated Algebra 2
Honors Chemistry is designed for
students who plan to attend college
and envision majoring in one of a
number of technical fields including
agriculture, fisheries, forestry,
engineering, nursing and medicine,
pharmacology, biochemistry and/
or any occupation that requires a
substantial background in chemistry.
The course is lab-intensive and
includes all the topics common to
introductory inorganic chemistry
such as matter and energy, elements
and compounds, bonding, chemical
reactions and equations, atomic
theory, gas chemistry and the kinetic
molecular theory, equilibrium, acids,
bases and salts, thermodynamics
and spontaneity, kinetics, oxidation/
reduction, and electrochemistry and
batteries. Relatively sophisticated
numerical processing is involved
throughout the year. The course is a
pre-requisite for AP Chemistry and AP
Biology.

AP (Advanced Placement)
CHEMISTRY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Priority given to Honors
Chemistry; previous or concurrent
enrollment in Physics recommended,
or junior status. Permission of
instructor required.
This class is the equivalent of
first year general chemistry at the
college level. It is designed to prepare
a highly motivated student to pass
the AP Chemistry exam in May
and be eligible to receive college
credit. It extends the principles of
general chemistry developed in
Honors Chemistry and provides
advanced laboratory and computer
work. This class should not replace
other sciences, but may be taken
concurrently. Special projects are
undertaken after the AP test in May.
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APPLIED PHYSICS/
PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science, Math, or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: 1 Year of Algebra
This is an interdisciplinary course,
which combines math, science and
technology. In the one-year course,
there are five units of study: force,
work, rate, resistance and energy.
Each unit has four related systems:
mechanical, fluid, electrical and
thermal principles of technology. The
class also includes a focus on robotics;
students will design and construct
a special-purpose robot. Applied
Physics is designed for students
interested in technical careers and
other students wishing to further
their understanding of the physical
principles underlying modern
technology. Applied Physics meets
a lab science requirement at most
colleges/universities.

PHYSICS

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Integrated Geometry
Physics is a comprehensive course
that fulfills a laboratory science
credit required for a four-year college.
Students will investigate topics such
as energy, waves, light, sound, force,
motion, electricity, magnetism, optics
and nuclear physics. Labs and projects
such as bridge building, computer
applications and an emphasis on
applications of every day situations
combine to give this class a practical
feel. Since physics is the study of how
the world works, most students find
this course useful and interesting.
This course is strongly recommended
for students planning on going to
college or vocational school, whose
math background is at the concepts
level. Students are expected to take
both semesters.

AP (Advanced Placement)
PHYSICS

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Science
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of
Integrated Algebra 2 recommended
This course is a college-level physics
class designed to prepare students
for college science and engineering
courses. Students can receive college
credit by successfully taking the
AP Physics test in May or they can
get Whatcom Community College
credit through the College in the
High School Program. AP Physics
follows the non-calculus AP Physics
curriculum. The first semester will
focus on Newtonian mechanics
and fluid mechanics. The second
semester will include thermal physics,
electricity and magnetism, waves
and optics, and atomic and nuclear
physics. Einstein’s special and general
theories of relativity will be explored
after the AP test. Mathematics and
the laboratory are our primary tools
used to investigate these concepts.


SOCIAL
STUDIES

3.0 credits required for graduation

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Grade Level: 9
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: None
World Geography, a graduation
requirement, is a one semester (.5)
course offered in the freshman
year. This course makes practical
application of the “Five Themes of
Geography,” including physical,
cultural and political geography and
basic economic concepts. Students
will develop skills in research,
analysis and problem solving while
exploring contemporary world issues.

U.S. HISTORY

Grade Level: 10
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: None
This course presents study of
the political, economic, social,
technological and military aspects
of United States history from
the colonial period through the
1990s. First examined are colonial
life, the American Revolution,
westward development, the Civil
War, reconstruction and the rise of
industrialism. Second semester begins
in 1900 with course content focused
on 20th Century United States
history. Progressivism, World War
1, the 1920s, the Great Depression,
World War II, the Cold War, the
contrasting decades of the 1950s,
60s and 70s, Vietnam, and the 1980s
and 90s as closing decades of the
20th Century will highlight this
study. The course concludes with the
United States moving into the 21st
Century. The growing and sustained
influence of the United States on
the world stage will be emphasized.
Cause and effect relationships will be
stressed. Activities include: text and
other selected readings, note-taking,
homework, lectures, group activities,
map requirements, films, projects and
tests.

AP (Advanced Placement)
U.S. HISTORY

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor
and teacher recommendation
Advanced Placement U.S. History
is an extremely challenging course
that gives students an opportunity to
acquire new skills and improve study
habits. This is an in-depth study of
American History from the age of
exploration and discovery to the
present. Emphasis is placed on critical
and evaluative thinking skills, essay
writing, interpretation of original
documents and historiography.
College-level reading and writing
skills along with a willingness
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to devote considerable time to
homework and study are necessary for
success.

WORLD HISTORY
Grade Level: 11

Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: World Geography and
U.S. History
This course demonstrates how
the present has grown out of the
past with an emphasis on ancient,
medieval and early modern history.
The first semester focuses on the
selected cultures and regions of the
world to the industrial revolution
including Western and Eastern
Europe as well as the Middle East,
Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Building on concepts and cultural
understandings learned in previous
social studies courses, World History
examines the significant historical
persons, events and movements that
are the foundation for contemporary
world cultural, economic and
political issues. It will also offer an
overview of the structure and process
of appropriate universal themes as
they have operated historically in
those regions. Such globally informed
students will be prepared to make a
positive impact on the future.

WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5
Prerequisite: None
Washington State History is a
one-semester course offered to any
student who has not completed the
state requirement of Washington
State History. In this course students
review and make practical application
of many general social studies
concepts, vocabulary and skills.
Students study Washington State’s
regional and physical geography,
Washington State history, structure of
the state government and economic
foundation of Washington. Students
make connections between the
economy of Washington and Pacific
Rim region.

AP (Advanced Placement)
WORLD HISTORY

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: U.S. History
The purpose of the AP World
History course is to develop greater
understanding of the evolution of
global processes and contacts in
interaction with different types
of human societies. The course
highlights the nature of changes in
international frameworks and their
causes and consequences, as well as
comparisons among major societies.
Emphasis is placed on critical and
evaluative thinking skills, essay
writing, and interpretation of original
documents. College level reading and
writing skills along with a willingness
to devote considerable time to
homework and study are necessary for
success.

AP (Advanced Placement)
U.S. GOVERNMENT

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: .5 satisifies Citizenship requirement
and .5 Elective
Pre-requisite: World History and U.S.
History and permission of instructor
Advanced Placement U.S.
Government offers students an
opportunity to attempt college level
work, acquire new skills and improve
study habits. This course is an indepth
study of the basic concepts and
issues in United States Government.
It is an intensive, accelerated course
designed to prepare students for the
College Board Advanced Placement
Examination. College credit or
placement may be awarded upon
successful completion of the test.

CITIZENSHIP

Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Social Studies
Pre-requisite: None
Designed to give the student a
practical understanding of his/her
rights and responsibilities as a
citizen of Washington State and the
United States, the course emphasizes
a study of federal government
structure and functions, Washington
State’s history and governmental
development, and Whatcom
County’s various governmental
divisions and agencies. The course
highlights national political party
structures, various tax systems, the
justice system and contemporary
problems. Students must demonstrate
satisfactory understanding of the U.S.
Constitution in order to receive credit
for this course. Local community
understanding and involvement are
focused through local activities and
projects. Grades will be based on
tests, attendance at two community
decision-making meetings, class
participation in discussions, daily
attendance and an optional problemsolving
project.
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SPECIALIZED
INSTRUCTION

Students with disabilities who
are on an Individual Education
Program receive specially designed
instruction to reach their transition
goals. Collaboration with students,
parents/ guardians, administration,
general education staff and numerous
community agencies is an integral
component. Teachers team with
general education staff and provide
in-class student support. Students
will be held to general education
requirements unless the Individual
Education/Transition Program
specifies designed graduation
requirements.

MATH SKILLS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Mathematics
Pre-requisite: None
Location: Sehome
This class offers students a
skill-based approach to reaching
Washington State educational
standards in math. It provides
instruction in applied basic math
skills that people are confronted with
in everyday life. Study may include:
taxes, wages, comparison-shopping,
budgeting, credit, loans, insurance,
travel and measurements. Students
will have opportunities to practice
their skills on community field trips.
This class may be repeated for credit.

LEARNING STRATEGIES

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Referral/ Criteria
Location: Sehome
This class is designed to help
students who need support to
improve academic achievement in
their general education classes. A
portion of the class will be devoted to
teacher-directed learning strategies.
Students will use their IEP to focus on
self determination skills: goal setting,
self-advocacy techniques, disability
awareness, accommodations and
lifelong learning skills. They will
practice these skills in preparation for
independent living. Students must
be enrolled in at least two academic
classes and demonstrate a desire to
succeed academically. Pass/Fail/Letter
grade options per student contract
with teacher. This class may be
repeated for credit.

WRITTEN LANGUAGE SKILLS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: English
Pre-requisite: None
Location: Sehome
This class offers students a
skill-based approach to reaching
Washington State educational
standards in written language.
This class is writing intensive and
provides students with the tools and
technology to become proficient
writers in a variety of forms and for a
variety of purposes. This class may be
repeated for credit.

READING SKILLS

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: English
Pre-requisite: None
Location: Sehome
This class offers students a
skill-based approach to reaching
Washington State educational
standards in reading. The purpose is
to improve reading skills. Students
learn how to evaluate and develop
their reading skills through daily
instruction and practice. This class
may be repeated for credit.

VOCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective or other, see below
Pre-requisite: Referral and teacher
permission
Location: Sehome
Students participate in a variety of
different job-readiness and/or job
placements. These activities may
include: writing a cover letter and
resume, filling out a job application,
participating in job shadowing or
informational interview, completing
a job search curriculum and taking
vocational assessments. Students may
also participate in a variety of nonpaid
work-based training situations,
giving them an opportunity to
explore different career interest areas.
This satisfies an elective requirement
for students meeting general
education requirements or a designed
requirement for students with
designed graduation requirements.
This course may be repeated for credit
and must be taken Pass/Fail.

DISTRICTWIDE
PROGRAMS
LIFESKILLS

A districtwide program located
at Bellingham and Sehome High
Schools, this course provides
training in functional academics,
social, personal management and
vocational skills. Emphasis is placed
on community-based instruction
from school to adult life. Grading is
Pass/Fail.

FOCUS

This is a districtwide program
located at Squalicum High School.
The program assists students who
are developing appropriate social
and emotional behaviors as well
as academic skills. Students are
able to earn academic credit on
an individualized basis through
a contract learning method. The
student’s IEP team determines
student placement in this program
and course of study.
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COMMUNITY TRANSITIONS
Community Transitions assists
young adults transitioning from high
school to adult living situations.
Program components provide
instruction and support to students in
work training, paid work experience,
college and other resources and
situations encouraging independent
living. Instruction is offered
individually and in small groups to
assist students in completing their
transition plan. The Community
Transitions program is located at
2015 Franklin Street. Recommended
eligibility for this program includes:
1) referral from the high school IEP team
2) 4 years of high school attendance
3) minimum of 10 high school credits
4) 18 years of age
5) incomplete transition goals and
objectives
WORLD
LANGUAGES
FRENCH 1
GERMAN 1
SPANISH 1
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: None
Courses introduce the language,
which includes the learning of basic
grammar, listening and speaking
in the world language, and getting
acquainted with the customs and
traditions of the cultures where
the language is spoken. Students
should list second and third world
language choices in the event the first
choice has been filled. Students may
purchase a workbook for independent
study, $9-$18. Students must have a C
or better or teacher recommendation
to enroll in second semester.
FRENCH 2
GERMAN 2
SPANISH 2
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: French 1, German 1,
Spanish 1
Courses review and continue study
of grammar with listening and oral
skills emphasized. By the second
year, students should have a good
grasp of basic structure in order to
communicate in simple sentences.
They will be able to understand fairly
complex spoken language. Reading
and writing are also emphasized.
Cultural presentations in the world
language are continued. At the end of
second year, a great deal of emphasis
is placed on oral proficiency in the
specific world language. Students may
purchase a workbook for independent
study, $9-$18. Students must have a C
or better or teacher recommendation
to enroll in second semester.
FRENCH 3
GERMAN 3
SPANISH 3
Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: French 2, German 2 or
Spanish 2
Courses continue skill building in
listening and speaking. The world
language is used almost exclusively
in the classroom. Students are
expected to read literature and study
history as well as more complicated
grammatical structures. Students may
purchase a workbook for independent
study, $9-$18. Students must have a C
or better or teacher recommendation
to enroll in second semester.
FRENCH 4
GERMAN 4
SPANISH 4
Grade Level: 12 or special permission
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: French 3, German 3 or
Spanish 3
Courses continue use of world
language. Classroom communication
is almost entirely in world language.
Classes stress continued refining and
improvement of both oral and written
expression. They focus upon reading
world language materials with
emphasis on current prose as well as
historic literature with a basic degree
of comprehension. They provide some
flexibility for self-advancement and
independent work. This class may
be repeated for credit. Students may
purchase a workbook for independent
study, $9-$18.
AP (Advanced Placement)
FRENCH
AP (Advanced Placement)
SPANISH
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Completion of French
2, Spanish 2, personal interview and
teacher permission
These are intensive, accelerated
third/fourth year courses to prepare
students for the Advanced Placement
Examination. College credit or
placement may be available upon
successful completion of the test.
The class is conducted entirely in
the language at near-native speed.
This class may be repeated for credit.
Students may purchase a workbook
for independent study, $9-$18.
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OTHER
CREDIT
OPPORTUNITIES
CULMINATING PROJECT
Grade Level: 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: .5 Elective
Pre-requisite: None
The Culminating Project Class (CP
Class) is designed to assist students
in completing all five components
of the culminating project. Through
the work in this class, each student
will increase skills and achievement
in the areas of reading, writing,
listening and speaking. Units
within this course of study include
planning and organizing longterm
projects, enhancing general
scholarly writing skills, documenting
formal papers through Modern
Language Association (MLA) format,
researching through the Research
Cycle, preparing for formal public
speaking and developing reflective
skills during all phases of the project.

STUDENT ASSISTANT:
OFFICE

Grade Level: 9, 10 (with special
permission), 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Department permission
and counselor approval
Students will gain experience in
general office duties. Office assistants
will be responsible for greeting
the public, taking and distributing
messages, filing, compiling lists,
mailings and answering phones.
Regular attendance is mandatory.
The class may be repeated for credit.
Students are limited to two office
aide positions over a four-year period.
Exceptions require administrative
approval. This class is Pass/Fail.

STUDENT ASSISTANT:
TEACHER

Grade Level: 9, 10 (with special
permission), 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Approval of teacher
and administrator
Student assistants work closely with
a teacher in performing a wide range
of duties and responsibilities that
are appropriate to the talents and
abilities of the student, appropriate
to the particular course and the
teacher’s needs in that course. The
specific requirements to be met are
designed and agreed to by both the
student and the teacher. The specific
procedures for entering the program
are detailed on the application form,
which is obtained from the counselor.
Students are limited to two teacher
aide classes over a four-year period.
Exceptions require administrative
approval. This class is Pass/Fail.

STUDENT ASSISTANT:
LIBRARY MEDIA

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Department permission
Student assistants will operate the
computer system to check materials
in and out, process new materials,
perform data entry and edit existing
records for books and students. In
addition they will maintain shelves
and files, answer phones, deliver
equipment, and assist students and
teachers using the library media
center. Students will work either in
the library area or the media area,
depending on the needs of the library
that semester. Student assistants
should clear all fines or overdues
prior to working in the library media
center. This class may be repeated
once for credit. See Student Assistant:
Office. This class is only Pass/Fail.
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STUDENT ASSISTANT:
FOOD SERVICE

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Department permission
This course provides a background
in food preparation, service, and
cash register operation. The student
assists in the cafeteria during an
assigned period and is paid a stipend
by the school district. This class may
be repeated for credit. See Student
Assistant: Office. This class is only
Pass/Fail.
LAB/SAIL
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Various
Pre-requisite: Counselor permission
Sehome Alternative Instructional
Lab (SAIL) is an alternative, outcomebased
laboratory designed to allow
students to improve basic skills and
make up deficient credit from a
core of basic classes they have failed
in the past (credit make-up). This
alternative allows students to earn
credits from the achievement of
outcomes rather than based on seat
time. SAIL’s purpose is to provide
an individualized, self-paced, selfdirected
learning experience for
students. Students are expected to
improve their basic skills and earn
school credit. Learning gains are
prompted by positive reinforcement
generated by self-directed instruction,
immediate feedback of results and
“no-fail” teaching approach. Classes
include Math, Health, U.S. History,
Citizenship, World History, World
Geography, English and Science.
Students interested in taking a SAIL
class to make up a failed class should
contact their counselor. Students
must have failed two courses to enter
this program. The credits are Pass/Fail
only.

WORK-BASED LEARNING
INTERNSHIP

Grade Level: 10,11,12
Length of Class: Semester (180 hours)
Credit: Occupational education
or elective
Pre-requisite: Permission of
WBL instructor
This course is intended to provide
students 16 years and older with an
opportunity to explore the world of
work or a career field of interest. This
internship would combine learning
and working. The student would be
required to meet with work-based
learning instructor on a monthly
basis to provide documentation
of work hours and review his or
her Worksite Learning Plan. The
instructor would meet the student
on the work site twice a semester
to conduct an onsite evaluation.
In addition, the student would be
required to identify and demonstrate
skills necessary to be successful in
the world or work as addressed in the
Worksite Learning Plan. Students
may earn work-based learning credit
for a maximum of two semesters (1.0).

INDEPENDENT STUDY
COURSES

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Advisor permission
An Independent Study Course is a
course not taught in the curriculum
but is a bonafide area of study.
The student must enlist a teacher
willing to work with the student
to develop, supervise and evaluate
the independent study project. The
course must be approved by an
administrator. Teachers are under
no obligation to agree to provide or
supervise the course or project.

LEADERSHIP

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Semester
Credit: Elective
Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor;
application required
Training and experience in the skills
of leadership. Specific areas include
communication, organization and
decision making. Designed for ASB
officers, cheerleaders and any other
student interested in learning about
and demonstrating leadership. Much
of the course involves working on
school service projects. This course
may be repeated for credit.

YEARBOOK

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-long
Credit: Elective or Occupational
Education
Pre-requisite: Application and Advisor
permission
Designed for students to
produce the school yearbook, The
Windjammer. This course is an
excellent opportunity for those
who wish to build experience in
publications, journalism or graphic
design. Activities include advertising,
marketing, digital photography, copy
writing, proofreading, and electronic
page layout and design. Students
will become familiar with Adobe
publications software, including
Photoshop and PageMaker. Students
should plan to register for both
semesters. Successful completion
of Tech Connections, art, graphic
arts, photography and experience
with Macintosh computers are
recommended pre-requisites.
Attendance at extracurricular
activities (e.g. sporting events,
concerts, club meetings) will be
necessary. This class may be repeated
for credit.
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A
Accounting 1 and 2................................................................14
Advanced Placement: Biology...............................................21
Advanced Placement: Calculus...............................................9
Advanced Placement: Chemistry...........................................21
Advanced Placement: Environmental Science .....................20
Advanced Placement: French................................................25
Advanced Placement: Language and Composition.................4
Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition................ 4
Advanced Placement: Physics...............................................22
Advances Placement: Spanish..............................................25
Advanced Placement: Statistics..............................................9
Advanced Placement: World History.....................................23
Advanced Placement: U.S. History........................................22
Advanced Placement: U.S. Government ..............................23
Algebra I, Integrated.................................................................8
Algebra II, Integrated ...............................................................8
American Literature..................................................................3
Architectural Design ..............................................................18
Art 1..........................................................................................5
Art 2..........................................................................................5
Art Studio.................................................................................5
Athletic Health Advanced.......................................................20
B
Band: Symphonic.....................................................................6
Band: Concert......................................................................... 7
Band: Jazz, Honors..................................................................7
Baseball/Softball/Flickerball/Yoga/Walking...........................19
Beginning Weight Training and Body Shaping.......................19
Biology....................................................................................20
Biology: Honors......................................................................21
C
Careers in Education Internship ............................................16
Ceramics..................................................................................6
Chemistry...............................................................................21
Chemistry: Honors.................................................................21
Child Development ................................................................15
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition..........................................15
Child Observation, Assessment and Recordkeeping ...........15
Choir, Concert: Honors ...........................................................7
Sehome High School Course Index
Choir, Chamber: Honors..........................................................7
Choir, Mixed ............................................................................7
Choir, Women’s .......................................................................7
Citizenship .............................................................................23
College Writing ........................................................................4
Community Transitions...........................................................25
Computer Applications, Introduction......................................13
Computer Applications 1 ...................................................... 13
Computer Applications 2 .......................................................13
Computer Programming ........................................................18
Computer Programming: Advanced.......................................18
Consumer Education: Surviving on Your Own ......................14
Creative Writing ...................................................................... 4
Creative Writing: Advanced .....................................................4
Culinary Arts..........................................................................15
Culminating Project ...............................................................26
D
Design Engineering 1.............................................................17
Design Engineering 2.............................................................17
Design Engineering Advanced...............................................17
Drama 1: Introduction to Acting............................................... 6
Drama 2: Intermediate Acting .................................................6
Drama 3: Advanced Production ..............................................6
Drama 3: Honors......................................................................6
E
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Cooperative Work
Experience.............................................................................16
Economics..............................................................................14
Education Internship Advanced ............................................16
English: 9th Grade .................................................................3
English: 10th Grade ................................................................3
English: 10th Grade Honors ...................................................3
Environmental Science..........................................................20
F
Focus......................................................................................24
Football/Flickerball/Conditioning............................................19
Foundations for Algebra.......................................................... 8
French 1, 2, 3, 4.....................................................................25
Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry ...................................9
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G
Geometry, Integrated ..............................................................8
German 1, 2, 3, 4...................................................................25
H
Health.....................................................................................20
Health Care Services 1: Anatomy and Physiology ...............16
Health Care Services II Externship ......................................17
Humanities .............................................................................4
I
Independent Study Courses..................................................27
Industrial Technology ............................................................18
Industrial Technology Advanced ...........................................18
Integrated Algebra I ................................................................ 8
Integrated Algebra II................................................................ 8
Integrated Geometry................................................................8
L
Lab/SAIL ...............................................................................27
Leadership .............................................................................27
Learning Strategies ...............................................................24
Life Science ...........................................................................21
Lifeskills..................................................................................24
M
Math Skills .............................................................................24
Meal Management ................................................................15
N
Northwest Literature ...............................................................4
O
Occupational/Career and Technical Education Summary.....10
Oceanography .......................................................................21
Orchestra, Chamber, Honors.................................................. 8
Orchestra, Intermediate ......................................................... 7
Orchestra Advanced, Honors...................................................8
P
Personal Finance and Investing.............................................14
Physics ..................................................................................22
Pre-calculus ............................................................................9
Principles of Technology/Applied Physics ...................... 17, 22
Psychology of Children .........................................................14
R
Racquet Sports .....................................................................19
Reading Skills ........................................................................24
Recreational Activities ...........................................................20
S
Soccer/Conditioning ..............................................................19
Spanish 1, 2, 3 4....................................................................25
Stars: Basics in Childcare .....................................................15
Strength Training....................................................................19
Student Assistant: Food Service............................................27
Student Assistant: Library Media ..........................................26
Student Assistant: Office ......................................................26
Student Assistant: Teacher ...................................................26
Surviving on Your Own .........................................................14
T
Technical Writing .....................................................................5
Technology Connections........................................................13
Tech Prep Direct College Credit Program.............................11
U
U.S. History ..........................................................................22
V
Video Game Programming & Design Animation....................19
Vocational Experience ..........................................................24
Volleyball/Basketball and Conditioning..................................20
W
Washington State History......................................................23
Web Design 1 ........................................................................18
Web Design 2 ........................................................................18
Web Design Advanced ..........................................................18
Work-Based Learning Internship...........................................27
World Geography...................................................................22
World History .........................................................................23
Written Language Skills.........................................................24
Y
Yearbook ..............................................................................27
Yoga/Jogging/Walking/Softball..............................................20Sehome Highschool CourseCatalog 2006/2007



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