High School Courses

 
   Social Studies   
 

 

World Cultures and Geography

 

2 semesters/ 1 year           

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text                      

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course description

This course introduces students to the concept of global community and reinforces world geography skills through a series of area-studies, including the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East/Southeast Asia, the Pacific World/Oceana, Central America, and the Caribbean, and South America.  Knowledge of geography, cultural components, culture, values, and major issues facing these regions are emphasized.  The course serves as a base for higher level social sciences. 

 

 

World History

                                         

2 semesters/ 1 year                             

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

This course provides an understanding of the democratic tradition and trace it’s influence in modern history to the present time.  Students will  develop analytical skills in terms of understanding and interpreting historical events.  Students will actively explore major events such as the Industrial Revolution, The World Wars, and the rise of Totalitarianism that have shaped our modern world.  You will research topics such as the Enlightenment, technology, and nationalism.  Finally, students will focus on a trouble spot in the world and complete a case study.

 

 

US History

 

2 semesters/ 1 year                             

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

This course provides a study of modern history that begins with a survey of early political and philosophical concepts that contributed to the democratic ideals that shaped a new nation.  It continues through the America’s transformation into an industrial giant and its rise as an economic world leader.  It examines America’s role in the ‘global village’ of this new century with special projects.

 

American Government

 

1 semester                                                                   

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

The US Constitution is built on six basic principles of government: popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks & balances, judicial review, and federalism.  These principles have proved an enduring yet flexible guide for governing the nation for over 200 years.  This course is designed to help students obtain a deeper understanding of American Government and to create civil literacy as they prepare to vote, participate in community activities and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

 

 

Economics

 

1 semester                                                                   

UC area: g

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

 

Course description

In this course students will learn about fundamental economic concepts including but not limited to scarcity, economic systems and institutions, incentives, trade market and prices, supply and demand, interest rates, entrepreneurship, standard of living, governments public policy, unemployment and inflation, and monetary and fiscal policy.

 

 

   English   

 

 

English 9

 

2 semesters/1 year                                                                   

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: English

 

Course description

Designed for 9th graders, the course will help students understand and interpret literature and develop the skillful use of language. During the study of short story, non-fiction, poetic and dramatic forms, students will consider the construction and impact of the selected works. In additional to written papers and literary analysis, they will prepare oral presentation on a focus topic and develop research skills. Grammar and spelling will be taught concurrently.

 

 

 

English 10 ~ World Literature                                               

 

2 semesters/1 year                                                                 

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

The World Literature course provides students with opportunities to explore and respond to multiple genres from various global, historical, and social contexts. As we examine world literature from ancient to modern day, we will consider the context that shaped these novels, epic poems, graphic texts, articles, and plays. Class participants will be expected to complete daily reading, annotate their text and analyze authors’ works for character development, motifs, themes, and literary style. Students will refine their thinking and write for a variety of purposes such as quick writes, journal responses, and essays. Students will utilize online resources, develop research techniques, and develop engaging presentations. As students expand their global boundaries through literature and research, the class will consider and apply real world methods to address humanitarian concerns that exist today.

 

 

 

 
English 11 ~ American Literature 
 

2 semesters/1 year                          

UC area: b

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

In this 11th grade core English class, students will read American literature from the early 17th century. The ultimate goals for this class are to expose students to American culture, heritage, and history through study of our literature; and, to continue advancement towards more mature, refined writing skills. Students will be able to adapt language, voice, and style in writing and speaking to effectively communicate idea, to use writing and speaking as an effective tool to influence others and enact change, and to maturely comprehend and analyze works of literature to generate insightful ideas about themselves, their cultural history, and their world.
 
 
 
English 12 
 

2 semesters/1 year                          

UC area: b

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

 In this 12th grade core English course, students will read British literature form the Anglo-Saxon period to the present and selected world literature. They will understand the progression of the English language through intellectual, historical, and social developments; and make connections with world literature for the major literary periods. There will be at least one term paper and one multi-media presentation.


 
Essay Writing
 

2 semesters/1 year                          

UC area: b*

Class-based              

OVS Graduation: English

*Can be used as ½ year of English 9 or 10)

 

Course description

Since 2005, “Take My Word For It!” has been offering a one-of- a-kind brand of creative writing enrichment for kids. The curriculum is designed to challenge enthusiastic writers, as well as engage reluctant ones. In this class, “Creative to the Core” practices informative, narrative and persuasive writing (the 3 Common Core writing standards) with a creative twist. Learn how to compose a brilliant informational text, how to tell a compelling tale, and how to better persuade your parents. I promise no boring writing activities!

 

 
Poetry
 

2 semesters/1 year                          

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

In this course will introduce the student to the appreciation and experience of poetry. Students will read a wide a variety of poems form the classic to contemporary. They will gain insights into History, structure, terminology, and technical skills needed to analyze and write poetry. We will appreciate oral presentations of poetry, and develop our presentation skills. Students will “develop sensitivity to language, culture, and identity to lead them beyond the boundaries of their own selves and see the world through the eyes of others.” –Kennedy & Gioia

 
 
   Fine Art- Visual and Performing Arts   
 
 
Art History

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: f

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

 

Course description

This course is a chronological survey of Western art and an overview of art and ideas from outside the Western tradition. Beginning with the Prehistoric and ending with Postmodernism, you will study the ideas and trends influencing artists from ancient times to present day. You will complete studio projects that demonstrate an exploration of historic media and methods and the cultures that shaped them.

 

 

Drama
 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: None

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

 

Course description

This is a Theatre Skills/Rehearse and Performance class. We will spend the first several weeks reviewing for some, introducing to others, theatre games, skills and improve with an emphasis on performance. But as always, it's about process, not product. Then we will create or choose a play to work on and present at the end of the school year for friends and family.

 

 

Studio Art 1 & 2

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes below, each for 2.5 credits. 

They may elect to repeat classes with advanced work each year.

 
  • Ceramics ~ 2.5 credits 

Course description

This class is for students who want to enjoy exploring the art and craft of working with clay. Students will receive an introduction to historical, traditional, and current ceramic art. We will focus on two main areas: hand built tableware, such as plates, mugs, dishes and bowls, and ceramic sculpture. They will finish their tableware using food safe glazes. Sculptures will be finished using a wide variety of ceramic decorating techniques. Students will be encouraged to use their self-expressive ideas to create satisfying artworks in clay.

 
  • Drawing2.5 credits    (required for Studio  Art 1)

Course description

Students will be expected to keep sketchbook and complete drawing assignments of increasing complexity throughout the year. We will study the timeline of art history and become more fluent in the language of art appreciation. Advanced students will build on prior skills and complete a series of original work in a medium of their choice.

 
  • Mixed Media ~ 2.5 credits

Course description

Come explore art in many forms in this mixed nding of the many ways of expressing oneself through paint. Advanced students will build on prior skills and complete a series of original paintings.

 
  • Printmaking ~ 2.5 credits
Course description

In this class, we will utilize our classroom printing press to create monoprints, collagraphs, and even engravings using a variety of printmaking materials and processes. We will explore traditional and hybrid relief prints as well as delve into artist profiles that allow us to examine the history and community that printmaking brings.

 
 
Studio Art 3 & 4

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes below, each for 2.5 credits

They may elect to repeat classes with advanced work each year.

 

 

Open Art Studio 

 

No Credit

UC area: none

 

Students will be able to access the entire art studio for self-motivated projects or work carried over from other classes.

 

 

   Mathematics   

 

 

Algebra Core

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: None

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

Algebra Core is preparatory course for Math 1. We will review the necessary operations of arithmetic as well as the basic skills of Algebra. We will delve into solving equations, proportions and probability, functions and graphs, powers and roots, and polynomials.

 

Math 1

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

Math 2

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Math 3

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Pre-Calculus

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Class-based            

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Algebra 1

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Algebra 2

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Algebra 3

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

Geometry

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description

 

 

 

Consumer Math

 

2 semesters/1 year

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course Description