Academics at George

Academics

In this course catalog you will find diagrams that illustrate the most common ways to move through our core curriculum (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages). You’ll see that we have four categories of courses:

COLLEGE PREPARATORY College Prep
UNWEIGHTED | These are GW’s standard level courses that prepare students for success in college and/or career without remediation at a wide range of post-secondary institutions, including community colleges, trade schools, and some four-year colleges.

HONORS Honors
WEIGHTED | These are GW’s advanced level courses for primarily 9th and 10th graders. Students who are interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme should take a full complement of these courses during their freshman and sophomore years.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT AP
WEIGHTED | These college level courses are fast-paced and rigorous. Most colleges and universities will grant college credit for these courses if a student obtains high scores on the College Board AP exams given at the end of the year.

CU SUCCEEDS Concurrent Enrollment
WEIGHTED | The CU Succeed Silver and Gold Programs collaborate with Colorado high schools to offer high school students the opportunity to gain exposure to the college experience! Students enroll in University of Colorado Denver courses, located at their high school, taught by qualified teachers. All courses are taken for credit with a letter grade and appear on a CU Denver transcript.​

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME IB
WEIGHTED | Open to qualified juniors and seniors, students will be given the opportunity to express interest in this program during their first two years at George. Students wishing to apply to the IB program should take a full course-load of Honors/PB classes during their freshman and sophomore years. As established by the IB office, qualified students will be admitted to the Diploma Programme at the end of their sophomore year.  Consideration will be given to new students and students with other special circumstances prior to or at the beginning of their junior year.

These course-sequencing illustrations should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out their individual academic pathway.

(click image to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

Course Descriptions

ENGLISH 1 College Prep
Course Code: 01370 /01371
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: English
This language arts course is designed to develop and challenge the student’s ability in reading, literary analysis, writing, and presenting at the high school level. Students develop strategic reading skills while investigating the literary genres of expository essay including historical documents, poetry, short story, and the novel. Extended reading and literary selections are taken from adopted texts and the recommended reading list for grade nine. Students produce writing in a variety of formats and genres including well-developed paragraphs, literary response items, expository essays, short stories (narrative), historical documents, and technical documents. Students continue to develop skills in the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

ENGLISH 2 College Prep
Course Code: 01376 /01377
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: English 1
Requirement Category: English
This course acquaints students with significant literature of America from 1500 to present, as well as philosophical, historical, moral, social, and other forces that have produced literature that reflects the American way of life. Students develop greater confidence in their ability to communicate through both written and oral expression.

ENGLISH 3 College Prep
Course Code: 01382 /01383
Grades Offered: 11
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: English 2
Requirement Category: English
Students study the literature, thought, and philosophy of Sumerian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Indian, and Asian cultures. This course emphasizes the understanding of ideas and the ability to express this understanding orally and in writing. Comparisons among the cultures and literature are studied, with concentration on universal themes throughout the world. Terminology of the literature is included, as is the significance of historical events upon the cultures literary works. Additional areas of concentration include Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Ages of Rationalism, Romanticism and Realism. The course incorporates culturally diverse pieces of literature and philosophies. There is an emphasis on understanding ideas, and expressing this understanding orally and in writing.

ENGLISH 1 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 09150 / 09151
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: English
This course is organized around three literary genres: poetry, the short story, and the novel. In addition to the literature of each genre, students learn spelling and vocabulary as well as specified composition, grammar, oral communication, and reference skills. Writing proficiency is emphasized through specified composition, grammar, usage, and reference skills. Students continue to learn oral communication skills. The difference between this course and the standard level English 1 course is the depth and breadth of reading required, the variety and quantity of writing expected, and the need for the student to possess a dedication to intense study in preparation for the challenges of eventual advanced placement.

ENGLISH 2 HONORSHonors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 09152 / 09153
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: English 1
Requirement Category: English
The first semester of this course examines the development of early American literature, beginning with the chronicles of the early explorers and continuing through the beginnings of Realism, approximately 1500 to 1865. The course concentrates on expository writing skills integrated with the study of literature. In the second semester students examine the development of American literature from the Civil War era to present day, approximately 1865 to present. The course concentrates on expository writing skills integrated with the study of literature. This course is designed to meet the needs of the accelerated student. Although it is similar in content to the standard-level English 2 course, it expands and enriches content matter.

HISPANIC AMERICAN LITERATURE HONORS Honors
Course Code: 01229 / 01239
Grades Offered: 11, 12 – offered every other year
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: English 2
Requirement Category: English
This course is designed to acquaint you with representative literary works of Hispanic Americans. Through readings in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, you will explore the contemporary experience of Hispanic Americans, and how it is represented in American literature. This course will focus on how these works represent not only an intersection between cultures, but also a culture in itself. We will take into account the experience of Hispanic Americans in the United States, and examine how issues of sex, race, class, and education have an impact on Latino(a) self-definition and community identity. Course objectives include developing our familiarity with the wide variety of works by Hispanic American authors, improving critical awareness of and sensitivity to cultural nuance, and introducing you to an aspect of American literature.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE HONORS Honors
Course Code: 01242 / 01243
Grades Offered: 11, 12 – offered every other year
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Completion of English 1 and 2 with a grade of C or higher.
Requirement Category: English
Literature, history, philosophy, and sociology cannot be separated from culture. Because of their unique arrival in America, the African American community has long had an equally unique experience in America. This accelerated course is designed to give college bound students an understanding of the development of literature created by African Americans. Students embark on a historical journey from the beginnings of African American experiences by exploring the African American identity and how it is defined in American history and today. Beginning with the African Traditions, the first semester studies the literature from Africa, to the Slave era and through Reconstruction. Second semester begins with the vibrant Harlem Renaissance, to modern day writers and issues that affect the African American community. Students gain a greater understanding of African American culture and literature and a detailed awareness of the factors that contribute to the construction of the African American identity.

ENGLISH 4 / CU SUCCEEDS ENGLISH 1020 Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 01388 / 01849
Grades Offered: 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: English 3
Requirement Category: English
This course incorporates culturally diverse pieces of literature and philosophies. The selections come from diverse parts of the world, diverse cultures, and ideologies. There is an emphasis on understanding ideas presented in the literature and finding enjoyment in reading. Students express this understanding and enjoyment orally and in writing. Students in this course prepare for and take the Accuplacer. The second semester of this course is a concurrent enrollment course with the Community College of Denver.

CU SUCCEEDS ENGLISH 1020 Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 03588 / 01603
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: English 2
Requirement Category: English
This is a full year concurrent enrollment course with CU Denver in which students learn to craft successful texts for university audiences and beyond. The main goals of this course are for students to have mastery-level abilities in Critical Thinking (in reading and writing), Argumentation, and Research. Under the umbrella of research, this course works on how to generate authentic research questions, how to use databases (alongside finding and determining what are other sources of credible information), organizing information (in the writing and pre-writing stages), and synthesizing information from multiple sources.

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP
Course Code: 01497 / 01498
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: English 2
Requirement Category: English
This course is organized according to essay type. It deals only with nonfiction, expository writing to sharpen students’ critical thinking and analytical reading skills. In conjunction with the development of their oral and written expression, students will learn to appreciate and utilize various rhetorical strategies. While the first semester deals with the various types of the personal essay, the second semester focuses on more “public” forms of exposition. All students are required to take the AP Language and Composition exam at the end of the second semester.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AP
Course Code: 01495 / 01496
Grades Offered: 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: AP English Language and Composition
Requirement Category: English
Students will read a wide range of literature and concentrate on literary analysis of poetry, novels, and prose. Writing about literature will often be done in a timed setting to accustom students to time restrictions. All students are required to take the AP English Literature exam at the end of the second semester.

IB ENGLISH 1 AND 2 HL blue triangle
IB Subject Brief: Click Here
Course Codes: 07902 / 07905 / 07908 / 07911
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: English
This course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. Literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts. Students completing this course will have a thorough knowledge of a range of texts and an understanding of other cultural perspectives. They will also have developed skills of analysis and the ability to support an argument in clearly expressed writing, sometimes at significant length. This course will enable them to succeed in a wide range of university courses, particularly in literature but also in subjects such as philosophy, law and language.

(click image to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

Course Descriptions

INTEGRATED MATH 1 College Prep
Course Code: 04243 / 04244
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Students will explore solving and interpreting solutions to equations; inequalities; and systems of equations and inequalities; creating functions and/or recursive formulas to model situations; fitting a function to a given set of data; comparing the properties of functions each represented in a different way; understanding the effect of transformations on functions and interpreting key features; creating visual displays and summary statistics to describe data; justifying congruence and similarity between geometric figures based on transformations; using coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically; and writing proofs of geometric theorems. The focus for functions in Integrated Math 1 is linear and exponential.

INTEGRATED MATH 2 College Prep
Course Code: 04246 / 04247
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 1
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Students will explore creating functions and/or recursive formulas to model situations; writing proofs of geometric theorems; justifying congruence and similarity between geometric figures based on transformations; using coordinates to analyze and solve problems involving geometric relationships in the coordinate plane; applying geometric relationships in modeling situations; using trigonometry to solve problems involving right triangles; and using a probability model to mathematically describe and interpret random processes. The focus for functions in Integrated Math 2 is quadratic; absolute value; and piecewise-defined functions.

INTEGRATED MATH 3 College Prep
Course Code: 04266 / 04267
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 2
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Integrated Math 3  is the third course in a sequence of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses.  It aims to apply and extend what students have learned in previous courses by focusing on finding connections between multiple representations of functions, transformations of different function families, finding zeros of polynomials and connecting them to graphs and equations of polynomials, modeling periodic phenomena with trigonometry, and understanding the role of randomness and the normal distribution in making statistical conclusions.

INTEGRATED MATH 1 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08002 / 08005
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Placement test or teacher recommendation
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course is for students achieving above grade level with strong interest and ability in mathematics. This is a high level course that emphasizes abstraction and critical thinking in mathematics, and is designed to be completed at a quick pace. Students develop and practice skills called for by problem solving; they work with real numbers and the interactions required with basic operations, linear functions, representations of functions, transformations of functions, as well as solving linear, quadratic, radical, and rational equations. For the Geometry section of this course, students are exposed to all conceptual levels of geometry, working with visualization, analysis, informal reasoning, and finally, deduction, where students work in an axiomatic system including the logic of geometry, properties of parallelism and congruent triangles, special polygons, inequalities in triangles, and similarities. This section includes an introduction to geometric proofs.

INTEGRATED MATH 2 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08292 / 08293
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 1 or teacher recommendation
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course is for students achieving above grade level with a strong interest and ability in mathematics. Students are exposed to all conceptual levels of geometry. This course has a concentrated effort in working with visualization, analysis, informal reasoning, and finally, deduction, where students work in an axiomatic system. The course also provides the student with knowledge about the language of logic of geometry, properties of parallelism and congruent triangles, special polygons, inequalities in triangles, and similarities. Students study right triangles, inscribed triangles, and their related theorems and ratios; circles, spheres and their related terms, constructions, and loci descriptions. Students learn to compute area and volume of polygons, circles, and solids. Coordinate and transformational geometry is also introduced.

INTEGRATED MATH 3 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08294 / 08295
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 2
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Integrated Math 3 is the third course in a sequence of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses. It aims to apply and extend what students have learned in previous courses by focusing on finding connections between multiple representations of functions, transformations of different function families, finding zeros of polynomials and connecting them to graphs and equations of polynomials, modeling periodic phenomena with trigonometry, and understanding the role of randomness and the normal distribution in making statistical conclusions. Integrated Math III Honors aims to achieve the same standards of Integrated Math III while also preparing the students to enter into higher level math classes such as AP Calculus and AP Statistics as well as the IB level math courses.

PRE-CALCULUS HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 04404 / 04406
Grades Offered: 10, 11
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This is a fast-paced honors level course that provides students with a strong background in functions (trigonometric, linear, quadratic, absolute value, power, square root, exponential, rational, and logarithmic). Students completing this course are prepared to take Calculus.

ACCOUNTING HONORS Honors
Course Code: 05000 / 05005
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Math Elective
In this course students are introduced to accounting systems and procedures that are applied to accounting records kept for businesses that operate in a private enterprise economy. Experiences are provided in analyzing business transactions, preparing financial statements, and relating their applications to personal and business use. Basic math skills applicable in the business world are stressed, as well as communication skills within a technical accounting environment. The second semester focuses on advanced accounting systems and procedures that are applied to accounting records kept for merchandising businesses that operate in a private enterprise economy. Partnership and corporate accounting systems and procedures are also introduced. Experiences are provided in analyzing business transactions, preparing financial statements, establishing and maintaining a petty cash fund, preparing a payroll register, journaling payroll entries, valuation of inventories, accounting for notes payable and receivable, and accounting for uncollected accounts receivable. An accounting simulation is an integral part of this course, incorporating computerized accounting applications.

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA HONORS Honors
Course Code: 04318 / 04319
Grades Offered: 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 3
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course explores various aspects of personal financial literacy including Personal Financial Identity; Income; Financial Institutions; Personal Budgets; Investments; and Careers in Finance through the lens of mathematics as called for by the Common Core State Standards.

MATH 055 / CU SUCCEEDS MATH 1110 Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 04456 / 03767
Grades Offered: 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: One semester is weighted
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Students cover topics in algebra prepare them for a college level calculous course. Functions, domains, ranges, graphs, data scatter plots and curve fitting, solving equations and systems of equations, polynomial functions, rational functions, and selected other topics. Graphic calculators and/or computer algebra systems are used extensively. Applications are emphasized. Students take the Accuplacer as a part of this course.

AP COMPUTER PRINCIPLES AP
Course Code: 01776 / 01777
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course introduce students to the central ideas of computer science, instills ideas and practices of computational thinking, and engages students in activities that show how computing changes the world. The course is rigorous and rich in computational content, includes computational and critical thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field. The course covers the “Big Ideas” of computing, such as creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and global impact of computing.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE AP
Course Code: 04310 / 04312
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
Requirement Category: Mathematics
The main theme of the course is problem solving where the potential solutions to these problems are written in the Java programming language. Students have access to computers with the Java programming language as well as the Internet, and they spend at least three hours per week in the computer lab. Major topics covered in the course are: Program and Class Design; Program Implementation; Analysis, Testing and Debugging of Programs; Types of Data Structures; and Standard Algorithms.

AP CALCULUS AB AP
Course Code: 04391 / 04392
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course is designed for the student with persistent mathematical interest. Students in the course complete derivatives of algebraic functions and complete integration, and use these skills in various applications that promote critical thinking.

AP STATISTICS AP
Course Code: 04364 / 04366
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data; planning a study; anticipating patterns; and statistical inference.

IB MATH STUDIES 1 AND 2 blue triangle
IB Subject Brief: Click Here
Course Code: 08138 / 08139 / 08140 / 08141
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This course is the most moderately paced math course that meets the requirements for the IB program.  The course combines elements of Algebra II, Trigonometry, Statistics and Pre-calculus while preparing students to take the IB exam in the spring of their senior year.

IB MATHEMATICS 1 AND 2 SL blue triangle
IB Subject Brief: Click Here
Course Code: 08142 / 08143 / 08144 / 08145
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Mathematics
In the first year students study exponential and logarithmic equations, sequences and series, and the binomial theorem, trigonometry and circular functions, as well as derivative calculus. In the second year students will continue their work in derivative calculus, including kinematics and maxima/minima questions. Second semester will also include the study of integral calculus and vectors, as well as an in-depth preparation and review for the IB mathematics SL exams.

IB MATH 1 AND 2 HL blue triangle
IB Subject Brief: Click Here
Course Code: 08146 / 08147 / 08148 / 08149
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Mathematics
This two year course covers topics including an in-depth study of functions, trigonometry, vectors, calculus, probability and statistics, and higher-level algebra. Students will be prepared to complete not only the IB Exams that take place Spring of their senior year, but may also wish to take the Advanced Placement Test in Calculus and/or Probability and Statistics.

IB MATH OPTIONS HL blue triangle
Course Codes: 08150 / 08151
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Mathematics
Students cover topics including advanced statistics, sets, relations and groups, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, and geometry. Students who successfully complete this course should be able to take the IB exam in either HL Mathematics with a choice of their 7th topic and/or Further Maths.

(click image to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

Course Descriptions

BIOLOGY College Prep
Course Code: 03560 / 03565
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Science
This course is a study of living things: origins, structures, functions, heredity, growth and development, interactions among, and behavior of living things. Content is built around major biological concepts such as biochemistry and the biology of cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, physiologic systems, and the diversity of living things. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science.

CHEMISTRY College Prep
Course Code: 03585 / 03590
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: Science
This course is a study of fundamental chemical concepts, such as atomic theory and its relation to chemical behavior, chemical bonding, the mole and stoichiometry, molecular kinetics, energy relationships, solution dynamics, acids-bases, equilibrium, organic and biological chemistry, and nuclear interactions. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included.

EARTH SCIENCE College Prep
Course Code: 03622 / 03623
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Science
In the first semester students gain an understanding of the structure of the solar system, composition and interactions of objects in space and how space is explored. Students learn the general characteristics of the atmosphere and fundamental processes of weather. In the second semester students learn about the composition of the Earth, its history, and the natural processes that shape it. Students study the major sources of water, its uses, importance, and cyclical patterns of movement through the environment. This course incorporates math skills to the understanding of science, including graphing and computer usage.

ENGINEERING AND DESIGN College Prep
Course Code: 07062 / 07063
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE/Fine Art or Academic Elective
Engineering/Design is a year long course that develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing three dimensional solid models. Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package. They will learn a problem solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product. The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design. The techniques learned and the equipment used will simulate what engineers are currently doing. Various design applications will be explored with discussion of possible career opportunities.

PHYSICS College Prep
Course Code: 03690 / 03695
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Chemistry
Requirement Category: Science
This course is a standards-based study of fundamental physics concepts, such as measurement, calculation, and graphing in kinematics and dynamics, propagation and conservation of energy and momentum, gravitation and orbital mechanics, waves, optics, and electromagnetic phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, graphical, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences.

BIOLOGY HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08010 / 08011
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Science
This accelerated course is a standards-based study of living things: origins, structures, functions, heredity, growth and development, interactions among, and behavior of living things. Content is built around major biological concepts such as biochemistry and the biology of cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, physiologic systems, and the diversity of living things. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included, as is consideration of the impact of human activity on biological systems. This is an accelerated version of the standard level Biology course. There is a focus on self-directed instruction and inquiry-based hands-on labs.

CHEMISTRY HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08016 / 08017
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: Science
This accelerated course is a standards-based study of fundamental chemical concepts, such as atomic theory and its relation to chemical behavior, chemical bonding, the mole and stoichiometry, molecular kinetics, energy relationships, solution dynamics, acids-bases, equilibrium, organic and biological chemistry, and nuclear interactions. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills as well as interdisciplinary approaches to discovery. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included. This is an accelerated version of the standard level Chemistry course. There is a focus on self-directed instruction and inquiry-based hands-on labs.

PHYSICS HONORS Honors
Course Code: 03710 / 03715
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Requirement Category: Science
This accelerated course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the major components of the physical sciences, including: atomic and nuclear physics; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; thermodynamics; light waves and optics; rotational dynamics and gravity; wave theory; principles of electricity and electronics; dynamics and kinematics; relativity and astrophysics; and quantum physics. Considerable emphasis is placed upon describing the above phenomena using mathematical expressions, diagrams, graphs and charts; analysis of data gained through observation and experimentation; and unit analysis, including the study of dimensional relationships, concepts of physical space, and time travel. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of the application of the physical sciences in order to perpetuate a deeper study of nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering. This is an accelerated version of the standard level Physics course. There is a focus on self-directed instruction and inquiry-based hands-on labs.

PLTW PRINCIPLES OF BIO SCIENCES Honors
Course Code: 01769 / 01770
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts or Science Elective
This introductory course of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program introduces students to the human body systems and various health conditions. Students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences sequence and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.

PLTW HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS Honors
Course Code: 01759 / 01760
Grade Offered: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 2 semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: PLTW Principles of Bio Sciences
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts or Science Elective
In Human Body Systems, students engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems are studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students work through real-world cases and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

AP BIOLOGY AP
Course Code: 03610 / 03611
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: Science
The course covers topics typically found in a first-year college biology course and advances students’ understanding of concepts normally covered in high school biology. Topics included are biochemistry, energy transfer, cellular structure and specialization, cellular metabolism, mitosis and meiosis, genetics ecology and evolution.

AP PHYSICS AP
Course Code: 03618 / 03619
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Physics and geometry, or teacher approval
Requirement Category: Science
This course provides students with an introductory experience in the concepts and methods of physical analysis, focused on thermal physics, electrostatics, DC and AC circuits, optics and quantum physics. Building the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively is a primary focus, with inquiry and investigation, modeling and diagramming, symbolic algebra, unit analysis, communication and argumentation, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and integration and application of concepts as emphasized skills.

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP
Course Code: 04316 / 04317
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: Science
This course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory university course in environmental science. It is an incredibly interesting, complex, and applicable science that is constantly changing and expanding. Environmental issues are in the news every day, and it is more important than ever to understand the science behind the stories. This is a rigorous laboratory science course that stresses scientific principles, processes and analysis, while also providing opportunities to explore the many social, political, economic and ethical issues that are relevant to the environmental topics studied.

AP CHEMISTRY AP
Course Code: 03614 / 03615
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Chemistry
Requirement Category: Science
This course is equivalent to a college level general chemistry course that provides rigorous study in four major areas: structure of matter, states of matter, reaction, and descriptive chemistry. Students must be highly motivated to tackle this rigorous course. At the end of the year, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit.

IB PHYSICS SL blue triangle
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Course Code: 08028 / 08031
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Science
This course exposes students to this most fundamental experimental science, which seeks to explain the universe itself—from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students develop practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, the language of physics. They also develop interpersonal skills as well as information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavors—and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right. Students, moreover, study the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists. Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.

IB SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES SL blue triangle
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Course Code: 07928 / 08014
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Science
This course provides a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of environmental issues we face today. Student focus on their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives. It is intended that students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies.

IB BIOLOGY HL blue triangle
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Course Code: 08028 / 08031
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Science
The IB Diploma Programme biology higher level course covers the relationship of structure and function at all levels of complexity. Students learn about cell theory, the chemistry of living things, plant science and genetics, among many other topics to further their understanding of and learning about biology. Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Further, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.

 IB CHEMISTRY HL blue triangle
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Course Code: 08018 / 08019 / 08020 / 08021
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Science
The IB Diploma Programme chemistry course combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigation skills through the experimental approach. Students learn the chemical principles that underpin both the physical environment and biological systems through the study of quantitative chemistry, periodicity, kinetics and other subjects. The chemistry course covers the essential principles of the subject and, through selection of options, allows teachers some flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of their students. Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Further, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.

(click image to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

Course Descriptions

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS College Prep
Course Code: 02485 / 02575
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course is divided into two semesters. Civics provides an understanding of the American governmental system, including its historical and philosophical origins, its constitutional foundations, its basic institutions and their functions, and the ways in which citizens exercise influence on the system with special emphasis on the importance of citizen participation. Economics provides an understanding of major economic systems, examines economic decision-making, compares basic features of different economic systems, and emphasizes individual participation through the understanding of scarcity, choice, cost, and the role of labor and government.

US HISTORY College Prep
Course Code: 02500 / 02505
Grades Offered: 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Civics / Economics
Requirement Category: Social Studies
Students read, research, write, and discuss different topics of American history, such as, Reconstruction, Manifest Destiny, early immigration, the rise of industry, World War I and II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Right Movement. This course looks at people who made contributions, wars that changed America, and the Presidents and politics that are the backbone of this country.

WORLD HISTORY College Prep
Course Code: 02750 / 02755
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: US History
Requirement Category: Social Studies
World History traces the world’s history from prehistoric times through the birth of the modern world. It provides students with the opportunity to understand modern world events and civilizations through the study of the backgrounds, problems, and cultures of various peoples of the world.

PSYCHOLOGY College Prep
Course Code: 02685 / 02690
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Civics / Economics
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course is a study of behavior and mental processes of humans and animals. The goals of psychology are to explain, predict, and influence behavior. Students learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Units of study include: signs of depression, mental illness and therapy, foundations of psychology; principles of learning and the processes of thinking; the brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, memory, child development, and personality. It is a mature subject as it relates directly to the human experience.

BLACK EXPERIENCE AND SOCIAL ISSUES TODAY College Prep
Course Code: 02535 / 02839
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: US History
Requirement Category: Social Studies
The first semester of this course focuses on the Civil Rights Movement. Students examine the ten year time period and people that would ultimately change and reform American society, as well as how it continues to affect today’s culture. In the second semester students cover issues of racism, gender, stratification, and other issues that are still seen within American society today. Students read, discuss, use social media, commercials, and films to see how these social issues manifest in today’s society, and how that affects consumers and people. The class looks at solutions to these problems and work on using social justice to start making change in American society.

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 07930 / 07933
Grades Offered: 9
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course is divided into two semesters. Civics teaches students how to develop research skills, formulate positions and engage in appropriate civic participation to address local, state and national issues or policies through understanding purposes of and limitations on government foundations, structures and functions. Students also analyze how public domestic and foreign policies are developed at local, state and national levels and compare how policymaking occurs in other forms of government. Economics explores basic international principles and theories as they relate to the issue of scarcity of resources and governmental decision-making. The class explores how economics relates to international politics, psychology, sociology, mathematics, the environment, and governmental decision-making. Both micro and macro economic theory are explored with an emphasis on real-world applications to both national and international issues. The end of the course will focus on the international problems facing developing countries as they relate to trade and trade barriers, exchange rates, and free trade zones. This course moves at a quicker pace than the standard level Civics/Economics class for 9th graders. Students are required to read more in-depth texts and should be prepared to evaluate information critically.

HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORY / CU SUCCEEDS PSCI 1101 Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 02620 / 03782
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: One semester is weighted
Prerequisites: US History
Requirement Category: Social Studies
The first semester of this course provides both an awareness and an understanding of the considerable contributions the Hispano/Chicano has made past and present to the development of the United States. The second semester is a concurrent enrollment course that is designed to introduce students to the main actors and institutions of U.S. national politics and the concepts that tie them together. Students will analyze American politics through the lens of collective action problems: interactions among groups of people with different goals to produce political outcomes. Students will also explore how the solutions to past collective action problems influence the way politics is carried out in the U.S. today.

ANCIENT HISTORY / CU SUCCEEDS HISTORY 1016Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 02514 / 03792
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Civics / Economics
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This is a survey course that introduces students to the rich political, social, cultural, and intellectual heritage of western and eastern societies. This class endeavors to provide highly motivated students the challenge and opportunity to earn college credit through CU Succeeds during their high school years.

CU SUCCEEDS PHILOSOPHY 1012 / ETHNIC STUDIES 2000Concurrent Enrollment
Course Code: 03595 / 03591
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: US History
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This pairing of courses provides students with a year-long college course experience. Philosophy explores the major themes of philosophy: metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics, society, art, and religion. It introduces the major philosophical thinkers through exposure to their greatest works and careful explanation of the ideas contained. Philosophy is shown to be a discipline that emphasizes the critical skills of interpretation, analysis, precision of language, logical argument, and open-mindedness. Traditional problems of philosophic investigations are related to many controversial issues of contemporary society. Ethnic studies is an introduction to race, ethnicity and gender in the United States. This course focuses on the five major racialized groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas and Chicanos, European Americans and Indigenous peoples) in the U.S. The course design centers on historical and contemporary ideologies and systems that have constructed and continue to define, shape, and impact the significance of race and ethnicity in our economic, political and social lives.

CU SUCCEEDS PHILOSOPHY 1012 / CU SUCCEEDS ETHNIC STUDIES 2000 Concurrent Enrollment 
Course Code: 03595 / 02821
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: US History
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This pairing of courses provides students with a year-long college course experience. Philosophy explores the major themes of philosophy: metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics, society, art, and religion. It introduces the major philosophical thinkers through exposure to their greatest works and careful explanation of the ideas contained. Philosophy is shown to be a discipline that emphasizes the critical skills of interpretation, analysis, precision of language, logical argument, and open-mindedness. Traditional problems of philosophic investigations are related to many controversial issues of contemporary society. Ethnic studies is an introduction to race, ethnicity and gender in the United States. This course focuses on the five major racialized groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas and Chicanos, European Americans and Indigenous peoples) in the U.S. The course design centers on historical and contemporary ideologies and systems that have constructed and continue to define, shape, and impact the significance of race and ethnicity in our economic, political and social lives.

AP US HISTORY AP
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 02555 / 02558
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Civics/Economics B or better, OR Civics/Economics Honors/PB with a C or better
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced courses in college by making demands equivalent to those made by a full-year introductory college course. Historical materials and interpretations will be assessed in order to arrive at conclusions necessary to present sound judgments in oral and written presentations. The course covers the period of time from discovery and settlement through the Civil War.

AP PSYCHOLOGY AP
Course Code: 02695 / 02697
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Civics / Economics
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course is a study of behavior and mental processes of humans and animals. The goals of psychology are to explain, predict, and influence behavior. Students investigate psychological perspectives, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Units of study include: signs of depression, mental illness and therapy, foundations of psychology; principles of learning and the processes of thinking; the brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, memory, child development, and personality. It is a mature subject as it relates directly to the human experience. This course is designed to replace the introductory course to psychology that most college degrees require.

IB ECONOMICS SL blue triangle
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Course Code: 07956 / 07948
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This is a one-year course open to  IB Juniors and Seniors.  This course will study Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development Economics in order to prepare students for the spring external assessment (80% of IB Economics Score) each year in May.

IB ECONOMICS HL blue triangle
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Course Codes: 07956 / 07948 / 07957 / 07950
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This is a 2-year (Higher Level) course open to IB Juniors and ending Senior year.  This course will study Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development Economics in order to prepare students for the spring external assessment (80% of IB Economics Score) each year in May. HL students will take their exam in May of their Senior year.

IB PSYCHOLOGY HL blue triangle
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Course Code: 03713 / 03714 / 03722 / 03723
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
The IB higher-level psychology course aims to develop an awareness of how research findings can be applied to better understand human behavior and how ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry.  Students learn to understand the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior and explore alternative explanations of behavior.  They also understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry.

IB WORLD HISTORY HL blue triangle
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Course Code: 07940 / 07941 / 07942 / 07943
Grades Offered: 11 – 12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This two-year course is an in-depth investigation into the history of both Europe and the Middle East from the French Revolution through the Cold War, in preparation for the International Baccalaureate exam at the completion of the course. The course will focus on peacemaking, peacekeeping, international relations 1918-1936, Causes, Practices and effects of war and the origins and development of authoritarian and single-party states. Students taking this class will examine to what extent the past has developed and influenced today’s society. This course will develop analytical reading and writing skills. This course will also require students to complete historical research outside of school.

IB BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT SL blue triangle
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Course Code: 08029 / 08030
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in IB or have instructor approval
Requirement Category: Social Studies
This course is a rigorous and dynamic discipline that examines business decision-making processes and how these decisions impact on and are affected by internal and external environments. It is the study of both the way in which individuals and groups interact in an organization and of the transformation of resources. This course aims to help students understand the implications of business activity in the global market. It is designed to give students an international perspective of business and to promote their appreciation of cultural diversity through the study of topics like international marketing, human resource management, growth and business strategy.

IB PHILOSOPHY SL blue triangle
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Course Code: 07961 / 07962
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
The emphasis of the Diploma Programme philosophy course is on actively engaging students in philosophical activity. The course is focused on stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity and encouraging them to examine both their own perspectives and those of others.  Students are challenged to develop their own philosophical voice and to grow into independent thinkers.  They develop their skills through the study of philosophical themes and the close reading of a philosophical text. They also learn to apply their philosophical knowledge and skills to real-life situations and to explore how non-philosophical material can be treated in a philosophical way. HL students also engage in a deeper exploration of the nature of philosophy itself.

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE blue triangle
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Course Code: 07954 / 07955
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Enrolled in the IB program
Requirement Category: Social Studies
Theory of Knowledge is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. This course examines how we know what we claim to know and students are encouraged to analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions. There are two IB assessments that accompany this course, an essay and a presentation.

(click image to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

Course Descriptions

FRENCH 1 College Prep
Course Code: 04650 / 04652
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
French 1 focuses on the introduction to the spoken language, learning to produce sounds and learned utterances, understanding what is heard, and the ability to use familiar speech patterns. There is an emphasis on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills, with an introduction to reading and writing skills. Language content is related to meeting novice survival needs. Basic grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings are introduced.

FRENCH 2 College Prep
Course Code: 04655 / 04657
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: French 1 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
French 2 focuses on the development of the spoken language by improving the production of sounds and learned utterances, by expanding the understanding of what is heard, and by using basic but longer, more complicated speech patterns. Emphasis continues on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills. Irregular verbs and the past tense are introduced. Language content is related to meeting novice to intermediate-low survival skills, including students creating with the language and getting into, through, and out of real-life situations. Grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings are introduced.

FRENCH 1 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08060 / 08061}
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This is an accelerated course that focuses on the introduction to the spoken language, learning to produce sounds and learned utterances, understanding what is heard, and the ability to use familiar speech patterns. There is an emphasis on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills, with an introduction to reading and writing skills. Language content is related to meeting novice survival needs. Basic grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings are introduced. This course differs from the standard level French 1 course in that grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are covered at an accelerated pace and in a deeper way.

FRENCH 2 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08062 / 08063
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: French 1 Honors/PB, placement test, or teacher recommendation
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This is an accelerated course that focuses on the development of the spoken language by improving the production of sounds and learned utterances, by expanding the understanding of what is heard, and by using basic but longer, more complicated speech patterns. Emphasis continues on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills. Irregular verbs and the past tense are introduced. Language content is related to meeting novice to intermediate-low survival skills, including students creating with the language and getting into, through, and out of real-life situations. Grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings are introduced. This course differs from the standard level French 2 course in that grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are covered at an accelerated pace and in a deeper way. Students will do research and presentations on various cultural topics. The classroom experience will provide an appreciation and development of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials.

FRENCH 3 HONORS Honors
Course Code: 04660 / 04662
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: French 2 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
French 3 continues to emphasize the development of listening and speaking proficiently. There is increased emphasis on reading and writing for communication across a variety of topics. The study of grammar is more intensive with the continued practice of irregular verbs and the addition of higher-level verb structures, including compound tenses and the subjunctive. Introduction of complex sentence structures and connected discourse begins at this level.

FRENCH 4 HONORS Honors
Course Code: 04665 / 04667
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: French 3 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
French 4 continues to heighten the development of listening and speaking skills. There is an increased emphasis on reading and writing for communication across a variety of topics. The study of grammar focuses on review and refinement of previously taught structures. A continued awareness of the richness of cultural differences is stressed.

AP FRENCH AP
Course Code: 04670 / 04672
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: French 4 or instructor approval
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced French composition and conversation. It stresses oral and listening skills for active conversations, which may best reflect intellectual interests such as the arts, history, current events, literature, sports, and other cultural topics. There is increased emphasis on reading authentic materials, which may include newspapers, magazines, and contemporary literature. Grammatical structures are reinforced through extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions.

IB FRENCH 3 AND 4 blue triangle
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Course Code: 08064 / 08065 / 08066 /08067
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the IB Program
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
In this course, students keep portfolios which will contain different types of texts that are used in the IB exams as well as examples of photographs,  the type of which are used in the IB oral exam and are used for practice in class.  Students continue study of advanced grammar and begin to perfect their accents. This course encourages research on francophone culture in the target language surrounding themes that will be eventually covered on the IB exam at the end of IB French 4. This course requires the knowledge and the ability and proficiency to use all tenses to communicate orally, in writing, to understand others and to read and have some knowledge of the Spanish-speaking culture. We will be studying 3 essential themes: Social relations, media and communication, and global matters. We will also be studying 5 optional themes. We also will learn about at least 5 different types of writing styles including editorials, newspapers articles, informal and formal letters, blogs, etc.

ARABIC LANGUAGE ARTS 1 College Prep
Course Code: 04728 / 04729
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Fluent Arabic speaker
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course is intended for students whose first language (or partial first language) is Arabic who want to improve their oral and written fluency and ability to read and evaluate complex texts. Students will achieve these goals by reading texts; creating compositions; and revising written work. The class will be conducted in Formal Arabic; al-Fusha; and will aim to develop students’ ability to use the formal register of the Arabic language in order to access the worlds of politics; art; and literature through Arabic. Throughout the year we will read texts including news articles from reputable Arabic news outlets; short stories and informational texts about significant Arab personalities.

SPANISH LANGUAGE ARTS 1 FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS College Prep
Course Code: 01341 / 01342
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Fluent Spanish Speaker
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course is organized around these literary genres: short story, fables, legends, and myths. In addition to the literature of each genre, students learn spelling and vocabulary as well as specified composition, grammar, communication, and reference skills.

SPANISH LANGUAGE ARTS 2 FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS College Prep
Course Code: 04755 / 04757
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Fluent Spanish Speaker and Spanish Language Arts 1
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course will continue on the progress made in Spanish Language Arts 1 and prepare students for AP Spanish Language. This course is organized around these literary genres: short story, fables, legends, and myths. In addition to the literature of each genre, students learn spelling and vocabulary as well as specified composition, grammar, communication, and reference skills.

SPANISH 1 College Prep
Course Code: 04760 / 04762
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Spanish 1 focuses on the introduction to the spoken language, learning to produce sounds and learned utterances, understanding what is heard, and the ability to use familiar speech patterns. There is an emphasis on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills, with an introduction to reading and writing skills. Language content is related to meeting novice survival needs. Basic grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings will be introduced.

SPANISH 2 College Prep
Course Code: 04765 / 04767
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Spanish 1 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Spanish 2 focuses on the development of the spoken language by improving the production of sounds and learned utterances, by expanding the understanding of what is heard, and by using basic but longer, more complicated speech patterns. Emphasis continues on proficiency-based development of listening and speaking skills. Irregular verbs and the past tense are introduced. Language content is related to meeting novice to intermediate-low survival skills, including students creating with the language and getting into, through, and out of real-life situations. Grammatical concepts within culturally appropriate settings are introduced.

SPANISH 1 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 08050 / 08051
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course introduces the Spanish language through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at college level. It also examines the cultures of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. At the end of the first year, students must demonstrate mastery of at least four verb tenses. Grammatical concepts are taught and used in real situations. The class is conducted mostly in Spanish and requires that students be independent, highly motivated, and take initiative for mandatory language goals. This course differs from the standard level Spanish 1 course in that grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are covered at an accelerated pace and in a deeper way.

SPANISH 2 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Catalog: 08052 / 08053
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Spanish 1 Honors/PB, placement test, or teacher recommendation
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
This course focuses on the development of the spoken language by providing the production of sounds and learned utterances, by expanding the understanding of what is heard, and by using basic but longer, more complicated speech patterns by presenting and writing books, plays, and skits. Verb tenses are taught. Language content is related to meeting novice high to intermediate-survival skills, including students creating with the language and getting into, through, and out of real-life situations. Grammatical concepts are taught and used in real situations.This course differs from the standard level Spanish 2 course in that grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are covered at an accelerated pace and in a deeper way. Students will do research and presentations on various cultural topics. The classroom experience will provide an appreciation and development of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials.

SPANISH 3 HONORS Honors
Course Code: 04770 / 04772
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Spanish 2 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Spanish 3 continues to emphasize the development of listening and speaking proficiently. There is increased emphasis on reading and writing for communication across a variety of topics. The study of grammar is more intensive with the continued practice of irregular verbs and the addition of higher-level verb structures, including compound tenses and the subjunctive. Introduction of complex sentence structures and connected discourse begins at this level.

SPANISH 4 HONORS Honors
Course Code: 04775 / 04776
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Spanish 3 or placement test
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Spanish 4 reviews, refines and develops confidence in the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that have been learned. Grammatically correct writing and speaking is emphasized and is the continuing development of reading and listening skills and techniques. Students read a variety of styles of work, stories, poetry, essays, periodicals, etc.

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AP
Course Code: 04784 / 04785
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Spanish 4, or Spanish Language Arts 2, or Instructor Approval
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
AP Spanish Language is equivalent to third-year college Spanish and focuses on advanced conversation and composition. Students read, write, speak, and listen at an advanced level and respond using advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities.

AP SPANISH LITERATURE AP
Course Code: 04786 / 04787
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: AP Spanish Language
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
AP Spanish Literature is the study of 38 authors over the course of 36 weeks. Students will study authors from 10th century Spain to present day literature. The course is advanced and all readings and discussions are done 100% in Spanish. Ability to read and understand literature in Spanish is essential as well as being able to write text analysis or explanations.

IB SPANISH 3 AND 4 blue triangle

IB Subject Brief: Click Here
Course Code: 08054 / 08055 / 08056 / 08057
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 20
Duration: 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in IB Program
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
IB Spanish 3/4 uses short but intermediate level readings to increase student’s vocabulary, speaking and listening skills and writing short paragraphs to discuss ideas. All important grammar points are reviewed on a continuous basis in the context of writing and speaking. Higher-level language is required in all speaking and writing activities. We will be studying 3 essential themes: Social relations, media and communication, and global matters. We also will learn about at least 5 different types of writing styles including editorials, newspapers articles, informal and formal letters, blogs, etc.

 

Performing Arts

MEN’S CHOIR College Prep
Course Code: 05797 / 05798
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Men’s Choir gives students with little previous music experience a chance to learn the fundamentals of singing in a choir through performance of a wide range of musical styles. Students learn about singing with correct vocal production, basic music reading and theory, and an aesthetic awareness of music.

BEGINNING WOMEN’S CHOIR College Prep
Course Code: 05799 / 05800
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Beginning Women’s choir gives students with little previous music experience a chance to learn the fundamentals of singing in a choir through performance of a wide range of musical styles. Students learn about singing with correct vocal production, basic music reading and theory, and an aesthetic awareness of music.

HONORS WOMEN’S CHOIR Honors
Course Code: 05782 / 05783
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes}
Prerequisites: Previous choir experience
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Advanced choir is available to women who have taken choir before and already have a basic knowledge of singing and music reading. Students expand their knowledge of music theory, reading skills, musical aesthetics, and develop a more advanced knowledge of music styles through performance of more complex and varied music.

BEGINNING PIANO College Prep
Course Code: 05870 / 05871
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective
This course offers students the opportunity to develop music talent and interest through the introduction of basic keyboard skills and keyboard literature. Students enhance their music experience and create other avenues of artistic expression for personal enrichment.

INTERMEDIATE PIANO College Prep
Course Code: 05880 / 05885
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Piano 1
Category: Fine Arts Elective
This class builds on the basic skills developed in Beginning Piano. Students learn to play more advanced and difficult melodies, rhythms, and harmonies on the piano. Students also learn more advanced music theory and develop higher-level music reading.

BEGINNING GUITAR College Prep
Course Code: 05774 / 05775
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Beginning Guitar provides students the opportunity to play simple melodies and accompaniments on a guitar. Students learn music theory, history, and development of the modern guitar, literature, and guitar performance techniques.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR College Prep
Course Code: 05671 / 05776
Grades Offered, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Beginning Guitar
Category: Fine Arts Elective
In this course students have the opportunity to reinforce skills acquired in Beginning Guitar and learn more advanced guitar repertoire, performance techniques and a greater understanding of music theory, music composition, music aesthetics and music history. Students learn to read both guitar tablature and standard music notation.

HONORS BAND / INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLE Honors
Course Code: 05807 / 05808
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be able to read music and be proficient on a band instrument
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Students develop their music literacy and performance techniques through the study of band repertoire with emphasis on rehearsal disciplines and musical interpretations. Culminates in public performances. Enrollment is subject to audition or director’s approval. Honors credit requires an audition at the beginning of the year.

HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA Honors
Course Code: 05848 / 05849
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be able to read music and be proficient on an orchestral string instrument
Category: Fine Arts Elective
Students develop their music literacy and performance techniques through the study of string repertoire with emphasis on rehearsal disciplines and musical interpretations. Culminates in public performances. Enrollment is subject to audition or director’s approval. Honors credit requires an audition at the beginning of the year.

AP MUSIC THEORY AP
Course Code: 05842 / 05843
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Teacher approval
Requirement Category: Fine Arts Elective
This course is designed to train student musicians to develop their music skills in both written and aural expression. Students are trained in beginning ear training, notation, sight-signing, and harmony.

IB MUSIC (HL OR SL) blue triangle
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IB Subject Brief SL: Click Here
SL Course Code: 07967 / 07987 / 09917 / 09918
HL Course Code: 09896 / 09897 / 07977 / 07990
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 10-20
Duration: 2-4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in IB or have instructor approval
Category: Fine Arts Elective
The student will develop their ability to recognize, understand and describe of the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. This is achieved through the study and performance of musical genres and styles (western and non-western), western music history, music theory, music composition and performance as a soloist or as part of a group.

DANCE 1 College Prep
Course Code: 06085 / 06090
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course is designed to provide an introduction for students to become acquainted with basic dance fundamentals. Students will explore a variety of dance forms and focus on building a foundation for further dance study.

DANCE 2 College Prep
Course Code: 06105 / 06106
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Beginning Dance or teacher approval
Category: CTE / Fine Art
Students will build upon techniques covered in the Introduction to Dance course. They will work to build a strong foundation through movement, discussion, and exploration. Through a variety of dance idioms the students focus on the process of creativity, discipline and fundamentals.

DANCE 3 College Prep
Course Code: 06107 / 06108
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Intermediate Dance or teacher approval
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course emphasizes concepts previously developed in Intermediate Dance. Dancers continue to develop greater proficiency, versatility, and knowledge of dance forms. Their understanding of technique is broadened to include artistic decision making skills and professionalism in both rehearsal and performance practice.

STAGECRAFT College Prep 
Course Code: 07682 / 07683
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Theatre for the non-actor. Anyone may take this class and it may be taken as many times as you wish. Students select an emphasis of study or “major.” They explore this on every level from history and design to construction and actualization. Students learn basic power tool safety and use. Participation in construction of current set of GW production required as well as work on some other events held in the Nancy Priest Theatre (meetings and concerts, etc.).

THEATRE ARTS 1 – INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS College Prep
Course Code: 05571 / 05572
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course will provide a hands-on introduction to the craft of acting. Students focus on the acting process, self-awareness, physical/vocal control, and the ability to offer and receive criticism. Emphasis is on the preparation aspect of acting rather than on performance, although performance in class is a requirement. Throughout the year, some written work is required. Second semester participation in the DPS Shakespeare Festival is likely. Culminates in a live, public evening performance of a play (or plays) rehearsed as a class.

THEATRE ARTS 2 – ACTING College Prep
Course Code: 05573 / 05574
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Drama 1
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course applies skills learned in Introduction to Acting. Through improvisation, body and vocal conditioning, character study, and the review of basic concepts in acting, each performer’s range of emotional, intellectual, physical, and vocal expressiveness will be expanded. This course culminates in a public performance and will participate in DPS Shakespeare Festival second semester.

THEATRE ARTS 3 – ADVANCED ACTING HONORS Honors
Course Code: 05581 / 05582
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Drama 1
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This is an accelerated version of Theatre Arts 2 that covers the same content but with more rigorous requirements.

THEATRE ARTS 4 – DIRECTING College Prep
Course Code: 05577 / 05578
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Drama 1
Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Students learn to develop a director’s vision for a production and see it through to realization. Students have the opportunity to direct peers in acting class for scenes at DPS Shakespeare Festival as well as other performances.

IB THEATRE SL OR HL blue triangle
IB SL Subject Brief: Click Here
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SL Course Codes: 07980 / 07984
HL Course Codes: 07869 / 07870 / 07888 / 07889
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 10-20
Duration: 2-4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in IB or have instructor approval
Category: Fine Arts Elective
This is an intensive study of various theatre techniques around the world with a special emphasis on directing and developing your own concepts. Projects will be actualized in a public performance. This course can be taken as either an SL or HL. Additional requirements apply for students taking it as an IB HL course.

VISUAL ARTS

 

DRAWING AND PAINTING 1 College Prep
Course Code: 05520 / 05525
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Students create a portfolio of drawing and painting art work demonstrating the investigation and exploration of underlying visual ideas, topics, and themes. Students will create a series of projects that use a variety of media and technology to exhibit a personal narrative through strategic research and planning. Students practice critical analysis through formal and informal critiquing of artwork, peer, and self assessment. During the first six weeks students define their personal style and explore the concepts of composition with a focus on the principles and elements of design. Students will complete a body of work by using a variety of drawing and painting materials to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge, techniques, and art making skills.

DRAWING AND PAINTING 2 College Prep
Course Code: 05528 / 05530
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting 1
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Students continue to develop a portfolio based upon self-expression to create a body of original art work that investigates underlying visual ideas, topics and themes. The portfolio will exemplify and demonstrate the artist’s personal voice and visual narrative skills. Projects will be developed and created using a variety of drawing and painting media and technology to explore and visually express various themes. Art conceptualization and knowledge is practiced by analyzing artwork based on visual arts critiquing methods to develop self-expression and advanced technical art making skills. Students will receive individual assessment criteria and details for each project. Sketchbooks/folders are required and will be used by all students to record sketches, research new techniques, and develop ideas to gain the knowledge needed to construct original projects.

DRAWING AND PAINTING 3 College Prep
Course Code: 05533 / 05540
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: One year of visual arts with a B or better
Requirement Category:CTE / Fine Arts
This course is designed for the advanced artists who have developed and demonstrated a strong drawing and painting technical skill set to create and exhibit portfolio of artwork. The body of artwork created will be founded upon conceptualization of an introspective personal narrative and purposeful extrospective investigation. Students research art, artwork, artists, and social topics that connect to their development. Themes are based on self-expression that investigate underlying visual ideas, topics, and themes. The portfolio will exemplify and demonstrate a personal voice and visual story-telling skills. Students will receive individualized, one-on-one feedback for each project with the instructor. Sketchbooks/folders are required and will be used by all students to record sketches, research new techniques, and develop ideas to gain the knowledge needed to construct original projects.

GRAPHIC DESIGN College Prep
Course Code: 05466 / 05470
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Art Craft/Media Art, Drawing and Painting, Film, or Photo 1 experience with Photoshop
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This class is for the artist interested in learning about the purpose and function of graphic design, exploring creativity found through the use of the Adobe Creative Suite. Projects will be varied by looking at graphic design through two lens: fine art and business. Upon completion of course, students will have acquired new skills that will be useful in several professions. The fundamentals of this course are the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, and having a beginner level understanding of these will be necessary. Students will explore their own personal ideas and individual outcomes are strongly encouraged. Art history will be investigated to build student knowledge, generate inspiration, and discover cultural and social influences in art.

CERAMICS 1 College Prep
Course Code: 05410 / 05414
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Students learn basic and fundamental ceramics and clay skills, including knowledge of the studio environment, techniques using clay and glaze materials, researching and developing artistic expression, culminating in the creation of high quality clay projects. Students spend the majority of class time working on clay projects practicing and demonstrating the sequence and clay process. Assignments foster a skill set that develops creative and critical thinking. Hand building techniques, practice using clay equipment, and working with a variety of clay surface designs will be explored. Insights into cultural, including Korean, Japanese, English, Greek, Italian, Central and South American, etc. and ancient uses of ceramic materials will be introduced. Students will receive individual assessment criteria and details for each project. Sketchbooks/folders are required and will be used by all students to record sketches, evaluate art work through self and peer critiques, research new techniques, and develop ideas to gain the knowledge needed to construct a series of original clay projects that exhibit a personal narrative.

CERAMICS 2 College Prep
Course Code: 05415 / 05412
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Ceramics 1
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Students will develop and create an original ceramic portfolio based upon self-expression to create a body of ceramic art work that investigates underlying visual ideas, topics and themes. The student clay project portfolio will exemplify and demonstrate personal voice and aesthetic choices in the use of form. Students will create projects that use clay and technology to describe various concepts of form. Students will demonstrate a deeper understanding of art concepts and be able to analyze and judge artwork based on visual arts critiquing methods to explore and develop their self-expression and technical art making skills. Students will receive individual assessment criteria and details for each project. Sketchbooks/folders are required and will be used by all students to record sketches, research new techniques, and develop ideas to gain the knowledge needed to construct original clay projects.

CERAMICS 3 College Prep
Course Code: 05417 / 05419
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Ceramics 2
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Ceramics III is designed for students who have already successfully completed Ceramics I & II and are motivated to undertake ambitious work in clay to further enhance, develop, and understand ceramic art as a means of artistic expression and to refine their creative and intellectual skills in clay. Similar to an introductory college level studio art ceramics course, students will formulate central concentrations or themes that will act as catalysts for the creation of unified bodies of work. Considerable freedom is afforded students who have demonstrated proficiency in working with clay (a mastery of fundamental ceramic skills is a prerequisite). Students will build a portfolio of their ceramic work and submit highly crafted pieces to juried art competitions and exhibitions. Students will complete sketchbook assignments, research significant artists, write reflectively about their creative process, and critique their artwork.

PHOTOGRAPHY 1 College Prep
Course Code:  03661 / 03666
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: One full year of a previous visual arts course
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This is a basic yearlong course in photography designed to offer experiences with digital cameras and introductory experience in Adobe Creative Suite. Various camera settings will be learned to offer greater creative and technical control. This course builds the foundation for visual literacy regarding both form and content of photographic images. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design as they relate to photography and graphic design. Students will learn compositional techniques and a range of processes with digital media. Students also learn to examine images critically through weekly critiques. Digital processing techniques will be utilized using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. This class requires a time commitment outside of school to be successful.

PHOTOGRAPHY 2 College Prep
Course Code: 01755 / 01756
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Photography 1
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This yearlong course provides students with a variety of technical and creative skills. During the first semester, students learn manual camera functions including control of aperture, shutter speed, and lens choice. Assignments explore the creative possibilities of manual control of the camera and lens. Camera Raw work flow will be covered. Continued Photoshop lessons will be assigned and digital asset management using Adobe Bridge will be taught during this semester. Students will also design their own professional photographer’s website and learn the business side of the photography industry (marketing, design, costs etc.). Successful completion provides a foundation for further study in advanced photography film. This class requires a time commitment outside of school to be successful.

FILM PRODUCTION College Prep
Course Code: 05456 / 05457
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This class will focus on the ability to create a story using film. Students will focus on a variety of film genres: documentary, drama, comedy, foreign and animation. The elements and principles of design as they relate to film and parts of a film (story, cinematography, music and composition) are emphasized. Students will be exposed to different types of film from different countries and will learn to examine films critically through weekly critiques. This class requires a time commitment outside of school to be successful. Students will be required to watch films and take footage as well as edit their footage outside of class. Students will use Adobe Creative Suite and iMovie editing programs.

AP STUDIO ART 2D-DESIGN AP
Course Code: 05564 / 05565
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting, Photography, OR an Independent Art Craft Study. Students with a strong portfolio and work ethic will also be considered, with instructor approval only.
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course is designed for highly motivated, advanced art students who have demonstrated a serious interest in the study of art. Ideally suited for students who work well independently, the course will focus on the preparation of a two-dimensional design portfolio of artworks that exhibit quality, concentration in an area of visual interest or problem solving, and breadth of experience in the formal, technical, and expressive means of an artist. The two-dimensional portfolio may include, but is not limited to, forms of artwork in graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking. Students will submit two-dimensional portfolios based on objectives that reflect the format and requirements established by the College Board for Advanced Placement Studio Art. Advanced Placement college credit and/or placement may be awarded if a qualifying exam score is achieved. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Art: 2-D Design exam.

AP STUDIO ART DRAWING AP
Course Code: 05593 / 05594
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting, Photography, OR an Independent Art Craft Study. Students with a strong portfolio and work ethic will also be considered, with instructor approval only.
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
The student will master his/her clear story telling ability, telling the story through 2/D design, which may include but not limited to; traditional drawing media, painting, printmaking digital drawing and combination of media. During the span of this course the student will develop an artistic portfolio based upon a body of work where he or she will investigate underlying visual ideas, topics and themes. The portfolio is divided into three different categories, Breadth, Concentration and the five best works. All the art must demonstrate the student’s personal voice.

AP STUDIO ART 3D AP
Course Code: 05601 / 05602
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting, Art Craft / Media Art, Photo 1, OR an Independent Art Craft Study. Students with a strong portfolio and work ethic will also be considered, with instructor approval only.
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course is designed for highly motivated, advanced art students who have demonstrated a serious interest in the study of art. Ideally suited for students who work well independently, the course will focus on the preparation of a three-dimensional design portfolio of artworks that exhibit quality, concentration in an area of visual interest or problem solving, and breadth of experience in the formal, technical, and expressive means of an artist. The three-dimensional portfolio may include, but is not limited to, traditional sculpture, architectural models, ceramics, and three-dimensional fiber arts or metal work and must demonstrate the artist’s personal voice. Students will submit three-dimensional portfolios based on objectives that reflect the format and requirements established by the College Board for Advanced Placement Studio Art. Advanced Placement college credit and/or placement may be awarded if a qualifying exam score is achieved. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Art: 3-D Design exam

IB ARTS (SL OR HL) blue triangle
IB Subject Brief HL: Click Here
IB Subject Brief SL: Click Here
SL Course Codes: 09890 / 09891
HL Course Codes: 09888 / 09889 / 09892 / 09893
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10 – 20
Duration: 2 – 4 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in IB or have instructor approval
Requirement Category: Fine Arts Elective
This course is a personal, individualized artistic adventure. During this course students will investigate, research, and create a body of work that has explored a variety of avenues and paths connecting technique to concept. At the end of the course, students will present their body of work in an art show within the school that represents process and growth. In the end, students will have gained 21st century skills: adaptability, communication, ability to work with others, social and global awareness, and will have gained a deeper understanding about themselves and their artwork.

(click images to enlarge) This course sequencing illustration should serve as a reference guide only. No two students are the same and each student will have a unique pathway through the offerings at George Washington High School. Through one-on-one conversations with school counselors, students will have the opportunity to map out his/her individual academic pathway.

HIGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT College Prep
Course Code: 04324 / 04328
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This is a project-based leadership course that develops student understanding and skills in such areas as communication, emotional intelligence, operations, and professional development. Students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the need for leadership skills. The capstone activity of the course is the implementation of a service-learning project. Throughout the course, students are presented problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical-thinking skills. Formal reflection is an on-going component of the course. In the second semester students study Wealth Management, an accelerated financial literacy course in which High School of Business™ students actively learn to manage and build personal wealth. Students develop an understanding of the relationship between economics and wealth management, set personal and financial goals, establish a personal budget, manage personal finances, explore methods of generating income, determine insurance needs, and acquire investing skills and knowledge. To demonstrate their mastery of such financial literacy skills and knowledge, students engage in an intensive project to educate those around them (i.e., fellow high school students, adult member of the community, etc.) about wealth management, its importance, and its impact upon a person’s overall success in life.

HSoB PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS  Honors
Course Code: 04323 / 04322
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts or Social Studies
This project-based business course develops student understanding and skills in such areas as business law, economics, financial analysis, human resources management, information management, marketing, operations, entrepreneurship, professional development and strategic management. Through the use of projects, students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the business world and economic decision making as well as augmenting their knowledge of entrepreneurial contributions. Students develop a business analysis report, conduct an environmental scan of the local business community, and investigate business activities. Current technology is used to acquire information and to complete the projects. Throughout the course, students are presented problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical-thinking skills. Formal reflection is an on-going component of the course.

HSoB PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT  Honors
Course Codes: 04326 / 04329
Grade Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration 2 semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: HSoB Principles of Business and Economics
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This project-based business course develops student understanding and skills in such areas as market planning, promotion and selling, channel management, marketing-information management, pricing, and product/service management. Through seven projects, students acquire an understanding and appreciation of marketing activities.  Current technology is used to acquire information and to complete the projects.  Throughout the course, students are presented problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical-thinking skills.  Formal reflection is an on-going component of the course. Principles of Management furthers student understanding of management that was introduced in Principles of Business. Through individual and team activities and a semester-long project, students make connections between management and business success. Students acquire an understanding of legal and ethical issues associated with management; initiate, plan, implement and control, and close a project; motivate team members; delegate work; develop a chain of command; interpret statistical findings, and coordinate work efforts.

HSoB PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE / BUSINESS STRATEGIES  Honors
Course Codes: 04325 / 04327
Grade Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration 2 semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: HSoB Principles of Marketing and Management
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Principles of Finance furthers student understanding of two specific business activities, accounting,  and finance that were introduced in an earlier High School of Business course, Principles of Business. Through multiple projects, students make connections between accounting, with an emphasis on cash flow, and finance, with an emphasis on decision-making. Students acquire an understanding of financial statements, calculate financial ratios, and make business decisions based on their interpretation of those financial statements and ratios. In addition, students determine business-financing options, as well as develop an appreciation for types of financial service providers and financial markets. Decision matrices are employed to aid in financial planning. Business Strategies serves as the capstone course for the High School of Business program. Students employ their decision matrices to finalize marketing, financial, and management plans developed previously, incorporating them into a business plan for a non-profit organization. The non-profit venture is actualized during the course, requiring students to engage in risk assessment, strategic planning, and performance assessment.

ACCOUNTING HONORS  Honors
Course Code: 05000 / 05005
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Math Elective
In this course students are introduced to accounting systems and procedures that are applied to accounting records kept for businesses that operate in a private enterprise economy. Experiences are provided in analyzing business transactions, preparing financial statements, and relating their applications to personal and business use. Basic math skills applicable in the business world are stressed, as well as communication skills within a technical accounting environment. The second semester focuses on advanced accounting systems and procedures that are applied to accounting records kept for merchandising businesses that operate in a private enterprise economy. Partnership and corporate accounting systems and procedures are also introduced. Experiences are provided in analyzing business transactions, preparing financial statements, establishing and maintaining a petty cash fund, preparing a payroll register, journaling payroll entries, valuation of inventories, accounting for notes payable and receivable, and accounting for uncollected accounts receivable. An accounting simulation is an integral part of this course, incorporating computerized accounting applications.

FUTURE CHOICES College Prep
Course Code: 05103 / 05104
Grades Offered: 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
Future Choices provides seniors with the opportunity to explore their options after high school, conduct on-line college and career searches, set goals for their future, and begin taking the steps needed to achieve those goals. First semester focuses primarily on college/career readiness. Students receive assistance researching their options, writing their college essays, searching for scholarships, and applying to college. All seniors complete at least one application by the end of the semester. Second semester focuses on personal finance and budgeting, providing students the knowledge and skills to begin to manage their money and stay out of debt when they are on their own.

INTRO TO HEALTH CAREERS College Prep
Course Code: 07826-1 / 07826-2
Grades Offered: 9, 10
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts
This course is a tour of the varied field of careers in biomedical sciences. Through on-site job shadowing, guest speakers and participating in clinics, students have the opportunity to experience what life is like working in the health sciences. Additionally, students will gain an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental, and information systems of the healthcare industry. The course focuses on health careers, exploration, leadership development, ethical and legal responsibilities, the history of health care and the economics of health care. Students develop a concept of health and wellness from the perspective of a health consumer, as well as a potential health professional.

PLTW PRINCIPLES OF BIO SCIENCES  Honors
Course Code: 01769 / 01770
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Biology
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts or Science Elective
This introductory course of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program introduces students to the human body systems and various health conditions. Students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences sequence and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.

PLTW HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS  Honors
Course Code: 01759 / 01760
Grade Offered: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 2 semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: PLTW Principles of Bio Sciences
Requirement Category: CTE / Fine Arts or Science Elective
In Human Body Systems, students engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems are studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students work through real-world cases and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

JROTC

LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION TRAINING College Prep
Course Codes:
LET 1: 06440 / 06445
LET 2: 06450 / 06455
LET 3: 06460 / 06465
LET 4: 06470 / 06475
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in JROTC
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This JROTC course prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program promotes graduation from high school and provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that benefit the student, community, and nation. The JROTC program is a cooperative effort on the part of the Army and the Denver Public Schools to provide secondary school students opportunities for total development. JROTC does NOT recruit for the Armed Forces, conduct combat skills training, or require a service obligation.

RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP College Prep
Course Number: 06480 / 06481
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Instructor approval, must be enrolled in JROTC
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course is designed to prepare future members of the Army JROTC Denver Public Schools Rifle League. Students must be enrolled in a regular JROTC class to participate in marksmanship. Students are taught safe handling of air rifles and rifle range operations. Students learn prone, standing and kneeling positions, and how to score a target.

HONORS MILITARY LEADERSHIP Honors
Course Codes: 06426 / 06427
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: JROTC LET 1 and 2
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course focuses on creating a positive leadership situation, negotiating, decision-making, problem solving, planning, team development, project management, and mentoring. It provides the opportunity to demonstrate leadership potential in an assigned command or staff position within the cadet battalion organizational structure. Students study organizational leadership, command, staff principles, and team building techniques and apply those principles to their assigned command and staff positions in the cadet battalion. They prepare and present briefings, speeches, lessons, teach classes, mentor students, conduct performance counseling and reviews, and conduct research and after action reviews. Students plan, execute, and reflect on their learning and performance in various JROTC events such as color guards, parades, inspections, and service learning projects. Successful completion of at least three units of credit in the Army JROTC program will qualify the student for advanced placement in a college ROTC program or accelerated promotion in the military service.

PE

TEAM AND LIFE ACTIVITIES College Prep
Course Code: 06250 / 06254
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This class engages students in an introduction to high school physical education by teaching the techniques and fundamentals in a variety of team and individual sports. Students demonstrate competency of motor skills and movement patterns to perform a variety of physical activities. After passing this class, students are able to exhibit the ability to cooperatively participate in various team and individual sports, demonstrate the ability to perform aerobically for 20-45 minutes and understand the basic skills necessary to participate in lifelong activities.

FITNESS FOR LIFE College Prep
Course Code: 06141 / 06142
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This class engages students in individual programs to increase personal fitness in both health and skill related fitness components. Students learn proper techniques when using weight resistance exercises while using the Matrix machines. There is an emphasis on understanding proper nutrition and fitness goals will encourage fitness for life.

FITNESS AND CONDITIONING College Prep
Course Code: 06125 / 06130
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
Students improve in all physical fitness areas. This includes resistance training, plyometrics, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance. There is a focus on increased knowledge in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and basic kinesiology.

BODYWORKS (WOMEN ONLY) College Prep
Course Code: 06073 / 06075
Grades Offered: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This class engages and introduces students to various types of exercise/fitness methods to maintain all around wellness and to increase personal fitness in both health and skill related fitness components.

ADVANCED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING College Prep
Course Code: 06275 / 06276
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course is taught in the Exercise Physiology Lab and can be taken to satisfy either a PE credit or a Science Elective. There are many “hands-on” activities. This is a co-curricular course designed to benefit students who choose continue their inquiry into this field while in college.

SELF DEFENSE College Prep
Course Code: 06265 / 06270
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This class introduces the basic elements of self-defense and enhances students’ ability to recognize a dangerous situation, maintain composure and discipline, and to react in a safe manner. Students learn discipline, control, restraint, physical conditioning, cross training and resistance training, striking, blocking and elements of defense, wrestling, boxing, and martial arts. This course is not intended to promote or encourage fighting or violent behavior. There is no student-to-student striking allowed.

BEGINNING SWIMMING College Prep
Course Code: 06220 / 06225
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course focuses on beginning techniques of swimming, basic swimming skills, standard swimming strokes, aquatic safety, and aerobic fitness building.

INTERMEDIATE SWIMMING College Prep
Fall Course Code: 06230 / 06235
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course focuses on reinforcing basic techniques and advancing swimmers to refine swim stroke techniques and encourages cardiovascular fitness.

UNIFIED SPORTS College Prep
Course Code: 06065 / 06066
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Physical Education
This course combines able-body students working in the physical education classrooms with students that have physical and/or cognitive impairments. Students participate in a variety of activities, movements, games, sports, and fitness.

SPECIALTY COURSES

NEWSPAPER STAFF College Prep
Course Codes: 01507 / 01508
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Requirement Category: Fine Art Elective
Students have the opportunity to gain practical, journalistic experience through the publication of a school newspaper. Students write news, feature, investigative, and editorial articles that are appropriate for the school’s newspaper. Students gain experience in desktop publishing, editing, advertising, photography, and various layout techniques. Each month, students and their advisor produce a school newspaper that successfully meets the needs of its audience, while maintaining a high level of ethical and journalistic standards.

YEARBOOK STAFF College Prep
Course Codes: 01581 / 01582
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Requirement Category: Fine Art Elective
This course is designed to produce a bound publication that covers, with photos and copy, the academic high school year. In addition to learning all the skills necessary for production, students accept financial responsibility and work within a budget.

AVID College Prep
Course Codes:
9th Grade: 07541 / 07542
10th Grade: 07544 / 07545
11th Grade: 07547 / 07548
12th Grade: 07550 / 07551
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Application required
Requirement Category: Academic elective
AVID targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. Not only are students enrolled in their school’s toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

PATRIOT PAIRS ADVISEMENT College Prep
Course Codes: 07676-1 / 07676-2
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in the Patriot Pairs program
Requirement Category: Elective
The Patriot Pairs Mentoring Program helps students adjust to and succeed in high school. It is an adult/student mentoring program offered to students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program and who do not have a parent who attended a four year college. Students take a special first period advisory class (which counts as the freshman advisory for freshmen) that provides each student with assistance in goal setting, study skills, study group participation, note taking skills, and other essential academic and personal skills. On the weekly Wednesday block days, students meet one-on-one with their trained adult mentors who help them succeed at GW by checking in with them on how classes are going, assisting them with study skills, fostering good attendance and study habits, teaching them how to work with teachers and counselors, providing encouragement and accountability and building a relationship by talking about school, life outside of school and the future.

SPEECH AND DEBATE HONORS Honors
Course Codes: 01296 / 01297
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Students should expect frequent travel and weekend commitments
Requirement Category: Fine Art Elective
This course is designed to train students for forensics competition on the local, district, state and national levels. Students are trained in the art of argumentation, interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking. In cross examination and Lincoln/Douglas debate competition, students constantly write new cases, research new data, and test out new strategies and new opponents every week. In extemporaneous speaking competitions, students must, on a weekly basis, upgrade their research skills by keeping current with the news and editorial weeklies. Not only do they need to keep current with national and international events, but they also face new challenges each week with the constant changing of questions and opponents.

COLORADO UPLIFT College Prep
Course Code: 02460 / 02461
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Colorado UpLift exists to build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. Students become better leaders and develop character qualities and skills necessary to lead a successful life. This class will challenges students in areas such as goal achievement, future planning, positive choices, and becoming more vocal to name a few. This class goes off campus to serve elementary students and involves community service on most block days. Students are graded on things like presentation skills and the ability to respect and gain the trust of classmates.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP College Prep
Course Code: 07785 / 07786
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Academic Elective
Student Leadership at George Washington High School is a year-long commitment to improve the school community and the community at large through many forms of service. The members represent the student body and work together on all projects or issues that come before Student Leadership.

BALARAT College Prep
Course Codes: 09374 (Fall) / 09375 (Spring)
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Duration: 1 Semester
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Application process required, weekend availability for overnight trips, and completion of training requirements
Category Requirement: Physical Education
Balarat operates throughout the school year, facilitating outdoor learning by providing instructional materials, resource teachers, special outdoor learning sites, management of transportation, and housing and food service for overnight/residential excursions. Students reap the benefits of assuming responsibility for someone other than oneself, developing leadership skills, learning and associating with a dedicated and knowledgeable Balarat staff, and apply information gained in your classroom and school. This course is completed in addition to a full course load and does not take the place of a daily class.

CAREER CONNECTION / WORK STUDY College Prep
Course Codes: 07376 / 07377
Grades Offered: 11, 12
Credits: 5
Duration: 1 Semester
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Students who are working a certain number of hours in a job outside of school are eligible to receive credit if certain criteria are met. Please see a school counselor for more information.

The Career Education Center Middle College of Denver is an urban magnet high school that provides students with real-life learning experiences in dozens of career-oriented students. You must be in 11th or 12th grade to take these off-site courses.

To register for these courses, please see your College and Career Advisor.

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
Design your dream home! Using the Computer Aided Drafting and Building Information Management software you will learn how to draw floor plans, elevations, and create construction documents to produce a three dimensional version of your house. You will create a professional portfolio and learn career skills that will prepare you for internships and college.

AUDIO ENGINEERING 1 & II
Prepare yourself for a career in sound recording, music production, and other related careers in the entertainment industry. Audio Engineering provides students the opportunity to explore and develop technical, creative, and aesthetic skills used in the recording industry. Also, students receive hands-on training using modern professional recording studio equipment.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Upon completion of this course, students may obtain and succeed in an entry-level job related to automotive technology. Safety, work ethics, teamwork, and related academic skills are taught in a classroom that functions as a live automotive shop where students will work on real customers’ vehicles and learn the techniques and procedures necessary to repair today’s vehicles.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
In this course, students have the opportunity to explore and specialize in specific areas of  industry including: electrical, plumbing, roofing, concrete forming, framing, interior systems, etc. through job site tours, hands-on experience, and classroom activities. Students will learn job-site safety; text and drawing interpretation to construct projects; hand and power tool operation and maintenance; and students will learn the components and functions of building systems.

CRIME AND FORENSICS
The course includes an analysis of the roles and problems of the criminal justice system in a democratic society; and introduces a study of the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system: the legislature, the police, the prosecutor, the public defender, the courts, and corrections. The spring course incorporates lab and lecture through focusing on basic procedures in crime scene management such as preparing initial reports and sketches; processing evidence, and following related criminalistic procedures such as fingerprinting, blood spatter, forensic anthropology, and manner/cause of death.

CULINARY ARTS
By working in CEC’s Eliot Street Café, you’ll learn skills such as baking, quantity food preparation, customer service, banquet and catering operations, and restaurant management. Advanced students are eligible for apprenticeships with chefs in the metro area’s best restaurants.

DIGITAL FILM PRODUCTION
Students conceive, write, plan, shoot, edit and master their own short films including narratives, documentaries, commercials, or music videos. Students study basic film history and theory, cinematographic and editing techniques. Students use professional equipment in all phases of production and are able to showcase their work at our year-end film festival as well as other local student film festivals.

EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Students will exercise the first hour of class in a variety of modalities four days per week while learning to design personal exercise programs and group exercise classes. The course concentrates on the foundational sciences that a trainer/wellness coach needs in order to help a client improve their health, sports performance, or to change their body. Also, the course includes nutrition, disease prevention, and mind-body health.

FASHION DESIGN
The Fashion industry is big business and it affects all of our lives to some extent, simply because we are all consumers of clothing, and possibly cosmetics, hair care, etc. This class is designed to give students a hands-on experience in many facets of this industry including: designing, pattern drafting, sewing, textiles, sketching, wardrobe planning, buying and more.

FIRE SCIENCE
This course is designed to help students meet the fundamentals of firefighting. The course covers fire ground skills including, fire behavior, fire extinguishers, personal protective equipment, search and rescue, and interior fire attack. Also, this class familiarizes the student with the introductory aspects of emergency medical care.

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Graphic Designers are responsible for everything you see that is printed from newspapers, to books, to posters and magazines. Also, they are responsible for the graphics, illustrations, games, and animation you see on the Internet, videos, and movies. In this course you will create graphics, illustrations, layouts, animations, and web pages that are limited only by your imagination.

MANUFACTURING (Intro Digital Fabrication)
Intro to Digital Fabrication will take students through the design process while working on skills in drafting, technical math, lab safety, and tool use. Class will be conducted in a brand new, state of the art fabrication lab at CEC.

MEDICAL CAREERS
This course offers an overview of CPR/First Aid/AED certification, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Nursing, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Lab Practices, Medical Imaging, Sports Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, HOSA membership, Medical Career Exploration, Volunteerism/Community Service Projects

TEACHING CAREERS
Students will investigate the eight core knowledge areas required to meet professional credentialing standards that include growth and development, nutrition, health, safety, play, guidance, developmentally appropriate practices, community relationship, administration, and professionalism.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY
This four-semester program includes safety, oxy-fuel welding, cutting and brazing, arc welding, mig welding, flame and plasma cutting, blue print reading, fabrication, metallurgy, work ethics as well as practical math and science applications through actual practice.