Courses Available to 9th Graders

Courses Available to 9th Graders

In our core content subject areas students have the choice between our standard level college prep classes and our accelerated and rigorous honors level classes.

We encourage students to take honors level classes in the subject areas in which they have strong academic performance. For students wishing to enter the IB program in their junior year, we recommend that you take a full complement of honors courses during 9th and 10th grade in order to be prepared for the rigor of the IB program.

English

Graduation Requirement: Students must take 40 credits (8 semesters) of Language Arts.
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 Students develop strategic reading skills while investigating the literary genres of expository essay including historical documents, poetry, short story, and the novel.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and genres including well-developed paragraphs, literary response items, expository essays, short stories (narrative), historical documents, and technical documents.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 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.

Mathematics

PLEASE NOTE: We are moving to an Integrated Math curriculum for all students starting in 2017-2018. If you have questions about your placement, please read the placement procedures HERE

Gradation Requirement: Students must take 40 credits (8 semesters) of Mathematics in order to graduate.

INTEGRATED MATH 1 College Prep
Course Code: 04243 / 04244
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Mathematics

Students will learn the foundations of Algebra and Geometry that serve as the cornerstone for all of high school mathematics. Material includes developing a deeper understanding of linear and exponential functions – solving, graphing, modeling, and analyzing – as well as build upon their foundations of geometry through work on transformations. Student learning will be facilitated through collaboration with the teacher and their peers. Students will also build a strong foundation for using graphing calculators.

INTEGRATED MATH 2 College Prep
Course Code: 04246 / 04247
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Mathematics

Students will build on what they learned in Integrated Math 1, extending their learnings in the areas of Algebra and Geometry. Material includes developing a deeper understanding of functions – solving, graphing, modeling, and analyzing – including quadratic and piecewise as well as build upon their foundations of geometry and learning the basics of proofs. Student learning will be facilitated through collaboration with the teacher and their peers. Students will also build a strong foundation for using graphing calculators.

INTEGRATED MATH 1 HONORS Honors
(Pre-Baccalaureate)
Course Code: 07976 / 07979
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: 07982 / 07985
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: Yes
Prerequisites: Integrated Math 1, placement test, or teacher recommendation
Requirement Category: Mathematics

This course is for students who have successfully completed Integrated Math 2 in 9th grade or are achieving above grade level with a strong interest in mathematics. This is a rigorous course that emphasizes abstract and critical thinking in mathematics. The course will complete the study of Geometry – right triangle trigonometry, coordinate geometry and Volume – as well as covering Algebra 2 topics – systems of equations and inequalities in one, two and three variables, rational and radical expressions and equations, equations and slopes of lines and conics, systems of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities including linear programming, second and third degree polynomials, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences, series.

Science

Graduation Requirement: Students must take 30 credits (6 semesters) of Science in order to graduate.

BIOLOGY  ORANGE TRIANGE
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.

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.

Social Studies

Graduation Requirement: Students must take 30 credits (6 semesters) of Social Studies in order to graduate.

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.

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.

World Languages

Preference is given to upper classmen for our College Prep French 1 and Spanish 1 classes. If you are eager to get started with your world language studies, we encourage you to sign up for an Honors/PB language course. However, it is not required that students take a World Language, though we highly recommend it for students planning to attend a four-year college. 

We will be updating this page soon with information regarding placement tests for World Languages. 

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 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.

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 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.

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.

BEGINNING DANCE College Prep
Course Code: 06085 / 06090
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective OR Physical Education
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.

INTERMEDIATE DANCE College Prep
Course Code: 06095 / 06100
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: Beginning Dance or teacher approval
Category: Fine Arts Elective OR Physical Education
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.

STAGECRAFT College Prep
Course Code: 07682 / 07683
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Category: Fine Arts Elective
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.).

DRAMA 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: Fine Arts Elective
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.

Visual Arts

ART CRAFT / MEDIA ART College Prep
Course Codes: 05440 / 05552
Grades Offered: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 10
Duration: 2 Semesters
Weighted Grade: No
Prerequisites: None
Requirement Category: Fine Arts Elective
This course is designed so students can develop an artistic portfolio based upon a body of work where the student will investigate underlying visual ideas, topics, themes, with the exploration of the history of art and artists. They create several projects that use a variety of media and technology. Students learn and apply the principles and elements of design, visually and verbally. This course is the first stage on a college pathway designed to push student literacy in the arts and develop critical thinking skills and problem solving necessary for other fields of study (i.e. engineering, design, computer science etc.)

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: Fine Arts Elective
Students create a portfolio based upon a body of work where you will investigate underlying visual ideas, topics and themes. Students create several projects that use a variety of media and technology to describe various themes. Students are expected to be able to describe the principles and elements of design, visually and verbally. During the first six weeks the class conducts weekly assignments to help students find their personal style and explore the concepts of composition, with a focus on the principles and elements of design. Students will develop several projects exploring different media from drawing and collage to watercolors and 3D design.

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: Fine Arts Elective
Students learn basic and fundamental ceramics and clay skills, including knowledge of the studio environment, and 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 and learning 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, research new techniques, and develop ideas to gain the knowledge needed to construct original clay projects.

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: Fine Arts Elective
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.

Career Connect

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: Fine Arts Elective
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.

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: Fine Arts Elective
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.

JROTC

LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION TRAINING College Prep
Course Codes: 06440 / 06445
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.

Physical Education

Graduation Requirement: Students must take 10 credits (2 semesters) of Physical Education in order to graduate.

Athletic sports that are sanctioned by the Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education and meet the criteria below may exempt a student from the physical education graduation requirement. No grade or credit will be given for athletic participation and such exemptions will not reduce the total number of hours required to earn a diploma. Both semesters of the physical education requirement may be exempted by athletic participation. The following criteria govern physical education exemptions:

  • The student must maintain academic eligibility for the entire season.
  • One full sport season is required to exempt a student from five semester hours (5 units) of PE requirement.
  • A student must be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior to qualify for the exemption. Seniors who have not yet met the physical education requirement are not allowed to take this exemption and must enroll in a physical education course.

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.

TEAM SPORTS College Prep
Course Code: 06240 / 06243
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 cooperative sport activities, teamwork, sportsmanship, movement skills, techniques and strategies used in various team activities. Students learn the rules and strategies necessary to participate in various team sports and activities. There is a focus on being able to exhibit emotional and social wellness through communication, cooperation and support of peers during various team sports and 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.

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: 07541 / 07542
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.