Adult High School (HSD)

Computer Literacy

HSD 6068 Computer Literacy I

This course provides a brief overview of computer concepts. Emphasis is placed on the use of personal computers and software applications for personal use as well as the work environment. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate basic computer skills, using Microsoft Office Professional Applications, such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Students also will have a working knowledge of the Internet and be able to successfully navigate the World Wide Web.

English

HSD 6002 High School Diploma English I

This course introduces the basic study of grammar and develops writing mastery through the writing process. Types of writing include narrative and descriptive paragraphs and essays. Vocabulary development, reading comprehension and oral communication skills also are introduced.

HSD 6003 High School Diploma English II

This course expands on skills in reading, writing and oral communication that were introduced in English I. New concepts and skills are added to give students a basic foundation in English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Students are expected to demonstrate a mastery of these skills.

HSD 6004 High School Diploma English III

This course emphasizes literature with a focus on understanding the definition and application of certain literary terms as applied to selected passages. Writing includes the development of comparison-and-contrast research papers relating to literary selections. Application of grammar skills learned in all levels of English is reviewed.

HSD 6005 High School Diploma English IV

Students increase their knowledge of grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary by focusing on the writing and punctuation of a variety of sentence types, a review of the parts of speech and regular use of the newspaper. A major emphasis in this course is on writing persuasive research papers.

Mathematics

HSD 6013 Applications of Mathematics

This course expands the basic math skills to include the solution of word problems involving percent applications, proportions, reading charts and graphs for information, estimation, working with measurement and basic geometry concepts. Applications of the use of math in real-life situations are emphasized throughout the course.

HSD 6014 Pre-Algebra

This course builds a foundation for algebra. Topics covered include subsets of the real numbers, simplifying radicals, properties of the real numbers, prime factorization, the language of algebra, working with signed numbers, combining like terms, solving first degree equations, setting up and solving word problems as well as solving and graphing inequalities.

HSD 6040 Algebra I

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to solve problems using the symbolism of algebra, solve first degree equations, recognize and graph linear equations, solve systems of two equations, manipulate literal equations, recognize and use properties of real numbers, simplify expressions containing exponents,  multiply polynomials and factor polynomials.

HSD 6044 Geometry

This course stresses plane geometry with a brief overview of trigonometry and solid geometry. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do simple proofs, problem solve, demonstrate basic geometric constructions and use a scientific calculator to solve problems.

Health

HSD 6085 Health

This course is an exploration into health in relation to our bodies, our environment and careers. Topics include exercise and nutrition, pollution and X-ray technology. Field trips, speakers and hands-on activities are offered along with the book work.

History

HSD 6022 United States History

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to recount major events in U.S. history from Columbus to the present, reflecting the development and changes in economic, social, political and foreign policy in relation to these events.

HSD 6023 Government and Economics

This course is designed to give students a basic overview of critical issues related to government and economics. The study of government emphasizes the United States Constitution as it relates to the structure of our national government and to the rights of individuals in our society. The study of economics involves a discussion of key economic systems and their influences on public issues. Application of these concepts to current events and practical situations is emphasized throughout the course.

HSD 6024 World Cultures

This course is a topical review of the beginnings of civilizations in the Mesopotamian basin to an analysis of the political and economic climate fostering the democratization of the world in the modern era. Students should be able to develop an appreciation for cultural differences and similarities of the peoples of the world as they relate to evolving economic, religious, social and political customs.

Science

HSD 6032 Physical Science

This course introduces the basic laws and principles of chemistry and physics. Topics include the scientific method, motion, energy, machines, the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonds, waves, light, sound and electricity. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic physical science concepts.

HSD 6033 Biology

This course is a basic study of biological concepts and principles of biology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science, cell structure and function, chemical and physical basis of life, diversity and classification of living things, genetic inheritance, human anatomy and physiology and the influence of human activity on the environment.

HSD 6038 Earth/Environmental Science

This course introduces the principles of environmental science. Topics include ecosystems, populations, communities, the interconnectivity of living organisms, conservation, effects of human activity on the environment, renewable and nonrenewable resources and energy flow. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic ecological concepts.

Electives

HSD 6007 The World Today

This course focuses on providing the student with information on dramatic issues, events and topics that shaped the 1990s. Class discussion and research along with the textbook help identify the major developments to be examined.

HSD 6008 You and the Law

This course introduces a few of the many areas in which the law operates, providing students with some idea of the countless ways in which the law may affect their everyday life.

HSD 6072 Career Planning

This course, through a variety of activities, is designed to help students discover their interests and possible careers. They are taught to set goals and how and where to acquire information and tools necessary for success in a job or in college.

HSD 6074 Psychology

This course examines various theories of psychology, giving students an overview of what it is and how it is used in today’s society. Field trips, speakers and hands-on activities are included in the curriculum.

HSD 6075 Errors in Reasoning: Games, Puzzles, Etc.

Upon completion, students will be able to identify three types of errors people make in solving problems. Students will learn to verbalize a systematic, problem-solving process and apply the process to different problems. Each student will learn to observe and use all available facts to solve problems. These skills build confidence in problem solving.

HSD 6077 Unlocking the Printed Page

Upon completion of this course, students will be more confident with a variety of reading materials. Students will learn the appropriate reading strategies for English, history, math and science materials as well as short stories and essays. Emphasis isplaced on building students’ vocabulary through context clues, identifying relationships and dictionary skills.

HSD 6078 Creative Writing

This course is designed to offer students the experience of four different genres in literature: autobiography, the short story, poetry and playwrights. Along the way, students learn various terms and create a portfolio of their own works in these specific genres for a final grade. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of genre components, comprehension, creative enthusiasm and participation.

HSD 6015 Study Skills

This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to receive additional instructional support in a Learning Resource Center (LRC). Web-based instruction is provided through online software. This course is not offered for high school credit; therefore, students can enroll in study skills as frequently as they deem necessary.