High School Credit Courses

Courses which qualify for high school credit will be part of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA). Students must meet both attendance and academic requirements to receive high school credit. Semester exams are administered the last week of each semester (Fall and Spring) counting for 20% of the semester average.


MS Algebra 1 Pre-AP is a year long course that will investigate real numbers, linear equations and inequalities as well as linear, quadratic and exponential functions. The Pre-AP course includes an emphasis on complex problem solving in order to prepare students for upcoming Pre-AP  and AP coursework. Any student who would like to enroll in this course must have completed Math 8 or its equivalent.


Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 is a high school requirement that our students can take as early as 7th grade so they can start earning high school credits. In high school, students must take two years of the same foreign language in order to graduate from high school. Most high schools will offer Spanish and other languages as well, such as Latin, German or French. Students must complete Spanish 1 prior to taking Spanish 2. 


AVID 1 is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tutor-facilitated study  groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. Students will have to apply for this course and be interviewed will be conducted. There is no prerequisite for this course.


Art 1 meets the Fine Art requirement that students must complete in order to graduate from high school. Students will have the option to take other fine art courses in high school to earn their fine art credit such as band, choir, orchestra, etc or they can opt to take Art 1 in middle school to fulfill the requirement. Content will include some student originality, creativity, and study of artists and art periods. There is no prerequisite for this course.


Communication Applications satisfies the NISD Speech requirement for high school graduation. Students will identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and formal and informal professional presentations.  There is no prerequisite for this course.


Methodology for Academic and Personal Success  (MAPS) satisfies an elective requirement for high school graduation.  This course supports a successful transition into high school by developing the skills necessary for a successful academic career. Students will develop the specific strategies to achieve personal and professional goals. Based on individual learning styles and abilities, students will develop critical time management, organization, and study skills, with a focus on character education and leadership.  There is no prerequisite for this course.


Principles of Human Services will count as an elective credit for high school. Students will evaluate the effects of crises, stress, and domestic violence on individuals and the family and recognize appropriate responses and management strategies. Students will identify the basic needs of children as well as caregiver guidelines that promote safe and healthy child development.  Students will create meals according to dietary guidelines. Students will create written and electronic records of client services for cosmetology, fashion design, and interior design.  There is no prerequisite for this course.


Principles of Applied Engineering  provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Working on design teams, students will use multiple computer hardware and software applications to conduct research, design and create projects, and present ideas related to biotechnology, electronics, robotics, and automation. Students will use appropriate tools and demonstrate safe work habits.  There is no prerequisite for this course.


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