Honors English 9 EN55A/B
Grades: 09 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
Prerequisite: Summer Assignment: Yes - Required summer reading is I Am Malala.
Summer reading is required for all students entering the class. This is a course for those who have shown above average ability and motivation to progress through future AP English courses. Students will work with a variety of challenging literary forms including short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Activities will incorporate the humanities, composition, application of terminology, speech, independent reading, growth in academic responsibility, clarification of language skills, grammar in action, alternative assessment strategies, vocabulary building, and learning options that will address various learning styles.
Honors English 10 EN65A/B
Grades: 10 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
Prerequisite: Summer Assignment: Yes
Summer reading is required for all students entering the class. This course integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is designed to challenge students’ thinking through units in fiction, mythology, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Considerable opportunities in both writing and speaking give the advanced students greater opportunities to polish their skills. Writing focuses on debatable topics, literary texts and non-fiction texts. Vocabulary study, intensive outside reading and writing assignments are an expectation for honors coursework.
Honors Geometry MA65HA/B
Grades: 09-10 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
Prerequisite: 1 credit of Algebra 1 and teacher recommendation (MA50 A/B)
This course aligns with the Arizona Standards for Geometry by extending the informal geometry work from grade 8 along with the formal mathematics of Algebra 1 in a rich and rigorous learning experience. The geometry course focuses on five critical areas: congruence of geometric figures based on rigid motions, similarity of geometric figures based on dilations and proportional reasoning, develop an understanding of informal explanations of circumference, area, and volume formulas, proving geometric theorems, and solve problems involving right triangles. Students will be expected to explain their reasoning and critique the reasoning of others through discourse, writing and modeling. Appropriate tools and technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding.
Beyond the standard Geometry curriculum, students in honors geometry will synthesize skills from critical areas to complete complex application tasks as well as adhere to a higher expectation of understanding and justification of their work in preparation for future advanced placement coursework in mathematics.
Honors Algebra II MA75HA/B
Grades: 10-11 College Prep: Yes Credit: 1.0 Duration: 1 year Fee:
Prerequisite: 1 credit of Algebra 1 and 1 credit of honors geometry and a teacher recommendation.
Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, radical, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. The algebra 2 course focuses on four critical areas: extending the real number system to the complex number system, solving and interpreting solutions to a variety of equations, inequalities, and systems of equations. demonstrate competency graphing and interpreting the functions referenced above, and extend simple and compound probability calculations to conditional probability. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Beyond the standard Algebra 2 curriculum, students in honors algebra 2 will synthesize skills from critical areas to complete complex application tasks as well as adhere to a higher expectation of understanding and justification of their work in preparation for future advanced placement coursework in mathematics.