Course Description Handbook

ENGLISH


ENGLISH 1

Required Grade 9 – 1 year
This course deals with development of communication skills through reading novels, plays, myths, and poems; writing paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions; and speaking through class discussions, oral presentations, and speeches.  Grammar, mechanics, and usage are emphasized in both writing and speaking. Literary terms and vocabulary are also incorporated into all aspects of the class.


ENGLISH 1 HONORS

Grade 9 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course covers the same material as English 1, plus an additional two novels and a research paper.  The writing aspect of this class includes paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions but requires more detailed and complex writing.  The tests contain more critical thinking and essay questions.


ENGLISH 2

Required Grade 10 – 1 year

Prerequisite: English 1 or English 1 Honors

English 2 will develop vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills.  Various types of paragraph development will be introduced and utilized.  Included in the composition study is the expansion of research techniques and creative writing.  Formal speech strategies are taught throughout the year.  Literary techniques will revolve around short stories, poetry, and novel studies.


ENGLISH 2 HONORS

Grade 10 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The English 2 Honors class reviews paragraph development. Special emphasis is placed on the construction and development of the multi-paragraph composition. Research techniques will be expanded.  The class examines literature in-depth through discussion and annotating.  Emphasis is on the development of critical appreciation of the various literary genres through a comparison of themes and styles of writing.  Formal speech strategies, vocabulary development, as well as creative writing are taught throughout the school year.


ENGLISH 3

Required Grade 11 – 1 year

Prerequisite: English 2 or English 2 Honors

The focus of Junior English at Central is American Literature, however to expand on certain ideas readings from non-American authors may be used. The arc of this year’s curriculum will span from early nineteenth-century literature to contemporary authors. The class will be divided into five genre based sections. In each section students will work on reading comprehension, writing, expanding vocabulary, grammar skills, and public speaking. These goals will be achieved through the reading of novels, poetry, short stories, and watching selections of films or television shows that inhabit the literary theme/genre we are covering in the class. Public speaking will also be a primary focus of this year’s Junior English curriculum.


ENGLISH 3 HONORS

Grade 11 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation                                                                              

The focus of Honors Junior English at Central is American Literature, however to expand on certain ideas readings from non-American authors may be used. The arc of this year’s curriculum will span from early nineteenth-century literature to contemporary authors. The class will be divided into five genre based sections. In each section students will work on reading comprehension, writing, expanding vocabulary, grammar skills, and public speaking. These goals will be achieved through the reading of novels, poetry, short stories, and watching selections of films or television shows that inhabit the literary theme/genre we are covering in the class. Public speaking will also be a primary focus of this year’s Junior English curriculum. Honors students are required to read more complicated works and more works by each author. Honors English is geared toward a discussion based seminar style class where lecturing is used to enhance the depth of knowledge in the humanities


ENGLISH 4

Required Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: English 3 or English 3 Honors

This course focuses on representative works of world literature including short stories, plays, essays, and novels.  Additionally, the course affords special attention to critical thinking and communication.  The communication component of the course includes composition, grammar, vocabulary building and speech.  Writing units challenge students to compose effective college application essays, formal essays, research papers, technical writing, and literary analyses.


FILM AND FICTION

Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation         

Film and Fiction is a class that explores novels and their film adaptations. Students will learn literature terminology and film terminology in regards to literature and will be able to clearly compare and contrast a novel with its film adaptation. Novels will range from classics to contemporary. This is a senior level elective. Parent permission for films is required at the beginning of the year.


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation 

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course.  The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure.  As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.  All AP students are required to take the AP Literature and Composition test at the end of the school year.


MATHEMATICS


ALGEBRA PREP

Grade 9 –  1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendations and departmental approval

Math 1 is designed for students who need to master essential mathematics computational skills.  This course focuses on skill and concept development with applications, connections, and critical thinking needed to understand and apply algebra and geometry in future courses.  Students who begin at this level will be able to complete 4 years of math and meet requirements for college admission.


ALGEBRA 1

Grades 9 & 10 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and departmental approval

This level of beginning algebra is a modern course in which the student studies the real number system and applies algebraic concepts and skills to solving problems, equations, and inequalities.


GEOMETRY

Grades 9 or above  – 1 year

Prerequisite: Algebra, placement test results, teacher recommendation and departmental approval

This course is presented primarily as a model of deductive thinking and gives strong attention to measurement formulas and 3-deminsional figures.  Coordinate and transformational geometry is integrated throughout.  Many of the concepts will be presented through individual or group projects.  A significant review of algebra concepts is included in Geometry. (Upon teacher recommendation and departmental approval, students may take Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry simultaneously with Geometry). Scientific calculator with Trigonometry functions is required


INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Grade 9 or above – 1 year

Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrently with Geometry upon teacher recommendation and departmental approval

This second course in algebra deals extensively with relations and functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic). Introduction to trigonometry and other selected topics will be explored.  This course is a rigorous, college-preparatory mathematics course.


ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY

Grade 9 or above – 1 year

Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrently with Geometry upon teacher recommendation and departmental approval.

This second course in algebra deals extensively with relations and functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, radical, logarithmic, rational). This course also provides a thorough introduction to trigonometry.  Other selected topics such as probability, sequences and series will be introduced and explored.  This course is a rigorous, college-preparatory mathematics course.


PRE-CALCULUS

Grade 11 or 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

In this course students will study the nature and purpose of specific functions. Students will make connections between the algebraic and graphic behaviors of all functions through the study of their transformations and compositions.  This course will deal extensively with trigonometric functions and identities.  A survey of statistics and probabilities will be included.  Specific topics will be expanded to provide a solid foundation for AP or college calculus courses.


DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE ALEGBRA-COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY

Grade12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Must score a 22 or higher on the ACT test or take the Compass placement test at MSUB

This is a two semester course that covers College Algebra the first semester, and College Trigonometry the second semester. Students must take College Algebra in order to take College Trigonometry. Students cover equation and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions in the first semester. The second semester consists of trigonometric functions both with a right triangle and a unit circle, as well as identities, the law of sines and cosines, and polar coordinates. Each semester awards students 3 college credits and 1/2 of a math credit at BCCHS.


AP CALCULUS

Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus; a score of 85% or higher in each semester of Pre-Calculus

This course is equivalent to the advanced placement Calculus AB level.  Two branches of the calculus will be considered-differential and integral.  A review of fundamentals in trigonometry and analytical geometry will be inserted as needed.  Functions will be extended: the concept of limits will be developed; theorems will be derived to find derivatives. Finding derivatives and integrals will enable the student to apply calculus to the solution of problems in life.  This course culminates with an examination for which college credit may be received.


COLLEGE PREP MATH

Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus or Algebra2/Trigonometry

This course includes topics from discrete mathematics, advanced algebra, analytical geometry, probability, and statistics.  An emphasis will be placed on preparing the students for success in college pre-calculus, discrete and statistics courses.  Review for colleges’ math placement exams, SAT test and ACT tests is integrated into the course content.


AP STATISTICS

Grade 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Teacher recommendation

AP Statistics follows the guidelines set by the College Board for Advanced Placement Statistics. The student will be exposed to four major areas of statistics: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Strong algebra skills are necessary, so completion of advanced algebra is required. All class problems are story problems, so critical reading and thinking skills are a benefit. Modern graphing calculators are required, TI-84 series is preferred.


MATH CURRICULUM TRACKS

SPECIAL NOTES:

  1. Students who are failing their current mathematics course at the end of the first or second six week grading period will be recommended to transfer into a more appropriate level course. Seniors failing Pre-Calculus will be transferred to either Algebra2/Trig. or College Prep Math.
  2. Students wishing to advance further in the math curriculum may, subject to teacher recommendation and department approval, take Geometry and Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trig. simultaneously.
  3. Geometry includes daily Algebra review to help students maintain the highest possible concept mastery proficiency in preparation for placement in Algebra 2/Trig.
  4. Placement into Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trig. is by teacher recommendation and department approval.

SOCIAL STUDIES


WORLD HISTORY

Required Grade 10 – 1 year

This course will include a survey of the following areas of study: the rise of Western Civilization, the Western and the Middle Ages, civilizations beyond Europe, transitions to modern times, Revolution and Nationalism in the Western World, and the Age of Imperialism. Also, studying and discussing, in depth, the history and development of countries around the world. Reading comprehension, writing and thinking skills are stressed.


UNITED STATES HISTORY

Required Grade 11 – 1 year

This course will review early United States History from the Expansion to the Civil War.  The course will focus on the highlights of American history from the end of Pre-Columbian Indian civilization to the present. The course will highlight how the ideas, values, and philosophies of the past influenced the people of the United States, both yesterday and today.


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Required Grade 12 – 1 year

This course includes the study of the our present American government including the formation of the Republic, the study of the Constitution, the American Political system from the federal, state and local levels.  We will examine citizenship, taxation, foreign policy and current events.


PSYCHOLOGY

Elective Grade 11 & 12 – 1 year

Students taking psychology will learn to understand human behavior, relationships, interaction and thought processes.  An in-depth look at the brain and nervous system, the life cycle, learning process, emotions, motivation and psychological theories plus history are just a few of the topics we will examine.  This introductory level course in psychology will assist college bound students, as well as those who enter the work force.


DUAL CREDIT UNITED STATES HISTORY

Elective Grade 11 – 1 year

This course establishes a chronology of major historical events in the United States since 1877.

Explain the changing geopolitical presence of the United States since 1877. Define the importance of key individuals, events, developments, and ideas in United States history since 1877. Identify the social, economic, and political forces at work in the evolution of the United States since 1877. Recognize and describe the significance of some of the Constitutional, social, political and cultural changes in the United States since 1877. Analyze complex historical sources and materials (both primary and secondary) and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials. Writing historically based on interpretation of sources, discussions, and course materials.


DUAL CREDIT WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Elective Grade 12 – 1 year

This course surveys the general history of the Western world from the Ancient Western world up to   the present and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the Western world’s historical development. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of West in this period of time.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH


PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1

Required Grade 9 – 1 sem

Freshmen boys and girls will be introduced to a variety of activities throughout the year.  Emphasis will be placed on participation, teamwork and sportsmanship. The main goal is to improve the health related areas of physical fitness.  Students will work on proper nutrition, proper exercise with warm-ups and cool-downs, strengths, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory endurance.


HEALTH

Required Grade 9 – 1 sem

The health curriculum seeks to educate the student regarding the importance of the 5 aspects of Wellness model (physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual). Students will incorporate real world situations and issues that they will experience throughout their lifetime.  This curriculum emphasizes current issues, critical thinking skills, and responsible decision making skills.


ZERO PERIOD PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2

Required Grade 10 – 1 sem

Various activities will be given throughout the semester that will work on skill development, knowledge of rules and regulations of the activities, game strategies and the courtesy involved in each activity. Students will also work on personal improvement in general fitness or sports oriented workouts.

*This course will be offered both during the academic day as well as a zero hour class (7:00 am)


ADVANCED LIFETIME SKILLS

Elective Grades 10,11,12 – 1 year

Students will engage in competitive and not competitive activities throughout the semester.  Students will concentrate on skills that will work hand-eye coordination, balance, sportsmanship and teamwork. This class will best use its time during block weeks for field trips to participate but not limited too:

  • Archery
  • Bowling
  • Folf
  • Golf
  • Ice Skating
  • Paintball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Self-Defense
  • Swimming
  • Zip Line

WEIGHT TRAINING & CONDITIONING

Elective Grades 10,11,12 – 1 year

Students will learn the importance of cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, body composition and flexibility. Along with proper nutrition and weight management for overall health. Students will be able to identify the joint actions and muscle groups and how they work together. Along with working on speed and agility techniques. Students throughout the semester will go through strength, speed and agility assessments.


RELIGION


RELIGION I

Required Grade 9 – 1 year

INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY: Provides the student with an overview of the basic beliefs and practices of Catholic Christianity, building the groundwork and a common vocabulary necessary for future religion courses.  Topics include: identity and development of adolescents, influence of culture and media, Jesus’ Jewish roots, the moral meaning of tradition in Catholicism, Church teachings and authority, justice and peace, moral decision-making and sacraments. This course uses the teachings of John Paul II’s talks on humanity and love during his pontificate. This class helps students discover the beauty and purpose of their sexuality and why it is such a major part of their ability to love.


RELIGION 2

Required Grade 10 – 1 year

This course explores the meaning of God’s covenant of salvation to his people thru out the events of the Old Testament which all typify and point to the fulfillment of Jesus Christ, the living Word of the New Testament. Students are taught through Sacred Scripture the story of salvation history that God means for his people.


RELIGION 3

Required Grade 11 – 1 year

This course studies the rich history and traditions of the Catholic Church and her impact on the history of the world.


RELIGION 4

Required Grade 12 – 1 year

This course is divided into 3 sections.

Hebrew Scriptures: Explores the central themes, events, books and characters of the Hebrew Scriptures, emphasizing God’s covenant relationship with the people of Israel, a covenant that reaches its fulfillment through Jesus and His Church.

Christian Scriptures: With a brief overview of the Old Testament as background of the New Testament, this section explores the Gospels and the other writings of the New Testament.

World Religions: An overview of the roots of religion with an emphasis on the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

During each of these sections, some apologetics is offered, including arguments for God’s existence and moral questions.


APOLOGETICS OF THE CHRISTIAN AND CATHOLIC FAITH

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 year

This course will look at many of the various questions raised against general Christianity in general and Catholicism and discuss how to respond to those questions through Scripture, history and logic.  The topics would be endless from proofs of God’s existence, to morality, to defending the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  As its motto, we will take St. Peter’s advice to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.”

 

All students are responsible for a service requirement throughout their four years of high school (10 hours each semester).  A service project paper will be written during the religion classes in which each student reflects on the service completed.


SCIENCE


BIOLOGY

Grade 9 – 1 year

Biology is the study of life. Biology 1 students explore molecules, cells, and organisms in a variety of classroom and laboratory activities. Students are exposed to a variety of scientific research techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and animal structure and ecology. Basics of experimental design and problem solving are stressed.


HONORS BIOLOGY

Grade 9 – 1 year

Honors sections require more in depth treatment of topics and more advanced lab experiences, and are recommended for college preparation and students interested in science-related careers or AP courses.


AP BIOLOGY

Elective Grade 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology 1, Chemistry

This advanced biology course is designed for serious students with an interest in the life sciences, and will serve as preparation for the AP Biology exam. A score of 3 or better may be accepted for up to 8 hours of college credit depending on the college. A combination of lectures, student presentations and laboratory and field experiences will introduce students to advanced topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, animal structure and function, and ecology. This course includes a field trip to Yellowstone National Park. All students will conduct a research project on a topic of their choice.


AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grade 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology 1, Chemistry

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field focused on the interactions between humans and the natural world.  This course will offer a balanced view of environmental issues, including historical, economic, ethical and political perspectives integrated with natural science. Science content will include components of ecology, earth science and chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on regional issues, including impact of humans on natural ecosystems, wildlife management, agriculture and energy. This course will include community-based activities, laboratory work and field work, as well as a field trip to Yellowstone National Park.  A score of 3 or above on the AP Environmental Science exam  is accepted at many schools for a 3 hour semester credit course in Environmental Science.


CHEMISTRY

Elective Grade 10,11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology I, Enrollment in Algebra II or a Grade of “A” in Algebra I

Chemistry is the study of the structure of matter, its properties and reactions.  In this course, students will learn the language of chemistry, problem solving strategies and focus on the properties and reactions they encounter in everyday life.  Laboratory work is an integral part of the course.


HONORS CHEMISTRY

Elective Grade 10,11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology I, Enrollment in Algebra II or a Grade of “A” in Algebra I

Chemistry is the study of the structure of matter, its properties and reactions.  In this course, students will learn the language of chemistry, problem solving strategies and focus on the properties and reactions they encounter in everyday life.  Laboratory work is an integral part of the course.  This course is more rigorous in mathematics and theory.


PHYSICS

Elective Grade 11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Algebra 2, Chemistry 1, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus which may be taken concurrently.

This course makes use of mathematical applications to the world around us. In this course, one-dimensional motion, two-dimensional motion, Newton’s three laws, inclined planes, work, energy, momentum, collisions and more are covered. Lab work is included to help students relate the math to the world around them. Strong algebra skills are required as is a scientific calculator.


GEOLOGY

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry 1

Geology is a yearlong course that switches every other year with Atmospheric and Space Science. In Geology, we begin by discussing the materials of Earth’s crust, differences between rocks and minerals and what they each are. We then discuss Earth as a planet and the features associated with that. Most of the course consists of topics such as plate tectonics, geological activity, surface processes and land forms and we end the course discussing evidence about Earth’s past and talk about Earth’s history.


SPACE SCIENCE

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 sem

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry 1

In space science, we begin by discussing the history of astronomy. We look at different cultures and scientists that have studied astronomy through the years and how the science has progressed. Next, we look at the Earth, Moon and Sun system and how they work together to cause things like eclipses and seasons. Then we move on to the rest of the solar system and look at our Sun, the planets and everything else found in our solar system. Finally we discuss aspects of the rest of the universe including galaxies, nebulas, stars, etc.


ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 sem

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry 1

This course focuses on the oceans and the atmosphere of Earth. We begin by discussing the atmosphere, its layers, how energy moves through the atmosphere and more. Next, we discuss the ocean, its layers, and movements of the ocean. Finally, we bring the two together to discuss how they work with one another to make Earth’s weather patterns and climates.


AP CHEMISTRY

Elective Grade 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry which may be taken concurrently.

This advanced chemistry course reviews and extends Chemistry to study reaction rates, mechanisms, and spontaneity. Heterogeneous and weak electrolyte solution equilibria are examined, and also electrochemical cells. Advanced concepts of bonding include hybrid atomic and molecular orbitals, and molecular geometry. Laboratory work is extensive and complex. Students earning 90% or above in this course are expected to take and pass the College Board AP Chemistry exam.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE


SPANISH 1

Elective Grades 9,10,11,12 – 1 year

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking countries.  Students learn the basics of reading, writing, listening and speaking in Spanish in the present tense, as well as basic grammar concepts that are critical to the mastery of the Spanish language.  Along with language skills, students begin their study of culture, history and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.  This class is conducted in Spanish and English.


SPANISH 2

Elective Grades 10,11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, but at a slower pace than Spanish II Honors. The year begins with a comprehensive review of the major grammatical concepts from last year, and the two past tenses are introduced.  More emphasis is placed on speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish.  The students will also continue studying culture, history and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. This class is offered in Spanish and English.


SPANISH 2 HONORS

Elective Grades 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite:  Spanish I with a cumulative grade of B+ or better as well as instructor approval

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, but at an accelerated pace, and includes more translation and additional reading outside of the textbook, as well as presentations and individual projects. An additional focus of this class is speaking Spanish 100% of the time. It is geared toward students wishing to continue to the advanced courses offered in Spanish at Billings Central. Students successfully completing this course may continue on to Spanish 3 Honors.


SPANISH 3 HONORS

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Spanish 2 Honors

The Spanish 3 program begins with a brief review of some of the topics practiced in Spanish II, and a full review of the parts of speech. Students will learn the preterit, the imperfect, the future tense, the conditional, the present perfect tense, and the subjunctive mood. This class will encourage the students to speak Spanish at all times as the ultimate goal is to be able to communicate in the target language. This class is offered 100% in Spanish.


SPANISH 4 HONORS

Elective Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Spanish 3

The Spanish 4 program begins with a brief review of the preterit, the imperfect, and the subjunctive mood with the main emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Also, they will learn compound tenses in Spanish. At this time, the students will feel more confident of understanding and speaking Spanish. This class is offered 100% in Spanish.


PRACTICAL ARTS


COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

Required Grade 10 – 1 sem

This course is an interactive introductory course for students brand new to programming that teaches the foundations of computer science using the Python language. This semester-long course will not only prepare students for AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, but it will teach students how to think computationally and solve complex problems, skills that are important for every student. Additionally, the class is predominately run as an on-line class through our school’s Moodle website along with edhesive.com. This allows students to be introduced to a new type of class format that they may encounter in their post-secondary education.


AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (Java)

Elective Grades 11 and 12 – 1 year

Students will learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society, including art, media, and engineering. This course teaches object-oriented programming using the Java language and is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester, college-level course in computer science.  It will emphasize problem solving and algorithm development, and use hands-on experiences and examples so the students can apply programming tools and solve complex problems.  This course will prepare students for the end-of-course AP Exam.


BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Elective Grades 11 and 12 – 1 year

In this introductory course, students will learn about ten different subject areas that students may want to pursue in their post-secondary education. In Unit 1, students will learn basic Personal Finance skills, including types of economic systems, budgeting, checking accounts, taxes, loans, and credit cards. Unit 2 is Economics where students learn college level micro and macroeconomics. Unit 3 is Communications, where students learn about proper conduct and procedures for communicating in the workplace. In Unit 4 students learn about Business Management, its theories and practices, as well as PERT and Organizational Charts. Unit 5 is entrepreneurship, in which students prepare a business plan for a potential start-up business. Unit 6 is Career Exploration, which allows students to research potential career paths while developing resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. In Unit 7 students learn about Accounting, getting a basic look into debits and credits, journaling, and financial statements. In Unit 8, students use case studies to learn about and implement Marketing strategies. In Unit 9, students learn about Investing and even manage their own $1 million portfolio online. Finally, Unit 10 is Business Law, where students learn about the court system, torts, and negligence while conducting a Mock Trial.


ADVANCED BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Elective Grade 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Business Solutions and instructor approval                                       

In this course, students will run and work at their own small business (BCCHS’s PUB).  Students will perform all aspects of the business, including advertising, buying, keeping inventory, cash and customer service.  Students will learn to contract with various merchants for the purpose of supplies or equipment, as well as perform the accounting functions of the business.  Students will experience “ownership” of the business when they see the proceeds benefiting the school.


RAMBLER (Yearbook)

Elective Grades 10, 11, 12 – 1 sem

Prerequisite: Teacher Approval (limited to 15 students)

This course is a second semester class focusing on creation and production of the high school yearbook.  Students will learn fundamental journalism techniques such as graphic design, layout design, writing, editing and photo editing.


EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 1, 2

Elective Grades 11, 12 – 1 year

This course allows students to work at St. Francis as a mentor to a younger student.


FILM EDITING AND DESIGN

Elective Grade 11, 12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (limited to 15 students)

The course covers all aspects of film production including digital video, photography, and editing techniques. Non-profit marketing tactics and promoting strategies are covered. The students will gain proficiency with film editing and music editing software.


FINE ARTS


ART 1

Elective Grades 9,10,11,12 – 1 year

Every student is required to supply his/her own ‘Art Pack’; the supply list will be given out on the first day of school

Art 1 is a beginning course for students with little or no background in art.  This year long course covers the basics of drawing, painting, ceramics & sculpture. It also provides a sequential introduction to the elements and principles of art.  Examples and ideas from artists and art history are used to further develop a basic understanding of art.


ART 2

Elective Grades 10,11,12 – 1 year or 1 sem

Prerequisite: Art 1, or by permission of Instructor, dependent on approval of submitted portfolio

Every art student is required to supply his/her own ‘Art Pack’; the supply list will be given out on the first day of school

Art 2 students are expected to have a serious interest in art, be able to work independently at times, and be concerned about producing quality work.  This course is designed to refine drawing skills, and develop new skills and techniques in all areas of art.  Students will be required to expand their understanding of art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.  New ways of using traditional materials will be explored and an expansion of their skill levels in all art areas will be focused on.  Students are encouraged, but not required to bring in their own materials, as using one’s own materials can make for a more meaningful experience and a deeper continuity for their pieces.


ART 3

Elective Grades 11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Art 3, permission of the instructor

Every art student is required to supply his/her own ‘Art Pack’; the supply list will be given out on the first day of school

Art 3 students must be ready to begin to connect to long-term projects. The lessons taught in this class are very difficult (progressively so) and take quite a bit of time to complete. At this point, Art 3 students, must learn to pace themselves in such a way that promotes completion. This class is set up for those who create slowly AND those who create quickly. Those students who finish a work earlier will be expected to complete another project to sharpen their artistic skill.


ART 4

Elective Grades 11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Art 2, permission of the instructor

Every art student is required to supply his/her own ‘Art Pack’; the supply list will be given out on the first day of school

Art 4 artists are expected to begin to collect and perfect their Artist Portfolio. Each student will be researching the college of their choice’s Art Department. Students are expected to build an Artist Portfolio directly geared toward their choice college’s specifications.  If they are still looking at multiple colleges, Art 4 students are expected to build a malleable portfolio, that can be adjusted for however many schools they are interested in.


INDEPENDENT STUDY ART

Elective Grades 11,12 – 1 year

Prerequisite: Art 4, permission of the instructor

Every art student is required to supply his/her own ‘Art Pack’; the supply list will be given out on the first day of school

Independent Students are required to work in a self-sufficient manner and to be held accountable for completing projects with specific goals in place, for the piece to be displayed, or used in his/her Art Portfolio submission for college(s). Independent Art students are required to think freely and work in an individualistic way to promote the growth of their artistic style, while working within the constraints of careful instructional guidance.


CONCERT CHOIR 1, 2, 3, & 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

Concert Choir is open to all freshman students or first year choir students who have never had any experience in music.  Curriculum content and instructional materials reflect the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Every aspect of music will be emphasized at various stages in the student’s development.  Students are encouraged to audition for events like All-State, All-Northwest, UM All-Star Honor choir, District Music Festival and other honor groups that may help them improve on their abilities of Music.


HILIGHTERS 1, 2, & 3

Elective Grades 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

Hilighters is a mixed group for four-part men and women, and is open to all students 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.  Freshman and first year choir students must take a year of concert choir as a prerequisite.  Curriculum content and instructional materials reflect the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Every aspect of music will be emphasized at various stages in the student’s development.  Students are encouraged to audition for events like All-State, All-Northwest, UM All-Star Honor choir, District Music Festival and other honor groups that may help them improve on their abilities of Music.


VOCALOCITY 2, 3, & 4

Elective Grades 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

Vocalocity is a Jazz Choir that consists of a mixed ensemble for 4-Part Men and Women. Vocalocity is a auditioned group only but is available to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.  Auditions generally take place the first week of school.  Curriculum content and instructional materials reflect the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Every aspect of music will be emphasized at various stages in the student’s development with an emphasis on vocal jazz style music.  Students are encouraged to audition for events like All-State, All-Northwest, UM All-Star Honor choir, District Music Festival and other honor groups that may help them improve on their abilities of Music.


SYMPHONIC CONCERT BAND 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

This course is open to all band members at BCCHS with the exception that percussion members must audition for placement to insure a balanced and skilled band. Specific concert dates and festivals will be listed on the music calendar. Members of Concert Band are encouraged to audition or be members of the Pep Band, Jazz Band, All State Band, All Northwest Band, All Northwest Wind Symphony, Musical Pit Band, District Solo / Ensemble Festival, The Tri-County Honor Band, and the Music in the Parks Tour. Curriculum content and instructional materials reflect the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Every aspect of music will be emphasized at various stages in the student’s development.


BCCHS JAZZ BAND 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

Membership is open to all high school band students who audition or are selected by Mr. Wahrman. Jazz Band will be held on block rehearsals during the regular band schedule. The Jazz Band will perform at formal concerts, participate in community functions and attend clinics/festivals.


BCCHS PEP BAND 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

All band members are invited and encouraged to participate in pep band.  However, band students are only required to participate in 80 percent of the pep band events. The Pep Band begins in September and performs for home games for the various sports. The performance schedule will be distributed to students. Rehearsal will take place during Band class.

Students wishing to participate in out of town travel such as tournaments are required to have participated in at a minimum of 80 percent of home game performances.


CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

The Orchestra is open to all string members at BCCHS. Specific concert dates and festivals will be listed on the music calendar. Orchestra Members are encouraged to audition or be part of the All State Orchestra, All Northwest Orchestra, Moses (Musical team for Mass), District Solo / Ensemble Festival, and the Music in the Parks Tour. Curriculum content and instructional materials reflect the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Every aspect of music will be emphasized at various stages in the student’s development.


INDEPENDENT STUDY BUSINESS

Grades 10, 11, 12 – 1 sem

This course gives students the ability to take an online practical art.  The course gives students the ability to keep their electives in Fine Arts while achieving the requirements to graduate.  The course is completely online through our Moodle website.  Students will identify their strengths and weaknesses, stereotypes and paradigms that affect them directly and they will learn how to deal with them in a positive way.  It is important that students learn how to best achieve their goals and what skills they currently have and what skills they need to develop or work on to be better equipped for college and the workplace.  This course is open to sophomores through seniors that sign up through Mr. Wahrman.  The class consists of reading the provided material, completing online discussions and posts, and submitting three written papers throughout the course.


INTRO TO GUITAR 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

The guitar class is designed to develop an entry-level understanding of beginning guitar technique by applying an understanding of notation, improvisation, and elementary chord construction. This forum provides an opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through guitar and expose them to basic musical concepts while exploring a variety of repertoire from diverse times, places and cultures. The first semester covers the basic concepts of musical theory, music notation, instrument facts, and the beginning concepts of playing the guitar.  The second semester focuses on more advanced guitar skills and concepts.  It is recommended to take both semesters back to back.

  • Students need to own or be willing to purchase an acoustic guitar to take the course; other class materials will be provided.

HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL 1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

This course takes an inside look at rock and roll from its earliest beginnings to the present day. The course examines the inception, evolution, and development of Rock and Roll music in America and abroad.  In addition to in-depth studies of Rock music and the artists who created it, students will examine the sociological, political, and economic conditions which influence music and the artist who write and perform it.


OTHER


ACT/SAT PREPARATION

Elective Grade 10, 11, 12 – 1 sem

This course is designed to review and reinforce concepts and knowledge necessary for success on standardized college entrance examinations. Both math and English skills would be emphasized.


LIFE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP

An Inspirational Jump Start to becoming the best potential you!

  • Being a Savvy Consumer
  • Cover Letters
  • Dining Skills
  • Financial Know-How
  • Home Hunting
  • Home Keeping Hints
  • How to Stay Connected
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Success
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Life Planning
  • Managing Your Meals
  • Money Management
  • Organizational Techniques
  • Resume Construction
  • Roommates
  • Social Skills
  • Tipping
  • Workplace Etiquette
  • Your Car
  • Your Home
  • Your Laundry
  • Your Time
  • Your Well-Being

 


FUNDAMENTALS OF ATHLETICS (OFFICIATING, TRAINING & COACHING)

Elective Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – 1 year

This course provides a unique student-centered curriculum for juniors and seniors, assisting them in the pursuit of a healthy and age-appropriate athletic experience that supports the educational mission of our school. Students will get learn about the practices and procedures that go in to becoming a Coach, an Athletic Trainer, and/or an MOA official. Students will also get hands on experience and interactive lessons that involve them in the world of athletics at Billings Central.


STUDY CENTER

For students with IEP’s or other identified needs, certain courses, along with a study center, are offered through the Special Education Department. These courses would include a writing lab and math lab options. See your counselor for details.