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Freshman Courses 2018-19

RELIGION - 1 credit required

Old Testament - OTEST (1.00 credit)

This is a required two-semester course for freshmen. Course emphasis is on the history of God’s people in Old Testament times with highlights on the Messianic promises. Practical presentations are given on topics such as Christian self-esteem, peer pressure, and dealing with conflict.

Prerequisite: normally taken as freshmen
Required: yes


SCIENCE - 1 credit required   

Physical Science - PHSCI (1.00 credit)

This is a two-semester course recommended for all freshmen. Fundamental concepts in chemistry and physics will be developed through class discussion and laboratory experiences. Students will be introduced to laboratory procedures and equipment, laboratory report writing, introductory data analysis, and computer-aided data collection. This course is intended to prepare students for future science classes.

Prerequisite: none
Required: yes


ENGLISH- 1 credit required

Language Arts Foundations 1 - LAF1 (1.00 credit)

This full course emphasizes skill building in reading, writing, and study skills. It is designed for students who score a 50% or lower on the ASPIRE English and Reading Test. Emphasis is on developing sentence writing proficiency and reading comprehension. The goal of all course work is to have students move successfully to Language Arts 1 on the sophomore level. 

Prerequisite: none
Required: for students with scores below 50% on the ACT Aspire Reading Test. Some students in this class are a part of the Guided Studies Program.
Note: Students who scrore a 40% or lower on the ACT Aspire English and Reading Test will be monitored by Guided Studies 


Language Arts 1 LA1 ( 1.00 credit)

This full-year integrated course introduces students to the literary genres of the short story, poetry, drama, non-fiction, and the novel. Key works studied include Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Homer’s Odyssey, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. All students will complete an annotated bibliography after being introduced to basic MLA citation format. In addition, students will work to enhance sentence and paragraph writing skills along with working to improve their language usage/mechanics. Study skills including note-taking, summarizing and gisting skills will be highlighted.

Placement is based on an ACT Aspire English and Reading Test score of 60 or higher. Students who scored a 85 or higher on the ACT Aspire English and Reading Test may elect (with parental permission) to take the Honors Prep level of the course which requires additional work as outlined by the teacher.

Prerequisite: Language Arts Foundations 1 (LAF1) in some cases
Required: yes 


Honors Prep Language Arts 1 - HPLA1 ( 1.00 credit)

This full-year integrated course is a more rigorous version of Language Arts 1 for students who are gifted in the language arts. Please see the course description of LA1 for an outline of coursework. Additional writing and reading work is required in this course as compared to LA1.

Students will be well-prepared for entering FVL's dual-credit English courses in grade 12. Placement is based on an ASPIRE English AND Reading test score of 85% or higher. Parental permission is required for entry.

Prerequisite: 85% or higher score on ACT Aspire English AND Reading tests
Required: yes (if LA1 or LAF1 are not taken)


MATH - 1 credit required

Individualized Basic Math 1 - IBMAT1 (1.00 credit)

This is a year-long course for freshmen who need to develop their math skills before taking Pre-Algebra (PRALG).

Prerequisite: teacher recommendation
Required: in some cases
Note: Students in this class are part of the Guided Studies Program. Testing is required to be enrolled.


Pre-Algebra - PRALG (1.00 credit)

This is a required two-semester course for freshmen with below-average ability in mathematics. The emphasis is on reviewing basic arithmetic while previewing algebra skills necessary for Algebra 1 (ALG1).

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: students in need of preparation for success in Algebra 1 (ALG1)
Required: no


Algebra 1 - ALG1 (1.00 credit)

Course emphasis is on equation solving techniques with one or two variables.

Prerequisite: none (or Pre-Algebra (PRALG) in some cases)
Required: yes
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in algebra wishes to bypass Algebra 1 (ALG1) and be scheduled directly into Geometry (GEOM), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the Algebra 1 competency exam administered by the Math Department in late May or early June. Contact the Guidance Department for more information.


Geometry - GEOM (1.00 credit)

Class emphasis is on a practical and theoretical approach to problem solving using reasoning and logical sequence, and deductive proof.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in Algebra 1 (ALG1) and/or teacher approval
Recommendation: college bound
Required: yes, unless Technical Math (TMATH) is taken
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in algebra wishes to bypass Algebra 1 (ALG1) and be scheduled directly into Geometry (GEOM), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the Algebra 1 competency exam administered by the Math Department in late May or early June. Contact the Guidance Department for more information.


SOCIAL STUDIES - 1 credit required

World Geography - GEOG ( 1.00 credit)

This is an elective two-semester course for students in grades 9-12. Emphasis is on the cultural, political and economic geography of the world set in the physical geography that nature provides.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


History 1 - HIS1 (1.00 credit)

This class is a study of civilization from creation through the era of the Reformation.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


ELECTIVES - 2-3 credits required
Elective - Foreign Language


German 1- GER1 (1.00 credit)

This class emphasizes German vocabulary, basic grammar, and oral and written work in preparation for reading modern German and carrying on basic conversation.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Latin 1 - LAT1 (1.00 credit)

This introduction to the Latin language emphasizes basic vocabulary, grammar, and forms needed to read and write simple sentences in Latin.  It includes a history of languages and alphabets, and the study of Roman history and culture using simplified accounts of mythology and of historical events and fictitious narratives of daily life in the Roman world, as well as simplified accounts of medieval history which in their eras would have been written in Latin.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Spanish 1- SPAN1 (1.00 credit)

This class emphasizes the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to speak and write simple Spanish sentences. It includes an introduction to Hispanic culture. All instruction will be conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: none 
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Spanish 2 - SPAN2 (1.00 credit)

This second level Spanish class helps students attain an acceptable degree of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; as well as an appreciation of Hispanic culture. All instruction will be given in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish in the classroom.

Prerequisite: grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 1 (SPAN1) or teacher approval under an Academic Contract
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in Spanish wishes to bypass Spanish 1 (SPAN1) and be scheduled directly into Spanish 2 (SPAN2), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the Spanish 1 competency exam administered in late May or early June. Contact the Guidance Department for more information..


Elective - Fine Arts

Symphonic Band - SBAND (1.00 credit)

Members study advanced literature and ensemble techniques, perform in several concerts and Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) festivals (including Concert and Solo and Ensemble festivals), are part of the marching band and pep band, and are also eligible for jazz ensemble (which is a cocurricular activity).

Prerequisite: instrumental experience & audition
Recommendation: interest in instrumental music
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Men’s Choir - MCHOR (1.00 credit) 

Men’s Choir is a two-semester course designed to provide any interested male student, grades 9-12, with an introduction to choral singing. This ensemble uses choral literature and other resources to teach vocal technique, basic music theory, and sight singing skills in preparation for singing in A Cappella Choir. Students do not need any prior experience in singing. The choir has five scheduled concert performances during the school year and may also sing for chapel services.

Prerequisite: A basic voice audition is required at the beginning of the school year
Recommendation: interest in vocal performance (a desire to sing)
Required: no
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Women’s Choir - WCHOR (1.00 credit)

Women’s Choir is a two-semester course designed to provide any interested female student, grades 9-12, with an introduction to choral singing. This ensemble uses choral literature and other resources to teach vocal technique, basic music theory, and sight singing skills in preparation for singing in A Cappella Choir. Students do not need any prior experience in singing. The choir has five scheduled concert performances during the school year and may also sing for chapel services.

Prerequisite: A basic voice audition is required at the beginning of the school year.
Recommendation: interest in vocal performance (a desire to sing)
Required: no
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Realistic Drawing - RDRAW ( .50 credit)

The emphasis for this class is on realistic drawing through various techniques, including proportion, perspective and shading. All drawing is done in a sketchbook. Students will be provided with a sketchbook and a kneaded eraser.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: interest in art
Required: no


2-D Art ( .50 credit)

The fundamentals of line, shape, form. color. texture, and value are particularly stressed in this class. All materials are supplied.

Prerequisite: Realistic Drawing
Recommendation: interest in art
Required: no


Elective - Physical Education

Health - HEALTH ( .50 credit)

This is a required semester course that covers such areas as drug and alcohol education, nutrition, major diseases, bones, muscles, exercise, rest, and physical health/fitness.
Prerequisite: none
Required: yes


Body Shop - BODSP ( .50 credit)

The class emphasis is on resistance training, circuit training, and games.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Heart Smart - HRSMR ( .50 credit)

Class emphasis is on indoor and outdoor individual and group fitness activities that strengthen the cardiovascular system and promote good health and fitness. Fitness progress is measured weekly.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Nets to You - NETS ( .50 credit)

This class focuses on tennis, volleyball, pickle ball, and badminton fundamentals.
Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA) 
Technology and Engineering

Computer-Aided Design 1 - CAD1 ( .50 credit)

This is an introduction to technical design, including basic drafting skills as well as learning advanced computer modeling and design software. 
Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: creative students who are interested in learning design through traditional means as well as advanced computer design and modeling programs
Required: no


Graphic Arts 1 - GA1 ( .50 credit)

This class is an introduction to graphic arts with an emphasis on computer graphics and vector graphic editing and creation. The class uses Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: interest in graphic communications
Required: no


Introduction to Mechanical Arts - IMA ( .50 credit)

This course provides a brief 4-5 week experience in each of the areas of technical arts classes such as Computer-Aided Design, Woodworking, and Metals. Students will be exposed to the basics to determine if they have an interest in continuing in a dedicated track. Students will also acquire skills they can use in the track they choose without dedicating a semester in it (example: blueprint reading is a shared skill for both woods and metals).

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Woodworking 1 - WOOD1 ( .50 credit)

This course teaches basic skills in the use of hand and machine tools in building and cabinetry projects.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Mechanical Arts (IMA) or teacher approval
Recommendation: interest in woodworking or for future homeowners
Required: no


Computer Applications - COMAP ( .50 credit)

This is a semester elective for all grades. Students will develop advanced Word skills such as mail merge techniques and insertion of pictures and charts into Word documents. Students will also enhance their PowerPoint skills with various animation techniques. Students will be introduced to Excel spreadsheets with emphasis on formulas, chart creation, and sorting/filtering techniques. Access data base skills will be introduced with emphasis on data base reporting. Students will be introduced to Publisher by creating a variety of publications. The internet will be used extensively.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA)
STEM Academy

Introduction to Engineering Design - IED (1.00 credit)

Can qualify for transcripted credit from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students learn the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students qualify for college credit if minimum requirements are met.

Prerequisite: STEM Academy students only
Recommendation: highly motivated students
Required: no 


Computer Science Essentials - CSP (1.00 credit)

Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no 


Principles of Biomedical Science - PBS (1.00 credit)

Can qualify for transcripted credit from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) 
By engaging in activities like dissecting a sheep heart, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no 


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA)
Family and Consumer Education

Foods - FOODS ( .50 credit)

This course has an emphasis on nutrition, meal planning, and basic food preparation.
Prerequisite: none (upperclassmen will have priority)
Required: no

Questions?

Contact Guidance!

rflower@fvlhs.org -
Rachel Fowler

920-739-4441
866-454-3857

Member of the FVL Schools Educational & Child Care System

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