• James F. Rhodes High School Course Catalog


    Information Key

    Descriptions for courses in mathematics, science, English, and social studies have been developed by departmental representatives and independently formatted.

     

    All other courses will follow the format below: 

    Course Title: Full title of course

    Course Description: Short description describing the content of the course

    Grades: Grade level of students to participate in the course

    Credit: Number of credits the course will satisfy

    Graduation Requirement:

                E = Elective – An optional course that a student may take to fulfill the needed credits        for graduation

                M= Meets Graduation Requirements – An advanced or honors course that may substitute for a required course, for example: AP American History may substitute for          American History.

                R = Required – Required for graduation

                Prerequisite: Indicates successful completion of a qualifying course(s)

     


    Arts


     

    Art I

    Description: Year one, the course provides the opportunities to manipulate media, techniques, and art processes to create a series of art works, to critique works of art as part of the artistic process and to understand the work of others.

    Grade:                                           12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Art II

    Description: Year two, the course continues to provide the opportunity to manipulate media and art processes to create art works, to critique works of art, and to understand and ascribe meaning to the work of others.

    Grade:                                              12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Art I

     

    Art III

    Description: Year three, the course provides the opportunity to develop individualistic styles, to experiment with media and art processes to create art works, to critique one’s own work and to understand the work of others.

    Grade:                                                             12

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                          E

    Prerequisite Required: Art II

     

     

    Drawing/Painting I

    Description: The course provides instruction on manipulating and controlling a variety of media to create a series of drawings and paintings; criticism and reflection of one’s own work and those of other artists.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

     


    English Language Arts



     

      

    English IV

    Description: English IV is designed as a bridge between high school and post secondary opportunities. All content is in alignment with the belief that students need to develop strong reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in preparation to become intelligent, contributing members of society. Students will be able to critically examine and articulately write and speak about modern issues and complex concepts. A variety of deep, critical reading skills will be utilized through both fiction and nonfiction works.   

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                       1

    Required:                                                   R

     

    AP English

    Description:  This course will emphasize style analysis, analytical writing and critical thinking. Composition skills will be refined as students develop an awareness of style and rhetoric. Students are expected to have mastered basic oral and written communication skills so that they can focus on extended reading assignments, research, and group presentations. College preparatory vocabulary and American Literature will be studied.

    This course will prepare students for the AP English exam.

    Grade:                                                 11-12

    Credits:                                               1

    Required:                                           M

    Prerequisite:                                     Yes

     

     

     

     

    Senior Seminar

    Description: This course prepares the student in designing and implementing a senior project based on student career interests. The senior project requires students to complete a service project, research paper and visual display of their project.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

    Journalism

    Description: Students will learn to understand weekly and daily media journalism. They will learn about the history and ethics of modern journalism and understand the function and role of advertising in media production including broadcast media. Course will teach technology skills and responsible social media.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

    English as a Second Language: Art in World Culture

    Description: In this course, students discover how to use and expand their English vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills more consciously and effectively for academic purposes. This class may appear similar to a mainstream English class in that the students read short stories, non-fiction articles, and poetry. Students focus on analysis and evaluation of text, and connect writing to texts read in class. Students participate in whole group and small group academic discussions. English grammar is reinforced and taught explicitly when needed. Students who are placed in this class either have a home language other than English, or speak a language other than English at home.  

    Grade:                                                9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                              0.5

    Required:                                          E

     

     

     

     

     


     Foreign Language


     

    American Sign Language I

    Description: American Sign Language I is primarily conversational, an introduction to basic concepts of grammar, structure and aspects of the deaf culture. Emphasis is on manual expressive skills and visual receptive skills.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

    American Sign Language II

    Description: Building on American Sign Language I, students continue to expand upon grammar, vocabulary, expressive and receptive skills and gain insights into the deaf culture

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                           American Sign Language I

     

    American Sign Language III

    Description: Students continue to develop proficiency in expressive and receptive skills. Emphasis on further development of grammatical structures and sign vocabulary through communicative experiences.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                                      American Sign Language II

      

     

     

     


    Mathematics


     

     

    College Algebra

    Description: This course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics. Topics will include: real-number concepts, selected geometry concepts, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, problem solving involving linear or factorable quadratic equations as models, operations on polynomials, factoring polynomials, integral exponents, graphing linear and quadratic equations in two variables, rational expressions, function notation, integral and rational exponents, solving absolute value and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving rational and radical equations, problem solving involving linear equations, rational equations, quadratic equations, and systems of equations in two variables, and writing equations of lines, operations with radicals and complex numbers, geometric concepts, and calculator usage.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

     

     

     

     

     

    Pre-Calculus

    Description: This course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections.  Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced.  Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.  This class is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Algebra 2

     

     

     

     


     Physical Education


     

    Physical Education

    Description: This course includes the development of basic movement skills through instruction in a variety of physical activities such as team and individual sports, self-testing, conditioning, and personal health.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                       .5

    Required:                                                   R

     

     

     


    Health

    Description: This course provides a comprehensive health education curriculum to cover growth and development, mental and emotional health, community and environment health, nutrition, family life, and sexuality. Students will learn health promotion and disease prevention and explore the effect of health behaviors on an individual’s quality of life. 

    Credits:                                                          .5

    Required:                                                      R

     

     

     


    Science


     

     

     

     

    Chemistry

    Description: Chemistry is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603.

    This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences as well as advanced science disciplines. Chemistry comprises a systematic study of the predictive physical interactions of matter and subsequent events that occur in the natural world. The study of matter through the exploration of classification, its structure and its interactions is how this course is organized.

    Chemistry is recommended for all students planning on attending college, particularly those going into a scientific or technical field. Colleges consider it evidence that students are willing to take challenging courses.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                  M

    Prerequisite Required:                         Algebra 1

     

    Physics

    Description: Physics is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. Physics elaborates on the study of the key concepts of motion, forces and energy as they relate to increasingly complex systems and applications that will provide a foundation for further study in science and scientific literacy. Students engage in investigations to understand and explain motion, forces and energy in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications.

    Physics is recommended for students interested in most science majors in college, including Nursing.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                  M

    Prerequisite:                                           Algebra 2 required. Chemistry recommended.

     

    Both Physics and Chemistry count as the Physical Science requirement for graduation.  (Physical Geology, Environmental Science and Forensics do not.  They can count as the 3rd lab science.)

     

     

    Forensic Science

    Description: This lab-science course surveys key topics in forensic science, including the application of the scientific process to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation, physical and trace evidence, and the law and courtroom procedures from the perspective of the forensic scientist. Through lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. A general knowledge of all science areas is needed, since Forensics draws from all areas within the science curriculum.

    Forensics is open to seniors only.  Too frequently students who would be better served taking Chemistry or Physics will take this course instead.  Colleges do not regard this course as a rigorous class.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     


     Social Studies


     

     

     

    African American History

    Description: The first half of the African-American History class will begin in West Africa as we look at the origins of  African-Americans and some of their social and cultural traits. We will study the Middle Passage, the Colonial Period and what Independence meant for Black folk. We will then look at slavery in the Antebellum Period and the Abolition Movement. The semester will end with the Civil War and its effects on African-Americans.

    The second half of the African American History class covers the time period from Emancipation to the present time. We will trace the evolution of black culture and identity and the continuing struggle for freedom and equality. Topics will include the tragedies and triumphs of Reconstruction, interracial violence, black political and institutional responses to racism and violence, the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz, Blues, and the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The course will conclude with African-Americans in the Age of Obama.

    Students will be presented with a variety of primary and secondary sources materials; timely and careful reading of these sources will prepare students for class discussions. Students will be confronted with conflicting bodies of evidence and challenged to analyze these issues and arrive at conclusions for themselves. Music and film will supplement classroom lectures and discussions.

    Grade:                                                            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      E

     

     

     

    Geography

    Description: Geography investigates the interrelationship of people and the environment and various cultures and their contributions to the world. Through Geography, students will develop multicultural understanding and use geographical concepts and skills to acquire information and systematically apply decision-making processes to real-life situations.  They will acquire an understanding of interrelationships between people and their environment. The content will include, but not be limited to the study of world cultural regions in terms of: location, physical characteristics, demographics, historical changes, economic activity and land use. 

    Grade:                                                            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                          0.5

    Required:                                                       E

     

     

    Sociology

    Description: Sociology allows students to study human social behavior from a group perspective. The sociological perspective is a method of studying recurring patterns in people‘s attitudes and actions and how these patterns vary across time, cultures, and in social settings and groups. Students will describe the development of sociology as a social science and identify methods of research. Through research methods such as scientific inquiry students will examine society, group behavior, and social structures. The influence of culture on group behavior is addressed through institutions such as the family, religion, education, economics, community organizations, government, and political and social groups. The impact of social groups and institutions on group and individual behavior and the changing nature of society will be examined. Influences on group behavior and social problems are included in the course. Students will also analyze the role of individuals in the community and social problems in today‘s world.

    Grade:                                                            11, 12

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      E

     

     

     

    Street Law

    Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. The course starts with an overview of the basic structures and functions of our legal system with a focus on the Constitution. After a framework of our legal system is established, topics to be covered will include Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice, Torts, Consumer Law, Family Law, Housing Law and Individual Rights and Liberties.  The curriculum includes case studies, mock trials, role-plays, guest speakers,  small-group activities and visual analysis activities. The goal of the course is to promote in students a willingness and capability to participate effectively in our legal and political systems.

    Related Careers:  Lawyer, Social Work, Law Enforcement, Politician, Forensic Scientist, Legal Secretary/Assistant, Corrections Officer, Parole/Probation Officer   

    Grade:            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:          1

    Required:      E

     

     

    Personal Finance

    Description: Personal finance will prepare students to be financially independent. Units will include baking, savings, investments, credits, cost of credit and compounding interest, loans, budgets, insurance, consumer protection, working and earning, taxes and making wise consumer decisions. Students may be exposed to various strategies, such as computer simulations and Microsoft Excel, in attaining competence in personal money management.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                       .5

    Required:                                                    E

     


    Electives


     

    NJROTC

     

     

    Naval Science IV

    Description: Fourth year course designed to build on the basic qualities of a good follower and an effective leader provided in Naval Science 1-3 and to take a more in-depth look at what leadership is and how to maximize abilities in the leadership area.  Some of the subject areas covered are: Theory of human motivation, Group dynamics and positive leadership techniques, Responsibilities of leading by example, Carrying out orders and the hierarchy of authority, and Communications as a component of planning.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   P

    Prerequisite Required:                  Naval Science III

     

     


     

    Additional Electives can be found within each academic discipline.


    • Honors courses
    • Career-technical education programs
    • Dual high school/college enrollment options
    • ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) program