Course Descriptions

Business and Business Technologies

Marketing – OCPA (.5 credit)

An online course designed for students to learn the tenets of marketing in the 21st century. After this course students will understand how to reach specific target markets, how to create a quality advertisement, and how to make the important sale.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing – OCPA (.5 credit)

Students apply their foundational knowledge of marketing to the sports and entertainment industry. Students will learn the vital role of marketing in the $100+ billion industry of sports & entertainment including: the psychology of the sports and entertainment market, developing a venue that attracts fans, positioning an entertainment company for success, and the many jobs available throughout the industry.

Personal Financial Literacy – OCPA (.5 credit)

Students will develop the financial skills related to income, taxes, financial planning, banking, consumer credit, budgeting, savings and investment, and insurance. This course will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions as a consumer. Technological integrated learning experiences will be experienced throughout the course.

 

English

Creative Writing – OCPA (1 credit)

This course is designed to give students who have already mastered basic writing skills a creative outlet. The course will use the writing process in developing personal essays, short stories, plays, and poems. Students will focus on developing characters, plot, and dialogue in plays and stories and on mastering imagery, meter, and rhythm in poetry.

This course is considered an English elective credit.

 

Foreign Languages

, interpretation practices, and non-verbal expression in the healthcare setting. Students are expected to communicate exclusively in Spanish.

Business Spanish – OCPA (1 credit)

This course includes independent, online work by students. This course is designed for students who would like to be able to use Spanish in the business world. Emphasis will be placed on proper business etiquette and correspondence in the Hispanic world. Vocabulary units include the structure of businesses, social services, sales, banking and finance, law enforcement, the legal system, customer service, and management. Students will also learn about the economies of Spain and Latin America. A continual review of Spanish grammar will also be incorporated into lessons in order to improve fluency. Emphasis will be placed on using authentic materials for listening and reading and using Spanish to communicate effectively in practical business situations through role-play, dialogs and presentations. Students are expected to communicate exclusively in Spanish.

Latin I – OCPA (1 credit)

This course includes independent, online work by students. First year Latin CP is the first step in the process of learning to read ancient classical texts. Basic grammar and vocabulary of Latin are introduced. Students learn to read Latin texts immediately. The readings are based on Roman mythology, Roman history, and Roman literature. Customs of daily Roman life are also included. Students will also learn about the influence Latin has had on the English language through the study of derivatives.

Latin II – OCPA (1 credit)

Latin II  is a continuation in the process of learning to read ancient classical texts.  Some of the more complex structures of Latin grammar will be studied, such as indirect statement and relative clauses.  The majority of readings are based on the story of Vergil’s Aeneid.  Students will broaden their knowledge of daily Roman life, thoughts, and customs within the context of the Latin readings.  Students should be prepared to participate in thoughtful, academic class discussion and written responses.  Discussion and writing will be in English.

 

Health & Physical Education

 Health Education – OCPA (.5 credit)

An examination of mental, emotional, physiological and social health issues of young adults occurs in this course. Emphasis on healthful decision-making, long and short-term goal setting, and looking into the future of one’s quality of life will be discussed, debated, and researched. Students will learn  aspects of growth and development related to emotional and physical health, and how to determine and access reputable health information through trustworthy media sources.

Physical Education – OCPA (.5 credit)                                                    

The online physical education program is designed for the independent student who consistently pursues fitness and recreation activities outside of the traditional physical education program. Such activities include but are not limited to: high school athletics and off-season training, regional competitions, dance instruction and performance, as well as independent activities. During the course, participants will be expected to maintain and submit logs of fitness activities, submit essays regarding fitness and recreation activities, and complete a bi- weekly assessment of their fitness levels. The student’s grade will be primarily based upon the fitness levels demonstrated on the bi-weekly assessments. This course is only available as part of the High School open-campus initiative.

 

Music

Popular Music in America – OCPA (.5 credit)

Popular Music in America is designed for students who have an interest in music but may or may not be inclined toward musical performance. This online course will introduce the history and influence of American music within the broader context of American culture. The primary goal of the course is to forge connections between the world of contemporary pop music (with which most students are intensely involved) and the historical roots of this music (which most know very little about). Students will learn to distinguish between different styles and genres and will gain a solid understanding of how popular music is constructed and produced.

 

Science

Astronomy – OCPA (1 Credit)

Laboratory experiences will occur solely on-line via activities and simulations. There will be no on-campus time, however nighttime activities may be required. Major assessments will be administered and implemented on-line. This course will utilize a variety of online tools and applications. The universe is comprised of infinite space both inward and outward. In this course, we will attempt to discover just how big it truly is by using by an array of celestial objects that exist around us. We will explore our night sky, constellations, solar system, galaxy, and what lies beyond the far reaches of space. In addition, we’ll learn about past and current projects for space exploration, as well as future ideas for space travel, but it all has to start with an introduction to the first astronomers. Our journey will also take us to black holes, quasars, supernovae, brown dwarfs, and current theories. Lastly, we’ll explore how we make observations from Earth and touch on the mechanics of the tools that aid us in exploring the night sky.

 

 Social Studies

AP Psychology – OCPA (1 credit)

Advanced Placement Psychology is an in-depth study of human behavior. Topics such as learning, personality, abnormal psychology, therapy and human development will be studied. Textbooks are college-level and students will be expected to read independently. Analysis and synthesis will be demonstrated through the writing of essays and other activities. College credit and/or advanced placement may be obtained by achieving a satisfactory score on the standardized Advanced Placement Psychology exam. This course will be offered annually.

 

Technology & Engineering Education

Introduction to Video Game Design – OCPA (1 credit)

This online course provides you with an opportunity for you take what you know about playing video games to the next level and create your own. Video Game Design is an introductory course that allows students to learn how to design and create basic video games using Games Factory 2 and Scratch software. A background in design will be helpful as students learn how to incorporate multiple applications for a common outcome. The curriculum uses science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as a foundation. Throughout the course, students will apply information learned from various disciplines and strength core basics.

 

* See the district of residence Curriculum Guide for pre- and co-requisites.