Alphabetical-ish list of classes included in Fine Arts graduation plan.
For full list of required classes, see Fine Arts.
This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.
AP Lang is a three-session course that focuses on language as a persuasive tool and is designed to develop students’ ability to utilize and analyze rhetorical appeals, techniques, and devices in various media. While students will primarily read non-fiction texts, we will also include some fiction. An AP exam is offered at the end of the year, but is not required to participate in the course.
This is a college-level literature course which explores a variety of the world’s great literature. It prepares students to take the AP Literature exam which, if passed, counts for college credit. The course involves intensive reading, writing, and discussion.
This class is a basic introduction to fine art methods and media for both beginners and students familiar with basic art media. By exploring of the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and a variety of art media you will learn how to use these simple tools to create both 2D and 3D works of art.
Biology is a laboratory science course in which students investigate a wide range of topics including cells, cell transport and reproduction, genetics, DNA, evolution, and ecology. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various laboratory activities and dissections throughout the course.
This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of persuasion and the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments.
Design Algebra II is a math class taught in a non traditional way. Students are ready to learn through real life applications and projects: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and application, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequences and series.
This class is a beginning drawing class for those who have never drawn before and those who have a grasp of basic drawing techniques. We will begin with line and progress through shape, form, positive/negative space, value, composition and proportion through careful observation and drawing of still lifes, interiors, natural objects and figures.
This class is a continuation of Drawing I. We will continue our drawing studies with linear perspective, intuitive gesture, building forms, figure drawing, abstract composition, color and mixed media.
A more in-depth exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!
Exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!
Engineering Physics is a project-based class, focusing on the mechanical aspects of physics, and how they can be applied to various physical tasks. The students will complete a series of projects illustrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, as well as integrating other aspects of traditional physics as they explore how to take direct action in the world around them.
In English Literature, students read contemporary and classic works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction to identify the elements of Literature. Lectures and student research help students read texts in historical context. Throughout the course, students participate in and lead discussions, conduct original research, and develop both analytical and creative writing projects.
Government is a one trimester thought-provoking exploration of United States Government and Politics. We will cover such topics as the Constitution, Bill of Rights, interest groups, politics, voting, branches of government, laws, public policies and current events. Government is a core class and required for graduation.
This course entails developing skills in vocals, dance and acting. Class performs at all applicable venues and performs the annual “big” musical. Lots of hard work but even more fun!
This class is an introduction to basic fine art painting skills for students who have never painted before as well as those who have experience with basic painting concepts. Watercolors and acrylics, as well as mixed media projects will be explored. Color mixing, material selection, composition, and different techniques within the selected media are some of the skills students will learn in order to create successful paintings.
This class will build upon the topics covered in Painting I, and will include more basic and advanced painting techniques and projects. Acrylics will primarily be used along with further exploration of mixed media methods.
This class will be an introduction to the art of printmaking, which is the oldest form of graphic design. As well as basic printmaking techniques, students will learn collographs (collage texture prints), relief prints (linoleum and rubber carvings) and other methods. Correct use of specialized printing equipment, tools, and supplies will also be taught.
This class will be a continuation of the techniques learned in Printmaking I, and will further your skills in the art of printmaking. Students will learn how to create drypoint intaglios on plastic, reduction relief prints (linoleum), and silkscreen, with the possibility of other advanced methods such as monotypes (painting on Plexiglass), and oil-based ink printing.
This course assumes no prior Spanish knowledge and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write Spanish on an elementary level. This is accomplished through activities, projects, and lessons from a variety of sources and experiences that focus on these four skills.
This course builds upon the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing learned in Spanish I through activities, projects, and lessons from our curriculum (Avancemos II) and other sources that focus on these four skills.
This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the skill of public speaking. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. This course has multiple memorization requirements. Students will be asked to do physical warm-up exercises every day in class. Participation in tournaments is also required. No previous experience is necessary — all students with good work ethic are welcome!
Oklahoma History is a one trimester survey of significant events, time periods and individuals that have formed and continue to transform our state. Students will demonstrate an understanding of relevant political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and social accomplishments of individuals and groups making a lasting impact not merely on this state, but on the progress of the nation. Oklahoma History is a core class and required for graduation.
The purpose of this course is to give the student a better understanding of the complex global community that we live and participate in on a daily basis. Throughout this two trimester course, students will be looking at many aspects of our global community as they relate to political, economic, historical, geographical, religious, and cultural themes as they relate to global studies.
Transitioning to high school can be a pretty exciting time! Yet, with newfound freedom, an increased workload, and greater responsibility, one can feel a bit overwhelmed trying to balance all of the changes. In this class, we will discuss and explore strategies that will set you up for a smooth transition into high school. Some topics covered will include time-management skills, study habits, college/career exploration, and emotional well-being, with a strong emphasis on relationship building. We will engage in FUN hands-on activities, class discussions, and group projects to help ensure social and academic success for the next 4 years and beyond.
Beginning in 6th grade students will learn to read and create music via exploration of multiple instruments and genres. Throughout this 3 trimester course our focus will move between music theory, composition and performance in an ensemble setting.
Would you like to improve your darkroom skills?
Open to 9-12th grade-- Art Foundations is a prerequisite
If you like to solve problems and DIY projects, this class is for you. You will use creative thinking skills while getting hands on experience with all kinds of maker tools like the laser cutter, 3D printer, and more.
- The only class all year dedicated to nothing but 3D Art! Do you like to build/make stuff? This class is for you.
In this course, we will spend time reading about and discussing various themes and essential questions that relate to us as individuals. This class will help you sharpen your reading and writing skills as we dive in and examine literary works and texts. While studying long and short works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and drama, students will think and discuss critically while becoming familiar with literary elements and techniques. As a composition course, much of what we discuss and analyze will also lead to putting those thoughts and ideas on paper. Students will write creative pieces of fiction and poetry in addition to expository and argumentative papers using the writing process. These writings will show knowledge of standard grammar and usage as well as a sense of audience. Lastly, listening and speaking skills will also be developed throughout the course.
This three-trimester course will focus heavily on improvisation through the exploration and performance of classic and modern jazz standards as well as blues, funk and more!
Do you have patience with computers?
Do you like computers and want to learn more about them?
Do you like solving problems?
This course is designed for students to expand their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of American Sign Language studied during the first level course. Students are given the opportunity to continue to develop both their receptive and expressive skills in order to communicate effectively with deaf individuals. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, opportunities to interact with the deaf community and information on deaf role models are included in the course. Students also study different sign language systems in existence.
This class is an introduction to the history of art for those who might be interested in the subject and those who may have no interest whatsoever. Regardless, what you will learn from this class is the ability to look at art and understand it within its historical and social context, and construct informed critiques with your new understanding. What does this mean? It means that you will learn to look at the how and why of art, whether you love it or hate it, and then be able to say exactly what you love or hate about it—and know what you’re talking about.
Do you want to learn how to use a digital camera?
American Studies is a course analyzing the history of the American nation from its origins to the present. At the conclusion of the course students will have a ready command of the details of American history, allowing them both the historical perspective to comment on original documents as well as inform their thinking regarding current issues.
Students in this course use hands-on and project-based methods to learn geometric concepts including: area, perimeter, volume, triangle congruence, triangle similarity, trigonometric ratios, and proofs.
Personal Finance covers the basics of how to responsibly handle finances during and after high school. This course will cover budgeting, joining the work force, taxes, checking accounts, saving money, credit, insurance, and investing. This course is designed to be a broad overview of knowledge that will promote good personal finances.
Students are initially introduced to: one-step, two-step, and multiple-step equations; factoring simple one variable equations; substituting values for various unknowns; rates and proportions; percent problems; combining various math concepts in solving real-world problems.
Algebra I students are ready to learn the following: functions, linear functions and equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, different methods of factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, data analysis and probability and introduction to complex numbers.
Astronomy is the study of the universe outside of Earth. The Astronomy class will be broken up into the following sections: History of Astronomy, The Sun cycle, Our Solar System, and if there is time; Star cycles. We will look at the basics of how people started to study the night sky, what we know about our Sun, what we know about our solar system, and if possible, what we know about distant stars.
Students use the methods of literary interpretation to study and analyze the art of film. Students will read works of fiction and non-fiction, write both analytically and creatively, and participate in discussion.
Food & Culture is a single-session course that explores the role of food in many cultures through reading, writing, film, and personal experience. In addition to written assignments and research presentations, students will be engaging in the cooking and sharing of food.
Healthy individuals are composed of more than just a healthy body and healthy mind, but rather a synergistic system that is capable of building and healing itself. This class is designed as a safe space for you to push your physical and mental limits, but also learn how and when to rest. By the end of this class, you should have a good idea of how well-defined your physical limits are, how to focus on a task or problem, how to become the architect of your own growth, and how to maintain your own health.
In this single-session journalism course, students will learn the basics of creating a podcast, including research, writing, and sound engineering, culminating in their own podcast to air on a public platform. No previous knowledge or experience required.
This will be a fun, challenging, enlightening course and I’m so glad to be offering this course! Yoga is a practice centered in the connection between the mind and body, and we will work to increase your understanding of both. My goal is to facilitate yoga classes in a friendly, non judgmental and non-competitive space, and to foster a sense of community amongst individuals interested in growing their spiritual journey through the teachings of Yoga.
In this course students will learn the basics of Arctic science and study how the Arctic affects and is affected by climate change. Students will expand their knowledge in biology, chemistry, and physics to understand this extreme ecosystem and its importance in climate science. The course is heavily discussion based with supporting lectures and hands-on activities that use real Arctic data to gain a deeper understanding of the Arctic environment.
Environmental Science is where biology, chemistry, and physics intersect to help us understand our Earth. In this course we will analyze the intricate connections between living organisms and our Earth, specifically examining human interaction with our environment. We will learn about many of the natural processes occurring all around us on a daily basis. This course will use lecture, discussion, projects and experiments to help us understand our environment on a deeper level.
Explore real-world employment opportunities in the Hospitality Industry, where meetings and events factor into the success of virtually every market segment: corporate, association, education, fraternal, and more. We will examine entry level positions and upward climbing potential within hotel management, event venue operations, sales, and catering. We will meet professionals working in sound and light production. We will visit various venues and meet and listen to guest speakers with an array of professionals meeting planning expertise, perhaps even attend a catered event or see back-of-house operations. We will also explore how tour operators, travel agencies, destination management companies, and chambers of commerce, add to the wealth of a city (and examine how city budgets depend on visitor tax dollars). We will look at entrepreneurial opportunities that were born out of this industry’s demand (i.e. Airbnb, hotel childcare, etc.) and consider how you can get your start.
This elective course explores the relationship between the creation of personal and collective memory and the production of history. The seminar will examine the tensions between memory and history, using some of the most acclaimed recent history books. Students will think critically about memoirs and autobiographies, oral histories and personal reminiscences, festivities and holidays of commemoration, historical memory in popular culture, and family lore and stories. What receives the privilege of being remembered and what gets deliberately forgotten constitutes the essence of what we know as history.
This elective course provides a general introductory overview of Native Americans within the fields of history, anthropology, literature, and political science. This course introduces students to the diverse perspectives concerning Native Americans and promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding indigenous rights, culture, and histories.
Democracy in Action is a one trimester elective that examines current and relevant political issues, with a focus on students finding and lending their voice to contribute to our nation’s democracy. While content is highly guided by student interests, issues might include healthcare, education, equality, military action, national debt, civil rights and more...
Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group. When genocide has occurred outsiders have often proclaimed, “never again!” - In this one trimester elective, we will seek to understand the cause and effect of the world’s deadliest genocides and ask ourselves “Is never again truly possible? And if so, what is our part in making never again a reality?”
In this course, students will explore the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. The focus will be on using case studies, labs, and field techniques to observe the diversity of organisms around us.
In this course, students will explore the role that science plays in works of fiction. They will analyze both accurate and inaccurate portrayals of science concepts in literature and film to deepen their understanding of concepts such as genetics, parasitism, and disease. This course will include discussion, research, and labs.
This course is a creative exploration of gender as it contributes to social organization, history, culture, political, economic and living experiences.