VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS / ELECTIVES Grades 9-12

Anthropology
 
Anthropology is a behavioral science that focuses on the study of humanity and culture. Anthropologists research the characteristics and origin of the cultural, social, and physical development of humans. They may also determine why some cultures change and other cultures come to an end. Students learn the foundations of the five main branches of anthropology including physical, social, linguistic, archaeology, and cultural. They are provided the opportunity to apply their observational skills to the real-life study of cultures in the United States and around the world.
 
Art Appreciation (V/PA)
 
The Art Appreciation course is a survey of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the elements of design. The history and art of past and present world cultures is introduced. The course is designed to enable students to identify, evaluate, and comprehend various forms and styles of art. The course also explores career opportunities in the various fields of art.
 
Career Essentials
 
The Career Essentials course prepares students to deal with the various aspects of the job search such as resume writing, job interviewing, thank you letters, and prospective job offers.
 
Health
 
Health course is designed to encourage students to take an active role in personal health. Students will learn about a variety of health topics including, health risks, types of illnesses, functions of the major systems of the body, and health career options.
 
Humanities and Music Appreciation I and II (V/PA)
 
Humanities and Music Appreciation I and II lessons focus on the performing arts of music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television. Humanities, along with the social and natural sciences, represent the knowledge that humans have developed throughout history. Focusing on the philosophical, spiritual, and artistic aspects of life, Humanities explores the artistic and cultural accomplishments of individuals in the following academic areas: literature, religion, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, art history, music, theater, film, dance, cultural studies of civilizations, philosophy, languages, ethics, and the classics of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
 
Lifetime Fitness
 
Lifetime Fitness is a lifelong pursuit. This course is designed to teach students basic concepts of lifetime physical fitness as well as give them experience with self-designed exercise programs. This course will allow students to investigate public resources that are available for understanding fitness and accessing activities from walking and hiking to kayaking.
 
Personal Finance
 
Personal Finance is a fundamental course for high school level and meets new standards for student financial learning. An important aspect of every individual’s future is the ability to plan and implement sound and responsible financial goals. The A+LS Personal Finance course will educate students in a variety of financial and monetary subjects including consumer services and protections.
 
Psychology
 
Psychology is one of the behavioral sciences and encompasses the study of the human mind. Psychologists use laboratory research and observation to determine how people’s thoughts influence their actions. Social psychologists focus on how members of a group interact with each other. Students examine how these interactions can lead the group to agreements and success or disagreements and failure. Students will also explore how people use their mental processes to learn, solve problems, and face the challenges of their daily lives.
 
Sociology
 
The Sociology course presents sociology as the behavioral science of groups, communities, and societies. The process of socialization, norms, folkways and mores, scientific research, social behavior, social institutions, culture, population, minorities, and changes to the informal and formal structure of the society are explored in depth. Students are led through a series of study units where they apply research strategies to the detailed examination of sociological data and statistics from numerous studies by various United States federal agencies.