Electives

Spanish I & II

Spanish 1

Description: Spanish 1 provides instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak the Spanish language. Students are able to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures. Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to: • respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places; • understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events; • ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests; • read isolated words and phrases in a situational context, such as menus, signs, and schedules; • comprehend brief written directions and information; • read short narrative texts on simple topics; and • write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli. Additionally, students learn about nonverbal communication, such as gestures and body language, about awareness of current events in the cultures, the major holidays and geographical features of the countries being studied, greeting and leave taking behaviors in a variety of social situations, the appropriate way to respond to introductions and use courtesy behaviors, and appropriate etiquette in a variety of social settings.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Elective)

Spanish 2

Description: Spanish 2 enables students to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities related to Spanish as well as to participate in conversations dealing with daily activities and personal interests. Students are able to: • ask questions regarding routine activities; • participate in conversations on a variety of topics; • relate a simple narrative about a personal experience or event; • interact in a variety of situations to meet personal needs, such as asking permission, asking for or responding to an offer of help, and expressing preferences pertaining to everyday life; • understand main ideas and facts from simple texts over familiar topics; • read aloud with appropriate intonation and pronunciation; and • write briefly in response to given situations, for example postcards, personal notes, phone messages, and directions, as well as write letters using culturally appropriate format and style.  Additionally, students become familiar with major geographical features, historical events, and political structures of the country or countries being studied; become familiar with different aspects of the culture, including the visual arts, architecture, literature and music, using the world language where appropriate; and are able to extend and respond to hospitality as a host or a guest.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1

Available Credit: 1.0 (Elective)

American Sign Language 1 & 2

American Sign Language 1

Description: ASL at Alpine Academy is taught through Brigham Young University’s independent study program, and students will have access to an ASL tutor two times per week. For the first half of the year, students will learn the basics of language, be taught simple conversations, and cover topics such as numbers, feelings, yes and no questions, facial expressions, cultural aspects, and more. During the second semester of the course, students will learn how to create ASL sentence structures that can be used to form conversational sentences, learn over 200 new signs, and develop cultural insights into the Deaf community. This course features interactive elements: live instructor-led orientations and weekly lesson review activities, live one-on-one signing appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. There is strong emphasis on learning to sign more fluently.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Elective)

American Sign Language 2

Description: ASL at Alpine Academy is taught through Brigham Young University’s independent study program, and students will have access to an ASL tutor two times per week. For the first half of the year, the course introduces over 200 new signs, with dialogs in each unit touching upon the motivation for learning ASL, occupations, ordering food in a restaurant, and shopping. It illustrates more ways in which a variety of ASL sentence structures can be used to form conversational sentences. It also includes cultural insights into the lives of people in the Deaf community, including topics such as the different meanings of ASL signs, facial expressions, and body movement. During the second semester, the course introduces over 200 new signs, with topics including conversations that take place around the house and school, discussions about the weather and sports, and linguistic features such as classifiers. Further Deaf cultural insights are presents in each unit, including various uses of directional verb-signs and the importance of eye movements. This course features interactive elements: live instructor-led orientations and weekly lesson review activities, live one-on-one signing appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. There is strong emphasis on learning to sign more fluently.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: ASL 1

Available Credit: 1.0 (Elective)

Child Development

Description: This course provides students with an understanding of the aspects of human growth and development. Parenting skills are developed as positive guidance techniques and child-related issues are studied. Learning activities, observation techniques, and lab experiences in working with young children will be included.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)

Adult Roles and Responsibilities

Description: This course prepares students to understand the nature, function, and significance of human relationships involving individuals and families. Topics include: career exploration and preparation for the workplace, decision-making skills, values, goals, communication skills, selfawareness, families, crisis management, dating, marriage preparation, marriage, money management, and parenting. Emphasis will be placed upon the uniqueness, needs, and interests of individuals and families.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)

Financial Literacy

Description: This semester long Financial Literacy course for juniors and seniors encompasses standards that are essential to the development of basic financial literacy. Students will gain the information and skills to implement a life-long plan for financial success, including an understanding of how values, culture, and economic forces affect personal financial priorities and goals. Students will understand sources of income and the relationship between career preparation and lifetime earning power, evaluate saving methods and investment strategies, and understand principles of personal money management including budgeting, managing accounts, and the role of credit and impacts on personal finance. This course is required for a Utah high school diploma and is comparable to the Economics requirement in many other states.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Financial Literacy Requirement)

Dance

Beginning Dance

Description: At Alpine Academy, dance is an expressive art which builds skill and knowledge in dance vocabulary, technique, expression, choreography, confidence, life skills, and performance. It is designed to develop a combination of physical, emotional, mental, and social abilities. Ballet technique and terminology is stressed. Dance teaches strength, balance, control, discipline, and memory. The goal of this class is to teach the fundamentals of dance, use dance as self-expression (a way to communicate through creative body movements), and become well rounded in all areas of dance.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Fine Arts or Elective)

Intermediate Dance

Description: Students will use modern based technique to advance their skills in jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance. Students will use class time to prepare for a performance every three months. The goal of the class will be to further strengthen and broaden the skills gained in Beginning Dance.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Beginning Dance or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Fine Arts or Elective)

Theatre/Drama

There are two basic goals in theatre education at Alpine Academy: finding meaning in works of theatre art through the study and appreciation of theatre as an art form, and constructing meaning in works of theatre art through the study and skill development of theatre techniques in the creation of that theatre art. To these concepts this course adds depth as well as breadth through the study of dramatic unity, comparison and integration of art forms, analysis and critique of performance.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Fine Arts or Elective)

Visual Art 1 & 2

Visual Art I

Description: Students will generate artistic work by conceptualizing, organizing, and completing their artistic ideas using multiple modalities at the introductory level (ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture). They will refine original work through persistence, reflection, and evaluation as means for preparation for presentation, therefore conveying meaning in the manner in which the art is presented. Students will understand, evaluate, and articulate how works of art convey meaning for the observer, as well as the creator.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Fine Arts or Elective)

Visual Art II

Description: As a continuation of the introductory Visual Arts course, this course places a greater focus on design, collaboration, and working with more advanced tools in generating artistic work. Multiple modalities are strengthened and broadened, including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Students will refine original work through persistence, reflection, and evaluation as means for preparation for presentation, therefore conveying meaning in the manner in which the art is presented. Students will understand, evaluate, and articulate how works of art convey meaning for the observer, as well as the creator.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Visual Art I or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Fine Arts or Elective)

Study Skills

Description:  At Alpine Academy, the study skills course is designed to provide students with organization, time management, and study skills and strategies.  Specific skills including listening, memory, test-taking, note-taking, and researching techniques are taught to those identified students who need additional instruction and support in order to achieve success in their academic work.   Applying these strategies and skills to other curricular areas is the focus of the study skills class. While students may have time to work on assignments from other classes, the focus is to build skills which will lead to independence in other classes.

Foods 1 & 2

Foods I

Description: This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy life style. Attention will be given to the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being. Weekly labs will provide students the opportunities to regularly apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)

Foods II

Description: As a continuation of the Foods I course, students in Foods II will focus on principles of food preparation, sports nutrition, consumerism, and career options in the food industry. The study and application of nutrition, sanitation, food sciences and technology in this course provides students with laboratory-based experiences which will provide students the opportunities to regularly apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: Foods 1

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)

Clothing 1 & 2

Clothing I

Description: This course introduces students to basic apparel design and construction skills. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will sew apparel and accessory projects.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)

Clothing II

Description: Students will further strengthen and broaden apparel design and production techniques. In this course they design and construct intermediate level projects using various construction techniques. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Semester

Pre-Requisite: Clothing I

Available Credit: 0.5 (Career Technical Education or Elective)