Terry Parker High School Elective Course Descriptions

  • AP Computer Science (Level III) (11th or 12th grade) Get a deep understanding of how the digital world works with a dive into cybersecurity, data analysis, and simulations. Using Python as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation. By the end of the year you'll create your own complete program from the code up as part of your AP exam for college credit! 

    AVID (I, II, III, IV) AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is offered as a rigorous academic elective course that prepares students for success in four-year colleges. Each week students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic survival skills. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, study skills and test taking, note-taking, and research. 

    Band This class is designed for students having little or no previous band experience with woodwind, brass, and/or percussion instruments, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music through performance of high-quality, beginning wind and percussion literature from different times and places. Rehearsals focus on the development of critical listening/aural skills; rudimentary instrumental technique and skills, music literacy, and ensemble skills; and aesthetic musical awareness culminating in periodic public performances. 

    Chorus This year-long, entry-level class, designed for students with little or no choral experience, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music through performance of beginning choral repertoire from a variety of times and places. Rehearsals focus on the development of critical listening skills; foundational instrumental technique and skills, music literacy, and ensemble skills; and aesthetic musical awareness culminating in periodic public performances. 

    Culinary Arts (I, II, III, IV) - $ (courses require a fee) The Culinary Arts program provides the opportunity for students to train for a variety of careers in a high demand field of food service and preparation. Academic and technical students are integrated into curriculum, emphasizing and building proficiency in food production and cooking, cost control, nutrition, sanitation and workplace safety. Certifications you can earn: SafeStaff Food Handler, Serve safe, and ProStart.

    Debate The purpose of this course is to develop students’ beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies for public debate in a variety of given settings. 

    Digital Info Technology (Level I) This course teaches students about Internet connection methods, Internet protocols, the Domain Name System (DNS), cloud computing and mobile devices. It also teachers the basic functions of web browsers, the components of web addresses, and browser use in the business world. 

    Draw I, II, III Honors Students practice, sketch, and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research, and/or imagination. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers. 

    Executive Intern (12th grade ONLY) The purpose of this course is to assist offices with several different tasks such as: giving tours to new students, delivering items to the classrooms, and assisting with tardies. 

    IB Computer Science (Level IV) (11th or 12th grade) Learn how the hardware of the world's computers work from the tiniest bit of circuitry up to the wireless networks that connect us all. You'll also take your programming skills to the next level with Java, one of the world’s most versatile and flexible programming languages that is used by companies throughout the world to create desktop apps. You'll even find a real-life client to solve a problem using creative thinking, computational logic and your honed programming skills. 

    IB Film I & II The creation, presentation and study of film requires courage, passion and curiosity. At the core of the IB film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.

    IB Food Science I - $ (course requires a fee) This course covers topics of Food Quality and Food Processing engineering in the Food service industry. Students will have an opportunity to attain the Servsafe Manager’s Food Safety Training Industry Certification. Also, students will learn about food control systems, food processing methods in laboratory settings that engage the students and for students to apply their scientific knowledge to Food Safety and Food Quality Control measures. 

    IB Food Science 2- $ (course requires a fee) This course covers the topics of Nutrition and Food Materials, components and their applications to Nutrition and Food products. This course contains an Individual Assessment or I.A. that engages students through the scientific processes necessary in generating an individually assessed project. Students have opportunities in Food Production Labs to apply their knowledge and skill sets to Nutritious Food products and how to improvise, adapt and improve upon the quality of the food products they evaluate, experiment, and assess. 

    IB Psychology (I & II) Since the psychology course examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior, it is well placed in group 3, individuals and societies. Students undertaking the course can expect to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. This will allow them to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behavior. 

    IB Visual Arts (I & II) Students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts. This is a two year course. 

    Industrial Communications This course offers students a chance to practice and refine entry-level skills required for careers in the communications industry. Skills in that realm include identifying the components of various genres and elements of news stories, such as writing headlines and captions, opinion pieces, understanding design components, advertising, photography and copyright law. 

    Inquiry Skills (9th grade Pre-ib ONLY) The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to master the rigorous curriculum of high school. These skills include time management, organization, test taking, public speaking, research, analytical reading, and academic writing. 

    Journalism This course offers students a glimpse into the world of newspapers, magazines, broadcast news and the ever-evolving realm of reporting up-to-the-second information on social media. The course will focus on methods for producing balanced, focused stories after reporting on personal and real-world events important to today’s youth. Students will study and apply their First Amendment rights in projects and debates, as well as learn a bit about the history of journalism and what the future may hold for the industry. 

    Music of the World Students explore the musical traditions of 20th- and 21st-century American and global communities around the world through study of current trends, focusing on the function of music within various cultures (e.g., jazz, world drumming, mariachi, soul, gamelan, Bollywood, digital). Students examine and report on human activities involving music, technology- and culture-related influences on music, and the sounds and structures of music composition. 

    Naval Science (I, II, III, IV) - $ (course may require fee) The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the precepts of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals. This course will also enable students to develop appreciation for the heritage and traditions of America, to recognize the importance of the role of sea power in America's future, and to develop a sense of pride in his/her organization, associates, and self. These elements are pursued at a fundamental level. 

    Peer Counseling (I, II, III, IV) The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop basic knowledge and skills in peer mediation, accountability, self-reflection, and proper communication. Students are expected to be role models for their peers. 

    Principles of Aeronautics ASC100 An introductory course in Aeronautical Science designed to provide the student with a broad-based aviation orientation in flight-related areas appropriate to all non-Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include historical developments in aviation and the airline industry; theory of flight; airport operations; aircraft systems and performance; elements of air navigation; basic meteorology theory; air traffic principles; flight physiology; and aviation regulations and safety. 

    Program Essentials (Level II) Get hands-on learning with a little bit of everything when it comes to programming. Start with visual, block-based programming in MIT APP Inventor where you'll design your own apps and in VEX Robotics program self-driving vehicles, finally transitioning into text-based programming with Python. Learn how computers think so you can apply computational thinking practices and collaborate just like IT professionals. 

    Psychology Through the study of psychology, students acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for human behavior. The content examined in this first introductory course includes major theories and orientations of psychology, human growth and development, personality, abnormal behavior, psychological therapies, stress/coping strategies, and mental health. 

    SLS 1103 (Strategies/Success College) Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life is a Dual Enrollment class that is designed to assist students in the transition to college. 

    Sociology Through the study of sociology, students acquire an understanding of group interaction and its impact on individuals in order that they may have a greater awareness of the beliefs, values and behavior patterns of others 

    Speech The purpose of this course is to develop students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings. 

    Theatre This course is designed for students with little or no theatre experience, and promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Classwork focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. 

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems ASC2560 This course is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth, and application of UASs. The course will include basic acquisition, use, and operation of UASs with an emphasis on operations. 

    Yearbook The Chieftain Yearbook is a course designed to teach you how to run a successful business that majors in photography, journalism writing, and desktop publishing. It is art, creative writing, and technology all in one course. We will work as one company in departments to create the 2021 Yearbook to be published in March. We will also work to sell advertising to local businesses and sell the yearbook through creative advertising and sales campaigns. Basics needed: A can-do attitude, professional behavior, and a desire to learn new skills with photography, desktop design, and creative writing. Knowledge of camera and technology not required, but would be helpful.