Electives

Middle and High School

EL000 – Integrated Learning Strategies

Integrated Learning Strategies is a non-credit course which course offers supportive instruction to teach skills necessary for success across all of their coursework including time management, goal-setting, research skills, note-taking skills, and decision making skills.
Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated ability to remain on task during individual work situations

EL001 – Integrated Learning Strategies 7

Integrated Learning Strategies 7 is a non-credit course exclusively for seventh graders which offers supportive instruction to teach skills necessary for success across all of their coursework including time management, goal-setting, team building and peer-related work skills, research skills, note-taking skills, and decision making skills. This course is especially designed for seventh graders.

EL006 – Study Skills 6

6th Grade Study Skills is a daily time for sixth graders which offers supportive instruction to teach skills necessary for success across all of their coursework including time management, goal-setting, research skills, note-taking skills, and decision making skills.  The structure allows some students to meet periodically with their subject area teachers for additional instruction and/or remediation, as well as time for reading, writing, and math interventions geared toward AzMERIT preparation.

SE101 (SE001 in Middle School) – Transitional Study Skills

This course is taken by many of the students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Students are given the opportunity to develop their study skills and complete assignments under the supervision of and with assistance from a special educator. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis to high school students.
Prerequisite: Placement is made by the Director of Special Education

High School

SS470 – Global Issues

This class is designed to build an awareness about global issues and to engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future across the world and in our own communities. The curriculum includes social studies, environmental science, language, literacy and real-world math. Case studies, hands-on activities, one-day educational field trips, volunteer work and engaging guest speakers will give you a chance to step beyond the textbook and be part of the solution! Little homework is required as we complete most of the assignments in class and in small groups. Prerequisite: None.

EL501 – Publications/Yearbook

Students in this class will produce NPA’s yearbook. Before actual production begins, however, students will be required to complete units in yearbook rationale and philosophy (including legal issues); photography; copy, caption, and headline writing; yearbook page layout; and advertising. The fourth quarter will focus on additional publications skills in both print and web design. Prerequisite(s): Open to grades 9-12, Grade 8 with permission of instructor

EL601 – Introduction to Psychology

This course covers a broad range of phenomena relating to what it is to be human. In this course, students will study the science of psychology including theories, research methods and experiments, the brain and behavior, memory, human development, sleep/sleep disorders, states of consciousness, learning, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, therapies, and social psychology.
This course can be considered as a fifth core class in place of a fourth year of science or foreign language. Open to grades 11 & 12, with preference for seniors.

EL950 – Introduction to Computer Science with Java Script

The CodeHS introduction to computer science curriculum teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills.  Once students complete the CodeHS Introduction to Computer Science course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript.
Prerequisite(s): Algebra I.  Course Fee projected to be $85 for SY 2018-19.

EL951 – Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles is designed to be equivalent to a first semester introductory college computing course.  In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data, and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends.  The course engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests.  Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world.
Prerequisite(s): Algebra I. Open to grades 9-12 only. Course Fee projected to be $85 for SY 2018-19. AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

EL302 – Model United Nations (MUN)

MUN students will build deeper understanding of current global issues, make evidence-based arguments while maintaining diplomacy, and develop formal speaking skills, often via role playing from a foreign country’s perspective.  The material will focus on modern history subjects as they relate to current global concerns for the whole class, with each individual choosing from approximately 20 focus topics per year.  These topics include issues such as women’s studies, medicine, humanitarian causes, regulating emerging technology, and sustainable resources.  The classroom activities will include role playing, video, research, discussion, and presentation by both teacher and students.  The culminating activity of this class will be the University of Arizona Conference in March.  The class is open to 9th through 12th graders.

EL303 PEERS/Health (EL033 in Middle School)

PEERS is a life skills course for students in grades 8 through 12.  This course provides an engaging learning environment centered around positive human relationships.  The course will focus on communication, leadership, stress management, self-awareness, and relevant relationships.  A health component is part of the class and includes mental health, analyzing influences, disease prevention, and nutrition and fitness.

EL941 – Introduction to Engineering Design

This course introduces the design process, problem-solving techniques, team-work skills, oral and written communication skills, presentation skills and tools for success in academic and professional careers. These skills will be developed through reading and writing assignments, multiple hands-on design projects, exposure to the 3-dimensional software SolidWorks, and some engineering guest speakers. Course fee required. This course can be considered as a fifth core class in place of a fourth year of science or foreign language.
Limited to Juniors and Seniors with preference for seniors.

EL401 – Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology integrates classwork, laboratory experiences, and dissections to present the human as a marvel of biological engineering.  The topics discussed will include tissue studies and a systematic study of the human form (bones, muscles, nerves, circulation, digestion, respiration, endocrinology, reproduction, and excretion).  Students will understand the functions of a variety of body systems and organs.  This course is designed to expose students heading into various healthcare-related fields to the knowledge and skills of the field.  It is intended to expose those students to the terminology and techniques that they will use in their post-secondary education.

CS401 – Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar

In AP Seminar, students will examine materials like news stories, research studies, and literary works so that they may craft arguments to support a particular point of view and communicate it effectively through the use of various media.  Students will be assessed through a combination of individual and team projects and presentations as well as through a written exam.  AP Seminar is the first of two courses in the AP Capstone™ program.  AP Research is the second course.  If you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of your choosing, you will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.  Alternatively, if you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP
Research only, you will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $142

CS402 – Advanced Placement (AP) Research

While working with an expert advisor, students in AP Research will explore an academic topic, problem, or issue that interests them and design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address it.  The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words and a presentation, with an oral defense; during which you will answer 3-4 questions from a panel of evaluators.  AP Research is the second course in the AP Capstone™ program.  AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.  If you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of your choosing, you will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.  Alternatively, if you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research only, you will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
Prerequisite: AP Seminar and approval of instructor AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $142