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    Each course of study lists the courses students will need to complete and the number of credits students will earn to complete the requirements for their high school diploma. The course of study for each student will be the high school graduation requirements of the State Board of Education and the prerequisite requirements of the student's career objectives for occupational education or postsecondary education.

    The high schools prepare students for postsecondary education and occupational education through content standards that define the knowledge students should possess upon graduation. They also provide details for the more general, abstract goals of education by specifying what thinking and performance capabilities students should master. The high schools ensure that individual students have developed the ability to be an independent, self-directed learner, and to use the tools necessary for lifelong learning.

    Course of Study - Overview

    Students complete courses in a prescribed order. The scope and sequence of courses are developed within the core areas of language arts reading, language arts writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students do not move to the next assignment until success in the current assignment is achieved. Students may take as many revised versions of quizzes, examinations, and written assignments as necessary in order to achieve the minimum established requirements. After the core requirements have been met, students complete electives in the humanities.

    The high schools use the following approach for improving student learning effectively and efficiently. Students are enrolled in two courses at the same time. This block structure is successful because students focus on two courses and are able to earn credit at an accelerated pace. To earn credit through the Shared Inquiry process, students are required to complete one hundred percent of the course work which includes reading primary source documents, completing textbook assignments, and online course assignments.

    Each course begins with a pre-reading question that is designed to help students begin to think about ideas or situations they are about to encounter in the reading.

    Next, students read the assigned readings twice and take notes. The value of a second reading helps students to re-evaluate earlier opinions as well as notice details that were not apparent at first. Textual analysis is a methodical way of looking closely at rich or challenging passages in a selection. Textual analysis adds depth to discussion and ensures that students give full consideration to a selection's major interpretive issues.

    Shared Inquiry discussion is the culmination of work on a selection. Discussion gives students the opportunity to express their ideas, listen to the perspectives presented by others and synthesize different viewpoints to reach a deeper, more informed understanding of the text. All of the preceeding activated help students do their best in discussion, specifically commenting about the content and language selection, arranging details in logical order, supporting their ideas with evidence, listening thoughtfully, and respecting the opinions of others.

    After all coursework is completed, grades are determined by end of course competency examinations.