Elective Courses

To see all academic course descriptions see the Garland ISD High School Course Guide.
For more information on other courses offered here at Sachse see the Career & Technology Courses Page.

English

Communication

Communication

Debate I

Course Name: Debate I
Course Number: 10317
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Students will learn the formal process of researching, writing, and presenting arguments in competitive debate rounds.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
     Lawyer, Public Relations, Communications Director

Additional course recommendations: 
     Debate III,  Dual Credit Speech


      

Debate II

Course Name: Debate II
Course Number: 10318
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Students will learn the formal process of researching, writing, and presenting arguments in competitive debate rounds.

Prerequisites:
     Debate I

Career Possibilities: 
      Lawyer, Public Relations, Communications Director

Additional course recommendations: 
      Debate III,  Dual Credit Speech


      

Debate III

Course Name: Debate III (Honors)
Course Number: 10319
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Students will learn the formal process of researching, writing, and presenting arguments in competitive debate rounds.

Prerequisites:
     Debate II

Career Possibilities: 
      Lawyer, Public Relations, Communications Director

Additional course recommendations: 
      Dual Credit Speech      

Speech Comm (DC)

Course Name: Speech Communication (Dual Credit)
Course Number: 10311
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Students will learn communication theories related to intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and formal speech communication.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
      Lawyer, Public Relations, Communications Director

Additional course recommendations: 
      Debate I, Debate II, Debate III (H)   

Journalism

Journalism

Journalism

Course Name: Journalism I
Course Number: 10415
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Journalism I is a year-long, writing intensive course that explores all types of news writing, legal and ethical issues, copy editing, layout and design for both newspaper and yearbook.

Prerequisites:
     
 None

Career Possibilities: 
      Copy writer, editor, public relations

Additional course recommendations: 
      Newspaper, Creative Writing, Photojournalism

 

Newspaper

Course Name: Advanced Journalism - Newspaper(I-III)
Course Number: 10435, 10436, 10437
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Newspaper students are responsible for writing, editing, designing and laying out the online newspaper which reflects the activities and student interests at Sachse High School.

Prerequisites:
     
 Journalism 

Career Possibilities: 
      Copy writer, editor, public relations

Additional course recommendations: 
      Newspaper, Creative Writing, Photojournalism

Photojournalism

Course Name: Photojournalism
Course Number: 10417
Credits: 0.5

About:
      Photojournalism is a one semester course exploring the fundamentals of photography, basic composition, legal and ethical issues involving photojournalism, layout and design for both newspaper and yearbook.

Prerequisites:
     
 None

Career Possibilities: 
      Copy writer, editor, public relations

Additional course recommendations: 
      Newspaper, Creative Writing, Photojournalism

 

Yearbook

Course Name: Advanced Journalism - Yearbook (I-III)
Course Number: 10425, 10426, 10427
Credits: 1.0

About:
      In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events.

Prerequisites:
     
 Journalism or Photojournalism

Career Possibilities: 
      Copy writer, editor, public relations

Additional course recommendations: 
      Newspaper, Creative Writing, Photojournalism

Literacy

Literacy

Bible Literacy

Course Name: Bible Literacy
Course Number: 10508
Credits: 0.5

About:
      Students will discover the literary, cultural, and historical influences of the Bible throughout Western Civilization and the world through the study of the Old Testament.

Prerequisites:
      None

Career Possibilities: 
       Ministry, Counseling, Life Coach

Additional course recommendations: 
       Dual Credit Speech and/or Debate


      

Creative Writing

Course Name: Creative Writing 
Course Number: 10157
Credits: 1.0

About:
      The main goal of this course is to allow students the chance to write freely in a creative environment, focusing on certain genres, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Students will learn the language for talking about writing, critically analyzing pieces of writing, and identifying strong and weak points. Attention will be paid to writing for writing’s sake, as well as writing for specific audience and intentions. Students will be asked to be imaginative and to push themselves out of their “comfort zones” to take new risks and embrace new concepts in writing. Self-editing, teacher editing, peer editing, and conferencing will play a large role in this class.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
     N/A

Additional course recommendations: 
      Other English Electives


      

Creative Writing (H)

Course Name: Creative Writing (Honors)
Course Number: 10153
Credits: 1.0

About:
      The main goal of this course is to allow students the chance to write freely in a creative environment, focusing on certain genres, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Students will learn the language for talking about writing, critically analyzing pieces of writing, and identifying strong and weak points. Attention will be paid to writing for writing’s sake, as well as writing for specific audience and intentions. Students will be asked to be imaginative and to push themselves out of their “comfort zones” to take new risks and embrace new concepts in writing. Self-editing, teacher editing, peer editing, and conferencing will play a large role in this class.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
     N/A

Additional course recommendations: 
      Other English Electives


      

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

ASL

ASL overview

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language used by the deaf community of the United States of America. An ASL user communicates through the shape, placement, and movement of hands in addition to facial expressions and body movements. ASL is not based off of spoken English. It has its own unique set of grammar rules, idioms, historical context, and cultural differences.

ASL class

This course is only offered in class at Sachse High School in GISD. Through this course an ASL student will learn the basics of American Sign Language. Students will start at ASL level 1 and can go up to ASL level 4 (3 and 4 are honors level).

Mrs. Sedberry
ASL 1, 2, 3 Honors, 4 Honors
972-414-7450 

American Sign Language

ASL I

Course Name: American Sign Language I
Course Number: 77611
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This beginning course provides a study of American Sign Language, emphasizing its value to the Deaf community. Students will develop both receptive and expressive skills using textbook, workbooks, and videos. Students learn to communicate and understand foundational ASL. American Sign Language is the fourth most used language in the United States, and it is the standard means of communication for the Deaf in this country, as well as, Canada.

Prerequisites:
     None 

Career Possibilities: 
        ASL Interpreter, Deaf Education Teacher, American Sign Language Teacher, and many more.

Additional course recommendations: 
       Any other Language Other Than English Courses      

Careers in ASL

  • ASL Teacher
  • Audiologist
  • Captionist
  • Deaf Educator
  • Health Care Provider
  • Interpreter
  • Occupational Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Pediatrician
  • Psychologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Student and Teacher Advocate
  • Video Relay Provider

For more information, please contact

ASL II

Course Name: American Sign Language II
Course Number: 77621  (Online Section: 77622)
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This course builds upon the receptive and expressive skills developed in the beginning level class. We continue the 5 C's (Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparisons, and Community) of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The emphasis is increased topics and usage of communication in ASL and understanding of Deaf culture.

Prerequisites:
      ASL I

Career Possibilities: 
        ASL Interpreter, Deaf Education Teacher, American Sign Language Teacher, and many more.

Additional course recommendations: 
       Any other Language Other Than English Courses     

ASL III (H)

Course Name: American Sign Language III (Honors)
Course Number: 77631 (Online Section: 77326 **not honors)
Credits: 1.0

About:
     This course continues to expand the student's ability to sign and understand American Sign Language at the novice and intermediate level. The emphasis is on building fluency in ASL and Deaf culture through project based work.

Prerequisites:
     ASL II      

Career Possibilities: 
        ASL Interpreter, Deaf Education Teacher, American Sign Language Teacher, and many more.

Additional course recommendations: 
         Any other Language Other Than English Courses      

Chinese

Chinese (Online Only)

Chinese I

Course Name: Mandarin Chinese I (Online Only)
Course Number: 77651
Credits: 1.0

About:
     The beginning secondary course emphasizes communication, especially listening and speaking skills, in relevant contexts. The course uses the functional approach that relates each grammar point to its function or role in communication. Students are presented with opportunities to learn cultural customs and practices from the contexts of the activities.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
     Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
     Chinese II & III and other LOTE courses     

Chinese II

Course Name: Mandarin Chinese II (Online Only)
Course Number: 77652
Credits: 1.0

About:
         The course is the continuation of the Mandarin Chinese program. Using a function-oriented approach combined with a grammar sequence, the course broadens the student's ability to communicate in Chinese in a variety of contexts. Students will increase their knowledge of Chinese culture, art, and history.

Prerequisites:
     Chinese I

Career Possibilities: 
     Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
     Chinese II & III and other LOTE courses   

Chinese III

Course Name: Mandarin Chinese III (Online Only)
Course Number: 77653
Credits: 1.0

About:
         The course is the continuation of the Mandarin Chinese program. Using a function-oriented approach combined with a grammar sequence, the course broadens the student's ability to communicate in Chinese in a variety of contexts. Students will increase their knowledge of Chinese culture, art, and history.

Prerequisites:
     Chinese II

Career Possibilities: 
     Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
     Chinese II & III and other LOTE courses   

French

French

French I

Course Name: French I
Course Number: 77111
Credits: 1.0

About:
     This course is an engaging introduction to the French language and culture. We will use songs, poems, video, art, and stories as windows into the French speaking cultures of the world. Useful vocabulary and grammar concepts will be presented in the context of learning to communicate about everyday topics such as personal introductions, family, leisure activities, and school.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
      Diplomatic Relations, International Business, Humanitarian Aid Work

Additional course recommendations: 
      French II, French III(H), French IV(AP)

French II

Course Name: French II
Course Number: 77121
Credits: 1.0

About:
     Building on the French 1 course, students will increase their ability to communicate about everyday topics in both oral and written French. Adding new vocabulary and grammar structures will broaden students’ communication skills. Students will deepen their cultural knowledge of the French speaking world through authentic resources such as videos, songs, poems, art, and stories.

Prerequisites:
     French I

Career Possibilities: 
      Diplomatic Relations, International Business, Humanitarian Aid Work

Additional course recommendations: 
      French III(H), French IV (AP)

French III (H)

Course Name: French III (Honors)
Course Number: 77131
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This advanced level French class emphasizes the use of language for communication. It includes activities designed to increase understanding of both oral and written communication as well as language fluency. We will use a variety of authentic resources to learn about the French speaking world. Course objectives will be covered at a faster pace and in greater depth as compared to French 1 and 2. Students will be expected to take on more responsibility for their learning and performance.

Prerequisites:
       French II

Career Possibilities: 
        Diplomatic Relations, International Business, Humanitarian Aid Work

Additional course recommendations: 
       French IV (AP)      

French IV (AP)

Course Name: French IV (AP)
Course Number: 77141
Credits: 1.0

About:
     This is a rigorous college-level course in which students use the French language and authentic French resources to explore francophone cultures. This course emphasizes growth in effective oral and written communication. Students pursue a deeper understanding of other cultures, make comparisons with their own, and present their ideas using oral and written French. Students taking this course are expected to take the AP French Language and Culture exam at the end of this course and can receive college credit based on their AP test scores.

Prerequisites:
     French III

Career Possibilities: 
     Diplomatic Relations, International Business, Humanitarian Aid Work

Additional course recommendations: 
      Any other Languages Other Than English  Courses  

German

German

German I

Course Name: German I
Course Number: 77211
Credits: 1.0

About:
     The beginning course of German teaches the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Awareness and appreciation of a new culture are developed by the students. Songs, folklore, newspapers, and other media complement the study of the textbook.

Prerequisites:
      
None

Certification Possibilities: 
        
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
     German (II-IV), Spanish (I-V), French(I-V)


      

German II

Course Name: German II
Course Number: 77221
Credits: 1.0

About:
     A deeper study of sentence structure and German culture characterizes this course. By the end of the second year, a student should attain the following: control of basic conversational patterns using correct punctuation and intonation, the ability to read simple selections for comprehension, the ability to write simple statements, and a deepened cultural knowledge.

Prerequisites:
    German I

Certification Possibilities: 
        
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
     German (III-IV), Spanish (I-V), French(I-V)


      

German III (H)

Course Name: German III (Honors/Pre-AP)
Course Number: 77231
Credits: 1.0

About:
     This course begins a two-year AP program designed to advance language skills for active communication. Conversational German, increased vocabulary, grammar and syntax skills, and reading and oral expression are the basic goals of the course. This course guides students to begin serious preparation for success on the Advanced Placement exam in German.

Prerequisites:
     German II

Certification Possibilities: 
        
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
     German IV, Spanish (I-V), French(I-V)


      

German IV (AP)

Course Name: German IV
Course Number: 77241
Credits: 1.0

About:
         This college-level course is a continuation of German III (H/Pre AP) in developing listening, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. In addition to textbooks, materials include recordings, films, videos, newspapers, magazines, and fiction. The student may take the AP German Language exam to seek college credit at the end of the course. *AP courses address learning objectives at greater depth and faster pace along with higher expectations for student performance

Prerequisites:
      German IV

Certification Possibilities: 
        
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish I

Course Name: Spanish I
Course Number: 77411
Credits: 1.0

About:
        Students will develop the Spanish knowledge based on Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking abilities, also they will know more about grammar and Latino culture.

Prerequisites:
     
   None

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Spanish II, III, IV and V

Spanish II

Course Name: Spanish II
Course Number: 77421
Credits: 1.0

About:
     The course is the continuation of the basic Spanish program. Using a function-oriented approach combined with a grammar sequence, the course broadens the student's ability to communicate in Spanish in a variety of contexts. Students will
increase their knowledge of Hispanic culture, art, and history.

Prerequisites:
     
   Spanish I

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Spanish III, IV and V      

Spanish III

Course Name: Spanish III
Course Number: 77434
Credits: 1.0

About:
        This course continues the development of language skills for communication. It includes conversational situations, vocabulary development for reading and expression, and reasonable fluency both orally and in writing. Students continue to increase their knowledge of Hispanic culture, art and history.

Prerequisites:
     
 Spanish I and Spanish II or the CBE Credit

Certification Possibilities: 
        
Language endorsement

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Spanish IV and V    

Spanish III (H)

Course Name: Spanish III (Honors/Pre-AP)
Course Number: 77431
Credits: 1.0

About:
        This course emphasizes the use of language for communication. It includes conversational situations, vocabulary development for reading and expression, and reasonable fluency both orally and in writing. With this course, the student begins serious preparation for the AP Spanish exam.

Prerequisites:
     
 Spanish I and Spanish II or the CBE Credit

Certification Possibilities: 
        
Language endorsement

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Spanish IV and V      

Spanish IV (AP)

Course Name: Spanish IV (AP)
Course Number: 77441
Credits: 1.0

About:
     This course continues the AP program begun in Spanish III (H/ Pre AP), developing and refining listening, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. In addition to textbooks, class materials include recordings, films, videos, newspapers, magazines, and fiction. At the end of the course, the student may take the AP Spanish Language exam for which college credit may be awarded. *AP courses address learning objectives at greater depth and faster pace along with higher expectations for student performance.

Prerequisites:
     
Spanish III

Certification Possibilities: 
        
Language endorsement

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.      

Additional course recommendations: 
          Spanish V


      

Spanish V (AP)

Course Name: Spanish V (AP)
Course Number: 77451
Credits: 1.0

About:
     Spanish V reinforces oral proficiency and focuses on reading, writing, and the study of the great literary works of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will prepare to take the Spanish Literature AP examination, for which college credit may be awarded. *AP courses address learning objectives at greater depth and faster pace along with higher expectations for student performance

Prerequisites:
     Spanish IV

Certification Possibilities: 
        
Language endorsement

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

      

Native Spanish

Course Name: Spanish for Spanish Speakers II & III
Course Number: 77425, 77435
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This course is designed for Spanish speaking students whose native language is Spanish but who need to refine their Spanish literacy skills. Course curriculum focuses on the refinement of the student s reading, writing, and listening skills in order to make successful language transitions to other academic areas in the English language.

Prerequisites:
     
  Spanish I

Career Possibilities: 
        Business, Health, Teaching languages, certified translator, develop in any field or career.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Spanish II, III, IV and V or any other LOTE courses

Miscellaneous

Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon

Course Name: AcDec I-IV 
Course Number: A0301, A0302, A0303, A0304 
Credits: 1.0

About:
     
The purpose of the Academic Decathlon & Octathlon class is to explore new information across a broad range of topics while preparing students for the rigorous academic competitions in which they will participate. Decathlon competitions are comprised of ten events: Art, Economics, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, Essay, Speech (Prepared and Impromptu), and Interview, along with Super Quiz. Octathlon will compete in all events except Speech and Interview.
Freshmen enroll in AcDec I, Sophomores in AcDec II, Juniors in AcDec III, Seniors in AcDec IV.

Prerequisites:
      Transcript Evaluation by Coaches; students must fit certain GPA requirements which determine which team they will be put on.

Additional course recommendations: 
     All sections of AcDec.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID

Course Name: AVID I-IV (Apply)
Course Number: A9846B, A9847B, A9848B, A9849B
Credits: 1.0

About:
     
AVID helps prepare students for college by teaching them organization, writing, reading, and communication skills. Students have in-class tutorials with college tutors two times a week so they can work with their classmates to gain a deeper understanding of their school work.

Prerequisites:
      Good attendance, good behavior, passing all classes, desire to go to college, positive attitude, motivation.

      Students must apply, interview, and be accepted into the AVID program. Only incoming 8th grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade students can apply to be in AVID. The class is designed to support first-generation college, low-income, or students who are facing other road blocks towards getting to college. However, any student may apply! Our AVID classes are filled with students from all walks of life. More information can be found at avid.org.

Certification Possibilities:
     
If students stay in AVID through high school, and meet all GPA and community service requirements, they can graduate with an "AVID Graduate" certificate, as well as wear AVID cords at graduation.

Additional course recommendations: 
     All sections of AVID and any College Prep Courses

AP Capstone

AP Capstone

About:
     
In AP Capstone, students are able to research and investigate topics of their choice and all of the work can be completed during class if time is used wisely - no homework in this AP course! Developed in response to feedback from higher education, AP Capstone is a College Board program comprised of two AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Equipping students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges, it cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence based decisions. The two AP Capstone courses require students to:

  • Analyze topics through multiple lenses to construct meaning or gain understanding.
  • Plan and conduct a study or investigation.
  • Propose solutions to real world problems.
  • Plan and produce communication in various forms.
  • Collaborate to solve a problem.
  • Integrate, synthesize, and make cross curricular connections.

Students who successfully complete AP Seminar should register for AP Research the following year.

AP Research

Course Name: AP Research (application req.'d)
Course Number: A0202
Credits: 1.0

About:
      AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students
to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio.

Prerequisites:
      AP Seminar

Certification Possibilities:
     
AP Research Certification

Career Possibilities: 
       N/A

Additional course recommendations: 
       Any AP Courses available. 


      

AP Seminar

Course Name: AP Seminar (application req.'d)
Course Number: A0205
Credits: 1.0

About:
       AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to create and communicate evidence-based arguments.

Prerequisites:
      None

Certification Possibilities:
     
AP Seminar Certification

Career Possibilities: 
        N/A

Additional course recommendations: 
     Students who successfully complete AP Seminar should register for AP Research the following year.


      

Career Prep

Career Prep

Career Prep I

Course Name: Career Prep I (application req.'d)
Course Number: 8Q460 
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Open to juniors and seniors who will be 16 by the start of school. This is a yearlong course, not open to December early grads, unless it is a 2nd year student. Students will apply lessons learned in class to real world of work. Topics include: interviewing, taxes, budgeting, banking, and insurance. Things to know; Students have 10 school days to find a job, at the start of school or anytime through the school year if they are without a job

Career Prep II

Course Name: Career Prep II (application req.'d)
Course Number: 8Q470 
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Open to juniors and seniors who will be 16 by the start of school. This is a yearlong course, not open to December early grads, unless it is a 2nd year student. Students will apply lessons learned in class to real world of work. Topics include: interviewing, taxes, budgeting, banking, and insurance. Things to know; Students have 10 school days to find a job, at the start of school or anytime through the school year if they are without a job

College Prep

College Prep

College Career

Course Name: College Career (SAT Prep)
Course Number: A2711
Credits: 0.5

About:
       College Career is a course designed to help you get ready for college. We first learn strategies to do better on the SAT then we spend time exploring colleges that are a fit for your interests. We also write college essays, apply for FAFSA, and build a strong resume.

Prerequisites:
      Preferably be a Junior, specifically a junior planning on going to a 4 year college.

College Prep ELA

Teen Leadership

Social Studies

History

History

African American Studies

Course Name: African American Studies
Course Number: 42312
Credits: 1.0

About:
       Study the history and culture of African Americans and analyze their contribution and impact on society.

Prerequisites:
        None

Career Possibilities: 
        N/A

Additional course recommendations: 
       N/A   

      

Asian American Studies

Course Name: Asian American Studies
Course Number: 42310
Credits: 1.0

About:
        

Prerequisites:
        

Career Possibilities: 
        

Additional course recommendations: 
            

Mexican American Studies

Course Name: Mexican American Studies
Course Number: 42313
Credits: 1.0

About:
         

Prerequisites:
          

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

Women's Studies

Course Name: Women's Studies
Course Number: 42314
Credits: 1.0

About:
         

Prerequisites:
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

Human Behavior

Human Behavior

Psychology

Course Name: Psychology
Course Number: 42316
Credits: 0.5

About:
     The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior and personality

Prerequisites:
      none

Career Possibilities: 
       n/a

Additional course recommendations: 
      Psychology (AP), Human Growth and Development


      

Psychology (AP)

Course Name: Psychology (AP)
Course Number: 42318
Credits: 0.5

About:
         

Prerequisites:
          

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

Sociology

Course Name: Sociology
Course Number: 42315
Credits: 0.5

About:
         

Prerequisites:
          

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

AP Comparative Gov.

Course Name: AP Comparative Government 
Course Number: 42223
Credits: 0.5

About:
         

Prerequisites:
 

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

AP Microeconomics

Course Name: AP Microeconomics
Course Number: 42418
Credits: 0.5

About:
         

Prerequisites:
       

Career Possibilities: 
       

Additional course recommendations: 
         


      

History of Film

Course Name: History of Film  
Course Number: 42311
Credits: 0.5

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S.S. Research (H)

Course Name: Social Studies Research (Honors)
Course Number: 42308
Credits: 0.5

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STEM

Math

Math

Calculus AB/BC (AP)

Course Name: Calculus AB/BC (AP)
Course Number: 21623, 21626
Credits: 1.0

About:
       This course is a study of limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions, with applications. AB is equivalent to one-semester, BC is equivalent to two-college semesters.

Prerequisites:
        Pre-Calculus (Honors/Pre-AP Recommended, with an average of at least 85)

Career Possibilities: 
        Engineering, Computer Programmer, Actuary, Statistician, Analyst

Additional course recommendations: 
        Additional electives depend on which college major/career path the student wants to pursue.

Pre-Calculus

Course Name: Pre-Calculus
Course Number: 21619
Credits: 1.0

About:
       It is an extension of Algebra 2 in addition to in depth trigonometry (the study of right triangles and the functions that they create).

Prerequisites:
        Algebra I & II and Geometry

Career Possibilities: 
        Engineering

Additional course recommendations: 
        Computer based courses.

Pre-Calculus (H/Pre-AP)

Course Name: Pre-Calculus (Honors/Pre-AP)
Course Number: 21621
Credits: 1.0

About:
       Pre AP Precalculus is a course that goes back and takes a more in depth look at Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. We explore more of the "why" something works. We will introduce you to limits and prepare you for AP Calculus. Pre AP courses address learning objectives at greater depth and faster pace along with higher expectations for student performance.

Prerequisites:
        Algebra I & II and Geometry (Preferably all honors)

Career Possibilities: 
        Engineering

Additional course recommendations: 
        Computer based courses.

Statistics (AP)

Course Name: Statistics (AP) 
Course Number: 21915
Credits: 1.0

About:
       This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in this AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.

Prerequisites:
        Algebra II (Honors/Pre-AP Recommended, with an average of at least 85)

Career Possibilities: 
        Statistician, Analyst, Actuary

Additional course recommendations: 
        Additional electives depend on which college major/career path the student wants to pursue. Many college majors require some level of statistics.

Science

Science

Anatomy & Physiology

Course Name: Anatomy & Physiology 
Course Number: 8H310
Credits: 1.0

About:
     
Anatomy and physiology is a course that describes the structure and operation of one’s individual body. This course is mandatory for anyone who plans to perform in the field of medicine. This course will allow the students to have ample hands on dissections to explore the anatomy of the body. The course provides learners with the primary base required to help patients. The course also hits on chemical makeup and how it pertains to life. The systems outline the primary pedagogy and theoretical ideas that are required to perform in the medical profession. Anatomy and physiology is defined by using the various techniques of one’s individual body. A few of the techniques that students research in this category include Reproduction System, Skeletal System, Heart and Lymphatic system. The course concentrates on how one’s individual body system performs together to operate properly. Students can also expect to use case studies to implement the ideas that they understand in these systems.

Prerequisites:
     
Biology

Leads into a GRCTC course:
      
No

Certification Possibilities:
      Personal training certificate if interested

Internship Possibilities:
     
N/A

Career Possibilities: 
      Medical, Nursing, Sports- Physical Therapy

Additional course recommendations: 
      HOSA - Principles of Health Science, Clinicals

Anatomy & Physiology (H)

Course Name: Anatomy & Physiology (Honors)
Course Number: 8H311
Credits: 1.0

About:
     
We will study the parts and functions of each human body system.

Prerequisites:
     
Biology

Leads into a GRCTC course:
      
No

Certification Possibilities:
      Personal training certificate if interested

Internship Possibilities:
     
N/A

Career Possibilities: 
      Doctor, Nurse, Physical Therapy

Additional course recommendations: 
       Health Occupation Courses (HOSA) - Principles of Health Science, Clinicals, AP Biology and Chemistry
     

Aquatic Science

Course Name: Aquatic Science
Course Number: 33429
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Aquatic Science is an upper level, yearlong science course. Students study a variety of topics that include: components of an aquatic ecosystem; relationships among aquatic habitats and ecosystems; roles of cycles within an aquatic environment; adaptations of organisms; changes within aquatic environments; geological phenomena and fluid dynamics effects; and origin and use of water in a watershed

Prerequisites:
       Biology, IPC, Chemistry (may be concurrently enrolled)

Career Possibilities: 
        Conservation Officer, Fisheries Biologist, Wildlife Biologist

Additional course recommendations: 
        Any other Science Electives

Astronomy

Course Name: Astronomy
Course Number: 33414
Credits: 1.0

About:
       Introduction to Astronomy provides a quantitative introduction to the physics of the solar system, stars, the interstellar medium, the galaxy, and the universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models.

Prerequisites:
       None  

Career Possibilities: 
        Astrophysics, Astronomy, Data Scientist

Additional course recommendations: 
        Earth Space Science, Environmental Systems

Earth, Space, & Science

Course Name: Earth, Space, & Science
Course Number: 33402
Credits: 1.0

About:
        Focusing on the study of space, geologic structures and forces, the waters on our planet, and the atmospheric forces that shape our world.

Prerequisites:
        None

Career Possibilities: 
         Geochemistry, Resource Management, Civil Engineering

Additional course recommendations: 
        Astronomy, Environmental Systems

Environmental Science (AP)

Course Name: Environmental Science (AP)
Course Number: 33426
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This course studies scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems
both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these
problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

Prerequisites:
        Chemistry, Biology (due to the quantitative analysis(math) that is required in the course), students should also have taken at least one year of Algebra.

Career Possibilities: 
        Environmental Scientist, Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Engineer

Additional course recommendations: 
        Astronomy, Earth Space Science

Forensics

Course Name: Forensics
Course Number: 8L300
Credits: 1.0

About:
     
 We will discuss the history of forensic science, the jobs within this field and we also learn about the various types of evidence you might find at a crime scene.

Prerequisites:
     
  It helps if you have had Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Leads into a GRCTC course:
       
No

Certification Possibilities:
        N/A

Internship Possibilities:
     
  N/A

Career Possibilities: 
        Pathologists, Crime Scene Investigator, anything dealing with Forensics...Forensic Biology, Entomology, etc.

Additional course recommendations: 
         Any or all Health Science Courses
     

Visual and Performing Arts

Dance

Dance

Dance I

Course Name: Principles of Dance I
Course Number: 66510
Credits: 0.5

About:
     In this class you will learn the basis of dance including but not limited to, Aerobics dance, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Drill, and Choreography.

Prerequisites:
     None

Career Possibilities: 
     Dancer, Teacher, Drill team director, Professional dancer.

Additional course recommendations: 
      Principles of Dance II, Drill, Theater


      

Dance II

Course Name: Principles of Dance II
Course Number: 66511
Credits: 0.5

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Drill Team - JV

Course Name: Drill Team - JV
Course Number: 66568
Credits: 1.0

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Drill Team - Varsity

Course Name: Drill Team - Varsity 
Course Number: 66582
Credits: 2.0

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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Musical Theatre

Course Name: Musical Theatre I-IV
Course Number: 66526, 66527, 66530, 66529
Credits: 1.0

About:
     Students learn the principals of acting, dancing, and singing for the musical stage.

Prerequisites:
     none       

Internship Possibilities:
      Garland Summer Musicals

Career Possibilities:
     Theatre Performance, Radio/TV/Film, Music Performance

Additional course recommendations: 
       All other Theatre electives at SHS (Theatre 1-4)


      

Theatre Arts

Course Name: Theatre Arts
Course Number: 66521, 66522, 66523, 66524
Credits: 1.0

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Tech Theatre

Course Name: Tech Theatre Design I-IV
Course Number: 66531, 66532, 66533, 6534
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Learn how the design process happens learn how to design lights, sound, set, Makeup, publicity, costumes, and props for the stage or screen.

Prerequisites:
      Be willing to work with groups to create theatre projects the help you learn stage craft. Any Tech theatre Or production class. 

Internship Possibilities: 
        
Garland Summer Musicals and Dallas Young Artist.

Career Possibilities: 
        Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, or Other theatre careers in design.

Additional course recommendations: 
       Tech Theatre I-IV      

Theatre Production

Course Name: Theatre Production Make-Up
Course Number: 66517
Credits: 1.0

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UIL Theatre

Course Name: UIL Theatre (by audition only)
Course Number: 66519
Credits: 1.0

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Step Team

Step Team

Course Name: Step Team
Course Number: 54481, 54482, 54484
Credits: 1.0

About:
     The step team class serves as a P.E. credit. Students must try out either in the spring or fall to be considered for the class. This is a competitive step team organization.  It is held during B7.

Prerequisites:
     none       

Career Possibilities:
     Dance, Step Team Choreographer, Step master for college fraternity or sorority, even at the Graduate level.

Additional course recommendations: 
      Principles of Dance II, Drill, Theatre

Studio Art

Studio Art

Art A

Course Name: Art A
Course Number: 66412
Credits: 0.5

About:
       A beginner studio art course focusing on 2-D Design, Drawing and Painting.

Prerequisites:
       None

Career Possibilities: 
       Artist, Art Teacher, Designer

Additional course recommendations: 
       Art B, Ceramics II & III, Drawing II & III, Painting II & III, Sculpture II & III, 2D Art (AP), 3D Art (AP), Drawing Art (AP)


      

Art B

Course Name: Art B
Course Number: 66413
Credits: 0.5

About:
      Introduction to 3-d design 

Prerequisites:
      None
Career Possibilities: 
      Artist, Art Teacher, Designer

Additional course recommendations: 
       Art B, Ceramics II & III, Drawing II & III, Painting II & III, Sculpture II & III, 2D Art (AP), 3D Art (AP), Drawing Art (AP)


      

Ceramics II

Course Name: Ceramics II      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66422
Credits: 1.0

About:
      Student skills proficient in hand building techniques. Some wheel throw work.

Prerequisites:
      Art A & Art B 

Career Possibilities: 
      Teacher, free lance artist, Ceramics technical consultant.

Additional course recommendations: 
      Ceramics III, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Sculpture, Advanced Painting

Ceramics III

Course Name: Ceramics III      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66432
Credits: 1.0

About:
     Ceramics students will have a complete knowledge of the principles and elements of design. They will know all terms associated with the course, and be proficient in hand building techniques in clay. Students will also be able to use the throwing wheel with some skill.

Prerequisites:
     Ceramics II

Career Possibilities: 
      Teacher, free lance artist, Ceramics technical consultant.

Additional course recommendations: 
        Advanced Drawing, Advanced Sculpture, Advanced Painting.

Drawing Art (AP)

Course Name: Drawing Art (AP)      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66451
Credits: 1.0

About:
        The AP Studio Art Program consists of 2 different courses: 2-D Design, and Drawing. You'll work independently toward submission of a portfolio exam of ONE of these courses, creating a body of college-level art and submit it for evaluation. You will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, inventive thinking, art making and problem-solving in your work.

Prerequisites:
     Drawing III (H)

Career Possibilities: 
        Studio Artist, Graphic Design and Art Education

Additional course recommendations: 
          Painting II & III, Ceramics, 3-D Design and Graphic Design.     

Drawing II

Course Name: Drawing II      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66420
Credits: 1.0

About:
        Students will draw and analyze artwork using the elements and principles of design using basic techniques in relation to historical and cultural contents with various wet and dry media.

Prerequisites:
        Art A & Art B    

Career Possibilities: 
          Artist, Art Teacher, Designer

Additional course recommendations: 
          Drawing III, Painting II and III, Ceramics II and III, Sculpture II and III, AP Art Courses      

Drawing III (H)

Course Name: Drawing III (Honors/Pre-AP)     ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66430
Credits: 1.0

About:
      This course prepares the aspiring artist for AP Studio Art, transition to college art courses and students who want to take their art to higher levels of thinking.

Prerequisites:
       Drawing II

Career Possibilities: 
        Studio Artist, Graphic Design and Art Education

Additional course recommendations: 
          Painting II & III, Ceramics, 3-D Design and Graphic Design.      

Painting II

Course Name: Painting II      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66421
Credits: 1.0

About:
        A level 2 traditional painting with a focus on materials and techniques of acrylic and watercolor media.

Prerequisites:
        Art A & Art B

Career Possibilities: 
        Studio Artist, Illustrator and Art Educator

Additional course recommendations: 
          Painting III,  Drawing II  & III


      

Painting III

Course Name: Painting III      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66431
Credits: 1.0

About:
        An independent study course modeled after AP Studio Art. Students will develop a theme, or focus area of study and create original works within their "focus area." Students will work independently under the guidance of the teacher.

Prerequisites:
        Painting II

Career Possibilities: 
        Studio Artist, Illustrator and Art Educator

Additional course recommendations: 
        Drawing II & III


      

Sculpture II

Course Name: Sculpture II      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66423
Credits: 1.0

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Sculpture III

Course Name: Sculpture II      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66433
Credits: 1.0

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2D Art (AP)

Course Name: 2D Art (AP)      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66452
Credits: 1.0

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3D Art (AP)

Course Name: 3D Art (AP)      ($30 Fee)
Course Number: 66453
Credits: 1.0

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