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Course Syllabi
 

 The ASK Academy 

   

 Course Descriptions 2019-2020

 

Middle School

 

CORE

 

ENGLISH -- These courses provide instruction and practice in reading a variety of genres, including media literacy, and writing a wide variety of compositions, listening and speaking at higher levels.  *Technology integration – Word Documents

 

 

English / Language Arts 6

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to read across a variety of genres, write in a wide variety of composition, and use listening and speaking skills at the secondary level. Scholars will use grammar, usage, vocabulary, and other English language skills and develop summarization and note taking strategies. Scholars will be introduced to narrative, informational, and argumentative writing, with narrative writing being the primary focus in sixth grade. Scholars will develop a writing portfolio that demonstrates achievement and growth.  Scholars will read both nonfiction and fiction pieces, woven into the World Civilizations content. Homework can be expected daily.

 

English / Language Arts 7

This course provides instruction and practice in reading a variety of genres, including media literacy, writing a wide variety of compositions, listening and speaking at higher levels. Scholars complete research projects that require them to understand and evaluate a variety of textual and visual materials. They learn grammar, usage, vocabulary, and other English language skills within the context of reading and writing, and will develop summarization and note taking strategies. Scholars will continue to work with to narrative, informational, and argumentative writing, with informational writing being the primary focus in seventh grade. Scholars will continue to maintain a writing portfolio that demonstrates achievement and growth.  Scholars will read both nonfiction and fiction pieces, woven into the New Mexico History and World Geography content. Homework can be expected daily.

 

English / Language Arts 8

This course is designed to further promote the skills and concepts related to reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and research. A wide variety of writing techniques and forms will be utilized. Scholars will use complex syntax, paragraphing, application of literary techniques, develop summarization and note taking strategies, and the use of a thesis with support. Scholars will continue to work with to narrative, informational, and argumentative writing, with argumentative writing being the primary focus in eighth grade. Scholars will continue to maintain a writing portfolio that demonstrates achievement and growth.  Scholars will read both nonfiction and fiction pieces, woven into the American History content. Homework can be expected daily.

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS -- Throughout mathematics in 6th,7th, and 8th grade, scholars will build a foundation of basic understandings in number, operation, and quantitative reasoning; patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking; geometry and special reasoning; measurement; and probability and statistics. Homework can be expected daily.  *Technology integration – Graphing Calculators

 

 

Mathematics 6

This course develops and reinforces the basic operations. Scholars will explore ratios, proportions, percent, data analysis, probability, measurement, and geometry.  Scholars will also develop number theory, integers, statistics, probability, and pre-algebra skills.  This course emphasizes conceptual applications and problem solving and project based learning.

 

Pre-Algebra

This course aligns to grade 7 mathematics, as well as part of the grade 8 Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  It is a faster pace of instruction and learning and is compacted to prepare students for Grade 8 Algebra 1. The four critical areas are: rational numbers and exponents, proportionality and linear relationships, sampling inference, and geometric figures. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout this course and, together with the

content standards, present mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes sense of problem situations.                                                                                        Prerequisite:  Manager Approval

 

Algebra 1

This course will study the concepts of Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability. The Algebra concepts studied concentrate on linear relationships. The course emphasizes a 4-dimensional approach of numerical, analytical, graphical, and verbal representations to manipulate linear equations. The Data Analysis and Probability section of the course begins with the vocabulary of statistics and experimental design, and then moves into descriptive statistics. There is a heavy emphasis on graphing and understanding the measures of central tendency.  Scholars learn counting principals as they study probability.

Credit Value: .5 high school graduation credit per semester    Prerequisite:  Manager Approval 

 

 

Science -- Scholars will utilize mathematics skills in relation to science curriculum.  Concepts are reinforced through lab activities, demonstrations, and research projects.  Scholars will develop scientific vocabulary and process through investigations utilizing the scientific method to solve problems.  They will develop their scientific skills of observation, comparison, sequencing, hypothesizing, and inferring.  *Technology integration - Excel Spread Sheet

 

Science 6

This course will cover the Earth science standards. This will include rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, geologic time and fossils, the water cycle and how water shapes the Earth, Earth's atmosphere and weather and energy sources first semester. Second semester will include our solar system, the sun, stars, galaxies and the universe. 

 

Science 7

This course will include Life science standards. This will include cellular structure and reproduction, cellular respiration and photo synthesis, genetics and heredity, medical advancements, ecology, classification and taxonomy, biomes and how living organisms interact with other organisms and their environment. 

 

Science 8

This course will include Physical science standards. This includes matter, atoms and the periodic table of elements, basic chemistry concepts, energy, waves, electricity and magnetism, and Newtonian physics.

 

 

Social Studies -- Scholars learn about events, leaders, beliefs and geography in economic and political systems and cultures.  *Technology integration – Power Point

 

 

Social Studies 6

This course studies the ancient civilizations of the world. In particular, scholars will study the Nomadic tribes, the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome. In addition, the Middle Ages, Reformation and the Renaissance with be studied.

 

Social Studies 7

This course emphasis is on New Mexico history, the influence of our diverse cultures, both past and present.  They will explore the history, geography, culture, government and the economy of the state of New Mexico.

 

Social Studies 8

This course explores U.S. History.  This course will examine historical figures, critical events, values and traditions in our country that have shaped the national identity of the United States.  Major features and purposes of the Constitution will be studied.  Ideas, principals, practices and challenges of American democracy and the responsibility of citizenship will be discussed.

 

 

Fundamental Connections/Research in Action -- Scholars learn how to plan, organize, and execute year-long research projects.  *Technology integration – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

 

Fundamental Connections 6, 7 & 8

This course is designed to help scholars develop the backwards planning, time management, organizational, and study skills required for success in high school and beyond.

 

Research in Action 6, 7, & 8

As part of our project-based STEM initiative, all scholars will develop and present a year-long project in an area of interest for presentation at ASK’s annual Research Conference (ReCon).  This project is constitutes 10% of the grade in each class.

 

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

Sixth Grade Electives

Computers and Technology 6

Scholars will have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate an understanding of various applications and resources, which may include Office, Windows XP operating systems, internet use and research, and a wide variety of computer peripherals.  Technology will be used as productivity tools, communication tools, and as problem solving tools.  Scholars will be involved in project oriented research, multimedia presentations and desktop publications.  An emphasis will be placed on employability skills and exploration and integration of technology into current curriculum.

 

Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 6

This course will focus on different body processes and on Earth and in outer space. This will allow ample opportunity for tie-ins to the core 7th and 8th grade science curriculum. The course will be divided into 4 sections: Sleep and Daily Rhythms, Muscles and Bones, Heart and Circulation, and The Brain in Space. Each unit is more or less aligned with one progress reporting period, and each focusing on a different aspect of human physiology.

 

Gateway to Engineering & Design 6 – to include the following for 9 weeks each

Automation and Robotics (AR) Scholars trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Scholars use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

Design and Modeling (DM) Scholars begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Scholars use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

 

Seventh Grade Electives

Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 7

This course will build upon scholar knowledge from the Foundations of Biomedical Sciences I and prepare scholars for entry into the high school biomedical pathway.  The course will delve into the pathway that patients take through the medical system and explore the different technologies that they may encounter.  They will also have in depth instruction over the skeletal system, forensic investigation, and the epidemiological tracking of outbreaks.

 

Gateway to Engineering & Design 7

This is a continuation of the study of technology begun in Gateway to Engineering and Design 6A.  Through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, scholars find their natural curiosity and imagination engaged in creative problem solving.  Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, scholars learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.

 

Physical Education 7

All Middle School scholars must take at least one year of physical education.  Scholars will demonstrate competence in fundamental skills and concepts in accordance with New Mexico Physical Education Standards.  The programs will be based on developmental personal skills such as classroom leadership, team collaboration, respect and self-discipline and develop an awareness of key elements foe success.  Scholars are expected to participate in physical activity both in and out of school maintaining a healthy level of fitness as their bodies grow and change.  Instruction is directed toward encouraging the incorporation of physical activity into a daily routine and less toward fundamental skill development.  Health Education is incorporated into physical education courses.   All scholars will be required to dress-out for PE.  ASK grade level color T-shirts, black shorts or black sweat bottoms, white socks, sneakers/tennis shoes.


Eighth Grade Electives

Art & Technology 8

This course will introduce scholars to the elements of art and principles of design in a variety of media. Scholars will explore the use of art materials, technology and techniques to create a variety of art work. We will explore and create art that communicates ideas about self, culture, and the world around us. Scholars will understand and distinguish multiple purposes and motivations for creating works of art. Scholars will learn to understand personal, contemporary and historic meanings in specific artworks through cultural and aesthetic inquiry. They will recognize historical and cultural themes, trends and styles in art around the world. Year-long class.

 

Automation & Robotics 8

This beginning course in robotics will allow scholars to utilize Lego Mindstorm kits software and various Lego Robotics materials. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. This course will involve scholars in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Scholars will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, decision making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems. Scholar designed robots will be programmed to compete in various challenges. Alternating semesters with Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 8


Digital Photography

Scholars will have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate an understanding of digital photography which will include four areas of concentration; how to use the camera’s manual settings, lighting, composition and digital editing in Photoshop. Scholars will study the rules of photography that come together to make a successful photograph in portrait, action, nature and macro photography. Class will consist of the study light, study of famous photographers, how to manipulate the camera to create their desired outcomes, and time to take photos both inside and out. Scholars will come away from this course with the ability to read light and compose a beautiful photograph using the manual settings on the camera.  Scholars will need a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with manual settings.  Some cameras will be available for scholar use. Year-long class.

 

Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 8

This is a semester course that introduces the basic concepts of psychology such as the basis of behavior, child growth and development, learning, personality development and personality disorders. As a beginning level class, an emphasis will be placed on behavioral science with projects based in behavior and psychology, as well as research skills. Alternating semesters with Automation & Robotics 8

 

Intervention Options

Reading Intervention, Math Intervention 6, 7, 8

The ASK Academy has created courses to help scholars who have been identified as weak in the areas of reading, writing, and/or math. These courses will help develop these skills based on the individual scholar’s needs through the use of technology-based resources and individualized instruction.

 

Resource 6, 7, 8

Resource is designed to help scholars develop self-advocacy skills, manage their study and organizational skills with guidance, as well as provide individualized tutoring, mentoring, and academic monitoring.  This course is Tier III intervention available only to scholars who have Individualized Educational Plans.

   

 

High School

 

Graduation Requirements – Diploma of Excellence – 28 Total Credits – As follows:

The Classes of 2017 and forward

English (4 credits)

1 cr. English 9

1 cr. English 10

1 cr. English 11

1 cr. English 12

 

Mathematics (4 credits)

1 cr. Algebra 1

1 cr. Algebra 2

2 cr. Other Math

 

Science (4 credits)

2 cr. Lab Sciences – 3 cr. Lab Sciences for competitive schools

2 cr. Elective Sciences

 

Social Studies (3.5 credits)

.5 cr. NM History

1 cr. World History

1 cr. US History

.5 cr. Government

.5 cr. Economics

 

Other (7.5 credits)

1 cr. Physical Education

.5 cr. Health

2 cr. World Language – 3 cr. World Language for competitive schools

4 cr. Biomedical or Engineering Courses

 

Elective Credits (5 credits)

Any of the above courses taken beyond the graduation requirement may count as an elective

Within the above requirements, 1.0 credit must be earned through Honors / Advanced

Placement / Dual Enrollment or Distance Learning.

 

In addition to earning the above credits, scholars must also pass any state required examinations

(Designated State Testing, SBA, or EOC) to demonstrate competency in English (reading and writing), mathematics,

social studies, and science.

 

Course Enrollment

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one course in each of the four core areas every semester of enrollment. Core areas include English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

The ASK Academy also requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one ASK Academy course within their career pathway (Biomedical Sciences or Engineering & Design) every semester of enrollment to fulfill the mission of the Academy.

 

The ASK Academy requires more of its scholars than surrounding districts. In addition to the

above requirements, we require 28 credits (credit only granted for a 70% or better). Successful completion at a higher level of rigor better prepares the scholars for post-secondary success.

 

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in a minimum of four (4) classes each semester to maintain their status as an ASK scholar. Given the increased academic requirements of The ASK Academy, it is crucial that parents and scholars communicate regularly regarding academic performance.

 

Credit Recovery
Scholars are eligible for Credit Recovery courses via Edgenuity if they receive an NC in any course required for graduation. Scholars must obtain an Edgenuity Online Program Agreement from the Achievement Coach, complete the form with scholars and parent/guardian signatures and contact information. Scholars are expected to complete the course within the required timeframe (approximately 16 weeks). If scholars do not complete the course within the agreed upon timeframe, an NC will be recorded on the transcript for that semester. Each Edgenuity course bears .5 credit.

 

As scholars applying for credit recovery courses are already behind in credits, they are expected to complete these courses off-site and on their own time, if the School is unable to schedule them into required classes due to scheduling conflicts.

 

 

 

ENGLISH

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one course in each of the four core areas every semester of enrollment. Core areas include English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

English 9

Theme: Survey of Literature

This course builds upon the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and up on scholar’s prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing.  The various genres of literature are introduced, with writing exercises often linking to reading selections.  Additionally, this course will collaborate with other courses and integrate content from multiple subjects on project-based learning experiences and products.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

Honors English 9

This course is designed to give scholars the skills necessary to be successful in the AP Literature and Language courses they take as juniors and seniors.  By building and sharpening these skills in 9th grade, scholars have a greater probability of earning qualifying scores on the examinations that grant college credit.  The objectives of this course are to develop close reading skills of literature and nonfiction texts, analyze the impact of a writer’s stylistic and rhetorical decisions, develop techniques for developing a logical, carefully reasoned argument, and learn how to synthesize several cited sources into a research paper.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

 

English 10

Theme: World Literature

This survey course of world literature explores how themes such as heroism, religion, and political conflict are central to stories defining cultures.  Scholars will explore a variety of short stories, novels, poetry, myths, and religious texts spanning the past two thousand years from countries throughout the world.  This course will provide scholars with the stories that define the cultures they study in World History.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

 

Honors English 10

Pre-AP English 10 is the threshold to the AP Language and Literature Program. To ensure success in junior and senior level courses and examinations for college credit, the 10th grade course reinforces the reasoning and analytical skills foundational to both classes.  The objectives of this course are to explore the roots of Western civilization and examine world cultures in representative literary works, as well as working to develop a mature writing style.  Scholars strengthen their ability to interpret literature during class discussions and small group work.  Scholars are instructed in formal research paper writing and essay forms with an emphasis on vocabulary and grammatical development.   

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

 

English 11
Theme: American Literature
This survey course of American literature explores the literature associated with the seminal events in American history.  Scholars will explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts from the founding of our country to present day.  Scholars will read short stories, poetry, novels, and primary documents highlighting seminal periods in the development of American culture.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

AP English Language & Composition

Theme: College Level Rhetoric and Non-Fiction Texts

AP Language and Composition is an introductory, college-level language arts course.  Through close reading and careful analysis of a broad range of challenging texts, scholars deepen their awareness of rhetoric and how language functions.  Scholars will increase their abilities to identify an author’s purpose, determine the needs of an audience, understand the demands of the subject, and manipulate the mechanics of language:  syntax, diction, imagery, and tone.  Course readings are narrative, exploratory, expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from authors spanning the past two hundred years.  The breadth and depth of resources will create a greater understanding of how language and literature has evolved and affected American culture and thinking.   Advanced Placement scholars prepare to take the Advanced Placement test in English Language & Composition, which may lead to college credit. May count as English 11 or English 12 credit.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester

 

English 12
Theme: Rhetoric and Non-Fiction Literature
The central focus of English 12 is to develop close reading and careful analysis of nonfiction texts and primary documents, as well as develop college level writing and oral communication skills.  Scholars will increase their abilities to interpret an author's purpose, comprehend expository prose, and manipulate the mechanics of language:  syntax, word choice, and tone.  They will analyze and use rhetorical strategies such as ethos, pathos, and logos through the development of expository and narrative essays, research papers, and analysis of visual art and documentary film.  Scholars will also develop skill in oral persuasion through debate and expository speech. 

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

AP English Literature & Composition

Theme: College Level World Literature

AP Literature and Composition is an introductory, college-level world literature course.  Scholars will read a variety of literature spanning the past 500 years.  The focus of this class is the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Through close reading and discussion, scholars will deepen their understanding of the methods writers use to provide both meaning and pleasure to the audience.  As they read, scholars will consider a work’s structure, style, intertextuality, and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  May count as English 11 or English 12 credit.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

MATH

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one course in each of the four core areas every semester of enrollment. Core areas include English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

Math Progression Flow Charts

 

Pathway 1

 

 

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Algebra Data Analysis & Probability

Geometry & Trigonometry

Algebra Functions & Graphs

Hon PreCalcus  or

Financial Algebra

 

Pathway 2

 

 

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Geometry & Trigonometry

Algebra Functions & Graphs

Honors PreCalcus  or

AP Calculus AB

Honors PreCalcus  or

AP Calculus AB   or

Financial Algebra

 

Algebra, Data Analysis & Probability -- (Algebra 1)

This course will study the concepts of Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability. The Algebra concepts studied concentrate on linear relationships. The course emphasizes a4-dimensional approach of numerical, analytical, graphical, and verbal representations to manipulate linear equations. The Data Analysis and Probability course begins with the vocabulary of statistics and experimental design, and then moves into descriptive statistics. There is a heavy emphasis on graphing and understanding the measures of central tendency.  Scholars learn counting principals as they study probability.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester   

 

Geometry & Trigonometry

This course will provide knowledge on the topics of deductive and inductive reasoning through construction and measurement. Scholars will develop Geometric vocabulary, definitions and theorems in proofs as applied in inter-relations between lines, planes, polygons, circles and polyhedral forms. They will learn the basic concepts involving congruency and similarities between shapes, primarily triangles, quadrilaterals and circles, as well as, the basic data presentation techniques used in statistics. They will be introduced to trigonometric identities, basic right triangle relationships of sine, cosine and tangent. Scholars will be expected to spend time outside of class to complete all work.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

Prerequisite: Algebra, Data Analysis & Probability or Algebra I

 

Algebra Functions & Graphs -- (Algebra 2)

This course will continue the development of algebraic concepts.  This course is highly recommended for the college-bound scholar, but is also important for a scholar considering a technical training program.  Scholars will continue to explore and develop their algebra skills in the areas of real numbers, imaginary numbers, equations and inequalities, linear, quadratic exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and some conics as well as graphing analysis.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

Prerequisite: Algebra Data Analysis & Probability, Algebra I

 

Financial Algebra

This course will cover many essential elements of the financial workings of our society in the context of mathematics. It will assist them in making wise decisions with money, both now and in the future. Scholars will apply mathematical concepts in the context of personal finances.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

 

Honors Pre-Calculus

In this course scholars will further their development of advanced algebra, trigonometry, limits, and basic calculus concepts.  The goal is to gain a solid foundation in preparation for introductory calculus classes.  Topics will include advanced work in polynomials, complex analysis, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions, partial fractions, systems of equations, sequences and series, polar equations, parametric equations, limits, and basic derivatives.  This course is recommended for the college-bound scholars.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester    

Prerequisite: Geometry & Trigonometry

 

AP Calculus AB

This course introduces the concepts of calculus, calculating and exploring things that change at variable rates. The major concepts of calculus include limit, derivative, and integrals. We will apply those concepts to various contextual settings. This class will focus on the application of the derivative to understand mathematical relationships and how we analyze variable rates of change. Scholars will explore the notion of limits, the difference-quotient, power rule, product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, exponential and other transcendental function differentiation, and their applications. Integrals will be studied from the perspective of an accumulation function. We will explore each concept in four ways; graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally emphasizing the connections and applications.

Technology — A graphing calculator (a TI-84+ or equivalent) is required

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

Prerequisite: Geometry & Trigonometry

 

SCIENCE

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one course in each of the four core areas every semester of enrollment. Core areas include English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

Science Progression Flow Charts

 

BioMedical Scholar

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Integrated Science   or

Hon Integrated Science

Chemistry

Biology   or

AP Chemistry

Biology   or

AP Biology   or
AP Chemistry

Engineering Scholar

 

 

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Integrated Science   or

Hon Integrated Science

Chemistry

Physics   or

Biology

Physics    or

AP Chemistry    or

AP Biology     or

Biology

 

 

 

 

Integrated Sciences

(Semester 1 – Integrated Biology/Chemistry, Semester 2 – Integrated Physics/Earth Science)

Integrated Science is a year-long project based class focused on a survey of four major fields of science; chemistry, biology, earth and space science, and physics. The course is designed to provide scholars with the content and skills needed to understand the various interrelationships of the universe, to identify and analyze problems and to propose and examine solutions to these problems using the algebra skills they are learning in their math class. The course will have distinct units based on the interactions between matter and energy in the contexts of chemical reactions, thermodynamics, geology, astronomy, cellular biology, genetics, mechanics and electromagnetism.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester   SciElec

 

Honors Integrated Sciences

(Semester 1 – Integrated Biology/Chemistry, Semester 2 – Integrated Physics/Earth Science)

Integrated Science is a year-long project based class focused on a survey of four major fields of science; chemistry, biology, earth and space science, and physics. The course is designed to provide scholars with the content and skills needed to understand the various interrelationships of the universe, to identify and analyze problems and to propose and examine solutions to these problems using some advanced math skills. The course will have distinct units based on the interactions between matter and energy in the contexts of chemical reactions, thermodynamics, geology, astronomy, cellular biology, genetics, mechanics and electromagnetism.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester    SciElec

Prerequisite: Algebra, Data Analysis & Probability or Algebra I

 

Chemistry

This course examines the chemical and physical behavior of matter. The structure and composition of substances as well as their properties and reactive characteristics (in particular, at the atomic and molecular levels) are concepts discussed in the course. Topics include; the periodic table of the elements, states of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions. Scholars will also develop basic laboratory and scientific inquiry skills by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester      SciLab

Prerequisite: Algebra, Data Analysis & Probability or Algebra I

 

AP Chemistry (school years beginning 2020, 2022, 2024)
This course rotates every other year with AP Biology
This course will meet the objectives of a college general chemistry course. Scholars will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course will contribute to the development of the scholars’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. AP chemistry differs qualitatively from the first chemistry course taught at ASK with respect to using a textbook, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by scholars. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by scholars, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.  It is not recommended that scholars take AP chemistry unless they achieved an 85% or higher in their first chemistry course.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester      SciLab

Prerequisite: Both semesters of Chemistry

 

Biology
This course is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. Topics include; characteristics, classification, and behaviors of living organisms as well as cell structure and function, plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester   SciLab

 

 

AP Biology (school years beginning 2019, 2021, 2023)

This course rotates every other year with AP Chemistry

AP Biology is an advanced biology equivalent to an introductory college biology course. Scholars will gain understanding of biological concepts by examining four big ideas established by College Board: Evolution; Cellular Processes; Genetics and Information Transfer; and Interactions. In addition, the course focuses on inquiry, reasoning, and analysis skills by engaging in established science practices and lab procedures. Scholars will have the option to partake in the AP Biology exam in the spring for a fee and if passed may result in college credits. This course is recommended for scholars with a strong science background, especially in biology, and with the commitment to spending time studying including possibly working on a summer assignment.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester      SciLab

Prerequisite: Both semesters of Biology

 

Physics

Scholars will explore the foundations our physical universe by investigating topics of study that include, but are not restricted to: motion, forces, gravity, energy, and momentum. The course may also include a study of heat, fluids, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, and/or atomic structure. As appropriate, these topics are examined at scales ranging from atomic to astronomical. The focus is on an in depth understanding and practical applications through mathematical modeling of concepts.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester        SciLab

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry/Trigonometry or Geometry, Algebra II or Manager Approval

 

 

Biomedical Sciences Courses and Engineering & Design Courses – some Courses within the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering & Design may count as Science Elective Courses (see those course descriptions)

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The ASK Academy requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one course in each of the four core areas every semester of enrollment. Core areas include English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

 

 

New Mexico History

This survey course supports scholars to become more knowledgeable and aware of the historical, cultural, economic, and political history of New Mexico and their geographical connections. Scholars will analyze the role that New Mexico plays in national and international arenas.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only

 

World History

In this course scholars will develop an understanding for different themes in World History from approximately the year 1300 until the present. These themes are important for scholars to comprehend how the world has been shaped. We will use critical thinking skills to understand and communicate perspectives of individuals, groups and societies from multiple contexts: Continuity and Change, Geography and History, Political and Social Systems, Religions and Value Systems, Diversity, Global Interaction, Impact of the Individual, Art and Literature.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

  

AP World History
In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 1200 A.D.. to the present.  Scholars develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time.  The course provides five themes that scholars explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places; interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.
Credit Value:  .5 per semester

United States History

This course provides an overview of the history of the United States, examining time periods from discovery or colonialism through the Vietnam War. Political, military, scientific, and social developments are typically included in the historical overview. Course content may or may not include a history of the North American peoples prior to European settlement.  History is not only a study of the past, but also a window into our future.  U.S. History offers themes that tend to repeat itself in every generation.  This class is designed for scholars to learn from our past, as well as to help better understand the challenges the country faces today and into the future.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester

 

AP United States History

AP US History accents the events and people which shaped the United States from 1607 to the present. Scholars will learn to assess historical materials, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  History is not only a study of the past, but also a window into our future.  U.S. History offers themes that tend to repeat itself in every generation.  This class is designed for scholars to learn from our past, as well as to help better understand the challenges the country faces today and into the future. Scholars are preparing to take the AP exam for US History, which may lead to college credit.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

Economics

Course provides for an understanding of basic economic principles and use of economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only 

 

Government
In this course scholars will develop an understanding of the ideals, rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the content and history of the major government documents at the federal and state level and how governments function at the local, state, and national levels.
Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only 

 

AP Macroeconomics

The study of AP macroeconomics introduces scholars to economic systems. Emphasis will be placed on the study of national income and price-level determination. Scholars will be introduced to economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. These concepts will be applied to the current economic problems and trends in the United States and our relationship with the world. Scholars are preparing to take the AP exam for Macroeconomics, which may lead to college credit.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only

 

AP Government & Politics
This class will analyze the origins, progress, trends, and projections of government and politics in the United States and will include both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. Scholars will make an in-depth study of the formation and goals of various political parties, the leaders of those parties, and the effects they have had on American history. This class uses current issues to further understanding. Scholars are preparing to take the AP exam for Government & Politics, which may lead to college credit.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only

 

 

Physical Education & Health
(required for graduation)

Health

This course addresses specific issues including nutrition, stress management, abuse prevention, disease prevention, first aid, etc.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only  

 

Physical Education

This course will develop personal practices that promote lifelong wellness. Scholars will develop skills in human movement, physical activities and physical fitness.  Scholars will also be encouraged to develop habits that promote overall good health.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only  

 

 

WORLD LANGUAGE
(required for graduation)

Spanish I

This course will include basic communication skills in the chosen language, and will introduce geography and culture (music, film, food) of the countries where the language is spoken. Personalized oral and written projects enrich the course. Scholars have opportunities to compare the new language and culture with their own and to observe the use of the language in communities beyond the classroom. Scholars will develop communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for basic situations: greetings and introductions, descriptions of families and friends, and daily conversation.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only 

 

Spanish II

This course will include individual and group projects to demonstrate cultural understanding and language proficiency. In most classes, service-learning opportunities are available. Language and cultural comparisons and community connections continue to be explored. Upon completion of the course, scholars should have the necessary knowledge and skills to enroll in a second semester university language course. Scholars will extend communication skills to other contexts: daily life, school, professions and work practices, and community life. Authentic cultural documents (newspapers, magazines, film, and music) enrich the cultural component of the course.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only

 


 

 

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

The ASK Academy also requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one ASK Academy course within their career pathway (Biomedical Sciences or Engineering & Design) every semester of enrollment to fulfill the mission of the Academy.

 

BioMedical Pathway

Progression Flow Chart

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Principles of Biomedical Sciences/Human Body Systems

Anatomy & Physiology I/II

Veterinary Sciences/Pharmacology   or

Microbiology/Genetics

Veterinary Sciences/Pharmacology   or

Microbiology/Genetics

 

                                                                   

Level 1

 

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

The course will provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for scholar success in the subsequent courses. Scholars will get an overview of health care delivery, patient care, including assessment of vital signs, as well as anatomical terminology and other basics of the human body.  Scholars will investigate the careers pursued in a Biomedical Science Program as they explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and bioinformatics.   

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only

 

Human Body Systems/Health

Scholars examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health. This course is also intended to help scholars make positive and healthy choices. Scholars will examine health regulations, policies, drug companies, alternative medicine, and disease prevention. Ethical and Social issues related to health will be addressed.  Scholars work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Scholars will also cover the New Mexico Health Education standards.  Second semester may count for elective science credit or health credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only

 

Level 2

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

This course presents the human body and biological systems in more detail. Scholars will cover the major

in the human body, and learn about different cells and tissues.  They will also explore physiological processes and dissect a vertebrate animal to explore similarities in structure. In order to understand the structure of the human body and its functions, scholars learn anatomical terminology, study cells and tissues, explore functional systems (skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, nervous, and so on), and may dissect mammals. Second semester may count for lab or elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester    

Prerequisite: Principals of Biomedical Science and/or Human Body Systems & Health

 

Levels 3 and 4  (alternate years)

Genetics (school years beginning 2019, 2021, 2023)

This course rotates every other year with Veterinary Sciences

Scholars will research different aspects of medical genetics including the basis of heredity, patterns of inheritance, genetic variation, and ethical issues in the field of genetics.  There will be a special emphasis on the origin, diagnosis, and treatment of common genetic disorders. Scholars will be expected to raise generations of different species to understand genetic traits. Second semester may qualify for elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only   

Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I & II

 

Microbiology (school years beginning 2019, 2021, 2013)

This course rotates every other year with Pharmacology

Scholars will investigate the microscopic world by learning about topics such as microbial nutrition, growth, control, metabolism, and diversity.  Scholars will apply sterilization techniques and culture microorganisms within a biological safety level II lab environment. Other focuses of this course will include ecology and symbiosis, nonspecific resistance and immune responses, and microbial diseases. Second Semester may count for elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only    

Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I & II

 

Pharmacology (school years beginning 2020, 2022, 2024)

This course rotates every other year with Genetics

Scholars investigate the variety and the origins of medicine. They will explore the source, development and intended treatment of various types of medication. Scholars will focus on the field of pharmacology beginning with a botanical approach.  They will investigate medicinal plants as well as common plant poisons.  They will then focus on drug use and abuse throughout history, and gain an understanding of the different drugs used in different cultures.  Finally the scholars will learn about the fundamentals of drug therapy and investigate different classes of medication based on their systemic functions.  Second Semester may count for elective science credit.
Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only        

Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I & II

 

Veterinary Sciences (school years beginning 2020, 2022, 2024)

This course rotates every other year with Microbiology.  Scholars will delve into the taxonomy and cladistics of the animal kingdom.  A survey of select phyla and classes will occur, with special emphasis placed on the changes in different organ systems.  Finally lifestyle, speciation, adaptation, convergence, divergence, and reproductive strategies will be investigated from the perspective of natural selection and reproduction of the fittest.  Scholars will dissect several vertebrates and invertebrates to understand comparative anatomy. . Second Semester may count for elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only        

Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I & II

 

Biomedical Internship

This course does not take place on ASK Campus.  Scholars in this course will find and work as an intern for a business on their own time (a suggested maximum of 10 hours per week).   Curriculum includes projects, research papers, other tasks and a final exam.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester (Max 2 credits)   

Prerequisite: Grades 11 & 12 -- Apply to the Career Internship Program Manager

 

 

 

ENGINEERING

The ASK Academy also requires that all scholars be enrolled in at least one ASK Academy course within their career pathway (Biomedical Sciences or Engineering & Design) every semester of enrollment to fulfill the mission of the Academy.

 

 

Engineering Pathway

Progression Flow Chart

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Intro to Engineering & Design I/II

Principles of Engineering I/II

Digital Electronics   
or

Aerospace I/II

Digital Electronics    or

Aerospace I/II       or

Engineering Design & Development I/II      or

Engineering Internship

 

 

Level 1

Introduction to Engineering Design I & II

This course will teach problem-solving skills using a design development process. Scholars will create models of product solutions which will be analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. Second semester may count as elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester                

Pre/Co-requisites: Grades 9-12 – Completed or currently enrolled in Algebra I

 

Level 2

Principles of Engineering I & II

This course will assist scholars understand the field of engineering and engineering technology. Scholars will explore various technology systems and manufacturing processes which will assist scholars learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. Second semester may count as elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester                

Prerequisites: Grades 9-12 – Completed Introduction to Engineering Design I & II

 

Levels 3 and 4

Aerospace Engineering I & II (school years beginning 2019, 2021, 2023)

This course explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Scholars analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester   Second Semester may count for elective science credit.

Pre/Co-requisites: Grades 11 & 12 – Completed Algebra 1 and completed or currently enrolled in Algebra II.  Complete both Intro to Engineering & Design I/II and Principles of Engineering I/II

 

 

Digital Electronics I & II  (school years beginning 2018, 2020, 2022)
From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices. Second Semester may count for elective science credit.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester                   

Pre/Co-requisites: Pre/Co-requisites: Grades 11 & 12 – Completed Algebra 1 and completed or currently enrolled in Algebra II.  Complete both Intro to Engineering & Design I/II and Principles of Engineering I/II

 

 

Level 4 – PLTW Capstone Course

Engineering Design & Development I & II

The knowledge and skills scholars acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Scholars apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester               

Prerequisites: Grade Level 12, Both IED & POE Completed

 

Engineering & Design Internship

This course does not take place on ASK Campus.  Scholars in this course will find and work as an intern for a business on their own time (a suggested maximum of 10 hours per week).   Curriculum includes projects, research papers, other tasks and a final exam.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester (Max 2 credits)    

Prerequisite: Grades 11 & 12 -- Apply to the Career Internship Program Manager

 

Other Design Elective Courses

Level 1

CAD/Inventor Design

This course is designed to teach scholars the skills necessary to complete problems in various areas of applied design including using the problem solving design loop. Scholars are introduced to elements and principals of design and sketching techniques that apply to concepts and skills found in architecture, engineering, applied design, and various trades. Emphasis is placed on the development of the skills of sketching, technical drawing, and computer drafting using various software programs to demonstrate several different types of technical and non-technical drawings. Scholars begin the development of a portfolio.

Credit Value: 1 credit -- one semester only

 

Level 2

Building Design I & II

This course offers an intensive study of architecture as it relates to design.  Scholars will research, design, and produce a set of drawings while learning the Autodesk Rivet (BIM) software. The principals of design are studied and applied to their designs, including; basic principles of building design, form follows function, and environmental factors that impact design. Scholars will design and complete a set of plans for green/sustainable residential building measuring up to 2000 heated square feet. Scholars will learn several model making techniques resulting in a scaled model of their building design. Careers relating to architecture will be investigated. Scholars continue to develop their portfolio, both hard copy and electronic.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester  

Prerequisite: CAD/Inventor Design

 

Level 3

Building Design III & IV

These courses continue an intensive study of architecture as it relates to design.  Scholars continue to using the Autodesk Rivet (BIM). Scholars continue to study the principals of design and apply those principals to their designs.  Scholars will design and complete a set of plans for green/sustainable commercial building measuring up to 5000 heated square feet.  Careers relating to architecture will continue to be investigated. Scholars continue innovative development of their portfolio, both hard copy and electronic.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester     

Prerequisite: Building Design I & II

  

Level 4
CAD Certification
This course is not a course that takes place as a class in a scholar’s daily schedule.  Scholars in this course will work on making connections within their industry focus and working on small scale projects for various companies. Depending on availability, scholars may meet with professionals in the design industry from a variety of industries.  Scholars must have their internships approved in advance by ASK Academy faculty.  Scholars produce a report about their internship program.  Scholars will continue to develop their portfolio, both hard copy and electronic.
Credit Value: .5 credit per semester    

Prerequisite: Permission of CAD Manager and two (2) Specialized CAD Design Focus Courses (one focus - levels I and II)

 

 

GENERAL ELECTIVES

Career Pathways 9

Scholars will explore the core questions “Who am I?”, “What do I want?” and “How do I get there?” creating Next Step Transition Plan using guided exploration of interests and learning styles, as well as career exploration and research and evaluating individual academic strengths and weaknesses.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester 

 

Career Pathways 10

Scholars will further explore the core questions using their Next Step Plans to develop their plans for post-secondary education, career expectations, and life-long pathways to reach their goals.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester

 

Career Pathways 11

Scholars will further explore the core questions using their Next Step Plans to explore college entrance requirements, including in-depth research into the colleges of their choice to prepare them for admissions to these colleges, taking the necessary college entrance exams, and beginning research into scholarships and financial aid to assist them in paying for their post-secondary education.  If a scholar is not college bound, this class will help them prepare for the world of work by identifying the skills and knowledge required for entry level jobs, reviewing salary and benefit expectations, and identifying career ladders.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester     

 

Career Pathways 12

Scholars will further explore the core questions to create apply for colleges, preparing for college entrance examinations, and applying for scholarships and financial aid to assist them in paying for their post-secondary education.  If scholars are not college bound, this class will also provide guidance on entering the military or work force by helping them identify the skills and knowledge required for entry level jobs, reviewing salary and benefit expectations, occupational outlooks, and career ladders.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester 

  

Computer Science

Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A.

Credit Value:  1 credit per semester

 

Data Science I
Scholars will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice, including experimental design, operationalization of variables, data collection and integration, exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, descriptive modeling, data product creation, evaluation, and effective oral and written communication. The focus in the treatment of these topics will be on breadth, rather than depth, and emphasis will be placed on integration and synthesis of concepts and their application to solving problems. To make the learning contextual, we will use real datasets from a variety of disciplines.  This class will count as an Engineering or Biomedical career pathway credit.

Credit Value:  1 credit per semester

Prerequisite:  Algebra Functions and Graphs or Project Manager Approval

 

Data Science II

A continuation of Data Science I, scholars will select a topic for in-depth analysis and modeling.  The focus of this course will encompass research skills, writing up research results for paper competitions, participation in one or more competitions (Math Modeling Challenge, Regional Science Fair, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, etc.), developing professional project boards, and presentation skills.  This class will count as an Engineering or Biomedical career pathway credit.

Credit Value:  1 credit per semester

Prerequisite:  Algebra Functions and Graphs or Project Manager Approval

 

Driver’s Education

Scholars will receive the knowledge to become safe drivers on America’s roadways.  Legal obligations and responsibilities, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies and practices, and the physical and mental factors affecting the driver’s capability (including alcohol and other drugs) are all included as topics of this course.  Scholars will be preparing to take the state driver’s license exam.

Credit Value: .5 credit -- one semester only 

Prerequisite: Must be 15 years old upon completion of the course    

Cost: There is a cost involved                                                                                                                                                                          

Manager Aide I & II

Scholars will assist managers with their duties such as organization of materials, grading, photocopying, and working directly with scholars.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester (Max 2 credits of any Aide courses)

Prerequisite: Grades 11 & 12– Permission of Managers

 

Office Aide I & II

Scholars will work in campus offices, developing skills related to clerical office work.  Duties may include, among others, typing, filing, record keeping, receiving visitors, answering the telephone, and duplicating.  Scholars may also act as guides for new scholars.  Emphasis is placed on appropriate work attitude, human relations, and proper office procedures.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester (Max 2 credits of any Aide courses)

Prerequisite: Grades 11 & 12– Permission of Office Managers

 

Publishing I & II

Scholars enrolled in this course will contribute to the online school news site The Catalyst. Scholars will learn interviewing skills, write news articles and headlines, and take photos and write captions.  Scholars will study creative non-fiction, fiction, and other genres relevant to print media and journalism. Scholars will attend both on and off campus events, and record them through articles, pictures and video for the news site.

Credit Value: 1 credit per semester

 

Publishing III & IV
Scholars enrolled in this course will publish the school yearbook.  They will document the school year, develop the yearbook theme, take all the photos, develop and edit the layout, and work to deadlines.  Scholars will attend both on and off campus events, and record them through pictures for the yearbook.
Credit Value: 1 credit per semester

 

Resource Room I, II, III, IV

Resource is designed to help scholars develop with study and organizational skills, individualized tutoring and mentoring, and it will provide academic monitoring.  This course is Tier III intervention available only to scholars who have Individualized Educational Plans.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester  

 

Scholar Tutor I & II

Scholars will offer tutorial assistance to their peers or to younger scholars.  Scholars will learn to work with other scholars and learn to capitalize on the available resources (staff, written material, internet, etc.) to assist other scholars requesting or needing help.

Credit Value: .5 credit per semester (Max 2 credits of any Aide courses)

Prerequisite: Grades 11 & 12– Permission of Subject Managers