Academy Curriculum

FRESHMEN YEAR

  • ACADEMY HONORS BIOLOGY (BH330HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 9
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design. Students investigate questions, conduct experiments, and solve problems relating to living systems. Students will become acquainted with fundamental concepts and principles at work as living organisms maintain their own life functions and interact with other living things and the environment. Topics include matter, energy, and organization in living systems, the molecular basis of living material, the cell, heredity and evolution, behavior, and ecology, and interdependence of organisms.



  • ACADEMY HONORS INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS 1 (BH200HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 9
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: As part of the four-year academy program, this yearlong course is the first of a two-year sequence of integrated mathematics concepts. The first year of the course will cover the basic concepts of geometry, advanced algebra, and statistics. Students will expand their algebra knowledge to include polynomial, exponential rational, and logarithmic functions. Geometry topics will include similarity and right triangle trigonometry. Exploring the theory of probability and basic descriptive statistics will set the stage for the second year's focus on inferential statistics.

    Activities: Projects, tests, quizzes, team and independent work, applications of graphing technology, and applicable software.



  • PLTW INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED) HONORS (TE800HN1/2)
    (Project Lead the Way)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 9
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course is for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills using the design process, solid modeling, and developing an understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to hone their interpersonal skills continually, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. (See www.pltw.org for more information.)


  • INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY (BH400GE1/2)
    Credits: 1
    Grade Level: 9
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course teaches students a broad base of technical and non-technical skills. These skills are relevant to the use of technology in the workplace today. Students will be provided with working knowledge of hand and power tools and the processes necessary to design and manufacture a product. They will also be exposed to interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, teamwork, etc. which can also be used to be successful in today’s business world. The technology instructor will work with the math and science instructor to provide practical learning forums. Students will apply the concepts acquired in their technology, math, and science classes through projects that will incorporate the technical, non-technical, math, and science skills they acquire.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • ACADEMY HONORS INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS 2 (BH220HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 10
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Academy Honors Integrated Mathematics 1 and enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: As part of the four-year academy program, this yearlong course is the second of a two-year sequence of integrated mathematics concepts. Building on the first year of the course, topics will include complex numbers and trigonometric functions. The relationships between the various components of geometry, (polygons, circles, solids), will be developed and explored. Data analysis utilizing descriptive and inferential statistics will prepare interested students for the Advanced Placement Statistics test.

    Activities: Projects, tests, quizzes, team and independent work, applications of graphing technology, and applicable software.

  • ACADEMY HONORS PHYSICS (BH320HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 10
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Academy Advanced Honors Biology and enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course stresses the importance of mathematics in understanding basic physical concepts. An in-depth study will be made of laws of motion, optics, potential and thermal energy, electromagnetic waves, electric circuits, and quantum systems. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Physics.

    Activities: Laboratory work, reading, problem-solving, and a research project. Students will have an opportunity to develop computer solutions to problems involving multiple variables.


  • PLTW PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING HONORS (TE840HN1/2)
    (Project Lead The Way)
    Credits: 1
    Grade level:10
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: Have you ever wondered how things work? Take the why and how out of your day through an exciting class in which you can earn honors credit. This yearlong course uses a combination of teamwork and problem-solving skills in hands-on projects applying physical principles, robotics, and mechanical exploration. POE enables students to experience some of the major concepts covered in post-secondary courses of study for careers in medicine, engineering, business, architecture, manufacturing, and science. Additional project costs may apply. (See www.pltw.org for more information.)


  • PLTW DIGITAL ELECTRONICS HONORS (TE850HN1/2)
    (Project Lead The Way)
    Credits: 1
    Grade level:10
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course is an exploratory Project Lead the Way® course in the study of electronics. Digital electronics is focused on the fundamentals of electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, and electronic game controls. Through project-based learning, the students will analyze, design, and build digital electronic circuits using technology such as robots, sensors, and motor controls. This course will expose students to the design process, teamwork, communication methods, standards, and technical documentation.


JUNIOR YEAR

  • ACADEMY HONORS CHEMISTRY (BH300HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 11
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Academy Honors Physics and enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: The yearlong course is designed to provide students with a more sophisticated approach to the study of changes and properties of matter than Chemistry. The quantitative aspects of chemistry will be stressed.

    Activities: Laboratory work, reading, and problem-solving will be stressed. Students must have a handheld calculator to aid in quantitative experiments and problem-solving.

  • HONORS TRIGONOMETRY/ANALYSIS/CALCULUS (BH230HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 11
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Honors Academy Honors Integrated Mathematics 2 and enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong, honors-level mathematics course is designed for third-year BHS Academy students who have successfully completed Honors Integrated Mathematics 2. It includes an enriched study of analytical and functional trigonometry, linear and non-linear functional analysis, and introductory differential calculus. Students are instructed in mathematical procedures relating technology to business and science applications.

    Problems are examined through numeric, graphic, algebraic, and written analysis, allowing for the development of higher-level thinking skills. In addition to the mathematics in this course, a strong emphasis is placed on the use of technology in the form of graphing calculators and other related technologies as needed for integration with science and project requirements. The course also provides students with the background necessary for the rigorous AP Calculus BC offered during the senior year of the Academy program.


  • PLTW ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT HONORS (TE860HN1/2)
    (Project Lead the Way)
    Credits: 2
    Length: Full Year
    Grade Level: 11
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Honors, an additional PLTW course, and enrollment in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course is the capstone course in the PLTW high school pre-engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies advanced math, sciences, and technology skills.  Students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solutions. Teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students work closely with experts and continually hone their organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem-solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.


SENIOR YEAR

  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS BC (MA575AP11/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 12
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Before studying calculus, all students should complete four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-board students:  courses in which they study geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions.  These include those that are linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise-defined. In particular, before studying calculus, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, and the graphs of functions.  Students must also understand the functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeros, and so on) and know the value of the trigonometric functions of the numbers 0, pi/3, pi/2, and their multiples.


    Content: This yearlong, Advanced Placement level mathematics course with honors credit is designed for students who have successfully completed Honors Trigonometry/Analysis/Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry.  This course may require a summer project to supplement this rigorous program.  The curriculum includes an enriched study of differential and integral calculus and additional topics based on recommendations for the Advanced Placement curriculum.  Problems are examined through numeric, graphic, algebraic, and written analysis, allowing for the development of higher-level thinking skills.  In addition to the mathematics in this course, a strong emphasis is placed on the use of technology in the form of the graphing calculator and other related technologies as needed for integration with project requirements. This course also provides students with the background necessary to participate in the College Board Advanced Placement testing program.


  • ACADEMY HONORS DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (BH420HN1/2)
    Credits: 2
    Grade Level: 12
    Length: Full Year
    Prerequisite: Engineering Design and Development and be enrolled in the Academy Program


    Content: This yearlong course is designed for the senior year BHS Academy student. Issues in engineering, business, leadership, and science will be explored through the design, control, utilization, and assessment of appropriate technologies within the context of problem-based learning scenarios. The curriculum encompasses a variety of different learning formats. These include, but are not limited to the scientific method, research & development, and problem-based learning. Students will also be instructed in technological workplace skills and exposed to community interactions, such as job shadowing, volunteer service, and internship. A summer project may be required to supplement this rigorous program. The goal is to provide experiences in design engineering that enable students to appreciate technology, gain confidence in their own ability, develop portfolios, foster internships, and community/volunteer service.