Elective courses provide high school students opportunities to discover skill sets that might not be obvious in their other classes, help them see their strengths, and provide them a more well-rounded education.
The Science Academy STEM Magnet may adjust, modify, and/or change the elective offerings at its discretion.
Tentative High School Elective Offerings as of the 2022-20223 Academic Year are:
- Academic Decathalon
The United States Academic Decathlon’s curriculum is an interdisciplinary curriculum in which a selected theme is integrated across six different subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science. The overall curricular theme for 2022–2023 will be The American Revolution and the New Nation. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas. ART: The art curriculum will explore early American art. ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will include a thematic section on colonial and early American economic history. LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry. MUSIC: The music curriculum will present an introduction to early American music.
SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to chemistry and will include discussions of significant advancements made in chemistry during the last half of the eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century. SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science topic will be the American Revolution and the founding of the United States of America. Students also study and participate in essay-writing, speech, and interview events. Culminating in the Super Quiz™, teammates will take turns solving the most stimulating challenges of all from across every subject studied— while a live audience cheer on.
- HS Leadership
High School Leadership is a course for students to work together to better our school and make sure that a student voice and perspective is provided in all school affairs. Leadership members get involved in school-wide activities and key school issues. They serve on school councils, plan school dances/lunch activities. Leadership students act as liaisons between the student body and the administration.
The purpose of this academic course is to study the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory investigations are designed to illustrate how the body systems maintain a homeostatic internal environment. Active student participation in laboratory investigations and the development of critical-thinking skills are essential. In addition, research into professional opportunities in the health-related sciences stresses the importance of the study of physiology.
- Science Bowl
The Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of Science and Mathematics. High school student teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Energy, and Math.
- Speech and Debate
This course will provide advance training in the skills of debate; analysis of social, economic, and scientific problems; logical and clear thinking; and use of the rules of evidence, types of support, literacy style, rhetorical devices, and advanced research. Using language in natural, fresh, and vivid ways to establish a specific tone, students will gain experience in parliamentary, persuasive, and forensics.
- Math Intervention
This course is designed to provide support for students who are struggling in any area of Mathematics. Students will benefit from Systematic and explicit instruction, visual representation of functions and relationships, such as manipulatives, pictures and graphs and peer-assisted instruction.