Course Catalog

Hughes STEM High School Course Catalog

Grade 9 Coursework

English AA - 9 (World Studies 9)

Many of the English Language Arts learning standards --studying literature, drama, reading, writing, and oral communication—will be covered within integrated English-History projects.   Many of the novels that students read will be connected to themes that are present in the history content.  At other times English content — reading Shakespeare, certain types of writing, and poetry for instance—will not be connected to history but studied independently.

In addition to the standards covered in the integrated projects and in independent English activities, students will assemble a writing portfolio that consists of the following modes (categories):

  • Narrative
  • Response to literary text
  • Informational essay with research
  • Persuasive essay
  • Business letter or communication
  • Writer’s reflections

This integrated approach to the study of English and history will fulfill all requirements for both courses and thoroughly prepare students for the Ohio Graduation Test.

World History AA - 9 (World Studies 9)

Students will examine topics in World History and United States History that have shaped who we are today and will help students understand where we are going in the future.  This course will also be combined and co-taught with English 9 on many of the projects students complete throughout the year.  This combination of courses will allow students spend more time on each of the projects designed to help them better understand the objectives for the courses.
 
Over the course of two years, (World Studies I and World Studies II) will prepare students for the high stakes Ohio Graduation Test OGT.  Student progress toward the OGT will be measured by their ability to meet the standards associated with the following benchmarks:
 
History, People in Societies, Geography, Economics, Government
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities, Social Studies Skills and Methods

Physical Science AA - 9

The physical science curriculum was designed using the Ohio Resource Center for mathematics, science and reading program model for instructional support for educators. The curriculum addresses all the ninth grade Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmarks and Grade Level Indicators through inquiry–rich projects, and the 5 E learning cycle that incorporates real-world experiences. The science curriculum addresses foundational concepts from the physical sciences, engineering foundations, as well as from the Earth and space sciences that lead to an understanding of the natural world. In addition, algebra 1, social studies, language arts, art, technology applications and music standards are incorporated to create an innovative curriculum that breaks down the barriers between subjects and creates a more transdisciplinary curriculum.

Algebra 1 AA - 9

High school mathematics has traditionally been taught without an emphasis on historical context and social significance. This course will help students to understand that mathematics was invented to solve problems at a specific period in time. Also students will be able to experience novel ways they can use mathematics to effect change in their daily lives and communities. They will begin to see themselves as future mathematicians instead of just being students in a mathematics classroom.

This course will address all the ninth grade Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmarks and Grade Level Indicators through projects, exploration, and real-world experiences. Through the use of the Cincinnati Public School’s ninth grade mathematics textbook, Discovering Algebra by Key Curriculum Press, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Navigations series, this course is closely aligned to local, state, and national standards.

The first semester of this course places an emphasis on the number sense through arithmetic and geometric explorations. The second semester places an emphasis on data analysis and probability. By placing the focus on these two central themes, the course will have a clearer connection to real world applications for the students.

STEM Foundations I - 9 

STEM Foundations is a course that provides students with an overview of STEM careers, provides structured experiential learning, site visits and interactions with partner organizations. Students will engage in project-based learning where they will learn about and apply information and communication technologies. There will also be a strong focus on developing the character and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in life and the workplace.

Grade 10 Coursework

English AA - 10 (BioLit)

Many of the English Language Arts learning standards --studying literature, drama, reading, writing, and oral communication—will be covered within integrated English- biology projects.   Many of the novels that we read will be connected to themes that are present in the biology content.  At other times English content— reading Shakespeare, certain types of writing, and poetry for instance—will not be connected to biology but studied independently.

In addition to the standards covered in the integrated projects and in independent English activities, you will assemble a writing portfolio that consists of the following modes (categories):

  • Narrative
  • Response to literary text
  • Informational essay with research
  • Persuasive essay
  • Business letter or communication
  • Writer’s reflections

This integrated approach to the study of English and biology will fulfill all requirements for both courses and thoroughly prepare students for the Ohio Graduation Test.

World History AA – 10 (World Studies II)

Students will examine topics in World History and United States History that have shaped who we are today and will help us understand where we are going in the future.  This course is part two of the World Studies course.

The course will prepare students for the high stakes Ohio Graduation Test OGT. 

Student progress toward the OGT will be measured by their ability to meet the standards associated with the following benchmarks:

  • History
  • People in Societies
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Social Studies Skills and Methods

Biology AA  - 10 (BioLit)

The BioLit curriculum is being designed using the Ohio Resource Center for mathematics, science and reading program model for instructional support for educators. The curriculum addresses all the tenth grade Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmarks and Grade Level Indicators through inquiry–rich projects, and the 5 E learning cycle that incorporates real-world experiences. The BioLit curriculum addresses foundational concepts from life science, as well as from the Earth and space sciences that lead to an understanding of the natural world.

In addition, algebra 1, geometry, social studies, language arts, art, technology applications and music standards are incorporated to create an innovative curriculum that breaks down the barriers between subjects and creates a more transdisciplinary curriculum.


AP Classes

AP Human Georgraphy

The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

AP English

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their
arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

NOTE: These courses can be college accredited with an adequate score on the AP Exams.


Dual Enrollment with Cincinnati State

Anatomy & Physiology 

Grade 12 - Anatomy and Physiology I - Bio151

A course on the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: orientation to anatomy and physiology; cellular function; tissues; special senses; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems; metabolism; fluid and electrolyte balance; and human growth and development. (This course is only offered to students in the Health Pathway)

Anatomy & Physiology Grade 12 — Anatomy and Physiology II

A course on the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: orientation to anatomy and physiology; cellular function; tissues; special senses; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems; metabolism; fluid and electrolyte balance; and human growth and development. (This course is only offered to students in the Health Pathway)

English 12 Semester I — ENG 101 English Composition 3-0-3

An introduction to college writing focusing on understanding the writing process. Topics include: identifying audiences; developing a strong thesis; providing sufficient evidence for claims; and writing essays with grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic correctness. Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score. Ohio Transfer Module Approved

English 12 Semester II —ENG 103 Composition and Literature 3-0-3

A continuation of ENG 101. Topics include: critical reading, argumentation, the research process and the research paper; and reading, synthesizing, and responding critically to literature. Prerequisites: ENG 101 Ohio Transfer Module Approved

NOTE: Ohio Transfer Module Approved means these credits can be transfered to any state college in Ohio.