Course Catalog

Kindergarten - First Grade

Art

ESA001 / ESA002

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will expand their artistic and creative skills as they learn about artists and their inspiration. They will create a variety of art projects inspired by artists of different cultures, time periods and places. Students will learn art concepts and vocabulary as they explore different art methods and media. Projects include drawing, painting, 3-D art, and mixed media. Content will be similar each semester, but projects will be different. Assessments are guided by Washington State Learning Standards for Visual Arts, class participation, and development of student.

Ceramics

ESA451 / ESA452

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $100 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will learn about the process of hand building, firing, and glazing.  Students will learn basic hand building techniques:  pinch, coil, slab and sculpture.  Students will increase their vocabulary with a glossary of terms.  Students will learn to appreciate and have patience for the process of ceramic art.  Students will be introduced to the concepts of pottery from different times, places, cultures and there is an artist behind every work of art.  Student assessment will be based on class participation and Essential Academic Learning Requirements appropriate for age, grade and development of student.  

Kinder-1st Grade Block

ESC011/ESC012, ESE011/ESE012, ESE051/ESE052, ESM11/ESM012, ESS011/ESS012

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 6-9 hours of at-home work per week, a combination of teacher directed (class homework) and parent directed.
Course Fee: $20 per year (subject to change)

Description:  Teaching and learning of content is frequently integrated across subject areas and is designed to cover Common Core Standards. Each class includes activities involving art or large/small motor skills, communication and social/emotional skills (discussion and collaboration, answering and discussing the question of the day) and can also include health/fitness (e.g. jumping jacks while we count), and world language (e.g. counting or singing in different languages, especially those represented in our class). Students are also given the opportunity to have activity choice time (structured choice of activities) which encourages communication and building social/emotional skills and large/small motor skills. These extra content areas (art, health/fitness, world language, communication, large/small motor, and social emotional) will be formatively assessed and will also be integrated into core content instruction (literacy, math, science, and social studies) throughout the day to support academic learning and social/developmental learning.

Reading is taught using Reading Wonders Curriculum, and supplemental materials include word games, poetry, and work with sight words. In class, students will receive direct instruction on reading comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and phonological awareness which are often integrated into class read-aloud books and writer’s workshop.

Writing is taught using LWSD Writer’s Workshop Units of Study. Students will be instructed on the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing while learning a new genre of writing for each unit. Spelling instruction will focus on “sound it out” and “best guess” spelling at developmentally appropriate levels with correct spelling emphasized for sight words. Topics not covered in this writing course: additional spelling instruction, grammar, and handwriting.

Math is taught using enVision. A combination of videos, direct instruction, hands-on manipulatives, and colorful math flyers are used to cover a variety of topics, depending on grade level, including counting, addition and subtraction, time, measurement, and geometry.                                                                                                             

Science is taught using science kits which are hands-on investigations with experiments and scientific inquiry. Topics may include air and weather, wood and paper, plants and trees, small animals/insects, and liquids and solids. There will also be an opportunity for students to document their learning using pictures and words, depending on developmental level.

Social studies will focus on learning to be part of community (classroom) and learning about who makes and helps keep the rules in different situations. Other topics may include families and traditions, neighbors/neighborhoods, and maps. Social studies will use TCI curriculum and supplemental materials including Scholastic News.    

This class, which meets two days a week, is considered full time. Students who participate in all subject areas benefit from integrated learning and classroom community.

This class must be accompanied with instruction by the parent including:

-Direct instruction and re-teaching the skills until student gains mastery
-Review/Practice
-Practice reading at student’s individual level
-Assessment
-Differentiation of instruction to adjust to your child’s needs
-Accessing videos and other online resources to accompany class curriculum
-Assisting with and checking child’s homework then reteaching as needed

2nd Grade - 3rd Grade

Art

ESA003 / ESA004

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will expand their artistic and creative skills as they learn about artists and their inspiration. They will create a variety of art projects inspired by artists of different cultures, time periods and places. Students will learn art concepts and vocabulary as they explore different art methods and media. Projects include drawing, painting, 3-D art, and mixed media. Content will be similar each semester, but projects will be different. Assessments are guided by Washington State Learning Standards for Visual Arts, class participation, and development of student.

Ceramics

ESA461 / ESA462

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $100 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will learn/continue to learn about the process of hand building, firing, and glazing.  Students will learn basic hand building techniques:  pinch, coil, slab and sculpture.  Students will increase their vocabulary with a glossary of terms.  Students will learn to appreciate and have patience for the process of ceramic art.  Students will be introduced to the concepts of pottery from different times, places, cultures and there is an artist behind every work of art.  Student assessment will be based on class participation and Essential Academic Learning Requirements appropriate for age, grade and development of student.  Should a student choose to retake this elective, ceramic skills will be reinforced with different projects and different historical content.   

Literacy

ESE121 / ESE122

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 2-3 hours of literacy work per week with parent direction
Course Fee: None

Description: This is a yearlong course.  Students will integrate their reading and writing skills using the Reading Wonders Textbooks and leveled readers with the focus at the 3rd grade reading level. In class, students will receive direct instruction on reading comprehension and fluency. For the writing portion, students will be instructed on the 6 traits while learning a new genre of writing for each unit. They will learn the writing process of pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing. By the end of the year they will have 5 polished pieces of writing.  Topics not covered in this writing course: Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting.

This class must be accompanied by instruction by the parent including:

-Direct instruction and re-teaching the skills until student gains mastery
-Review/Practice
-Assessment
-Differentiation of Instruction to adjust to your child’s needs

Math

ESM021 / ESM022

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee:  None

Description:  Math will cover the concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards for each grade level. The LWSD district math curriculum, enVision, will be used to teach these concepts. We will move through Topics (chapters) in line with the district sequencing guide. Students will be engaged in computational activities, use manipulatives/tools as needed, and practice skills through drill and math games directly related to the skill being acquired. Homework includes 4-5 lessons weekly with additional reteaching, practice, and/or enrichment pages. Homework needs to be completed prior to the next attendance day as each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. Students routinely take quizzes called Quick Checks and End-of-Topic Assessments. Parents serve a vital role in student learning by teaching, reteaching and checking for understanding in their child’s daily homework.

Science

ESC021 / ESC022

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 0-2 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee: $10 per year (subject to change)

Description: During the school year, students will engage in hands on and interactive group activities that enhance their capacity for connecting knowledge across and between the physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering design. Using the LWSD newly adopted science curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students will build on prior knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of science as well as experience scientific and engineering practices. Learning is structured around a real-life phenomenon, students create and revise models and make claims that are backed by evidence from their new learning.   Homework is assigned as needed to complete or enhance work done in class. 2nd and 3rd grade units will be rotated over a two-year period.

Social Studies

ESS021 / ESS022

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 0-2 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee: $10 per year (subject to change)

Description: Social Studies concepts will be taught using sections of the 2nd grade (Our Community) and 3rd grade (Our Community and Beyond) TCI curriculum. TCI chapters cover and address Social Studies Standards in Civics, Economics, Geography and History. Homework is assigned as needed to finish activities from class and/or complete Learning Fair projects. Content will be rotated over a two-year period.

4th Grade - 5th Grade

Art

ESA005 / ESA006

Offered: Once a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will expand their artistic and creative skills as they learn about artists and their inspiration. They will create a variety of art projects inspired by artists of different cultures, time periods and places. Students will learn art concepts and vocabulary as they explore different art methods and media. Projects include drawing, painting, 3-D art, and mixed media. Content will be similar each semester, but projects will be different. Assessments are guided by Washington State Learning Standards for Visual Arts, class participation, and development of student.

Cartooning

ESA021 / ESA022

Offered: Once a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Occasionally students may need to do collect reference pictures or complete a project at home.
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will create their own cartoon characters for a variety of applications. Students will refine their drawing skills as they study cartooning techniques such as creating exaggerated expressions, showing motion, anthropomorphism, simple perspective techniques, and sequencing with panels. Using cartoons to communicate ideas, students will learn to critique, edit, and revise their work for better presentation and more effective communication. State standards for visual arts will be applied in this course. Content will be similar each semester but projects will be different each semester and from year to year.

Ceramics

ESA471 / ESA472

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $100 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will learn/continue to learn about the process of hand building, firing, and glazing.  Students will learn basic hand building techniques:  pinch, coil, slab and sculpture.  Students will increase their vocabulary with a glossary of terms.  Students will learn to appreciate and have patience for the process of ceramic art.  Continuing students will concentrate on improving and refining form and advanced glazing techniques.  Students will study pottery from around the world during different historical periods.  Student assessment will be based on class participation and Essential Academic Learning Requirements appropriate for age, grade and development of student.  Should a student choose to retake this elective, ceramic skills will be reinforced with different projects and different historical content.

Literacy

ESE131 / ESE132

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 2-3 hours of literacy work per week with parent direction
Course Fee: None

Description: Students will integrate their reading and writing skills using the Reading Wonders Textbooks and leveled readers with the focus at the 5th grade reading level. In class, students will receive direct instruction on reading comprehension and fluency. For the writing portion, students will be instructed on the 6 traits while learning a new genre of writing for each unit. They will learn the writing process of pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing. By the end of the year they will have 5 polished pieces of writing.  Topics not covered in this writing course: Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting

This class must be accompanied by instruction by the parent including:

-Direct instruction and re-teaching the skills until student gains mastery
-Review/Practice
-Assessment
-Differentiation of Instruction to adjust to your child’s needs

Math

ESM031 / ESM032

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 3-5 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee: None

Description: Math will cover the concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards for each grade level. The LWSD district math curriculum, enVision, will be used to teach these concepts. We will move through Topics (chapters) in line with the district sequencing guide. Students will be engaged in computational activities, use manipulatives/tools as needed, and practice skills through drill and math games directly related to the skill being acquired.  Homework includes 3-4 lessons weekly with additional reteaching, practice, and/or enrichment pages. Homework needs to be completed prior to the next attendance day as each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. Students routinely take quizzes called Quick Checks and End-of-Topic Assessments. Parents serve a vital role in student learning by teaching, reteaching and checking for understanding in their child’s daily homework.

Science

ESC031 / ESC032

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 0-2 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee: $10 per year (subject to change)

Description: During the school year, students will engage in hands on and interactive group activities that enhance their capacity for connecting knowledge across and between the physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering design. Using the LWSD newly adopted science curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students will build on prior knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of science as well as experience scientific and engineering practices. Learning is structured around a real-life phenomenon, students create and revise models and make claims that are backed by evidence from their new learning.   Homework is assigned as needed to complete or enhance work done in class. 4th and 5th grade units will be rotated over a two-year period.

Social Studies

ESS031 / ESS032

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 0-2 hours per week with parent direction
Course Fee: $10 per year (subject to change)

Description: Social Studies concepts will be taught using sections of the 4th grade WA Our Home Curriculum and the 5th grade America’s Past TCI curriculum. The chapters in these curriculums cover and address Social Studies Standards in Civics, Economics, Geography and History.  Homework is assigned as needed to finish activities from class, study for assessments, and/or complete Learning Fair projects. Content will be rotated over a two-year period.

Middle School

Algebra 1

MSM941 / MSM942

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: Algebra Aptitude Test, grades in math on last report card, SBA scores, Graphing Calculator TI-84+ required
Home Extension: Approximately 3 hours per week with guidance from parent or other educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee: None

Description: Big Ideas Algebra 1

Algebra 1 formalizes and extends the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The course focuses on five critical areas: (1) develop fluency writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and simple exponential functions, and using them to solve problems; (2) compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, translate between different representations, use function notation, and interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions; (3) using regression techniques to describe linear relationships quantitatively and make judgments about the appropri­ateness of linear models; (4) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents, see structure in and create quadratic and exponential ex­pressions, and solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions; and (5) compare quadratic, linear, and exponential functions to model phenomenon. They also identify the real solutions of quadratic equations as the zeroes of a related quadratic function and expand their experience to more specialized functions – absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise-defined. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course, and together with the content standards allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Ancient World History / WA State History

MSS121 / MSS122

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee: None

Description: This class will cover the Lake Washington School District’s middle school social studies requirement.  Each year’s content will be on a two-year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.  This class will start off with a unit of Ancient World History, will move on to a unit of Washington State History exploring early settlement.  This is a survey class and we will explore history through a variety of themes such as society, science and technology, economics, politics, and culture.

*This course meets the LWSD WA State History graduation requirement for seventh graders only.

Art

MSA011 / MSA012

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 30 minutes of homework each week, this could be finding reference material, sketching ideas, sketchbook, or completing an assignment at home if the student is behind.
Course Fee: $20 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will expand and develop their art skills as they create art in a variety of styles, mediums, and techniques. Resources from art history, cultures and contemporary artists will be used for inspiration. Projects will include drawing, painting, and sculpture. State Standards for visual arts will be applied in this course.  Content will be similar each semester but projects and themes will be different.

Cartooning

MSA111 / MSA112

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 15-30 minutes of homework each week, this could be finding reference material, sketching ideas, sketchbook, or completing an assignment at home if the student is behind.
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will create their own cartoon characters for a variety of applications. Students will refine their drawing skills as they study cartooning techniques such as creating exaggerated expressions, showing motion, anthropomorphism, simple perspective techniques, and sequencing with panels. Using cartoons to communicate ideas, students will learn to critique, edit, and revise their work for better presentation and more effective communication. State standards for visual arts will be applied in this course. Content will be similar each semester but projects will be different each semester and from year to year.

*This class will be offered every 2 years (fall of 2020, 2022, 2024 etc.)

Ceramics

MSA451 / MSA452, MSA461 / MSA462

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: None
Course Fee: $100 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will learn and/or continue to learn about the process of hand building, using the potter’s wheel, firing, and glazing.  Students will concentrate on advanced ceramic forms and advanced glazing techniques.  In addition to assigned projects, students will be self-motivated and may work on student designed projects with instructor guidance.  Students will research to gather and extend ideas for ceramics.  They will study products and procedures and explore strategies for producing effects.  Students will compare pottery of different cultures and different ceramic artists.  Students will practice the same routines and responsibilities in the classroom as they would in a pottery studio in the community.  It is suggested that students keep a journal or sketch pad to keep track of ideas, techniques, and procedures in addition to periodically reviewing specific art history literature.  A special RAKU firing may be part of the curriculum but additional fees may apply.  Student assessment will be based on class participation and Essential Academic Learning Requirements appropriate for age, grade and development of student.  Should a student choose to retake this elective, ceramic skills will be reinforced with different projects and different historical content.

 

Digital Design

MSA251 / MSA252

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 30-60 minutes per week
Course Fee: $15 per semester (subject to change)

Description: Students will explore digital art and design concepts using digital cameras and digital software applications (Microsoft PowerPoint & Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, and possibly others). Projects include Digital Photography Assignments focusing on composition and basic camera adjustments, file management with OneDrive, and photo editing and creating composites using Adobe Photoshop, and a poster or design project combining images and text in Publisher. Other projects and applications may be included based on student interest and district resources. State standards for visual arts will be applied in this course. Students will need access to a district computer or home computer with the software we are using in class, an internet connection to save files to OneDrive, and a flash drive.

*This class will be offered every 2 years (fall of 2019, 2021, 2023 etc.

English

MSE111 / MSE112

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee: None

Description: This class will cover all aspects of Language Arts appropriate for grades 6-7 and 7-8 including reading (fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, short stories, short novels, and elements of each genre), writing (persuasive, expository, descriptive, creative, poetry, research, editing, SBA prep), grammar (parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure), vocabulary (Greek and Latin roots), and oral presentations.  Each year’s content will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year. All work will be assigned and assessed by the instructor, but parents will be asked to help teach the vocabulary and function as general at-home resource for the classwork.

Geometry

MSM951 / MSM952

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, compass, protractor, and ruler, Graphing Calculator TI-84+ required
Home Extension: Approximately 3 hours per week with guidance from parent or other educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee: None

Description: Big Ideas Geometry

In Geometry, students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The course focuses on six critical areas: (1) using previous experience with rigid motions, students develop notions about what it means for two objects to be congruent, establish triangle congruence based on these rigid motions along with formal constructions, and use this as a familiar foundation for the development of formal proof, solving problems and proving theorems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; (2) build a formal understanding of similarity, using earlier experience with dilations and proportional reasoning, and apply similarity to right triangle trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem, and use the Laws of Sines and Cosines to find missing measures; (3) work with the geometry of two- and three-dimensional objects, as well as shapes of cross-sections and the result of rotating a two-dimensional object about a line; (4) build on the previous work with the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances and use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships, including properties of special right triangles and quadrilaterals, slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines, and the connection of geometric and algebraic definitions of the parabola; (5) prove basic theorems about circles, and use coordinate geometry to find equations of circles and determine intersections between lines and circles or parabolas, or between two circles; and (6) compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities of compound events to make informed decisions, and make use of geometric probability models whenever possible. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course, and together with the content standards allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Leadership

MSX201 / MSX202

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Will vary
Course Fee: None

Description: The Leadership course offers students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to examine leadership theory, develop leadership skills, and apply their knowledge in real-life situations. The class will cover topics such as goal setting, project planning, problem solving, decision making, communication skills, group dynamics, and leadership styles. Students as a group will determine what projects, both service and school-related (dances, parties, fairs), they wish to pursue throughout the year and how these projects will be funded. The class will also plan and create the Emerson K-12 yearbook.

 *This class will be a mix of grades 6-12.

Pre-Algebra

MSM611 / MSM612, MSM711 / MSM712, MSM811 / MSM812

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 3-5 hours per week with guidance from a parent or educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee: None

Description

6th Grade: Glencoe Math Course 1
In this course students focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking by describing and summarizing numerical data sets. Students also build on their work with area by reasoning about relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume.

7th Grade: Glencoe Math Course 2
In this course students build on their understanding from 6th grade by focusing on four critical areas: (1) develop understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers (explain the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with negative numbers) and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

8th Grade: Glencoe Math Course 3
In this course instructional time focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, includ­ing modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation and solving linear equations and systems of equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and under­standing and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Science

MSC111 / MSC112

Offered: Twice a week
Prerequisite: None
Home Extension: Approximately 3 hours per week
Course Fee: None

Description: In 2019-2020 Course 2 will be offered on both Mondays/Thursdays and Tuesday/Fridays. In 2020-2021, Course 1 will be offered on Mondays/Thursdays. Course 3 will be offered on Tuesdays/Fridays. There will be a two year rotation.

McGraw Hill Integrated iScience Course 1:

Students will develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. The cycling of matter and energy within systems and relationships between living and non-living components of systems are recurring themes in Course 1. The major topics are:

Earth and Space Science: Earth's Materials & Systems; The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes; Weather & Climate; Natural Resources

Life Science: Structure & Function; Growth & Development of an Organism; Organization for Matter & Energy Flow in Organisms; Information Processing; Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Cycle of Matter & Energy Transfer in Ecosystems; Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, & Resilience; Biodiversity & Humans

Physical Science: Structure & Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Definitions of Energy; Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer; Energy in Chemical Processes & Everyday Life

Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution

McGraw Hill Integrated iScience Course 2:

Students will develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. While Course 2maintains the themes of matter and energy flow within and between systems, the year is divided into larger isolated systems and the processes that occur within those systems over time. The major topics are:

Earth and Space Science: The History of Planet Earth; Earth’s Materials and Systems; Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions; The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes; Weather and Climate; Natural Hazards; Human Impacts on Earth Systems; Global Climate Change

Life Science: Structure and Function; Growth and Development of Organisms;Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms; Inheritance of Traits; Variation of Traits

Physical Science: Structure and Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Types of Interactions; Definitions of Energy; Relationship Between Energy and Forces; Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution

McGraw Hill Integrated iScience Course 3:

Students will develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of life, earth and physical science. The ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. Course 3 continues the story of matter and energy flow within and between larger isolated systems and the processes that occur within those systems over time. The major topics are:

Earth and Space Science: The Universe and Its Stars; Earth and the Solar System

Life Science: Growth and Development of Organisms; Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity; Natural Selection; Adaptation

Physical Science: Forces and Motion, Types of Interactions; Definitions of Energy; Wave Properties; Electromagnetic Radiation; Information Technologies and Instrumentation

Engineering: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; Developing Possible Solutions; Optimizing the Design Solution

US History / WA State History

MSS821 / MSS822

Offered:   Twice a week        
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:   Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None

Description:  This class will cover the Lake Washington School District’s middle school social studies requirement.  Each year’s content will be on a two-year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.  This class will start off with a unit of US History focusing on early settlement will move on to a unit of Washington State History. This is a survey class and we will explore history through a variety of themes such as society, science and technology, economics, politics, and culture.

*This course meets the LWSD WA State History graduation requirement for both seventh and eighth graders.

High School

Algebra 1

MAT241 / MAT242

Offered:   Twice a week                                                       
Prerequisite:  Graphing Calculator TI-84+ required
Home Extension:  Approximately 3 hours per week with guidance from parent or other educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester
 
Description:   Big Ideas Algebra 1

Algebra 1 formalizes and extends the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The course focuses on five critical areas: (1) develop fluency writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and simple exponential functions, and using them to solve problems; (2) compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, translate between different representations, use function notation, and interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions; (3) using regression techniques to describe linear relationships quantitatively and make judgments about the appropri­ateness of linear models; (4) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents, see structure in and create quadratic and exponential expressions, and solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions; and (5) compare quadratic, linear, and exponential functions to model phenomenon. They also identify the real solutions of quadratic equations as the zeroes of a related quadratic function and expand their experience to more specialized functions – absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise-defined. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course, and together with the content standards allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Algebra 2

MAT261 / MAT262

Offered:   Twice a week                                 
Prerequisite:  Algebra 1 and Geometry, Graphing Calculator TI-84+ required
Home Extension:  Approximately 4- 5 hours per week with guidance from parent or other educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester
 
Description:   Big Ideas Algebra 2

Students extend their work with functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. The course focuses on four critical areas: (1) multiply and divide polynomials, identify zeros of polynomials, including complex zeros of quadratic polynomials and make connections between zeros of polynomials and solutions of polynomial equations (including the fundamental theorem of algebra); (2) use the coordinate plane to extend trigonometry to model periodic phenomena; (3) solve exponential equations with logarithms, explore transformation on graphs of diverse functions, and adjust the parameters of a variety of functions to model a situation; and (4) identify different ways of collecting data (sample surveys, experiments, and simulations) and the role that randomness and careful design play in the conclusions that can be drawn. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course, and together with the content standards allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

American Literature

ENG501 / ENG502

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   Students will study major works of American literature from several historical periods and become acquainted with widely read authors.  We will examine how the selections represent the cultural, artistic and historical aspects of our society at those times and how literature itself acts as archivist for each historical and cultural era.  Students will read, discuss, analyze and respond in writing to each of the selections.  We will read selections by Franklin, Jefferson, Irving, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson, Harte, Twain, Bierce, Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, O’Connor, Frost and others,  Students will respond in writing to most of the selections and will have the opportunity to submit essays.  We will also concentrate on the writing process, vocabulary enhancement, and common grammatical problems. 

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.

Art Exploration

ART241 / ART241

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 30-60 minutes of homework each week, this could be finding reference material, sketching ideas, sketchbook, or completing an assignment at home if the student is behind.
Course Fee:  $25 per semester (subject to change)
Credit: 0.25 per semester

Description:  Students will develop their art and design skills by exploring a variety of art methods including drawing, painting and other art media. Resources from art history, cultures, and other artists will be used for inspiration. Some projects will be self-directed, fueled by students’ interests and research.  Students will have sketchbook assignments to be completed at home (sketchbooks are included in art fee).  Content will be similar each semester but projects will be different each semester and from year to year.  State standards for visual arts will be applied to this course.

Biology in the Earth System

SCI221 / SCI222

Offered:   Twice a week                
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 4 hours per week
Course Fee:  $20.00 per year (subject to change)
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:  This course is designed to help students understand the principles of life science with connections to Earth science. Students will use science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to investigate living systems at various scales. Specific topics include structure and function, growth and development of organisms, and matter and energy flow in organisms. Students will also explore cycles of matter and energy in ecosystems as well as ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience and social interactions and group behavior. Students will investigate inheritance and variation of traits, evidence of common ancestry and diversity, natural selection, adaptation, biodiversity, Earth and human activity, and biogeology.

*This class will be offered every 2 years (fall of 2019, 2021, 2023 etc.

Ceramics

ART611 / ART612

Offered:  Once a week—2 hours
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  None
Course Fee:  $100.00 per semester (subject to change)
Credit: 0.25 per semester

Description:   Students will learn and/or continue the process of hand building, using the potter’s wheel, firing, and glazing.  Students will concentrate on advanced ceramic forms and advanced glazing techniques.  In addition to assigned projects, students will be self-motivated and may work on student designed projects with instructor guidance.  Students will be required to research to gather and extend ideas for ceramics.  They will study products and procedures and explore strategies for producing effects.  Students will compare pottery of different cultures and different ceramic artists.  Students will practice the same routines and responsibilities in the classroom as they would in a pottery studio in the community.  Students earn credit for grades 9-12.  It is suggested that students keep a journal or sketch pad to keep track of ideas, techniques, and procedures in addition to periodically reviewing specific art history literature.  A special RAKU firing may be part of the curriculum but additional fees may apply.  Student assessment will be based on class participation and Essential Academic Learning Requirements appropriate for age, grade and development of student.  Should a student choose to retake this elective, ceramic skills will be reinforced with different projects and different historical content.

Chemistry in the Earth System

SCI331 / SCI332

Offered:   Twice a week                
Prerequisite:  Scientific Calculator
Home Extension:  Approximately 4 hours per week
Course Fee:  $20.00 per year (subject to change)
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:  This course is designed to help students understand the principles of chemistry in the context of Earth science. Students will use science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to investigate chemical processes within earth systems. Specific topics include structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical processes in everyday life. Students will also explore conservation of energy and energy transfer. Students will investigate the history of planet earth as well as earth materials and systems, including natural resources, natural hazards, the role of water in Earth’s surface processes, weather, and climate.

*This class will be offered every 2 years (fall of 2020, 2022, 2024 etc.)

Contemporary Literature

ENG505 / ENG506

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   This class will cover all aspects of Language Arts appropriate for grades 9-12 including reading (fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and elements of each genre), writing (persuasive, expository, descriptive, creative, poetry, research, editing, SBA prep), grammar (parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure), vocabulary (Greek and Latin roots), and oral presentations.  All work will be assigned and assessed by the instructor, but parents will be asked to help teach the vocabulary and function as general at-home resource for the classwork.

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.

Contemporary World Problems

SOC225 / SOC226

Offered:   Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   This class will cover the Lake Washington School District’s high school social studies requirement.  This class will focus on the civics, economics, geography, and history of the world from 1500 to modern day. We will start with the Renaissance, move through Latin American, Europe, the Middle East, and China, look at Cambodia, India, and Turkey, and end with a unit on World Hunger. 

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.

Geometry

MAT321 / MAT322

Offered:   Twice a week                                                                 
Prerequisite:  Algebra 1, compass, protractor, and ruler, Graphing Calculator TI-84+ required
Home Extension:  Approximately 3 hours per week with guidance from parent or other educational mentor. Homework will be online or from textbook.
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester
 
Description:   Big Ideas Geometry

In Geometry, students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The course focuses on six critical areas: (1) using previous experience with rigid motions, students develop notions about what it means for two objects to be congruent, establish triangle congruence based on these rigid motions along with formal constructions, and use this as a familiar foundation for the development of formal proof, solving problems and proving theorems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; (2) build a formal understanding of similarity, using earlier experience with dilations and proportional reasoning, and apply similarity to right triangle trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem, and use the Laws of Sines and Cosines to find missing measures; (3) work with the geometry of two- and three-dimensional objects, as well as shapes of cross-sections and the result of rotating a two-dimensional object about a line; (4) build on the previous work with the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances and use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships, including properties of special right triangles and quadrilaterals, slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines, and the connection of geometric and algebraic definitions of the parabola; (5) prove basic theorems about circles, and use coordinate geometry to find equations of circles and determine intersections between lines and circles or parabolas, or between two circles; and (6) compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities of compound events to make informed decisions, and make use of geometric probability models whenever possible. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course, and together with the content standards allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Leadership

ELE201 / ELE202

Offered:  Twice a week      
Prerequisite:  None     
Home Extension:  Will vary
Course Fee:  None
Credit: Available

Description:  The Leadership course offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to examine leadership theory, develop leadership skills, and apply their knowledge in real-life situations. The class will cover topics such as goal setting, project planning, problem solving, decision making, communication skills, group dynamics, and leadership styles. Students as a group will determine what projects, both service and school-related (dances, parties, fairs), they wish to pursue throughout the year and how these projects will be funded.  The class will also plan and create the Emerson K-12 yearbook.

*This class will be a mix of grades 6-12.

Math Analysis

MAT511 / MAT512

Offered:   Twice a week                                 
Prerequisite:  Algebra 2  and teacher recommendation
Home Extension:  Approximately -5 hours with guidance from parent or other educational mentor at home per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester
 
Description:   Precalculus with Limits 4e

This course prepares the student for further rigorous study in advanced mathematics. This class satisfies college entrance requirements for Math Analysis. One semester is the study of trigonometry; trigonometric functions, analytic geometry, polar coordinates, vectors, and related topics.  The other semester is focused on both algebra and functions with special attention to polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, composed and inverse functions, and techniques of graphing. Additional topics include sequences and series, conics, probability, and initial work with limits. A graphing calculator is required for this class. This course requires excellent study and homework habits.

US Government / Ancient Civilizations

SOC421 / SOC801

Offered:   Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   This class will cover the Lake Washington School District’s high school social studies requirement.  This class will start off first semester with US Government. This class will focus on the structures, processes, and issues of government and on the rights and responsibilities of the citizen. We will examine political and historical documents such as the Constitution, analyze basic government institutions including the presidency, the congress, and the courts, and become knowledgeable of the political processes such as elections, civil rights, and the freedoms established in the Bill of Rights. Second Semester we will cover Ancient Civilizations, exploring the Middle Ages and the formation of Western Europe, the European Renaissance, the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the French and Russian Revolutions.

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.

US History

SOC321 / SOC322

Offered:   Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   This class will cover the Lake Washington School District’s high school social studies requirement.  This class will class focus on the civics, economics, geography, and history of our country.  We will explore a variety of themes such as society, science and technology, economics, politics, and culture.  We will start just prior to the turn of the last century and proceed through issues for the 21st century – time permitting. 

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.

World Literature

ENG521 / ENG522

Offered:  Twice a week
Prerequisite:  None
Home Extension:  Approximately 3-5 hours per week
Course Fee:  None
Credit: 0.5 per semester

Description:   Students will interpretively read, listen to and view major works of world literature from several historical periods and become acquainted with widely read authors. Relationships between the history and the literature of various historical periods will be examined as well as looking at recurring themes throughout history.  Students will respond in writing to most of the selections and will have the opportunity to submit essays.  Class will also concentrate in the writing process, vocabulary enhancement and common grammatical problems.

*This class will be on a three year rotation so that no student will repeat the same content from a previous year.