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High School Electives

Enhancing the High School experience

At most high schools, students get to take elective classes. These are classes outside the required curriculum that you get to choose. You may find elective classes in subjects such as art, music, journalism, computer programming and business.

Taking elective classes can give you a chance to:

  • Explore your interests.

  • Lighten a demanding class schedule.

  • Have fun studying something you love.

Foreign Language

Most high schools offer several years of foreign language–typically Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese. Sometimes these language classes are mandatory, other times they are electives–but you should take advantage of these courses.

When it comes to learning a second language, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. Studies have shown that the younger a child learns a language, the better they will both understand and be able to speak it. But just in case your elementary school didn’t offer First Grade Spanish, high school is a great place to start as well.

At BLE, the following foreign languages are provided to our High School students

  • Teacher Instructed

    • American Sign Language

    • Spanish (pending)

  • Self Paced

    • German

    • French 

    • Chinese

    • Arabic

    • Swedish

    • Japanese

    • Irish

Business & Finance

Many high school business courses are electives that students may choose to complement their core subjects. Enrolling in business courses may allow students to make concrete decisions regarding their interest in business as a major in college or desire to start their own business in the future. Some business-related courses offered in high school may also prepare students for addressing personal money management.

Economics 

Economics, a common requirement for high school students, addresses concepts including opportunity cost, productivity, supply and demand, gross domestic product, exchange rates in international currency, and government roles in economics and the trade industry. Economics courses may be divided into micro- and macro-economics, international economics, and personal finance economics. Accounting courses teach students about preparing company financial statements at an introductory level as well as budgeting, setting company financial goals, and personal accounting practices.

 

Introductory Courses (Business - Teacher Instructed, Entrepreneurship and Marketing)

Introductory course in the areas of business, entrepreneurship and marketing may be available in high schools as elective courses to give students a glimpse of the information taught in post-secondary business courses. Intro to business may cover a smaller version of other classes such as accounting, economics and business math, but may also touch on business law and communication. Marketing teaches students advertising, focusing on a marketing segment, the lifecycle of products, and product management, to name a few topics. Entrepreneurship focuses on the necessary actions and tools to start a small business.

Business Law

The Business Law course is designed to provide students with an overview of our legal system, including statutes and regulations that affect businesses, families, and individuals in a variety of ways. Knowledge of business law is particularly useful because all students eventually assume the role of citizen, worker, and consumer in society.

Accounting - Teacher Instructed

Accounting courses teach students about preparing company financial statements at an introductory level as well as budgeting, setting company financial goals, and personal accounting practices.

Vocational

Vocational education, or career and technical education, is exactly what it sounds like. Students learn skills that prepare them to work in a particular field after high school.  Students may gain a strong interest in these areas as vocational courses offer a hands on learning experience.

Teacher Instructed

  • Intro to Iron Kitchen - A Little home economics mixed with a little Iron Chef.  Students learn kitchen and cooking basics.

  • Aesthetics Artistry 101 - The beauty industry continues to grow as we develop a better understanding of hair, skin, and makeup.  In this class, students will gain hands on experience in these areas so that they can gain the in-depth understanding and learn how to grow this into a business.

  • School of Rock (Pending) - Music invokes an emotion in a person.  Students learn how to blend rhythms and sounds together to form music.

  • Intro to Project on the Runway - In this class, you'll develop a timeless sense of style and gain a firm grasp of business strategy. Study fashion marketing, color and textile theory, consumer behavior and retail operations, planning and management. You'll learn how to identify what styles will sell and how to present visual cues that prompt consumers to buy. You'll also gain fashion knowledge by learning how to design and make your own clothes.

Self Paced

  • Intro to Digital Photography - This online photography course will teach you everything you need to know to become a professional digital photographer with nothing more than an iPhone or similar smartphone. It is designed to keep you engaged and hone your skills for taking your pictures to the next level. 

  • Horticulture - The focus of the program is to build skills in sustainable practices; plant identification; soil assessment and testing; pest maintenance; and landscape construction, installation, and maintenance. The experience helps students determine if they are interested in the field and allows them to demonstrate their interest, work ethic, and abilities to potential employers.

  • Intro to Video Production - This course will teach you the basics of producing professional video yourself, even if you've never picked up a camera before.  You will learn how to produce online video content whether you have a video camera or not. You will be taught how to write an engaging and persuasive script. You will learn to light your scene properly, or use natural light to the best effect and how to capture crisp and clean audio and the equipment that will help you.

Information Technology

Students at Information Technology High School (Info Tech) study computers and technology in addition to the standard high school curriculum.  Information Technology program provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of careers in cyber security, database administration and management information systems. Technology is integrated into all of the business and information technology courses. Students learn to develop apps & websites, create multimedia presentations, design publications and integrate multiple software packages into one finished product.

Teacher Instructed

  • Intro to Computing - This course will teach you everything you need to know about cloud computing and the essential types of mobile technology that enable it and depend on it. By the end of the course, you will understand IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, online computing infrastructure in both hardware and software applications, and Internet and remote central servers.

  • Intro to Web & App Development -This course will teach you the most important web design tools and processes, including how to design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Flash, and get you one big step closer to designing your first professional website. iPhone app development will give you all you need, from how to use Objective C programming to creating multi-touch functionality. With clear video tutorials that are easy to follow, this course will get you up-to-date with the latest in iPhone app development trends.

Self Paced (All course below come with a professionally recognized certificates upon completion)

  • Introduction to Information Systems - This course will teach you how the Information System transforms data into information that is useful for decision making, which is a crucial function within an organization. You will learn how it mirrors and monitors actions in operations by processing, recording, and reporting business events. You will also learn how it supports managerial activities in the management process, including management decision making.

  • Introduction to Computer Networking Security - This course will introduce you to the core principals of security and physical security as the first line of defense.  You will learn about system authentication, user rights and permissions, and tracking users.  You will also learn about proper passwords and common attacks used by hackers to get your passwords.

  • Introduction to C Programming - If you can become a computer programmer, you’ll have the most in-demand career of the modern world. But first, you have to learn the basics. C is one of the most widely used programming languages today. Without knowledge of C, computer programming careers cannot progress. This free IT course is designed to give you all you need - from knowledge of C functions and methods to C arguments and return values - to start running C programs today.

  • Introduction to Mobile/Cloud Computing & Code- This course will teach you everything you need to know about cloud computing and the essential types of mobile technology that enable it and depend on it. By the end of the course, you will understand IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, online computing infrastructure in both hardware and software applications, and Internet and remote central servers.

  • Computer Animation - 

  • Intro to Electrical Engineering

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