Extended Learning Department
EXTENDED LEARNING INDEPENDENT STUDY - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12 - This course offers a self-directed learning experience. Students are given the opportunity to investigate an area of interest, develop a personalized plan, and create learner directed work. Students will share/report findings. With successful completion of this trimester course, students will receive one elective credit, Pass/Fail. This course is not limited to TAG identified students however, to arrange this Independent Study please see TAG Adviser.
EXTENDED LEARNING SEMINAR - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - Extended Learning Seminar is a discussion-based blended style class. Various topics, concepts, and questions will be explored. Students will gather information, form thoughts, arguments, and support with evidence. Full class meetings will occur twice weekly in order to share thoughts, communicate coherently and offer attention to classmates’ perspectives. Abstract concepts that will drive inquiry and discussion include: Identity, Communication, Systems, Perspective, Relationships, Creativity, Innovation, Conflict, Community, Sustainability, and Advocacy.
TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND REPAIR I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - This course is designed to teach basic computer troubleshooting and consultation in a hands-on manner, as well as key job skills. Specialty areas available are technical support, hardware, applications, and support. Participants will be identified as a member of the FDSH Technology / Chromebook technician team. Online research and lesson delivery is part of class.
TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND REPAIR II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technology Operations, Communications, and Repair I - This course is designed to teach advanced computer troubleshooting and consultation in a hands-on manner, as well as key job skills. Specialty areas include those in Technology Operations, Communications, and Repair I and telecommunications, multimedia, and digital hardware/software. Participants will be identified as a member of the FDSH Technology / Chromebook technician team. Online research and lesson delivery is part of class.
Honors By Contract
Students may select to pursue an Honors credit for courses taken at FDSH. With this arrangement, the student contracts with the classroom teacher to higher levels of commitment, collaboration, creative and critical thinking. Assignments may be altered or replaced with more challenging and personalized learning experiences that align with the expectations of honors level work. Students selecting Honors By Contract should be highly motivated to achieve academic success. To arrange Honors, please see the TAG Advisor and the class instructor(s).
Talented and Gifted Program
The TAG Program at FDSH serves “students who require instruction and educational services commensurate with their abilities and beyond those provided by the regular school program.” (Iowa Code 257.44) Identified students, grades 9-12, can choose to participate in the following: Extended Learning Independent Study with personalized plan, Honors by Contract, acceleration, college courses (PSEO), online classes, and Advanced Placement classes. In addition, mentorships, job shadows, and internships are available in order to pursue individualized interests.
AP courses offer a rigorous learning experience, an opportunity to pursue college level studies. College credit for an AP course may be granted based on the score earned from the AP Exam and the acceptance of AP credit by college or university. For more information and registration, see the TAG Advisor.
AP MICROECONOMICS - 1.5 CREDIT (1 Semester) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: Algebra I - AP Microeconomics is an online course which studies the behavior of individuals and businesses as they exchange goods and services in the marketplace. Students will learn why the same product costs different amounts at different stores, in different cities, at different times. They'll also learn to spot patterns in economic behavior and how to use those patterns to explain buyer and seller behavior under various conditions. Microeconomics studies the economic way of thinking, understanding the nature and function of markets, the role of scarcity and competition, the influence of factors such as interest rates on business decisions, and the role of government in promoting a healthy economy. The equivalent of a 100-level college course, AP Microeconomics prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in business, history, and political science. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP MACROECONOMICS - 1.5 CREDIT (1 Semester) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: Algebra II - AP Macroeconomics students learn why and how the world economy can change from month to month, how to identify trends in our economy, and how to use those trends to develop performance measures and predictors of economic growth or decline. They'll also examine how individuals, institutions, and influences affect people, and how those factors can impact everyone's life through employment rates, government spending, inflation, taxes, and production. The equivalent of a 100-level college-level class, this course prepares students for the optional AP exam and for further study in business, political science and history. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP PSYCHOLOGY - 1.5 CREDIT (1 Semester) - 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Biology - This online Psychology course provides an overview of current psychological research methods and theories. Students will explore the therapies used by professional counselors and clinical psychologists and examine the reasons for normal human reactions: how people learn and think, the process of human development and human aggression, altruism, intimacy, and self-reflection. They will study core psychological concepts, such as the brain and sense functions, and learn to gauge human reactions, gather information, and form meaningful syntheses. Along the way, students will also investigate relevant concepts like study skills and information retention. The equivalent of an introductory college-level survey course, AP Psychology prepares students for the AP exam and for further studies in psychology or life sciences. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - 1.5 CREDIT (1 Semester) - 12 Prerequisite: U.S. History - AP U.S. Government and Politics studies the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. Students will gain the analytic perspective necessary to critically evaluate political data, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes. Along the way, they'll learn how to gather data about political behavior and develop their own theoretical analysis of American politics. They'll also build the skills they need to examine general propositions about government and politics, and to analyze the specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP U.S. Government and Politics prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in political science, law, education, business, and history. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP BIOLOGY - 3 CREDIT (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry - AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes - energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. This course requires that at least 25% of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Students will be prepared to take the optional AP Exam for potential college credit. *If class size does not meet FDSH requirements, the course will be offered online through Iowa Online Academy.
AP CHEMISTRY - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: Chemistry - AP Chemistry is an online course that builds students' understanding of the nature and reactivity of matter. After studying chemical reactions and electrochemistry, students move on to understand how the chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and arrangements of the molecules and the forces between those molecules. Students will examine the laws of thermodynamics, molecular collisions, and the reorganization of matter in order to understand how changes in matter take place. Finally, students will explore chemical equilibria, including acid-based equilibria. The equivalent of an introductory college-level chemistry course, AP Chemistry prepares students for the optional AP exam and for further study in science, health sciences, or engineering. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP CALCULUS AB - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus - AP Calculus AB is an online course where students learn to understand change geometrically and visually (by studying graphs of curves), analytically (by studying and working with mathematical formulas), numerically (by seeing patterns in sets of numbers), and verbally. Students learn to evaluate the soundness of proposed solutions and to apply mathematical reasoning to real-world models. The equivalent of an introductory college-level calculus course, AP Calculus AB prepares students for the optional AP exam and further studies in science, engineering, and mathematics. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION - 3 CREDIT (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 - In online AP English Language and Composition, students investigate rhetoric and its impact on culture through analysis of notable fiction and nonfiction texts, from pamphlets to speeches to personal essays. The equivalent of an introductory college-level survey class, this course prepares students for the optional AP exam and for further study in communications, creative writing, journalism, literature, and composition. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION - 3 CREDIT (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: English 10 - AP English Literature and Composition is a course where students will immerse in novels, plays, poems, and short stories from various periods. Students will read and write daily, using a variety of multimedia and interactive activities, interpretive writing assignments, and class discussions to assess and improve skills and knowledge. The course places special emphasis on reading comprehension, structural and critical analysis of written works, literary vocabulary, and recognizing and understanding literary devices. The equivalent of an introductory college-level survey class, this course prepares students for the optional AP exam and further study in creative writing, communications, journalism, literature, and composition. *If class size does not meet FDSH requirements, the course will be offered online through Iowa Online Academy.
AP STATISTICS - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: Algebra II - Online AP Statistics gives students hands-on experience collecting, analyzing, graphing, and interpreting real-world data. They will learn to effectively design and analyze research studies by reviewing and evaluating real research examples taken from daily life. The next time they hear the results of a poll or study, they will know whether the results are valid. As the art of drawing conclusions from imperfect data and the science of real-world uncertainties, statistics plays an important role in many fields. The equivalent of an introductory college-level course, AP Statistics prepares students for the optional AP exam and for further study in science, sociology, medicine, engineering, political science, geography, and business. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Apex.
AP U.S. HISTORY - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 11, 12 Prerequisite: American History or instructor approval - Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society. Students will be prepared to take the optional AP Exam. *If class size does not meet FDSH requirements, the course will be offered online through Iowa Online Academy.
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (Java) - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Algebra 1; Algebra II recommended - In this online course, students will learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society, including art, media, and engineering. AP Computer Science A teaches object-oriented programming using the Java language and is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester, college-level course in computer science. It will emphasize problem solving and algorithm development, and use hands-on experiences and examples so that students can apply programming tools and solve complex problems. This course will prepare students for the end-of-course optional AP Exam. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Edhesive.
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES - 3 CREDITS (2 SEMESTERS) - 10, 11, 12 - This online course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity, and how computing impacts our world. Students will develop the computational thinking skills needed to fully exploit the power of digital technology and help build a strong foundation in core programming and problem-solving. This course will prepare students for the end-of-course optional AP Exam. Course content is provided by Iowa Online Academy/Edhesive.