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 semester 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.