Fort Dodge Community School District

Career Fair December 17th from 3:30 - 7 p.m. at Duncombe Elementary

The Extended Learning Lab provides an environment in which the full potential of the learner is recognized, encouraged, and nurtured.

Each student is given the appropriate support and challenge necessary for continued educational development.

Students can participate in self-directed Independent Study explorations and are offered guidance and resources necessary to investigate personal areas of interest. Goals are established and projects created.

In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement classes, college level courses, Honors by Contract, participate in contests or academic challenges, and investigate an area of interest through a potential internship.

See FDSH Course Catalog for more information:

      *Extended Learning & Honors, page 54

      *New Technology Operations, Communications & Repair, page 54

      *Advanced Placement Classes, page 55-57

College Planning & Scholarship Resources

ACT Testing

SAT Testing       

I Can Succeed/College Planning

Scholarship sites:,,  

Advanced Placement Classes 2017/18

Course Catalog

Advanced Placement or 'AP' courses that were taken in the 2016-17 school year included: AP Literature & Composition, AP U.S. History, and AP Psychology. In addition to the requirements of the class taken, students may opt to take an optional AP exam. Exams are administered in May and reflect a level of achievement in the college-level course.  

An AP score is used by colleges and universities to determine if credit will be granted for what has been learned. The score is reported on a 5-point scale with '5' as extremely well qualified.  

FDSH offers AP classes online. All students who opted to take the AP exam have earned a '3' or higher. 

One Semester Courses Offered   

AP U.S. Government, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics

Year Long Courses Offered   

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Spanish, AP US History, Computer Science 

Additional Resources

Belin and Blank Center, University of Iowa  OPPTAG: Iowa State University

College Board

MIT Open Courseware

Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

Classes, Individual or Group Explorations 2016-17

Honors by Contract: Humanities, American Studies, Creative Writing, Film & Lit, Understanding Social Systems

Advanced Placement Classes: English Literature & Composition, AP US History, AP Psychology          

National History Day: Caesar & Revival of Rome, Susan B. Anthony, Kenya

Battle of the Books: 3 teams from FDSH, hosted by Marshalltown H.S. 

World Food Prize: Korea

Language/Culture: Korea

ICCC online FlexNet, online e2020

Graphic Design/FDSH digital announcements, community projects

Literature, Book Studies/classics, Battle of Books, political

Programming/Belin & Blank/Edhesive

Technology/Blender, 3-D printer

Environmental Studies/Lobbying, Politics, Climate

Food & Nutrition/Vegan, Vegetarian

Career Studies/Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, DNR, Education

College Search/Prep/ACT prep

Internships/Job Shadow/Athletic Training, Government, Journalism, Science, Education


Innovation/Elon Musk/Mars, design/unlikely materials, 3-D printer


Classes, Individual or Group Explorations 2015-16

AP Classes: English Language & Composition, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry

National History Day          Art History         Sports History

World Language: Japanese, Latin          Career Studies          Finance       

Environmental Science         Leadership          Health/Wellness Advocacy          

Music Composition/Technology          Meteorology: Job Shadow               

Programming          Game Design          Animation

Creative Writing          Literature/Short Stories         Math   


Classes, Individual or Group Explorations 2014-15

AP Classes: English Literature & Composition, AP Statistics, AP Psychology

ICCC Physics, Chemistry, Anthropology

World Food Prize  

Art History Independent Study

Video Production/City of Fort Dodge

Programming Independent Study, app generation

Career Studies/Athletic Training/Chiropractic Care/Physical Therapy

Elementary Education Studies

Fictional Writing, Journal Writing

Health and Fitness

Accounting Internship

Technology/Computer Construction

We Are One Rally: Student Voice


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