This course offers students the opportunity to explore basic arts techniques and theory in a variety of media. Students will develop their art skills, learn new studio habits, grow as artists, develop critical thinking skills, expand their creativity, and experiment with art-making using both 2D and 3D media. Students will learn about the nature of creativity, the elements of art, basic art history, art and technology, and art careers and community.
Through project-based learning, technical skill development, and academic enrichment activities, students in this course will explore the importance of plant and animal agriculture, scientific principles, agricultural mechanics, natural resources management, career opportunities related to agriculture, agriscience, and agribusiness, and the benefits of Future Farmers of America (FAA) membership through their local school. Note: Completer sequences and certifications do not apply.
Students in this course design, establish, and operate a small-group or class business, producing a service or product that meets an identified school or community need. Emphasis is placed on the introduction and application of business terminology, basic entrepreneurship concepts, and fundamental business principles. Basic academic skills (mathematics, science, English, and history/social science) are integrated into this course. Note: Completer sequences and certifications do not apply.
Trigonometry focuses on the relationships of angles on a coordinate graph. Students will identify and use connections between right triangle ratios, trigonometric functions, and circular functions. This course will provide the needed material to finish preparing a student to continue in upper-level mathematics courses like Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
Note: Students planning on enrolling in an Algebra course past Algebra II may not need to enroll in this course, as the same content is often covered. Consult a local school counselor and check course descriptions at the local school before enrolling in this course.
Economics is a challenging, engaging course that presents concepts that help students interpret daily news, understand how interdependent the world’s economies are, and anticipate how events will impact their lives.
Note: If taking this course, please note that the half-credit Personal Finance course is also required to fully satisfy the graduation requirement for Economics and Personal Finance.
AP Microeconomics is a fast-paced, college-level course that focuses on the decision making of individuals, households, firms, and the government. Students will study a variety of economic theories and analyze their practical applications in the real world. Course topics include the product market (including forces of supply and demand), factor/resource markets (including labor and capital), and competition/market structures.
Please note that this is a 0.5 credit course. Students generally combine this course with AP Macroeconomics to earn a full credit toward graduation. This course does not satisfy the Virginia graduation requirement that all students take an Economics and Personal Finance course.
The modern atmosphere in which students will launch their careers after high school is an increasingly connected world that operates primarily in online, high-tech environments. This “digital economy” requires graduates to utilize a variety of professional, technological, and creative skills.
Aligned with Virginia’s Digital Learning Integration Standards of Learning, the Digital Economy Skills course guides students in understanding and developing the skills they need to navigate the digital economy successfully. As students complete projects in the course, they learn and engage in skills that apply to the seven categories below:
Digital Learning Integration SOLs Skill Set (Content Strand)
In particular, students develop their digital economy skills with an entrepreneurial focus as they work in teams to help an organization or small business establish a strong digital presence. Instructors work closely with students as they interact with entrepreneurs and other professionals.
This course builds on the concepts of computer science developed in prior grade levels. Students will develop programming skills within the framework of computer science principles. Programmable computing tools will be used to facilitate design, analysis, and implementation of computer programs. Students will explore and create computer programs while expanding their logical reasoning and problem solving skills.
This course is specifically designed for sixth-grade students.