High School Course Offerings
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Practical Experiences
- World Languages
- OL08 - 9th Grade English Language Arts (semesters A and B)
- OL27 - 10th Grade English Language Arts (A and B)
- OL20 - 11th Grade English Language Arts (A and B)
- OL100 - Senior Literature, Composition and Communication (A and B)
- OL19S - Creative Writing
- OL31S - Communication in Society
- OL34S - Public Speaking
- AP Language Arts
Ninth Grade English Language Arts focuses on comprehension and composition of informational, literary, and persuasive texts, as well as on speaking, listening, research, and critical reasoning skills. This course exposes students to a variety of texts from American and world cultures. Students read novels, short stories, plays, essays, poems, and nonfiction. Students write in a variety of styles with a focus on structure, vocabulary, and writing mechanics. In addition, students engage in a variety of discussions and oral presentations, as well as research and reasoning tasks, and the research process.
World Literature and Composition explores how literary and historical influences determine the meaning of traditional and contemporary texts; how new ideas and concepts influence the understanding of literary, persuasive, and informational texts. Students will use narrative stylistic devices to engage or entertain audiences, and will produce persuasive writing. They will develop grammar, language usage, and mechanics skills while refining and revising within the writing process. Students will also collect, analyze, and evaluate information obtained from multiple sources to answer questions, propose solutions, and share findings and conclusions.
American Literature and Composition emphasizes critical reading approaches to effectively interpret and evaluate the meaning of complex literary texts and synthesize ideas from informational texts. Students will learn how language, including syntax and grammar, influence the understanding of what is read. They will use stylistic and thematic elements of narrative, informational and persuasive texts to refine writing to inform, influence, engage and entertain audiences. Students will refine their composition and research skills to create self‐designed research that provides insightful information and conclusions. They will use critical thinking across multiple disciplines to evaluate for accuracy and relevance reasoning used in complex situations.
Senior Literature, Composition, and Communication is a year‐long course building on the skills learned in American Literature and Composition and World Literature and Composition. The course includes the study of contemporary literature from the early 20th century to the present. Instruction of college preparatory writing techniques is an integral part of the course. Students will continue to refine their composition, reading and speaking skills in a variety of genres and contexts. Higher level literary analysis is emphasized in class discussion, writing, and formal oral presentations. Students will learn a variety of organizational strategies in writing and speaking as well as learning to speak and write for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Creative Writing introduces the student to the writing of fiction, poetry, the personal narrative, drama, screenplay, and creative essay. Students analyze peer and published authors for particular artistic devices in order to understand the writer’s skill in narration, dialogue, description, and detail. This course provides activities and projects to stimulate ideas and extend the student’s writing talent, to encourage appropriate freedom of expression, and to develop sensitivity to the power of words in the written medium. Students will read their work aloud for class critique and the course will introduce students to appropriate markets for publication.
Communication in Society is designed to assist students in learning to improve self-confidence and effectiveness in a wide variety of communication situations. Opportunities are provided to learn about communication in one-to-one and one-to-a group situation, within small group activities, and within large groups. Areas of communication will include self-awareness, relationships, work situations, and the community. Attention focuses on learning speech fundamentals, breaking down the barriers to communication, becoming aware of and expressing ideas and thoughts, problems solving, conflict management, thinking skills, and decision making. Students will read, discuss, and critically examine informative/expository resources and literature.
Public Speaking is designed for students to study techniques used in informative and persuasive speaking. Students will learn the fundamentals of communication and develop skills in the preparation, organization, and presentation of speeches. Students practice and deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, to inform, to persuade, to entertain.
- OM31 - Algebra 1 (A and B)
- OM41 - Geometry (A and B)
- OM51 - Algebra 2 (A and B)
- OM61 - PreCalculus (A and B)
- OM35 - Adv Algebra 1 (A and B)
- OM43 - Adv Geometry (A and B)
- OM55 - Adv Algebra 2 (A and B)
- OOM69 - AP Statistics WT (A and B)
- OOM65 - AP Calculus AB (A and B)
Algebra 1 is an introduction to abstract reasoning and algebraic symbolism. Students will solve equations and systems of equations, and they will use functions to represent patterns and make predictions. The focus is on linear, exponential, and quadratic functions. Students will also employ algebraic methods to summarize data and to compare data sets.
Geometry presents a thorough study of the structure of the postulational system and development of formal synthetic proof. It considers the topics of congruence, parallelism, perpendicularity, properties of polygons, similarity, and the relationships of circles, spheres, lines, and planes with respect to space as well as the plane. Basic principles of probability will be introduced. The maintenance of algebraic skills will be emphasized.
Algebra 2 emphasizes the structure of algebra. The students will study complex numbers, relations and functions, solutions to polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Statistics are also covered. They will apply their studies to develop understandings of how these topics relate to one.
Mathematics at the Precalculus level focuses on exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, conic sections, systems of equations solved by matrices and limits of functions as a precursor to the study of Calculus. Problem solving, representations, reasoning, communication, and connections within and outside of mathematics underline all of the teaching and learning at the Precalculus level.
Advanced Algebra 1 is an in-depth study of algebraic symbolism, systems of equations, graphing, problem-solving, and probability and statistics. The students will build upon their previous knowledge to further understand the characteristics and representations of various functions, and relations including: linear, exponential, and quadratic equations, inequalities, complex numbers, and rational algebraic expressions. This course is designed for highly motivated students. As an advanced course, this course goes beyond the curriculum expectations of a standard course offering by increasing the depth and complexity. Students are engaged in dynamic, high‐level learning. The pace of an advanced course may be faster than that of a standard course.
Advanced Geometry presents a thorough study of the structure of the postulate system and development of formal two-column proof. It considers the topics of congruence, parallelism, perpendicularity, properties of polygons, similarity, and the relationships of circles, spheres, lines, and planes with respect to space as well as the plane. Basic principles of probability will be introduced. Use of algebraic skills is expected. As an advanced course, this course goes beyond the curriculum expectations of a standard course offering by increasing the depth and complexity. Students are engaged in dynamic, high‐level learning. The pace of an advanced course may be faster than that of a standard course.
Advanced Algebra 2 emphasizes the structure of algebra. The students will study complex numbers, relations and functions, solutions to polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic and basic trigonometric functions. Statistics and circular trigonometry are also covered. They will apply their studies to develop understandings of how these topics relate to one another. As an advanced course, this course goes beyond the curriculum expectations of a standard course offering by increasing the depth and complexity. Students are engaged in dynamic, high‐level learning. The pace of an advanced course may be faster than that of a standard course.
This course is designed to be equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus based college course in statistics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1) exploring data: observing patterns and departures from patterns, 2) planning a study: deciding what and how to measure, 3) anticipating patterns: producing models using probability and simulation, 4) statistical inference: confirming models. Students who successfully complete the course and AP exam may receive college credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester college statistics course.
- OS10 - Physical Science (A and B)
- OS31 - Biology (A and B)
- OS50 - Chemistry (A and B)
- OS61 - Physics (A and B)
- AP Science
Physical Science is a lab-based, inquiry‐oriented course involving principles and concepts concerning the physical world. Content areas explored include nature and behavior of matter, atomic theory, chemical and physical changes including bonding and reactions, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, light and sound, and energy. The course emphasizes the study and proper use of fundamental science tools including the metric system, periodic table, and graphing.
In this college preparatory class students will explore relationships between structure and function in organisms and the interaction of cells and organisms with each other and their environments. Units of study include: use of microscope, cell structure and function, biochemistry, microbiology, classification, human physiology, genetics, evolution, botany and ecology. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented.
This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about the relationships between the structure and properties of matter and the interaction of matter and energy. Units of study include: matter and its changes, atomic structure, chemical composition, nomenclature, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodicity, bonding, molecular geometry, and thermochemistry. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented in the course.
This course helps students understand the basic physical laws of our world. The course includes: scientific methods and measurement, forces, motion, energy, light, waves, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory work serves to promote understanding and to illustrate the experimental nature of physics. Mathematics is used every day in this course.
- OT37S - US Government
- OT60S - World Geography
- OT41 - World History (A and B)
- OT21 - US History (A and B)
- OT80S - Psychology
- OT84S - Sociology
- AP Social Studies
This course reviews the transformation of the United States Government from pre-revolutionary days to the present time, the functions of national, state, and local governments and their relationships to the citizens of the United States. The responsibilities and obligations of both the citizen and the government to each other are an integral part of this course. The course will combine the historical foundations with analysis of current events. Students will be encouraged to simulate, observe and participate in local government.
World Geography provides the skills and tools of spatial analysis to better understand the patterns of people, landscape and natural phenomena of the Earth. Geography as a spatial perspective has much more to do with asking inquiry questions and solving problems than it does with rote memorization of isolated facts. The topics of study reflect the five themes of geography and the geography content standards. The topics include local and world regions, climates, ecosystems, population issues, resources, international trade, environmental issues, natural hazards, geographic tools and technology.
World History is a chronological, thematic, and comparative study of the world from 1450 to the present. Students will examine themes that span regions and will focus on the interaction of world citizens and ideas from the First Global Age through the 20th century. Students will be engaged in an in‐depth study of some eras and will be asked to complete independent research, apply critical thinking and examine multiple perspectives on world issues.
US History focuses on American history from Industrialization into the 21st century. Students will deepen their understanding of current events and participate in an enriched study of the 20th century, tracing the development of social, political, and international relations of the United States. Students will be required to critically examine how our recent history impacts the present day.
Psychology is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the science of human behavior. This class will present students with a basic view of the field of study and will cover theories of personality, mental, emotional and physical development as they relate to the understanding of behavior.
- OA41S - Drawing and Painting 1
- OA110S - Digital Art and Design 1
- OA71S - Photo 1/Digital Photography
- OOA111S - Digital Art & Design 2
Students can expect to gain a strong foundation in drawing and painting in this beginning level class. Composition, the visual element, the principles of design, and the basic techniques and concepts of both drawing and painting will be covered. The end goals are to increase artistic self-confidence, increase one’s understanding of the basics of drawing /painting and to produce successful works.
This introductory course deals with controlling computer technology to produce an artistic image. Students will learn computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, digital camera use, graphic design visual literacy, and principles and elements of art in composition. Some artistic movements will also be studied as they relate to student projects.
This introductory course deals with digital photography and teaches the basic camera handling, image processing, and post production procedures. Students learn how to control light to produce an aesthetically pleasing image. Composition and the elements and principles of art are introduced. In addition, students will be introduced to post-production image editing using digital software.
This course extends the fundamental concepts and skills of Digital Art and Design 1 of using computer technology to produce an artistic image. Students will further advance their computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, Blog design, digital camera use, graphic design knowledge, 3D modeling, motion graphics, video & audio editing, art history concepts, visual literacy and the principles and elements of art in composition.
Health Education in tenth grade is based on developing skills in relation to age appropriate health topics. By developing skills related to effectively accessing health resources, communicating, analyzing peer and media influences, goal setting, decision making, and health advocacy, students in BVSD will be able to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.
This course meets the Health Education requirement 10th grade.
Online PE courses do have deadlines for workout logs that must be completed and turned in weekly.
P20 is only offered by BVSD Online during the summer term. This is the fundamental course for all students, giving them a foundation of knowledge and experience to go forth and make good decisions regarding their wellness. Students will be guided toward looking at their overall wellness (body, mind, and soul) and how to achieve balance within the daily tasks of life. We will emphasize how regular fitness activities are critical to maintaining wellness, and will instruct students on basic training concepts, help them develop good fitness habits, culminating with each student creating and implementing their own fitness plan. Students will be encouraged to explore new fitness activities, expanding their options beyond activities they have done in their youth.
This course is designed for students to have the opportunity to improve their aerobic fitness, primarily through walking. The speed and distance walks are individualized to meet the student’s ability, with an emphasis toward significant, personal improvement. Students will learn about the process of getting fit, with an emphasis on correct walking form, and all the many benefits of walking as a lifelong activity.
This course will use a comprehensive approach to address all five components of fitness. It will be an opportunity for each person to learn a great deal about fitness and experience personal improvement through a deliberate and challenging progression. Variety will be the key with a broad amount of equipment (bands, dumbbells, fit balls, spin bikes, etc.) and formats (circuits, music, dance, yoga, hiking, fun competitions, etc.).
The goal of Weight Training 1 is to empower students in improving their physical fitness by various methods of strength training. This is done be learning the importance of posture, safety, weight room awareness and form. A variety of strength training and flexibility exercises are introduced beginning with body weight exercises progressing to medicine balls, strength bands, free weights, kettle bells and weight machines.
Introduces the application of fundamental business principles to local, national, and international forums. This course examines the relationship of economic systems, governance, regulations, and law upon business operations. It surveys the concepts of career development, business ownership, finance and accounting, economics, marketing, management, operations, human resources, regulations, and business ethics.
This course is designed to help students develop their abilities to make wise consumer decisions by recognizing, understanding, and comparing the alternatives facing them as consumers. Budgeting, purchasing decisions and consumer credit, banking services, investing, life, auto, and property insurance, income taxes, and housing are some of the topics covered. This course satisfies the Boulder Valley School District’s Personal Financial Literacy (PFL) graduation requirement.
The course teaches accounting while placing emphasis on conceptual understanding and financial statement analysis to encourage students to apply accounting concepts to real-world situations and make informed business decisions. Topics include transactions and methods of accounting for both service and merchandising businesses.
- OF71 - Spanish 1 (A and B)
- OF72 - Spanish 2 (A and B)
- OF73 - Spanish 3 (A and B)
- AP French and Spanish
Level 1 introduces students to target foreign cultures and to the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Students acquire skills through oral repetition, dialogues, short compositions, dictations, reading, and written exercises. For the Novice-Low Range Level, students learn to communicate, comprehend, and present on very familiar topics using isolated words and high frequency phrases in the context of Culture, Connections and Comparisons.
Level 2 furthers the study of grammar, vocabulary and an understanding of the culture. Students improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students improve language skills through oral repetition, dialogues, short compositions, dictations, reading, and written exercises. For the Novice-Mid Range Level, students learn to communicate, comprehend, and present in oral and written form on a variety of familiar and predictable topics using isolated words, learned phrases, and learned grammatical structures in the context of Culture, Connections, and Comparisons.
For student-athletes seeking future NCAA eligibility:
A and B Designations
In the course offerings above, two-semester courses show A (1st semester) and B (2nd semester) options. Please note, some courses may require additional materials to be purchased.
What is GPA Boost?
Students can improve or "boost" their GPA in two ways:
- If a student received a failing grade (or an "NG"-No Grade) in a class, they will take the same Credit Recovery class. This could boost your GPA.
- If a student received a D, C or B grade in a class, they will take the same Full Semester class over again. This could boost your GPA.
Question: what if I fail my Credit Recovery class?
Answer: the failed course will still show on your transcript, but will not affect your GPA
Question: what if I receive a lower grade on my Full Semester class?
Answer: your higher grade between the two will be calculated in your GPA.
- If students have previously taken the same exact course the lower grade will receive caret (^) and only the higher grade will be factored into the GPA.
- If students have previously taken a higher level course, the grades from both courses will be factored into the GPA.