Art

Course: Art I/II
Instructor: Chris Culver

Course Description
In this course, students learn and deepen their understanding that they are part of the Divine Design. They learn the elements of design and learn to observe the beauties of this world. They are introduced to many mediums and styles of creating art images.

Course: Art III/IV
Instructor: Chris Culver
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

Course Description
This course assists the student in correct preparation and organization of an art portfolio. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s strongest work.

Course: Art 7
Instructor: Chris Culver

Course Description
In this course, students will learn that they are part of the Divine Design. They will learn the elements of design and how to observe the “Beauty of this World.” They will be introduced to many mediums and styles of creating art images. They will learn that through partnering with the spirit they may all become wonderful artists. Students will develop their talents through persistent efforts in drawing and painting. They will each have a personal sketchbook provided by our school, where weekly homework will be required. Students will be introduced to Art history as associated with our Christian Timleline of history.

Course: Art 8
Instructor: Chris Culver

Course Description
In this course, students will increase their understanding that they are part of the Divine Design. They will continue to learn the elements of design introduced in Art 7 and how to observe the “Beauty of this World.” They will continue to refine their skills in various mediums and styles that were introduced in Art 7 of creating art images. They will learn that through partnering with the spirit they may all become wonderful artists. The students will develop their talents through persistent efforts in drawing and painting. They each have personal sketchbooks provided by our school, where weekly homework is required.Additonal artists will be introduced to the studnes that areassociated with our Christian Timeline of hisotry. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to complete assignments during class time, keep them organized, and remember their sketchbooks. To support your student, please consider checking your student’s sketchbooks and giving encouragement.

Foreign Language

Course: ASL 1
Instructor: Rachel Atchison

Course Description
American Sign Language (ASL) is used by over 250,000 in the United States and throughout the world. In this course, students will learn how to communicate in this language with greetings, letters, numbers 1-66, personal information, living situations, vocabulary about family, activities and basic storytelling

Course: ASL 2
Instructor: Rachel Atchison
Prerequisite: ASL 1

Course Description
American Sign Language (ASL) is used by over 250,000 in the United States and throughout the world. In this course, students will learn how to communicate in this language through learning vocabulary about family, numbers 67-100, learning how to tell how often, describe people and things, demonstrate more advanced storytelling, make requests, ask for advice, ask how many, tell the year, describe places and time, give opinions, ask price of an item, discuss plans and goals and fingerspell moving letters. Students will also learn about deaf culture.

Course: ASL 3
Instructor: Rachel Atchison
Prerequisite: ASL II

Course Description
American Sign Language (ASL) is used by over 250,000 in the United States and throughout the world. In this course, students will learn how to
communicate in this language through learning vocabulary about places, time and giving their opinion. They will learn more about the deaf culture and continue to build on the vocabulary developed in ASL 2.

Course: French 1
Instructor: Mattie Smith

Course Description
In this course, students will learn religious French (including how to pray and read scriptures in French); French history, literature, culture, and geography; and verbs, vocabulary, and grammar for the following topics: language basics, greetings and introductions, work and school, shopping, travel, past and future, friends and social life, and dining and vacation through the Foundation for American Christian Education methodology, the Standard Works and words of modern prophets and apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and teacher-led, textbook-guided exercises. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through individualized Rosetta Stone “dynamic immersion” language assessments, compositions, oral and written exams, multi-sensory activities, posters, presentations, and class plays. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to complete individualized Rosetta Stone “dynamic immersion” activities at home. To support your student, please consider helping them memorize French verb conjugations and vocabulary and giving them opportunities to speak to you in only French (even if you do not understand French!).

Course: French 2
Instructor: Mattie Smith

Course Description
In this course, students learn further about French culture and the basic principles of speaking, reading, and writing French through in-class grammatical, verbal, written, and vocabulary practice. Students learn to pray in French and sing French hymns daily. Most homework is done in class so the teacher can assist you with it. Students also participate in fun cultural events such as crèpe making, a Boules tournament, celebrating Toussaint and Noel, and trying new French pastries.

Course: French 3
Instructor: Mattie Smith

Course Description
In this course, students learn about French culture and the more advanced principles of speaking, reading, and writing French through in-class grammatical, verbal, written, and vocabulary practice. Students learn to pray in French and sing French hymns daily. Most homework is done in class so the teacher can assist you with it. Students also participate in fun cultural events such as crèpe making, a Boules tournament, celebrating Toussaint and Noel, and trying new French pastries.

Course: Spanish 1
Instructor: Stephanie LaPray

Course Description
In Spanish 1, students will review and solidify the foundational principles of Spanish grammar and pronunciation through in-class grammatical, verbal, written, and vocabulary practice. This level will focus on strengthening a student’s ability to perform simple tasks in the present tense such as introduce themselves, discuss their likes and dislikes, tell time, pray, shop for clothes, ask for directions, etc. As such, vocabulary will be an essential part of the course, as for any beginning or intermediate language class. Students will be exposed periodically to cultural topics through their language study; language and culture are interconnected in many ways. However, the bulk of their cultural learning will stem from their yearly Cultural Project for which they have a wide variety of possible topics. The students will present what they learn to the rest of the class. To support your student, please consider making the computer available at home for easy dictionary access as well as access to the class website to verify assignments, keep up with the class calendar, and take advantage of other online resources discussed in class. The Spanish classes at American Heritage are an opportunity for students to progress in communicative competence. Communicative competence requires an understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. For students to progress in their understanding of the Spanish language they will actively participate in engaging, meaningful speaking, and writing activities. Along with those activities, students will be exposed to, and discuss elements of Spanish culture. In this class students will do the following:
• Acquire communication skills in the Spanish language
• Expand their perspective of the Spanish speaking world
• Participate in the local Spanish speaking community

Course: Spanish 2
Instructor: Stephanie LaPray

Course Description
In any subject, but especially in foreign languages, repetition is the mother of learning. As such, Spanish 2 will review, solidify, and build on the principles learned in Spanish 1. While most of the class will still focus on the present tense, students will expand their ability to include a wider scope of application for the present tense as well as some of its more complicated structures. Sentence structure will become more educated and mature as students learn to use object pronouns and other grammatical devices to both simplify and enrich their spoken and written Spanish. Students will continue to build vocabulary while having the opportunity to review key vocabulary from Spanish 1. Students will be exposed periodically to cultural topics through their language study; language and culture are interconnected in many ways. However, the bulk of their cultural learning will stem from their yearly Cultural Project for which they have a wide variety of possible topics. The students will present what they learn to the rest of the class. To support your student, please consider making the computer available at home for easy dictionary access as well as access to the class website to verify assignments, keep up with the class calendar, and take advantage of other online resources discussed in class. The Spanish classes at American Heritage are an opportunity for students to progress in communicative competence. Communicative competence requires an understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. For students to progress in their understanding of the Spanish language they will actively participate in engaging, meaningful speaking, and writing activities. Along with those activities, students will be exposed to, and discuss elements of Spanish culture. In this class students will do the following:
• Acquire communication skills in the Spanish language
• Expand their perspective of the Spanish speaking world
• Participate in the local Spanish speaking community

Course: Spanish 3
Instructor: Stephanie LaPray

Course Description
In this course, students learn in depth about Spanish culture and the most advanced principles of speaking, reading, and writing Spanish through in class grammatical, verbal, written, and vocabulary practice that are offered in high school. The Spanish classes at American Heritage are an opportunity for students to progress in communicative competence. Communicative competence requires an understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. For students to progress in their understanding of the Spanish language they will actively participate in engaging, meaningful speaking, and writing activities. Along with those activities, students will be exposed to, and discuss elements of Spanish culture. In this class students will do the following:
• Acquire communication skills in the Spanish language
• Expand their perspective of the Spanish speaking world
• Participate in the local Spanish speaking community

Math

Course: AP Calculus AB/BC
Instructor: Jeff Meade
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus

Course Description
Calculus treats all the topics normally covered in an Advanced Placement AB-level calculus program, as well as many of the topics required for a BC-level program. The text begins with a thorough review of those mathematical concepts and skills required for calculus. In the early problem sets, students practice “setting up” word problems they will later encounter as calculus problems. The problem sets contain multiple-choice and conceptually-oriented problems similar to those found on the Advanced Placement examination. Whenever possible, students are provided an intuitive introduction to concepts prior to a rigorous examination of them. Proofs are provided for all important theorems. For example, three proofs, one intuitive and two rigorous, are given for the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Also, numerous applications to physics, chemistry, engineering, and business are treated in both the lessons and the problem sets. Use of this text has allowed students to take the Advanced Placement examination and score well. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Course: AP Statistics
Instructor: Sam Wood
Prerequisites: Algebra 2

Course Description
An introduction to the fundamental methods of data collection and analysis, and how to properly use these methods to draw conclusions about real world applications. The content in this course includes exploratory data analysis, study planning, probability models, and statistical inference. This class is designed for the highly motivated student who has demonstrated excellence in mathematical reasoning and critical thinking. The AP Exam is optional and requires an additional course fee.

Course: Algebra 1
Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood

Course Description
Specific topics covered include the following: arithmetic of and evaluation of expressions involving signed numbers, exponents and roots, properties of the real numbers, absolute value and equations and inequalities involving absolute value, scientific notation, unit conversions, solution of equations in one unknown and solution of simultaneous equations, the algebra of polynomials and rational expressions, word problems requiring algebra for their solution (such as uniform motion and coin problems), graphical solution of simultaneous equations, Pythagorean theorem, algebraic proofs, functions and functional notation, solution of quadratic equations via factoring and completing the square, direct and inverse variation, and exponential growth, computation of the perimeter and areas of two-dimensional regions, computation of the surface area and volume of a wide variety of geometric solids, and statistics and probability. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Course: Introduction to Statistics
Instructor: Sam Wood

Course Description

Introduction to Statistics will help students of all mathematical backgrounds. Basic statistical concepts and methods are learned in a way that emphasizes understanding the principles of data collection and analysis. Students will learn and discuss displaying and describing data, the normal curve, regression, probability, statistical inference, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests with applications in the real world.

Course: Algebra 2
Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood

Course Description
Algebra 2 covers a considerable amount of geometry. Specific algebra topics covered include the following: graphical solution to simultaneous equations, scientific notation, radicals, roots of quadratic equations including complex roots, properties of the real numbers, inequalities and systems of inequalities, logarithms and antilogarithms, exponential equations, basic trigonometric functions, algebra of polynomials, vectors, polar and rectangular coordinate systems, and a wide spectrum of word problems requiring algebra to solve. Considerable time is spent developing geometric concepts and writing proof outlines. Students completing Algebra 2 will have studied the equivalent of one semester of informal geometry. Applications to other subjects such as physics and chemistry as well as “real-world” problems are covered including gas law, force vector, chemical mixture, percent markups, etc. Set theory, probability and statistics, and other topics are also treated. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Course: Math 87
Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood

Course Description
This course provides the content the student needs to meet the demands of today’s mathematics curriculum by reinforcing and extending all number sense, computation, pre-algebra, statistics, geometry, and measurement concepts and skills. Students develop proficiency working with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, percents, as well as recognize, use, and express proportional relationships. New concepts are introduced then reinforced with continual practice and as the concept is learned it may then be applied to any situation. The computational work at this level requires the continued building of arithmetic proficiency and to help students maintain strong computational skills, a calculator is rarely utilized. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• What problem solving principles can we learn from PEMDAS, and how can we apply it to solving our own life problems?
In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Course: Pre-Calculus
Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood

Course Description
In Advanced Mathematics, topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis are interwoven to form a fully integrated text. Specific topics covered in this text include permutations and combinations, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, conic sections, graphs of sinusoids, rectangular and polar representations of complex numbers, De Moivre’s theorem, matrices and determinants, the binomial theorem, and the rational roots theorem. Additionally, a rigorous treatment of Euclidean geometry is presented. Word problems are developed through the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate and difficult. By the end of the text, students will be able to solve competition-level problems with ease. The graphing calculator is studied and used to graph functions and perform data analysis. Also, conceptually-oriented problems that prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Course: Pre-Algebra
Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood

Course Description
Pre-Algebra (also known as Algebra 1/2) covers all topics normally taught in Pre-Algebra, as well as additional topics from geometry and discrete mathematics. In Pre-Algebra, students will learn: fractions and their arithmetic operations, decimals and their arithmetic operations, mixed numbers and their arithmetic operations, signed numbers and their arithmetic operations, order of operations, percents, ratios, proportions, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions: scientific notation, evaluation and simplification of algebraic, expressions, the solution of linear equations in one unknown, word problems involving algebraic concepts, graphing, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, classification of geometric figures and solids, geometric construction, and symmetry. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• What problem solving principles can we learn from PEMDAS, and how can we apply it to solving our own life problems?
In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.

Other

Course: ACT Prep
Instructor: David Hancock

Course Description
In this class students will prepare for taking the ACT Test. The class will focus on preparing students for obtaining a score that is appropriate for attending
a college or university that requires a specific ACT score. The class will review test taking techniques, strategies for taking the ACT test and for taking individual portions of the ACT such as the English, Math, Reading, and Science section. Students will review the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their ACT scores and practice taking tests under circumstances that are similar to those required by the ACT.

Course: Constitutional Studies
Instructor: Jeff Hymas

Course Description
In this course the words of the Constitution will come alive as we explore the Founding Fathers’ statements on different topics and gain insight into how the Constitution embodies the foundational principles of freedom. Students will learn the principles of the Constitution with games, memorizations, group activities, mnemonic devices and, most importantly, the actual text of the Constitution.

Course: Debate
Instructor: Ruel Haymond

Course Description
In this course, students will study the principles, tools and techniques of deliberation and persuasion by way of parliamentary procedure, public speaking, courtroom procedure, debate, lobbying and legislation. Upbeat and highly interactive lessons will provide a fun and creative classroom experience while enhancing the student’s memory of the principles taught.
Fall Semester will feature public speaking as a tool for persuasion and influence. Topics covered include effective speech writing, delivery, use of visual aids, handling Q&A and hecklers, the business of speaking and handling the media. Parliamentary procedure will be taught as a tool to prepare students for future leadership and participation in social entrepreneurship. Topics covered include motions, voting, mass meetings, bylaws, elections, order of business in a meeting, minutes, committees, resolutions, and officer duties.

Winter Semester will feature a mock trial as a process for teaching students about the justice system. This exciting courtroom simulation provides an opportunity for students to learn attention to detail, thinking on their feet and the art of persuasion. Topics covered include courtroom players, preparing a case, direct and cross examinations, objections and admission of evidence. Debate, lobbying and legislation will be taught as processes for students to learn to use logic and solid content in a diplomatic, principled and persuasive manner. Topics covered include debate techniques, writing bills, how a bill becomes a law, and lobbying techniques.

Course: Financial Literacy
Instructor: Blaine Hunsaker

Course Description
In this course, students will learn about sound principles of financial success. Course material and content will be drawn from the counsel of the prophets and apostles, renowned financial expert Dave Ramsey, and Brian Nelson Ford— author of The 8 Pillars of Financial Greatness. Students will be introduced to the 8 Pillars of Financial Greatness as outlined in Brian’s book. The primary methods of instruction will be though reading materials and classroom discussion. Students will also have the opportunity to use 8 Pillars.com and its various calculators and worksheets, designed to enhance their learning. In addition to being able to discuss these topics, students will demonstrate their understanding through the 4-R (research, reason, relate, and record) methodology, word studies, short quizzes, and short papers. The most reliable way for parents to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is through On-line. For many students the most challenging part of class is to create a realistic budget. To support your student, please consider reviewing materials sent home with your student. Talking with your student about how to budget would also be useful to your student. From time to time please ask them to share principles they learned in class with your family. When students become the teacher they learn the most!

Course: Foods & Nutrition
Instructor: Jessica Buer

Course Description
This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Attention will be given to the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being.  Students will explore different styles of cooking and baking in “hands on” daily food preparation.  They will be required to compile their recipes in a final project that will recording of what they have learned.  Other topics covered will be food handling, foodborne illnesses, knives, measuring equipment and substitutions, and classic vegetable cuts.

Course: Journalism 1 and 2
Instructor: Tess Hilmo

Course Description
Journalism 1: The students in this class will comprise various editorial desks including Features, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Patriot Community, and Health and Wellness. Students will collaborate, investigate, research, compose and present articles for publication in the bi-monthly newsletter. Journalism 2: The students in this class will comprise various editorial desks including Managing Editor, Associate Editor, Opinion, Photo, Poll, Additional Features, College and Career, and Advice Column. Students will collaborate, investigate, research, compose and present articles for publication. Further, students in this class will oversee the managerial responsibilities of the newspaper staff. They will have the opportunity to experience a greater breadth and depth of learning by acting as a mentor for and teaching specific curriculum aspects to the Journalism 1 students. Finally, Journalism 2 students will be required to read additional texts regarding nonfiction writing and will compose a creative nonfiction piece as part of their final exam. Scheduling Note: This course is taught at the same time as the Journalism 1 course, by the same teacher and in the same room.

Course: Learned Optimism (8th Grade)
Instructor: Elizabeth Acuña

Course Description
In this class we will learn the science of happiness and positive thinking. You will learn about the importance of Emotional IQ for success in life, how to become a happier person, how to handle crucial conversations and resolve conflict, the importance of taking responsibility for your emotions, how to become more confident and teachings of Arbinger and the Influence Pyramid. We will also focus on the importance of relationships and improving your relationships with others around you.

Course: Principles of Leadership
Instructor: Grant Beckwith

Course Description
The major theme of the Principles of Leadership and Personal Management Course is “Inside-Out Leadership,” as it relates to the task of all leaders to lead from the inside (internally and privately) to the outside (externally and publicly). The major text is the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. In addition, students participate in service and field learning activities to apply leadership principles and to learn from mentor leaders in the
community.

Course: Student Government
Instructor: Jeff Hymas

Course Description
Students will learn to apply the principles of leadership amongst their peers as elected student body, and class-specific, officers. Students will plan and execute school-wide activities as an independent and autonomous group – including control and accountability over budgets. Students will learn how to communicate effectively, work efficiently, and coordinate efforts to create the activities and events that their fellow classmates will enjoy with them.

P.E.

Course: Athletic Conditioning
Instructor: Brian Smith

Course Description
Students in this course will learn the basics of healthy, human conditioning including strength training and cardio.

Course: Basketball Fundamentals
Instructor: Brian Smith

Course Description
In this course students will learn the five fundamentals of basketball: shooting, passing, rebounding, dribbling and defense. They will have the opportunity to scrimmage and to learn how to participate effectively on a basketball team.

Course: Ballroom-Advanced (Competition)
Instructor: Cheryll Treu

Course Description
This course is designed to give students an advanced technical and intellectual experience. It covers many forms of American, Latin, and International Ballroom, in addition to an exposure to other forms of partnered dance, such as Contemporary, Classic Ballet, and Cabaret. Students will be required to practice alone and with a partner outside of class as homework. The students will attend local and state competitions held in Utah valley. They will also perform at the school regular school events, in addition to a few community events.

Course: Ballroom-Advanced (Performance)
Instructor: Barbara McOmber

Course Description
This course is designed to give students an advanced technical and intellectual experience. It covers many forms of American, Latin, and International Ballroom, in addition to providing exposure to other forms of partnered dance, such as Contemporary, Classic Ballet, and Jazz. Students will be required to practice alone and with a partner outside of class as homework. The course is focused on service through performance. Students will perform for both the school and the community.

Course: Ballroom-Intermediate
Instructor: Barbara McOmber

Course Description
This course is designed to give students a more in-depth technical and intellectual experience in both American and Latin social dances. It covers many forms of American, Latin, and International Ballroom, in addition to providing exposure to other forms of partnered dance, such as Contemporary,
Classic Ballet, and Jazz. Students who participate in this course will refine their social skills and etiquette practices and cultivate a desire for continued participation in social dance events. Students will be required to practice alone and with a partner outside of class as homework. This class will experience outside competitions and performances.

Course: Beginning Ballroom
Instructor: Cheryll Treu

Course Description
This course is designed to give students a beginning experience in both American and Latin social dances. Students who participate in this course
will refine their social skills and etiquette practices and cultivate a desire for continued participation in social dance events. Students will be required to practice alone and with a partner outside of class as homework. This class will experience outside competitions and performances.

Course: Physical Education
Instructor: Brian Smith

Course Description
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop their strength as well as condition for various sports and fitness-related activities.
Conditioning activities are incorporated to enhance strength, endurance, balance, agility, and speed. We will enjoy playing a multitude of sports and gain a lifelong love of athletics.

Course: Health
Instructor: Brian Smith

Course Description
Learn how to take care of your body, maintain your health and eat properly to do the most you can with the beautiful temple for your spirit (e.g. your body) that the Lord has given you.

Course: Volleyball Fundamentals
Instructor: Brian Smith

Course Description
In this course students will learn the fundamentals of volleyball including passing, serving, setting and spiking. Students will learn rules and court strategy for playing the game. Emphasis will be on total fitness and recreational skills for leisure and lifetime activities.

Course: Womens Yoga
Instructor: Chrisann Patch

Course Description
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga flow, focusing on correct breathing, body alignment and developing the art of being “present” in their practice. The course will equip students with the tools to develop their own home yoga practice safely. There are no assignments, but there is one multiple-choice, year-end theory test constituting 20% of the Term 4 grade. Expected homework load is 30 minutes per week of ashtanga yoga theory study.

Course: Womens Yoga 8
Instructor: Chrisann Patch

Course Description
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga flow, focusing on correct breathing, body alignment and developing the art of being “present” in their practice. The course will equip students with the tools to develop their own home yoga practice safely. There are no assignments, but there is one multiple-choice, year-end theory test constituting 20% of the Term 4 grade. Expected homework load is 30 minutes per week of ashtanga yoga theory study.

Performing Arts

Course: AP Music Theory
Instructor: Kason Brown
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

Course Description
This class will help students prepare to take the AP Music Theory test. The goal of AP Music Theory is to develop each student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard and presented in a score. The course focuses on the development of five fundamental skills:
1. Aural skills (recognizing intervals, scales, modes, rhythms, meters and other musical elements)
2. Sight-singing skills (reading music at first sight through the use of tonic sol-fa singing)
3. Written skills (learning and applying principles harmony, voice leading from the common practice period)
4. Compositional skills (creating original music that follows compositional practices of the common practice period)
5. Analytical skills (examining written music to discover the compositional elements that make it what it is)
Students who take this course should already have a basic understanding of music notation and should be able to sing or play a musical instrument. Since sight singing is part of the AP Music Theory exam, students will be required to sing. AP Music Theory is a college-level course. Consequently, the quality and quantity of work required will be greater than an average high school class.

Course: A Capella Choir
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to increase each student’s lifelong ability to meaningfully interact with diverse styles of music and find personal satisfaction in group music-making experiences. Singing will be the primary mode by which this purpose is realized. Course content will include:
• Group vocal technique
• Rehearsal and performance skills
• Solo/small ensemble performance
• Music literacy (reading and writing notation, musical terms and symbols)
• Individual musicianship (sol fa, dictation, critical listening, etc.)

Course: Chamber Choir
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description
For students in grades 11 and 12. No more than sixteen advanced choir students with performance opportunities throughout the year including Christmas on Temple Square and Region/State Choir Festival. Chamber Choir members also have opportunities to participate in the Utah All-State and Honor Choirs.

Course: Drama 1
Instructor: Johanne Perry

Course Description
This beginning acting course will cover basic acting terminologies and definitions, techniques of movement, voice, and script analysis with a strong emphasis on performance. This will be taught through a wide variety of drama games and activities. The students will also be presenting multiple memorized scenes which they will present to their peers in the class for critique. Various scene performance due dates will be posted on the Parent Portal.

Course: Drama 2
Instructor: Johanne Perry

Course Description
Prerequisite for this class is Drama 1. If you have not previously taken Drama 1, you will be asked to drop the class. This is an advanced drama course that will explore acting techniques through voice and body work and many memorized scenes and monologues to be presented to the class for critique. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
How can exploring the human experience through theatre enrich my understanding of myself and the world in which I live?
The course will include the usual drama games, an introduction to stage makeup, and each student will also be required to present a musical selection assigned by the instructor. At the end of the semester the class will present a performance during class time for invited teachers, classmates, and parents, of selected class scenes. The only homework for this course is memorization of the assigned scenes and monologues. Due dates will be posted on the Parent Portal.

Course: Drama 8
Instructor: Johanne Perry

Course Description
In this one term, once a week course, students will learn a few basics of acting techniques for stage performance. This will include theater vocabulary, understanding how to use the body and the voice in acting, and a memorized, one minute monologue. The students will also be required to audition for the Shakespeare show that will begin rehearsals second term. If not selected for the cast, then another elective will need to be chosen for Term 2. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• How can exploring the human experience through theatre enrich my understanding of myself and the world in which I live?
The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is through the Parent Portal. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to get the memorization done on time. To support your student, please consider having them do five minutes each day of memorization.

Course: High School Mixed Choir
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description
This class is open to all students in grades 9-12. Students will learn and practice vocal technique and sing many different styles of music. This class is recommended for students who wish to audition for the A Cappella or Chamber Choirs.

Course: Mens Choir 7
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to increase each student’s lifelong ability to meaningfully interact with diverse styles of music and find personal satisfaction in group music-making experiences. Although singing will be a large component of the class, a broad range of other musically enriching experiences will be provided to aid in accomplishing this goal. The major components of the class are: SINGING, LISTENING, CREATING, CONDUCTING & THINKING.

Course: Mixed Choir 8
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to increase each student’s lifelong ability to meaningfully interact with diverse styles of music and find personal satisfaction in group music-making experiences. Singing will be the primary mode by which this purpose is realized. Course content will include:

  • Group vocal technique
  • Rehearsal and performance skills
  • Solo/small ensemble performance
  • Music literacy (reading and writing notation, musical terms and symbols)
  • Individual musicianship (sol fa, dictation, critical listening, etc.)

Course: Play Performance Production
Instructor: Johanne Perry

Course Description
This is a class for students who wish to perform in an all-school play, offered second semester. During class, students rehearse and stage a formal production for evening performances in May. The class provides an opportunity for students in sports or other after-school related activities to participate in a drama production. Students may be required to provide their own costumes, hand props, and make-up, with assistance from the Theatre Department. After school rehearsals, plus a Saturday rehearsal will be mandatory during the final week before performances. Auditions are before the start of Term 3 in order to have time for class schedule changes.

Course: Public Speaking and Presentation
Instructor: Johanne Perry

Course Description
In this introductory course students have an opportunity to gain skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking. Students develop an understanding of both basic communication principles and public speaking s Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• Why is having good presentation skills an essential element for your future?
trategies through their application of these principles to a variety of speaking assignments. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including speech topics, notes, and due dates, is through the Parent Portal. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to be comfortable presenting speeches to peers. To support your student, please consider allowing them to practice their speeches in front of you. The speeches will also need to be timed.
Publishable or Significant Projects: Speech topics include: How To Remember My Name, Graduation, Celebration of You, Commemorative, Hero, Latter-Day Saint Conference Excerpts, plus various impromptu subjects.

Memorizations:  Memorization is optional; however, the first line of every speech is required.

Course: Stage Craft
Instructor: Jay Clark

Course Description
Technical Theater is stage craft, audio, video, lighting, set design, lighting design, and everything else that goes into a production or event, except acting. Students will explore and gain both basic and advanced skills in each area, through hands-on work and real world evaluations on school events both on and off campus. Students will also use power tools such as circular saws, power drills and drivers, wrenches and hydraulic lifts.

Skills learned in class enhance student’s capabilities as audio engineers, designers, corporate event producers, church productions and videos, including knowledge of home electronics and how they work. This class requiers teacher permission to take.

Course: Theater Arts & Dramatic Improvisation
Instructor: Jake Earnest

Course Description
In this course students will gain an appreciation for an aspect of theatrical performance known as improv. The experience will suppot student’s abilities to listen, react, and create in positive ways that influence theatrical performance, life relationships, and cultivation of proper humor. This will be done thorugh the dtailed instruction on improv, participation in “theatre games” geared towards the support of improvisation skills. Students will create their own characters to perform and participate in “improv everywhere” exercises.

Course: Womens Choir 7
Instructor: Rob Swenson

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to increase each student’s lifelong ability to meaningfully interact with diverse styles of music and find personal satisfaction in group music-making experiences. Although singing will be a large component of the class, a broad range of other musically enriching experiences will be provided to aid in accomplishing this goal. The major components of the class are: SINGING, LISTENING, CREATING, CONDUCTING & THINKING.

Science

Course: AP Biology
Instructor: Rohan Adams

Course Description
In AP Biology, an emphasis is on students making connections between the big ideas within the AP Biology Curriculum Framework. This course is the equivalent of an introductory college-level biology course, and it is designed to prepare students for the AP Biology Exam. The course philosophy is to actively engage students in the process of science through class assignments and discussions which inform their laboratory experiences. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:

  • What are some ways that you interact with the natural world?
  • What are some factors that help you maintain homeostasis internally and externally?

Lab techniques are learned through researching journal papers, hands-on labs which make up at least 25% of instructional time, and at least two field trips to various working labs in the state. Labs emphasize development and testing of the hypothesis, collection, analysis and presentation of data, as well as discussion of results to discover unanswered questions about the particular topics addressed. A minimum of two labs in each big idea will be conducted. Students are required to report on all laboratory investigations through a lab notebook, class presentations, mini-poster and tests. The student-directed and inquiry-based laboratory investigations used throughout the course enable students to apply the seven science practices as defined in the Curriculum Framework.

Course: AP Chemistry
Instructor: Rohn Adams

Course Description
AP Chemistry is a challenging college level course in general chemistry. As such, students should have successfully completed high school level chemistry and two years of algebra before taking AP Chemistry. Students should also expect to dedicate approximately five hours outside of class each week to completing assignments and lab reports and studying for the AP exam. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:

  • What models can help us understand the composition, properties, and interactions of matter?
  • How can scientific skills and principles improve our lives?

The big ideas covered in this course are (1) atomic structure, (2) structure-property relations, (3) transformations, (4) kinetics, (5) thermodynamics, and (6) equilibrium. Students will perform several hands-on laboratory investigations that not only teach these big ideas but also help them practice essential science skills. The science practices that will be emphasized are (1) using models, (2) using mathematics, (3) engaging in scientific questioning, (4) collecting data, (5) analyzing data, (6) using scientific theories, (7) and relating knowledge across domains.

Course: AP Physics
Instructor: Alex DeBirk

Course Description
This course prepares students to pass the AP Physics 1 Exam and gain corresponding college credit. Through group work and experiments, the class will explore Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Most importantly, students will develop intuitive understanding of these phenomena and the way mathematics describe and harness them. The AP Exam is optional and requires an additional course fee.

Course: Biology
Instructor: Ryan Anderson

Course Description
The major course topics that will be taught during this class are the following: definition of life, creation of life, purpose of life, different types of plants, animals, and other forms of life, their interactions and co-existence in the world. Students will explore key thematic questions such as, “In what ways does understanding the natural world and its processes enrich your life?” Scholars will be able to effectively communicate important biological concepts and principles with correct terminology. Scholars will learn through independent and group study in addition to traditional instruction. A focus on student directed learning through independent study will take the place of any assigned homework. We will still cover all essential concepts in class. The only Biology homework will be student directed as they increase their depth of knowledge on a topic of self-interest and record their discoveries. We will become “generalists” in the classroom and encourage students to become specialists in very specific areas of interest to themselves. Topics will be taught through lecture, hands-on experiments and labs, assessments and student created reports and projects. In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through a Science Fair project and creation of a student notebook, an experiment lab book, and word studies. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to create their Science Fair project and report. To support your student, please consider helping students dedicate approximately three hours per week to the study of Biology through assignments, reports, or study of the material.

Course: Chemistry
Instructor: Rohan Adams

Course Description
In this course, students will learn about the elements, interactions of the elements, chemical equations, and properties of chemical reactions through lecture, hands-on experiments and labs, assessments, and student-created reports and projects. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• What models can help us understand the composition, properties, and interactions of matter?
• How can scientific skills and principles improve our lives?
In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics by a Science Fair project and creation of a student notebook, an experiment lab book, and word studies. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to create their Science Fair project and report, and master chemical equations. To support your student, please consider preparing your student to dedicate approximately four hours per week to the study of Chemistry through assignments, reports, or study of the material.

Course: Genetics
Instructor: Rohan Adams

Course Description

The primary outcome for this course is to gain an understanding of basic genetics principles. To achieve this outcome, the course will focus on the following topics:

  • The transmission of traits from parents to offspring
  • The nature and structure of genetic material
  • The processes in which the information stored in genetic material is converted into an observable trait.
  • The methods used by scientists to examine genetic material in the laboratory.

In addition, scholars will learn to critically analyze scientific information, develop problem solving skills, and apply genetic principles to real-life laboratory and clinical problems.

(PREREQUISITE: Biology)

Course: Intro to Engineering
Instructor: Alex DeBirk

Course Description
Introduction to Engineering exposes its students to the many different types of engineering careers, such as: civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, and nuclear engineering; construction practices; and drafting. Instruction is highly dependent on hands-on, student-led, and project based assignments. This class also covers the concept of engineering itself: solving problems.

Course: Medical Anatomy & Physiology
Instructor: Ryan Anderson

Course Description
In this course, students will learn to effectively communicate important human anatomy and physiology concepts and principles with correct terminology. Scholars will learn through independent and group study in addition to traditional instruction. A focus on student directed learning through independent study will take the place of any assigned homework. We will still cover all essential concepts in class. The only homework will be student directed as they increase their depth of knowledge on a topic of self interest and record their discoveries. We will become “generalists” in the classroom and encourage students to become specialists in very specific areas of interest to themselves. Students will also learn to apply the 7 Principles of Personal and Civil Liberty to learning biology. Finally, scholars will prepare to enter higher division coursework by successfully completing this course.

Course: Medical Terminology
Instructor: Ryan Anderson

Course Description
This half credit, introductory course, will place emphasis upon word roots, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, symbols, anatomical terms, and terms associated with movements of the human body. This course also stresses the proper pronunciation, spelling, and usage of medical terminology. This class will provide a basis of terminology used in a wide variety of future health care related occupations.

Course: Physics
Instructor: Alex DeBirk

Course Description
Physics is a yearlong course intended for those students who want an algebra-based, college-level physics course while in high school. Students will be engaged with analogies and imagery from real-world situations to build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics including thermodynamics, light, sound and electromagnetism. With this strong conceptual foundation, students are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and to make connections between the concepts of physics and their everyday world.

Technology

Course: AP Computer Science Principles
Instructor: Austin Hill
Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Course Description
The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first- semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course engages students in the creative aspects of the
field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world. This course is constructed around the following assessments: AP Computer Science Principles Through-Course Performance Tasks: 40% of AP Exam Score, Explore Task – Impact of Computing Innovations (Writing) | 8 hours (Class time) | 16% of assessment score, Create Task – Application to Ideas (Programming) | 12 hours (Class time) | 24% of assessment score, AP Computer Science Principles Exam: 2 Hours (60% of AP Exam Score), Multiple Choice (Single and multiple-select) | 74 Questions | 120 minutes | 60 % of assessment score. This course will cover the main ideas of Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, the Internet, and Global Impact. Course work will be comprised of in-class assignments such as daily journals to practice writing for the Explore task, as well as programming in different languages to prepare for the Create task. Students will be exposed to multiple different programming languages (Python, HTML, C++, Java and JavaScript), but each student will choose a language they want to pursue in completing their Create task. Collaboration will be a key part of this class, as students will learn the principles of Agile and Scrum, which are principles guiding software development and programming. A field trip will be planned to give an opportunity for the students to see Agile and Scrum meetings in action in the real-world. Students will be provided plenty of opportunities to prepare for each assessment task.

Course: Computer Skills 7
Instructor: Jeff Hymas

Course Description
Basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Continued Keyboarding instruction in technique and proficiency.

Course: Computer Technology
Instructor: Jeff Hymas

Course Description
The computer technology class at American Heritage School is a semester-long class, and is a required class to graduate. It is meant to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function in a world full of technology. Students will become familiar with basic computer hardware, and the Windows 10 operating system. Students will also learn the purposes, and functionalities of three applications in the Microsoft Office Suite; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Throughout the semester students will gain an understanding of the power of technology, and how it can be used to bless the lives of others.

Course: Introduction to Computer Science
Instructor: Joseph Walker

Course Description
This course will introduce you to the field of computer science and the fundamentals of computer programming. Introduction to Computer Science is specifically designed for students with no prior programming experience, and taking this course does not require a background in Computer Science.