Below are the course descriptions for the classes typically taken by 9th graders in the standard course of study. The descriptions are from the WCPSS High School Planning Guide, which gives a brief outline of all of the courses offered in Wake County high schools.

For your convenience, all AOIT courses (including those required for graduation from the Academy, from a North Carolina high school, and those that are suggested for further studies in computer science) are listed on this website, with the exception of math courses. For more information about graduation requirements from North Carolina high schools, please click here.

REQUIRED

ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Advanced Placement Human Geography provides students with insight into contemporary developments of world cultures, politics, and economies, including an analysis of the impact of the environment on the progress of world nations and regions. Students evaluate world events and data, write critically about world situations, and debate controversial aspects of an interdependent world. Major units focus on the spatial natures of geography and perspectives, population patterns and processes, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, consequences of industrialization and economic development, cities and urban land use. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement test.

AMERICAN HISTORY I: THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

In this course students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the US from the European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution, as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the US Constitution. This course will guide students as they study the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, how that sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction.

EARTH SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Students are provided an in-depth study of the earth processes including plate tectonics, rock and mineral formation, and landforms. Laboratory work is a major component of the program.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the College Board Advanced Placement Test.

ENGLISH II

This…world literature course is designed for the student who aspires to post-secondary college or career experience. This class focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Students should expect homework assignments and/or compositions that reinforce classroom instruction. Writing instruction at this level focuses on mechanical correctness, fluency, and structure. The student is expected to function at grade level in communication and thinking skills.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I

This course is designed to introduce the concepts of programming, application development, and writing software solutions in the Visual Studio environment. Emphasis is placed on the software development process, principles of user interface design, and the writing of a complete Visual Basic program including obtaining and validating user input, logical decision making and processing, graphics, and useful output. Mathematics is reinforced throughout the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include entrepreneurship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II

This course is designed to teach students advanced programming concepts. Including class structures, multimedia programming, advanced arrays, and file structures. Students will apply course concepts through the development of XNA Game Studio computer games. Mathematics is reinforced throughout the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeships, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essentials standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

MULTIMEDIA AND WEBPAGE DESIGN

This course focuses on desktop publishing, graphic image design, computer animation, virtual reality, multimedia production, and webpage design. Communication skills and critical thinking are reinforced through software applications. English language arts and arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, internship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship is not available for this course. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

SUGGESTED

VISUAL ARTS – BEGINNING

This course introduces the elements and principles of design through an exploration of a broad range of media. Activities emphasize skills and techniques in the following areas: drawing, painting, graphics, fibers, ceramics, art history, and three-dimensional design (fibers, ceramics, etc.).

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY I

This course includes basic computer hardware, software, applications, troubleshooting, and customer service as integral parts of the course requirements. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, internship, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the CompTIA A+ credential. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY II

This course includes advanced computer hardware, software, applications, troubleshooting, and customer service as integral parts of the course requirements. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, internship, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the CompTIA A+ credential. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

NETWORK ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY I

This course provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Content includes personal computer hardware and operating systems, connection to networks and to the Internet through an ISP, network addressing, network services, wireless technologies, basic security, and troubleshooting networks. This course uses Cisco CCNA Discovery -Networking for Home and Small Businesses curriculum and must be conducted using the Cisco Networking Academy connection. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, internship, and job shadowing. This course helps prepare students for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certificate. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.