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.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY
This course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in the service of creating deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in US history. The curriculum of the course centers around four types of historical thinking skills: chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis. Students will explore seven themes throughout this course: identity; work, exchange, and technology; peopling; politics and power; America in the world; environment and geography – physical and human; and ideas, beliefs, and culture. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement test.
AMERICAN HISTORY II
This course will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction era to present times. This course will trace the changes in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the United States as major world power.
Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of matter. It provides an introduction to the theories concerning the structure of matter and includes mathematical problems that illustrate these theories. Laboratory experiences and demonstrations are integral parts of this course.
Students develop a general understanding of the mathematical and motion-oriented study of matter and energy. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, gravity, and nuclear energy are the major topics of study. Students who wish to study these topics in detail should take Honors Physics.
This course is designed as an entry-level course. The concepts of physics and chemistry are taught using both laboratory approaches and inquiry teaching. Students use their mathematical skills in the applications of science. Science projects and other independent student research provide students with a better understanding of the processes of science.
This curriculum focuses on the understanding of literary and informational texts, the use of appropriate communication skills, the creation of written products through the use of a template, the application of reading and comprehension strategies, the problem-solving process, cause and effect relationships to decision-making, and informational research for employment, post-secondary education/training, and independent living settings.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
This college-level course provides an analytical and historical study of American literature and language as well as other literature in a comprehensive program of reading, writing, and critical thinking. As preparation to take the Advanced Placement Test in Language and Composition, students read, discuss, analyze, and write about challenging works of recognized literary merit to develop honest, concise, and effective use of language and the ability to organize ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive way. Independent literary analysis and a total mastery of writing skills are goals of the course. Because this course meets the needs of academically gifted or highly motivated advanced students who hope to bypass introductory courses in composition and literature when they enter college, students in an AP course should expect assignments and instruction paced at the college level. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take The College Board Advanced Placement Test.
This course is designed to help students master skills in the design and construction of complex web sites for conducting business electronically. Emphasis is on skill development in advanced web page construction and entrepreneurial applications of conducting business electronically as well as economic, social, legal, and ethical issues related to electronic business. Students learn through project-based applications as they plan, design, create, publish, maintain, and promote an e-commerce website. Art is reinforced throughout the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, 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 essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.
SAS PROGRAMMING I (HONORS)
This course is the entry point for students to learn SAS programming. Students will learn how to plan and write SAS programs to solve common data analysis problems. Instruction provides practice running and debugging programs. The emphasis is placed on reading input data, creating list and summary reports, defining new variables, executing code conditionally, reading raw data files and SAS data sets, and writing the results to SAS data sets. Mathematics is reinforced throughout the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, internship, entrepreneurship, mentorship, service learning, and job shadowing. Cooperative education is 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. This course can help prepare students for the SAS Base Programming Exam for SAS 9 certification exam.
This course hones public speaking skills so that students may more rewardingly engage in competitive speaking and debate. Class activities are modeled on local, statewide, and national events expected by the National Forensics League. Included are dramatic and humorous interpretation of poetry and prose, student Congress, public forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, and original oratory. Students who belong to a Speech and Debate Team will greatly benefit from this course, but all students who want to take their skills to the next level would derive much benefit and pleasure.
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.