12th Grade Classes

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

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS

This course provides students with a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the US Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in micro- and macroeconomics and personal finance. The goal of this course is to help to prepare students to become responsible and effective citizens in the interdependent world.

ENGLISH IV

This curriculum focuses on the application of literary and informational texts, the evaluation of communication between various audiences, the creation of written products without the use of a template, the application of reading comprehension strategies, the production of a plan to problem solve, the ability to attribute the impact of cause and effect, the generation of a viewpoint based on the analysis of a situation, and the creation of informational products for use in employment, post-secondary education/training, and independent living domains.

Business, Finance, and Information Technology Advance Studies

This course is designed to help students master skills in electronic commerce security, payment infrastructure, secure electronic commerce transactions, and electronic commerce order entry, tracking and fulfillment. Emphasis is placed on marketing techniques for electronic commerce websites, tracking and using customer and sales data, and other uses of databases in electronic commerce sites as students develop a capstone project. Arts and English language arts are reinforced. 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.

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE

This is a college-level introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involves skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course. The course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college course in computer science. Mathematics 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. Further information about the course and the AP Computer Science Exam can be found at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_compscia.html.

SUGGESTED

SPEECH II

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.

NETWORK ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY II

This course provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, security, email services, web space, and authenticated access. Content includes the Internet and its uses, Help Desk operations, planning network upgrades, planning the addressing structure, configuring network devices, Routing, ISP services, ISP responsibilities, troubleshooting, and Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) exam preparation. This course uses Cisco CCNA Discovery -Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP 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 can help prepare students for the CCENT certificate. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Apex High School Academy of Information Technology

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