9th 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.



This course will address six periods in the study of world history, with a key focus of study from the mid-15th century to the present. Students will study major turning points that shaped the modern world. The desired outcome of this course is that students develop understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical, and cultural contexts. Students will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change, exemplified by concepts such as civilization, revolution, government, economics, war, stability, movement, and technology.


This course is designed to develop student understanding of biological concepts and principles and promote an understanding of plant and animal processes from the cellular to the multi-cellular level. Laboratory work is an important part of each phase of the course. The final exam is the North Carolina Biology End-of-Course Test.


This course is designed for the student who aspires to post-secondary college or career experience. A survey of literary types, this course 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.


Principles of Information Technology provides an overview of information technology (IT) today. It serves as the foundation for all of the core courses offered by the Academy of Information Technology. The course provides students with an introduction to hardware, looking at both peripherals and inside the box. Then, with hands-on activities, students explore the most common types of operating systems, software applications, and programming languages. Students learn about the different types of networks and network topology, and set up an email client/server connection. During the course, students consider contemporary IT issues such as security and privacy, the effects of IT on society and on the individual, and technological inequality. Finally, students get a chance to discover the types of careers that exist in IT today.  The course culminates in the student designing their dream computer.


Students enrolled in Microsoft IT Academy courses benefit from the use of world-class Microsoft curriculum and software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom and have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to earn industry-recognized credentials. In this course, students will learn to use the latest versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to create, enhance, customize, share, and deliver complex documents and presentations, such as those used in business and industry. Microsoft Publisher, OneNote, and Outlook are supplemental competencies for this course. English language arts are reinforced throughout the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, internship, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeships 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. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam for Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.



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.).


This course includes basic computer hardware, software, applications, troubleshooting, mobile devices, 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. 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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