High School Courses Available at Impact Academy
(some may not be offered through HCOA)
*Four Rigor Classes are required for the HOPE Scholarship.
Click here for a complete HOPE Rigor Courses list.9th Grade Literature (regular/honors)World Literature (regular/honors)American Literature (regular/honors) or *AP English LanguageBritish Literature (regular/honors) or AP English Literature (GAVS)Foundations of AlgebraGSE Algebra (regular/honors)GSE Algebra Support (elective)Analytic Geometry (regular/honors)Analytic Geometry Support (elective)Advanced Algebra (regular/honors)Math of Finance (GAVS)Advanced Math Decision Making (Blackboard)Pre-Calculus (regular/honors)AP Statistics (GAVS)AP Calculus (GAVS)AP Calculus BC (GAVS)College Readiness MathematicsBiology (regular/honors)Physical SciencePhysicsAP Physics I/II (GAVS)Chemistry (regular/honors or AP with GAVS)Environmental Science (regular or AP with GAVS)Earth Systems (OW)Forensic Science (OW)Human Anatomy/PhysiologyWorld Geography (regular/honors; elective)World History (regular/honors or AP with GAVS)US History (regular/honors or AP with GAVS)Economics (regular/honors or AP Macro or Micro with GAVS)Government (regular/honors or AP with GAVS)
Career & Technology
Pathway: Basic Agriculture Science (OW); Plant Science & Biotechnology (year 2/3, OW); Animal Science & Biotechnology (year 2/3, OW)
Audio & Video Technology and Film I (GAVS)
Pathway: Introduction to Digital Technology; Digital Design (year 2, GAVS); Computer Science Principles (GAVS); AP Computer Science (GAVS); Programming Games/Apps/Society (GAVS); Game Design: Animation/Simulation (GAVS)Pathway: Introduction to Business & Technology; Legal Environment of Business (year 2, OW), Entrepreneurship (year 3, GAVS) OR Financial Literacy (year 2, GAVS); Principles of Accounting (year 3, GAVS); Banking, Investing, and Insurance (year 3, GAVS)
Marketing Principles (OW)
Introduction to Healthcare Science; Essentials of Healthcare (year 2)Early Childhood Education I (OW)
Pathway: Food, Nutrition, & Wellness (Blackboard); Food & Nutrition through the Lifespan/Food for Life (year 2, GAVS); Food Science (year 3, GAVS)Foundations of Engineering & Technology (GAVS)
Introduction to Law & Justice (OW); Criminal Justice Essentials (year 2, OW)
Study Skills III (oral/written communication)
Psychology (semester or year-long)
AP Psychology (GAVS)
Sociology (semester or year-long)
Anthropology (semester)Ethnic-African American Studies
Spanish I (OW)
Spanish II (OW)
Spanish II Honors (OW)
Spanish III (GAVS)
AP Spanish (GAVS)
French I (OW)
French II (OW)
French III (GAVS)
German III (GAVS)
Chinese III (GAVS)
Japanese I (GAVS)
Japanese II (GAVS)
American Sign Language I (Blackboard)
American Sign Language II (Blackboard)
Visual Arts/Comprehensive I
Visual Arts/Photography (year 2 or 3)
Music Appreciation (GAVS)
Physical Education (semester courses)
Teams Sports (Brain Honey)
Beg. Weight Training (Brain Honey)
First Aid & Safety (not available through HCOA)HealthPersonal FitnessHigh School Course Descriptions
Personal FitnessPersonal Fitness provides instruction in methods to attain a healthy level of physical fitness. The course covers how to develop a lifetime fitness program based on personal fitness assessment and stresses strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance. It includes fitness principles, nutrition, fad diets, weight control, stress management, adherence strategies, and consumer information and promotes self- awareness and responsibility for fitness. This course is required for graduation and is one semester in length.
Health explores the mental, physical and social aspects of life and how each contributes to total health and well-being. The course emphasizes safety, nutrition, mental health, substance abuse prevention, disease prevention, environmental health, family life education, health careers, consumer health, and community health. An instructional program developed by the American Heart Association in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is incorporated into the course. This course is required for graduation and is one semester in length.Beginning Weight TrainingThis course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of weight training. Students will be taught the fundamentals and techniques for improving and developing strength, flexibility, and endurance. Students will also be introduced to a variety of methods and materials for gaining strength, weight control, relieving stress, and building muscle endurance.Visual Arts/Comprehensive Art IThis course introduces art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment and studio production. It emphasizes the ability to understand and use elements and principles of design through a variety of media, processes, and visual resources. Coursework explores master artworks for historical and cultural significance.Visual Arts/Photography
Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs.Intro to Business & Technology
The course is designed for high school students as an overview of business and technology skills required for today's business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by business combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course.Legal Environment of BusinessStudents will get an overview of business law while concentrating on the legal aspects of business ownership and management. Legal issues addressed include court procedures, contracts, torts, consumer law, employment law, environmental law, international law, ethics, and the role of the government in business.Prerequisite: Introduction to Business & Technology
Areas of study taught through application in personal finance including sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies including savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. Students will experience developing financial goals, creating realistic and measurable objectives to be MONEY SMART! Financial literacy places great emphasis on problem solving, reasoning, representing, connecting and communicating financial data throughout this course.Prerequisite: Introduction to Business & Technology
Principles of Accounting I
Students perform accounting activities for sole proprietorships and corporations following generally accepted accounting procedures. Students analyze business transactions and financial statements, perform payroll, examine the global perspective of accounting, and evaluate the effects of transactions on the economic health of a business. Competencies for the co- curricular student organization Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are integral components of the performance standards. FBLA activities should be incorporated throughout instructional strategies developed for the course.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Business & Technology and Financial LiteracyIntro to Digital Technology
Introduction to Digital Technology is the foundational course for Web & Digital Communications, Programming, and Advanced Programming pathways. This course is designed for high school students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support, and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project focused tasks. Students will not only understand the concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course. Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the digital world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. The knowledge and skills taught in this course build upon each other to form a comprehensive introduction to digital world.
Computer Science PrinciplesThis course emphasizes the content, practices, thinking and skills central to the discipline of computer science. Through both its content and pedagogy, this course aims to appeal to a broad audience. The focus of this course will fall into these computational thinking practices: connecting computing, developing computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating, and collaborating.Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital TechnologyAP Computer ScienceThe AP Computer Science course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in Computer Science. The AP Computer Science course emphasizes object-oriented programming using the Java programming language with a concentration on problem solving and algorithm development, and includes the study of data structures, design, and abstraction. Other topics covered include an overview of the history of computing, basics of computing systems, ethics in computing, syntax/semantics in Java, subroutines, selection, repetition, classes, and their methods, and an introduction to the GridWorld Case Study. The GridWorld case study provides a graphical environment in which students can experiment with different types of objects and observe how programming changes will affect the behavior of those objects. It is a required part of the AP Computer Science curriculum. This is a two-semester course that will culminate in the AP Examination in Computer Science A.Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Technology and Computer Science Principles
Using web design as the platform for product design and presentation, students will create and learn digital media applications using elements of text, graphics, animation, sound, video and digital imaging for various format. The digital media and interactive media projects developed and published showcase the student skills and ability. Emphasis will be placed on effective use of tools for interactive multimedia production including storyboarding, visual development, project management, digital citizenship, and web processes. Students will create and design web sites that incorporate digital media elements to enhance content of web site.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Technology
This course will equip students with the ability to plan, design, and create a web site. Students will move past learning how to write code and progress to designing a professional looking web site using graphical authoring tools that contains multimedia elements. Working individually and in teams, students will learn to work with web page layout and graphical elements to create a professional looking web site.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Technology and Digital DesignEarly Childhood Education IThe Early Childhood Education I course is the foundational course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children.Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and SecurityIntroduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) is the pre-requisite for all other courses within the Career Cluster. This course provides students with career focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program), basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law. Career planning and employability skills will be emphasized.Criminal Justice EssentialsCriminal Justice Essentials provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Starting with historical perspectives of the origin of the system, the course then reviews the overall structure. Students will then be immersed in criminal and constitutional law. Then the course gives students a review of basic law enforcement skills.Prerequisite: Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and SecurityFoundations of Engineering & TechnologyThis STEM driven course provides the students with an overview of engineering and technology including the different methods used in the engineering design process developing fundamental technology and engineering literacy. Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned through various project based activities while using an engineering design process to successfully master the “E” in STEM.Engineering ConceptsThis course introduces students to the fundamental principles of engineering. Students learn about areas of specialization within engineering and engineering design, and apply engineering tools and procedures.Prerequisite: Foundations of Engineering & TechnologyAnthropology
The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past, present and future, and in addition address the problems humans face in biological, social and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity and diversity of humankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the anthropological world are just one of the powerful learning tools utilized in this course.
Psychology is an elective survey course. Topics include the history of psychology, the study of learning, memory and thought, theories of personality, insights into stress and conflict, factors influencing motivation and emotion, social and moral development, and types of mental illnesses and their treatment. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking.
Sociology is an elective survey course. Topics include the background of sociology, sociological research and methods, insights into culture, socialization skills and influences, and social institutions. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking.Marketing Principles - Music Business
Music Industry Leadership 101 to expose students to over 30 careers within the music entertainment industry. The course will teach marketing, creating a brand, teamwork and guidance from industry executives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWQkt6d-S8
Intro Drafting and Design
Emphasis is placed on safety, geometric construction, fundamentals of computer-aided drafting, and multi-view drawings. Students learn drafting techniques through the study of geometric construction at which time they are introduced to computer-aided drafting and design. The standards are aligned with the national standards of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA).
Intro to Healthcare Science
Introduction to Healthcare is the foundational course for all Health Science pathways and is a prerequisite for all other Healthcare Science pathway courses. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training.
This course is designed for the non-musician and will include a survey of music in society, the evolution of modern music, and the influence of culture on 20th century music. The focus of this class is history and the development of listening skills, rather than performance. Course material will begin with early music in its transformation, styles in modern music, careers in music, music technology, and music’s role in society throughout history.
Banking & Investing
Explore the financial world as students dive into the main areas of financial services: banking, investing, and insurance. Basics of banking and credit including a brief history of money and banking, negotiable instruments, creation of credit, and the function of banks are explored. Methods for measuring the financial performance of financial institutions are analyzed. Students will be introduced to a variety of investment options and learn to determine the appropriate options for an investment goal. By analyzing financial reports and employing other tools to predict growth rates and return on investment, students will develop strategies to produce financial growth strategies for a business. Through projects students will determine the risks faced by individuals and businesses and decide on the proper risk management techniques to mitigate those risks. Investigating both personal and business insurance products and deciding which products are suitable for a specific customer profile. Ethical issues and case students involved in the financial services industry will be used to determine how industry regulations are developed. An investigation of careers in the financial services industry will be explored throughout this course.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Business & Technology and Financial Literacy
Food for Life
Food for Life is an advanced course in food and nutrition that addresses the variation in nutritional needs at specific stages of the human life cycle: pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including old age. The most common nutritional concerns, their relationship to food choices and health status, and strategies to enhance well-being at each stage of the life cycle are emphasized. This course provides knowledge for real life and offers students a pathway into dietetics, consumer food, and nutrition science careers with additional education at the post-secondary level.
Prerequisite: Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Advanced Placement Psychology
Advanced Placement Psychology conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Psychology Examination. The course explores the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the various subfields of psychology will be introduced.
Prerequisite: AP World History, AP United States History recommended.Basic Agriscience
The course introduces the major areas of scientific agricultural production and research; presents problem solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural science and agri-related technologies. The following are examples of topics that can be covered: Veterinary Medicine, Plant Science, Animal Science, Natural Resources, Biotechnology, and Aquaculture.
Plant science is a basic component of the AgriScience pathway. This course introduces students to the scientific theories, principles, and practices involved in the production and management of plants for food, feed, fiber, conservation and ornamental use. This course gives an overview of the plant science industry. The following are examples of topics that can be covered: Greenhouse Management, Nursery/Landscape Design, Plant Physiology, Plant Taxonomy, Genomics and Plant Genetics, and Hydroponics.
Prerequisite: Basic Agriculture ScienceAnimal Science/BiotechnologyAs part of the AgriScience pathway program of study, this course is designed to introduce students to the scientific principles that underlie the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. Introduces scientific principles applied to the animal industry; covers reproduction, production technology, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. This course gives an overview of the animal science industry. The following are examples of topics that can be covered: Animal Physiology, Agricultural Animal Science Industry, Small Animal Care & Management, Equine Management, Pre-Veterinary Medical Practices, Wildlife Management, Aquaculture, and Genomics & Animal Genetics.