TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAMMING AT AMANA ACADEMY
High School Courses Offered at Amana Academy
9th Grade Biology
This class will satisfy a science graduation credit if students pass both semesters. Topics: Relationships between structures and functions of living cells; role of DNA/RNA in biological traits; increasing complexity in single-celled and multi-celled organisms; interdependence of organisms and the flow of energy; natural selection and the theory of evolution.
9th Grade Algebra
This class will satisfy a math graduation credit. Students will explore the characteristics of basic functions using tables, graphs, and simple algebraic techniques; operate with radical, polynomial, and rational expressions, solve a variety of equations, including quadratic equations with a leading coefficient of one, radial equations, and rational equations; use the language of mathematical argument and justification; utilize counting techniques and determine probability; use summary statistics to compare samples to populations; and explore the variability of data; represent and operate with complex numbers; use numerical, graphical, and algebraic techniques to explore quadratic, exponential, and piecewise functions and to solve quadratic, exponential and absolute value equations and inequalities; use algebraic models to represent and explore real phenomena; explore inverses of functions.
10th Grade Physical Science
This course will satisfy a science graduation credit. It is designed as a survey course in chemistry and physics. This curriculum includes abstract concepts such as the conceptualization of the structure of atoms, motion and forces, and the conservation of energy and matter, the action/reaction principle, and wave behavior. Students investigate physical science concepts through experience in laboratories and fieldwork using the processes of inquiry. Major concepts and skills include classifications of matter, atomic theory/configuration, periodicity, bonding/nomenclature, chemical reactions, Law of conservation of matter, solutions, acid/base chemistry, phase changes, Laws of motion and forces, energy transformation, electrical/magnetic forces, and wave properties.
Introduction to Digital Technology
Introduction to computers, multimedia graphics, databases, web design, and programming. This is the first course in Computer Science & Game Design Pathways.
Introduction to Graphic Design
This is the prerequisite course for both the Graphics Production and Graphics Design pathways. The Graphics and Design course provides students with the processes involved in the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries.