General Electives

iSucceed Virtual Schools Electives

Students enjoy a variety of electives that include Character Education, Forensics, Entrepreneurship, and Psychology. New electives are added annually.

Courses

AVID (Introduction)

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective course that gives students useful academic tools, promotes student collaboration and provides a window to college/career opportunities.  In this introductory course, students will learn AVID basics: WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization & reading) as well as participate in activities related to time management, tutorials, Socratic seminars, learning teams, academic goal-setting & motivation relative to their grade level and circumstances in fun and engaging ways. Participating and completing AVID courses is highly related to increased grades, organization and future college/career success.  More details about the AVID program can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook and the iSucceed website.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 8 – 12   PREREQUISITES:  None, however student academic history will be reviewed by Counselor prior to enrolling

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Students will build upon and refine AVID components: WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization & reading) as well as complete activities related to time management, tutorials, Socratic seminars, learning teams, academic goal-setting & motivation relative to their grade level and circumstances in fun and engaging ways.  In addition, college/career and leadership opportunities are promoted through the school year for students enrolled.  Participation in the AVID program throughout the year (at least 2 credits) is highly related to increased grades, organization, concurrent credit enrollment, college acceptance/scholarships and/or career internships and connected to the iSucceed Honors Diploma requirements.  More details about the AVID program can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook and the iSucceed website.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 8 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Students explore values of truthfulness, trustworthiness, responsibility, diligence, and integrity. The course offers specific, real world situations to interpret and connect to these traits to provide safe and appropriate ways to respond in real time. Topics include: identifying bullying, how to develop a bullying-prevention mindset. 

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice is a beginner-level course on criminal procedures that explores the criminal justice system, non-forensic evidence, and what happens inside the courtroom. The course is aligned to the Criminal Justice/Forensics pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship explores entrepreneurial characteristics, business leadership, and the skills and steps involved in marketing, developing, starting, and exiting a business. Key topics and activities include hands-on projects to apply the knowledge as a small business owner and entrepreneur. The course is aligned to the Marketing, Sales, and Services pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

FASHION DESIGN A

Students explore the tools and principles of fashion design. Topics include: the use of color, creation of an inspiration board, fabrics and materials, and tools and machines used by fashion designers. The course is aligned to the Fashion and Interior Design pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

FASHION DESIGN B

Students explore the skills and education required in the fashion industry. Topics include: the range of jobs in the industry, skills for success, such as interviewing, workplace communication, and teamwork. The course is aligned to the Fashion and Interior Design pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

GAMING UNLOCKED

Students research the basics of gaming, from what makes games fun to what makes them work by exploring quality in a variety of games such as mental games, board games, and video games. *This course does not require students to know or learn a programming language. The emphasis is on the history and design of games and the different careers available in the gaming industry.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

**8th Grade Students may take this course for high school credit if approved by a school counselor.

INTERIOR DESIGN A

Students explore the principles and elements of design. Topics include: skills, roles and responsibilities of interior designers, specialties of interior design, history of design, design materials, furniture, accessories, and modern developments affecting interior design, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), universal design, and green design. The course is aligned to the Fashion and Interior Design pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

INTERIOR DESIGN B

Students explore career options in residential, commercial, and mobile design, getting credentialed, and networking in professional organizations. Topics include: leadership, group dynamics, codes of ethics, lighting, windows, walls, furniture, accessories, textiles, and floor treatments in residential and commercial designs as well as related information on materials, fabrication, and installation; review of the elements and principles of design, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and universal design. The course is aligned to the Fashion and Interior Design pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

NEWSPAPER/YEARBOOK

Journalism courses (typically associated with the production of a school newspaper, yearbook, or literary magazine) emphasize writing style and technique as well as production values and organization. Journalism courses introduce students to the concepts of newsworthiness and press responsibility; develop students’ skills in writing and editing stories, headlines, and captions; and teach students the principles of production design, layout, and printing. Photography, photojournalism, and digital technology skills may be included.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12   PREREQUISITES:  None

PERFORMANCE STUDIO

This course option allows you to get academic credit for your Performance based activities. Students participating in this course option will be responsible for logging hours and activity descriptions and checking in with the course advisor on a regularly scheduled basis. This course may be taken for one or two quarters. Talk to your Academic Counselor for details about enrollment.

NOTE: This course is pass/fail
SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

Students explore the interactions between businesses, consumers, and the economy as well as the role of marketing and how marketers get their information. The course culminates in the creation of a marketing plan.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9 – 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

PRINCIPLES OF SELLING

In Principles of Selling students explore the role sales plays in the national economy and the importance of ethical behavior in business. Topics include: how to build, train, motivate, and evaluate a sales team; the role of buying motives; the selling process; and the importance of data. The course is aligned to the Marketing, Sales and Services pathway.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

PSYCHOLOGY A

Psychology explores human behavior, behavior interaction and the progressive development of individuals. Topics include: major theories and orientations of psychology, psychological methodology, human growth and development, individual variation and personality, psychobiology, as well as sensation and perception.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

PSYCHOLOGY B

Students explore human social interactions, psychological therapies, and careers in the field. Topics included: psychological perspectives, positive relationships, social and cultural diversity, language structures, memory and cognition, psychological testing, statistical research, stress/coping strategies, and mental health.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

SENIOR PROJECT

Students enrolled in the Senior Project course have the opportunity to earn class credit for their real-time community service/project experience.  A wide variety of topics/projects are considered.  Students are expected to complete no less than 20 project hours, along with connected coursework, a reflective paper and presentation documenting the impact the project had on them.  *A Senior Project is required for high school graduation in Idaho and this course will fulfill this requirement if the student has not already completed a Senior Project in a prior school.

NOTE: This course is pass/fail
SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

STUDENT ATHLETE

This course option allows students to get academic credit for extracurricular athletic activities. Students participating in this course option will be responsible for logging hours and activity descriptions and checking in with the course adviser on a regularly scheduled basis. This course may be taken for one or two terms. Talk to your Academic Counselor for details about enrollment.

NOTE: This course is pass/fail
SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PRE-REQUISITES: None

STUDY SKILLS

Study Skills is a basic overview of technology, organizational, writing, and other skills necessary for success in school. Students will gain knowledge and practice in these skills and learn to apply them in future courses. The practice activities and projects will aid the students in practicing these study skills.

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9-12   PREREQUISITES:  None

WORK BASED LEARNING

This course will allow you the opportunity to receive credit for developing your career skills while working at a job or internship (45 hour minimum over the course of the class) outside of school. Credit received will be applied to your electives requirement for graduation, and for each term completed, you will receive one credit. You must complete the required hours of activity and submit the required assignments to earn credit. You will submit a contract, provide weekly logs, a total log of time completed, and final essay.

NOTE: This course is pass/fail
SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PRE-REQUISITES: None