(2 semesters) This course follows curriculum which changes yearly based on the topic chosen by the United States Academic Decathlon group. Students learn about a topic and will then compete against other schools in seven different subject areas (language and literature, social science, art, music, science, mathematics, and economics) at the regional level. If a team qualifies for state level competition, interview, speech, and essay components are added.
Students should be aware that there are up to two Saturday scrimmage matches held first semester and the regional and state competition held in January and February, respectively, and attendance at these is required. This class will meet at zero hour, three times per week, up until the state competition, held in February. After, the class will meet twice a week.
Instead of a textbook, there will be a $50 fee per student for the purchase of study materials. All students will earn an elective quarter credit for this class for first semester. Students who make the competition team will also earn an elective quarter credit second semester.
This is a one-semester quarter credit elective course for 11th and 12th grade students which will meet twice a week (one single-block and one double-block). This class will focus on developing skills in effective dialogue, engaging conflict constructively, and practicing the principles of nonviolence and conflict resolution as outlined in Goal 4. The semester will focus on personal conflict (family, friends, school, employment) and basic skills of both facilitation and mediation. This is primarily a lab environment course in which participants can practice their ever-improving conflict engagement skills: activities will include conflict role plays, identification of the dynamics of conflict in real-world examples, and two papers illustrating understanding of essential conflict concepts. Students will demonstrate greater awareness of the nature of conflict, skills necessary to engage conflict, and the importance of engaging conflict constructively in order to build a more peaceful world.
Creative Writing introduces developing writers to all aspects of the writing process and aids in the growth of their craft. Students explore and practice in the major writing genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They will practice the foundations of the craft of writing, including exploring narrative point of view, developing characterization, utilizing imagery, and many more. Modeled on a university-level writing course, Creative Writing students engage in a writing workshop process, which involves sharing and critiquing their own work and the work of their peers. In addition, all students will share in the process of submitting work for publication in the Duchesne Academy literary magazine, as well as aid in the production and selection process for the literary magazine. Through Creative Writing, students will explore and grow as writers in both knowledge and skill. This class is a quarter credit per semester.
(1 semester) (Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Algebra 1)
This course is open to sophomores juniors and seniors. This course is intended to give students an overview of skills needed to become financially independent as adults. Students will learn about financial concepts in personal finance including but not limited to: personal banking, debits vs. credits, personal budgets, insurance, payroll & wages, types of investments, and mock interviews. The class will include guest speakers on some of these various topics.
BUSINESS & ACCOUNTING
This course is open to seniors who have completed the previous two Financial Literacy courses. This class is intended to let the student continue her studies in Business. The students will be required to take at least one course through Metro Community College’s “CollegeNOW!” program, which allows high school students to take MCC classes at half price. They have several courses from which to choose. Students in this course will also serve as managers in the Coeur de Café at Duchesne. They will be responsible for inventory management and ordering supplies, accounting and analysis, and being team leaders for the students in the other Financial Literacy classes. (The MCC course would be an additional fee. Their current tuition rate for high school students is $32 per credit hour.)
This elective course is designed for the production of several monthly editions of the school newspaper, as well as exploration of various digital forms of journalism. Students are expected to expand their expertise in interviewing, writing, layout and design, and planning. Students will develop skills in time management, organization, group dynamics and decision making. Students will pursue digital journalistic endeavors, including broadcasting as well as exploration of social media opportunities. Credit is awarded based on quality and consistency of attendance and performance. Students seeking editing positions must attend full-time. This class is a quarter credit per semester.
This course is designed to give students hands on experience with every facet of publishing a high school yearbook. Students will learn the fundamentals of journalism for yearbook, including writing, art and layout design, photography, group dynamics, desktop publishing, organizational skills and evaluating the needs of a given audience. Students must possess basic computer skills and a digital camera. Must have approval from the yearbook faculty advisor to register for this course.