Electives

Elective classes include those that are not specifically required for graduation. However, any class can be counted as an elective once graduation requirements within that discipline have been met. For instance, a college-bound student who takes four science credits, since Mica Mountain requires only three science credits for graduation, will receive one elective credit. Many electives, such as those in the World Languages category, are required for college admission or will be necessary for entrance into a specific area of study or occupation. All electives are as important as core classes in reaching graduation and post-secondary academic goals.

General Electives

AP Capstone Program

AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical evidence-based decisions. AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Participating schools can use the AP Capstone program to provide unique research opportunities for current AP students, or to expand access to AP by encouraging students to master the argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone program develops.

AP Seminar

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experience artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. Note: Students are assessed with two through-course performance assessment tasks and one end-of-course exam. All three assessments are summative and will be used to calculate a final AP score (using the 1-5 scale).

Grade: 11 1 Credit

2 Semester(s)

Prerequisite: Honors English 2

AP Research

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long mentored, research-based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methods; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. The course culminates in an academic thesis paper of approximately 5,000 words and a presentation, performance, or exhibition with an oral defense.

Grade(s): 12

1 Credit(s)

2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites: AP Seminar credit

AP Psychology

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice (taken from the College Board). This course is taught year-long, with AP Psychology A during the fall semester and AP Psychology B during the spring semester.

Grade: 10-12 1 Credit

2 Semesters

Requirements: Additional summer homework. Students should maintain at least a C average to remain in any AP class

Education / Peer Mentor

This course is designed to enable students to develop peer relationships while acting as positive peer models for students with special needs or who require academic support. The assistants will receive instruction about various types of disabilities and learning styles and instructional techniques for students with disabilities. Additionally, students will learn peer mediation strategies to assist fellow students in de-escalating minor conflicts.

Grade(s): 10-12

1 Credit(s)

2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites: Teacher approval

Mica Mountain Leadership

The class is primarily experientially based and emphasizes the importance of communication, character, personal growth, and building strong relationships and teams. Also covered will be listening skills, synergy, perceptions, conflict styles, personality, and group formation. A variety of initiatives will be used to facilitate the learning of skills and, along with various media, reinforce those skills throughout the semester.

Course Learning Targets/Power Standards:

  1. Leadership is the skill of influencing others to enthusiastically do your will, for the common good, because of your personal influence 2.

  2. Authority/Influence is a skill-based on serving and sacrificing for others whereas power is an ability based on force, position, status, might etc.

  3. Love is not how you feel towards others but behave towards others by meeting their legitimate needs not wants.

  4. You are born with your personality, but you can choose your character daily through the thousands of choices you make daily.

  5. Intentions + Actions = Will (which is a choice).

Grade(s): 9

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

History Though Film

History Through Film is a year-long course. During each semester we will watch 9 historical films, each dedicated to an event, person, or era of both U.S. and World History. Prior to watching the films, students will learn about the geographic and historic factors that combined to create the historical topic of the film. They will use maps, and primary and secondary source documents, to create a framework for understanding the area and time period before watching the film. After watching the film, students will participate in activities that require research, writing, and presentation skills to evaluate the film in comparison to actual events.

Grade: 10-12

1 Credit

2 Semesters

Teacher Aide

The student works under the supervision of a teacher, librarian, or office staff member and is evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Students may only TA for one class per semester and may only earn two credits on their transcript

Grade(s): 11-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

Thunder Crew (Link Crew)

The purpose of the Thunder Crew class is to tap the potential and maximize the benefits of the existing Link Crew program. These benefits include an increased sense of community, improved climate, and successful transition of new students. The focus is on freshmen and new students’ success which gives it a specific, therefore plausible, and measurable goal. It is proactive instead of reactive to challenges that students face. Membership is broad-based instead of limited to a specific group or type of student. Link Crew serves as a resource for administration, counseling and faculty to use in support of students.

Grade: 10-12

1 Credit

2 Semesters

Video Production 1

Video Production will introduce students to communications through audio and visual media. Students will produce numerous videos focusing on the promotion of school and community events. Students will envision, plan, film, edit, and finalize videos using various digital platforms, including social media. This course will provide students with a wide variety of skills, including collaborating in teams, understanding deadlines, creative filming and editing techniques interviewing etiquette, learning the use and care of audiovisual equipment, and critical problem-solving. This course will also introduce students to live streaming sports and activities, a central focus of Video Production 2.

Grades: 10 – 12

1 Credit

2 Semesters

Physical Education

Class Fee required for all courses, see course fee chart

Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Advanced Strength and Conditioning A Comprehensive conditioning class only designed for advanced level. (Teacher approval required) The class is designed to improve the student’s athletic skills including strength, power, agility, endurance, speed, and flexibility.

Grade(s): 10-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

Prerequisites: Weight Training or Beginning Sports Training and coach’s approval.

Athletic Development

It is an advanced class that enhances sports performance, helps assure the prevention of injuries, and will expand on basic athletic fundamentals. Athletic conditioning will include plyometrics, speed training, weight training, nutrition, stretching, conditioning, and fundamentals of specific sports.

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DROP AT THE END OF THEIR SPORT’S SEASON; IF DROPPED A W/F WILL RESULT.

Grade(s): 10-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

Beginning Strength and Conditioning

A comprehensive intensive conditioning class designed to improve student’s athletic abilities including strength, power, agility, endurance, speed, and flexibility. This class is recommended to all grades for motivated students who participate in sports.

Grade(s): 9

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

Fitness for Life

This group fitness class is an activity/lecture course that will teach students the basics of how to exercise in many different ways, and will help students in achieving their fitness and wellness goals through cardiovascular, strength training, and flexibility exercises -as well as nutritional and fitness education

Grade(s): 9-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

General Weight Training

This course is designed for students who are interested in intensive strength training, overall cardio training, flexibility, and nutrition.

Grade(s): 10-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)

Recreational Sports

This course will focus on team and individual sports, team concepts, and advanced skill development. Examples of sports covered are Basketball, Dodge Ball, Flag Football, Badminton, Pickle Ball, and Ultimate Frisbee. There will also be an emphasis on physical fitness.

Grade(s): 9-12

.5 Credit(s)

1 Semester(s)