2016-2017 Course Guide

Pella Community High School recognizes the need for students to be responsible citizens.  Therefore, students are required to take courses designed to help them become informed, productive, and skilled in a wide range of academic areas.

Whether they plan to attend a vocational school or two-year or four-year college or to get a job immediately out of high school, we encourage students to take courses that will challenge and prepare them for the future.  A close look at college and vocational school catalogs will often give students an indication of appropriate course selections in high school.

This Pella Community High School course registration guide is designed to help students make course selections for the upcoming school year.  It is recommended that students use the information contained in this guide as a source in choosing courses.  Counselors, teachers, and parents can also provide valuable information needed to make appropriate selections.

Every attempt has been made to provide accurate and descriptive information.  Course descriptions are prepared within each department by teachers.  The members of these departments are in the best position to accurately describe the course content.  The guidance counselors can give a general overview of each course.

We hope students/parents will find this guide to be both informative and useful.  Making course selections during high school is a very important task, one that will affect students the rest of their lives.  Therefore, we urge students to take the time to choose courses wisely.

UPDATED 12/2014

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY POLICY STATEMENT

 It is the policy of the Pella Community School not to discriminate on the basis of, and including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status in its educational program, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

It is also the policy of this district that the curriculum content and instructional materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles, and opportunities open to women and men in our society. One of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies is to eliminate stereotyping and bias on the basis of, and including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. The curriculum should foster respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity found in our country and an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a pluralistic society.

It is also the policy of this agency to provide a fair and supportive work environment for all employees regardless of, and including but not limited to, their age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Harassment of a sexual nature or with demeaning intent related to, and including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status made by one employee to another is a violation of this policy.

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VI, or Section 504 may be directed to Rich Schulte, 1102 Broadway Street, Pella, Iowa 641/628.3970, or to the Director of the Region VII Offices of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, Missouri.