R7 Online Course Catalog

R7 Online is proud to offer a variety of courses to meet the needs of every student. The course catalog provides a description for each course that is offered through the online program. Courses may not be offered until specific enrollment numbers are reached and each course is not offered every semester. Some courses require prior approvals or prerequisites before enrollment. For any questions concerning the courses, please contact the appropriate counselor by clicking HERE. For additional information call (816) 986-1005.

Modern Language

Mandarin Chinese I - Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Modern Language Teacher Approval

This course teaches the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese and introduces the cultures of the Chinese-speaking peoples. It emphasizes the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing; the use of practical vocabulary, and elementary grammar. Thematic units include an introduction to the Chinese language, greetings, family, school and friendships. Students listen to and tell stories, write short creative stories, and develop reading skills. Because of the complexity of the written and spoken language, a higher lever of dedication and time outside of class are required. Active class participation is essential. Because this class emphasizes communication, regular attendance is required. This class is not intended for native speakers.

Social Studies

American History - Grade 9

Required course for all 9th grade students - 1 credit of American History is required for graduation in Missouri

Prerequisite: None, Credit 1 unit

This class provides a broad survey of America's past from Industrial Revolution (late 1800's) to present. Expectations will be to read text and supplementary material; take class lecture notes; complete study guides and make reports; construct historical timelines; complete map exercises; interpret historical documents, graphs and charts; engage in class discussions and simulations; and analyze historical photos and videos. Starting with students who enter 9th grade after July 1, 2017 will take and pass the Missouri Civics Education Initiative Exam during this course to meet the state law requirements for graduation.

American Government - Grade 11

Required course for all 11th grade students.

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

NOTE: The State of Missouri has mandated that all secondary schools 9-12 require a course in American government concepts. All students are required to pass the American Government course as a graduation requirement. Students will take and pass the two testes required for high school graduation - U.S. Constitution/Government and Missouri Constitution/Government. Additionally, the American Government End-Of-Course Exam will be administered to students enrolled in this course. This is an introductory course to meet state requirements for the study of U.S. and Missouri governments.

Modern Global Issues - Grade 11

Required course for all 11th grade students.

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5

This course focuses on the Cold War, its effects upon the third world, the stresses of rapid modernization in both the United States and developing countries, and on the movement towards globalization since the end of World War II. Through readings, videos, and discussion, the course will examine the integration of national economies, the blending of cultures and the impact of technological change. NOTE: High School Graduation Requirement.

General Psychology - Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

Psychology is designed as an introduction to the field of psychology, its history and its application in our daily lives. Students will observe behavior, study its theories, examine brain functions, evaluate approaches and test new and evolving hypotheses. In addition to standard expectations, student will be required to actively participate in class projects and activities.

Mathematics

Geometry - Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval/Strongly recommend C- grade or better in Algebra I, Credit 1.0 unit

This course is a combination of plain and solid geometry. Topics include transformations, parallel and perpendicular lines and planes, coordinate geometry, circles, area and volume, right triangle trigonometry, functions and formal proof. Algebraic skills are reviewed as they are applied to problem solving in geometry. Creative thinking skills are explored as will as leaning the decision-making processes used in higher lever mathematics. Daily homework will be assigned.

College Algebra - Grades 11-12

Offered as a two- semester course or a one-semester course

Prerequisite: Teach approval/ Strongly recommend C- grade or better in Algebra II; completed application with parent approval

Weighted: 0.666, Credit 1.0 unit

Note: This is an honors course. This course focuses on carious types of equations and inequalities, functions and their inverses, theory of higher degree equations and their graphs, systems of equations, determinants, logarithms, exponentials, binomial theorem, sequences, series, complex numbers and applications. The curriculum is designed for university level. Daily homework will be assigned. Graphing calculators are used extensively in this course. Projects are required. Course will be open only to students seeking dual credit. Dual credit information can be found on page 7 of the printed version of the Career & Educational Planning Guide 2017-2018.

Science

Science of Nature - Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: 2 credits of science including one credit of required Biology I or Adv. Studies Biology I, Credit 1.0 unit

This course incorporates the many different aspects of the world around us. Unites include the science of survival, natural disasters, ecology, flow of energy through ecosystems, endangered plants and animals (world wide as well as Missouri species), identification of Missouri plants and animals, national parks, landscape design and greenhouse work. Students will apply practical knowledge to create several different products: disease pamphlet, endangered species newsletter, biome travel guide, landscaping development and design, as well as collection and indemnification of Missouri plants. Greenhouse work will be expected. If grounds permit, student may help design and implement landscaping projects on school grounds.

Meteorology - Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: 2 credits of science, Credit 0.5 unit

Meteorology will be a research/project based course, which requires attention to detail, good organization and self-motivating skills. Students will be expected to write, make presentations and communication information about the student of weather and the atmosphere. Meteorology begins with a look at the atmosphere followed by a discussion of wind, clouds, air masses and sometimes catastrophic weather events. Many resource aids are obtained from outside sources. By the end of the Meteorology course, students will understand and use the weather satellites and from the Internet to observe the patterns and real time data of meteorology. Students will do research throughout this course to advance their understanding of meteorology. Students will distinguish between local, regional, national, hemispheric and global weather and climatic system conditions.

Astronomy - Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: 2 credits of science, Credit 0.5 unit

Astronomy is a research/project/activity based course, which requires attention to detail, good organization and self motivating skills. Students will be expected to research, write, make presentations and communicate what they have learned. There will be several readings that are highly technical. Night viewing labs may be required as a part of the course. Astronomy is designed to give the students a basic understanding of the universe around them. Students will compare and contrast the planets and their characteristics. A study of the natural satellites and their characteristics will also be a part of the curriculum. A general introduction to stars will be presented with a detailed study of our own star the sun. Students taking this course should have a high level of interest in the universe and atmospheric conditions around them.

Practical Arts - Business

Business Law, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

Students will learn how to demonstrate their legal rights and personal responsibilities. Topics include criminal law; civil law; juvenile law; contractual law; consumer law; and the court system. Class Projects and a mock trial enhance classroom instruction. An understanding and analysis of legal principles will be the outcome of case problems.

Computer Business Applications I, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills, recommended speed of 25 wpm, Credit 0.5 unit

Instruction using Microsoft Office 2013, including MS Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point. Acquire ability to create publications, analyze spreadsheets, merge documents, deliver presentations and use the Internet as a resource. Learn to integrate software programs to complete assigned projects. Utilizing professional training software, students will obtain the necessary skills to earn an industry certification from the Microsoft Corporation called Microsoft Office Specialist Certification (MOS) in the areas of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access 2013.

Computer Business Applications I, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Computer Applications I with a C or better or teacher recommendation, Credit 0.5 unit

Encompasses advanced competencies to strengthen skills in solving complex business problems through the integration of word processing, database management, spreadsheet analysis, desktop publishing, presentation/multimedia production and electronic communications. Utilizing professional training software, students will obtain the necessary skills to earn an industry certification from the Microsoft Corporation called Microsoft Office Specialist Certification (MOS) in the areas of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access 2013.

Business Essentials, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Computer Business Applications I, Multimedia or Introduction to Business Management, Credit 0.5 unit

Business Essentials is designed for development of attitudes, knowledge, skills, and workplace behaviors needed for success in employment and post-secondary education. Students will demonstrate dynamic workplace behaviors including effective written communication, technology and oral communication; use of the internet as a business tool, application of technology to business scenarios, and creation of an electronic portfolio.

College Accounting, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Required grade of C or better in Accounting I or Algebra II

Weighted 0.666, Credit 1 unit

College level accounting class provides an in-depth study of business finances which include: using financial accounts, creating and analyzing financial statements, preparing journal entries, performing ratio analysis, and accounting for merchandising operations, partnerships and corporations. Spreadsheets are utilized to develop accounting skills. May be offered for dual credit or articulated credit to eligible students. Dual credit information can be found under the Advanced Studies tab or on page 7 of printed version.

Personal Finance, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

Students will focus on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer and active participant in the business world. Students will learn various financial responsibilities including money management and credit management. Students will be provided an opportunity for self-awareness, expression and satisfaction in a highly technical and competitive society. NOTE: High School Graduation Requirement.

Database Management I, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: B- or better in Algebra I,

WEIGHTED: 0.5, Credit 0.5 unit

This data modeling and relational database design course will teach students to identify patterns or connections between information that is not obviously related and to identify key or underlying issues in complex situations. Students will learn how to transform business information needs into Entity Relationship diagrams and later, into relational database. As the students learn data modeling, they will have the opportunity to use the most up to date Oracle environment to begin table creation using Structured Query Language (SQL) commands.

Database Management II, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Database Management I with a grade of C or better

WEIGHTED: 0.5 , Credit 0.5 unit

This data modeling and relational database design course will teach students to identify patterns or connections between information that is not obviously related and to identify key or underlying issues in complex situations. Students will learn how to transform business information needs into Entity Relationship diagrams and later, into relational database. As the students learn data modeling, they will have the opportunity to use the most up-to-date Oracle environment using Structured Query Language (SQL) commands.

Computer Hardware & Operating Systems I, Grades 9-11

Prerequisite: Recommend a grade C or better in Algebra I, Credit 0.5 unit

Students will study PC configuration, diagnostics and repair, safety and preventative maintenance, and network support. Students will connect computer components to make a working computer and then install a variety of operating systems to make the computers functional. This course is designed to prepare students for technology courses and certifications at Summit Technology. This course helps students prepare for CompTIA’s IT Fundamentals certification.

Computer Hardware & Operating Systems I, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Computer Hardware & Operating Systems I, Credit 0.5 unit

This course helps students prepare for CompTIA’s A+ Applications certification. The course presents an in-depth exposure to computer operating systems. Through hands-on activities and lab simulations, students will enhance their PC knowledge through review and reinforcement on how to safely work on and assemble a computer. Students will learn to identify and manage a variety of operating system components, and storage devices. This course includes an introduction to Local Area Networking including wireless options, protocols and connectivity troubleshooting as well as an introduction to network security and system management.

Practical Arts - Family & Consumer Sciences

Personal Finance, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

NOTE: Also offered through R-7 Online Academy

Students will focus on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer and active participant in the business world. Students will learn various financial responsibilities including money management and credit management. Students will be provided an opportunity for self-awareness, expression and satisfaction in a highly technical and competitive society. NOTE: High School Graduation Requirement

Introduction to Human Services, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

This career development course introduces students to the qualifications and information necessary to succeed within this growing industry. Students cultivate skills of communication, cooperation, leadership and critical thinking while developing their knowledge of lifespan development and the impact of societal conditions. Students explore controversial subject matter such as economic disparity, mental illness and its stigma, gender, etc. in order to recognize how to best work with a variety of populations. This course would be beneficial for students considering a career in public service, protective service (police/firemen), social work, counseling, nursing, massage therapy, teaching, training, etc.

Practical Arts - Engineering & Industrial technology

Introduction to Engineering & Design (IED)**, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Must have a C or better in Algebra I or concurrently enrolled in Algebra I

Weighted 0.5, Credit 1 unit

Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. The course assumes no previous knowledge, but students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. In addition, students use state of the art 3D solid modeling design software to help them in the design and documentation of their solutions. This class does have a class Fee for take home projects.

** denotes a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course, which is a nationally recognized engineering and biomedical curriculum being offered through the Lee’s Summit School District. Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and Computer Science & Software Engineering are introductory courses offered at all 3 high schools. Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Human Body Systems are introductory biomedical courses offered at all three high schools as well. Students can advance these studies through Digital Electronics/Computer Integrated Manufacturing/Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Design and Development or Medical Interventions/Biomedical Innovations offered at Summit Technology Academy. Ask your School Counselor about information regarding PLTW or go to www.pltw.org.

Physical Education & Health

Health - Wellness for Life, Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: None, Credit 0.5 unit

Students will learn about basic health information and services, and use such information in ways that will promote lifetime health and wellness behaviors. Throughout this course you, the student, will be able to put into practice important health skills and fundamentals learned in class. Other topics covered in this course are human growth and development, STDs and HIV/AIDS information.