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High School Curriculum

Preparing Your High School Student for College and Beyond

Math: Thinking Like Mathematicians

All IUSD students will be A-G ready using the mathematical practices by the state.

Common Core mathematics is a way to approach teaching so that students develop a mathematical mindset and see math in the world around them.

We are making problem-solvers.

No matter what your objectives, textbook, or grade level, the mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction.

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.

Look for and make use of structure.


Science: Further Explanations

Physical Science: High school students will further their understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and physics, and will also encourage an expanded level of study in these subjects during upper-level courses.

Life Science: Students will learn the key concepts of life science, understand science and engineering practices, and do so by referencing concepts learned in earlier grade levels.

Earth and Space Science: In high school students will build on what they have learned in middle school, and be able to more thoroughly explain phenomena central to earth and space sciences, and also life and physical sciences.

Engineering: Engineering design students at the high school level will be able to use analytical and strategic thinking on global issues at the interface of science, society, environment, and technology.


Literacy: Preparing for Higher Education

Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

The focus of our high school literacy curriculum is to motivate our students for success in college and their future careers. We encourage them to explore all types of content, such as literature, informational text, and topics that they are interested in learning more about.

High school students are expected to analyze, evaluate, and discuss multiple authors, sources, motivations, representations, perspectives, themes and ideas, and interpretations as they read, write, speak, and listen.

The standards are set to build more advanced expectations for our students as they work towards acceptance to a college, and also career readiness by the time they graduate from an IUSD high school.


Health and Physical Education: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Health: At the high school level, students are expected to maintain a healthy level of fitness by adjusting their activity levels with their nutrition. Students learn what types of physical activities they enjoy doing most, and incorporate them into their regular routine. They also learn about exercise physiology and the body’s response to different diets and conditioning programs.

Fitness: Students will apply what they learned throughout their previous years of physical fitness to attain advanced knowledge and skills in the physical activity they want to continue after high school. They will also improve their cooperation and leadership skills through physical activity and participating in group sports.


Social Studies: The Global View

In high school students will be learning about the major turning points that have shaped the world we live in today, including the cause and effects of the two world wars. We will learn about the rise of democracy and understand the roots of world issues, specifically in relation to our international relations.

We will keep building on their knowledge and understand global industrialization and the impact of technology on society and culture. Students will be able to compare systems of government to current times, including the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government.


Technology: Pathways In Tech

Pathways Program:

  • Robotics
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Engineering Technology

Our goal is to have different pathway programs at each of the high schools. Because we have open enrollment, students may select which pathway program they would like at any one of the high schools and attend that high school. We are aiming to spark passion about any of these fields of technology, and provide students with the tools they need to pursue higher education degrees and eventually a career in this field.


Art: Advanced Expression

At the high school level our students will engage in a more rigorous, standards-based curriculum that will allow them to transition from high school to a college or university level, and ultimately their career.

While in high school they will continue their arts training from middle and elementary school by choosing standards-based courses in one or more of the four arts disciplines. Students will dive deeper into the arts by selecting one or two disciplines to focus on, and spend the next couple years expanding and improving upon.


Music: Maturing Talents

Standards-based music instruction provides opportunities for students to do in-depth studies in one or more areas of concentration, delve into the meaning and impact of music, and develop life skills and career competencies. At the high school level, instruction prepares students to enter the university music program.

Music instruction provides an opening for students to participate in choral and instrumental ensembles. These classes offer instruction at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels to meet the needs of all students in achieving the standards at the beginning or proficient level or higher.


World Language: Understanding and Fluency

High school students will undergo an even more vigorous level of evaluation on their language skills than middle school. They will demonstrate the the student has a clear understanding and fluency in tense, phrases, and idioms that don’t directly translate from one language to the other.

Our district values world languages because learning a new linguistic system allows our students to have a more objective view of their own language, how language has such a strong impact on culture, and the range of ideas that are expressible in different languages. Having a strong understanding and fluency in other languages supports our students’ academic and professional careers