Semester Courses (Two Weeks)

Credit Recovery
This is used to recover classes the student has previously failed. Please consult with your counselor to determine if Credit Recovery is a viable option for you.

Freshman Transition Course
This course will help incoming freshmen learn basic skills that will help them be successful in high school. Students will learn how to read their schedules and will develop the first draft of their 4-year course plan. Students will learn study skills, organizational practices, and communication skills. In addition, there will be a virtual tour of the school, teacher introductions, etc. so they are more comfortable with the building when they arrive in August.

The St. James High School Health curriculum covers physical, mental, and social health concepts in order to promote life longevity and improved quality of life. The course focuses on health literacy and lifestyle factors that can be utilized throughout the teen and adult years. Course topics include Health and Wellness, Diseases, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Fitness, Safety and Injury Prevention, Substance Abuse, and Personal Hygiene.

Mass Media
In this course, students will explore the ever-growing and ever-changing world of Mass Media. Students will be actively engaged with various forms of media in order to understand the processes and theories associated with Mass Media. Through an examination of how Mass Media is produced, delivered, and disseminated by the general population, students will understand and practice media literacy on a daily basis. Other class topics will include violence in the media, news production, advertising, and gender roles in the media.

The objective of this course is to give an overview of the primary myths of Classical Greece, using Edith Hamilton’s Mythology as a primary source. Students will learn to recognize the impact of classical mythology on literature, analyze the ways in which the theme of a selection represents a perspective on life, and appreciate the influence the Greek perspective has had on Western civilization.

Personal Finance
Personal Finance presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real-world financial issues. Students will learn to apply decision-making skills to evaluate career choices and set personal financial goals. The course content is based on the Dave Ramsey curriculum and is designed to help students make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions, and to also make effective use of income. Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success!

Physical Education
Co-Ed Physical Education classes are introductory classes in which students will participate in various physical games and activities. Students will also be able to perform daily cardiovascular exercises (running, walking, jogging), stretching, and calisthenics. Students who have physical disabilities or are limited in their function need to be released to perform exercises by a physician. The activities and games in this course will teach lifetime skills, both individual and team-oriented. Students are required to provide their own “workout” clothes.

Science Fiction Literature
This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge of the literary genre known as Science Fiction. Emphasis will be on the study of literature through short stories that depict our future world, visionary scientific endeavor, and conflicts between humans, aliens, and sentient technology. Students will study the history, exciting contemporary trends, and the relevant contemporary issues in Science Fiction, including dystopia vs. utopia and artificial intelligence.

Sociology is a study of people in group relationships and integrates all the disciplines of social movement. This course addresses values, norms, culture, socialization, social stratification, and social institutions. It may also include consideration of social problems such as crime, poverty, prejudice and discrimination, collective behavior, and social movements.

Year-Long Courses (Four Weeks)

Career Communications
This course, available to Seniors, builds on the competencies that students developed in previous English courses, often with a special emphasis on communicating in scientific, business, and technological fields. Students learn to create workplace genres, ranging from traditional print documents such as reports, proposals, and memos to electronic forms such as email and Web sites; students also learn how to skillfully assess the rhetorical situation underlying each of these genres. With this emphasis on workplace communication, the instruction is focused on actual communication problems and scenarios. Students can expect to be challenged to think about communication outside the bounds of the classroom. The basis of the course will focus on the basic forms of workplace communication, document design, and professional etiquette necessary for students to succeed as professionals in their chosen career fields. Students will also prepare for the WorkKeys assessment.

Credit Recovery
This is used to recover classes the student has previously failed. Please consult with your counselor to determine if Credit Recovery is a viable option for you.

Earth and Space Science
This course is for sophomores and above. It explores the forces that shape the earth, the composition of the earth, weather and climate, and ways in which people find and use resources.

English 2
In this year-long course, students will study literature from around the world and about other cultures through units covering Indian and Middle Eastern literature. Both reading and writing will be frequent and demanding. There is an emphasis on descriptive writing, research-based writing, and literary analysis while covering the basics of MLA format. Students will learn to effectively annotate articles of the week, analyze different cultural stories, and be able to revise and edit longer written assignments. The units will allow students to make historical, cultural, and geographical connections while focusing on themes and literary forms to teach relationships between local concerns and universal questions. In each unit, students will become aware of the authors’ views of literature itself – its forms, peculiarities, language, and relationship to reality.

Government is a year-long course implementing a full instructional program on the structure and functioning of federal, state, and local governments. At the same time, it calls attention to the basic values on which our political, economic, and legal systems are based and the principles that give direction to the ways in which those systems work. Students must pass both the Missouri and United States Constitution tests along with a Civics test, in order to graduate. These three tests will be administered in this class. Students will also take an End of Course exam which will affect their grades.

Honor’s Algebra *Open for incoming freshman only
The algebra elective summer school course is for those students who are current 8th graders that will be going into honors algebra 2 in the fall. The course is designed to review various 8th-grade mathematics (including some algebra 1) and prepare students for algebra 2. Topics include solving various equations, systems of equations, quadratic functions and graphs, other parent functions, and operations on polynomials. This course counts as an elective is four weeks long and students will take the Algebra 1 EOC at the end.

Math Exploration
This will be a math advancement course that is tailored to student’s needs. The first half of the course will cover what you missed from the last two months of school that we didn’t have. The second half will cover the skills you will need to go into your next math course.

Physical Science
This course is for freshmen who have not had Algebra and may not be interested in attending a four-year college after high school. Topics include force and motion, energy, waves, electricity, and the structure of matter.

Spanish Level 1
Students will be introduced to basic Spanish: Basic conversation; asking and answering questions, subject pronouns, verbs, telling time, describing people, learning vocabulary, and cultural information.