The high-quality, high-interest courses at BlueSky are designed by our licensed teachers with the needs of our students in mind. Our teachers use innovative, creative methods to bring the best possible education to BlueSky students and provide the one-on-one attention that they need to succeed.
Group Pace & My Pace
Group Pace courses are designed to create a highly interactive community of learners. Students will have frequent opportunities interaction with their peers in live, collaborative learning environments.
My Pace courses are designed for students needing a highly flexible schedule. These courses feature self-paced and independent work, allowing for students to create a highly individualized learning experience.
|Graduation Class of 2019 and after|
|English|| 4 Credits Required:|
(9) 1 cr English 1
(10) 1 cr English 2
(11) 1 cr English 3
(12) 1 cr English 4
8th Grade Algebra
3 Credits Required:
(9) 1 cr Non-Linear Algebra
(10) 1 cr Geometry
(11) 1 cr Algebra 2/Stats and Probability
|Science|| 3.5 Credits Required:|
(9) 1 cr Physical Science
(10) 1 cr Biology
(11) 0.5 cr Earth/Space Science
(12) 1 cr Chemistry or Physics
|Social Studies|| 3.5 Credits Required:|
(9) 1 cr American History
(10) 0.5 cr Geography
(11) 1 cr World History
(12) 0.5 cr Economics
(12) 0.5 cr Government
|Health||.5 Credits Required|
|Phy Ed||.5 Credits Required|
|Electives|| 7.0 Credits Required|
One credit must encompass one or more of the following five arts areas: dance, media arts, music, theater or visual arts
Every student must have a current career plan completed, and approved by a counselor in order to graduate.
College Entrance Requirements
University of Minnesota Minimum High School Course Requirements
Applicants are expected to complete the minimum course requirements listed below. Admission is competitive and successful applicants typically exceed these requirements.
|English — 4 years||Emphasis on writing, including instruction in reading and speaking skills and in literary understanding and appreciation.|
|Mathematics — 4 years*||Elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra (integrated math 1, 2 & 3). Examples of 4th year math include calculus (preferred), pre-calculus, analysis, integrated math 4.|
|Science — 3 years|
Biological science, chemistry, and physics are required for Management, Biological Sciences, and Science and Engineering.
|Including one year each of U.S. history and geography (or a course that includes a geography component such as world history, western civilization, or global studies)|
|Single second language — 2 years|
|Visual and/or performing arts — 1 year||Including instruction in the history and interpretation of the art form (e.g. theater arts, music, band, chorus, orchestra, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, media production, theater production)|
*See Frequently Asked Questions about our math requirement along with a list of sample courses
For additional information on the U of M Math requirements please visit:http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/counselors/math_requirement.html
If you have questions about how admission decisions are made, or questions about which courses will satisfy the math requirement, please contact the Office of Admissions at the individual University of Minnesota campus.
- Duluth: 1-800-232-1339
- Crookston: 1-800-862-6466
- Morris: 1-888-866-3382
- Rochester: 1-877-280-4699
- Twin Cities: 1-800-752-1000
Schedule changes: The University expects that students will successfully complete the senior year coursework they list on their admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during the senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission or a change to the college of admission. Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with their U of M admissions counselor (1-800-752-1000 or 612-625-2008).
*U of M entrance requirements taken directly from http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/fresh_planning.html on 4/16/15
Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU) Requirements
2-year state colleges
The two-year state community and technical colleges have an open admissions policy. This means:
- You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
- You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
- After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken a “college prep” curriculum in high school, you’re more likely to do well on the test.
4-year state universities
The seven state universities generally will admit you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:
- Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
- Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
- Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?
Some of the state universities may ask you to meet slightly different requirements to be admitted. Check with the university admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.
When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted. Some universities and programs do not have room for all qualified applicants.
*State University Requirements taken directly from http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/requirements.html on 4/16/2015
PSEO is a state program for sophomores*, juniors and seniors that gives students an opportunity to complete high school requirements by taking courses at a participating college or university. Students can earn both high school and college credit for courses taken.
Students have a chance through PSEO to take advanced-level courses and other courses that may or may not be offered at BlueSky. PSEO students are not permitted to take courses that are not considered to be college level, such as developmental and remedial courses.
*In 2012, new legislation (Minn. Stat. § 124D.09), was passed that allows eligible 10th-grade students to enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, she/he is eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds.”
If the student meets this standard, and if they meet specific CTE course eligibility requirements and prerequisites set by the institution, they may be eligible to enroll in Career and Technical Education PSEO courses. This Grade 10 option is only open to Minnesota public school students. View the Minnesota State policy and procedures for PSEO.
Many two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota offer online courses and some of them offer online degrees and certificates. Through the wide array of online courses offered in Minnesota higher education, it is possible for PSEO students in our state to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and/or other courses that could result in an award in addition to their high school diploma.
A. Eligibility and Application Procedures
- Each student must meet the standards and admissions requirements of the postsecondary institution.
- Students must discuss participation in the program with their high school counselor and the PSEO counselor of the postsecondary school.
- Students must complete the application form (provided by the postsecondary institution) and the Notice of Student Registration and submit them to the college.
B. Eligible Institutions
- University of Minnesota and its branches
- State Universities
- Area Technical Colleges
- Community Colleges
- Select Private Colleges and Universities
For a comprehensive list of participating schools click here: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/040787
- The emotional maturity and level of responsibility of the student are major considerations for success in this program. Students should think about the academic classes and their personal goals when deciding upon PSEO classes.
- Students will not receive any supervision from the high school with respect to PSEO classes. Students need to pay attention to deadlines and are responsible for all information included in mailings and sessions at the college.
- Students who drop courses must do so before deadlines and should complete forms necessary to prevent billings for a class they didn’t complete. Each student may be responsible for tuition, fees, and book expenses incurred in the event he/she drops a course after the drop/add deadline.
- Keep in mind, in class PSEO students will be treated as any other college student. They will have full responsibility for managing time and will have to study more than for the typical high school class. Students will be expected to meet deadlines without being reminded and will have to take initiative to seek help when needed.
- Students are responsible for registering at the postsecondary institution and setting up their own class schedule.
- Each semester, students must take the equivalent of 6 high school classes (PSEO classes and high school classes).
- Consider social security benefit criteria if you are presently receiving financial assistance. A student must be enrolled in high school 20 hours a week for benefit eligibility.
E. Program Costs
- There is no charge to the student for the costs or tuition, textbooks, or fees.
- Students will be required to pay for equipment which becomes the property of the student (i.e. tools, calculators, microcomputers, etc.), for use or rental costs of equipment or facilities, and for consumable materials such as computer disks or notebooks.
Online College in the High School
Students that qualify for PSEO can earn college credit online along with their BlueSky classes. Contact your counselor if you are interested in taking a course through Online College in the High School. More information, including a list of available courses can be found at: https://distanceminnesota.org/app/custom/students/ochs/index/bccampus.ca/.
360 eTECH: Online & Hands-On Manufacturing Education
During the 2018-2019 school year BlueSky will be partnering with a group of Minnesota colleges through the 360 eTECH program. The program offers courses and certificates in the areas of manufacturing, production, and welding. Courses include a blend of online learning and onsite, hands-on learning through one of the participating member colleges. Member colleges include: Central Lakes College, Hennepin Technical College, Lake Superior College, Northland Community & Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical & Community College, Riverland Community College and Saint Paul College. Students interested in enrolling in this program are encouraged to talk with their counselor. More information can be found at: https://360etech.org/.
Articulated College Credit (ACC) Courses
Articulated College Credit is an agreement between one or more high schools and one or more colleges and universities to accept a high school course taught by a high school teacher as a course equivalence or partial course equivalence to a college course where the college or university has sub stantially similar curriculum. The parameters of the course articulation are determined by the college or university accepting the high school course, student grade and the credits may be determined to be eligible to serve as a required course or as an elective course within a technical degree pathway. These credits do not count towards the MnSCU residency policy and are not intended to transfer to other institutions which are not part of the articulation agreement.
This introductory English course combines the study of literary genre with a focus on composition skills. Students will learn effective communication skills by focusing on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing developed by the Northwest Regional Education Laboratories. Oral communication and research skills are included. Group Pace live class sessions are Thursdays at 1:00.
English 1 Honors
This advanced course combines the study of literary genre with a focus on composition skills. In addition to learning effective communication, students will read and study three novels throughout each semester. This course has greater depth and breadth than is found in the regular course and requires more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and sufficient test scores.
This intermediate English course incorporates the study of world literature along with a continued focus on composition skills. Students will read, reflect, synthesize, and respond to several different types of world literature. A research paper is required. Group Pace live class sessions are Thursdays at 10:00.
English 2 Honors
This advanced course focuses on world literature and using your developing skills to create new ideas, analysis and texts. Students will read and study three novels throughout each semester. This course has greater depth and breadth than is found in the regular course and requires more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and sufficient test scores.
This course explores the foundation of American literature and the pursuit of the American Dream. Students view historical works through a lens of American pilgrims. Students also dig into what he or she thinks is a modern day American Dream. Through the exploration of classic American themes and ideals, they will deepen their awareness of influences that have shaped American culture as it is known today. Live class sessions are Thursdays at 11:00.
English 3 Honors
This advanced course explores the foundation of American literature and the pursuit of the American Dream. Through the exploration of classic American themes and ideals, they will deepen their awareness of influences that have shaped American culture as it is known today. Students will read and study several novels throughout each semester. This course has greater depth and breadth than is found in the regular course and requires more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and sufficient test scores.
This class prepares students for the skills needed to be successful in college and in life. When the class is complete, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to the world.
Reading for Success
This course will focuses on providing students with the skills to be successful in reading grade level material. Students will focus on learning fundamental reading strategies.
Students will study the topics necessary for success in Non-Linear Algebra. They will focus on topics they have not already mastered. This could include but is not limited to integer operations, fractions, decimals, order of operations, exponents, radicals, linear equations, linear inequalities, functions, and graphing. This course is offered as elective math credit only. Participation in live class sessions and one-on-one sessions may be required.
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to gain mastery in working with and evaluating mathematical expressions, equations, graphs, and other topics in a year-long algebra course. Topics included are a review of linear algebra (including solving equations and graphing lines and inequalities), systems of equations, quadratic functions, polynomials, factoring, radical functions, rational functions and exponential functions. Assessments within the course include multiple-choice, short answer, or extended response questions. Also included in this course are self-check quizzes, audio tutorials, and interactive games.
The Geometry course is a comprehensive look at the study of geometric concepts including the basic elements of geometry, proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, the coordinate plane, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, trigonometry, congruence and similarity, surface area, volume and transformations. Group Pace live class sessions are Wednesdays at 10:00.
In this course students will use their prior knowledge from previous courses to learn and apply Algebra II skills. This course will include topics such as functions, radical functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, geometry, conic sections, systems of equations, probability, and statistics. Students will apply the skills that they learn in this course to real world situations. Live class sessions are Mondays at 11:00.
Career Prep Math
This class draws on connections between mathematics and behavioral science to present the full scope of mathematics with vivid applications in real-life situations. Students will be engaged through the use of pop-cultural references that connect math to their lives, showing that their world is profoundly mathematical. This course will also show how math is used in various careers. Math topics covered will include problem solving, set theory, logic, graphs and functions, personal finance, measurement and geometry, counting methods, statistics, and graph theory. Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra/Statistics 2 or equivalent.
Pre-Calculus A is a course that covers Higher Level mathematics and is designed to prepare students for a college level calculus course. Graphing functions, properties of linear and quadratic functions, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions and analytic trigonometry are covered. Pre-Calculus B continues the study of pre-calculus topics in the areas of trigonometry, polar coordinates, vectors, analytic geometry, systems of equations, as well as calculus topics such as limits derivative and integral functions. Other topics include sequences and probability.
Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.
The first half of this course explores the Physical Sciences. Matter, chemical reactions, motion, forces, work and energy will be covered. Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of matter and energy and the energy transformations that occur. The second half of this course will explore topics in earth and space science. Students will learn to effectively analyze and evaluate the earth’s natural phenomena and their causes, as well as, its relationship in the universe by focusing on the four major areas of study. Group Pace live class sessions are Tuesdays at noon or 1:00.
This course is an introduction to general biology and to the processes of scientific inquiry and thinking. It will include the fundamental principles of living organisms including physical and chemical properties of life, cellular organization and function, the transfer of energy through metabolic systems, cellular reproduction, the classification of living things, the six kingdoms of life will be examined. The main focus is to present biological information in an understandable and straightforward way that will capture the students’ interest dealing with up to date principles and concepts. Group Pace live class sessions are Mondays at 10:00.
This course adheres closely to standards for the teaching of chemistry. It emphasizes the mathematical, theoretical and experimental basis of modern chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the use of theoretical and mathematical concepts to explain and predict chemical behavior. Group Pace live class sessions are Tuesdays at 11:00. Students are encouraged to attend a second live session Thursdays at noon. Chemistry B Prerequisite: Chemistry A.
Earth Science is a course emphasizing the function of the earth’s system. Students enrolled in this course analyze and describe Earth’s interconnected systems and how they are changing due to natural processes and human influence. Emphasis is placed on the geologic history of the Earth, human interactions with the Earth’s geologic and environmental systems, predictability of a dynamic Earth, geochemical cycles and energy in the Earth system. Topics covered include natural resource management, sculpturing of Earth’s surface, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and geologic history.
In Physics you will learn about topics such as motion, magnets, machines, light, sound, and electrical circuits. All of these concepts each illustrate very basic laws of our physical world. You will learn to analyze motion, including distance, velocity, and acceleration. You will observe and predict effects of periodic, circular, and orbital motion, including motions such as a child swinging back and forth on a swing or a planet traveling in an orbit around a star. You will learn about the behavior and properties of light and sound waves. You will explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism.
This Health course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to make healthy decisions that allow you to stay active, safe and informed. The lessons and activities are designed to introduce students to important aspects of the main types of health: emotional and mental, social and consumer, and physical. Among other topics, you will explore nutrition, understanding and avoiding disease, first aid and CPR, and human sexuality. You will find out about the components of a healthy lifestyle and ways to approach making healthy choices and decisions.
This is an entry-level course for the student that is interested in pursuing a career in health care. Topics covered will provide basic knowledge needed for all workers in the healthcare setting. Along with weekly assignments, students will also participate in at least three conference calls with healthcare professionals. These professionals will discuss their education, profession and the strengths and challenges of working in the health field. Topics covered will include: professionalism, medical terminology, safety precautions, first aid and CPR, disease prevention, communication, and employment. Prerequisite: Health. Junior or Senior.
Nutrition and Wellness
This half credit course will introduce the student to an overview of good nutrition principles that are needed for human physical and mental wellness. Discussion of digestion, basic nutrients, weight management, sports and fitness, and lifespan nutrition is included. Application to today’s food and eating trends, plus learning to assess for reliable nutrition information is emphasized. Prerequisite: Health.
Physical Education 9/10 & 11/12
This course focuses on the fundamental components and principles of fitness. The course examines safety guidelines, proper technique, and exercise principles such as the FITT. Students will assess their current level of fitness in relation to the five components of physical fitness: flexibility, cardiovascular health, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. Students will also learn strategies to help them begin, design, and maintain an exercise program to keep them fit for life. Group Pace live class sessions are Mondays at 9:00 (grades 9-10) and Mondays at 2:00 (grades 11-12).
Cross Cultural Art Project
In this course, students get a chance to take a closer look at art around the world. Each unit focuses on a different country and is broken up into 5 sections: Destination, Art & Culture, Art Focus, Art Project and Project Response. Students will learn a little about the region, the craft of the region, make a hands-on version of the craft and discuss contemporary issues facing these artist groups. This course is for someone who likes hands-on art projects as well as taking a closer look at various countries and regions around the world.
Made in China
This course introduces students to the history, the culture and the art of ancient China. The class will expose students to the artistic glory of ancient China with an emphasis on the four great dynasties: the Han, the T’ang, the Sung and the Ming. Students will become familiar with various art-making materials, techniques, and objects including: pottery making, bronze casting, jade carving, painting, and calligraphy.
The class will help students understand the history and cultural foundation of present-day China.
This course aims to broaden and deepen exposure to modern and contemporary artists, movements, and art forms. Students will practice observation and critical thinking skills, reflective writing, art making techniques and presentation, critique, and evaluation. Students will gain competency in talking about art using the elements and principles of design terminology and will learn about how artistic intent and historical context shape individual works of art. Through hands-on art making assignments in a variety of visual art media students will develop their own artistic voice.
Independent Art Project
In this project-based course, students will work independently as well as collaboratively with the teacher to create their own specialized art experience in the medium of their choice. This course is for students who have completed all other art courses and are pursuing a career in the arts. This course will work towards developing a personal portfolio that can be used as a post-secondary resource.
This one semester course introduces students to the elements, instrumentation, and historical periods of music. Students will learn the significance of surroundings and time periods and how they both influenced the music of the day. Students will listen to and evaluate several types of music, and will be assessed through projects, presentations, and exams on the knowledge and understanding of music. Requires a media player & the ability to hear sound on your computer.
Music Lessons GP
This course allows students to continue the study of a musical instrument. Through one-on-one instruction, students will learn about how to play their instrument better and work on improving their playing skills. Regular activities will include a weekly webcam lesson, recording a weekly playing assignment, and short written activities. Enrollment is limited, so inquire soon! Requires a webcam and musical instrument. Voice lessons are not taught. One-on-one live class sessions will be scheduled on an individual basis.
Songwriting and Music Production
In this project based learning class, students will learn about instruments, notating music (in both traditional and non-traditional formats), lyrics and music theory. Using this knowledge, students will create or produce their own songs. No musical background or songwriting experience is required. Students will be encouraged to explore the areas that interest them to ultimately create a song that fits their musical style. Requires a media player and the ability to hear sound on your computer.
Students should enter this class prepared to listen, experience, and react to music from around the world that they might have never heard before! Students are offered the chance to connect with different musical genres from different countries and ways of life around the globe. Daily activities will include listening and responding to music, and the study of how music is related to many different cultures. Requires a media player and the ability to hear sound on your computer.
Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate an understanding of basic accounting theory and perform the accounting required for an accounting cycle. The student will perform the fundamentals required to record, summarize and analyze the transactions of a business and prepare and interpret the resultant financial statements. The student will also account for payroll and assets (cash, notes, and accounts receivable, inventories, plant and equipment, and intangibles).
Career Exploration provides a foundation for successful school-to-career transition after high school or college. Students complete self-assessments to analyze interests and skills, participate in a job shadowing opportunity and research careers and college programs to select a career. Additional emphasis is on career responsibilities, qualifications and work environments. Job-search activities include résumé writing, interviewing, and composing career-related correspondence. Each student creates an online portfolio in the MN Career Information System that remains on file for several years after graduation.
Computer Applications I
In this introductory course, students will become familiar with the basic principles of a personal computer, including the internal hardware, the operating system, and software applications. This course focuses on the operation and use of computer and information technology, emphasizing their role in communicating effectively and increasing productivity. Students will gain practice in using key applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as understand social and ethical issues around the Internet, information and security.
Students will examine the history, organization and function of local, state and federal agencies that make up the criminal justice system and survey the process of crime and punishment from arrest to release. The role of police, courts and corrections will be explored along with investigation into criminal justice careers. Ethics and real case scenarios and hot topics in criminal justice will be discussed.
Culinary Arts I
Culinary Arts I is designed to create a complete foundation and understanding of Culinary Arts leading to postsecondary education or a foodservice career. This fundamentals course begins to involve in-depth knowledge and hands-on skill mastery of Culinary Arts. This is a hands-on course, so students should be prepared to have fun demonstrating cooking skills, eating and sharing their projects with family and friends to critique. Students will need to take digital pictures of their cooking projects and supply their own recipe ingredients.
Culinary Arts II
Culinary Arts II is designed to create a complete foundation and understanding of Culinary Arts leading to postsecondary education or a foodservice career. Building from techniques and skills learned in Culinary Arts I, this fundamentals course begins to involve in-depth knowledge and hands on skill mastery of Culinary Arts. This is a hands-on course, so students should be prepared to have fun demonstrating cooking skills, eating and sharing their projects with family and friends to critique. Students will need to take digital pictures of their cooking projects and supply their own recipe ingredients.
This is an introductory course in which students learn basic photographic concepts including how the camera works and how to use the various modes of the camera. Design elements and principles are reviewed and practiced as well as learning how to develop a photographic eye. Students then learn composition skills with the opportunity to practice what they learn with photo taking assignments. The concept of design as a manner of visual communication is carried throughout. Students finish up the course with photographic analysis and sharing their work in an online collaborative photo gallery.
This is a great course for those wanting to explore photography to improve their own skills as well as career exploration.
Do you know someone who owns his or her own business? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you have the goal of owning highly successful company? These are only a few of the reasons why thousands of people in the United States become entrepreneurs. Students will learn skills necessary to run their own business. These concepts include: marketing, acquiring financing, managing, and the legal requirements of owning and operating a small business.
Explore fashion styles, trends, influences and designers. You will design clothing and make those designs come alive with color, style, design elements and appropriate fabrics. Practice merchandising and marketing methods that bring fashion from textile to stores. Construction of fabric items is geared to your skill level and interest. The history of clothing and careers in fashion design and merchandising are part of this course. Build your own fashion portfolio and develop a plan to promote those creations. Students will need to provide their own supplies for projects.
This course introduces students to graphic design as a form of visual communication that uses type, image, form, and color. Projects explore design concepts, practices and processes while encouraging creative problem solving, critiques and discussion. Investigation of career pathways in visual arts, print technology, and graphic design provides the student with an artistic and business perspective of this exciting field.
Introduction to Microsoft Applications
This course is for the student who wants to learn the concepts of Microsoft Office Applications. Students will begin to learn the functions and capabilities of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. This course will begin preparing students for the Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS) core-level exams in the Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications. Students will also learn keyboarding skills to increase keying speed and accuracy to employment levels of 30+ WPM.
Interior & Architectural Design I
Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design and utilize them to create elaborate living spaces. They will learn to analyze a client’s needs and select appropriate colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and furniture. Students will develop skills in architectural drafting, CAD and space planning as they prepare sample rooms and floor plans. Students will have exposure to various career opportunities in Interior Design. Course credit also counts toward meeting art requirement.
Introduction to Visual Communications
This is an introductory course that prepares students for entry into the Visual Communications field. General overviews will be given of the visual arts, photography and graphic design fields and career pathways of study. This course covers the fundamental elements and principles of design and how these relate to effective communication through various hands-on assignments as well as videos and tutorials. Course credit also counts toward meeting art requirement.
This is a good course for those who are thinking of entering the career fields of visual arts, photography and graphic design.
Life Skills is designed to increase your knowledge and ability in skills necessary for everyday living. The course emphasizes defining personal values, goal-setting and planning, making decisions and solving problems, evaluating information and dealing with media and peer pressure, communication and relationships, decision making, wellness and personal safety, and contributing to your community.
Parenting is a skill that the vast majority of us will need at some point in our lives. Learn how this demanding task can also be the most rewarding. This course is recommended for both male and female students who are either parenting already or plan to in the future. Children don’t come with a manual – but this course will help!
Understanding financial management concepts is an important life skill. From credit to insurance to taxes, it is imperative that students understand the consequences of their choices. Wisely managing their money, students become citizens that are more responsible. A thorough understanding of financial concepts, with practical application through activities and projects, will enable students to leave this course with applicable, useful skills for life. This course surveys the basic personal financial needs of most individuals and emphasizes the basics of budgeting, saving, checking, investments, credit, the wise use of insurance, and paying and preparing income tax returns. After high school, students face a world filled with possibilities, and the more knowledge they can acquire, the higher the probability that their financial future will be secure. Students taking this course will learn to better prepare for their financial futures.
The Social Workers at BlueSky offer a variety or support groups that students can take for elective credit. These groups provide psycho-educational support where students can learn more about their individual areas of need. Students cannot be added to a group after the first three (3) weeks of the semester with the exception of The Real You.
This small group support group designed for students who struggle with anxiety on a daily basis, are looking for coping skills to help them deal with it, and are willing to talk about it. Students who complete this group will have an increased understanding of anxiety, worry, and panic. Weekly activities vary and include tracking anxiety levels and moods, practicing relaxation, and question/answer. Students will learn coping techniques, both physiological and psychological, to help overcome anxiety and manage stress.
Healing and Dealing
Healing and Dealing is a support group that is offered as an elective credit. This group allows students who have experienced the death of a loved one a place to learn coping skills, grieve and have support.
Mind Over Mood
Mind Over Mood is a support group to help you learn new skills to make changes in your moods, behaviors and relationships. The skills are designed to help handle stress better, improve self-esteem, improve relationships, and become less fearful and more confident.
The Real You
The Real You is a support group for girls in grades 9-12 that allows for personal reflection and growth, building healthy relationships, improving self esteem, discussing media and the effects it has on young women today, and building self confidence.
Tools for Success
Tools for Success is a support group for students that focuses on increasing students’ success by encouraging more responsible behavior. The goal is to create greater personal achievement. Topics covered include problem solving, procrastination and self acceptance. Activities may consist of readings, learning tasks, self-reflection, question/answer, and journaling.
Who Am I?
It is challenging and exciting to develop a sense of who you are, who you want to be and what you want out of life. Together we will take a deeper look into the many aspects of your identity. Who Am I? is a small group that will explore many different topics, including your personal values, family, relationships/friendships, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, violence and harassment, spirituality/religion, assumptions/stereotypes, societal beliefs, community, and personal goals/dreams. By the end of the group, the goal is that you know yourself better and are able to answer the question, “Who Am I?”
Spanish I has been carefully designed to meet the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). These standards call for a method of teaching that focuses on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well as a thorough grounding in aspects of culture. Each unit embodies all of these standards. Unit activities blend different forms of communication and culture to ensure that the student meets all standards. Course strategies include warm-up activities, vocabulary study, reading, threaded discussions, multi-media presentations, self-checks, practice activities and games, oral and written assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme. Live class sessions are Mondays at 1:00.
Spanish II has been carefully designed to meet the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). These standards call for a method of teaching that focuses on successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well as a thorough grounding in aspects of culture. Each unit embodies all of these standards. Unit activities blend different forms of communication and culture to ensure that the student meets all standards. Course strategies include warm-up activities, vocabulary study, reading, threaded discussions, multi-media presentations, self-checks, practice activities and games, oral and written assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme. Prerequisite: Spanish I
During the third year of Spanish, students will continue to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout this course, students learn to express themselves using ever-increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, past-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is embedded throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and its culture, people, geographical location and history. The course is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language standards. Prerequisite: Spanish II