High School

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.

Important information

Group Pace & My Pace

Group 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
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 Requirements
 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

Math

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

Career Plan

Every student must have a current career plan completed, and approved by a counselor in order to graduate.

Total22 credits
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 yearsEmphasis 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 yearIncluding 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)

*For additional information on the U of M Math requirements please visit:https://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:

  1. Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  2. Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  3. 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 https://minnstate.edu/admissions/index.html

PSEO

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.

Participation Criteria

A. Eligibility and Application Procedures

  1. Each student must meet the standards and admissions requirements of the postsecondary institution.
  2. Students must discuss participation in the program with their high school counselor and the PSEO counselor of the postsecondary school.
  3. 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

  1. University of Minnesota and its branches
  2. State Universities
  3. Area Technical Colleges
  4. Community Colleges
  5. Select Private Colleges and Universities

For a comprehensive list of participating schools click here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/040787

C. Responsibility

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

D. Scheduling

  1. Students are responsible for registering at the postsecondary institution and setting up their own class schedule.
  2. Each semester, students must take the equivalent of 6 high school classes (PSEO classes and high school classes).
  3. 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

  1. There is no charge to the student for the costs or tuition, textbooks, or fees.
  2. 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.

Language Arts

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English 1

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

This introductory English course combines the study of literary genre with a focus on composition skills. Students learn effective communication skills by focusing on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing. Oral communication and research skills are included. Group Pace live class sessions are Thursdays at 1:00.

English 1 Honors

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

This advanced course combines the study of literary genre with a focus on composition skills. In addition to learning effective communication, students read and study several novels throughout each semester. This course has greater depth and breadth than the regular course and requires more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.

English 2

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 10  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

This intermediate English course incorporates the study of world literature along with a continued focus on composition skills. Media literacy is emphasized throughout. Students read, reflect, synthesize, and respond to several different types of world literature. Group Pace live class sessions are Thursdays at 10:00.

English 2 Honors

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 10  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

This advanced course focuses on world literature and develops skills to create new ideas, analysis and texts. Media literacy is emphasized throughout. Students read and study several novels throughout each semester. This course encourages critical thinking skills and collaboration requiring more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.

English 3

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

This class brings a global panorama of the “human condition” to our students via stories, speeches, plays, satire, podcasts, and poetry. Students increase composition skills pondering topics like war and peace, utopia and dystopia, and wealth and poverty. Discussion forums provide students an authentic audience of their peers and a place to present and connect. Live class sessions are Thursdays at 11:00.

English 3 Honors

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

This class brings a global panorama of the “human condition” to our students via stories, speeches, plays, satire, podcasts, and poetry. This course encourages critical thinking skills, analytical writing and collaboration requiring more work and time from the student. Discussion forums provide students an authentic audience of their peers and a place to present and connect. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.

English 4

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

The first part of this course offers an in depth look at media and society. Students analyze the impact media have on our daily lives, learn about the art of persuasion, explore contemporary issues, and finally examine workplace communication. The second part of this course covers the foundation of American literature and the pursuit of the American dream. Students view historical works through multiple lenses. Through the exploration of classic American themes and ideals, they deepen their awareness of influences that shape modern American culture. Assignments focus on practical writing for life after high school.

English 4 Honors

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

The first part of this advanced course offers an in depth look at media and society. The second part of this advanced course covers the foundation of American literature and the pursuit of the American dream. Students view historical works through multiple lenses. Through the exploration of classic American themes and ideals, they deepen their awareness of influences that shape modern American culture. Assignments focus on practical writing for life after high school. Students read and study several novels throughout each semester. This course encourages critical thinking skills and collaboration requiring more work and time from the student. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0.

Reading for Success

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

Mathematics

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Algebra Review

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

Non-Linear Algebra

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 10  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Term  •  Credit: 1.0

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. Live sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00.

Geometry

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

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.

Algebra/Statistics II

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

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 on Mondays at 11:00.

Career Prep Math

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term   •  Credit: 1.0

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term   •  Credit: 1.0

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.

Forensic Science

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

Integrated Science

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

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.

Biology

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 10  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

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.

Chemistry

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Semester 2 and Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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. Live sessions are Thursdays at 10:00.

Physics

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

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.

Social Studies

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Geography

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–10  •  Term: Flex Term and 1st Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

This course will focus on geospatial skills, places and regions, human systems and human-environment interaction. New geographic applications and technologies will also be covered. Students learn various methods for defining place on the Earth’s surface while investigating areas of physical and cultural geography. Various methods of how the Earth can be changed and modified are then discussed and analyzed. Finally, economic systems are covered as well as political systems of government. The course emphasizes student application of core standards with information that is happening in real time. Group Pace live class sessions are Tuesdays at 10:00.

American History

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–10  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of American History. The content will focus on the origins of the nation’s democratic principles and continue through present day domestic and foreign issues that affect American society. There will be a particular emphasis on the individuals and groups that have not only been impacted by the nation’s development but those who have made contributions as well. Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they participate in interactive discussions, and complete assignments establishing real-world connections. Group Pace live classes are Tuesdays at 10:00 or 11:00.

American Government

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–10  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

American Government is the study of the historical backgrounds, governing principles, and institutions of the government of the United States. The focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. The principles of popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, republicanism, federalism, and individual rights will be examined as will the roles of individuals and groups in the American political system. Students will compare the American system of government with other modern systems and assess the strengths and problems associated with the American system.

World History

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term and Single Terms  •  Credit: 1.0

This course is a survey of world history from prehistoric to contemporary times. Students will learn about the socio-economic, political, and ideological conditions of various time periods as they study historical events and cultural achievements of world regions. Using primary and secondary sources, they will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they conduct inquiry-based research, participate in interactive discussions, and complete assignments establishing real-world connections. Live class sessions are Wednesdays at 1:00.

Economics

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

Economics is the study of how societies use limited resources to satisfy their unlimited wants and needs. It is the foundation of this course as students learn how fundamental decisions about the four factors of production (land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship) are made. Students will be presented with economic applications in today’s world. From economics in the world of business, money, banking, and finance, students will see how economics is applied both domestically and globally. Students will also study how the government is involved in establishing economic stability in the American Free Enterprise System as well as how the U.S. economy has a global impact.

Psychology

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: 2nd Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

This semester-long course aims to answer the question: Why do people act the way they do? In studying human behavior, students will use a variety of resources to examine topics such as learning and memory, personality theories, biological and environmental influences on behavior, gender differences, societal influences, stress and its effects, psychological disorders and treatment, and others. This course is designed to introduce students to the science that is psychology and help students to better understand themselves and those around them. This course is offered as an elective course. Live class sessions are Wednesdays at 12:00.

https://youtu.be/uzyG7XB8-fk

Health & Physical Education

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Health

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

Health Careers

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Semester 1  •  Credit: 0.5

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 11–12  •  Term: Semester 2  •  Credit: 0.5

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 1/Semester 2  •  Credit: 0.5

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).

Art & Music

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Cross Cultural Art Project

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 1  •  Credit: 0.5

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 1  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/1gSBG1DLjLc

Modern Art

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 2  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/xEBm_wKUIQ8

Art Appreciation

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

This course is an exploration into visual art techniques, processes, and media. Students will study the elements and principles of art as they have been used in professional and historical examples and use these elements and principles to enhance the expressive quality of their own work. Students will also learn to enhance their observational skills by increasing their artistic vocabulary to better verbalize their thoughts and feelings of the visual world in which they live.

https://youtu.be/3fF4kJe1kH4

Independent Art Project

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

This course is designed for art students who are considering art as a post-secondary study and who want to flex their creative muscles by engaging in art projects of their own design. Students will work through the design process from concept to finished project and public display. Students will collaborate with the art teacher throughout the process of demonstrating their individual artistic expression. What students create is limited only by their imagination. Students are required to supply their own materials or their own choice of medium. Prerequisite: Students must have passed at least 2 high school art courses before taking this class. Cap: 5 students.

Introduction to Visual Communications

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/UCnCLwrqK-k

Digital Photography

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/4QsHnQqQHrg

Graphic Design

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Semester 2  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/pTV-RAkOviQ

Music Appreciation

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/0Exkatf2lWM

Music Lessons GP

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 1/Semester 2  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/97dnnvMMO9Q

Songwriting and Music Production

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/UaPvpxN9hso

World Music

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/khq1ejdZUbY

Career & Technical

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Accounting I

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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).

https://youtu.be/ER8f9jPHvyw

Career Exploration

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/kE5Xge8XKzo

Computer Applications I

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

Criminal Justice

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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 an investigation into criminal justice careers. Ethics and real case scenarios and hot topics in criminal justice will be discussed.

https://youtu.be/BvbtckRWMOk

Culinary Arts I

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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. 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.

https://youtu.be/viOK2OZx5cY

Culinary Arts II

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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. 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.

https://youtu.be/j2zSaNr7n4Q

Entrepreneurship

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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 a highly successful company? These are only a few of the reasons why thousands of people in the United States become entrepreneurs. Students will learn the 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.

https://youtu.be/Hv0VW2zIqhM

Fashion Design

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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. 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. Credit earned in this course counts towards meeting the art requirement.

https://youtu.be/TwDRsf0EJXY

Hospitality and Tourism

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

With greater disposable income and more opportunities for business travel, people are traversing the globe in growing numbers. As a result, hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This course will introduce students to the hospitality and tourism industry, including hotel and restaurant management, cruise ships, spas, resorts, theme parks, and other areas. Students will learn about key hospitality issues, the development and management of tourist locations, event planning, marketing, and environmental issues related to leisure and travel. The course also examines some current and future trends in the field.

Introduction to Microsoft Applications

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

Come explore the exciting world of interior and architectural design! As a student, you will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design and utilize them to create living spaces. You will learn to analyze a client’s needs and select appropriate colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and design elements. Students will develop skills in architectural drafting, CAD and space planning as they prepare sample rooms and floor plans. You will also have exposure to various career opportunities in this field. Credit earned in this course counts towards meeting the art requirement.

Life Skills

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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. It covers evaluating information and dealing with media and peer pressure. You will also learn about relationships and communication skills, wellness, personal safety, and contributing to your community. This is a great prep course for developing basic skills for living on your own.

https://youtu.be/E5dyXx48jM0

Parenting

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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 all students who are either parenting already or plan to be in the future. Children don’t come with a manual – but this course will help!

https://youtu.be/t_afbf1t3CE

Personal Finance

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s):9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

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.

https://youtu.be/Ih2i3fJdy_8

Principles of Computer Science

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Semester 1 & Semester 2   •  Credit: 1.0

Principles of Computer Science introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. Live session day/times TBD. Students are expected to take both semesters of this course.

Work Experience Seminar

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 0.5

This is an employability skills course where students will explore and develop the foundational soft skills and other employability skills necessary to function successfully in a work environment. Safety, Right-to-Know, child labor laws, employability law, conflict management and communication are among the additional topics covered in this course.

Support Groups

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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.

Attacking Anxiety

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 1st Semester/2nd Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

Attacking Anxiety is a support group for students in grades 9-12 who struggle with anxiety on a daily basis and want to learn to manage it. Students will learn coping strategies to help them control their anxiety and reduce stress.

https://youtu.be/sDTBDZmuxVY

Healing and Dealing

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 1st Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

Healing and Dealing is a support group that is offered as 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.

https://youtu.be/rzh5nhLERoo

Mind Over Mood

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 2nd Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

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 you handle stress by practicing relaxation, improve your self-esteem, improve your relationships, and become less fearful and more confident.

https://youtu.be/8mSiDi2PCgk

The Real You

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 2nd Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

The Real You is a support group that is offered as elective credit. It is designed for young women in grades 9-12 that allows for personal reflection and growth, strategies for building healthy relationships, improving self-esteem, boosting self-confidence, discussing media and the effects it has on young women today.

https://youtu.be/kjoUSczH9r4

Who Am I?

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 1st Semester  •  Credit: 0.5

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. This small group will explore many different topics, including personal values, family, relationships, friendships, culture, and ethnicity. Other topics include gender identity, violence, harassment, spirituality, stereotypes, societal beliefs, goals and 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?”

https://youtu.be/n3OIDaZkEWM

World Languages

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Spanish I

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: 1st Semester/2nd Semester  •  Credit: 1.0

Spanish is one of the most common languages in the world! Students in this course will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Culture is embedded throughout the course to help students better understand and appreciate the culture, people, geographical locations and history of the Spanish-speaking world.

Group Pace live class sessions are Mondays at 1:00.

https://youtu.be/fDsBZToAxMg

Spanish II

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

Spanish II builds on the language skills learned in Spanish I. Students in this course will continue developing successful communication through speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well cultural awareness. Learning activities in each unit are focused upon a specific theme. Students must pass Spanish I prior to enrolling in this course. A working microphone is required.

https://youtu.be/PIx1Nd7ta_w

Spanish III

Year: 2019 – 2020   •  Grade Level(s): 9–12  •  Term: Flex Term  •  Credit: 1.0

Spanish III is a continuation of Spanish II. Students will learn ever-increasing vocabulary and different verb tenses, in addition to reading a book entirely in Spanish. 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. Students must pass Spanish II prior to taking this course. A working microphone is required.

https://youtu.be/C-1tbqybf2g