Course Requirements & Handbook
Belle Fourche High School Course Requirements:
English: (4 Credits)
- Freshman English A and B (Full Year)
- Speech (10) (Semester)
- World Literature (10) (Semester)
- American Literature or Honors Literature (11) (Semester)
- Grammar & Comp. or Honors Grammar (11) (Semester)
- English Literature or AP English (12) (Semester)
- Senior Comp or AP English (12) (Semester)
Math: (3 Credits)
- Algebra 1 A and B (9) (Full Year)
- Geometry A and B (10) (Full Year)
- Algebra 2 A and B (11) (Full Year)
Science: (3 Credits)
- Physical Science A and B (9) (Full Year)
- Biology A and B (10) (Full Year)
- Chemistry A and B (Full Year)
- Biology 2 A and B (Full Year)
Social Studies: (3 Credits)
- World Geography 1 (9) (Semester)
- World Geography 2 (10) (Semester)
- American History 1 and 2 (11) (Full Year)
- American Government (12) (Semester)
- World History (12) (Semester)
Wellness-PE/Health: (1 Credit)
- PE/Health 1 and 2 (9) (Full Year)
Business/Computers: (½ Credit)
- Computer Technology (9) (Semester)
Finance: (½ Credit)
- Personal Finance (12) (Semester)
Fine Arts: (1 Credit)
- Could include Band, Choir, Music Appreciation, and any art classes. All courses are divided by semester and 2 full semesters must be completed.
Career and Technical: (1 Credit)
- Could include accounting or any of the vocational classes. 2 full semesters must be completed.
- Family Consumer Science Courses are also included.
Electives: (5 Credits)
- Any elective course would count for this section and 5 full semesters must be completed.
22 Credits must be completed to graduate
- 2-D Media —- Grades 9-12 — integrates design concepts with drawing and painting techniques in a variety of media. FEE: $10.00
- Mixed Media —- Grades 9-12 — emphasize combining media to create 2-D and 3-D projects. FEE: $17.00
- Photography —- Grades 12 — covers the basics of picture taking, film processing, and enlarging in black and white. FEE: $15.00 (Plus film and Photo Paper)
- Graphic Design —- Grades 9-12 — cover the basics of graphic design stressing non-verbal communication. Prerequisite: 2-D Media. FEE: $10.00
- Crafts —- Grades 9-12 — explores a variety of craft techniques in areas of jewelry making, copper enameling, glass etching, paper making batik, beading and weaving. FEE: $17.00
- Advanced Crafts —- Grades 9-12 — Builds on techniques and skills learned in crafts. Prerequisite: Crafts. FEE: $20.00
- Computer Technology —- Grades 9 — (Required) focus on the student as a user of personal computer applications.
- Advanced Computer Applications —- Grades 11-12 — covers the application of video editing, web page development, and graphic manipulation through various software programs.
- Advanced Business Communication —- Grades 11-12 — emphasizes the advanced computer features of the Windows/Office environment.
- Personal and Business Finance —- Grades 12 — understand the importance of taking responsibility for personal financial decisions, taxation, money management and time value of money.
- Accounting/Business —- Grades 10-12 — designed to give the students a solid background in the basics of accounting and bookkeeping from a business world perspective.
- Economics —- Grades 10-12 — explores microeconomics and macroeconomics and examine the components of the stock market.
Family and Consumer Science
- Life Skills —- Grades 9-10 — gain skills to better meet the challenges of life.
- Food, Nutrition and Wellness —- Grades 9-12 — understand basic nutrition concepts and improve their cooking skills.
- Housing and Interior Design —- Grades 11-12 — discover the career area of Interior Design.
- Child Development —- Grades 9-12 — Section one and Section two — explore child development and concepts including the following; prenatal development; physical, social, emotional and intellectual development from birth to school age.
- Relationship and Family Dynamics —- Grades 11-12 — learn about the many dynamics related to relationships and families.
- Capstone Experience —- Grades 11-12 — class customized to the career interests and goals of the student.
- Spanish I —- Grades 9-12 — work on conversational Spanish which can be useful to the person planning on visiting a Spanish speaking country.
- Spanish II —- Grades 10-12 — focus on expanding the Spanish vocabulary.
- English 9A —- Grades 9 — all genres of literature, including one Shakespearean play.
- English 9B —- Grades 9 — fundamental practice in the rules of grammar and composition.
- Speech —- Grades 10 — designed to teach students fundamental speaking techniques by presenting impromptu, informative, persuasive, oral interpretation, and special occasion speeches.
- Sophomore Honors Speech —- Grades 10 — satisfies the required Speech Course, but it will go beyond the requirements of Speech to focus on skills needed for college.
- Sophomore Lit. Appreciation —- Grades 10 — a survey of literature designed to teach the fundamentals of discussion and analysis of literature and focus on literary elements in a variety of genres.
- Sophomore Honors Literature —- Grades 10 — satisfies the Sophomore Literature Appreciation English requirement.
- American Literature —- Grades 11 — survey of American Literature from 1600 to present. Prerequisite: Sophomore Literature Appreciation
- Junior Grammar and Comp —- Grades 11 — designed to offer students more preparation in the rules and applications of grammar and comp.
- Honors English —- Grades 11 — designed to cover the major American writers.
- Senior Composition —- Grades 12 — offers seniors a varied writing curriculum suitable for college or work place applications. Prerequisite: Honors English or American Literature.
- English Literature —- Grades 12 — chronological study of British literature from its oral traditions to modern day.
- Creative Writing —- Grades 9-12 — Students will write a short novel or book of poetry over the course of the semester.
- AP English —- Grades 12 — prepare students for college English and the AP examination with an emphasis on British authors, but including comparative literature and works from American and World authors.
- Journalism 1 - Grades 10-12 - 1 year class - learn how about copyrights and how to manipulate photos and video with different programs, students will also create the yearbook. PREREQUISITES: English 9A and English 9B with an 85% or better
- Journalism 2 - Grades 10-12 - 2nd semester of Journalism 1- students will continuing with what they started in the last semester. PREREQUISITES: English 9A and English 9B with an 85% or better and Journalism 1 with an 85% or better.
- Pre-Algebra —- Grades 9-12 — study of algebraic, linear, and quadratic expressions and equations
- Algebra I —- Grades 9-12 — study of algebraic, linear, and quadratic expressions and equations
- Geometry —- Grades 10-12 — develops the deductive reasoning required in upper level mathematics and specific geometric concepts which will be required of students in Algerbra II and Pre-Calc
- Algebra II —- Grades 10-12 — reviews linear and quadratic functions and continues to add exponential and logarithmic functions.
- Pre-Calculus —- Grades 11-12 — in-depth study of numerical methods, common functions, and trigonometric functions and vector analysis
- AP Calculus —- Grades 12 — Course in single variable differential and integral calculus
- Select Chorus —- Grades 9-12 — Introduction to Singing, Treble Chorus, and/or equivalent choral/singing experience
- Women’s Chorus —- Grades 9-12 — open to female students. meant to give female singers a better understanding of proper vocal technique, music theory, and music history through the study of choral music written for women’s voices
- Music Appreciation —- Grades 9-12 — highlights reasons people value music
- Instrumental Music/Band —- Grades 9-12 — band performs at a variety of events to include concerts, contests, athletic events and homecoming activities.
- Jazz Band —- Grades 9-12 — performs a variety of concerts and contests and will be expected to develop improvisational Jazz techniques
- Vocal Jazz —- Grades 10-12 — Performing group whose primary musical focus is vocal jazz.
- General Science —- Grades 9 — covers Chemistry, physics, and cosmology.
- Biology I —- Grades 10 — learn important concepts of chemistry, genetics, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, ecology, as well as the scientific method.
- Biology II —- Grades 11-12 — emphasized the advanced life science standards.
- Biology 101 —- Grades 11-12 — students pay $160.00 for 3 credits.
- Chemistry —- Grades 10-12 — measuring and calculating, matter, formulas, the Mole, chemical reactions, atomic structure, electron cloud, and more.
- Advanced Placement Chemistry —- Grades 12 — equivalent to general chemistry course in first year of college.
- Employability I —- Grades 11-12 — designed to improve a students ability to live independently and seek employment.
- Employability II —- Grades 11-12 — teaches students about skills while on the job.
- Employability III —- Grades 12 — reviews skills taught previously in I and II while maintaining employment.
- Employability IV —- Grades 12 — students earn credits while demonstrating appropriate employment skills.
- World Geography I —- Grades 9 — major geographical features and regions.
- Civics —- Grades 9-12 — study various forms of local government.
- World Geography II —- Grades 10 — continuous of Geography I.
- American History I and II —- Grades 11 — achievements and progress of the US since the American Revolution.
- World History —- Grades 12 — focus on world events from beginning of man to WWI.
- American Government - Grades 12 - detailed procedure of the governing processes, major focus on the constitution.
- Contemporary Issues - Grades 12 - study current issues facing society.
- Psychology - Grades 11-12 - explore the aspects of the mind, development of the body, psychological disorders, and personality from a psychological point of view.
- Sociology - Grades 11-12 - application of sociological concepts and perspectives concerning human groups.
- Pre-Vocational Woods - Grades 9-12 - explore basic wood working by actually constructing a small project.
- Carpentry - Grades 10-12 - 2 HOUR BLOCK - gain basic knowledge and skills in residential construction area
- Woodworking I - Grades 10-12 - learn proper and safe ways of operating power tools, student makes two projects over the course of the year. PREREQUISITE: Pre-Voc Woods or Senior Status
- Advance Woodworking - Grades 11-12 - learn more advanced skills of woodworking. PREREQUISITE: Woodworking I FEE: Project Depending, $80 - $200
- Basic Drafting - Grades 9-12 - learn basic drawing using drafting techniques and equipment.
- Mechanical Drafting - Grades 10-12 - learn to draw different shaped objects to scale.
- Architectural Drafting - Grades 10-12 - draw house plans and details. PREREQUISITE: Basic Drafting
- SolidWorks Essentials - Grades 11-12 - learn to use 3D printers and duplicators. PREREQUISITE: Strong Math Background
- Introduction to Electricity - Grades 10-12 - learn basic residential wiring technique.
- Welding I - Grades 9-12 - introduction to arc, wire, and oxyacetylene. PREREQUISITE: Basic Drafting
- Welding II - Grades 9-12 - further welding skills to construct projects using metal and welding fundamentals. PREREQUISITE: Welding I
- Advanced Welding - Grades 11-12 - blue print reading and construction skills are emphasized, become AWS certified welder. PREREQUISITE: Basic Drafting, Welding I, and Welding II
- Freshman P.E/Health - Grade 9 - learn what it means to be physically fit and work out.
- Weightlifting/Conditioning - Grades 11-12 - ZERO HOUR CLASS - use free weights, exercise machine, agility training and other aerobic and cardiovascular activities. PREREQUISITE: Freshman P.E/ Health