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District-wide Testing

Explore Test:

Taking EXPLORE 9th grade tells you things you need to know—to plan your high school courses, prepare for the ACT, or choose a career direction.

                        9th grade:   April 24, 2012  EXPLORE

                                          April 25, 2012  Practice PLAN

 

Plan Test:

PLAN contains four curriculum-based assessments: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The assessment is based on the major areas of high school and postsecondary instructional programs and measures the skills and knowledge needed for college success.  PLAN also includes a career exploration component that stimulates students' thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options.

                     10th grade:  April 24, 2012 PLAN

                                        April 25, 2012 Practice ACT

 

PSAE TEST:

The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) measures the achievement of grade 11 students in reading, math and science.  The PSAE includes three components: (1) the ACT, which includes the ACT battery of four multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science), (2) an ISBE-developed science assessment, and (3) two Work Keys assessments

                      11th grade:  April 24, 2012 PSAE

                                         April 25, 2012 PSAE

 
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District Statistics

Student Performance

  • Average ACT score  District 20.7, State 20.5
  • Attendance Rate 92.2%

 

Students going on for post secondary training:

  • 2-year institutions  33%
  • 4- year institutions   47%
  • Military 1.5%
  • Vocational Schools 2.5%

 

National Merit Student Finalist and Commended Students average for District

  • 10 students per year

 

Percentage of students in honors program

  • 20%

 

ACCREDITATION

  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • North Central Association

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Class of 2012:  19.5 Credits
  • Class of 2013:  20.5 Credits
  • Class of 2014:  21 Credits
 
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English Department Courses

 

4000 English 1-2 NCAA Grade: 9 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Score of 226-269 on the 7th grade ISAT and 8th grade teacher recommendation.
First-year, standard class. English 1-2 covers units of study in the following areas: research skills including the library, the dictionary, and the Internet; grammar and composition; drama; Greek mythology; the novel; and the short story. Writing assignments relative to the subject matter will be an integral part of the course. Further, instruction will focus on expository, persuasive and other writing experiences that are not necessarily literary in subject matter. Students will work to improve their writing skills in terms of correct usage; clear organization; communication of ideas for a variety of purposes; and locating, organizing, evaluating, and using information. Students will also work on improving reading skills. (College Prep)
 
4002 English 1-2H NCAA Grade: 9 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Minimum score of 270 on the 7th grade ISAT and 8th grade teacher recommendation.
First year, honors class. Appropriate for college prep for those with superior aptitude and interest. English 1-2 covers units of study in the following areas: research skills including the library and the Internet; grammar and composition; drama; two Shakespearean dramas; Greek mythology; the novel; and the short story. Writing assignments and projects relative to the subject matter are an integral part of the course. Further instruction will focus on expository, persuasive and other writing experiences that are not necessarily literary in subject matter. Students will work to improve their writing skills in terms of correct usage; clear organization; communication of ideas for a variety of purposes; and locating, organizing, evaluating, and using information. Students will read approximately two novels in class, read five novels independently, (three first semester and two second semester) write a research paper, and work routinely with partners or in small groups. (Honors)
 
4006 English 1-2 T1 Grade: 9 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Score of 225 or below on the 7th grade ISAT and/or 8th grade teacher recommendation.
A comprehensive English course designed to expose students to all areas of the language arts with a concentration
in reading with the intent to identify and remediate reading deficiencies. Students will be exposed to the same content as other freshman course offerings with differentiated instruction and common core standards being implemented. The small class size allows more individualization of reading instruction. Students enrolled in English 1-2 must also be enrolled in the TITLE READING LAB class. (General) (Title One Services)
 
4010 English 1-2 T1 READING LAB Grade: 9 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Score of 225 or below on the 7th grade ISAT and/or 8th grade teacher recommendation.
A complimentary course to English 1-2 Title 1 that incorporates intensive and extensive instruction as well as enrichment activities to provide services needed for student achievement. Such support will include but not be limited to extended learning time, computer remediation programs, small group instruction, structured reading time, reading strategies instruction, study skills, organization skills, and vocabulary acquisition.
Students enrolled in English 1-2 Title LAB must also be enrolled in the TITLE ONE class. (General) (Title One Services)
 
4107, 4108 English 3 NCAA Grade: 10 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: English 1-2
Second-year standard class. The study of both literature and writing are integrated throughout this one-semester class. Literature focuses on nonfiction selections, poetry, and a Shakespearean drama (history). The study of writing, which is interspersed throughout the semester, includes the different purposes of narrative, expository, persuasive, and a literary analysis. Students will also continue to build their grammar and reading skills from the previous year. (College Prep)
 
4117, 4118 NCAA Oral Communications Grade: 10 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: English 1-2
Second-year standard class. Oral Communications combines the communication with public speaking skills. The study of communication includes the study of communication theories, the different types and purposes for communication, listening skills, group communication, and conflict resolution skills. The public speaking component of the course includes three to five speeches with a variety of purposes ranging from demonstration and informative speaking to persuasive speaking. This class will deliver one researched speech, which will include MLA citations.
(College Prep)
 
4127, 4128 English 3H NCAA Grade: 10 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in English 1-2 H and teacher recommendation. Student must earn an A in Eng 1-2 and have that teacher’s recommendation to move to Eng 3 Honors.
Second-year honors class. Appropriate for college prep for those with superior aptitude and interest in English. English 3 H covers literature units of study in the following areas: nonfiction literature, two novels, poetry, and two dramas. Students will routinely discuss the literature, work with both partners and groups, and apply the literature’s themes and definitions to projects and essays. Students will also improve their writing with the study of grammar, as well as with a variety of essays including expository essays, narrative essays, literature responses and analysises, persuasive essays, and research papers with correct MLA citations. (Honors)
 
4129, 4130 Oral Communications Honors NCAA Grade: 10 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Grade of "B "or better in English 1-2H and teacher recommendation. Student must earn an "A" in Eng 1-2 and have that teacher’s recommendation to move from Regular to Oral Comm Honors.
Second-year honors class. Oral Communications Honors is designed for students who are already comfortable speaking in front of their peers. The units of study include communication theory, listening, perception and self-concept, types and purposes of communication, persuasive techniques, research skills and conflict resolution. Students will be expected to complete more individual and group projects on these units. Students will also evaluate professional speakers, critique current speakers, and discuss communication successes and failures. Participation is expected. The public speaking component of the class will include nearly double the amount of speeches than the regular course with more emphasis placed on delivery, rhetorical strategies, evidence within the speech, and effective, professional visual aides. Students will research and deliver a minimum of two speeches using correct MLA citations.
(Honors)
 
4137, 4138 English 3 TITLE Grade: 10 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: English 1-2 and Teacher recommendation and counselor recommendation.
Literature and writing class for sophomores who have some difficulty with basic language arts skills. This class allows students to improve and refine their skills within the standard curriculum at a somewhat slower pace. (General) (Title One Services)
 
4149 English 3-4 T1 Grade: 10 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: English 1-2 and Teacher recommendation and counselor recommendation.
This is a course emphasizing the individualization of writing skills, fundamental reading skills, and organizational skills. (General) (Title One Services)
 
 
JUNIOR COURSES
Junior students with the time in their schedules, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and the desire may take an additional English course, but they must take one of the English 5-6 courses as required in the junior year. This opportunity is subject to the fifth-subject policy of District 201.
 
4152 English 5-6 H NCAA Grade: 11 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Students must have a "B" or better in Eng 3 Honors and have the Eng 3 (not Oral Comm) teacher’s recommendation. Student must earn an "A" in Eng 3 and have that teacher’s recommendation to move from Regular to Eng 5-6 Honors.
This course combines the study of advanced level writing skills with that of American literature. Two research papers and numerous persuasive, literary, and expository pieces will be required. In addition, students will learn about the various genres, literary periods and styles, and significant authors of American literature. Learning to analyze literature effectively and to relate it to society and culture are significant focuses of the course. Students who take this course should understand that the substantial workload reflects the honors credit. Note: Students who take this course may not take the Early American Literature course in the senior year. (Honors)
 
4153 English 5-6 NCAA Grade: 11 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: English-3
(Phase 3-4). This course includes the equivalent of a semester’s study of modern American literature, along with frequent and intensive writing experiences. Students will learn about the various genres, literary periods and styles, and significant authors of modern American literature. Learning to analyze literature effectively and to relate it to society and culture are also focuses of the course. Significant emphasis will be placed on grammar study and writing improvement. Research papers and numerous other writing assignments will be required. (College Prep)
 
4154 English 5-6 T Grade: 11 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Eng. 3-4 Title or Eng. 3T teacher recommendation
(Phase 1-2) This literature and writing class is for juniors who continue to face challenges with basic language arts skills. This course will include a full-year survey of American literature with guided reading activities. Frequent and intensive writing at regular intervals will also occur. Significant emphasis will be placed on grammar study and writing improvement. Numerous expository and persuasive pieces of writing will be required. At the conclusion of the year, students will have had a complete exposure to American literature, as well as writing instruction geared to the twenty-first century. This class’s phasing and organization allow students to improve their skills within the standard curriculum at a somewhat slower pace. (General) (Title One Services)
 
7205 American Studies/English H NCAA SLUGrade: 11 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Students must have a "B" or better in English 3 (H) and have teacher recommendation. Students must have an "A" in English 3 (not Oral Comm.) and have teacher recommendation to move to American Studies. Concurrent enrollment in American Studies/History required.
American Studies is an interdisciplinary course incorporating American History, American Literature, and advanced-level writing skills. This course is a team-taught, two-hour class. The course expands upon standard presentations and relates American literary and cultural developments to historical changes.
Note:
Students who enroll in American Studies may not enroll in any English 5-6, or in the Early American Literature course during the senior year. (History and English both earn Honors credit)
This course can be taken as Dual Enrollment course in the Saint Louis University 1818 program for nine college credit hours (six for history and three for English). Most universities accept this credit; however, it is the individual responsibility of the student to verify that his or her selected university does so. SLU does charge a fee. (Honors)
 
Phasing of Senior English Elective Courses:
 
»Phase 1 courses are designed for students who find reading, writing, speaking, and thinking quite difficult and have significant problems with basic skills.
»Phase 2 courses are created for students who do not have serious difficulty with basic skills but need to improve and refine them and can do so best by learning at a somewhat slower pace.
»Phase 3 courses are particularly for those who have an average command of the basic language skills and would like to advance beyond these basic skills but do so at a moderate rather than at an accelerated pace.
»Phase 4 courses are for students who learn fairly rapidly and have good command of language and other cognitive skills.
»Phase 5 courses offer a challenge to students who have an excellent command of language and other cognitive skills, and who are seeking stimulating academic experiences.
 
We strongly suggest that students consider their needs as well as their interests, that they choose courses with appropriate phase numbers, and that they balance their program instead of taking courses all of one type. In making choices, students should take into consideration their college or vocational plans. The counselors have information available which will help to plan courses of study to fit students’ plans.
Note: Many universities have changed their entrance requirements; therefore, college-bound students should be extremely careful in selecting their English classes. With the help of the counselors, students should determine the number and types of English classes required by the universities they are considering. High-phase, supplemental courses at the senior year should be considered in accordance with individual abilities and personal interests. Most four-year colleges expect incoming freshmen students to have taken a balance of writing and literature courses during their four years of high school.
 
SENIOR ELECTIVES—WRITING
 
4307, 4308 Practical English Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 1-2) This course is designed to help students further develop the basic writing and communication skills needed for employment and daily living. This course focuses on school-to-work writing, career exploration, and research. Students write one research paper or complete one research project during the semester. (College Prep)
 
4347, 4348 Developing Writing Skills NCAA Grades: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None {Note: Students who have taken Eng 5-6 T must receive an "A" in order to take DWS}
(Phase 3) This college bound course will offer students development of and experience in writing skills for post-high school training. Students will attain sufficient proficiency in applied grammar and composition so as to transfer the knowledge to other high school courses, work experience, or college. The work includes review of the writing process and forms, numerous multi-paragraph essays, two research papers, some projects, and other written works. (College Prep)
 
4457 Journalism 1 NCAA SWIC Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3) This course serves as an introduction to journalism and is designed for the student who already possesses a sufficient command of writing skills. Curriculum will emphasize the elements of gathering, organizing, and writing newspaper stories. Research will be required. Objective news reporting, elementary feature writing and copyediting are significant aspects of the course. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to student publications and will take an active role in the publication of the newsmagazine. (Advanced)
 
4458 Journalism 2 SWIC Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Journalism I
(Phase 3) This course is designed for students who wish to pursue serious interests or careers in the field of journalism or other related fields. Emphasis is given to research, critical thinking, in-depth reporting, maturity of writing style, layout and design, media technology, and broadcast journalism. Students will take an active part in all aspects of the newsmagazine. (Advanced)
 
4427, 4428 Advanced Writing Skills NCAA Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Eng. 5-6H or Amer. Studies "B" or higher and teacher recommendation in Eng 5-6.
(Phase 4) The content of this course will interest those college-bound students who want to build upon their previous writing experiences - from the five-paragraph essay to the research paper. Students will write approximately 10-12 essays, including at least two or three research papers. Students will focus on clarity, development, logical progression, focus, audience awareness, stylistic choices, and critical thinking. (Advanced)
 
4417, 4418 Creative Writing NCAA Grade: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Eng. 5-6H or Am. Studies "B" or higher and teacher recommendation in Eng 5-6.
(Phase 4) This college bound course offers students with genuine interest and aptitude the chance for creative, written expression through extensive writing in poetry, short stories, drama, and other genres. (Advanced)
 
4447, 4448 Writing Skills Honors NCAA SLU Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: Most appropriate for students who have successfully completed English 5-6 Honors or American Studies with grade of a ‘B’ or higher.
(Phase-5) This demanding course for college-bound seniors is designed to improve the ability to write expository prose with an emphasis on persuasive form. Typically, required pieces of writing include: a research essay; a literary essay; a college admissions essay; a personal essay, and others. A primary objective for each student is to develop a clear, effective, and individual writing style. Substantial critical reading of professional authors’ works will also be covered. This course can be taken as Dual Enrollment course in the Saint Louis University 1818 program for three college credit hours. Most universities accept this credit; however, it is the individual responsibility of the student to verify that his or her selected university does so. SLU does charge a fee. (Honors)
 
SENIOR ELECTIVES—LITERATURE
 
4327, 4328 Literature of Action Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 1-2) This literature course entails the study of themes that are primarily of interest to those who like young adolescent literature. Approximately six novels are read independently during the semester. Students read silently all hour. Students study vocabulary, take quizzes and tests, and write short essays about each novel. Some authors covered are John Grisham, W.D. Myers, Sharon Draper , S.E. Hinton, and P. Zindel. (College Prep)
 
4355, 4356 Literary Explorations NCAA Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 1-2) Literary Explorations focuses on the problems young people face growing up today. This literature course entails the study of themes that are primarily of interest to those who like young adolescent literature. Approximately six novels are read independently during the semester. Students read silently all hour. Students study vocabulary, take quizzes and tests, and write short essays about each novel. Some authors are John Grisham, W.D. Myers, and Sharon Draper. Selected novels: Secret Life of Bees, Lovely Bones, Shattering Glass, and Jake Reinvented. (College Prep)
 
4357, 4358 Adventures in Literature: The Supernatural & Science Fiction NCAA Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3) This is a literature course which includes a diverse selection of literature from respected science fiction and fantasy authors. Students will be exposed to major themes and genres over the course of two short story units, as well as a longer piece such as Shakespeare's
Macbeth: Students respond to the works with essays, projects, and oral presentations. (College Prep)
 
4337, 4338 Film as Literature Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3). Studying film as a form of literature, students will develop critical viewing skills as they compare and contrast the strategies and styles of visual media with literature. Students will study a wide variety of films by analyzing elements of narrative strategy both unique from and similar to literature. While students will be reading texts and viewing films, all students will be completing various styles of writing: research, reviews, and literary analysis. Students will learn about the history and terminology of films, noting the different ways artists in the medium of film or literature communicate ideas. The course aims to develop a critical appreciation for the literary, artistic, and technological capabilities of film through critical analysis. (College Prep)
(Pending approval from NCAA beginning 2012-13 school term)
 
4359, 4360 Literary Themes NCAA Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3-5) Students read silently all hour from a prepared list of college-bound novels. Students also take tests and write essays about each novel.(College Prep)
 
4477, 4478 World Literature NCAA Grades: 11 and 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3) World literature will be covered thematically, with emphasis on literature from 1700 to the present. No intent is made to cover the entire world’s literature; instead, the focus is on those works that represent significant contributions to cultures that have prevailed in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. While the historical and philosophical contexts of these works will be examined, interests will always be focused on the elements that make this literature universal. (College Prep)
 
4542 English 8 Honors (2nd semester course only) NCAA SLU Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in English 5-6 Honors or in American Studies, or a grade of ‘A’ in English 5-6 with the confident recommendation of the English 5-6 Teacher.
(Phase 4-5) This course covers English literature from 1660 (Restoration) to the 20
th century. Students will read and study the literature extensively. They will also complete numerous writing assignments and research projects about the literature and culture of the focus periods. This course can be taken as Dual Enrollment course in the Saint Louis University 1818 program for three college credit hours. Most universities accept this credit; however, it is the individual responsibility of the student to verify that his or her selected university does so. SLU does charge a fee. (Honors)
 
SENIOR ELECTIVES - SPEECH/DRAMA
 
4497, 4498 Appreciation of Theatre NCAA SWIC Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3) Students with an interest in drama will gain knowledge and appreciation for both technical and artistic aspects of the theatre. Students will become familiar with the history, development, and structure of plays, scene analysis, and performance with the elements of technical design. They will also gain experience, allowing them to see drama as a collaborative art form, and will utilize their new skills to identify, apply, and analyze all areas of the dramatic process. This course can also be taken as part of the Dual Enrollment program at SWIC.
(College Prep) Note: This course does not satisfy the English requirement of the NCAA as well as many other colleges.
 
4467, 4468 Public Speaking (both semesters) NCAA SWIC Grade: 12 Credit: .50
Prerequisite: None
(Phase 3) Students will be introduced to more advanced forms of public speaking. Concentration is on organization, research, and presentation. The basic principles of public speaking, including selecting a subject, determining the specific purpose of the speech, collecting materials, adapting the speech to a particular audience, organizing the speech, wording the speech, using visual materials, and delivering the speech. Each student prepares and delivers several informative and persuasive speeches. This course can also be taken as part of the Dual Enrollment program at SWIC, (SPCH 151). (Advanced) (Pending approval from NCAA beginning 2012-13 school term. Currently approved if a student does NOT have Oral Communication credit)
 
4009, 4150, 4220, 4550 Debate NCAA Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Instructor’s Approval
(Phase 4-5) Development of skills in research, analysis, and argumentation are developed. A workshop atmosphere for those interested in debate contest participation, as well as training in debate and public speaking, is provided. While credit is given for each semester, only one year of Debate will be accepted as English graduation credit. The rest of the English credits must be earned in the required English courses and suitable electives. (Advanced) (Participation fee)
 
 
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