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    2009-2010

  • 2 Pinnacle Education Course Catalog 2009 - 2010

    PINNACLEADMINISTRATION

    Michael Matwick CEOCurt Feldtkeller President

    Pinnacle Education, Inc.2224 W. Southern Ave., Suite 1

    Tempe, AZ 85282Ph: 480-755-8222Fax: 480-755-8111

    Pinnacle Education is dedicated to engaging students through the creation of customized learning plans, supporting student academic and personal growth, and delivering a high qual-ity instructional experience.

    RESPECT

    INTEGRITY

    DEDICATION

    COMMITTMENT

    TEAMWORK

  • 3Pinnacle Education Course Catalog 2009 - 2010

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Pinnacle Administration 2

    General Information 4

    Graduation Requirements 6

    Language Arts 8

    Social Studies 10

    Science 12

    Mathematics 14

    World Languages 16

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    Course CatalogThis course catalog contains a listing of the courses offered by Pinnacle Education, along with pertinent information regarding credits, course sequence, and more. Please note that class offerings and policies are subject to change. Students should contact a school advisor if they have any questions regarding the specifi c applicability of program changes.

    Please note that some courses may require pre-requisite courses. Students must complete the pre-requisites before enrolling in these classes.

    AccreditationPinnacle Education is accredited by two accreditation bodies: the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Accreditation ensures that the credits earned by students at Pinnacle Education will be accepted at any high school and will be recognized by colleges and universities.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

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    POLICIES & PROCEDURES

    Students will maintain academic honesty and not copy others work, allow others to copy their work, plagiarize, or give out passwords to others to stand in for them, etc.

    All coursework must be completed within the allotted time frame.

    All written assignments need to be submitted using Microsoft Offi ce products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). If you do not have these programs on your computer, a free version of Open Offi ce is available by following this link: http://download.openoffi ce.org/. Please see the system requirements for further information.

    All packets and assignments within a course must be completed in order.

    All students must check their email daily.

    Failure to follow these guidelines may result in immediate withdrawal from Pinnacle Edu-cation.

  • 6 Pinnacle Education Course Catalog 2009 - 2010

    High School Diploma Requirements

    University Track: 22 credits

    Language (4 credits) English 1A & 1B, English 2A & 2B, English 3A & 3B, English 4A & 4B. Second language (2 credits) - additional language courses as chosen by the student. Social Sciences (3 credits) World History A & B, American History A&B, American Government, Economics.

    Science (3 credits) Physical Science, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences .

    Math (3 credits) Algebra 1A & 1B, Geometry A &B, Algebra 2A & 2B Arts and Electives (7 credits) Computer science, visual arts, health, and cultural subjects.

    General Diploma / Community College Track: 20 credits

    Language (4 credits) - English 1A & 1B, English 2A & 2B, English 3A & 3B, English 4A & 4B.

    Social Sciences (3 credits) World History A & B, American History A&B, American Government, Economics .

    Science (2 credits) Physical Science, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences

    Math (2 credits) Algebra 1A & 1B, Geometry A & B. Arts and Electives (9 credits) Computer science, visual arts, health, and cultural subjects.

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 7Pinnacle Education Course Catalog 2009 - 2010

    English 1A 1/2 credit unitEnglish 1A is the fi rst semester course of a two-se-mester series. Students will be exposed to a variety of reading selections, ranging from fi ction to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories. Course themes are family relationships and personal interactions. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall theme of the course. Students are also encouraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered include enhanc-ing vocabulary, identifying literary terms, and ana-lyzing various forms of literature for their use of lit-erary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found within the excerpts apply to situations within their own lives.

    English 1B 1/2 credit unitEnglish 1B is the second semester course of a two-semester series. Students will continue to explore a variety of reading selections, ranging from fi ction to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories. Course themes are overcoming obstacles and challenges. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall theme of the course. As with the fi rst semester class students are encouraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered include enhancing vocabulary, iden-tifying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found within the ex-cerpts apply to situations within their own lives.

    English 2A 1/2 credit unitEnglish 2A is a fi rst semester course of sophomore English. Students will be exposed to a variety of reading selections, ranging from fi ction to non-fi c-tion and poetry to short stories. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall themes of familial and romantic love. Students are also en-

    couraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered within the read-ing packets include enhancing vocabulary, identi-fying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found within the ex-cerpts apply to situations within their own lives. This course does include a research component.

    English 2B 1/2 credit unitEnglish 2B is a second semester course of sopho-more English. Students continue the exploration of literary elements, learning to clearly communicate in the written form. Students will be exposed to a variety of reading selections, ranging from fi c-tion to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall theme of nature. Students continue to be encouraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered within the read-ing packets include enhancing vocabulary, identi-fying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found within the ex-cerpts apply to situations within their own lives.

    English 3A 1/2 credit unitEnglish 3A is the fi rst semester course of junior English. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall themes of heroes and heroic deeds. Students will be exposed to a vari-ety of reading selections, ranging from fi ction to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories. Students are also encouraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered within the reading packets include enhancing vo-cabulary, identifying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found

    Language Arts courses explore the processes of Reading and Writing. The elements of these processes support each other and are woven together to build a solid foundation of linguistic understanding for each student.

    LANGUAGE ARTS

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    LANGUAGE ARTSwithin the excerpts apply to situations within their own lives. This course is designed to help students focus on proper essay writing, and the organization and careful planning necessary to execute a well written paper.

    English 3B 1/2 credit unitEnglish 3B is the second semester course of ju-nior English. The reading excerpts used within the course focus on the overall theme of American ex-periences. Students will continue their exposure to a variety of reading selections, ranging from fi ction to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories. Students are also encouraged to continue outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered within the reading packets include enhancing vo-cabulary, identifying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the themes found within the excerpts apply to situations within their own lives. This course is designed to help students focus on proper essay writing, and the organization and careful planning necessary to execute a well written paper.

    English 4A 1/2 credit unitEnglish 4A is the fi rst semester course of senior English. The reading excerpts used within the course focus British and classical literature. Stu-dents will be exposed to a variety of reading selec-tions, ranging from fi ction to non-fi ction and poetry to short stories within these two genres. Students are encouraged to do outside reading through the use of a book report. Skills covered within the read-ing packets include enhancing vocabulary, identi-fying literary terms, and analyzing various forms of literature for their use of literary terms. Students will focus on how the them