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Online High School Curriculum & Program Outcomes

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Estimated Length of program:
6+ months*, depends on credit transfer, self-paced

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Program Goal:
Earn your High School Diploma.


Program Outcomes

Students who complete this program will receive their High School Diploma. They will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply understandings of major concepts, skills and practices in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Apply critical thinking skills through completing learning tasks that require:
    1. Recognizing problems and formulating appropriate solutions
    2. Demonstrating usage of higher-order thinking skills
    3. Using logic to solve problems
  • Examine life skills including financial literacy, wellness, lifetime fitness and career development.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely via written and verbal communication.
  • Complete mathematical problems using fundamental math skills.


Career Pathway/Vocational Program Outcomes

In addition to the program outcomes listed above, students that choose a career pathway (vocational program) will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental basic skills to support continuing professional education.
  • Explore skills for building a career, researching careers and setting career path goals.

Online High School Curriculum

Your online high school diploma program consists of 24 total credits including core curriculum in English, math, science and social studies. Electives are also part of your high school diploma and range from career focused classes, to fitness, art, Spanish and many more to choose from. Find more information about the high school classes you will take below.



English


Students are required to finish 4 credits in English:

Introductory level course that teaches students about the role of world analysis and structure, vocabulary, grammar, prediction, and different types of text.
Students will learn about literature while exploring different genres, poetry, parts of speech, rhetoric, conflict, irony, satire, the art of argument, and drawing conclusions.
Students study the roots of the United States through Native American myth-telling, the American Revolution, Individualism, Gothic style, and on through the 1900’s to today.
Students will learn how to write to make a difference. From making the argument, using information, choosing words wisely, narratives, editing, and writing for the audience.

Math


Students are required to complete 3 Math credits:

Introductory course that sets the stage for high school math. Students learn the basics of decimals, integers, and fractions; expressions; equations and inequalities; and rations, proportions and percents.
This course covers bits of information to help students through quantitative reasoning, writing and graphing equations, evaluating and recognizing patterns, function notation, equations and inequalities, and nonlinear and exponential functions. Students will finish this course with polynomial expressions and quadratic equations.
Students will learn about linear and literal equations, function operations, absolute value, function inverses, symmetry, and rate of change. Students will continue to learn about quadratics complex numbers, polynomials, and begin learning about rational functions.
This course will provide students with an insight into geometry- Euclidean geometry, proofs, linear pairs, angles, triangles, lines, and circles.

Science


Students are required to complete 3 Science credits:

Explore the expanding universe, stars, sun, solar system, and gravity. This course also covers topics including history of the earth, minerals and rocks, and plate tectonics. The course continues with erosion, weathering, climate, atmosphere, and energy resources.
Students will begin learning the elements of living organisms and will cover carbohydrates, proteins, lipids as well as cell structure, DNA, and genetics.
Students will learn about chemical reactions, solutions and motionis, and forces.
This course explores the environment that surrounds us everyday and provides insight into our biosphere, ecology, and land.

Social Science


Students must complete 2.5 credits of Social Science content as well as 1 credits in Economics and Personal Finance:

Students will learn the rich history of the United States including reconstruction, industrialization, expansion, imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Depression and New Deal, Cold War, and civil rights.
Introduction to world geography, from the Americans to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania
Students will learn about the renaissance, Reformation, and the conquest of the Americans.
Learn about the different types of government, democracy, the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution.
This course covers scarcity, resources, opportunity cost, competition and free enterprise, economic systems, micro- and macroeconomics, personal financial literacy, and the global economy.

Required Electives


Students will be required to complete the following non-vocational electives for 2 credits:

This course will teach students how to be successful in their studies. The course begins with motivation and then continues with evaluating study habits and styles, setting goals, preparing for online learning, using the internet wisely and with integrity, memorization skills, notetaking, and test taking skills.
Students will learn the basics of computer science, including program execution, hardware, terminology, software, data types, and control structures.

Open and General Education Electives Online


USCI offers a variety of electives for our students. The following are offered as open and general electives for our students.

In this course, students will learn about art in the middle ages, renaissance and baroque periods.
Students are required to take Art History 1A prior to taking this class. They will learn about the history of world art after 1200, 18th and 19th century European and American art, and modern art.
Learn the basics of psychology including the nervous and endocrine systems, perceptions and sensations, consciousness, learning theories, language, and memories.
Students are required to have completed PS001 or equivalent. Students will continue learning about psychology, diving into intelligence, motivation, stress, emotion, human growth and development, personality, and abnormal behaviors and disorders.
Learn the basics of the Spanish language including, colors, greetings, common verbs, family, descriptions, hobbies, food, weather, places, body parts, shopping, professions, numbers, transportation, clothing, directions, sports, and vacations.
This class continues to build on the knowledge learned in Spanish 1, therefore, students are required to have taken Spanish 1 or equivalent transfer class. In this class students learn more verbs, holidays, pastimes, cars, measurement, work, social and slang content, and nature.
This course is an introduction to sociology, exploring culture, social control, the social structure and socialization. Students will also learn how different age groups function in society as well as social control and stratification.
This class is a perfect choice for students that have a passion for math! This class builds on the principals and Algebra II, so students are required to have taken those classes. Course covers triangle theorems, solving for lengths and angles of triangles, sines, cousins, area, vector, and perimeter.
Students interested in continuing their environmental education after Environmental Science 1A will learn about forests, water, soil, resources, and energy.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.
Explore the world of event planning, beginning with how to create an event plan, managing available resources, and managing all details necessary for a successful corporate and private event.
Students must have finished Event Planning I to take this course as it is a continuation. Learn successful event management including laws, tipping, fundraising, and community events.
Students will get the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of grooming, bathing, manicuring, and veterinary terminology.
Learn the importance of nutrition in our overall wellness. Exploring how it fuels the body for activity, digestion, and absorption.
Students will examine the importance of physical activities, setting goals, fitness, and cardiorespiratory fitness.
Foundations of Personal Wellness 1A is a prerequisite to this course. Learn about adolescent development, stress, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and mental health.
Students can expect to learn the fundamentals of health and wellness, including healthy choices, personal care, goal setting, health services, first aid, consumer choices, safety, and environmental health.
Students must complete Healthy Living 1A before taking this course as it is a continuation of previous subjects. They will also learn more about healthy living with a mental illness and emotional health, growth and development, family and social health, and diseases and disorders.
Students will review symbolism, point of view, settings and character through the classic story of Buck, a dog who makes the journey from a carefree life to learning how to use his primal instincts to survive the Alaskan Yukon.
Explore figurative language, conflict, and themes in the controversial novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Henry Flemming searches for glory when he enlist in the Union Army. But does he have the courage needed when it comes to battle?
Jane was orphaned as an infant and now must find her way in a world that is sometimes cruel. This course dives into the study of gothic romance and the search of identity, and a meaningful life, the realization of happiness, and the definition of gothic and romance themes.
Learn about Newton’s laws, speed, velocity, acceleration, and momentum.
After completing the Physics 1A prerequisite students can continue their physics knowledge. Learning about energy, power, mechanics, thermodynamics, magnetism, and electricity.
Students will learn the fundamentals of chemistry, including atoms, matter, the periodic table, and chemical reactions.
Students will continue learning about Chemistry by exploring energy in chemical reactions; solutions, mixtures, and acid-based reactions; redox/nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.

Vocational Education Electives


USCI’s career pathway program allows students to replace 4 elective credits with career focused credits in healthcare, business, veterinary, fitness, or paralegal. The following are the available credits:

Business Career Pathway:

Students in the Business Career Pathway must complete 4 credits:

Business is an integral part of the working world and understanding it is essential. In this course, students will learn the basics of social responsibility, ethics, business structures, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Students must complete Business Fundamentals I prior to enrolling in this course. Students will learn the basics of quality control, management, human resources, production, marketing, and the global economy.
This course covers the basics of business law, including contract law, including what makes a contract and negation of the contract; property rights and transactions; and how businesses are organized.
Students will explore the fundamentals of accounting, including the accounting equation, recording transactions, and journals.
This course explores the four principles of management: organizing, planning, controlling, and leading. Focussing on planning, students will apply the principles to a company, department, and personal level.
For anyone in the workforce, career management is an important skill. Students will learn about the process of career change, how to identify and achieve career goals, and how to perform career research and explore the job market.
This course builds on Career Development Strategies 1, continuing on career management. Students will learn how to pursue the right job, how to interview, sculpt a professional image on paper, and how to negotiate and accept a job.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.

Healthcare Career Pathway:

Students in the Healthcare Career Pathway must complete 4 credits:

In this course, students will learn the basics of communicating in the healthcare industry with medical terminology. Topics include combining and dividing terms as well as abbreviations.
Students learn about the importance of patient privacy in the healthcare industry.This course also covers healthcare law, ethics, fraud, compliance, HIPAA, abuse, and release of records.
Students will learn about the relation between anatomy, pathology, and physiology. This course will also delve into anatomical landmarks and divisions as well as tissue and cell anatomy and pathology.
This course covers safety in the medical office, basic first aid, and how to measure/take vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.
Learn what workforce behaviors can improve career success. This course covers communication, work ethic, diversity, collaboration and teamwork, evaluations, organizational responsibilities, and project management.
For anyone in the workforce, career management is an important skill. Students will learn about the process of career change, how to identify and achieve career goals, and how to perform career research and explore the job market.
This course builds on Career Development Strategies 1, continuing on career management. Students will learn how to pursue the right job, how to interview, sculpt a professional image on paper, and how to negotiate and accept a job.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.

Veterinary Career Pathway:

Students in the Veterinary Career Pathway must complete 4 credits:

This course covers the proper handling and restraining of animals, as well as emergency procedures, physical exams, and wound/bandaging dressing.
Learn the basics of grooming, bathing, and manicuring animals as well learn veterinary terminology.
Students will learn basic sanitation and animal anatomy, helping the student advance their knowledge of the veterinary technology field.
This course covers a few important body systems in animals, including circulatory, respiratory, and digestive.
Learn what workforce behaviors can improve career success. This course covers communication, work ethic, diversity, collaboration and teamwork, evaluations, organizational responsibilities, and project management.
For anyone in the workforce, career management is an important skill. Students will learn about the process of career change, how to identify and achieve career goals, and how to perform career research and explore the job market.
This course builds on Career Development Strategies 1, continuing on career management. Students will learn how to pursue the right job, how to interview, sculpt a professional image on paper, and how to negotiate and accept a job.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.

Fitness Career Pathway:

Students in the Fitness Career Pathway must complete 4 credits:

Fitness is a huge industry, with a lot of career opportunities. Students will learn about the industry, the psychology of wellness, the fitness-wellness connection, and basic exercise physiology.
The backbone of this course is centered around health and wellness basics. Students will learn about healthy choices, goal setting, consumer choices, personal care, health services, first aid, safety, and environmental health.
In this course students will learn the importance of nutrition in overall wellness including how to fuel the body for activity, digestion, and absorption.
A fitness professional must have an understanding of the relationship between fitness, exercise, and the lungs and the heart. This course provides the basics for students.
Learn what workforce behaviors can improve career success. This course covers communication, work ethic, diversity, collaboration and teamwork, evaluations, organizational responsibilities, and project management.
For anyone in the workforce, career management is an important skill. Students will learn about the process of career change, how to identify and achieve career goals, and how to perform career research and explore the job market.
This course builds on Career Development Strategies 1, continuing on career management. Students will learn how to pursue the right job, how to interview, sculpt a professional image on paper, and how to negotiate and accept a job.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.

Paralegal Career Pathway:

Students in the Paralegal Career Pathway must complete 4 credits:

Students will gain an understanding of the role of a paralegal in the legal system, how laws are created, will review the U.S. Constitution, and learn about the three branches of government.
The legal system is a maze of laws, cases, and resources. Students will be introduced to primary and secondary sources of law, how to read court reports, research resources, both state and federal, and statutory research.
This course covers the basics of business law, including contract law, including what makes a contract and negation of the contract; property rights and transactions; and how businesses are organized.
Learn about the different types of government, democracy, the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution.
Learn what workforce behaviors can improve career success. This course covers communication, work ethic, diversity, collaboration and teamwork, evaluations, organizational responsibilities, and project management.
For anyone in the workforce, career management is an important skill. Students will learn about the process of career change, how to identify and achieve career goals, and how to perform career research and explore the job market.
This course builds on Career Development Strategies 1, continuing on career management. Students will learn how to pursue the right job, how to interview, sculpt a professional image on paper, and how to negotiate and accept a job.
This course helps students learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, helping them overcome their fear of public speaking! Students will also learn how to deliver informative and persuasive speech presentations.



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*students have up to 4 years depending on transfer credit
USCI does not guarantee the transferability of its credits to any other institution or acceptance of its diploma to meet college entrance requirements or requirements of potential employers. The acceptance of transfer academic credits and academic credentials to another institution is determined by the receiving institution. Courses in U.S. Career Institute’s high school program may or may not transfer to other institutions and depends solely on the receiving institution’s criteria and determination.