World Mythology explores the beliefs, cultures and history of ancient societies from around the world in order to gain knowledge beneficial to the academic disciplines of literature, philosophy, art, comparative religion, science, anthropology, archeology and psychology.
Scholars interpret myths for sociological, philosophical and historical significance and identify various universal archetypes, themes, symbols and motifs found in myths. Scholars analyze the cultural significance and relevance of important ancient epic stories such as The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Epic of Gilgamesh and Sigurd the Volsung. These ancient stories helped to shape the development of differing world views and cultures, including Greco-Roman, Norse, Judeo-Christian, Celtic and Babylonian.
Critical Thinking focuses on recovering and building fundamental skills in grammar & mechanics, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, reading and writing. Title III Reading provides scholars with an in-depth overview of grammar & mechanics, which is utilized and applied to all future work and classes. Each quarter builds upon the previous to aid scholars in connecting reading and writing.
Scholars read numerous text types and short stories to connect to each content area. Each week has a multitude of assessments to ensure the mastery and understanding of each concept. Scholars engage in research to polish their composition and complete extensive practice using the IXL program.
World Literature explores various texts from the canon of literature around the world. Scholars explore the beliefs, cultures and histories of various societies in order to gain knowledge beneficial to the academic discipline of literature. Scholars learn to write literary criticism essays that strengthen their reading and writing skills in the classroom at the secondary level and future academic pursuits in college and at the university level. Major authors and works include: The Kite Runner by Khaleed Hosseini and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Scholars engage in a variety of short stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction.
Journalism is available to all high school scholars as an elective in grades 9-12. Scholars use a wide range of strategies to synthesize and employ basic journalistic writing, editing, layout and graphic design concepts commonly used in the production of print and broadcast media. Scholars compose pieces fit for publication, choose topics of interest to write about, examine a variety of types of journalistic writing and develop editing and revising skills on their own work and on the work of their peers. Journalism I explores broadcast journalism through the eyes of a field reporter, anchor and a radio broadcaster.
Prerequisite: Availability to attend events outside of school hours and reliable transportation to and from those events.
Scholars must meet requirements to qualify for Yearbook. Scholars work as a team to develop, create, and produce a quality yearbook that documents significant moments during the ASTEC school year. Digital Media empowers scholars to enhance their photography, finance, advertising/marketing, editing, design leadership and other skills. Scholars create unique projects in cooperation with others, describe and explain concepts of digital citizenship and its impact on society and actively participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of a quality business plan.
The Accounting course introduces scholars to the fundamentals of accounting, which is
considered the “Language of Business.” Scholars learn how to keep financial records and analyze these records using basic accounting principles for use in a personal home or a small business. Topics include the complete accounting cycle with end-of-period statements, bank reconciliation, payrolls and petty cash. Upon completion, scholars demonstrate an understanding of accounting principles and apply those skills to a business organization. Emphasis is on analyzing, summarizing, reporting and interpreting financial information. This gives the scholars a foundation for pursuing a college degree in accounting and the ability to obtain an entry level job in bookkeeping, accounts payable or billing.
Prerequisite: The successful completion of Accounting I
Accounting II gives a deeper knowledge of accounting principles. It includes an in-depth look at assets, liabilities and owner’s equity accounts. Scholars analyze financial statements and study departmental and managerial accounting. Scholars develop the skills necessary to keep financial records for a service or retail business. Scholars develop skills in bookkeeping systems, debit/credit theory, financial statements, use of various journals and ledgers, accounts receivable and accounts payable and payroll systems. Scholars develop a solid foundation for studying business and accounting at the college level.
Entrepreneurship studies all aspects of starting a business and includes the basic fundamentals of marketing and business operations. Through self-assessment activities, scholars identify their potential for creating a business or marketable product or idea. Guest speakers from the community who have proven to be successful entrepreneurs inform scholars first hand how they achieved success.
Career Exploration uses a practical, hands-on curriculum to guide scholars in career exploration and planning. Career Exploration covers all of the career clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework. Scholars will explore the career pathways within each cluster, determine the academic and skills requirements for different career pathways, and learn about the jobs available in each pathway and the work those professionals do. Career Exploration will guide scholars through the process of creating an academic and career plan based on their interests, abilities, and life goals.
Teen Leadership is a course in which scholars develop leadership, professional and business skills. They learn to develop a healthy self-concept, healthy relationships and learn to understand the concept of personal responsibility. Scholars will frequently engage in collaborative, project-based learning activities.