Lift For Life Academy’s High School curriculum is designed to provide students with the solid academic foundation they need to be successful in their chosen pursuits after high school. Coursework is intended to prepare students for the content and rigors of college, technical training programs, the military, as well as the demands of today’s workplace. Curriculum is based on both State and National (Common Core) standards. Instruction incorporates hands-on learning experiences as well as the more traditional teacher directed approaches. Where appropriate, teachers extend the teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom by taking students on field trips designed to reinforce essential concepts and critical skills. Students also have many opportunities to learn from instructors who actively work in their relative industry including business, fashion design and science-based careers. Whether the experience is in or out of the classroom, teachers are attentive to the need to make the curriculum meaningful and relevant to urban students. Their goal is to make learning enjoyable, help the content come alive and have students fully understand and apply what they are learning.
The High School Curriculum provides students in grades 9-12 with a course of studies in each of the core subject areas that builds from basic to advanced (including courses for advanced college credit) skills and knowledge. The core areas include English, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition, Lift For Life High School students have elective options to fulfill the requirements for graduation established by the State of Missouri and the Academy and to also explore subject areas of interest now and for future careers. All Freshman and Juniors take mandatory Seminars that reinforce critical skills in reading and writing, develop study skills, as well as give students the tools to set long term goals, and organize and plan for their lives after high school. Each sophomore is enrolled in a Reading Seminar that connects them to a wide variety of readings with a major emphasis on reading for information which is a skill necessary not only in college, but in the world of work.
Teachers are supported by two school counselors who work with each student in class and individually to clarify post-secondary plans and fulfill the requirements needed to achieve those plans. Counselors coordinate career explorations and post-secondary preparation including: job shadowing and internships, enrollment in junior college courses for dual credit where appropriate, visits by college admissions officers to Lift For Life Academy, student visits to college campuses, coordination of college entrance tests (ACT, SAT), and assistance in the completion of application materials for college, technical training programs, work positions and the military.
Core teachers work closely with support staff including a social worker, the school guidance counselors, special education teachers and administrators to meet the needs of individual students, groups of students and the entire class.
The table below shows the courses and credit hours that are required for graduation from Lift For Life Academy High School in comparison to the current graduation requirements from the State of Missouri. Lift For Life Academy recognizes the importance of students having a solid foundation in both communication arts and mathematics and requires one additional credit in each of these subject areas beyond that called for by the State to be eligible for graduation.
|Communication Arts||4.0 Credits|
|Social Studies||3.0 Credits|
|Fine Arts||1.0 Credits|
|Practical Arts||1.0 Credits|
|Physical Education||1.0 Credits|
|Health Education||0.5 Credits|
|Personal Finance||0.5 Credits|
|Public Speaking||0.5 Credits|
High School Curriculum Departments
- Communication Arts
- Social Studies
- Freshman and Junior Seminar
- Physical Education & Health
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- World Languages
- Business Education
- Visual Arts
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- English I- This year-long course is a survey of English that will concentrate primarily on two parts, composition and literature. In the course students will explore multiple texts with themes including, coming of age, dreams deferred, and man and society. Furthermore, students will employ the 6 + 1 Writing Traits in order to compose multi-paragraph essays to create literary analysis, narratives and expository essays. Students will increase their depth of knowledge in this course and use the skills learned as a springboard for further studies in English.
- English II World Literature This year-long course exposes students to literature from around the world. It will concentrate primarily on two parts, composition and literature. In the course students will explore multiple texts with themes including, coming of age around the world, struggle/protest, young voices and humanity. Furthermore, students will employ the 6 + 1 Writing Traits in order to compose multi-paragraph essays to create narratives, character analysis, and expository essays. Students will increase their depth of knowledge in this course and use the skills learned in previous English classes as a springboard for further studies in English.
- Sophomore Reading Seminar
- Sophomore year is a year of transition and growth. As readers and writers, we are always expected to grow and improve if we are to be the best. This class will examine decisions and choices made throughout history and practice adult reading and writing skills in addition to that. Students will learn hard skills such as vocabulary and word roots as well as more “soft strategies” of reading that separate OK readers from good readers. Students will leave this class with the ability to:
- Read and re-read to make inferences and learn facts
- Use vocabulary words and learn prefixes and suffixes
- Read independently for pleasure and information
- Respond to text with thoughts that show both understanding and analysis
- American Literature- This course includes a survey of American Literature and composition. This course is designed to challenge the student who has mastered basic composition and language skills. Essays and research papers will be required.
- Career English- This course is designed to give students the necessary practical skills in grammar and writing. Students will apply language skills to a variety of everyday situations. Students will give both oral and written presentations.
- Exploratory Writing- Students will develop their writing skills by participating in writer workshops. Students will experiment with various prose and poetry formats while they learn techniques for prewriting, drafting, revising and publishing. Students will also have the opportunities to analyze the works of professional authors.
- Public Speaking- This course is designed to give students experience in public speaking and oral interpretation. Students will develop poise and confidence before an audience. Students will learn and practice skills in a variety of speaking techniques.
- Yearbook- This course is for students who want to produce a school yearbook. Students will learn all aspects of production. They will learn journalism techniques as well as meeting deadlines and group cooperation.
- Consumer Math- This course is designed to give students the necessary practical skills in math. Students will apply their knowledge of math skills to a variety of everyday situations. Basic economics and consumer math will be the major topics.
- Pre-Algebra- This course gives students the opportunity to strengthen skills using the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Emphasis will be placed on whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percents.
- Algebra I- This course is a study of the foundation rules of higher mathematics. Algebra I is taught with a variety of methods and techniques to extend algebraic thinking and to engage student learning. Problem solving situations will provide student with an environment that promotes connection to other disciplines and the real world. The appropriate use of technology is designed to sharpen the application and concept development skills of students.
- Integrated Math- This course is designed to show the interrelationships of algebra and geometry. Students will relate and apply the characteristics of geometric shapes to real life through algebraic concepts.
- Geometry- This course is a study of geometric figures, properties, thinking and reasoning. Students will see the relationships and connections geometry makes with many mathematical and real world situations.
- Algebra II- This course enriches the topics covered in Algebra I. Students will graph and analyze functions and systems. Linear equations, equalities, inequalities and exponents will be emphasized.
- Pre-Calculus- This course is designed for students who plan to go to college. Students learn a wide range of strategies in all areas of math. Students will become proficient in the use of a scientific calculator.
- Civics & American Government- This course is a study of national, state and local government. Students also learn the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The three branches of government are explored in depth with emphasis on how the application and understanding of constitutional principles affect daily life in American society.
- World History- This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of historical and cultural events that have contributed to global development. Students will be encouraged to read and apply historical concept to develop projects and presentations.
- U.S. History- This course is the study of the political, social, geographical and economical development of America. Students will learn the past, current and future role of the United States in the global community.
- Physics- This course is a study of the physical world of energy and matter; and how they are related. Students will learn that math is the “language” of physics. Students will develop their investigating and problem solving skills. They will also see the impact of science and physics in their daily lives.
- Biology I- This course is the study of plant and animal life. Students will learn a variety of biological and scientific concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn many of these in a laboratory setting.
- Environmental Science- This course is the study of the wise use of our natural resources. The major topics are soil, water, air, wildlife and energy. Projects will center on environmental issues as well as sustaining our natural resources.
- Physical Science- This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge of scientific concepts and principles. Emphasis will be places on the scientific method as students explore a variety of science topics.
- Chemistry I- This course involves the study of laws, concepts and principles governing the composition and changes of matter. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills by participating in various laboratory activities.
- Freshman Seminar- This course is designed to help ninth graders with a variety of issues they will face in high school. It will be a very practical class where students learn how to study, how to get organized, how to prioritize their time and how to make responsible decisions. Students will also be involved in a number of writing and reading activities.
- Junior Seminar- This class prepares students for the college application process or the world of work. Students will have the opportunity to write a resume as well as plan their post high school years. Students will complete actual applications as well as visiting colleges and places of business.
- Physical Education- This course is a study of lifetime wellness and participation in a variety of activities. Students are taught how to balance healthy lifestyles with appropriate physical activity and good decision making skills.
- Health- This course is designed around situations that engage student discussion to analyze the internal and external influences concerning their health. This course helps students build the skills they need to protect, enhance and promote their own health and the health of others.
- Body Building- This course is designed for the student who wants to obtain and/or maintain a higher level of fitness. Weight training, fitness and safety are the major topics emphasized.
- Advanced Body Building- This course is designed for the student who wants to obtain and/or maintain a higher level of fitness. Weight training, fitness and safety are the major topics emphasized.
- Fitness Training- This course continues the fitness skills learned in body building. Students learn that fitness and nutrition are part of a life-long process.
- Team Sports- This course provides students with a variety of games related to team sports and tournament play. This enables students to demonstrate motor skills, knowledge of rules and game strategies for sport activities.
- Driver’s Education- This course is designed to expose students to the proper and safe methods of driving. Student will learn the proper mental and mechanical skills that insure safe driving. Students will learn the laws that apply to highway and automobile safety. Field experiences are required.
- Fashion Design I- This course allows students to learn the design process from beginning to end. Students will learn initial design, research, fashion trends, clothing construction, fabric selection, production and marketing. Students will create and design a variety of projects.
- Fashion Design II- This course continues the development of fashion and design techniques learned in Family & Consumer Science I. Students will have the opportunity to pursue independent projects.
- Cooking I- This course builds the fundamentals of basic nutrition and food preparation. Students learn cooking term, how to use kitchen equipment, table setting and etiquette.
- Advanced Cooking- This is a double credit course. This is an advanced course designed for the experienced cook. Students will learn a variety of food preparation techniques. Students will also learn how to plan and manage meals.
- Culinary- This course introduces student to the basics of cooking and food preparation. Students will learn how to select and store food properly. They will learn how to plan and prepare a menu as well as how to use kitchen equipment and utensils. Field experience will be required.
- Spanish I- This course is an introductory study of the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn to read, write, speak and understand basic Spanish. Students will also become acquainted with the life styles of Spanish speaking people.
- Spanish II- This course is a continuation of Spanish I. Students will expand their vocabulary and build on the grammar and skills previously learned. Communication in Spanish is stressed with added emphasis on reading and writing skills.
- Spanish III- This course will require students to apply all they have learned in Spanish I & II. Students will be expected to communicate fluently in Spanish. Students will continue to learn about Spanish culture.
- French I- This course is an introductory study of the French language and culture. Students will learn to read, write, speak and understand basic French. Student will also become acquainted with the life styles of French speaking people.
- French II- This course is a continuation of French I. Students will expand their vocabulary and build on the grammar and skills previously learned. Communication in French is stressed with added emphasis on reading and writing skills.
- French III- This course will require students to apply all they have learned in French I & II. Students will be expected to communication fluently in French. Student will continue to learn about French culture.
- Chinese I- This course is an introductory student of the Chinese language and culture. Students will learn to read, write, speak and understand basic Chinese. Students will also become acquainted with the lift styles of Chinese speaking people.
- Chinese II- This course is a continuation of Chinese I. Students will expand their vocabulary and build on the grammar and skills previously learned. Communication in Chinese is stresses with added emphasis on reading and writing skills.
- Introduction to Business- This course is designed to help students make wise economic decisions as consumers, workers and citizens. Students will explore various forms of business, trade, labor and career opportunities.
- Business Management- This course teaches students the overall structure of business. Students learn human resource management, management styles, employee relations and marketing. Students will also learn the various legal and financial aspects of managing a business.
- Computer Applications- This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of computer applications and techniques. Emphasis will be on database, word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing and graphic illustrations.
- Media- This course is designed to give students the opportunity to create their own projects and programs on the computer. Students will do web and graphic design. They will be able to produce, publish and present topics using multimedia skills.
- Personal Finance- This is a required course for high school graduation. Students will learn how to be consumers, workers, taxpayers and citizens in a global economy.
- Art I- This course provides a solid foundation in the principles and understanding of art. Students will work with the basic elements of art to create projects using a variety of techniques. Students will explore different types of media throughout the year.
- Ceramics I- This course is designed to expose the student to multi-dimensional learning opportunities. Students will experience a variety of pinch, coil and slab constructions. Student projects will reflect and synthesize the issues of function, decoration and beauty.
- Digital Photography I- This course provides students the opportunity to learn the basic and complex features of photography. Students will critique photography as an art form. Students will learn a variety of photographic techniques and procedures.
- Digital Photography II- This course will require students to learn advanced picture taking techniques. Students will use digital cameras and will have multiple opportunities to pursue group and individual projects.
- Painting- This course is designed to improve painting skills by using watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. The elements of art and the principle of design will be emphasized. Students will have opportunities for independent explorations.
- Graphic Art- This course provides practical application of art and technology. Students will develop projects that reflect the understanding of artistic and graphic principles. Emphasis will be placed on the expressive and creative nature of graphic presentations.
- Studio Art- This course will require students to develop an art portfolio. Students will use two and three dimension designs as they create a variety of projects. Students will have opportunities for independent explorations.
- Drama- Students will study the concept of “ensemble” as the foundation of performance. They will experience the fundamentals of acting through improvisation, analysis and presentation of contemporary scenes. In addition, they examine play structures and major trends in theatre history.
- Advanced Theatre- This acting course is designed for students who seek further challenge in the art of theatre. Using a collaborative approach, students:
- Will learn a more professional and physical approach to acting through advanced acting and auditioning techniques,
- Build a literary base by reading advanced examples of dramatic literature,
- And critique live performances and written plays.
- Instrumental Music I- This course is for any student who plays an instrument and would like to be part of a performance group. Students will have opportunities to develop and improve their instrumental music skills and techniques. They will also learn and understand the practice and discipline required to perform.
- Instrumental Music II- This course is for students who already play instruments and want to improve their expertise. Students will continue to develop their performance skills and expand their knowledge learned in previous music classes. Students will be expected to perform at various school functions.
- Jazz Band- This course is designed to be a performance class. The jazz band will participate in various school related programs throughout the school year. Emphasis will be placed on improvisation and stylistic interpretation.
- Piano I- This course is designed for any student interested in playing the piano. The class will further develop the student’s individual and technical skills. Performance opportunities will be available throughout the school year.
- Guitar I- This course is designed for any student interested in playing the guitar. The class will further develop the student’s individual and technical skills. Performance opportunities will be available throughout the school year.
- Electronic Music- This course is for students who possess a high degree of independence and responsibility. Students will develop projects and compositions that demonstrate a competent knowledge of musical principles as well as graphic and technological skills. Students will be expected to present and perform.