Rising 9th Grade List of Courses

Rising 9th grade list of courses

Elective Courses Description Sheet

Spanish I

Spanish I is an introduction to the basic elements of spoken and written Spanish and to the cultures in which Spanish is spoken. Basic structures and vocabulary are developed through practice with the interactive processes of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language. Students are encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible by communicating in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. Students develop a familiarity with the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and their relationship to our own.

Spanish II

Pre-req: Spanish I

Spanish II reviews the basic elements of spoken and written Spanish and expands students’ control and creative use of the language, as well as their proficiency in the communication processes. The history, geography, traditions, significant persons, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures are explored in more depth, primarily in Spanish and in culturally accurate settings.


French I

French I introduces the French language and the cultures in which French is spoken. Students develop a basic ability to communicate in the language by listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additionally, students acquire a familiarity with French-speaking cultures and their relationship to our own. Students also learn to use accurate and culturally appropriate vocabulary and structures through their exposure to a variety of resources, including culturally authentic materials.

French II

Pre-req: French I

French II reviews the basic elements of spoken and written French and expands students’ control and creative use of the language. Students continue to develop their communication skills in all four language areas—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The art, music, history, geography, traditions, significant persons, and perspectives of French speaking cultures are explored in more depth, primarily in French and in culturally accurate settings.

Band (can be taken multiples years for credit)

Students in grades 9-12 develop and strengthen skills on a band instrument of their choice, learning proper care of the instrument and becoming familiar with its technology. Music theory; ensemble skills; appropriate positions, tone production, and fingerings; and counting, reading, and performing increasingly difficult levels of music are emphasized. The course is performance oriented and may require students to practice and/or perform at times outside of the regular school day.

Chorus I

Chorus I is designed to develop the student’s vocal abilities. Areas covered in music include developing the voice, understanding musical terms, training the ear for listening, singing in harmony with the group, and learning basic choreography for specific selections. Chorus is a performance oriented group of mixed voices organized to give singers training in a variety of vocal forms and styles. Singers will perform an assigned vocal part in unison and in simple harmony. The overall goal is to enable students to be able to read their part in choral music and to be able to perform music in an appropriate style.


Chorus II

This course forms an intermediate level chorus ensemble for men and women with good singing skills. Students will continue to develop and improve their singing techniques (breath control, posture, diction, tone production), as well as their sight-reading skills. Preparation of music for performance (of moderate difficulty, and mostly in three and four part settings) is a major course objective. Participation in concerts and various programs and extra rehearsals (as needed) are required. There are special dress requirements for concert appearances.

Vocal Ensemble (must audition)

In Vocal Ensemble, students will acquire refined musicianship skills in individual and ensemble performance. They will also continue to develop their ability to evaluate musical performances and to articulate preferences and choices through the use of cognitive skills and analytical thinking. Competency in solo/ensemble singing and the use of foreign languages will assist students in preparing for future musical/vocal development and career opportunities. Increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of music, the arts, and other disciplines will be emphasized.


Theatre I

This course is designed to provide students with a survey of theatre arts, allowing students opportunities to experience and appreciate dramatic literature and participate in the creative processes of performance and production. The course emphasizes skill development and provides theatrical opportunities that enable students to determine personal areas of interest.

Technical Theatre

This course introduces students to the principles and implementation of stage design as it applies to the basics of scenic, costume, sound, stage organization and lighting design. Students will also study the methods and materials of set construction.

Art I

Art I is an introductory art course designed to foster understanding, enjoyment, and use of art in everyday living. Emphasis is placed on the elements of art and the principles of design using various art techniques and materials to create two-dimensional and three- dimensional art works. Students will engage in drawing, painting, crafts, sculpture, and/or graphic arts to express ideas and create images. They will prepare and display their artwork as part of the artistic process.

Art II

Pre-req: Art I

Art II is an intermediate art course for students who desire to continue to develop their artistic abilities. Instruction is designed to improve their skills, creativity, vocabulary, imagination, and artistic growth. Focus on is art history and the use of that knowledge of artists, styles, movements, and cultures as inspiration to create art works. Students will begin to use technology and electronic media as artistic tools. They will prepare and display their artwork as part of the artistic process.

Basic Technical Drawing

In this course, designed for students with a sound knowledge of math, students experience the basic language of industry and technology. They gain skills and understanding of the broad scope of mechanical drawing and drafting. The course is highly recommended for students who plan to study engineering, architecture, landscaping, or industrial technology in the future. An introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) is included in the course.

Engineering Drawing

Pre-req: Basic Technical Drawing

In this course, students are introduced to the graphic language of industry for engineers, manufacturers, and technicians. The course provides greater depth in drafting problems, skills, and techniques and emphasizes interpretation of industrial prints, ability to use reference books and resource materials, and the adherence to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for drafting. An important aspect of the course is the application of Computer Aided Design (CAD) principles and applications to typical engineering and design problems. Students enrolled in this course will take a career and technical assessment defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

Architectural Drawing

Pre-req: Basic Technical Drawing

Architectural Drawing provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the basic background and principles of architecture and its related drafting practices and techniques. Computer Aided Design (CAD) principles are an integral part of the instruction. Construction methods and techniques are studied and applied in the building of scale model projects. This course can benefit a future building or landscape architect, interior designer, or home builder, as well as a future homeowner. Students enrolled in this course will take a career and technical assessment defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

Computer Applications

This course is designed for secondary students to develop and enhance touch skills for entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information on a keyboard. Students will develop the correct keyboarding techniques and gain a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic applications. Students will demonstrate an understanding of computer concepts through applications of knowledge.


Computer Information Systems

Pre-req: Computer Applications

In this course, students in grades 10-12 apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word-processing, spreadsheet, database software, and through integrated activities. They work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, and emerging technologies. Instruction includes the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations. Students enrolled in this course will take a career and technical assessment defined by the Virginia Department of Education.

Materials and Processes Technology

Students focus on physical materials and processes as they fabricate usable products and conduct experiments. Learning experiences include career analysis as well as the use of tools and equipment related to analysis, testing, and processing of metals, plastics, woods, ceramics, and composite materials. This single-period lab course is recommended for students interested in technical careers and others wishing to improve their technological literacy.


Applied Agricultural Concepts

Students gain positive experiences through fundamental agricultural competencies needed for rural or urban living. Areas of instruction include food production, handling, and preparation; introduction to the livestock and poultry industry; soil, soil fertility, and cultural practices; mechanical applications; plant systems and disease/pest management for shrubs, lawns, pastures, gardens, and fruit trees. The course emphasizes leadership development and participation in FFA activities. Supervised agricultural experiences will allow for enhanced learning and growth opportunities for students. Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and metalworking lab competencies are incorporated throughout the course.

Livestock Production Management

Pre-req: Applied Agricultural Concepts

Course includes instruction in agricultural mechanics, with emphasis placed on the application of mechanical skills to farm power and machinery, as well as on soil and water management, supervised farming programs, and leadership training.

Turf Management

Pre-req: Applied Agricultural Concepts

Students begin to master the duties and tasks of professionals who establish and maintain turf in public areas such as golf courses; parks; athletic fields; school, industrial, and institutional campuses; and residential lawns.

Agriculture Fabrication and Emerging Technologies

Pre-req: Applied Agricultural Concepts

Students will receive instruction in metal fabrication, including cutting, welding, and cold metalworking processes, for agricultural applications. The course will also include the investigation of emerging technologies used within the field of agriculture. Leadership and career skills will be incorporated throughout.

Weight Training

Prerequisite: A/B average in the previous health/physical education class OR administrative recommendation. This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of the techniques and principles of weight training and conditioning. Each student is given an individual program that will increase muscular endurance, strength, and efficiency. Class time is spent largely on student participation as the instructor works one-on-one with students to help them reach their personal goals