In addition to standard academic departments such as English, math, science, and social studies, University High School offers several courses in physical education and health, technology, and more.
To graduate from University High School, students must earn three credits (one credit in PE, one credit in health, and one additional credit which may be earned through participation in a sport) in physical education and health.
2018-19 Physical Education & Health Course Descriptions
Students in this class will learn and develop many important skills, activities, and behaviors that promote physical fitness and wellness. University High School implements a comprehensive physical education program for all students to promote health and fitness by teaching skills in diverse physical activities and educating students in team dynamics, sportsmanship, cooperative effort, and the ability to think strategically. University High School believes it is important to develop a sound body as well as a sound mind.
Advanced Physical Education: Strength & Conditioning
The course will focus on strength training and power in the weight room, with heavy emphasis on training the body for personal gain and sport-specific needs. The class will require a variety of warm-up exercises used to prepare for training, with focus on various phases of movement: acceleration, speed, and agility. The course will require the use of free weights, agility ladders, hurdles, foam rollers, harnesses, and resistance bands. This is a class for highly motivated students interested in serious advanced strength and conditioning. Participants will demonstrate various lifts and exercises that promote strength, cardiovascular exercise, and core training. Students will be given programs based on personal needs or sport specific programs.
Advanced Physical Education: Impact Cardio
This course will focus on cardiovascular fitness. The class will explore a variety of cardiovascular programs to build a healthier heart and to get in top physical condition. The course will use video training programs such as P90x, T-25, and Insanity created by Beach Body. Spin/Cycle biking will also be implemented in the course. This course is for highly motivated students who are interested in high volumes of cardiovascular activity. Participants will be given levels to reach and goals to accomplish based on personal needs.
Advanced Physical Education: Yoga & Mindfulness
In this course, students will be introduced to basic anatomy while exploring breathing techniques, yoga postures, and holistic health approaches that nourish the systems of the body, increase mental focus, and restore emotional balance. Students will be encouraged to reflect on personal thought patterns and behaviors that cause stress and how mindfulness tools can inspire healthier thoughts and choices, while connecting to a greater sense of purpose. Various topics will cover empathy, self-esteem, perfectionism, depression, anger, body image, and social anxiety along with other social and public health epidemics.
This course will focus on sports management, facility management, and sports operations. This course will use principles and concepts of organization, decision making strategies, communication, personnel management, management of fiscal and physical resources, program evaluation, and legal issues in exercise related professions. This course is for students who are interested in athletics management, sports, and facility management.
University High School believes that health awareness is very important for students. There is a direct link between our overall health and wellness and how we perform on a daily basis – in academics and extracurricular activities. This course covers material from the assigned textbook and current event issues in order to improve upon our health and to make better choices and decisions. The course covers a variety of topics – wellness, personal care and body systems, sex education, tobacco, alcohol, and drug education, and nutrition.
2018-19 Computer Science & Technology Course Descriptions
(Note: AP Computer Science is offered biennially. Though it is not listed below, it will be offered again in 2019-20.)
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of this class is to develop in students the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.
IT Concepts: Networks, macOS, Hardware & Logic
This course will increase students’ knowledge and awareness of the technology they use every day. Students will learn about basic networking, macOS basics and troubleshooting, and computer hardware, and they will be introduced to logical structures, laying a foundation for programming. This course will also discuss current and emerging technology topics, breakthroughs, and advances. This course is meant to be introductory in scope and provides information beneficial to anyone using technology on a daily basis.
IT Help Support
Students in IT Help Support help the IT department by addressing problems that arise and by providing training to students and staff as necessary. One of the objectives is to give students insight into the life of an IT professional. It is designed to be self-directed with faculty in a supervisory role. As the workload for IT Help Support ebbs and flows, students will have down time to be used as a study hall. Therefore, this course is a 0.5 credit course. This course is offered both semesters and may be taken more than once.
Advanced Computer Science: iOS App Development
Take the next step in bringing your iPhone and iPad applications to life with the latest versions of Swift and xCode. This is a programing class which also focuses on the practical details of real app development. Students will integrate version control with the use of git while also learning the latest iOS development techniques. They will learn to create an engaging user interface to draw in users, and they will leverage data from networks, APIs, and REST frameworks. At the end of this course, students will have the opportunity to publish their masterpieces to the iOS app store, using the UHS developer license.
2018-19 Other Course Descriptions
Accounting is the language of business. This course is an interesting and fun introductory look at the world of accounting. We will learn fundamental accounting concepts including analyzing, interpreting, and recording business transactions, commonly known as bookkeeping. We will also learn to prepare and analyze financial statements, bank reconciliations, and payroll transactions. There will also be some basic personal finance topics covered, including check-writing, credit, and budgeting. By the end of the course, the student should have some idea if they have any interest in possibly pursuing accounting and should have gained some knowledge to help them with their personal finances.
Would you like to know how to create a personal budget? Would you like to know what a credit score is and what affects your credit score? Would you like to know how credit and debit cards work? Should you buy or lease a car? Should you rent or buy a house? What do all the items on your auto insurance page mean? What is the purpose of the third fork to the left of your plate at dinner?
If any of these questions interest you or you would like to know more about personal finance, this class is probably for you. This is open to anyone, although it might be more beneficial to juniors and seniors.
This course will strengthen students’ communication skills and enhance their ability to articulate their thoughts clearly. Students will learn to design and deliver informative presentations and arguments clearly. Additionally, students will learn to speak confidently with the appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety. Students will also learn to evaluate and critique speeches insightfully.
Leadership Through Service I
This is a semester-long class designed for students who want to explore their community, develop leadership skills, and understand the role of service. The class will use a seminar format and include a blend of academic study and service learning. The teachers of the class will primarily act as facilitators; the class in large part will be taught by the students themselves. Classes will have a heavy emphasis on participation. Discussion and hands-on activities will be an important part of each class. In addition, the class will invite leaders in the community to share their stories with the students. A primary goal of the class is for students to learn how to become an effective leader in the University High School community and outside of school. In the fall semester, students will lead a group of peers in developing a service project in collaboration with a community partner as a part of Year of Service.
Survey of World Literature & Film
Literature and film are celebrated, studied, and enjoyed in all cultures around the world. In this class, students will explore and engage in the reading and study of a variety of texts, films, and musical selections representing all corners of the globe. Each month of the course will be dedicated to a particular continent and highlights of its literature, film, and even cuisine. Students will read novels, study and analyze poetry, study short stories, listen to and analyze songs, and even enjoy the cuisine of particular target cultures. While gaining insight into new cultures and their contributions to film and literature, students will also refine and sharpen their writing and analysis skills while gaining a deeper multicultural awareness. Potential countries of study include: France, Spain, Rwanda, Nigeria, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Laos, and Iran.
Students who are accepted for Research Scholars will spend considerable time and effort to develop, research, and write an extensive thesis; they will also give an oral presentation of findings. Students will develop the initial idea for the project in the spring of their junior year, work on it over the summer, and continue the work through the first semester of their senior year. They will earn one credit upon its successful completion. Participation in this program will give a student significant experience in managing a complex independent research project, as well as the satisfaction of pursuing a topic of one’s own choosing. It will give a student considerable training for college honors/thesis programs, and it will enhance applications for college admission.
A junior student who is interested in pursuing this program for his or her senior year should download the information packet on the Research Scholars program and speak to the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Students who are highly motivated in an area of study that is not covered by the existing school curriculum may have the opportunity to do an Independent Study, overseen by a teacher. Students should understand that this is a truly independent experience, not a one-on-one class. This means that the student is expected to be self-directed and able to work without direct teacher oversight for long stretches of time (perhaps only meeting with a teacher once a week). The expectation is that a student is spending a full class period per day on this independent study.
Students who are interested in an Independent Study class should download the information packet for details.