Additional Electives

    Wylie ISD offers a range of electives designed to grow students both academically and in their personal character. These courses are valuable offerings for helping students prepared for life after high school.

Courses

  • Academic Decathlon I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 08888D/E
    Course Name: Academic Decathlon I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven minute interview, a one hour essay and two speeches (four minutes prepared and two minutes impromptu), written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, language/literature, mathematics, economics, (social) science, and the Super Quiz.

    Academic Decathlon II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 08889D/E
    Course Name: Academic Decathlon II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Academic Decathlon I

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven minute interview, a one hour essay and two speeches (four minutes prepared and two minutes impromptu), written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, language/literature, mathematics, economics, (social) science, and the Super Quiz.

    Peer Assistance and Leadership I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 91010D/E
    Course Name: Peer Assistance and Leadership I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Application, recommended by teacher/counselor/administrator, interview with PAL teacher

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    The Peer Assistance/PAL course is a peer helping program in which selected students will be trained to work as peer facilitators with other students on their own campus, and/or from feeder middle and elementary schools. The course will include training in a variety of helping skills that will enable students to assist other students in having a more positive and productive school experience. Positive peer influence will be utilized as a central strategy for addressing such issues as at-risk youth, substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy, suicide, absenteeism, low achievement, eating disorders, behavior problems, and other areas of concern in the school district.

    Peer Assistance and Leadership II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 91020D/E
    Course Name: Peer Assistance and Leadership II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Peer Assistance and Leadership I

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Teen Leadership
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 90000D/E
    Course Name: Teen Leadership
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s):

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Teen Leadership is a program in which students develop leadership, as well as professional and business skills. They focus on a healthy self-concept, stronger relationships, personal responsibility, and Emotional Intelligence and the skills it measures, which include self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation, and social skills. Also, students will develop skills in the following areas: public speaking and communication, understanding of personal image, principle-based decision-making, problem-solving, identifying and counteracting the effects of peer pressure, and goal setting; personally and professionally.

    Course Key: 90010E
    Course Name: Student Leadership I - Mentor Program
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): Application, interview, committee approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This Course is offered in the spring only. This course provides an opportunity to study, to practice, and to develop group and individual leadership and mentoring skills through a hands-on approach to leadership by involving students in participatory leadership activities. This course provides the foundation for developing a program that facilitates the adjustment of our freshmen to high school, teaches them our expectations and traditions, and provides the opportunity to develop a friendship with an upperclassman mentor.

    Course Key: 90020D
    Course Name: Student Leadership II - Mentor Program
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Committee Approval, Student Leadership I or Student Leadership Seminar

    This Course is offered in the fall only. This course provides an opportunity to study, to practice, and to develop group and individual leadership and mentoring skills through a hands-on approach to leadership by involving students in participatory leadership activities. This course provides the foundation for developing a program that facilitates the adjustment of our freshmen to high school, teaches them our expectations and traditions, and provides the opportunity to develop a friendship withan upperclassman mentor.

    Course Key: 77010D/E
    Course Name: Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is comprised of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Wellness. The Aerospace Science portion of the course is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. Leadership education is an integral part of the instruction. During this first course the student is introduced to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. The course includes instruction on both the cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, and other military traditions. The Drill and Ceremonies course is integrated in this course as part of Leadership Education. Cadets are provided fundamental and in-depth instruction in Air Forcedrill and ceremonies. Wellness is an official part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It is an exercise program focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated with age and gender. Students enrolled in this class will receive Physical Education equivalent credit.

    Course Key: 77020D/E
    Course Name: Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) I (SASI can waive)

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is comprised of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Wellness. The Aerospace Science portion of the course is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. Leadership education is an integral part of the instruction. During this first course the student is introduced to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. The course includes instruction on both the cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, and other military traditions. The Drill and Ceremonies course is integrated in this course as part of Leadership Education. Cadets are provided fundamental and in-depth instruction in Air Forcedrill and ceremonies. Wellness is an official part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It is an exercise program focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated with age and gender.

    Course Key: 77030D/E
    Course Name: Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) II (SASI can waive)

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is comprised of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Wellness. The Aerospace Science portion of the course is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. Leadership education is an integral part of the instruction. During this first course the student is introduced to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. The course includes instruction on both the cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, and other military traditions. The Drill and Ceremonies course is integrated in this course as part of Leadership Education. Cadets are provided fundamental and in-depth instruction in Air Forcedrill and ceremonies. Wellness is an official part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It is an exercise program focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated with age and gender.

    Course Key: 77040D/E
    Course Name: Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) IV
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) III (SASI can waive)

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is comprised of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Wellness. The Aerospace Science portion of the course is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. Leadership education is an integral part of the instruction. During this first course the student is introduced to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. The course includes instruction on both the cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, and other military traditions. The Drill and Ceremonies course is integrated in this course as part of Leadership Education. Cadets are provided fundamental and in-depth instruction in Air Forcedrill and ceremonies. Wellness is an official part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It is an exercise program focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated with age and gender.

    Sports Medicine I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 84100D/E
    Course Name: Sports Medicine I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s):

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including but not limited to: sports medicine related careers, organizational and administrative considerations, prevention of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and management skills, taping and wrapping techniques, First Aid/CPR, emergency procedures, nutrition, sports psychology, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise.

    Sports Medicine II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 84200D/E
    Course Name: Sports Medicine II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s):

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    The Sports Medicine 2 course is an advanced look at the broad discipline of Sports Medicine. This course will prepare the student for a career as a student athletic trainer at both the high school and collegiate levels. The course will prepare students in the art of mechanical and physical analysis of the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. Students will learn through various methods of study the application of physiological principles to the body's reaction to participation in athletic activities. The student will gain valuable knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology, therapeutic modalities, mechanical analysis of body movement, and rehabilitation techniques. This knowledge will enable the student to experience and utilize a great deal of hands-on physiological techniques for the purpose of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Students in this class will meet 1 period for classroom instruction and will act as student trainers in an athletics class. Students must be willing to work after school hours for sports coverage.

    Course Key: 99400D/E
    Course Name: Access Success: Path to College/Career I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): Application, Instructor Approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course provides support to help first generation college bound students prepare for the challenges they must face as they prepare for post-secondary education. This course advances intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness, dependability, emotional stability, and perseverance through tasks that focus on developing the habits and skills that are expected in college study and the workforce. High school students in this course develop personal/interpersonal and cognitive skills that are essential to productivity in high school, college, and the business world.

    Computer Science I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 70170D/E
    Course Name: Computer Science I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Algebra I

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Computer Science I will foster students' creativity and innovation by presenting opportunities to design, implement, and present meaningful programs through a variety of media. Students will collaborate with one another, their instructor, and various electronic communities to solve the problems presented throughout the course. Through data analysis, students will identify task requirements, plan search strategies, and use computer science concepts to access, analyze, and evaluate information needed to solve problems. By using computer science knowledge and skills that support the work of individuals and groups in solving problems, students will select the technology appropriate for the task, synthesize knowledge, create solutions, and evaluate the results. Students will gain an understanding of the principles of computer science through the study of technology operations, systems, and concepts.

    AP Seminar
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11
    Course Key: 95600D/E
    Course Name: AP Seminar
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Prior PreAP or AP course

    AP Seminar is the first of two courses in the AP Capstone program. AP Research is the second course. Students will investigate real-world topics of your choosing from multiple perspectives, which often are different or competing. Student will learn to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision, develop arguments based on facts and effectively communicate them. Student will be assessed through a combination of individual and team projects and presentations as well as through a written exam.

    AP Research
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 95701D/E
    Course Name: AP Research
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): AP Seminar

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    AP Research is the second of two courses in the AP Capstone program. AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology? employing ethical research practices? and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4,000- 5,000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.