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Theater Arts
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WHAP- World History AP
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Journalism
Orchestra
Computer Science Pathway
English Program
IB Economics for rising Juniors
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Forensics Science
Fashion Design
Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness
Engineering Pathway
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OCPE (Off Campus PE) Due May 1st


Visual Arts @ Westwood
Visual Arts
Art and Media
Art 1: Art and Media
Art 2: Art and Media 2
Visual Arts Brochure
Art and Media video


Digital Media (formerly DIM)
Description: Intro level class, allows student to determine their interest area: Graphic Design, Web Design or Animation
Software: Photoshop & Illustrator
Certifications: ACA Photoshop
Articulation: ACC 3 hours

Graphic Design
Description: Student continues with Vector Graphics.  Lots of real-world contests and projects.  
Software: Illustrator
Certifications: ACA Illustrator
Articulation: None

Graphic Design & Illustration II - Double Blocked 
Description:  Students work in real world setting on various projects for the campus as a member of Warrior Design, a student design firm.  Students learn what it is like to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines, client communication, and revisions and adjustments per client.  
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
Certifications: Can test in areas if not previously qualified
Articulation: None

Practicum in Graphic Design & Illustration - Double Blocked  (Senior level course)
Description:  Students work in real world setting on various projects for the campus as a member of Warrior Design, a student design firm.  Students learn what it is like to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines, client communication, and revisions and adjustments per client.  Practicum students work one-on-one with the Theater department (in addition to their other projects for Warrior Design).
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
Certifications: Can test in areas if not previously qualified
Articulation: None

Web Technology
Description: Students use HTML & CSS (learn in class) to create websites.  If time, they will dabble in JavaScript & Bootstrap.
Software: Dreamweaver
Certifications: ACA Dreamweaver
Articulation: ACC 9 hours

Practicum in Information Technology (like an Advanced Web Tech) - Double Blocked 
Description:  Students work on web projects in various platforms.  Develop deeper knowledge in areas like JavaScript and Bootstrap (group projects).  This year (so far) they have created (& trained others on) Academies Website, Westwood StuCo Clubs website, RRISD Cheer, WHS SkillsUSA/Hurricane Harvey site, etc.
Skills: HTML & CSS, JavaScript, WordPress
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator & Dreamweaver (already know)
Certifications: Can test in areas if not previously qualified
Articulation: None

Interior Design
- computer software used/learned - AutoCAD, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator
- topics: history of design, color, furniture, lighting, laws/codes, basic construction, budgeting, process of projects/design, sustainability
- learn to draw in perspective
- building a scaled model from a floor plan
- creating project presentation boards - physical and digital

Debate
-Students (grades: 9/10/11/12) need to registered in a debate class in order to be eligible to compete in the events of Lincoln Douglas/Public Forum/Policy Cross Examination (this is 3 of the 4 events we offer). 
-Students (grades: 10/11/12) who are not registered in the class are eligible to be part of the team and compete in the event of EX [Extemporaneous Speaking] if they would like (although we would prefer they be in the class and this is always the first preference). This is the main option for students who may want to stay part of our debate program, but just simply could not fit the class in their scheduling. 

5660 Principles of Business, Marketing & Finance—1 Credit— (Available to 9th – 10th Graders)
Description:  
- Perfect starting point for students who are trying to decide if they want to major in and pursue careers in business!  
- Includes textbook reading, Internet research, class discussion, online questions/answers, chapter tests, projects, and presentations.  
- Most work is done in class; homework is rare.  
- Leads to courses in the Finance, Management, and Marketing programs of study.
Software: Students will use computers daily to access the digital textbook and online assignments, and will daily use Google Docs and Google Classroom.
Certifications: None
Articulation: None


5751 Accounting I—1 Credit— (Available to 10th – 12th Graders)
Description: 
- Exposes students to the world of assets, liabilities, balance sheets, and income statements.
- Enables students to grasp what is happening behind the scenes in accounting software.  
- Work through all the steps in the accounting cycle: analyzing, journalizing, posting transactions, preparing end-of-period financial statements, and closing entries.  
- Learn QuickBooks 2015 accounting software.
Software: Students will use computers daily to access the digital textbook, online assignments, and Quickbooks Premier 2015.
Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks


5753 Accounting II—1 Credit— (Available to 11th – 12th Graders)
Description: 
- Available only to those students who have successfully completed Accounting I.   
- Covers accounting for assets, liabilities, equity, long and short-term investments, accounts receivable, notes receivable, inventories, property, plant, equipment assets, intangible assets, payables, contributed capital, earnings and distributions, financial statement analysis, formation and dissolution of partnerships, division of profits and losses, not-for-profit organizations, budgeting and control, and departmental accounting systems.  
Software: Students will use computers daily to access the digital textbook, online assignments, and Google Classroom.
Certifications: None


Audio Video Program-Click here for brochure, description of classes below. Plus, here is a link to a great video that highlights the courses!

Principles of Art, &  Audio/Video Communications 
This course introduces students to audio/video production in a Macintosh lab with JVC HD camcorders professional video equipment and studio. Students create short videos and learn pre-production, production, and post-production skills 

Audio/Video Production I
This course is geared towards students who have a basic understanding of audio/video production, and is designed to further develop their production skills with more complex and professional projects.

Advanced A/V Production II
Students will be expected to produce more technically challenging projects using advanced editing, visual effects, audio, and color correction.

Practicum of A/V Production
In the final and most advanced course in the video production track, students will work one-on-one with the teacher to create their individually written, produced, and directed projects.


Animation 1- (1 credit)WHS Animation
- Available to grades 10-12 grades with prerequisite Digital Media
- Drawing skills are not required
- Focus is put on creative/conceptual thinking as well as problem solving
- Learn the about the history of animation 
- Learn about and practice various careers in animation
- Emphasis on the principles of animation
- Students will gain the skills for story and character development
- Learn and possibly certify using industry standard software Adobe Animate CC
- Create animated shorts, stop motion films, as well as sound and movie editing
- Learn basics of Adobe After Effects CC, and Premiere Pro

Animation 2- (1 credit)WHS Animation
- Double Blocked
- Available to grades 11-12 with Animation 1 prerequisite
-This is a beginning 3D computer animation course focused on strengthening each student’s animation skills
- Emphasis is on practicing the 12 principles of animation to demonstrate a strong sense of weight, timing, spacing, etc.
- Learn and possibly earn certification in Autodesk 3Ds Max
- Students will also learn techniques for animating cameras/ characters/ and building environments
During the term of the course, the students will strengthen their skills with key-frame animation, the graph editor, object hierarchies, forward and inverse kinematics, and morph targets

Independent Study in technology (Animation)- (1 credit)WHS Animation
- Available to Seniors with Animation 2 prerequisite
- This is a year long course for those who have completed the previous 2 courses of animation
- Students will work individually throughout the year as they complete a fully developed animated short that includes deeper concern for editing, camera work, animation of cameras and characters, story building and sound
- Independent study in which students can explore their own strengths in animation.
- Job shadow opportunities may be available with local studios
- Emphasis will be on use of prior knowledge, techniques, and tools learned in previous years of experience
- Some work outside of class may be encouraged 

Principles of Architecture - (1 credit)WHS Architecture
- Available to grades 9-10 
- Learn the basics of hand drafting, architectural lettering, and use of scales
- Emphasis on design and schematics according to building codes and zoning
- The course is project based and involves working individually as well as in teams
- During the term of the course students will strengthen their drawing skills as well as presentation of professional quality design work
- Completing small models builds based on designs and functionality of residential/commercial systems
- Intro to Autodesk AutoCAD design software, techniques and tools as it applies to our projects (certification opportunity)
- Intro to OSHA 10 hour General requirements (certification opportunity)
- Emphasis on residential planning
- Intro to building an Architectural portfolio

Architectural Design 1- (1 credit)WHS Architecture
- Available to grades 10-12 with Principles of Architecture prerequisite
- Learn the global history of architectural styles and periods from Pre-historic to Postmodernism
- Learn the basics of hand drafting, architectural lettering, and use of scales
- Emphasis on design and schematics according to building codes and zoning
- The course is project based and involves working individually as well as in teams
- During the term of the course students will strengthen their drawing skills as well as presentation of professional quality design work
- Completing small models builds based on designs and functionality of residential/commercial systems
- Intro to Autodesk Revit design software, techniques and tools as it applies to our projects
- Emphasis on residential planning, with a little commercial design as well
- Intro to building an Architectural portfolio

Architectural Design 2- (1 credit)WHS Architecture
- Double Blocked
- Available to grades 11-12 with Architectural Design 1 prerequisite
- Project based course that will advance their use of Autodesk Revit tools and techniques
- Opportunity to certify in industry standard software in architecture
- Emphasis on research of existing styles and trends of architecture, sustainability, and professional presentation of work
- Space planning from the inside out (room and furniture to lot and landscape)
- Create links and practice relationships between Interior, Architecture, and Landscape design
- Model building of architectural features and designs
- Creating full virtual rendering and walk throughs of designed space
- Building a portfolio of personal design work 

Practicum in Architectural Design (1 credit)WHS Architecture
- Double Blocked
- Available to Seniors with Architectural Design 2 prerequisite
- Project based course where students will be given real world projects to be completed from start to finish.  
- Compete globally with other architecture students in various design projects
- Create designs and schematics for local projects including Austin Pets Alive!  
- Refine and complete their Architectural Portfolio
- Job shadowing and internships are a possibility for those interested and time available


AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  It is a college readiness course designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program emphasis is on communication skills, writing, critical thinking, teamwork through group activity, organization skills, networking skills, note taking skills, college visits, and guest speakers about college life. In AVID you get the facts to develop and practice the skills!!


Dance Descriptions below-click here for Dance website and more information

Dance I
This course is an introduction to all basic dance techniques (tap, ballet, jazz, modern, folk and ethnic) including vocabulary and principles of all dance forms.***

Dance I-Advanced
This course is for students with 2 years of middle school dance or instructor permission needed for placement.***

Dance II
This course extends skills and concepts introduced in Dance I. Group and individual projects through choreography and research are introduced.

Dance III-IV
This course further extends skills and concepts introduced in Dance II. The student continues project work and explores career opportunities and develops performance evaluations skills. This course focuses on developing the artistic growth of the advanced dancer. Students will create, produce, and perform dance works.

Movement for Athletes
This course is for the Athlete who needs a fine arts credit  and would like to increase their movement potential.  The student will use yoga, pilates, and dance to increase their flexibility, coordination, balance and agility.  The focus is on using movement to increase their athleticism.

 Ballet I, Tap I, Jazz I —no audition required
Beginning levels are an introduction to the vocabulary, general principles and movement of the dance form.  Credit for this course does not automatically qualify the student for the next level as students often repeat levels.***

Ballet II/III/IV, Tap II/III/IV, Jazz II/III/IV—audition required for ballet and jazz only.
These courses extend the learners knowledge of the vocabulary, general principles and movement of the dance form. They focus on developing and assessing the artistic growth of the advanced dancer, as well as exploring career pathways. Credit for these courses do not automatically qualify the student for the next level as students often repeat levels. Auditions required for placement in these jazz and ballet classes.  No audition required for tap.,

SunDancers
Advanced Dance Team
Students utilize a variety of dance forms in a highly visible and competitive organization. Course is double-blocked. Course involves extensive rehearsals and performances outside the school day. Info meeting, clinic and auditions are held in November and are open to all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.

Warrior Pride
Intermediate Dance Performance Team

Students train in a variety of dance forms to perform at various school functions. Course is single-blocked. Course involves some rehearsals and performances outside the school day. Info meeting, clinic, and auditions are held in April for all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.