CCA Course Offerings
Drawing and Painting: The course develops skills necessary to effectively render a range of subject matter including landscape, the figure, and natural as well as man-made objects. Students will learn fundamentals of art history, how to create a portfolio and how to display their work in conventional and unconventional settings within and outside the community.
Photography: Photography/Video includes a basic history of B&W darkroom photography including processes, styles, cameras, film and experimental techniques. The course will focus on photographic composition, camera and darkroom techniques, professional presentation of work and problem solving skills.
Creative Writing: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice the art of creative writing. Emphasis is placed on writing fiction, poetry, and sketches. Upon completion, students should be able to craft and critique their own writing and critique the writing of others.
Survey Literature: This course will focus on the genres, or types, of literature. Students will read representative novels and short stories, poetry and drama, and non-fiction, expository prose works. Emphasis will be given to African-American writers.
American Literature: Students in American Literature analyze United States literature as it reflects social perspective and historical significance by continuing to use language for expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary purposes.
British Literature: Students in British Literature will integrate all the language arts skills gained throughout their education. The curriculum both affirms these skills and equips the students to be life-long learners. Students continue to explore expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary contexts with a focus on British Literature.
World Literature: World Literature (English IV) introduces students to selected works from Asian, African, and European literature. The literature will be both classical and contemporary, and the class will include a study of the cultures, beliefs and backgrounds of the countries represented. Students will learn to identify and communicate about the broad themes, trends, and cultural issues present in world literature.
Biology: This course will examine the nature of the biology; the study of life. In the first semester, we will examine the microbiological implications in units 1 through unit 9. Students will focus on the cell and its molecular make up, cellular respiration, and the chemistry of life. The first semester will culminate with a science fair project involving an experiment and a 5-7 minute presentation before judges at the school science fair.
In the second semester, we will look into the macro biological aspects of biology focusing on the organism as a whole rather than its molecular make up. This will cover Units 10 through 20 and will cover animals, plants, vertebrates and invertebrates, and human anatomy. All classes will write a paper during the second semester.
Environmental Science: This course is designed to give the student an appreciation for the interaction between man his technology and his environment. We will explore the interaction between man, his technology and planet Earth with its many resources both renewable and non renewable.
Health: Healthful Living is a combination of health education and physical education. The two courses compliment each other. Students experience a sequential educational program that will involve learning a variety of skills that enhance a person’s quality of life. The student evaluates the impact of technology on personal, family, and community health.
Fundamentals of Physical Science: This course is designed to give the student an appreciation for the fundamental principles of Physical Science. We will explore the history of the discovery of knowledge by use of the scientific method. We will examine science and technology, physics and chemistry.
Physics: The goal of this course is to provide students with fundamental principal of physics and applies these concepts to problem solving. Topics include various areas of mechanics; start with motion both kenematic and Newtonian with the applications of Newton’s laws, thermodynamics: Laws of thermodynamics ( 0th , 1st , &2nd) thermal energy and heat transfer, and applications of first and second law in engineering analysis, wave, electricity and magnetism, modern physics along with their applications in engineering and medicine. Curriculum includes projects, experiments, and labs.
Chemistry: The chemistry course encourages students to continue their investigation of the structure of matter along with chemical reactions and the conservation of matter and energy in those reactions. Inquiry is applied to the study of the composition, structure, properties and transformation of substances.
World Studies: The aim of this course is to expose students to most areas of the Humanities (geography. history, sociology, economics, and politics). This course is designed to improve students’ general knowledge of world events. Each unit will have the students “traveling” around the world with a specific region in mind. We will then travel to these regions as represented in Chicago neighborhoods.
U.S. History: This class is a chronological and thematic survey of our nation’s past from before Columbus through Reconstruction to the Election of 1876 to the present, with emphasis placed on 20th century America.. Emphasis is on historical cause and effect, and people, events, and movements that have shaped our current society. The course seeks to promote an awareness and appreciation of our nation’s history.
African American History: Students understand the development of African American heritage within the context of a broad historical focus. Students examine connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a democratic society.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Tech I: This course is an introduction to computer technology. The students will learn the basic about computer hard ware and soft ware with the emphasis on soft ware application such as: word processing (by creation of flyers, newsletters, and brochures using MS Word and MS Publisher), problem solving, developing and modifying spreadsheets, designing databases, developing interactive presentation (using MS Power Point), and designing web page using web publishing application.
Tech II: Students will learn to format and edit their papers on Microsoft Excel. Students will know how to insert pictures and colors so that it would easier for the reader to read. Student will also know how to set up formulas so that if the data has change the students can change the data but the output would be adjusted through their formulas.
Algebra I: Algebra I introduces student to the language of mathematics, a language with rules different from those of English, but with the consistency and organization of a logical language and offers a useful approach to real life. The curriculum includes methods of mathematical problem solving such that all students can use them with increasing confidence and apply integrated mathematical problem solving strategies to solve problems within and outside of mathematics.
Informal Geometry: The Informal Geometry course is a comprehensive and cohesive course for students of all abilities. This will be the students’ first major encounter with an axiomatic approach to math. The students will be given several undefined terms which will be used to drive the fundamental postulates and theorems of Euclidean Geometry.
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry: Advance Algebra /Trigonometry continues a student’s study of advanced algebraic concepts such as functions: linear, polynomial, rational expressions, systems of functions, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic, and trigonometric functions with the emphasis on practical modeling and applications.