Academic Course Catalog

General Overview

Summit Preparatory School is an alternative, college preparatory school that serves approximately 50 students in grades 9-12. Our school is located in Kalispell, Montana and is accredited through the State of Montana Board of Public Education.

Courses are offered in a year-round academic program organized as a modified block schedule (four blocks per year). Academic subjects are organized into twelve-week blocks of time; each block is equivalent to a semester in traditional schools. Students are enrolled in three academic subjects per semester. Each class is 75 minutes long, 5 days per week.

Basic Diploma Requirements
Students must have a minimum total of 20 credits to graduate including the subject area requirements shown below:

  • 4 credits in Language Arts
  • 2 credits in Mathematics
  • 2.5 credits in Social Studies
    • (including World History, US History, and Government)
  • 2 credits in Science
  • 0.5 credit PE and 0.5 credit Health
  • 1 credit in Practical Arts
  • 1 credit in Fine Arts

College Bound Students
Students planning to attend college are encouraged to take additional credits beyond those required for a basic diploma. These credits include:

  • 2 credits in Foreign Language
  • 1-2 additional credits in Mathematics
  • 1-2 additional credits in Science
  • ½ additional credit in Social Studies
Grading System: (starting 2/28/2011)
97-100 A+ 4.0073-76 C 2.00
93-96 A 4.0070-72 C- 1.67
90-92 A- 3.6767-69 D+ 1.33
87-89 B+ 3.3363-66 D 1.00
83-86 B 3.0060-62 D- 0.67
80-82 B- 2.670-59 F 0.00
77-79 C+ 2.33
** Honors/AP courses are weighted earning 0.33 higher GPA equivalency to 4.0 max. We do not rank students.

Students needing classes in addition to those taught by our faculty may supplement their academic plan through Non-Traditional Courses (NTC) which are generally independent studies offered by an accredited secondary program through a regional university and proctored by a faculty member for understanding and completion. Seniors also have the opportunity to participate in the Running Start (RS) Program through Flathead Valley Community College and earn dual high school and college credit.

Course Offerings

English/Language Arts Course Offerings

Composition & Speech
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Students are introduced to the writing process and will focus on 6+1 Trait Writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and citations. Students will also become acquainted with the research writing process. Students will use literary works as a vehicle for writing assignments. Composition focuses on the basic five-paragraph essay and introduces students to analytical writing utilizing multi-cultural literature through a variety of novels.

World Literature
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Students explore world literature from the writings of ancient civilizations to recent history. World Literature A focuses on ancient civilizations and classical myths and traditions. Students explore the philosophical, historical, and narrative movements of cultures ranging from ancient Egypt to classical Greece. Major works include selections from Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles. World Literature B shifts to Europe from the Middle Ages to recent history. This section focuses on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, European Romanticism, Modernism, and the impact worldwide of World War I and II. Major works include Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Students respond to the literature in both classes in a variety of formats from formal analytical essays to creative writing and hands-on projects.

American Literature
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Students explore American literature from pre-Colonial times to the present day through this course. American Literature A focuses on pre-colonization until the Civil War. Students explore the philosophical, historical, and literary movements of Native Americans, Puritans, the Revolution, Romanticism, the American Gothic movement, and the Civil War. Major works include The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. American Literature B focuses on the post-Civil War period to the present day. Students explore the changing face of America and study the impact and effects of World War I and the Modern Age as well as World War II and the rise of postmodernism. Major works include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and a variety of postmodern novels including Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Students respond to the literature in both classes in a variety of formats, including formal analytical essays, creative writing of poetry and short stories, and hands-on projects and presentations

British Literature/International Literature (Honors sections available)
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Students explore upper level reading selections and begin preparing for collegiate level classes through higher level prompts and writing assignments. British Literature focuses on classics of English literature beginning with Old English writings and progressing through the Renaissance. Students will also explore the history of the English language and examine its development through the years. Major works include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, legends of King Arthur and the Romantic tradition, including The Once and Future King by T.H. White, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. The second half of the class expands to literature of a variety of authors, nationalities, and time periods at a high reading level. Works include The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky. Students will turn their attention to the structure of the English language, as explored from a linguistic perspective. Students also will focus on a lengthy research paper and solidify the research process in a culminating project.

Creative Writing: Memoir, Poetry, & Short Fiction
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Students will study memoir, formed and unformed poetry, and short fiction throughout this three-unit course. Unit one focuses on memoir in multiple genres. Students will read and respond to several examples of published memoir pieces ranging from one long memoir to personal narratives, to several poems about self. Students will also explore how various types of writing can be used to create memoir, including recipes, newspaper articles, and children’s stories. Students will create their own multi-genre memoirs by combining and illustrating many of the writings about self which they have produced. Unit two will focus specifically on ten specific forms of poetry. Students will read and respond to published samples of each form, and then create an original poem in each form. Also, students will explore various free-verse poems focused on specific themes relevant to their lives and the societies in which they live. Finally, they will embark on a short-fiction unit, in which they will read and respond to several short fiction pieces, before writing a piece of their own. The class will include one technical test after the poetry unit, and the final will take the form of a coffee house-style poetry slam.

Advanced Composition and Speech (Honors course)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This class is designed for Juniors or Seniors to hone their writing, speech and debate skills through an exploration of different types of rhetoric and a thorough understanding of Aristotle’s Appeals. This class is equally divided between reading and analysis, speech writing, and in-class debates. The class will also focus largely on research as we learn about credible and non-credible sources. The main authors are Aristotle and Plato as they serve to inform our understanding of different forms of persuasion, various informational paper and media texts.

Women’s Literature
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This course examines a variety of women writers and will be centered around the text The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. In this class, students explore a variety of themes focused around colonization and subjugation through the lens of both men and women in different cultures. They look at the ways in which dominant societies marginalize different groups in order to better understand the human motivation to attain power, resources status. Students examine the roles women play in different societies in order to better understand the role of women in Western civilization.

Environmental Literature (Honors section available)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
In this course, students will read texts by key environmental philosophers and thinkers to examine the cultural construction of terms like nature, environment, sustainability, and others. Students will also spend some time studying the cultural implications of the study of ecology. Major texts include Walden, A Sand Country Almanac, and Desert Solitaire.

Native American Literature
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This course focuses on exploring historical and contemporary Native American issues through a variety of different writing. It meets Montana State requirements for Indian Education For All. Main Texts for this class include: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie, Winter in the Blood, by James Welch, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie as well as excerpts from Joy Harjo, and other various Native American writers and poets

Mathematics Course Offerings

Algebra 1 (Honors option available)
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Algebra 1A: Students begin with a brief review of arithmetic methods involving rational numbers, along with the basic properties of mathematical operators. They will then apply these skills to operations on variable expressions, with an emphasis on combining like terms. Students then continue this progression by exploring various techniques for simplifying and solving linear equations, and applying these skills to problem solving situations in basic statistics and probability. The semester is concluded by concentrating on graphing and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities.

Algebra 1B: Students begin the semester by with multiple-step story problems involving writing and solving a system of two equations. They then move to studying the various laws and properties of exponents, with an introduction to exponential functions and their basic applications. Next, students apply these skills with operations on a variety of polynomials. Special emphasis is made on multiplying binomials and factoring trinomials. Students then move to various methods of solving and graphing quadratic functions. The semester then ends with a unit on rational and radical functions, their graphs, and their applications in statistics, probability, and geometry.

Geometry (Honors option available)
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Geometry A: Students begin with the basics of Euclidean Plane Geometry involving points, lines, planes, rays, segments, and angles, and all the various interactions, notations, and properties associated with them. From there they begin a comprehensive exploration of triangle properties and characteristics including a unit on basic constructions and an introduction to right-triangle trigonometry. The students move on to quadrilaterals where they are also introduced to various topics and vocabulary involved with polygons in general. Finally, the students work with polygons, with an emphasis on perimeter and area, and their applications to problem solving.

Geometry B: This course continues with a study of polygons, but in the context of analytic and transformational geometry on the coordinate plane. After a project involving translational and rotational tessellations, the students move to a comprehensive study of circles and ellipses, along with all the vocabulary and special properties associated with them. The students then work with their spatial perception skills in a unit involving two and three-dimensional drawing techniques including orthographic, isometric, and perspective drawing, and a study of two-dimensional symmetry. This then foreshadows the following unit on polyhedrons and all the associated vocabulary and properties of three-dimensional geometry. This unit concludes with a strong emphasis on creative problem solving, which acts as a springboard for the following unit which emphasizes logic and proof, with a general consolidation of all the topics studied thus far. If time permits, the remainder of the semester will be spent studying advanced geometric topics such as fractals, non-Euclidean geometries, graph theory, topology, and projective geometry, depending on student interest.

Algebra 2 (Honors option available)
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Algebra 2A: This course begins with a brief review of solving linear equations in the context of linear representations of data. Then, the students study the basic vocabulary and properties of functions and inverse functions while reviewing the exponent laws, including an introduction to rational exponents. Following this, the students will review solving and graphing systems of linear equations and equalities, and develop their application in problem solving, including linear programming. Next the students will complete a unit on matrices with an emphasis on cryptography. Finally, the students will explore solving and graphing quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Algebra 2B: Students begin the semester with an introduction to solving, graphing, and factoring polynomial, rational and radical functions. After this, the focus will change to topics in discrete mathematics including counting principles, probability, series, sequences, and basic statistics, with an emphasis on practical applications. Finally, for the rest of the semester, students will study topics in trigonometry including right triangle trigonometry, higher-angle trigonometry, Law of Sines and Cosines, graphing trigonometric functions, and fundamental trigonometric identities. These trigonometric skills will be applied to various types of problems throughout.

1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra 1
This course is about learning how to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data in order to make decisions. It is divided into three basic units. The course begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of data collection/classification and experimental design. We then investigate a variety of methods of displaying and graphing data. The unit finishes with a study into the measures of central tendency, variation and position (variance and standard deviation). The second unit is a study of probability and its applications in statistics. This includes topics in counting (permutations/combinations), conditional probability, the multiplication rule, and the addition rule. This is designed to prepare students for the third unit on probability distributions. This unit includes a study of both discrete and continuous probability distributions including binomial, geometric, Poisson and normal distributions. Students will learn how to use both tables and formulas to solve problems. Technological solution methods will be an option (using graphing calculators like TI-83, TI-84) but will not be a requirement in this course.

Pre-Calculus (Honors option available)
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Prerequisites: Algebra 2, and Geometry
Pre-Calculus A: The purpose of this class is two-fold: to summarize and encapsulate skills and knowledge from algebra and geometry, and to prepare the students for calculus. Graphing calculators are required for this course, and graphing methods are emphasized a great deal more than in past math classes. The course begins with a brief review of basic algebraic and graphing methods. The focus then changes to studying functions, first in general as a comparison of the ten basic functions, along with basic functional transformations. Then we begin to study functions in more detail starting with polynomial, power, and rational functions. Following these we study exponential and logarithmic functions, with an emphasis on business and growth applications. This semester then finishes with a unit studying the properties and applications of trigonometry functions, and another unit on analytic trigonometry, reviewing and developing topics previously explored in both geometry and algebra 2.

Pre-Calculus B: This class starts with an application of trigonometry in a unit on parametric and polar equations, as well as an introduction to basic vectors. From there, the students will review and continue the exploration of matrix mathematics and its applications that was started in algebra 2. Next, the students will study conic sections in the context of two and three-dimensional analytic geometry. The students will then explore discrete mathematics again to a higher degree than in algebra 2, including topics in basic combinatorics, probability, sequences/series, and mathematical induction. If time permits, the final portion of the course will be used to introduce students to calculus, which will include an exploration of limits and derivatives.

2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
Calculus A: The semester starts with a review of precalculus topics involving solving and graphing various types of functions algebraically, numerically, and graphically. Next students will begin to explore rates of change, limits, continuity, and tangent lines. Following this will be an introduction to the derivative of a simple function and its various applications. Students will learn to use graphing calculators as well as computing derivatives by hand. Strong emphasis will be made toward understanding the rules for differentiation assessing differentiability. Students will spend the rest of the semester differentiating various types of functions in various types of situations. At times technological solutions will be offered both as an alternative and as verification for algebraic differentiation. The semester will conclude with a study of multiple derivatives, and their relationships to first derivatives and graph appearance including inflection points, concavity and local extrema. These properties will then be applied to modeling and optimization problems associated with business and science as well as Newton’s Method.

Calculus B: This course begins with a study of finite sums as an introduction to the definite integral. This study continues with an understanding and application of the rules of integration, emphasizing the connection between differential and integral calculus. The students will then move to an exploration of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus with an emphasis on graphing and evaluating integrals and finding the area under a curve. After this unit, the students will study antiderivatives, indefinite integrals, and their various properties. This will include a variety of problem solving applications, including initial value problems and slope fields. Students will then incorporate a variety of integration methods including integration by substitution, and integration by parts with an emphasis on growth and decay problems. We will finish the semester on various applications of definite integrals including integrals as net change, areas in the plane, volumes, and lengths of curves.

Business Math
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Through this course the students will have a better understanding of the financial decisions they will face as adults, and focus on the math skills required to handle such situations. They will become comfortable with new terminology, work with peers to make good financial decisions, understand the workings of checking and savings accounts, how payroll works, interest, credit, insurance and taxes. At the conclusion of this course, students will have a good understanding of the financial responsibilities that come with being independent adults.

1 Semesters: 0.5 Credits
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
This course begins with right triangle trigonometry and its applications to indirect measurement situations. Following this, we investigate non-acute angle trigonometry and introduce the other three complementary trig ratios (cosecant, secant, and cotangent). Students will conclude this unit by investigating the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, and applying them to solving problems involving oblique triangles. The next unit is about vectors and how to add and subtract them both graphically and analytically along with scalar multiplication. Students will then apply this knowledge to story problems involving navigation and force equilibrium problems. Following this, we will do an in-depth study of circular/rotational motion including the unit circle, radian measure, arc length, sector area and angular speed/acceleration. The final unit of the course involves an investigation into the graphical nature of trig functions and applications of sine and cosine functions in representing simple harmonic motion, and if time permits; an introduction to trigonometric identities and proofs.

Social Studies Course Offerings

The social studies program at Summit emphasizes history as the pathway to understanding the human condition. Thematic comparisons across time, peoples/societies and places are at the core of our studies. Current events are routinely analyzed in historical context. Power, knowledge, ideas, beliefs, movement and wealth are currents of the human story. Social, political, intellectual, cultural and economic changes are examined as we move through the human landscape in time and place. A variety of historical narratives, representing different points of view, are used. Students are also challenged with an array of written and visual primary and secondary sources. Films (documentary and dramatic productions) are used and analyzed on a regular basis. Historiography (the examination of historical writing and interpretation) is an ongoing activity. Our goal, then, is to foster analytical thinking and to attempt to understand how humanity got here and where we may be heading. History-mindedness is an intellectual habit which will serve young people well into the future as they navigate an increasingly complex and changing world.

Global History
3 Semesters: 1.5 Credit
Global History is comprised of three sequential but separate segments. Students can take any combination of two sections to complete Global History graduation requirements, or take individual segments as electives upon completion of their other social studies requirements. Given the vastness of the human saga in space and time, the Global history course is thematic and comparative. It undertakes the study of human societies of certain eras and makes comparisons. Examples include hunter- gatherer societies (or nomadic, pastoral, etc), early urban civilizations, universal religions, pre-industrial empires, feudal systems, revolution, industrialized empires, global wars in the 20th Century, science and technological developments and imperialism (and responses to it) of mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Global History A covers the origins of man to the Fall of the Roman and Han Empires.

Global History B covers the Feudal to Early Modern Age (c.1850).

Global History C focuses on the late 19th Century and the 20th Century.

U.S. History
3 Semesters: 1.5 Credit
U.S. History is comprised of three sequential but separate segments. Students can take any combination of two sections to complete the U.S. History graduation requirement or take individual segments as electives upon completion of their other social studies requirements. This course seeks to trace the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual development of the United states from its colonial origins to the present. In doing so, students are made mindful of developments in other parts of the world which help contextualize the unfolding American story. The philosophy and methodology of this course adhere closely, in many ways, to those articulated in the Global History course.

U.S. History A explores Pre-Columbian Amerindian civilization and the Age of Exploration to the Antebellum Period.

U.S. History B explores the Civil War era to the end of World War I.

U.S. History C explores 1918 to 2001 (The 20th Century)

American Government & Constitutional History (Honors section available)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
The purpose of this course is to understand the structure and content of The United States Constitution and the workings of our government. This will be accomplished by:

  1. Exploring the philosophical roots of US constitutional government.
  2. Examining other forms of government which will provide context
  3. A close reading and observation of current and historical events as they relate to principles of constitutionality, the political process and the operation of government.
  4. Analyzing the American political process and its relation to constitutional government.

Atlantic History (Honors course)
2 Semesters: 1.0 Credit
These courses will be offered on a less regular basis than the Global History course but will satisfy standard “World History” high school requirements. This course begins with an examination of developments in Europe, Africa and the Americas before the voyages of Columbus. From there we look at the period of Exploration, Reconnaissance, Conquest and Colonization. The Slave Trade, Plantation Economy and “knitting together” (socially, politically, economically and culturally) of Atlantic Europe, Africa and of the Americas, follows. Consolidation, development, growth and Revolution in the Atlantic world is the final topic covered.

Atlantic History A: The Atlantic World c. 1490 to c. 1750; Pre-Columbian America , European Colonization and the African Connection.

Atlantic History B: The Atlantic World c. 1750 to 1850; Growth, Revolution and the Emergence of an American Identities.

Science Course Offerings

Earth Science – Oceanography and Geology with Lab
2 Semesters: 1 Credit

Oceanography: This course is designed to encompass aspects of geology, chemistry, climatology, environmental science and biology as they apply to the oceans. Topics include history of exploration, origin of Earth’s oceans, weather patterns, multiple ecosystems, economics as it pertains to humans, as well as ethical concerns regarding pollution and other environmental issues. Previous courses in biology or earth science preferred but not required.

Geology: This course is at the root of all fundamental science courses; chemistry, biology, physics, and astronomy. The focus of this course will be the history of the dynamic Earth and its processes through time. Topics include: Big Bang Theory, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanics, stratigraphy, mapping the Earth, weathering and erosion, mass extinctions, and includes labs for the identification of rocks and minerals. No prerequisites required.

Astronomy with Lab
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This course is designed to explore current models and understandings in Astronomy. Topics include: Stars and stellar evolution – star birth and the formation of planets, and star death, including neutron stars, black holes, supernovae. Galaxies – normal and not-so-normal galaxies, quasars and supermassive black holes, dark matter. Cosmology – the expansion of the universe, its origin in the Big Bang, dark energy and the future of the universe.

Biology with Lab
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Students will study fundamental biological concepts which include communities and ecosystems, cells and their functions, genetics, evolution, and how life is classified on Earth. Students explore biology by participating in activities such as creating edible cells, culturing live bacteria, and dissecting frogs.

Advanced Field Science with Lab (Honors Course)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Recommended Prerequisite: Biology A and Earth Science A In this class, student will be looking at two major national parks as a reference to learn and gain and understanding of earth’s history through time, how volcanic systems work, climate change, and ecosystems as it pertains to wildlife. We will look at the variety of volcanic systems that is revealed, geologic history (and the fossil evidence) as well as the ecosystems of Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. We are very fortunate to live near Glacier and will take a field trip into the park to see some of the amazing fossil record of the Precambrian time.

Chemistry with Lab
2 Semesters: 1 Credit
Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Students will explore the fundamental concepts of chemistry including scientific measurement, problem solving, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical names and formulas, stoichiometry, states of matter, periodicity, bonding, solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions.

Animal Science with Lab
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: 1.0 credit Biology
This is an introductory course to animal anatomy and physiology as well as basic medical care of common companion animals—dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, and some reptiles. We will study basic organ systems of each species and the requirements needed to maintain homeostasis, as well as provide first aid, and CPR. Medical terminology and species specific nomenclature is also a key study of this course. Since the instructor is a certified science teacher and a licensed Veterinary Technician and the students will be doing scientific research and learning Veterinary assistant skills, the class can count as a science credit OR Vocational Credit

River Ecology with Lab (Honors Course)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: 2 credits of science--Biology, Chemistry, OR Earth Science AND Algebra 1
This is a field based research course to evaluate the water quality of local watershed. Students will learn Riparian Ecosystem concepts by studying biological, chemical, geological, and physical parameters of the Flathead Lake Watershed. We will complete field research to collect and then analyze data from specific rivers in the area. The course culminates with student groups identifying water quality issues, planning a solution, and presenting findings to local government or community groups.

2 Semesters: 1 Credits
Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Physics A: This class begins with an introduction/review of scientific mathematical and measurement techniques, and a study of one-dimensional motion. This is followed by an in-depth study of vectors and two dimensional motion. Then we investigate force, friction and Newton's Laws of Motion, followed by a unit on work, energy and power. This first semester of the class is concluded with a study of momentum, impulse and elastic/inelastic collisions. Throughout the entire class there will be a two-pronged emphasis on both the qualitative understanding of physical concepts, and computational skills in quantitative problem solving.

Physics B: This semester starts with a study on circular and rotational motion. This incorporates many of the formulae and techniques studied during the first semeter. After this, we move away from mechanics and begin investigations in other areas of physics. The next unit is an investigation of select topics within thermodynamics and fluids including Pascals Law, Archimedes' Principle and Bernoulli's Principle. We then continue with a study of simple harmonic motion, waves, sound and music. We follow this with an in-depth introduction to light and ray optics. Finally we study the basics of electrostatics and electric circuits. If time permits, the class will conclude with an introduction to relativity and modern physics.

Foreign Language Course Offerings – Coming Soon

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Fine Art Course Offerings

Studio Art
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This is a course for students wanting an in-depth exposure to creating and studying visual arts fundamentals. Students will be expected to demonstrate the basic elements and principles of design in art by using a variety of technical skills, materials, and images. Students will demonstrate and express these skills and images through composition in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, and contemporary art forms. Students will also demonstrate some understanding of art history, art appreciation, and aesthetics both in written form as well as oral presentations and critiques.

Drawing I
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Drawing is set up for students who wish to improve their drawing skills and ideas by learning more in depth technical skills and concepts. The student will be expected to demonstrate a variety of drawing skills by using the basic elements of art and principles of design. Students will demonstrate these skills through specific drawing assignments that incorporate various drawing mediums. Art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will be emphasized greatly through lecture, slide presentations, discussions, and group critiques.

Drawing II
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Recommended Prerequisite: Drawing I
Advanced drawing is intended for students who wish to further build upon their drawing skills and ideas by learning more "in depth" technical skills and concepts of awareness through a variety of drawing materials and images. Students will be expected to demonstrate a more advanced variety of drawing skills and ideas by using the basic elements of art and advanced areas of compositional interest. Students will demonstrate these advanced skills and ideas through project assignments focusing on the exploration of various drawing mediums. Project deadlines will be strongly adhered to. Students will once again be exposed to art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.

1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Drawing and planning sketches will be required and students will learn to use the painting tools, brushes, water, paper, and various painting techniques to transfer their drawings into paintings. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient painting skills by the completion of project assignments in media such as watercolor, tempera, oil, acrylic, or ink. Students will be exposed to the history and appreciation of painting.

1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Students will be acquainted with the basic aspects of designing, shaping, and forming three-dimensional works of art. The class will include the history and appreciation of sculpture with slide lectures, demonstrations, field trips, and sketch book assignments.

Advanced Art Portfolio (Honors course)
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This class is for those serious students who are interested in a concentrated study in the visual arts. The class also offers students the chance to focus more in depth on specific areas of interest within the visual arts. Each student that finishes this course will walk away with a respectable portfolio of finished artwork. Students will be given specific assignments dealing with a variety of media types and mediums. Each student’s interests within the fine arts will be greatly taken into consideration as we map out the direction of the block. A collection of work will be put into a portfolio which can be used for scholarships, competitions, art showings and a possible submission into the AP College Board for college credit. Students will become used to weekly art critiques using a visual language and discussions about their own work.

Art History (Honors section available)
2 Semesters: 1.0 Credit
The first semester covers material from the Ancient Civilizations in the Middle East and its migration westward through Europe up until 1400. It will also introduce students to the evolution of the visual expressive arts through lecture and actual studio time to tie it all together. In addition, it will emphasize the development of architecture and how the human figure was expressed in painting and sculpture. During the block, the class will be exposed to two short introductions to Asian and African Art to break it up. The course will be divided into two parts: 2/3 digital slides and lecture and 1/3 hands-on studio experiences.

The second semester will pick up where the first section left off at the very beginning of the Renaissance and will progress into the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries taking a close look at the pursuit of realism found within the Baroque period and the shift that occurs leading into the era of impressionism. We will then pick up in the modern era (1900-1950) and explore how it developed into the postmodern era (1950 to present). While examining the Postmodern era we will begin to ask the bigger question of “What is Art?” This western art history class will include opportunities to write two separate papers that will strengthen their art critiquing ability and overall writing skills.

Practical Arts/Vocational Course Offerings

Home Improvement
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This class is an introduction to home improvement and is designed to give students the tools/skills necessary for maintaining their home. Basic tradesperson skills for fixing a number of the most common home repairs will be taught. Some examples may include: repairing a leaking faucet, patching drywall, caulking around windows and doors, basic home electrical circuitry, wiring a light fixture, interior/exterior painting, and basic landscaping. Students will also find out when it is best to hire a professional building contractor when a job is too demanding or advanced. Any student who has ever wanted to be a “Handyperson” should consider taking this class.

Basic Technical Drawing
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Basic Technical Drawing is an introductory drafting course. The course provides students with instruction in the fundamentals of drafting using established tools and techniques. Students combine theory and practical skills to produce working drawings and illustrations. Drawings will be produced using standard drafting and varied media types. Familiarization with fundamental techniques in Basic Technical Drawing may be the stepping stone for students who are interested in interior and environmental design, architecture, engineering, and AutoCAD.

1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
This class will be an introduction course to interior and exterior carpentry/woodworking. Students will have the opportunity to learn all about wood and its many uses. The course will also examine the building trades industry and the many facets of being a tradesperson. Students will build a number woodworking projects as well as have a chance to build some larger and smaller structures around campus.

Landscape Management
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Landscape management is concerned with the long-term care and development of new and existing landscapes. The focus of study encompasses the entire ecosystem with special emphasis given to practical training and technical knowledge required by employers in private and public organizations. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience on the school’s landscaped grounds, turf grass areas, woodland and wetland areas. Within the building trade’s curriculum, students will acquire a wide variety of skills in areas such as ecology and ecological restoration, environmental sampling and analysis, landscape design/maintenance/construction, integrated pest management, machinery operation, and turf grass management. In addition, students will be working in the Summit Prep greenhouse to grow plants and vegetables for the school community.

Health Enhancement Course Offerings

Physical Education
1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Through the course students will participate in activities that will allow them to develop and demonstrate a variety of physical skills which encompass individual, dual and team sports and lifetime physical activities.

1 Semester: 0.5 Credit
Through this course, per Montana Content Standards related to 'Health,' students will learn concepts that promote comprehensive/life-long health, demonstrate critical thinking and decision making skills to enhance their own health, demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and demonstrate health-enhancing behaviors.

Typical Course Sequences


  • Grades 9-10
    World Literature
  • Grades 10-11
    American Literature
    Native American Literature
    Women’s Literature
  • Grades 11-12
    British Literature
    International Literature
    Environmental Literature
    Adv Composition/Speech
  • Additional English Offerings
    Creative Writing
    Montana Literature

Social Studies

  • Grades 9-10
    Global History A, B, C
  • Grades 10-11
    US History A, B, C
    Atlantic History A, B
  • Grades 11-12
    U.S. Government


  • Grades 9-10
    Algebra I
    Geometry (PRQ: 1.0 Algebra I)
  • Grades 10-11
    Algebra II (PRQ: 1.0 Algebra I)
  • Grades 11-12
    Pre-Calculus (PRQ:1.0 Algebra II & 1.0 Geometry)
    Calculus (PRQ: 1.0 Pre-Calculus)
  • Additional Math Offerings
    Trigonometry (PRQ: Algebra 1)
    Statistics (PRQ: 1.0 Algebra I)
    Business Math


  • Grades 9-10
    Earth Science
  • Grades 10-11
    Chemistry (PRQ: .5 Algebra II)
    Animal Science (PRQ: 1.0 Biology)
  • Grades 11-12
    Physics (PRQ: 1.0 Algebra II)
    Adv. Field Science (PRQ: .5 Biology & .5 Earth Science (Geology))
    River Ecology
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