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RCS is excited to offer this innovative learning opportunity for our high school students. The RCS Virtual Academy began offering classes in the spring of 2016 and will continue to offer courses for 2017-2018. 

The RCS Virtual Academy courses are completely online. The majority of courses are taught by RCS teachers; however, we have also partnered with Rockingham Community College who will be offering several online college courses.
 
The courses being offered for the 2017-2018 school year are listed below. Courses are open to students in grades 10-12 who meet the course prerequisites at any of our high schools.  
 
 
Overview of the RCS Virtual Academy

The RCS Virtual Academy is a program for students to take courses toward graduation and/or college credit.  The RCS Virtual Academy is a new innovative delivery method available to all students in grades 10 - 12 who want to experience online courses through 21st century technology.  By creating well-developed, student-centered courses that focus on rigorous instruction for independent learners, the RCS Virtual Academy provides flexibility to students and their individual needs.

Through offering online courses that are in high demand for today’s driven independent learners, the RCS Virtual Academy supports core courses and electives that will allow students to explore distance learning at both the high school and college levels.  Similarly, by offering Honors, Advanced Placement, and College level courses students can accelerate learning and gain access to educators who will reach student needs through the dynamic media of online coursework. The available online college courses within the RCS Virtual Academy are aligned with the College & Career Promise program through Rockingham Community College.  

The Virtual Academy is open to students in grades 10 - 12 at all schools. Each class will be capped at a maximum of 25 students. 

Recruitment of Students

We need counselors and teachers to actively promote and recruit students for these courses. Interested students should contact their counselor to discuss options. 

Course Structure

These courses are not tied to a block schedule.  Students could work on the course at any time of the day or night.  RCS courses will use CANVAS.  RCS teachers would be responsible for having 2 times each day where they could respond to questions from students.  In addition, there are at least 2 required live meetings each semester.
 

Courses Available for 2017-2018

Courses available for High School credit (taught by RCS Teachers):

English III Honors

Credit: 1

Grades: 11

Weight: H

Prerequisite: English II Honors recommended

Further development of critical skills in reading, writing, thinking, and viewing through the study of American literature. Learn research and documentation techniques by completing a research paper.

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics Honors

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Weight: H

Prerequisite: World History or AM I or II Honors with recommendation from Teacher

As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real-life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice. The economic, legal, and political systems will be expanded on through selected readings, projects, and written research essays, one major project per grading period.

Math III Honors

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Weight: H

Prerequisite: Math II Honors

Cover the Math III curriculum and extend concepts to include higher levels of critical thinking, problem analysis, and enrichment activities.

Pre-Calculus Honors

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: H

Prerequisite: Math III Honors or teacher recommendation

Study trigonometry, as well as advanced algebra topics, analytic Math II, sequences and series, and data analysis. Included also is an introduction to limits and elementary derivatives.

Spanish I   
Credit: 1
 
Grade: 10-12
 
Weight: S
 
Prerequisite: None 
 
Acquire basic knowledge of the Spanish language through an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Study vocabulary and acquire a basic understanding of parts of speech and sentence structure. Learn about the Hispanic culture.

ACT Preparation

Credit: 1

Grades: 10-11

Weight: S

Prerequisite: None

Prepare for the ACT. Receive help in all areas for college including resumes, application essays, recommendations, application forms, and financial aid procedures.

Microsoft ITA: Word and PowerPoint Honors  
Credit: 1
 
Grades: 10-12
 
Weight: H
 
Prerequisite: None
Honors students in Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world class Microsoft curriculum and cutting edge software tools to tackle real world challenges in the classroom environment. The first part of the class is a supplemental section where students will learn to create, edit, organize, and share a virtual notebook. In the second part, students will learn to use the newest version of Microsoft Word interface, commands and features to create, enhance, customize and deliver presentations.
Microsoft ITA: Excel and Access Honors  
Credit: 1
 
Grades: 10-12
 
Weight: H
 
Prerequisite: Word and PowerPoint Honors Suggested
Honors students in Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculum and cutting edge software tools to tackle real world challenges in the classroom environment. The first part of the class is designed to help you use the newest version of Microsoft Excel interface commands, and features to present, analyze, and manipulate various types of data. Students will learn to manage workbooks as well as how to manage, manipulate, and format data. In the second part of the class, students will learn how to create and work with database and its objects by using the new and improved features in newest version of Microsoft Access. Student will learn how to create, modify, and locate information as well as how to create programmable elements and share and distribute database information.
 

ECommerce

 

 Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Weight: H

Prerequisite:

BD 10 Multimedia & Webpage Design

This course is designed to help students master skills in the design and construction of complex web  sites for conducting business electronically. Emphasis is on skill development in advanced web page  construction and entrepreneurial applications of conducting business electronically as well as economic,  social, legal, and ethical issues related to electronic business. Students learn through project-based  applications as they plan, design, create, publish, maintain, and promote an e-commerce website. Art is  reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship,  cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service  learning, and job shadowing. FBLA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities  provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

 

Pharmacy Technician

 

 Credit: 1

Grades: 10-12

Weight: H

Prerequisite: HU 42 Health Science II

This course has self-paced, on-line instruction designed to prepare high school seniors for a pharmacy technician career. Topics included in this course are federal law, medication used in major body systems, calculations, and pharmacy operations. Mathematics is reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include an apprenticeship, cooperative education, internship, or mentorship. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences. This course is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (APCE). Upon successful completion of this course and after graduation, the student is eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

 

 

Courses available for College Credit through RCC's Career & College Promise: (Students must meet the College & Career Promise program requirements to be eligible for these courses.)

ECON 251

Principles of Microeconomics

 Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and evaluate consumer and business alternatives in order to efficiently achieve economic objectives.

ECON 252
 
Principles of Macroeconomics
 Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.

HIST 132

American History II

(Spring semester only) 

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course is a survey of American history from the Civil War era to the present. Topics include industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the major American wars, the Cold War, and social conflict. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in American history since the Civil War.

MAT 143

Quantitative Literacy

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course is designed to engage students in complex and realistic situations involving the mathematical phenomena of quantity, change and relationship, and uncertainty through project- and activity-based assessment. Emphasis is placed on authentic contexts which will introduce the concepts of numeracy, proportional reasoning, dimensional analysis, rates of growth, personal finance, consumer statistics, practical probabilities, and mathematics for citizenship. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize quantitative information as consumers and to make personal, professional, and civic decisions by decoding, interpreting, using, and communicating quantitative information found in modern media and encountered in everyday life.

MAT 152

Statistical Methods I

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results.This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.

SOC 210

Introduction to Sociology

 
(Spring semester only) 

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

SPAN 111
 
Elementary Spanish I

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements 

This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Spanish and demonstrate cultural awareness. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.
GER 111
 
Elementary German I

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course introduces the fundamental elements of the German language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written German and demonstrate cultural awareness. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog 7 for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.
ENG 111
 
Writing & Inquiry 
Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.
 
ENG 112
 
Writing/Research in the Disciplines
Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

ENG 111 

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.
PSY 150
 
General Psychology 
 
(Fall semester only) 
Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: AP/IB/College

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). See the College Transfer section of the catalog for information about the CAA and the transfer designation of this course.
EDU 119
 
Early Childhood Education
 
Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: S

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child. Topics include theoretical foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism, ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, and curriculum responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be able to design a career/professional development plan, appropriate environments, schedules, and activity plans.
Criminal JusticeCredit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Weight: S

Prerequisite: CCP requirements

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Please contact Christy Barham (cbarham@rock.k12.nc.us) if you have any questions.

 
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