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English-4-A-B-CR

English 4 A & B CR

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English 4A CR: Course Path Learning Guide

English 4B CR: Course Path Learning Guide

Prerequisites:

Students must first complete the credit recovery orientation before enrollment in a credit recovery course.

Required Materials:

Students should utilize the Course Path Learning Guide as a checklist to help themselves and the school keep track of where they are in the course.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general credit recovery software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Open enrollment in both Fall and Spring semesters is through the local public school. Summertime access is dependent on local school programming.

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AP-Environmental-Science

AP® Environmental Science A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

The goal of Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. Students will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratories support student content mastery with hands-on experiences.

Prerequisites:

Students are assumed to have previous knowledge of basic high school biology, earth science, and chemistry principles. This knowledge is usually gained by previously taking and passing each of these courses. Students are responsible for making sure they have the previous knowledge described at the beginning of each section.  Students must complete semester A prior to semester B.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

AP Environmental Science Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

  • All students are required to have and use a laboratory notebook as evidence of completed work. This may be needed upon applying for college credit.

  • Several take-home labs will require students to use common household items, with some additional grocery-store type items being required as well.

  • Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.

Lead Teacher:

Kaylee Fox, Kalispell Public Schools, kaylee.fox@montanadigitalacademy.org

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American-Government-A-B-Full-Year

American Government Full Year A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (Students must independently register for each semester.)

Course Description: 

This is year-long, comprehensive coverage of American Government.  It is a full-year course.  It fulfills the requirement for a year-long American Government credit.

Prerequisites:

Students should be able to use presentation software and technology.  It is suggested that you have a Twitter account for the class.  The Twitter account allows us to communicate with announcements and be able to chat as a class every few weeks.  Please have a computer, device that is not older than five years old.  You need to have the internet at home that you are able to log on and work on the class.  Students should have taken World History, or Global Studies, and U.S. History.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

American Government A & B Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

Students should have multiple access points to the internet, social media, and Youtube.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires that students should have updated java, or flash, ability to record audio and video, ability to play audio and video.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available

Spring: B semester available

Lead Teacher:

Kelly Kinsey, Lockwood Schools, kelly.kinsey@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Journalism

Journalism

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to journalism, from its history and effect on the American culture to the basics of journalistic writing.  Students who successfully complete this course should be more than prepared to participate in their school’s journalism program.  Grading for this course is based solely on total points, though students should be aware that some assignments, quizzes, and tests are worth more points than others.

Prerequisites: none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Journalism Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Ashley Tait, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, ashley.tait@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Contemporary-Math

Contemporary Math – Dual Credit; M105

Course Length:

One-Semester Course

Course Description:

This course is a dual credit course offered in cooperation with our partner, Helena College.  A separate application to Helena College is required.

This course is designed to meet the general education mathematics requirement for the liberal arts major. It surveys some of the important ideas and practical applications in mathematics and uses algebra skills to solve real problems. Topics include problem-solving, financial math, mathematical modeling (linear and quadratic), and elementary statistics.

This course is available for dual credit only.  Students may not take this course without the college credit component.  Students that neglect to apply or don’t qualify for Helena College credit will be dropped from the course.

Prerequisites:

This course typically required a minimum placement score of 20 on the math section of the ACT, 490 on the math section of SAT, or Accuplacer exam administered by Helena College.  For the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms, those requirements have been waived.  However, a special math placement form must be completed and returned with registration materials.  The link to that form is here: LINK.

16 years of age, Junior in High School, or waiver approved by Helena College.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Contemporary Math (Dual Credit) Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Nancy Bailey, Helena School Districtnancy.bailey@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Principles-of-Agriculture

Principles of Agriculture

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

 Through the study of Principles of Agriculture: Food and Natural Resources, students will gain a stronger sense of how food ends up on the plate and how we can maximize the foods and natural resources the earth provides. Students will learn more about agriculture’s history, animal husbandry, plant science, and natural resources, and will be better prepared for their part in sustaining the world.

Prerequisites:

None.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Principles of Agriculture Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Casey Lunceford, Ronan Public Schools, casey.lunceford@montanadigitalacademy.org

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gothic-literature

Gothic Literature: Monster Stories

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:  Vampires, ghosts, and werewolves have lived in our collective imagination since the 18th century, and they continue to influence the world of fiction even today. Gothic Literature: Monster Stories focuses on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrates the techniques writers use to produce a thrilling psychological experience for the reader. The themes of terror versus horror, the power of the supernatural, and the struggle between good and evil are just a few of the classic Gothic subjects explored in this course. Are you brave enough to go beyond the fear and find an appreciation for the dark beauty of Gothic stories.

Prerequisites: None, however; this course is designed as a junior/senior level elective English course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Gothic Literature Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Kramer Wilson, Kalispell Public Schools, kramer.wilson@montanadigitalacademy.org

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MTDA Book Club

MTDA Book Club: Utopian/Dystopian

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description: 

Have you wanted to read interesting books and talk to others about them? Have you ever wondered what The Hunger Games, “The Lottery” and 1984 have in common? Have you found dystopian literature and films fascinating? If so, this discussion-based book club is for you! This class will introduce you to the concepts of utopia and dystopia, show you how to discuss books productively, and help you develop your analytical skills while you apply these themes to our current world.

Prerequisites: none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

MTDA Book Club: Utopian/Dystopian Literature Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Nancy Thibo, Missoula County Public Schools, nancy.thibo@montanadigitalacademy.org

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AP-Art-History

AP® Art History A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Within AP Art History, students will explore the interconnections between art, culture, and historical context using critical analysis through the critical lenses of artistic expression, cultural awareness, and purpose. Using a defined art historical skill set and reflective learning, students will analyze relationships across cultures with a global lens. The examination of how people have responded to and communicated their experiences through art will enable students to think conceptually about art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary. Students will be active participants, engaging with art and its context as they read, research, and collaborate to learn about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art.

Follow the link below for the College Board description of this course:

http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-art-history-course-description.pdf

Prerequisites:

None. However, the course does require a high degree of commitment to academic work and to the purposes of a program designed to meet college standards. Students who have done well in other courses in the humanities, such as history and literature, or in any of the studio arts are especially encouraged to enroll.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/aparthistory

Required Materials:

Teacher approved Art History book.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Nicole Whitescarver, Missoula Country Public Schools, nicole.whitescarver@montanadigitalacademy.org

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AP-Computer-Science

AP® Computer Science A A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

AP* Computer Science prepares students for the AP* exam in May. This course is comparable to a college-level introductory computer programming course. The course develops the skills required to write programs or parts of programs used to correctly solve specific problems. Students will learn design techniques to make programs understandable, adaptable, and reusable. The focus is on the Java programming language, a cross-platform language that will enable students to develop programs that can be run in a variety of environments (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, etc.). Skills learned in this course will aid in many ways, regardless chosen professional field. And, perhaps most importantly, studying computer science opens up a creative world to students unlike any other. https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-computer-science-a

Prerequisites:

Students should be at a junior-level reading and writing level.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

AP Computer Science A Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

All required materials are provided in the course.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Paul Furthmyre, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, paul.furthmyre.teacher@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815