Electives - CityLab High School offers a variety of elective courses outside of core content areas.
Art and Media Communications I
Teacher: Mr. Goldstein
Art and Media Communications combines rigorous and relevant experiential study of modern, post modern, and contemporary visual art and design with student learning in media literacy and technology applications. Creation and analysis of student artworks are balanced with explorations into contemporary practices across visual and commercial arts fields. Students will learn how to bridge traditional skills with current technology applications to create new media such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentations, digital videos, websites, and interactive or site based installations and performances. Student work will culminate in a capstone project that investigates an issue relevant to the student and uses art, design, and visual communications to address a problem within the community.
Teacher: Ms. Holland
This introductory course on the principles and practices of journalism includes fact gathering, developing interviewing skills, writing news stories, determining newsworthiness, studying and applying editing skills, studying journalistic style, using techniques of writing headlines and captions, studying the freedom and responsibility of the press, and the principles and ethics of journalism.
Methodology for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS)
Teacher(s): Ms. Sayed, Mr. Cortez, Ms. Mu’Min, Mr. Nomagnon, and Dr. Odubanjo
The course focuses on the skills and strategies necessary for students to make a successful transition into high school and an academic career. Students will explore the options available in high school, higher education, and the professional world in order to establish both immediate and long-range personal goals. After identifying their individual learning styles and abilities, students will build on these abilities by developing critical time-management, organization and study skills. The course focuses on self-understanding, decision-making, resiliency, attitude, character education, and leadership to help students maximize personal achievement. Students will develop the specific strategies necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. The course emphasizes proactive problem solving, self-determination, and independent thinking and learning skills. In addition, students will explore and experience collaboration as a tool for creative problem solving. As part of goal setting and leadership activities, students may complete an outside community service learning experience in addition to class assignments.
Reading I, II, and III
Teacher: Ms. Morgan
This course as an intervention designed to support students who may struggle with reading at the high school level due to below average reading skills. The course will focus instruction on effective strategies to improve students reading level using Lexile scores and the READ 180 curriculum.
Science Applications and Study Skills
Teacher: Ms. Greene
This course will be used as a second science course to deepen conceptual understanding and provide students who need instructional intervention with additional learning opportunities focused on the science TEKS SEs. An individualized curriculum will be designed and appropriate materials selected for students based on student data and need. This course is for local credit only.
Social Studies Advanced Studies
Teacher: Mr. Good
This course provides students an opportunity to conduct in-depth research, prepare a product of professional quality, and present their findings to appropriate audiences. Students investigate a problem or concern related to global social and political issues, and research topics using a variety of technologies.
Teacher: Mr. Rodriguez
This course is an introduction to the Spanish language, grammar, and Hispanic cultures while developing the skills in listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. The main goal for this course is for students to progress toward a novice high level ability in using Spanish in school and in the community. Studies of Hispanic culture and history are introduced.
Teacher: Mr. Rodriguez
This course continues students’ progress through the novice levels into the intermediate levels in Spanish. The main goal for this course is for students to develop an intermediate low level proficiency by using Spanish in school and in the world community. Studies of Hispanic culture and history are explored
Spanish III Pre-AP
Teacher: Mr. Rodriguez
This rigorous course focuses on maximizing fluency in reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing the Spanish language in preparation for the AP Spanish Language course (3958). The course incorporates the study of Spanish language, Hispanic cultures, history, and literature to form a base for analytical writing that demonstrates correct grammar applications, and critical writing concepts, formats, and styles.
AP Spanish IV Language and Culture
Teacher: Mr. Rodriguez
The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students' awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
The course follows the College Board AP curriculum and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Languages Other than English (LOTE). The course offers students the opportunity to take the AP Spanish Language examination. Students scoring 3 or better on the exam may be able to earn college credit at many colleges.
Strategic Learning for High School Mathematics
Teacher: Ms. Yu
This course may be taken in response to the needs of struggling mathematics students. These math students will benefit from explicit instruction on how to strategically learn mathematical skills, identifying, and correcting their own errors in learning. This course is an elective state credit and may be taken concurrently with or subsequent to Algebra I. The course may not be credited toward any endorsement related to high graduation.
Studio Art I
Teacher: Ms. Mu’Min
An introductory studio art course, students acquire foundational visual literacy skills through observation and perception, creative expression, global awareness and critical evaluation and response. Using a variety of materials and methods to create original artworks, students explore the elements of art and principles of design through drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and digital media. All students construct and compile a portfolio to provide evidence of learning and growth.
Studio Art II
Teacher: Ms. Mu’min
In this course students will be provided with a sequential program to further develop and build on the experience gained in Studio Art I. Art history, aesthetics, and criticism will be integrated with studio production in all aspects of art making. Emphasis is on idea development, creative thinking, self expression, and nonverbal communication. A portfolio will be compiled to show artistic growth in a variety of 2D, 3D and digital mediums