PDE APPROVED COURSES

PDE developed a framework and process for online course review which included the implementation of the International Association for K-12 Learning (iNACOL) rubric to ensure consistent standards. High school courses that meet these standards will indicate with reasonable confidence that a provider has the capacity to deliver high quality courses in an effort to help Pennsylvania's students become college and career ready.

ALGEBRA 1
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This course takes students on a journey through algebraic concepts and applications. The course focuses on linear equations, inequalities, functions, graphing, systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, probability, statistics, rational expressions, roots, and radicals. Students build critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques required to grasp algebraic fundamentals. At the end of the course students have a knowledge of and appreciation for algebra and are prepared for future mathematics courses.

BIOLOGY
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The science of biology is large, complex, and constantly changing. This course provides students with a broad and interactive experience covering the main topics of biological science. Topics range from cell reproduction to the diversity of life. Students also learn about the chemical components of life, the process of energy conversion, and life’s functions. The course explores genetics and evolution, incorporating the latest scientific research. Finally, the course covers ecology to raise students’ awareness of the many challenges and opportunities in the modern biological world. Throughout the course, students complete lab activities that reinforce the material and provide an opportunity to apply their knowledge through interactive experiments and activities.

WORLD LITERATURE II
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In World Literature II, students continue to expand their knowledge of great works of world literature from ancient to modern times. Students study various literary devices including drama, essay, poetry, folktale, epic, and biography. Through their study, students learn how to analyze and respond to the literature in greater depth and gain a greater understanding of how literature reflects changes in language and customs. Students also work to improve their writing skills through reading and analysis, speaking and listening, and the study of grammar and vocabulary. Students learn to use various tools for review and understanding. At the end of this course, students have a knowledge of and appreciation for works of world literature.