Please review the information below for an overview of the core, advanced placement, and elective courses offered at Northside. You can use the information below to help guide your core, elective, and AP choices.

Advanced Placement Academic Pathways (AP)

Northside High School offers a wide range of AP classes to challenge students and provide them with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The rigor of these AP courses will help to prepare students to rise to the demands and expectations in college.

In each course, you’ll investigate materials, processes, and ideas. You’ll make works of art and design by practicing, experimenting, and revising, and you will communicate your ideas about art and design through written and visual expression

Prerequisites: students must have completed Visual Arts Comprehensive I – IV or obtained a teacher recommendation if they are a junior in Level III with exceptional proficiency.

Pathway:

AP 2D Art & Design
AP 3D Art & Design
AP Drawing

AP Art History

Explore the history of art across the globe from prehistory to the present. You’ll analyze works of art through observation, discussion, reading, and research.

Prerequisite – have an interest inar t and completion of previous AP classes is preferred

 

AP English Language

Learn about the elements of argument and composition as you develop your critical reading and writing skills. You’ll read and analyze nonfiction works from various periods and write essays with different aims: for example, to explain an idea, argue a point, or persuade your reader of something.

  • Honors courses in both 9th and 10th grade better prepare students for AP Lang.; they are highly recommended but not mandatory. 
  • Due to the rigor, speed, and content of AP Lang., a teacher recommendation from your current ELA teacher is required

 

AP English Literature

Learn how to understand and evaluate works of fiction, poetry, and drama from various periods and cultures. You’ll read literary works and write essays to explain and support your analysis of them.

  • Honors courses in both 9th and 10th grade better prepare students for AP Lang.; they are highly recommended but not mandatory. 

Due to the rigor, speed, and content of AP Lang., a teacher recommendation from your current ELA teacher is required

AP Human Geography

Explore how humans have understood, used, and changed the surface of Earth. You’ll use the tools and thinking processes of geographers to examine patterns of human population, migration, and land use.

Prerequisites –a recommendation from a Social Studies teacher

AP Macroeconomics

Explore the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. You’ll use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

Prerequisites – strong math student, must have completed Algebra II

AP Psychology

Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion, and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies.

AP United States Government and Politics

Study the key concepts and institutions of the political system and culture of the United States. You’ll read, analyze, and discuss the U.S. Constitution and other documents as well as complete a research or applied civics project.

Prerequisites – Honors Civics is preferred

Recommendation- If rising junior: it would be helpful to take APUSH alongside AP Gov. If rising senior: it would be helpful that they took APUSH their junior year instead of regular US

AP United States History

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Prerequisites – preferable if already have taken AP World History or AP Human Geography.

Students who have not completed either of these courses can only take the course with a favorable recommendation from their 10th grade Social Studies teacher

AP World History

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the world from c. 1200 CE to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

Prerequisite – Recommendation from current Social Studies teacher

Explore how humans have understood, used, and changed the surface of Earth. You’ll use the tools and thinking processes of geographers to examine patterns of human population, migration, and land use.

Prerequisites –a recommendation from a Social Studies teacher

AP Biology

Study the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena.

Prerequisites – Honors Biology or A in regular Biology with a proficient GMAS score

AP Chemistry

Learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry including structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, and reactions. You’ll do hands-on lab investigations and use chemical calculations to solve problems.

Prerequisites – Honors Chemistry AND Algebra 2 with a B or higher grade

AP Environmental Science

Explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made. You’ll take part in laboratory investigations and field work.

Prerequisites – Honors Biology or A in regular Biology with a proficient GMAS score

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Learn about the foundational principles of physics as you explore Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate phenomena.

Prerequisites – Algebra 2 with a B or higher grade

AP Calculus AB

Explore the concepts, methods, and applications of differential and integral calculus. You’ll work to understand the theoretical basis and solve problems by applying your knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites – Pre-calculus or Accelerated pre-calculus is needed. 

AP Calculus BC

Explore the concepts, methods, and applications of differential and integral calculus, including topics such as parametric, polar, and vector functions, and series. You’ll perform experiments and investigations and solve problems by applying your knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites – Pre-calculus or Accelerated pre-calculus is needed.  Those who excelled in pre-calc will be recommended for the BC course.

AP Statistics

Learn about the major concepts and tools used for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. You’ll explore statistics through discussion and activities, and you’ll design surveys and experiments.

Prerequisites – Algebra II and teacher recommendations from the following:

Accelerated Geometry/Algebra 2 – Lang

Honors Algebra 2 – Buchanan

Accelerated Pre-Cal – Gillis

Career Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) Pathways

Students must complete three units in a pathway, and take an end of pathway assessment to complete a CTAE pathway.

Drawing and design is the process of turning ideas of how things should be constructed into technical drawings.  These drawings provide visual guidelines such as dimensions, materials to be used, and procedures to be followed to build everything from manufactured products such as spacecraft, automobiles, and industrial machinery and structures.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Introduction to Drafting and Design
  2. Architectural Drawing and Design I
  3. Architectural Drawing and Design II

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Learn about the fashion industry.  Students in this pathway are offered the opportunity to learn about fashion history, fashion forecasting and promotion,  the textile (fabric) industry, the fashion design, and manufacturing industry, and the customer service and retail industry.  By the end of the third level, all students earn their Nocti retail readiness certification.  Want to be involved in the annual fashion show or work in the school store?  This is the pathway for you.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Marketing Principles
  2. Fashion, Merchandising, and Retail Essentials
  3. Advanced Fashion, Merchandising, and Retailing

 

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

This pathway is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA® 1001, Fire Fighter I. After completing this pathway, the student will be able to sit for the exam to certify as a Firefighter I per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) 1001.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security (focus on Firefighting)
  2. Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services
  3. Applications of Firefighting

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Sports medicine healthcare providers have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are experts in preventing illness and injury in active people. Sports medicine healthcare providers can work with professional athletes, children, teens involved in sports, and adults who exercise for personal fitness. Plus, they treat people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction workers and factory workers.

Students in the sports medicine program will learn about how healthcare as a whole works, human anatomy, and physiology, diseases/pathology of the body, as well as how to prevent, treat, and work with injured patients. Students will learn about patient injury rehabilitation, as well as prevention, bracing and taping techniques, and many other hands-on opportunities.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Introduction to Healthcare Science
  2. Essentials of Healthcare
  3. Sports Medicine

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a leadership education program.This program will help students build a strong knowledge base of self discovery and leadership skills applicable to many leadership and managerial situations.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Army Leadership I
  2. Army Leadership II
  3. Army leadership III
  4. Army leadership IV

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Careers in marketing communications and promotions coordinate market research, market strategies, sales, advertising, promotions, pricing, product development, and public relations activities.  Career opportunities available in this field include advertising managers, account executives, creative directors, etc.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Marketing Principles
  2. Promotion and Professional Sales
  3. Marketing Communications Essentials

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Those working in the food and nutrition field help people lead healthier lives through a balanced diet.  These people plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Food Nutrition and Wellness
  2. Food for Life
  3. Food Science

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

Teaching as a Profession students study, apply, and practice the use of current technologies, effective teaching and learning strategies, the creation of an effective learning environment, the creation of instructional opportunities for diverse learners and students with special needs, and plan instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, community, and curriculum performance standards.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Examining the Teaching Profession I
  2. Contemporary Issues in Education
  3. Teaching as a Practicum

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

This pathway, with HTML and CSS as its foundation, will teach students to develop and design responsive websites through coding, testing, debugging, and implementation of web-based services.  This pathway will allow students to learn about content management systems, client-side languages, server-side languages, and database concepts.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Introduction to Software Technology
  2. Computer Science Principles
  3. Web Development

For more information on career opportunities after high school, click here.

 

Fine Arts Pathways

Students must complete three units in a pathway, to complete a Fine Arts pathway.

Theatre Arts Music Theater I

Introduces the style and characteristic elements of modern musical theater. Covers production staging, orchestration, voice, and dance; offers an opportunity for team teaching through interdisciplinary collaboration with the chorus, band, art, technology, physical education, and dance instructors. Offers opportunity for performance.

Theatre Arts/ Tech Theater I

Introduces technical considerations of play production; covers properties, lighting and settings, program, box office, marketing, management, make-up and costumes.

Theatre Arts/Fundamentals

Dramatic Arts/Fundamentals I and serves as a prerequisite for other theater/drama courses. Develops and applies performance skills through access to basic vocal, physical and emotional exercises; includes improvisation and scene study and related technical art forms

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Theater Arts/ Fundamentals I
  2. Theater Arts/ Fundamentals II
  3. Acting I OR Technical Theater I

OR

  1. Theater Arts/ Fundamentals I
  2. Acting I
  3. Acting II

OR

  1. Theater Arts/ Fundamentals I
  2. Music Theater I
  3. Music Theater II

OR

  1. Theater Arts/ Fundamentals I
  2. Technical Theater I
  3. Technical Theater II

Visual Arts Comprehensive I is an introductory level art course that covers fundamentals of composition, drawing, the elements of art, and principles of design.  Critical thinking about art criticism, history, and aesthetics is integrated into each level of the program.  The audacious goals of Level I are to set not only set a foundation for growth in drawing and two-dimensional media, but also to foster a deeper appreciation that can empower students to be lifelong patrons of the visual arts.  Most importantly, students in Level I will investigate and illustrate a chosen career in the visual arts.  This not only strengthens student self-awareness but facilitates long-range planning beyond graduation.

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Visual Arts I
  2. Visual Arts II
  3. Visual Arts III, IV, or AP

Courses Offered

Intermediate Choir
Men’s Choir
Advanced Women’s Choir
Mixed Choir

Courses Offered

Intermediate Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra

Beginning Guitar

Beginning guitar is a year-long course that will teach the playing of the beginning guitar. This course fulfills one of the graduation requirements for a fine arts elective by the Georgia State Department of Education. This class was designed to give students a basic overview of the guitar with emphasis on the various technique of performance as well as fundamental concepts of music theory and practice. This class meets 3rd period. We offer students a chance to continue with this class as a pathway and students with experience in reading and playing music on the guitar can meet 1st period to continue this pathway.

Intermediate Band

The Concert band is an intermediate ensemble/performance-oriented music class. The classes are chosen by score results from the preliminary audition for band classes at the end of the previous school year. Students in these classes are exposed to elements of music history, music theory, and music performance while participating in band performances. Students learn various aspects of solo playing and ensemble playing in a number of musical styles. Musical compositions studied in the course are generally of a grade 2-4 difficulty level (based on the GMEA scale of 1-6)

Advanced Percussion

This class is designed to further the technique of the percussionist on all related instruments. Whereas the other instrumental class would require percussionists to sit and wait for long periods of time, this class allows students to play and perform for the entire class session. This class for the first 9 weeks deals with primarily marching percussion and the rest of the school year will focus more on percussion ensemble music. This class performs at all football games, the NHS Winter Concert, Solo and Ensemble adjudication, and our Spring Concert.

Advanced Band

The Symphonic Band is an advanced ensemble and performance class that follows much of the same guidelines as the Intermediate band. The major difference being in the difficulty level of the materials studied. The Symphonic Band’s repertoire consists of literature played at the Grade 4-6 difficulty. The numbers of positions in each group are established prior to the fall audition. Freshman students have just as much a chance of obtaining a principal chair as a senior. Moreover, being an upperclassman does not guarantee a spot in these performing groups either. The Symphonic Band Classes are designed to be a logical continuation of music education for a student coming from the Intermediate Band Class. Symphonic Band students are required to try out for District III Honor Band. All other elements of this class follow the same requirements given for the Concert Band Classes.

Foreign Language Pathway

Students interested in attending a University System of Georgia college/university must complete two years of the same foreign language to be admissible as a freshman.

Develop your Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in Spanish and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.

Prerequisites – teacher recommendation or coming to NHS from another school/district with a grade of 80 or higher in Spanish 4

Pathway Courses (must be taken in order):

  1. Spanish I
  2. Spanish II
  3. Spanish III or IV or AP

Registration Forms

Below, you can to view registration forms by grade level.

9th Grade Registration Presentation
Current 8th/ Rising 9th Graders
Current 9th/ Rising 10th Graders
Current 10th/ Rising 11th Graders
Current 11th/ Rising 12th Graders

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