Independence High School Course Listings
Planning Guides & Course Offerings
All courses listed in the Program of Study require a sufficient number of student registrants in order to be offered during the year. If there is not sufficient interest in a particular course, it may not be provided during the upcoming year. Many of the classes have recommendations that are listed prior to the course description.
CCTE Course Offerings
Year 1: Architectural & Engineering Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Architectural & Engineering Design II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Architectural & Engineering Design III (Dual Enrollment option) – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Architectural & Engineering Design III – 12th grade
Architectural & Engineering Design III is offered for two credits over two years. One credit with Architecture concentration and one credit with Engineering concentration.
Architectural & Engineering Design III: Engineering is offered as Dual Enrollment through MTSU .
Year 1: Criminal Justice I – 10th grade
Year 2: Criminal Justice II – 11th grade
Year 3: Criminal Justice III – 12th grade
Students in the Digital Arts & Design program of study will develop skills and knowledge in graphic design, computer art and illustration, photography, digital imaging, interactive design, animation and motion graphics, 3D character design, and multimedia. Using a state of the art iMac lab complete with Adobe Creative Cloud software, drawing tablets, digital cameras, studio lighting, a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, and a 3D printer, students will create real world projects while developing their professional portfolio. After the first year course where students are introduced to many fields of Digital Arts & Design, students may begin to concentrate in one area including design, illustration, photography, animation or choose a more broad combination of these areas of study. Please see information about different concentrations within this program of study on the list of Programs of Study at IHS.
Year 1: Digital Arts & Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Digital Arts & Design II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Digital Arts & Design III (Dual Enrollment & AP option) – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Applied Arts Practicum – 12th grade
- Students may receive Fine Arts credit for DAD I upon completion of three courses in Digital Arts & Design.
- Students may receive college credit if they submit their final DAD III Studio Art 2D portfolio to AP.
- Students may receive 3 FREE college credits in DAD III through the MTSU Dual Enrollment option.
- Dual Credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College or Nossi College of Art. Students earning Dual Credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the exam/portfolio review. Students earning Dual Credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
Year 1: Early Childhood Education Careers I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Early Childhood Education Careers II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Early Childhood Education Careers III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Teaching as a Profession – 12th grade
- Early Childhood Education Careers II is two credits / two class periods.
- Teaching as a Profession can be taken without prerequisites as an elective.
- Early Childhood III is an Industry Certification aligned course. Participating students will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam. .50 quality points are added to the students GPA.
Year 1: TV and Film Production I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: TV and Film Production II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: TV and Film Production III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: TV and Film Production III – 12th grade
- TV and Film Production III is offered for two credits over two years.
- Dual enrollment from MTSU is offered for post-secondary credit for TV/Film III.
The Marketing program of study is designed to prepare students for employment in a career where learned techniques and strategies are used to convey ideas and information through marketing communications. This program of study will also prepare students who want to start, own, and operate their own business. Subject matter is arranged around sequenced, progressive courses that provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of marketing systems and how they are utilized in sales, advertising, public relations, and other marketing services. Course content centers on concepts in business, finance, and marketing; social responsibility and ethics; the marketing mix; economics; market research; product development; and the role of marketing in business. Proficient students will understand selling; branding; packaging; labeling; purchasing; pricing; advertising; promotional concepts; and business financing. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local Career and Technical Student Organization competitions and through opportunities in work-based learning.
- Year 1:Marketing & Management I: Principles – 10th grade
- Year 2:Event Planning & Management / Sports & Entertainment focus – 11th grade
- Year 3:Entrepreneurship– 12th grade
- Year 4:Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum – 12th grade
Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the challenge exam. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments.
Consider looking at further information on the IHS JROTC Program, such as calendars, photos of recent events and leadership information.
Year 1: JROTC LET I– any 1st year student
Year 2: JROTC LET II– any 2nd year student
Year 3: JROTC LET III – any 3rd year student
Year 4: JROTC LET IV – any 4th year student
After 2 years students will receive credit for P.E. and Wellness
After 3 years students will receive credit for Personal Finance and U.S. Government. Students who choose to go into the military after high school will enter as either an E-2 or E-3 depending on the branch of service they choose.
Students may also compete for 3 and 4 year scholarships to any university they can gain entrance to and that has a SROTC program. They may also apply for one of the JROTC nominations to the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA).
In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:
JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
STEM Camps: a one week college residential program at STEM labs interacting with college-level professors and graduate and undergraduate students.
JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
School Scheduling Policy
Independence High School follows a schedule which allows students to take six credits and a directed study each year. With teacher/counselor recommendation and course availability, students may take an additional class for a total of seven credits per year.
Students are expected to take the classes for which they have registered. Changes in schedules will be considered only under special circumstances. All students requesting a class change must fill out the Class Change Request Form and obtain the permission of a parent, teachers, a counselor, and an administrator. Students will not be allowed to enter full-year courses at the end of the first semester unless they are making up deficiencies. Students who drop a course after the third week of the semester may receive a zero for that class in that semester.