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

The Architectural & Engineering Design program of study prepares students for a variety of engineering and design professions including architectural, civil, and mechanical design. Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills by identifying the relationship between available resources and requirements of a project/problem to accomplish realistic planning. As they progress through the program of study, students create design solutions for increasingly sophisticated problem sets, presenting information through various modes of visual communication such as drawing, rendering, 3D modeling and Virtual Reality in combination with verbal and written communication. Students will compile all work each year to create a portfolio displaying skills and software mastered.

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 .

Law Enforcement Services prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Course content emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management to the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with strong knowledge and skill preparation for post-secondary or career opportunities in many law-enforcement and justice related fields.

Year 1: Criminal Justice I – 10th grade
Year 2: Criminal Justice II – 11th grade
Year 3: Criminal Justice III – 12th grade

  • Dual enrollment is offered for post-secondary credit.

Digital Arts & Design

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.

Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for careers working with young children. Course content covers brain development, theories of education, the components of curriculum planning, student learning, screening and assessing, and many other skills related to teaching. Upon completion of this program of study, students will have had the opportunity to work alongside educators in internship experiences, compile artifacts for a professional portfolio, and graduate prepared for further training at the postsecondary level. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions and work-based learning.

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.

The Film/TV Production program of study is designed for students interested in a range of entertainment and news media fields. Course content centers on production of various television, cinema, radio, and other audio and video products, including commercials, music, news, interactive programming, and film. Students complete all phases of the production process including planning, coordinating, capturing, editing, and distributing productions. Topics include but are not limited to concept creation, scripting, interviewing, budgeting, scheduling, set design, engineering, field and studio production, and editing, and, as well operating production equipment such as cameras, lights, and audio equipment. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be prepared to seek employment or advanced training as an audio and video equipment technician, camera operator, film and video editor, multimedia artist and animator, broadcast technician, and many other careers in entertainment and media.

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.

Marketing I & II

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.


The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

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.