High School Level Courses

Hawkeye offers high school level courses that may be transferred back to your high school for credit. These independent study courses allow you to schedule and take courses at a pace that is convenient for you.

Course Length

Each course takes approximately 60–75 hours to complete.

Courses taken to be transferred to a high school must be completed in four months.

Courses for Transfer to Your High School

To transfer a course to your high school, you must:

  • Be referred by your high school counselor.
  • Be at least 16 years of age or older or a second semester high school sophomore.
  • Complete the Adult High School Course Permission form [pdf] and have it signed by an official at your high school.

Your high school will determine the number of Hawkeye courses that can be applied toward your diploma and the amount of high school credits you will receive.

To register for courses, contact the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center Assessment Center.

Cost

High School Courses—$150

These high school courses transfer to your high school.

Some courses require a textbook. You must pay an additional $40 refundable textbook deposit.

Courses Offered

We offer courses in the subjects of English, Math, Science, and Social Science.

English Courses
English I
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Plot, Setting, Conflict, and Irony
  • Characterization and Theme
  • Point of View, Narrator and Voice
  • Cause and Effect
  • Autobiography, Memoirs, and Biography
  • Persuasive, Expository, and Descriptive Essays
  • Speech in Writing
  • Editorials
  • Elements of Poetry and Poetic Devices
  • Drama
English II
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Elements of Short Story
  • Writing Science Fiction and Mystery
  • Writing Biography, Autobiography, and Memoirs
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Writing Personal, Expository, and Persuasive Essays
  • Writing Persuasive Speeches
  • Form, Language, Imagery, and Sound Devices in Poetry
  • Drama - Comedy and Tragedy
American Literature
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Early America
  • Genres of Writing
  • American Romanticism (The Transcendentalists)
  • American Romanticism (Gothic Literature)
  • Regionalism and Realism
  • The Modernist Movement
  • Annotated Bibliography
Math
Algebra 1
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Algebraic Expressions and Equations
  • Proportions, Inequalities, and Absolute Values
  • Introduction to Functions
  • Linear Functions and Systems
  • Exponential Properties and Functions
  • Factoring
  • Quadratic, Inverse, and Square Root Functions
  • Statistical Analysis
Geometry
Semester
1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Tools of Geometry
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • Congruent Triangles
  • Relationships Within Triangles
  • Polygons
  • Similarity
  • Right Triangles and Trigonometry
  • Transformations
  • Area
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • Circles
  • Parabolas
  • Probability
Fundamental Math
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Whole Number Operations
  • Order of Operations
  • Fractions/Decimals/Percentages
  • Probabilities (including permutations and combinations)
  • Statistics (mean, median, mode, range, and graphs)
  • Planes, Points, Lines, and Angles
  • Polygons (types of polygons and several properties)
  • Perimeter, Area, and Volume
  • Square Roots
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Absolute Value
  • Integer Operations
  • Basic Graphing
  • Operations using Rational Numbers
  • One- and Two-Step Equations
  • Basic Inequalities
Consumer Math
Semester 1

Focuses on consumer applications of mathematics. It includes problem-solving strategies and alternate methods of computation as well. Basic skills support is provided as needed. Topics covered include: earning money, net pay, personal banking, budgeting, making purchases, and buying food, clothing, and a car.

Consumer Math
Semester 2

Course topics include:

  • public transportation
  • renting an apartment
  • buying a house
  • paying taxes
  • making investments
  • buying insurance
  • using leisure time
  • probability and statistics
Science
Physical Science
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Matter
  • Elements
  • Energy
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity, Circuits, and Resistance
  • Waves
  • Sound
  • Electromagnetic Energy
  • Light, Color, and Lenses
  • Force
  • Motion
  • Machines
  • Resources
General Biology
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Ecology
  • Carbon Compounds
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Cell Transport
  • Cellular Energy
  • Cell Division
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Evolution
General Chemistry
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Matter and The Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Naming Compounds & Lewis Structures
  • Molecular Shapes & Chemical Equations
  • The Mole
  • Stoichiometry
  • Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Gas Laws
  • Mixtures and Solutions
  • Acids and Bases
  • Organic Chemistry
General Physics
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Kinematics
  • Vectors and 2-D Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton's Laws
  • Circular Motion and Gravity
  • Energy
  • Momentum
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Optics
  • Electric Forces
  • DC Electric Circuits
  • Magnetic Forces
Environmental Science
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Earth systems
  • Patterns and processes of Earth
  • Ecosystems
  • Population ecology
  • Conservation
  • Energy
  • Pollution
  • Environmental problems
Social Science
U.S. History
Semester 1

Course topics include:

  • 1877-1940
  • Ideas Behind a New Nation
  • Federal versus State Authority
  • The Death of Lincoln Thru Reconstruction
  • The End of the Western Frontier
  • A New Industrial Age
  • The Immigration Boom
  • The Progressive Era
  • Spanish American War
  • The First World War
  • The Roaring Life of the 1920s
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
U.S. History
Semester 2

Course topics include:

  • 1940 – 21st Century
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • 1960 election
  • Vietnam War
  • An Era of Social Change
  • The Nixon Era and Watergate’s Lasting Impact
  • Turmoil of the 1970s
  • The Reagan and Bush Era
  • Building the Bridge to the 21st Century
  • The United States in Today’s World
U.S. Government
Semester 1

Course topics include:

  • Foundations of Government
  • Historical Foundations
  • Formation of the Constitution
  • Overview of the Constitution
  • Checks and Balances
  • Federalism
  • Bill of Rights and Amendments
  • Supreme Court Cases
  • Political Participation and Political Parties
  • Process of Elections and Influence of Mass Media
  • Public Policy and Interest Groups
Economics
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Scarcity, Markets, Supply, and Demand
  • GDP, Inflation, and Unemployment
  • Aggregate Supply and Demand
  • Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • Inflation and Unemployment
  • Trade
  • Currency
  • Competition
Geography
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Climate
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • North, Middle, and South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
Health Literacy
High School Health
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Physical Fitness
  • How your body works
  • Understanding Disease
  • Drugs and Medicines
  • Adolescence
  • First Aid
  • Hygiene and Healthcare
Social and Emotional Learning
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Developing positive attitudes in daily living and positive responses in challenging situations
  • Physical activity and fitness, including healthy eating, healthy habits, and a long-term exercise program
  • Insights and perspectives that encourage and empower students to make physically and emotionally beneficial life-choices
Technology Literacy
Mastering Microsoft Excel
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Working with Data & Excel Tables
  • Performing Calculations on Data
  • Changing Workbook Appearance
  • Focusing on Specific Data by Using Filters
  • Reordering and Summarizing Data
  • Combining Data from Multiple Sources
  • Analyzing Alternative Data Sets
  • Creating Dynamic Worksheets by Using PivotTables
  • Creating Charts and Graphics
  • Printing
  • Automating Repetitive Tasks by Using Macros
  • Working with Other Microsoft Office Programs
  • Collaborating with Colleagues
Financial Literacy
Personal Finance
Semester 1

Course topics include:

  • Fundamental economic principles
  • How to find a job, including resume preparation
  • Factors that affect income
  • Budgeting and spending
  • Planning for taxes
  • How to prepare a tax return and other tax forms
  • Income vs. net worth
  • Choosing a bank
  • Debit cards and ATMs
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Credit management
  • Interest rates
  • Credit card management
  • Loans and mortgages
  • Credit laws that protect consumers
  • Avoiding scams and identity theft
  • Saving and investing
Employability Skills
Investigating Careers
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts and Communication
  • Business and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Human Service
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail and Wholesale Sales and Service
  • Scientific Research, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
College and Career Readiness
Semester 1 and 2

Course topics include:

  • Preparing Your Path for Success
  • Discovering Career Choice Influences
  • Understanding Yourself
  • Looking into the Future
  • Planning Your Internal Career Design
  • Setting Goals
  • Understanding Finances
  • Going from Here to Your Career
  • Applying and Interviewing for a Job

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