Course Descriptions


Algebra I

Algebra 1 at DECA is a high school credit aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Topics in Algebra 1 are expanded upon from previous years. These topics include: equations, inequalities, functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, exponential functions, data analysis and probability.


The skills you learned in Algebra 1 will be revisited, reinforced, and applied throughout the year. Geometry at DECA is a proof-based course that requires intense reasoning skills. Topics covered include: mathematical processes, logic, proof, points, lines, planes, space, polygons, circles, solids, similarity, congruence, area, perimeter, lateral area, surface area, volume, coordinate geometry, and introduction to trigonometry.

Algebra II

Algebra 2 at DECA is aligned to Quality Core ACT Standards. Topics include: series, sequences, linear equations and inequalities, matrices, functions, relations, conics, quadratic equations, inequalities, and functions, polynomials, rational and radical expressions and equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, probability, and data analysis.


Pre-Calculus at DECA is aligned to Quality Core ACT Standards. Topics include: functions, graphs, and their transformations, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, matrices, vectors, polar coordinates, conics, sequences, series, data relations, probability, and statistics.


Calculus at DECA is based upon the AP Calculus College Board. Students will explore the key concepts, methods, applications of single-variable calculus including: functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP exam at the end of the year.




Biology is a yearlong course that covers introductory biology including cell theory, genetics, life processes, and introductory botany. In addition, an introduction to chemistry focusing on macromolecules, bonding, and the biodiversity of animals.  Students apply their science skills in these areas by utilizing sensors, reading scientific articles, and engaging in critical thinking design projects.

Physical Science

This is a year long course that studies the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy and motion.  This course is intended to prepare students for their future studies in science at DECA. Topics investigated in this course are matter, motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, electricity and the history of the universe.


This is a rigorous laboratory course covering the chemistry content recommended by ACT Quality Core standards to ensure students are "college ready". Topics include, but are not limited to atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, aqueous solutions, the gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding theory, and intermolecular forces. Mathematical and analytical skills are utilized, in addition to data acquisition in the form of labs. Students' skills in writing scientifically and reading scientific literature are also reinforced in this class.


In this course students will learn about the three main branches of classical physics: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and waves.  The course is designed to adequately prepare students for a college level physics class.  The course is highly recommended for any student that is thinking about pursuing a major in science, engineering or math, and suggested for any student going to college.

Anatomy and Physiology

This anatomy and physiology course features the study of the structure and function of human beings.  This class will provide students with adequate information about body systems and how their lifestyle’s can affect these systems.  Topics that are covered in this course include: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, and Reproductive Systems.  Also, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology are connected to these topics.  The laboratory aspect of this course consists of experiments that stress experimental design, data collections, and graphical analysis.


In this course students will learn about the universe and our exploration of the skies.  From our solar system to our galaxy to the edge of the universe, students will be delving into the well-established ideas as well as the ongoing research.

Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Engineering is offered as a quarter-long course for high school freshman. In this course students will be learn about the engineering design process and apply this knowledge to a real-world problem right here in school.  Students will also cover basic skills for science and the engineering.


Social Studies

World History

The World History course is based on the Modern World History Model Curriculum and begins in the Enlightenment period of the 1600s and takes students through the present. Throughout their journey, students will explore and analyze the cause and effect relationships that have caused the world to become what it is today. Further, this course will introduce students to the skills necessary to be a student of history, culminating is a research project that requires students to analyze the growth of human rights in the modern era. This course is designed to be the bedrock of all other social studies courses offered at DECA.

American History

The American History course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present by adhering to the High School American History Model Curriculum. By studying events that have challenged American security and expanded the rights American citizen, students will understand the impact of such events on citizens today. Units of study include industrialism, the World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and Post-Cold War transition. There is a focus on the use of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills to interpret and analyze primary and secondary sources to determine the causes and effects of key events.


Sociology is a course that studies human society and social behavior. Positive human relationships are an essential part of a civilized society and how we interact with each other is important so that we can find answers to questions and solve problems in our world. “Sociology teaches us to look at life in a scientific, systematic way.” The way that we view the world comes from what we learn in our everyday activities. “The values, beliefs, lifestyles of those around us, as well as historic events help to mold us into unique individuals who have varied outlooks on social reality.” This course deals with the social atmosphere that helps to make us who we are and how we behave. Sociology will cover topics such as culture, violence, deviance, social control, socialization and personality, group behavior, social class, and social institutions. The key component of this course is to study ourselves and the society that influences our behavior.


This course focuses on individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphases will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood and adolescence, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders. The fundamental questions of “Why do people behave the way that they do in certain situations?” and “How can people change their behaviors?” will be addressed during the course. Students will gain a better understanding of human behavior by examining how people learn and develop, how our minds operate, what factors effect behavior and how human behavior and interaction is affected by society.


This course will explore the basic foundations of US government and how they are still applied today. We will take an in-depth look at the US Constitution in almost every unit that is covered. Major topics that will be covered during this course include: 1st Amendment, origins of US government, the Constitution and individual rights, legislative branch, executive branch, judicial branch, federalism, economic policy, foreign policy, and elections.


This course examines the ability of individuals to use knowledge and skills to manage limited financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial security. The course covers topics such as taxes, working and earning, financial responsibility, and credit management.

Mock Trial

This course is designed to prepare students to compete at a high level in the Ohio Mock Trial Competition. The competition is a state wide educational program created by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The program teaches students about their constitutional rights as they learn about court proceedings and the judicial system. Most importantly, students greatly enhance their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Current Events

Current Events is offered as a quarter-long course for high school freshmen. The course features an ever-changing based on the current happenings in the world. Students will be encouraged to explore news articles, videos, and other media outlets to understand not only the event itself, but also the history and background that led up to it. This course will be designed to reinforce many of the skills associated with the Social Studies and Language Arts classrooms.


Language Arts

Language Arts I

This course provides introductory instruction to the writing process and writing conventions at the high school. The course also studies and practices reading comprehension skills including critical thinking, literary analysis, and genre comparisons. Students will also study genres of literature including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.

Language Arts II

This course’s primary goal is to reinforce the reading and writing skills learned in Language Arts I. Being able to draw meaning from both literature and informational text is a vital academic and life skill. Of equal importance is being able to create meaning through various forms of writing. To those ends, students will be examining a wide variety of American Literature in complete or excerpted form.

Students will also be challenged to read informational texts and scholarly articles in conjunction with literature. Students will be writing analytical essays of many sorts that integrate informational texts into their analysis. Students will begin with the standard five-paragraph essay, but expand into writing comparative, persuasive, literary analysis, cultural/historical pieces, and beyond.

Students will also hone their research-writing skills during the course of the year by completing several research papers and projects that examine topics across the curriculum. Students will frequently be given the opportunity to workshop their writing in class, fine-tuning their work in conjunction with their peers and their teacher.

Language Arts III

LA 3 is a literature class that begins to transition students from high-school level to college-level  reading and writing.  In this course students read canonical texts and work on enhancing their ability to analyze complex ideas over the course of these texts.  Students use technology and various forms of discussion to make meaning of these upper-level texts.  They also write essays of increasing length as they sharpen their ability to organize analytical arguments and research claims.  Additionally, students work on their ability to formulate upper-level questions and conduct scholarly research to find answers.  Units include Greek Mythology, Protest Fiction, and Shakespearean tragedies.

Language Arts IV

LA 4 is a Literature class that helps to transition students from high school-level to college-level reading and writing. The intention of this course is to encourage critical-thinking, improve analytic writing and extended response skills, as well as familiarize students with college-level literature.  Students will engage texts in a critical manner, focusing on how social and historical elements contributed to the writing of, and impact the reading of the texts.  In addition, students will begin writing an autobiography to be used fro Gateway 6.  Units include: Memoir Writing, Introduction to Close Reading, Perspectives and Comparisons, African American Literature and Drama, and Literary Analysis.

Introduction to Journalism

Introduction to Journalism is offered as a quarter-long course for high school freshmen.  In this course, we will study the principles and practices of journalism as well as journalism's role in a society. We will explore journalism's impact on public policy, private lives, and the increasing role of citizens within the context of the multimedia. We will cover news, feature, and profile writing, cultural commentary, op-ed, and narrative journalism. The fundamental skills of a journalist will be introduced, including research and interviewing, fact-checking and attribution will be learned. News decision making, newsroom operations, reporting, writing, editing will also be addressed. A significant amount of writing and editing will also be assigned.


Journalism builds upon the foundational skills learned in Introduction to Journalism.  Students study everything from ethical issues in journalism to newsroom operations to the influence of social media on journalism.  Students analyze and evaluate a great deal of effective writing as they learn to craft various journalistic pieces according to AP style.  In addition to studying the field of journalism, analyzing effective pieces, and composing well-written articles, students publish both print and electronic school newspapers.

Media Studies

Media Studies is an elective course that encourages students to engage with popular media critically.  Students will watch films, listen to historically and culturally important music, as well as read literature that inspired, or was inspired by film and music.  In addition, students will read and study informational texts pertaining to popular media, and how to come to a more academic understanding of the way media functions in our lives.


Typical Course Progression @ DECA

First Year

LA 1
World History
Algebra I
Spanish I

Second Year

LA 2
Physical Science
American History
Spanish II

Third Year 

LA 3
Algebra II
Sinclair Classes 

Fourth Year 

LA 4
Sinclair Classes 


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