•  Spirit
    Academic Overview
    English
    • Creative Writing
    • English I-IV
    • Humanities
    • Reading
    Mathematics
    • Algebra I-III
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Pre Calculus
    • Statistics
    Science
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Aquatic Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Forensics
    • Physics
    Social Sciences
    • Economics
    • Government
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • US History
    • World Geography
    • World History
    Fine Arts
    World Languages
    Special Education
    Career & Technology (CATE)
    • Animal Science
    • Apparel
    • Architect & Engineering Graphics
    • Business Computer and Information System (BCIS)
    • Business Image Management & Multimedia
    • Business Law
    • Business Management
    • Career Connections
    • Communication Systems
    • Computer Applications
    • Construction Systems
    • Criminal Justice
    • Electronics
    • Equine Science
    • Food Science
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Horticulture
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Metal Fabrication
    • Parenting & Child Development
    • ROTC
    • Technology Systems
    • Wildlife
    Health & P.E.
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Dance
    • Health
    • P.E.

    Spirit Course Information 
    Math

    At least three credits of mathematics are required for all high school students to receive a diploma. The sequence of mathematics courses should be based on the student's strengths and interests in mathematics, how many math courses will be taken, and the student's college and/or career plans.

    Science
    The Denton ISD's secondary science program has recently undergone a major restructuring process for the purpose of:
    (1) broadening the scope, availability, and selection of science courses for all students,
    (2) strengthening the college preparatory/Advanced Placement science courses,
    (3) designing all science courses around teaching strategies that develop a strong conceptual foundation of the discipline before moving to more complex content, and
    (4) reawakening the excitement and creativity students should experience when exploring science.

    Three science credits are required as a minimum for the high school program. The overall science program provides students with manipulative laboratory skills and critical thinking and analytical skills as well as opportunities to use problem solving strategies.

    All of the disciplines will focus on helping students to live effectively in today's world, answer questions about the physical environment, and to be better prepared to evaluate the issues of our modern technological society.

    Social Sciences
    Four credits of social studies are required for graduation. The social studies curriculum is designed to aid students in the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be responsible, contributing citizens in our society. Courses provide students an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to be independent, open-minded citizens capable of making informed decisions.
    English Language Arts
    The English Language Arts Program gives students extensive instruction in the writing process, literature study, vocabulary development, English mechanics and usage, reading comprehension, and research skills. Students gain an appreciation of their literary heritage through studies of world, British, and American literature. Students develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking as well s an understanding and appreciation of literature. Vocabulary growth is enhanced through extensive reading, direct instruction, and the study of literature. All students will complete four units of English language arts.
    World  Languages
    The World Languages Department offers courses in the following world languages: ASL 1-4, French 1-4, German 1-4, Latin 1-4, Spanish 1-5.
    The goal of these courses is to help students to communicate with other speakers of the same language being studied through oral and written expression. The first two years of language study are devoted to the acquisition of the fundamental skills of communication. The courses integrate language with history, culture, daily life, community, health and our environment so that the language is taught in context and the students learn the importance of differentiating between speaking in formal and informal settings.
    The Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses offered encompass levels 1-3. Because our heritage speakers know how to speak the language already, the focus of this program is to improve their reading and writing skills. Therefore, students focus on reading literature and writing about it as well as perfecting their grammar skills.
    To enhance all students' learning of the world language chosen, authentic audio, visual, digital and written materials are used. At present DHS has two analog language labs and we expect two digital labs within the next two years.
     
    Career & Technology (CATE)
    Career and Technology Education courses are designed to prepare students for entering the world of work through the development of necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Many students choose to further their education by attending a college or university or a trade/technical school. Career education can assist these students by providing them with a means for gainful employment while attending post-secondary education/training. Career and Technology classes include instruction in occupational specific skills, communication, leadership, life skills, and knowledge for improving home and family living. Introductory level semester courses are open to students in grades 9-12. Cluster courses are open to students in grades 10-12.
    Physical Education-Health
    The Physical Education Department offers students an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities which stress lifetime fitness programs.
    Computer Science & Business Education
    In keeping with the belief that business is a part of everyone's daily life, the district offers courses designed to meet a variety of life's needs. These needs include: preparation for entry-level jobs in business; preparation for students who plan to major n business at the college level; preparation for college classes requiring note taking and properly formatted term papers; and preparation for the handling of personal finances, budgeting, and consumerism. Skills for personal use are stressed in speed writing, computing and keyboarding. All courses are designed to develop understanding, skill, and competency in the subject matter.
    Air Force ROTC
    The AFJROTC program is designed to acquaint secondary school students with the aerospace age, develop informed citizens, strengthen character, promote patriotism, develop an understanding of the role of the citizen airman in a democratic society, and motivate students for careers in aerospace. There is no military obligation involved in taking this elective. The wearing of the USAF uniform one day a week is required of all cadets. Young men must keep their hair cut to military standards. ROTC Summer Leadership is available for credit. More specific course and department information: AFJROTC website
    Special Education
    Within the realm of special education, the courses and programs available are based primarily on the instructional arrangements and the learning needs of the students. In all instances the students are placed through an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee decision in the most appropriate and least restrictive environment.