Electives

Electives

Additional Course Options

ATTENTION STUDENTS!  Any courses marked with an “*” after the course name require you to complete an Application Form. Please expand courses below to access their specific “Required Application Form” links at the bottom of each course description.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: by Counselor Assignment
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)

As Bishop Kelly embraces one to one learning and the digital age, we would like to offer extended learning opportunities to our students through online learning resources. Students may only consider signing up for a digital course if that course is not currently offered at Bishop Kelly High School. Course descriptions and offerings may be obtained from the counselors.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
First Semester (S1); First Semester (S2)
Course Fee $15/semester
Dual Credit: BSU BUS 101

Are you interested in learning about the world of business? Would you someday like to become an entrepreneur, an accountant, a CEO, or owning your own business?? Then, this is the course for you! Introduction to Business is designed as an introduction to business terminology, concepts and ideas to help you become successful in your future college education or workplace pursuits. This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding of business ownership and/or management. Topics to be covered in this course will be: What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?, How to Start a Successful Business, the different Forms of Business, Business Laws, The Importance of Accounting to a Successful Business, Good Decision-Making Skills, Communication Skills, and Working with Employees. Students will have the opportunity to partner with others to create a new business/non-profit organization. They will create a Business Canvas for this new business and will have the opportunity to present (“Pitch”) their business ideas in front of a professional adult panel. Concurrent enrollment available through Boise State, Business 101.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Second Semester (S2)
Course Fee $15/semester

This course will open students’ eyes to the world of interest identification and subtle communication cues that permeate all personal interactions. The skills and techniques they will learn will give them a metacognitive toolbox to approach difficult interactions and conversations with confidence and assertiveness throughout their lives. The course is project-based and interactive, and students will be assessed in large part on a semester-long portfolio, which includes in-depth reflections of negotiation simulations and real-life applications of concepts learned in the class.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)

This course will provide students with an overview of the fundamental principles of psychology from the perspective of social science. Focusing on the development and understanding of human behavior, the class will study a representative number of those personalities who advanced this science. Students will study the workings of the human psyche and the manner in which it seeks to cope with the ever-changing challenges of a growingly complex world. Personality and adjustment, sensation and perception, social problems and behavior will be among the topics considered.

Grade Level: 12
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)

American Cinema
American Cinema is a student directed course designed to acquaint the student with the main film genres of American cinema and the evolution of those genres in the 20 th century. The genres will include Gangster, Western, War, Horror, Film Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Musical, and Social Commentary. The student will study the formulas that categorize the films in the respective categories by watching a classic older film and comparing it to a newer classic film to see how they adhere or depart from the formula over time. The films will also be studied within the historical context so that students will appreciate cinema from a social iconographic perspective. In addition, students will also view a selection of foreign films from each genre so that they may compare them for their cultural imprint. Students register for “Senior Seminar”

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval/ Application required
Two Semesters (FY)

The primary goal of this course is to train students to a level of competency which will enable them to prepare a school yearbook for publication. Yearbook staff members will learn to design pages with a combination of copy, pictures and graphics that best reflect the history of a year in the life of the school’s students. The secondary goal of the course is to allow the staff to experience the satisfaction of contributing to a team effort, while learning to meet deadlines and learning the art of compromise. All students will be using a digital camera, and all must become adept at working with the publishing software that is the basis for the yearbook’s production. Students gain more value from the experience if they are able to be on the staff for multiple years. Students have leadership opportunities by advancing to editor positions after one year on staff.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Counselor Approval
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Maximum seat count per section: 2

Junior and Senior students may earn one credit per semester with a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation upon successful completion of this course. Working under the supervision of administrative and/or classified staff, participants will engage in a variety of general office tasks which will include, but not be limited to, the following: answering telephones, providing information and/or directions to the public and student body, delivering messages and other activities related to their assigned area. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Librarian/Counselor Approval
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Maximum seat count per section: 2

Junior and Senior students may earn one credit per semester with a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation upon successful completion of this course. Students accepted as library aides will be provided opportunities to work under the supervision of a certified school librarian as they assist in the daily operation of the library. This will include assisting students with technology hardware and software problems. Training will be provided so that students will be able to circulate, shelve, and locate library materials, troubleshoot technology problems, and assist with other projects as they arise. Students may assist classroom teachers with tasks on an as needed basis. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Counselor Approval
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Maximum seat count per section: 2

Junior and Senior students may earn one credit per semester with a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation upon successful completion of this course. Working under the supervision of administrative and/or classified staff, participants will engage in a variety of general office tasks which will include, but not be limited to, the following: answering telephones, providing information and/or directions to the public and student body, delivering messages and other activities related to their assigned area. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Counselor Approval / Technology Instructor approval
First Semester (S1); Second Semester (S2)
Maximum seat count per section: 1

Junior and Senior students may earn one credit per semester with a maximum of two elective credits toward graduation upon successful completion of this course. Students will work in the IT office providing technical support to students/staff as directed by the IT office. This is a one semester pass/fail course.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: by Counselor Assignment and must fit with current BK schedule
Two Semesters (FY)

The Professional Technical Education Program, which is available through the Boise Public Schools, provides Bishop Kelly High School students with limited access to a wide range of available courses. Students interested in the Professional Technical Education Program will need to meet with their counselor to take care of scheduling conflicts. An application must be submitted. Course descriptions may be obtained from the counselors or by visiting the following websites: http://protech.boiseschools.org/

Grade Level: 11,12
Prerequisite: none
First Semester (S1) Second Semester (S2)

Students will learn the basics of personal finance, budgeting, tax preparation, develop a resume, build communication skills and prepare for job interview and so much more that life will bring to them. Students can expect this to be a hands on course with practical application in their daily life. They may even find themselves learning how to change a tire or jump start a vehicle. This is an essential course for any student to help them implement their leadership skills in real world situations, before they enter the “real world”.

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