New Course Offerings for 2023-2024

FCS is pleased to announce the following additions to our high school curriculum for the 2023-2024 school year.

Overview of New Course Offerings for 2023-2024:

Dual-Enrollment Spanish –
This intermediate-level course is offered through Richard Bland College (Span 201 & Span 202) at an additional fee. The communicative approach is integral to this course, and students are required to communicate in the target language. Students gain exposure through diverse formats and engage with the Spanish-speaking culture via a variety of media and outside projects. Students who complete the course and earn a least a C for the year will be awarded 5 college credits. This is a weighted class, and a prerequisite applies.

Digital Design 1 –
Topics covered include graphic design, audio production, video production, and web design. Students will gain hands-on experience with industry-standard software and equipment. The basic elements of art will also be covered, and this class may count as a Fine Arts credit. A prerequisite applies.

Entrepreneur/Business Skills –
This comprehensive course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to create a conceptual enterprise and bring it to market using Design Thinking. Topics include the development of a business plan as well as hands-on experience with logo design, marketing materials, customer databases, budgets, web page design, and more.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity –
This course prepares students with the crucial skills needed to be responsible citizens in the digital world. Students will learn foundational cybersecurity topics such as networking fundamentals, software security, system administration, and the basics of cryptography and programming. Upon completion of the course, students may opt to complete the Cybersecurity 1 Certification Exam. A prerequisite applies.

Introduction to Programming in Python 3 –
Students will be taught the foundations of computer science and basic programming with an emphasis on logical thinking and problem-solving skills. At the conclusion of the course, students may choose to complete the Python 1 Certification Exam. A prerequisite applies.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Sem 1); Data Science (Sem 2) –
During the first semester, students will learn how to incorporate basic AI algorithms in their own work and consider the social and ethical implications of how AI is used. The focus of the second semester will be equipping students with the essential skills used by data scientists, which include data collection, cleanup, transformation, analysis, and visualization. A prerequisite applies.

Criminal Justice –
The police, court system, and corrections will be the focus of this course. Crime in America today and special issues will also be topics of study. Students will develop critical thinking and communication skills as they explore various topics, historical background, and current law enforcement practices.