Academic and Operational Plan The vision of the Board will be fully realized in the establishment of a high school whose purpose and mission is to provide the best education possible in terms of preparation for the world beyond high school, including success in college and the world of work, national and global citizenship and competitiveness, and community involvement. Number of Credits Areas of Study 1 course credit in: Basic Research and Study Skills (required freshman course) 4 course credits in English: English I, II, III, IV 4 course credits in Math: [Integrated] Math I, II, III and either Integrated Math IV or another advanced math course requiring Integrated Math III (or Algebra II) as prerequisite 4 course credits in Science: Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, one physical science, and one additional science elective 4 course credits in Social Studies: World History, Civics/Economics, American History I and II 2 course credits in the same Foreign Language, such as: Spanish I and II, German I and II, Mandarin I and II, ASL I and II, or a 2-course sequence in any other language which may be offered as per demand 1 course credit in: Health and Physical Education 8 course credits in: Electives 28 Total Course Credits Delivery of academic and elective coursework will be organized on the common “4x4 block” scheduling model, in which students take four full-year, 1-credit courses each semester in expanded 90-minute class periods. This model offers students the opportunity to earn four course credits each semester, 8 course credits each year during regularlyscheduled classes. Four additional elective course credits are available if the student completes eight semesters of high school and does not opt for early graduation. Additional credit opportunities may exist. The total number of course credits taken while in high school must still total at least 28. Until we are approved to offer the IB curriculum, FLA HS will offer traditional Advanced Placement courses to those students who seek advanced courses of study and who qualify. Academic Electives Arts Advanced PE Technology Life Skills JROTC* The IB Diploma is universally recognized as the single most effective college preparation program in the world, and successful completion of the entire diploma program and awarding of an IB Diploma is likewise recognized as the single most accurate predictor of college success in the United States. The IB Diploma Program is a two-year program designed to be taken in the student’s junior and senior years in high school. The program is so far advanced that no NC high school student can reasonably hope to achieve success without first going through a “pre-IB” program designed to prepare the student for the rigors of IB coursework. Number of Credits Areas of Study 1 course credit in: Basic Research and Study Skills (required freshman course) 6 course credits in English: English I Honors, II Honors, III Honors, IV Honors, and IB English Language & Literature HL (2 course credits) 6 course credits in Math: Integrated Math I Honors, II Honors, III Honors, IV Honors, and IB Mathematics HL (2 course credits) 5 course credits in Science: Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physical Science, IB Biology HL or IB Chemistry HL (2 course credits each) 4 course credits in Social Studies: Civics/Economics, American History I and II, IB History SL 5 course credits in the same Foreign Language, such as: Foreign Language I, II, III, IV, and IB Foreign Language SL 1 course credit in: Health and Physical Education 1 course credit in: IB Arts elective SL (Music, Art, or Drama) 1 course credit in: IB ToK –CAS –Essay 30 Total Course Credits Required for the IB Diploma IB courses are offered at Standard Level (“SL”), roughly equivalent to one full NC course credit (one semester course on the 4x4 scheduling system) and at High Level (“HL”), roughly equivalent to two course credits (two semester About the High School Plan or the IB Program, please see our website: www.fallslakeacademy.com Click on Basic Information under the About FLA button. Be sure to check out the IB Appendix on that page! It has invaluable information about the IB Program.