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Course Catalog

Cibola High School offers a rich diversity of core and elective opportunities for all students. Review the Course Catalog to explore all the opportunities available at CHS.

2018 Course Catalog

Course Offerings

Freshman Academy

This section addresses the required courses for all 9th grade students, which are contained in the Freshman Academy: English, Mathematics, Biology I, Health I, Geography, and Physical Education. See the other department listings for course descriptions of electives listed on the 9th grade preregistration course card.

  • English 9
  • Honors English 9
  • Algebra I
  • Math Strategies I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Biology I
  • Health I (to be taken with Geography)
  • Foundations of Physical Education
  • Geography (semester course to be taken with Health)

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Marketing Internship, Business Internship and Job Mentorship are now called Academic Career Experience (ACE). If you are interested in earning credit for ACE, please speak with the teachers/counselors listed below. Teacher approval must be received before enrolling in any ACE course.

  • Academic Career Experience (ACE) I - II
  • Small Engine Mechanics
  • Automotive Technology I - III
  • CAD Architecture I - IV
  • CAD Engineering I  - IV
  • Culinary Arts I - II
  • Food Services I - I
  • Business, Marketing, and Finance I - II
  • Marketing Lab I - III
  • Personal Finance (this is not a math course)

Fine Arts

Classes in Visual Arts have required fees that are used to pay for expensive art materials for projects that become the property of the student. APS standardized visual arts fees among all district schools. Student grades are not determined by the payment of these fees. Classes in Performing Arts sometimes have fee that are used to provide such things as festival registration, text, transportation, etc.

Performing Arts

  • AP Music Theory
  • Beginning Brass Class (Trumpet, Baritone, Tuba)
  • Beginning Woodwind Class (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Steel Pan Band - Island Breeze (Music Ensemble)
  • Beginning Band
  • Concert Band
  • Marching Band & Marching Auxiliary I - IV (Color Guard) Student must sign of for both courses.
  • Marching Band I - IV & Symphonic Band I -IV Students must sign up for both courses
  • Concert Choir
  • Pop Choir (Mixed Chorus)
  • Women's Chorale - Treble Choir
  • Drama I - II
  • Advanced Theatre Production
  • Theatre Production
  • Stagecraft I - IV
  • Advanced Guitar
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Intermediate Guitar
  • Guitar Literature
  • Orchestra I - IV (Golden and Silver Strings Orchestra)
  • Piano Laboratory I - III
  • Piano Laboratory IV - Advanced Piano Literature

Visual Arts

  • Art I
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Studio Art 2 - D Design
  • Ceramics I - IV
  • Computer Graphics I - III
  • Drawing and Painting I - III
  • Photography I - III

General Electives 

  • Defensive Driving
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Service Learning
  • Student Aide

The following courses take place outside of the regular school day

  • Student Leadership I - IV (Senate)

Marine Corps JROTC

The MCJROTC program consists of five major subject areas: Leadership, Citizenship, Personal growth and Responsibility, Public Service and Career Exploration, General Military Subjects.

Voluntary activities include: Armed Drill team, Unarmed Drill Team, Physical Fitness Team, Rifle Marksmanship Teams, Color Guards, Community Service Projects, Orientation trips.

Statewide inter-JROTC competitions, such as: Volleyball, Football, Softball, Basketball, and Bowling.

  • Marine Corps JROTC LE I - IV
  • Military Skills I - IV
  • MCJROTC Staff Assistant I - II

Language Arts

All English classes study the literary genre of poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction and drama. Students apply critical thinking skills through the reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening and research Language Arts standards and benchmarks. Grammar, mechanics and vocabulary are taught at increasing levels of difficulty to prepare students for post-secondary educational experiences, career success and standardized testing. Twice-yearly writing assessment (AP model) and college entrance reading and language usage tests (ACT model) are administered to all students. The assessments are graded by teams of CHS English teachers. This process provides feedback for students to master post-secondary educational requirements.

Students are encouraged to take challenging courses through Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors offerings. Students can expect these courses to be rigorous, demanding and require additional outside-of-class preparation time. Nevertheless, the courses are excellent academically, and CHS highly recommends that students take advantage of the more rigorous offerings.

Students seeking NCAA eligibility for Division I and II schools should work closely with our Athletic Director to determine which Language Arts classes meet eligibility requirements.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Level I - IV
  • English 10
  • English 10 Honors
  • English 11
  • AP English Language and Composition 11
  • English 12
  • AP English Literature and Composition 12
  • Film Criticism
  • Shakespeare

English/Language Arts Elective Courses

  • Communication Skills
  • Journalism
  • Newspaper I - IV
  • Desktop Publishing I
  • Yearbook I - IV

Mathematics

Students are encouraged to take challenging courses through the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, with a caution on overloading their schedules with demanding coursework. As collegiate style and level courses, students can expect the AP courses to be very rigorous, demanding and require additional outside-of-class preparation time. Students are expected to further develop their advanced reading, writing and critical/analytical thinking skills.

  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • Financial Literacy
  • Probability ans Statistics
  • Transition to College Math
  • UNM/CNM Dual Credit Math Courses

Modern, Classical, and Native Languages

Students are encouraged to take challenging courses through the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, with a caution on overloading their schedules with demanding coursework. As collegiate style and level courses, students can expect the AP courses to be very rigorous, demanding and require additional outside-of-class preparation time. Students are expected to further develop their advanced reading, writing and critical/analytical thinking skills. It is important to note colleges require students to take at least two years of the same foreign language, and many colleges require three years of the same foreign language.

  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • French I - IV
  • Spanish I - IV
  • Shiwi'ma Bena:we/Zuni I - must be a member of the Pueblo of Zuni

Physical Education

Students are required to adhere to the CHS Physical Education uniform policy. See below and or the individual instructor for details regarding the uniform policy for each course. Additional requirements include, appropriate footwear (athletic soled shoes) for the course as specified by the instructor, and a combination lock.

  • Aerobics and Body Conditioning I - III
  • Sports Medicine I - III
  • Team and Individual Sports I - III
  • Weight Training I - III
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Interscholastic Athletics I (Freshman)
  • Interscholastic Athletics II (Sophomore)
  • Interscholastic Athletics III (Junior)
  • Interscholastic Athletics IV (Senior)

Science

All students are encouraged to take four (4) years of lab science. It is recommended that students considering career fields in science or engineering take five (5) science courses.

Students are required to take one class from each category to fulfill the three years of Science. A Category: Biology, B Category: Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, C Category: Physics, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Geology/Astronomy.

Category A Classes

  • AP Biology

Category B Classes

  • Chemistry I
  • AP Chemistry

Category C Classes

  • Physics I
  • Geology/Astronomy
  • AP Physics I

Category B or C Courses

  • Integrated Physics/Chemistry

Elective Science Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Science of Small Animals
  • Biology II

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department offers students a wide variety of required courses and a superb selection of interesting and useful electives. The Social Studies electives courses allow for detailed curriculum and focus within the general field and seek to broaden your understanding of the world around you. All students are required to complete a one semester course of New Mexico History, World History / Geography, United States History / Geography, Government and Economics. Students are encouraged to take challenging courses through the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, with a caution of overloading their schedules with demanding >course work. As collegiate style and level courses, students can expect AP courses to be very rigorous, demanding and require additional outside-of-class readings and preparation time. Consider taking one or more AP courses and / or Social Studies electives they promise to be real eye openers!

  • New Mexico History (taken in combination with Sociology)
  • World History/Geography
  • AP World History/Geography
  • US History/Geography
  • AP US History/Geography
  • Economics (Combo with Government)
  • AP Economics (Combo with AP Government)
  • Government (Combo with Economics)
  • AP US Government-Politics (Combo with AP Economics)
  • Online Economics (Combo with online Government)
  • Online Government (Combo with Online Economics)
  • Psyschology
  • Reel History (Emphasis on US History)
  • Classical Greek and Roman Studies
  • AP European History
  • Sociology (combo with NM History)
  • Philosophy
  • Law I - II
  • Rock & Roll: A History and Appreciation

Special Education

Students will need a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in order to take the following courses.

  • Gifted Academic Career Experience (ACE) I - III
  • Academic Career Experience (ACE) Special Ed
  • Contemporary Issues I - II
  • Progressive Studies (Greenhouse)
  • Study Skills I - IV
  • POWER Health