• Listed below is a course catalog description of the courses offered at Loranger High School. This list as well as the descriptions may be altered at any time.  

    ENGLISH

    ENGLISH I - Grade: 9 English I emphasizes reading comprehension which includes basic grammar, usage, sentence structure and paragraph development. It also includes a study of general literary works in the areas of the short story, the novel, poetry, biography or nonfiction and drama. Another integral part of the course includes orientation to the basic research in the library.

    HONORS ENGLISH I - Grade: 9 Prerequisites: Honors requirements This course goes into greater depth than an average class. The subject matter includes the study of grammar, the short story, poetry, mythology, and a library orientation unit. In addition, the course of study covers drama, the novel, and sentence and paragraph writing. Outside reading is required.

    ENGLISH II - Grade: 10 Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I English II is a course designed to enhance the student’s knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of literature including the novel, short story, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. The course is also designed to review the foundations of English grammar and usage and to provide the student with opportunity for growth in writing skills including sentence and paragraph development. Outside reading is required.

    HONORS ENGLISH II - Grade: 10 Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I and honors requirements The student who plans to pursue a college education should enroll in this course which goes into greater depth than the average class. Beginning with a review of usage, the student studies sentence variety and errors in structure. He writes different types of paragraphs the first semester to enable him to work on longer compositions and creative writing the second. The study of literature includes the short story, drama, nonfiction, the novel, and poetry. Vocabulary and spelling are stressed throughout the course with special emphasis on proofreading and revision in the writing sector. Outside readings are required.

    ENGLISH III - Grade: 11 Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II English III is a balanced combination of grammar, composition, and literature. The grammar is a review of basic facts and an application of these facts in a series of composition assignments. The literature content includes the study of the short story, poetry, essays, non-fiction, drama, and the novel. Outside reading is required.

    HONORS ENGLISH III - Grade: 11 Prerequisites: Successful completion of English II and honors requirements English III for the college-bound student combines the study of grammar, writing, and American literature. This study goes into greater depth than the average classes. The first semester includes the study of grammar, paragraph writing, essay writing and analysis, the short story, and vocabulary. The second semester includes the study of grammar, vocabulary, poetry, the novel, drama and the research paper. A minimum of two outside readings by American authors are required each semester.

    ENGLISH IV - Grade: 12 Students will increase their ability to think critically and analytically through intense reading and writing. Students will enhance comprehensive skills through the study of literature (old English through modern literature) and perfect composition skills by improving sentence structure and by writing essays. The course emphasizes vocabulary skills and outside reading is required.

    HONORS ENGLISH IV - Grade: 12 Prerequisites: Honors requirements. Honors English IV is a course designed for students who plan to attend college. Through intense reading and writing activities, students will develop expository and creative writing skills. The course will emphasize vocabulary development, correct grammar usage and mechanics, and sentence improvement in order to improve a student’s composition techniques and writing abilities. Through a thorough study of English literature, from its beginnings to modern times, students will perfect reading comprehension and analytical skills. The course requires numerous writing and outside reading activities each six weeks, as well as at least one research paper.

    ENGLISH IV ACCELERATED (Dual Enrollment for English IV and SLU English 101) - Course Overview: English IV/DE 101 is a course in the study of reading and writing as related to literature and writing. The course covers literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to modern day. Students will be asked to explore and explain historical background relative to the literature being studied. They will complete literary analysis and write for various audiences, purposes, and genres. They will be expected to make real-world application in oral and written responses and will gain an appreciation of literature. Students will read the works of major historic British writers as well as modern day authors. These readings will generate discussion and understanding of significant historical periods/events, authors’ purposes, beliefs, and will provide ideas for writing topics. During this course, students will also develop and refine their writing skills. Emphasis will be given to the following: introductory paragraphs, purpose/supporting details, organization/structure, transitions, conclusions, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Peer review/editing will be used extensively throughout the course as a means of learning to respond to writings. This goal will be accomplished through informal peer review sessions. Informal writings will include free writes and journaling, generally, less than 500 words in length and may be used as pre-writes for fully developed essays. Fully developed formal writings, pieces three or more pages in length, will be developed into narrative, definition, descriptive, cause/effect, comparison/contrasts, persuasion/argumentative and literary analysis essays. These essays will encompass various purposes, audiences, genres, and strategies of development. At least three fully developed essays will contain MLA in-text citation. Each student will choose two major writings, his/her memoir essay, and final exam essay and submit them in a portfolio to be evaluated by Southeastern graders. If the university teachers assign a passing grade to the writings in the portfolio, the student will receive credit for English 101.This course will meet the state GLE requirements and Southeastern’s English 101 Common Foundational Assumptions.

    SENIOR APPLICATIONS IN ENGLISH - Senior Applications in English is designed to be taken by students pursuing Basic Core or Career diplomas. Using literature as a springboard, students will fine-tune their literacy skills through real-world activities that include opportunities for writing and review of grammar concepts. These activities center around developing and practicing good habits, exploring identity, focusing on survival, learning life lessons, practicing good citizenship, living in community, becoming an adult, and finding connection to the world. Students will explore career opportunities, write for real-world situations, create and deliver presentations, write essays and resumes, improve communication, prepare for job interviews, and examine costs and responsibilities associated with independence.

    PUBLICATIONS (YEARBOOK) - Students must be available occasionally before or after school to complete assignments. Students must sell yearbook ads to area businesses. Students must fill out a yearbook application and be approved by the sponsor.

    STAR I (STUDENTS TEACHING AND REACHING)(1 CREDIT) - STAR I (Students Teaching and Reaching) is a high school course designed to attract students to the field of education, provide information and field experiences relevant to pursing a degree in education, and to prepare them for the rigors of a career in education so they will remain long-term educators. The STAR curriculum includes four major units: Learning about the Self, Appreciating Diverse Learners, Reviewing our History and Foundations, and Examining Teachers and Teaching. STAR is to serve as the one teacher preparation course to be used by all secondary teachers in Louisiana.Open to juniors only. Star II, the second year is worth 2 credits and 3 hours of college credit. Application required.

     MATHEMATICS

     ALGEBRA I - Grade: 9 This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: understanding numeric values, variability and change, proportions and linear equations, linear functions and their graphs, rates of change and applications, linear equations, inequalities and their solutions, systems of equations and inequalities, measurements, exponents, exponential functions and non-linear graphs, and data and chance.

    HONORS ALGEBRA I - Grade: 9 Prerequisite: Honors requirements This course is designed especially for the student who elects to take a college preparatory curriculum and who has an excellent background in the fundamental operations of rational numbers, integers, and the concepts of the number system. The course extends topics and concepts taught in regular Algebra I.

    GEOMETRY - Grade: 10 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: geometric patterns and reasoning, proofs, parallel and perpendicular relationships, triangles and quadrilaterals, similarity and trigonometry, area, surface area and volume, circles and spheres, and transformations.

    HONORS GEOMETRY - Grade: 10 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and honors requirements This course is designed especially for students who elect a college preparatory curriculum. This course covers all the material in regular geometry with emphasis on proofs and more challenging problems.

    MATH ESSENTIALS - Grades: 11-12 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra I and Geometry but need that extra stepping-stone before moving on to Algebra II. Topics covered include: Ratio and Proportion, Probability, Statistics, Linear, Absolute Value Functions and Quadratic Functions, and other math topics.

    ALGEBRA II - Grade: 10-11 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: functions, polynomial equations and inequalities, rational equations and inequalities, radicals and the complex number system, quadratic and higher order polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, advanced functions and conic sections. 

    HONORS ALGEBRA II - Grades: 10-11 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry and honors requirements Students should have exhibited superior mathematical ability and maturity in previous courses. This course will extend the concepts taught in regular Algebra II at a faster rate, allowing time for more topics and more depth of coverage.

    ADVANCED MATH  - Grades: 11-12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry of triangles, trigonometric functions, and conic sections.

    ADVANCED MATH HONORS/SLU 161 & 162 - Grades: 11-12 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II and ACT score of 21 on the Mathematics section of ACT (Subject to change by BESE) This course is designed to extend the concepts in regular Advanced Math allowing time for more topics and depth of topics. First semester topics include the following functions: linear, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic. Second semester topics include: trigonometric functions: sine, cosine, and inverse and trigonometric identities and equations, complex numbers, graphs of parametric equations and polar coordinates. The majority of this class is lab- based (on the computer). Upon completion of the class, students could earn college credit.

    FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS - Grades: 11-12 This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: gross income, net pay, checking and saving accounts, cash purchases, earning potential and credit, transportation, housing, investments, insurance and record keeping.

      SCIENCE

    PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Grade: 9 Course goal is to develop scientific literacy in the areas of Earth Science and Physical Science. Areas of emphasis will include the development of positive attitudes, process skills, concepts, and social aspects of scienceandtechnology.

     BIOLOGY I - Grade: 10 This course is organized to present the study of living things with emphasis on cellular biology, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology (Protists), and the phylogenetic approach to the plant and animal kingdoms. Laboratory investigations include using the microscope, chemicals, and living and preserved specimen.

    BIOLOGY II - Grades: 11-12 Biology II is a progressive study beginning with the simple cell and ending with the systems of the body which make up the complex human being. This course is designed not only to relay facts but also to instill in the student an intangible feeling for the need to adhere to the signals which the body gives. 

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - Grades: 11-12 This Environmental Science course for high school students is being implemented in an effort to raise the level of environmental literacy among Louisiana’s citizens. The content of this course is presented within the framework of well-founded physical and biological principles. This course is designed to use basic scientific principles to familiarize the student with the processes of the environment from a broad perspective; to identify both natural and man-made activities that contribute to changes in the environment; and to isolate the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of the environment.

    PHYSICS - Grade: 12 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II This course follows the comprehensive curriculum and covers the following topics: measurement and symbolic representation, forces and linear motion, motion in two dimensions and periodic motion, energy transformation and conservation, interactions of energy and matter/waves/electricity and magnetism.

    CHEMISTRY - Grades: 10-12 Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in Algebra II or successful completion of Algebra II. Topics include: descriptive chemistry and the mechanics of chemistry, structure of matter and the periodicity of the elements, the mole concept. This approach facilitates the early introduction of laboratory work. The behavior of matter in terms of acidity, oxidation-reduction, and electrical potential is addressed. It concludes with descriptive material in nuclear, organic, colloid, coordinate and analytic chemistry. Problem solving is stressed. 

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    CIVICS - Grade: 10 Civics is the study of the practical, everyday aspects of our governmental structure and functions at all levels, local, state, and national, including the impact on government of current developments at home and abroad. Major emphasis is on the role of the citizen in our American democracy, to include duties and responsibilities as well as rights. Coursework also explores our place in an international community during this era of globalization. Studies of our Free Enterprise economic system are incorporated into the course.

    WORLD HISTORY - Grades: 11-12 This elective course is primarily a content area readings course designed to prepare students for entry into universities. There is also an emphasis on independent research projects and will stress research techniques, writing skills, and collaboration. Studies include the pre-historical period through our current post- modern period, with an emphasis on Western Civilization.

    UNITED STATES (AMERICAN) HISTORY - Grade: 11 United States History offers a study of the history of our nation from the Industrial Revolution until the present. Through content reading, independent research, and collaborative projects, students explore the American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States. Coursework is rigorous and relevant in preparation for End of Course testing. (EOC)

    WORLD GEOGRAPHY - Grade: 9 World Geography offers a study of the Earth’s natural environment-such as its continents and oceans, rivers and lakes, mountains and plains, soils and weather. Also, world geography offers a study about the Earth’s human environment-such as its population and resources, nations and cities, migration and transportation, and ways of making a living. This course will develop an understanding of the total environment of the world, both physical and cultural geography, and the impact of human environment interaction on our planet.

    CAREER

     JOURNEY TO CAREERS - Grade 9-12 Requirement for any student in the Basic or Career Diploma Journey to Careers is a course used to explore and understand the framework of the Louisiana Career Education Model. Students will explore the 16 Career Clusters, create an individualized graduation plan, and learn how to research careers of their choice.

    AGRICULTURE

     Vocational Agriculture: In addition to offering the courses described below, vocational agriculture students participate in parish federation day, state conventions, national conventions, summer leadership activities and may join judging teams in all areas of agriculture and cooperative agriculture education.

    AGRICULTURE I - Grade: 9 Agriculture I provides students with basic knowledge of agriculture and its history, and the science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, soil science, plant science, agriculture mechanics, basic carpentry, food science technology, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relations skills will be reinforced in the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies. Students will be required to fulfill requirements for earning the Greenhand Degree as stated in Section C of Article VI of the FFA Constitution and Bylaws. To be eligible to receive this degree, students must: be enrolled in Agricultural Education and have plans for an SAE; learn and recite the FFA creed, motto, salute, and Mission Statement; describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and colors; demonstrate a knowledge of the history of the FFA organization; personally own or have access to an official FFA Manual.

    AGRICULTURE II - Grade: 10 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agriculture Agriculture II provides students with basic knowledge of agriculture and science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, soil science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relations skills will be reinforced in the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and the FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

    BUSINESS

    INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - Grades 9-12 This is the first of two courses designed to provide students with basic computer application skills. Students will be introduced to the touch method of operating a keyboard to produce business documents. Emphasis is placed is basic computer concepts, hardware and software, word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications. Students will be working with the Microsoft Office 2007.

    VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

    ART I - Grades: 9-12 This course is designed for students with no previous art instruction or students interested in developing their artistic skills. Emphasis during the first semester is on drawing, developing perceptual skills, and understanding art elements and principles. Also included are units in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and crafts. Various artists and their works are introduced as they relate to each unit. Art supplies are purchased in volume to provide the lowest possible price. 

    ART II - Grades: 10-12 Prerequisites: C or better in Art I This course continues studies begun in Art I by introducing advanced techniques and concepts in drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. New materials and techniques such as pen and ink, calligraphy, and hand- built ceramics are introduced. 

    FINE ARTS SURVEY - Grades: 11-12 This is a two-semester elective course which addresses the needs of the “non-performance” arts student—in this case the study of the four arts, their relationships and how they touch our daily lives, without the pressure of artistic performance or display. Hands-on experience is vital; assisting the students in developing “aesthetic sensitivity” to works of art and involves two processes— perception and reaction. Evaluation for this course will not be based on quality of artistic performance.

    CHOIR - Grades: 9-12 A beginning or training chorus for students who have not had choral experience or who have some particular vocal difficulties but still show potential. In this class students learn how to sing parts and how to sing in tune. The music is of a lighter and less demanding nature.

    ADVANCED BAND - Grades: 9-12 Prerequisites: prior band experience and approval of instructor by audition This is a study of the literature of the period of music with rehearsal and performance on the highest level achievable. This band performs at all football games and other activities concerning the school that require the presence of a band. Attendance and attitude are very important.

    THEATER I - This course is offered to grades 9-12. It is an informal practical course designed to improve the communication abilities of the students by helping them to project their personalities through effective speech, body language, and acting. The course focuses on the performance of a variety of informative, demonstration, and persuasive speeches, as well as conversations, interviews, pantomimes, oral interpretations, duet acting, and social ritual speeches, radio, drama, and listening skills. It is primarily a performance-oriented class. 

     FOREIGN LANGUAGE

     SPANISH I - Grades: 9-12 This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and its culture. The elements of pronunciation are stressed while communication skills are developed concurrently in four areas: listening comprehension, speaking, writing and reading. Cultural activities are presented throughout the duration of the course.

    SPANISH II - Grades: 10-12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I This course consists of intensive drills in listening comprehension, speaking, writing, and reading in the target language. The elements of pronunciation and the essentials of grammar and syntax are taught. Cultural activities are presented throughout the duration of the course.

     HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    HEALTH (1⁄2 CREDIT) - Grade: 10 This course is designed to enable students to learn a variety of important life skills which will help them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Topic areas include drugs, alcohol, nutrition, personal hygiene, disease awareness and precautions, and first aid. 

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION I - Grade: 9 Physical Education I will offer to the students a variety of state approved team sports. The following will be offered to our students: Flag Football, Volleyball, Track & Field, Softball, Golf, Tennis and Aerobics. Only the basic fundamentals will be stressed. Game play will be included as part of the overall course. Students must dress in an approved uniform.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION II (1⁄2 OR 1 CREDIT) - Grade: 10 Physical Education II will be a continuation of P.E. I. Review of fundamental skills will be stressed as well as more advanced team work. The activities offered are also state selected and will include the following: Volleyball, Physical Fitness, Archery, Softball and Health. Uniforms required.

     FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE I - Grades: 9-10 This is a comprehensive course that is an orientation to FHA and includes material on: food and nutrition, consumer education, clothing selection, care and repair; housing and resource management, personal development, family relations, and child development. Laboratory experiences required.

    NUTRITION AND FOOD (1⁄2 CREDIT) - Grades: 10-12 This course covers the basic principles of nutrition, meal planning, preparation and service of simple meals, optimal use of the food dollar and job opportunities in food-related occupations at the entry level. Food laboratory experiences required.

    ADVANCED NUTRITION AND FOOD (1⁄2 CREDIT) - Grades: 10-12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Nutrition and Food This course addresses more complex concepts in nutrition and food preparation with emphasis on social, psychological, and cultural influences on food choices globally. Laboratory experiences are required and are not limited to field trips, job shadowing and service learning.

    PROSTART I - Grades: 11-12 Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, instructor approval, Nutrition and Food, and Advanced Nutrition and Food This course if the first of two courses focused on preparing students for careers in the food service/hospitality industry. Emphasis is on obtaining skills for the industry-based certification and preparation for internships in the industry. The course utilizes ProStart I text and curriculum by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.

    PROSTART II (2.0 CREDITS) - Grade: 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of ProStart I, 2.5 GPA, and instructor approval This course is the second of two courses that prepares students for careers in the food service/hospitality industry. It provides opportunities for application of industrial competencies through projects and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) leadership activities. Students may earn National ProStart certification by completing a 400-hour paid internship and meeting the national Restaurant Association requirements.