Courses

Students and their parents use the course description and planning guide as a means of exploring the curriculum to select classes that will be the most useful to the individual student.  Franklin Pierce High School has created videos for many of their Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. During the spring, students are asked to indicate all the classes they expect to take the next school year. This information is needed to generate a master schedule of classes for the following school year. Please take this process seriously. Your choices determine what classes you will be taking. Be sure to check the prerequisites for each class to insure you will be allowed to register for the course. Selecting a class indicates a commitment to that course. You will be expected to remain in any course you select. If you do not understand a course description, ask your counselor or teacher for further explanation. Be sure you sign up for classes required for graduation. 

Description & Planning Guide

Please click here to access a pdf file of the full 2019-2020 Course Description & Planning Guide. This document was last updated on 3/15/19.

Videos


CulinaryGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Semester (0.5)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: CTE
Prerequisites: None


Fitness SpecialistGrade: 11, 12
Credit: Full Year (1.0)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: Health & Fitness (PE) and CTE
Prerequisites: Intro to PE, Human Body Systems 1 & 2 (can be take concurrently).

Graphic DesignGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Semester (0.5)
Dual Credit: No
Graduation: Arts and CTE
Prerequisites: None


Human Body SystemsGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Full Year (1.0)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: CTE and Science (Lab Science)
Prerequisites: Principles of Medical Science 1 & 2 or teacher permission.


Medical InterventionsGrade: 11, 12
Credit: Full Year (1.0)
Dual Credit: No
Graduation: CTE and Science (Lab Science)
Prerequisites:
Principles of Medical Science 1 & 2 or AP Biology 1 & 2 and Chemistry 1 & 2.

PotteryGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Semester (0.5)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: Arts and CTE
Prerequisites: A $10.00 art fee will be charged.


Principles of Biomedical ScienceGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Full Year (1.0)
Dual Credit: No
Graduation: CTE and Science (Lab Science)
Prerequisites: None


Sports MedicineGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Full Year (1.0)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: CTE
Prerequisites: Human Body Systems 1 & 2 or taking concurrently recommended.


Stained GlassGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Semester (0.5)
Dual Credit: Yes - Tech Prep
Graduation: Arts and CTE
Prerequisites: This is a Recommended Foundation Course. A $10.00 art fee will be charged.


Visual Arts DesignGrade: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Semester (0.5)
Dual Credit: No
Graduation: CTE
Prerequisites: A $10.00 art fee will be charged.

Dual Credit Programs

College Course Completion: Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll tuition free in courses at local community colleges or career/technical schools. The course work completed can earn both college and Franklin Pierce High School credit.

Running Start enrollment is limited to classes numbered 100 and above in both academic and career/technical areas. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes or solely in college classes and will receive high school credit towards graduation as well as college credit towards a transfer or career/technical degree.

The Running Start program is limited to juniors and seniors who can demonstrate their ability to succeed in college level courses through the Community College Assessments and Placement Program in combination with their high school records. To enroll in any non-math course, students must place into college level reading and English 101. To enroll in a math course, or any course that requires math as a prerequisite, students must place into college level reading and Math 141.

The tuition will be paid for by the school district up to 15 credits. Books, supplies, certain fees and transportation are the responsibility of the student.

Graduation requirements for completing a high school diploma are established by Franklin Pierce High School, and students must consult their high school counselor to identify how community college courses will apply towards graduation. If students choose to enroll part time in Running Start classes and part time at Franklin Pierce High School, they will need to plan their Running Start classes around their Franklin Pierce High School classes.

To participate in Running Start students must be on track with grade level portfolio requirements and must have met state testing requirements and should have good attendance (95% or higher).

Credit by Exam: Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taken by students in an effort to gain college level skills. Students have the opportunity to gain college credit if they earn a qualifying score on the corresponding AP exam. Franklin Pierce High School offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses. These courses provide students an exciting academic challenge in addition to possible savings on college tuition costs. They are rigorous and require a high degree of dedication from students, including the commitment to spend an average of three to ten hours per week in study outside of the classroom. Summer work will be REQUIRED for all AP classes. AP courses on a student’s transcript are evaluated by universities as highly significant. They indicate the student has been willing to take high-level, challenging courses and is capable of functioning successfully with college level materials and expectations. AP teachers go through specific educational training to enhance the program.

Students earn regular high school credit upon successful completion of the course and then have the opportunity to earn college credit through examinations each May. The examinations are administered through Franklin Pierce High School and are developed nationally by the Educational Testing Service. AP examinations are graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 5 (maximum). University credit is generally granted for test scores of 3 and above. Each university has their own standard. However, even a score of 1 or 2 enhances the opportunity for scholarships and university admission. For more information on the AP program go to www.collegeboard.com/ap

Important AP Information: Students will be limited to two AP courses per year unless approved by their counselor. If a student enrolls in an AP course, they will be required to take the AP examination. The student pays for the cost of each examination (typically $93 per or reduced fee for those that qualify for free or reduced lunch). Contact your counselor for more information. Students who enroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in those courses for the entire year. Failure to do summer work does not constitute being withdrawn from the class.

These courses are taught in accordance with the Advanced Placement standards of the College Board. Approved AP classes at FPHS for the upcoming year are:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Geography
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History                                                                                                    

CTE Dual Credit (formerly Tech Prep) courses offer students an opportunity to earn Community / Technical College credit while attending high school classes. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit classes are taught at the high school or skills center and integrate academics with technical skills to help prepare students for advanced education and careers related to professional-technical occupations. High school students who complete selected high school courses with a B grade or better can earn Community / Technical College credit. After June 30th of the summer after you have completed the required high school courses contact the PC3 office at 253-583-8803 for transcription of your CTE Dual credits.  Contact your high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher about earning credit.  More information about CTE Dual Credit can be found online at Pierce County Careers Connection www.pc3connect.com or Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/cte-dual-credit/