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Free online high school elective courses for WI students

Online Academy Promotes a Well-Rounded Education with Elective Courses

Wisconsin Online High School Elective CoursesTake elective classes online and earn your high school diploma on your own time at your own pace. 

eAchieve Academy offers students an array of elective classes as part of our unique online approach to learning outside a traditional classroom setting. Students have the freedom to select the courses they find intriguing – keeping them fully engaged in learning new things.

Our high school electives are very similar to same classes offered in a public school system, and are the courses required for receiving a high school diploma.

High School Electives for Homeschool Students

Our online high school electives were designed based on how students learn at home. Shaped around the homeschooling method, eAchieve’s program features a wide selection of electives for homeschool students to choose.

From hobby interests to future career paths, our course electives encourage students to grow as individuals and get an idea of where their field of work might be.

Online elective course options for high school students

* this is not a full list - browse the full list of elective courses along the sidebar.

Digital Drawing & Painting Astronomy & Atmosphere Math for Consumers Career Planning  Psychology Music Appreciation Chinese 1 Spanish 1 Keyboarding Essentials Digital Technologies Nutrition & Wellness Computer Applications Beginning Guitar Life Skills Worldwide Cuisine Earth Science AP Art History Sports & Event Marketing Intro to Fitness Child Development

Digital Drawing & Painting

Description:

Do you have a passion for expressive art or visual communication? Are you interested in careers in design, production, display, and presentation of digital arts? This introductory design course teaches core skills using Inkscape, a free open-source program. As you create a detailed still life and other artworks throughout the course, you'll learn the basic elements of visual art: line, shape, form, color, value, space, and texture. You will use what you learn to express yourself in original digital drawings and artwork.

Learning Targets:

  1. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: Students will apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, or processes and create original works of art as a means of personal extension.
  2. COMMUNICATION: Students will visually communicate ideas and information effectively by producing works of art using various tools.
  3. CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND DECISION MAKING: Students will visualize and plan alternative solutions to a given problem.
  4. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM: Students will manage projects and accept responsibility for producing high quality results within set deadlines.
  5. RESEARCH AND INFORMATION FLUENCY: Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  6. TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS: Students will use Inkscape effectively and productively.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

9,10,11,12

 

Astronomy & Atmosphere

Description:

Astronomy is one of the most exciting fields of modern scientific research. New discoveries concerning the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the origin of the universe continue to be made every day. Even though our view is limited we have made great strides in deciphering the information we have gathered. The first part of this course starts at home and looks at the thin envelope of gases called the atmosphere. Beyond the local weather and climate aspects you will also explore the factors that affect its existence and how it in turn affects our view of space. The rest of the course will take us out of the atmosphere where you will explore the components of the solar system, look at the evolution of stars, evaluate the discovery of exoplanets, then move on to the larger structures of the universe; black holes, galaxies, clusters, filaments, and voids. You will wrap up the semester comparing different cosmological hypotheses and the implications of recent discoveries of dark energy and dark matter.

Learning Targets:

All eAchieve Science course are designed around the same 4 educational learning targets:

Target 1: Obtain and evaluate information through accepted science and engineering practices.

Target 2: Know, use, and interpret scientific concepts correctly and appropriately

Target 3: Recognize and apply crosscutting concepts as they appear in core scientific ideas as well as through time.

Target 4: Employ appropriate literacy skills through writing, reading, and discourse in scientific and engineering contexts.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9,10,11,12

 

Math for Consumers

Description:

This course provides a practical and comprehensive foundation for everyday financial math skills. It covers relevant topics for daily survival including: getting a job, wages, tips, paycheck taxes, FICA, deductions; cost of buying and maintaining a vehicle; saving and checking accounts with simple and compound interest calculations; credit cards and how interest is calculated; cost of raising a family; renting an apartment or buying a home and getting a mortgage; planning a monthly budget; all types of insurances and filling out income tax forms. It also reviews essential number and algebraic concepts including: fractions, decimals, percentages, order of operations, solving equations, graphing, linear graphing, and exponential graphing.

Learning Targets:

T-1. Basic Math Skills

T-2. Managing Money

T-3. Managing Expenses

T-4. Making Financial Decisions

T-5. Making Business Decisions

T-6. Managing Business Finances

Prerequisites:

Algebra 1

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

11, 12

 

Career Planning

Description:

In Career Planning students will use online inventories to explore career and life options that fit their individual interests, needs, and skills. Students begin with a thorough examination of their own interests, skills, aptitudes and personality styles. Students will then interpret individual results as they explore potential career matches and create an occupational objectives plan. Along the way, students will learn about factors influencing the ever changing job market and job skills necessary to gain and maintain employment. Students will practice job applications, resume writing, and interview skills.

Learning Targets:

Target 1: I can interpret personal interests, work skills and work values in relation to the career planning process.

Target 2- I can implement skills needed in order to find, acquire and maintain employment.

Target 3- I can analyze verbal and nonverbal communication, teamwork skills and etiquette necessary for success in the work place.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

 9, 10, 11, 12

 

Psychology

Description:

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. This course is a survey of psychological topics with emphasis on contemporary psychological investigation. Topics discussed in the first semester of the course are psychological research, biology of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking and language, and intelligence. Topics discussed in the second semester are development, motivation and emotion, theories of personality, psychological tests, gender roles, stress and health, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, and social psychology.

Learning Targets:

General Social Studies Learning Targets:

  1. Develop a thesis, support with multiple forms of evidence, and provide analysis with an explanation in written form.
  2. Identify main ideas, analyze supporting details, and evaluate inferences within discipline specific readings.
  3. Apply content in order to evaluate relationships and draw conclusions.
  4. Produce clear and coherent communication in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

 

Music Appreciation

Description:

Music Appreciation is a one semester course to introduce students to the fundamentals of creating, enjoying, and listening to music. Students will learn about the basics of creating music including melody, harmony, and rhythm. The course will also explore instrumental and vocal timbre and the critique of musical performances. Students will also be exposed to many musical styles including traditional, folk, jazz, opera, popular, and classical music. Through unique online software, students will be able to compose, arrange, and share their own musical ideas. Students will learn to appreciate the complexity and the art of music.

Learning Targets:

  1. Develop individual musical interests and skills which will allow participation in music making throughout life.
  2. Expand knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of different kinds of music to cultivate discriminating consumers.
  3. Nurture an enjoyment & understanding of music, enriching the quality of life.
  4. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills when discussing various elements of music.
  5. Explore their own musical voice through building a basic of understanding of musical structure.
  6. Understand relationships between music, other arts, and disciplines.
  7. Understand music in relation to history and culture.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Chinese 1

Description:

In this course, the student will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. In the first semester, students will study greetings, family, dates and time, hobbies and visiting friends. In the second semester students will learn about making appointments, studying Chinese, school life, shopping and transportation. Through these topics students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, sentence structures, particles and modal verbs. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learners focus on the Chinese-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Learning Targets:

Listening - Students will understand the main idea and supporting details of spoken language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures and respond appropriately.

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Speaking - Students will apply knowledge of Chinese pronunciation and intonation patterns in various situations.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in Chinese; write compositions and conversations on selected topics, which incorporate description, detail and accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the Chinese-speaking culture differ from their own and discuss the influence of the Chinese-speaking culture in the global community.

Prerequisites:

None

This Class Is a Prerequisite for:

Chinese 2

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

 

Spanish 1

Description:

In this course, students begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. In first semester, students will study greetings, likes and dislikes, and school vocabulary. In second semester, the topics of study are food, family, shopping, the house, and sports. Through these topics students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, verbs, articles and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course to help the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Learning Targets:

Listening - Students will understand the main idea and supporting details of spoken language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures and respond appropriately.

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Speaking - Students will apply knowledge of Spanish pronunciation and intonation patterns in various situations.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in Spanish; write compositions and conversations on selected topics, which incorporate description, detail and accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the Spanish-speaking culture differ from their own and discuss the influence of the Spanish-speaking culture in the global community.

Prerequisites:

None

This Class Is a Prerequisite for:

Spanish 2

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

 

Keyboarding Essentials

Description:

Prepare yourself for the computerized workplace. This course is intended for students who need to learn or improve their keyboarding technique and skills. Students will master touch keyboarding and improve their proofreading, editing, and writing skills while formatting letters, reports, tables, and other documents. Master the skill you can't do without in today's world where the keyboard is the primary means of communication and technology input. This course is recommended for Computer Applications I.

Learning Targets:

  1. Demonstrate touch keyboarding skills at acceptable speed and accuracy levels.
  2. Execute proper keyboarding position to ergonomically key with correct fingering.
  3. Identify security issues pertaining to networked computer systems and practice a code of ethics.
  4. Create an appropriate, professional impression through proper formatting/proofreading of reports, letters, and tables.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Digital Technologies

Description:

Technology impacts every facet of your life with immediate access to information. The rapid growth of emerging technology challenges you to stay current for personal and future professional development. This course will incorporate Twitter, blogs, Google tools and apps, and many more web 2.0 tools to communicate and collaborate effectively. Students will explore not only how to harness the power of these new technologies, but the implications these technologies have on their lives. Learn what it means to be a good digital citizen by considering right and wrong as it exists in the virtual world.

Learning Targets:

  1. Investigate new and emerging technologies and its impact on the digital society. (ongoing theme)
  2. Practice proper online netiquette and digital rights management within diverse digital communities.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate online reputation management strategies for protecting, monitoring and/or positively promoting personal identity.
  4. Analyze the potential physical and psychological dangers inherent to using digital technologies
  5. Describe and analyze personal and societal consequences of inappropriate use of technology, technology systems, digital media, and information technology.
  6. Analyze positive and negative social and ethical behaviors when using technology.
  7. Recognize online risks and make informed decisions.
  8. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  9. Demonstrate use of web tools to manage and enhance content for communication, authorship, and publishing.
  10. Identify, examine, and evaluate how various Internet resources may be incorporated to solve problems using critical thinking skills in educational and professional lives.
  11. Explore and use web-based applications that allow for collaborative and interactive projects.
  12. Explain how technology has impacted the history of our society and economy.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

 

Nutrition & Wellness

Description:

This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students learn about worldwide views of nutrition, essential nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, weight management, healthy food choices, fitness, diet-related diseases and disorders, food handling, healthy cooking, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Learning Targets:

TARGET 1- Community

Students will be able to find resources that will help them enhance their health.

Students will be able to evaluate the validity of health information, products, and services.

Students will be able to utilizes skills to communicate effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.

TARGET 2- Content

Students will understand the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Students will understand the importance of food labels. 

Students gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

TARGET 3- Self Advocacy

Students will be able to convey valid information and express opinions about health issues.

Students can engage in health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Computer Applications

Description:

This class is the ideal way to learn the essential computer skills needed in a student's future regardless of career choice. A hands-on approach is used to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, charts, presentations and databases using Libre Office and Google Docs.

Learning Targets:

  1. Personal Accountability: Demonstrate personal accountability for safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology
  2. Program Proficiency: Prove proficiency of common features in several application software programs
  3. Creativity: Design, create and produce original works and innovative presentations
  4. Integration: Discover and differentiate the integration features of a software package by importing, exporting, and merging data

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Beginning Guitar

Description:

Take guitar classes free online! This is a beginning level course for those with little to no experience with an acoustic guitar. Students will learn basic instrument technique and be able to play simple melodies from standard notation. Tablature (TABs) will not be used. Students will learn and perform beginning chords and accompaniment patterns.

Materials:

Students need access to their own acoustic guitar.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Life Skills

Description:

Life Skills is designed to increase student knowledge and skills necessary for everyday living. The course emphasizes goal-setting, decision making and problem solving, communication, healthy lifestyles and relationships, nutrition, personal safety, citizenship and consumerism.

Learning Targets:

Target 1-Apply information analysis, goal setting, decision-making skills and management principles to real-life situations.

Target 2- Integrate multiple life roles and responsibilities in family, work and community.

Target 3- Analyze factors contributing to respectful and caring relationships in the family, work place and community.

Target 4-Analyze nutrition and wellness practices in relation to individual and family well-being.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Worldwide Cuisine

Description:

Worldwide Cuisine studies the cultural heritage, local foods, and food preparation techniques native to  different regions of the world. As students prepare the cuisine of these regions, they will explore the food customs of its people, local history and geography and sample a multi‐cultural feast from around the world. Experience creative global cooking at its best! Note: This is a cooking class so students will need to purchase groceries throughout the semester for preparing dishes for family.

Learning Targets:

Target 1-I can analyze principles of food safety, sanitation and preservation techniques in order to prevent food borne illness.

Target 2-I can create products using appropriate knowledge of recipes, techniques and culinary practices of global cultures/cuisine.

Target 3-I can analyze the relationship between climate, economics, religion, geography and the food people eat.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Earth Science

Description:

In the first semester the student will explore the composition and dynamics of the solid earth. Specific attention will be given to models of the earth, mapping and coordinate systems, composition of matter, minerals, rock formation and the rock cycle, geologic and fossil records supporting geologic time scales, interior structure, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. In the second semester the student will explore weathering and erosion, fresh water, ground water, glaciers, ocean movement and oceanography, structure and characteristics of the atmosphere, energy flow in the atmosphere, weather and forecasting, determination and change in world climates, the moon and sun, the solar system, and structures in the universe. The student will encounter information through print, audio, and video online sources, doing research, performing lab exercises, and exchanging ideas in discussion boards. The student will be assessed on both the level of their knowledge of the concepts encountered and their ability to apply those concepts to real world situations.

Learning Targets:

T1: Generate and evaluate evidence and explanations

T2: Know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world

T3: Understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge

T4: Participate productively in scientific practices and discourse

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

AP Art History

Description:

AP Art History is designed to foster in students an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. In the course, students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. In addition to visual analysis, this course emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender and the functions and effects of works of art. Prior art training is not prerequisite nor does the course cater exclusively to future Art History majors.

Learning Targets:

Identify and classify works of art (Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, Minor Arts & Photography) from prehistory to twentieth century

Analyze, formally, works of art by situating them within the correct historical context (the original historical, social, political and religious setting) in which they were created

Analyze visual traditions with a full understanding of the interdependence of disciplines as well as the inter connectivity of cultures

Describe works of art in a formal manner using appropriate art-history terminology, both descriptive and technical

Evaluate media, techniques and methods employed by artists in the creative process

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full year

Grade Level:

10, 11, 12

Sports and Event Marketing

Description:

Did you ever wonder how much money people spend to enjoy sports and entertainment events? Each year corporate America spends billions of dollars to market their names at sporting events. Areas such as sponsorship, endorsements, career opportunities, promotion, merchandising, and entertainment are discussed.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Intro to Fitness

Description:

This course provides students with an overview of individual sports. Students learn about a variety of sports, yet do an in-depth study of running, walking, strength training, yoga, Pilates, dance, and cross- training. Students learn not only the history, rules, and guidelines of each sport, but practice specific skills related to each sport. Students also learn about the components of fitness, FIT principles, benefits of fitness, safety and technique, and good nutrition. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in physical activity weekly.

Learning Targets:

TARGET 1- Physical Activity

Students will be able to participate regularly in physical activity.

Students will be able to plan exercises that will improve their health.

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

TARGET 2- Content

Students will know and understand how science relates to physical fitness (Anatomy, Biomechanics, Linear and Rotary Motion, Static and Dynamic Balance).

Students will understand the 5 fitness components.

Students will understand the importance of safety during activity.

Studentes will know and understand the benefits of exercise.

Students will know and understand how to calculate and implement target heart rate into their workouts. 

Students will be able to evaluate and understand more about how their body works.

TARGET 3- Goal Setting

Students will be able to set, self-assess, and evaluate health enhancing goals.

Students will be able to evaluate, maintain, and improve physical fitness, motor skills, and knowledge about physical activity through fitness testing, activity labs, and assessments. 

TARGET 4- Community 

Students will be able to find resources that will help them enhance their health.

Students will be able to utilizes skills to communicate effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health and physical education.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Child Development

Description:

The course is a study of the principles of child growth and development from conception though adolescence. The focus of the course is on meeting children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs in their homes and classrooms. Students apply their learning in various educational settings. This course is essential for students with goals to be a parent, k-12 educator, child psychologist, pediatrician, family practitioner, social worker, child care provider, and family and human service careers. This course meets the Wisconsin state mandate for Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention training requirements.

Learning Targets:

Target 1- Analyze the hereditary and environmental factors impacting the health, safety and development of the growing child, including Shaken Baby Syndrome (Wisconsin state mandated).

Target 2- Integrate the knowledge of physical, emotional, social and intellectual development in relation to the needs of the growing child.

Target 3- Analyze education, skills, interests and experience needed for a career in the Human Services or Education & Training Career Cluster.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

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