SCPA High School Course Descriptions Grades 7-12
The School for Creative and Performing Arts provides a rigorous academic and college-preparatory curriculum for all students. All academic programs are rooted in the Ohio Common Core State Standards.
The High School Course Guide includes more detail about the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.
The School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Academic Section is guided by the following eight principles:
- Higher Expectations: In order for students to meet tougher learning standards and compete for increasingly demanding jobs, they must be exposed to more rigorous content and performance expectations.
- Engagement: The future is layered, networked and vibrant, so our students must be engaged socially, emotionally and intellectually—and at a deep level—to fully develop their talents.
- Collaboration: The workplace is becoming increasingly collaborative and it will be even more so in the future, so our students must be comfortable working in teams, sharing responsibility and making joint decisions.
- Real World Connections: The future holds many challenges, so our students must be exposed to real world issues and their possible solutions, while being inspired by—and even consulting with—experts from around the world.
- Technology: The future promises to be only more digital and data-driven, so our students must be able to use information and communications technology to expand their knowledge and deepen their skills.
- Social Skills: In both the physical and digital realms, the future will be even more heavily networked and crowd-sourced, so our students must be able to expand their self-awareness, learn social skills and understand the hallmarks of wise choices.
- Critical Thinking: The future offers an abundance of information and opinion, so our students must be able to analyze, synthesize and evaluate.
- Creativity: The future is awash in opportunity and challenges, so our students must be able to generate new and novel ideas, conceive of alternatives and view things from different perspectives.
Academic Programs & Credit Opportunities
Students at SCPA are given the opportunity to complete their graduation requirements and gain credits in a variety of ways, described below.
- Advanced Academic — Courses in this program are designed to exceed Ohio’s academic standards. Topics will be studied in more depth and additional topics will be studied. AA courses in grades 9 and 10 are designed to prepare students for AP courses in grades 11 and 12.
- Advanced Placement — AA courses in grades 11 and 12 are appropriate for students who would like a more in-depth course without the requirements of an AP course. Courses in this program are comparable to college-level work, and students in AP courses may be eligible to earn college credit based on an AP exam. SCPA offers AP courses in both traditional and blended learning models. Students meet face-to face with instructors five days per week in the traditional model. Students may sit for an AP exam without taking the course, provided they have met registration deadlines and paid fees.
- Career Technical — Career Technical courses address content for specific vocations. CPS offers programs in a number of areas. Specific programs have unique courses designed to fit the program.
- College Credit Plus — High school students in grades 9-12 may earn both college and high school credit by accessing College Credit Plus. Taking a college course from a public college or university under College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. If students choose to attend a private college or university, they may have limited costs. There are no tuition costs to CPS students who take courses at Cincinnati State. Students must meet all deadlines and work with school personnel for scheduling.
- College Prep — Courses are designed to meet Ohio’s academic standards. Courses in grades 9 and 10 are designed to prepare students for the required state tests. Courses in grades 11 and 12 are designed to complete graduation requirements and prepare students for postsecondary education.
SCPA High School Course Offerings
Social Studies Department
Physical Education and Health Department
World Languages Department