Innovative Courses— Foundation

Foundation innovative courses include the following subject areas: bilingual/English as a second language (ESL), English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Mathematics

For questions regarding mathematics innovative courses, contact James Slack, Mathematics Coordinator.

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Linear Algebra
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0.5

Mathematically talented and gifted students need to know the vocabulary, concepts, and problem-solving techniques of linear algebra. This course introduces students to other areas of mathematics, such as multivariable calculus, differential equations, and probability theory, as well as the physical and social sciences and engineering.

2025–2026

Modern Geometry
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0.5–1.0

This course is designed to explore concepts related to the development of non-Euclidean geometry, including projective, spherical, and hyperbolic geometries.

2025–2026

Multivariable Calculus
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0.5–1.0

Multivariable Calculus applies the concepts learned in the single variable calculus course to multiple dimensions.

2025–2026

Number Theory
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0.5

The topics of study contribute to the student’s enhanced understanding of historical developments, proofs and discoveries of mathematical numerical relationships.

2025–2026

Strategic Learning for High School Math
(PDF)

1.0

This course is intended to create strategic mathematical learners from underprepared mathematics students. The basic understandings will stimulate students to think about their approach to mathematical learning.

2025–2026

Science

For questions regarding science innovative courses, contact Irene Pickhardt, Science Coordinator.

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Electricity and Magnetism
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0.5

Electricity and Magnetism is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the concepts of electricity and electronics for the student who plans to major in an engineering discipline at the university level. With a concentrated and extended study of electricity and magnetism, the student will be aptly prepared to enter the highly competitive university environment.

2023–2024

Introduction to Renewable Energy
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0.51.0

This course provides the foundation for a deeper understanding of the problems, issues, perspectives, and developments in the areas of bio-fuels, solar and wind energy. A significant focus of the course will be on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and communication of ideas relating to renewable energy.

To be determined (TBD)

Modern Physics
(PDF)

0.5–1.0

Students will gain an understanding of how science works; what motivates it, how initially promising ideas are refuted by continued research, and the consequences of science on other fields and society in general.

2023–2024

Organic Chemistry
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0.5–1.0

Organic Chemistry is an introductory course that is designed for the student who intends to continue future study in the sciences. The student will learn the concepts and applications of organic chemistry.

2023–2024

Planet Earth
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1.0

Planet Earth focuses on the complex, dynamic relationship between the planet and its life, tracing it through the Earth’s geologic history. Portions of the course include the emerging, integrative science now being referred to as Geobiology at the college level.

2023–2024

Science and Technology
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0.5–1.0

Science and Technology (SciTech) is a high-level, hands-on science and engineering course. Through self and peer evaluation, SciTech requires students to interact verbally, in writing, and through improving the performance of devices.

2023–2024

Social Studies

For questions regarding social studies innovative courses, contact Jim Doris, Social Studies Director.   

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Civic Discourse
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1.0 This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a productive citizen in both their private life and public life. It uniquely approaches civic discourse through the lens of psychology, exploring evidence-based material in order to understand why people act as they do, what biases people are prone to, and how these factors affect civic life. Students will learn an essential toolkit of communication and collaboration skills. Students will apply these newfound skills to conversations on stimulating topics in politics, morality, religion, and culture. They will come away with a strong understanding of the need for civic discourse and a toolkit for how to effectively practice it. 2021-2022
School to College
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1.0 In School to College, students identify interests and strengths, mapping them to potential careers, and research in-demand occupations and industries. Students then evaluate the best institution type which meets their career goals. As part of financial planning, students calculate returns on postsecondary investment. Students quantitatively evaluate postsecondary options by analyzing their return on investment (ROI).   2024-2025

Teen and Police Service
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1.0

The Teen and Police Service (TAPS) course includes specific topic areas associated with Children and Youth Safety (COPS-CPD-2011-3) such as violence, physical and sexual abuse, stalking, domestic trafficking, sexual exploitation, and bullying. The course is designed to help youth change behavior, learn responsible decision making, participate in crime prevention projects, and reduce the social distance between themselves and law enforcement.

2024–2025

 

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
curriculum@tea.texas.gov
(512) 463-9581