Plano ISD approves 26 new and revised courses for 2020-21 school year

The Plano ISD board of trustees voted Nov. 5 to approve new courses for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The Plano ISD board of trustees voted Nov. 5 to approve new courses for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Plano ISD board of trustees voted Nov. 5 to approve new courses for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Plano ISD will be offering 26 new or revised courses in the 2020-21 school year.

Trustees approved the addition, revision and sunsetting recommendations of courses brought to the board Nov. 5 by Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services Katrina Hasley. The changes include one additional course at the middle school level; 25 additional courses for high school and Collin College Technical Campus students; and the removal, or sunsetting, of three courses at the high school level.

Newcomer English Language Development A and B and social intelligence courses are being sunset from the current course catalog.

Here is a comprehensive list of new and/or revised courses for the 2020-21 school year:

Middle school:


Computer science

Fundamentals of Computer Science, grade 8, 0.5 credit

High school:

Languages other than English

American Sign Language IV - dual credit, grade 12, 1 credit

Mathematics

IB Math Analysis and Approaches Standard Level, grades 11-12, 2 credits

IB Math Analysis and Approaches Higher Level, grades 11-12, 2 credits

IB Math Applications and Interpretation Standard Level, grades 11-12, 2 credits

IB Math Applications and Interpretation Standard Level, grades 11-12, 2 credits

English as a second language

New English Language Development and Acquisition, grades 9-12, 1 or 2 credits

Fine arts*

Music Theory II (advanced), grade 12, 1 credit

*Band, Orchestra and Choir III and IV Honors have been reinstated with curriculum updates

Advanced academics

College Preparatory English, grade 12, 0.5 or 1 credit

College Preparatory Math, grade 12, 1 credit

Speech Communications (dual)**, grades 9-12, 0.5 credit

**Speech Communications is currently piloting as a dual-credit online course that juniors and seniors may take in the spring

Career and technical education

Principles of Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications, grades 9-12, 1 credit

Child Development (revised grade-level offerings), grades 10-12, 1 credit

Agricultural Structures, Design and Fabrication, grade 12, 2 credits

Project Lead the Way Medical Interventions, grade 12, 1 credit

Collin College Technical Campus:

AC/DC Electronics, Year 2, 1 credit

Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Year 2, 2 credits

Introduction to Welding, Year 1, 1 credit

Welding II, Year 2, 2 credits

Practicum in Manufacturing, Year 2, 2 credits

Construction Management I, Year 1, 2 credits

Principles of Construction, Year 1, 1 credit

Construction Management II, Year 2, 2 credits

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology I, Year 1, 1 credit

HVAC and Refrigeration Technology II, Year 1, 2 credits

Practicum in Construction Technology and Extended Practicum in Construction Technology, Year 2, 3 credits
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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