Curriculum Guide

Ottoville High School Curriculum Guide


Art I
This course is an introductory study to basic art theory. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design. Also, students will do extensive work in drawing using the various medias available. All students will be introduced to the assorted medias used to create color, volume, value, form in drawing, printing, printmaking sculpture and ceramics.  
Elective course

Art II
This course will see a greater proficiency in the assigned medias and techniques than was realized in Art I. Students will also see more involved projects than in Art I. Some projects will involve completing new process and/or new media.
Prerequisite: Art I with at least a "C" average
Elective course

This course will be regarded as an extension of Art II media involvement. Techniques introduced in Art II as well as Art I will be used as the foundation to assignments in this course. There will be greater emphasis than on self-expression than in the first two years. The improvement of media/technique handling will be realized in the class projects. In addition, the students will do some comparative studies of techniques of recognized artists. Having done this, the student will then adapt an assignment to his/her findings. Students will also be given elective assignments possibilities on some occasions to enable them to deal with a media or special interest on an individual basis.
Prerequisite: Art I & Art II with a "B" average in Art II. "C" may be accepted with approval.
Elective course

Art IV/Independent Art
This course is offered to those students who have shown an above average skill and desire in the Art field. The purpose is to expand the student’s ability for self-expression. Projects will be selected on an individual basis. There will be some basic requirements which will vary according to the types of projects a student chooses to engage himself/herself in.
1. Copy work is not acceptable. If use of photos is necessary, the subject matter must reflect a composite of several photos or so altered that the photo was used only as a stimulus.
2. Everyone will be graded on their work whether it is successful or unsuccessful.
3. Working effort applied in the class will be regarded as a vital part as to whether or not you will be allowed to continue or to be dropped.
4. Work of the quality of a fourth year student will be expected.
5. The students will be responsible for finding subject matter for the projects to be done. Suggestions may be provided by the instructor.
6. Students will be responsible for clean-up or work areas and any equipment used by them.
7. Once a student has made a decision on the content of a project and type of media, he/she must hand in a projected time table to the instructor.
Prerequisite: Art I, Art II and Art III. No students will be accepted if they have not received a "B" average in Art III
Elective course


Accounting I / Accounting II
This course is designated to identify the basic concepts of accounting and understanding accounting terms. Students will cover the entire accounting process from preparing a beginning balance sheet to posting to proper journal accounts in a ledger. They will learn how to set up their own basic records and how to keep daily and fiscal records for net income or loss. The use of special Cash Payments, Cash Receipts, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Sales, Purchases, and a general journal will be covered. The effects of depreciation on plant assets and equipment will also be a topic of discussion. Accounting is highly recommended for students considering a business major in college.
Elective Course

6th Grade Technology Class
Students will use the computer to develop and master the touch system of typing.  Also, student will be devoted to learning how to produce and format different types of documents using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and a variety of other applications.  This is a required class for sixth grade students and is offered all year on routing days.
Required class for 6th grade

8th Grade – Computer Literacy I
This is a required class for eighth grade students and is offered as a semester course.  Students will be expected to increase typing speeds and reduce typing errors. Students will also work with editing images, use online software programs, and will be introduced to several topics such as careers in technology and introduction to programming.
This is a required course for 8th grade students.

9th Grade – Computers / Advanced Computers (CCP course)
Students will gain computer application experience using Microsoft Office 2011 (for Mac). Specifically, they will learn introductory skills using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and will review database concepts.
Required course for Freshman

12th Grade – Senior Electronic Resources  (CCP course)
1st Semester - Students will gain computer application experience using Microsoft Office 2011 (for Mac). Specifically, they will learn introductory skills using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and will review database concepts.

2nd Semester - This course will instruct the students to create, edit, manipulate and manage digital imagery using Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.
Required course for Seniors

CAD - Computer Aided Drafting
This course is strongly recommended for students considering a career in engineering, drafting architecture, or design. This course is designed to provide each student with experiences in the proper use of drafting equipment, graphic projections, section drawings, auxiliary drawings, and pictorial drawings. Students will be exposed to Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD). Completion of Geometry is helpful, as are good math skills.
Elective course  Full year course

Video Production I and II
Students will develop skills in creating and editing digital video media. Elements of proper camera technique and storytelling will be included. Students will produce a variety of projects using multimedia software. Software may include:  Final Cut Pro, Quicktime Pro, iMovie, and Motion
Elective course

Yearbook I and II
Yearbook offers students a chance to contribute, create and assemble the Ottoville yearbook. Book production, page layout, photography and advertising will all be a part of the class. Outside class time will be required for photography. Students will also be expected to sell yearbook ad space to local businesses during summer break or after school hours.
Elective course


English 9
This course includes an exposure to a wide variety of literary forms, such as short stories, poetry, plays, and novels, as they are built around the themes of  identity, finding voice, facing limits, and family.  In addition, English 9 students focus on developing their ability to write effective paragraphs and essays, completing various oral and written assignments, and preparing for the PARCC test. Vocabulary study will also be included.   
Required course for Freshmen per Ohio Graduation standards.

English 10
This class consists of a thorough study of American literature.  As part of this study, students will work to develop their ability to analyze and apply literary elements such as characterization, theme, and symbolism.  The historical influences on the literature will also be examined.  In addition, English 10 students will have the opportunity to continue to develop their ability to write effective paragraphs and essays, as well as the step-by-step process of completing a research project. Selected novels, vocabulary study, and standardized test preparation will be included also.
Required course for Sophomores per Ohio Graduation standards.

English 11
This course examines classic British literature as it relates to the themes of carpe diem, heroes, dark forces, and satire.  The aim for the course is to develop in the student the ability to analyze literature by relating the themes of the stories to themselves, their future lives, and the world around them.  English 11 students get instruction in writing essays, as well as the step-by-step process of completing a literary analysis research project.  The students also will read novels, study historical influences on the literature, and complete various oral and written assignments.  Vocabulary study will also be included.
Required course for Juniors per Ohio Graduation standards.

English 12
Students in English 12 will study a variety of classic and contemporary novels and plays.  As part of this study, the students will demonstrate an ability to apply and analyze various literary elements, as well as relating the lessons learned to their own lives.  Students in this course will be asked to do various oral and written assignments, including completion of a research paper.  Vocabulary study will also be included.
Required course for Seniors per Ohio Graduation standards.

Honors English 12 (CCP course)
In addition to the requirements for English 12, Honors English students will gain much experience creating sound, organized, and effective original expository and argumentative compositions,  as well as the research paper.
This is an optional online Senior course for college credit through Rhodes State University.


Health 9
Health is a study of the daily health problems of students, schools, and communities. It is being offered to students to help improve general health standards and to teach them facts concerning adolescent problems, accidents and first aid, functions of the body, and other aspects of healthful living.
Required course for Freshman

Physical Education 9
This course provides a development and continuous program of physical activities for the various physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of each student.
This course introduces and develops: basic movement skills: fundamental rhythms: games, sports, and activities: proper fitness and conditioning activities: leisure and lifetime activities: techniques and strategies in selected games and sports: and understanding of the value of physical fitness and a physically active lifestyle: and awareness of safety: and awareness of career opportunities in physical education and related fields.
Required course for Freshman

Physical Education 10
Physical Education 10 is an extension of Physical Education 9.
Required course for Sophomores


Child Development
Are you ready to be a parent? This course covers the areas of child development and parenting. Students will discover the needs of infants and young children as well as how parents and childcare providers can meet those needs for healthy growth and development.  Topics will include: parenting readiness, building healthy family relationships, prenatal care and development, and child growth.
Elective course for 9th – 12th students

Financial Management
Students will gain knowledge and skills to be an informed, educated and responsible consumer. Topics will include consumer choices, effects of advertising, budgeting, banking principles, consumer rights and responsibilities.  You will also gain knowledge of goal setting, time management skills, and develop an educational plan leading to career goals.  
Required course for Freshman (will meet graduation requirement)

Healthy and Safe Foods
Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed and safe consumers and handlers of food.  Topics to be covered will include food technology, safe food preparations and storage, nutrition and environmental issues.
Elective course for 9th – 12th students

Healthy Living
Students gain knowledge and skills in acquiring and practicing a healthy lifestyle.  Topics covered will include: using dietary guidelines/food groups, disease prevention, learning reliable resources regarding food selection, how to maintain healthy weight and healthy lifestyle, and safe food preparation techniques.
Elective course for 9th – 12th students

Independent Home Economics
In this class, the student will increase their skills to take responsibility for their life.  Topics include goal setting, personal and academic choices, financial literacy, assessing career plans, managing job searches and handling stress.  Students will learn the importance of accepting responsibility for the management of personal, family, and environmental resources.  They also have the opportunity to learn more in regards to personal nutrition and safe food preparation.  This course is designed for students to work independently to accomplish personal goals.
Elective course for Juniors and Seniors

Living on Your Own & Healthy Living
This is a survival course for those leaving home in the near future. It includes moving out, housing, resource management, clothing care, personal relationships, and cooking with emphasis of basic survival skills.
Elective course semester courses (10th - 12th grades)


French I
In this course, students are introduced to very basic French structures and vocabulary. Greetings, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, folk songs and Christmas carols are highlights. In addition to language, students learn about the geography of France and French customs.

French II
This course begins with a review of the structures taught in French I. Students progress to complex and difficult structures and vocabulary. In addition to grammar, students begin to learn reading strategies, work on pronunciation, and begin writing skills. Students learn about French foods and holiday customs.
Prerequisite: Completion of French I, "C" or better recommended

French III
Students begin to study advanced grammar structures. Emphasis is placed on verbal communication, reading for meaning, and writing fluency. Students learn about the impressionist art movement, the Paris metro system, and French government and history. Culture continues to be emphasized through projects and games.
Prerequisite: Completion of French II, "C" or better recommended

French IV
Students complete the study of grammar as they learn more sophisticated ways of self-expression. Reading, speaking, and writing are highlighted. Students begin reading literature: short stories, poems, and finally a novel. Students learn to communicate ideas in the target language, both orally and in analysis type written work.
Prerequisite: Completion of French III, "C" or better recommended


Industrial Tech I
Industrial Tech 1 is usually taken in the ninth grade. The program consists of welding, lathe work, and use of a CNC machine. A number of exercises and projects are used as a means of giving students hands-on experience.

Industrial Tech II
Electricity and small engine repair is studied in this class. The second semester allows students to work with small gas engines. Each student is expected to tear down an engine, inspect, and repair necessary parts. The engine is reassembled and adjusted to running condition.

Industrial Tech III and IV
Individualized instruction is given to juniors and seniors in any are of their choosing. Students are expected to design and make a project of projects that meet the teacher’s standards. These projects should be of high quality and should fall in a time-framework agreed upon by the student and teacher.

CAD Computer Aided Drafting
Advanced Drawing class is designed for the college student interested in fields of technology, and engineering. The drawings created will be generated using the Macintosh computer. Computer aided drawing (CAD) is fast and efficient. It is rapidly replacing the handmade drawing


Applied Algebra I
This course serves to meet the requirements for students who have experienced difficulty with mathematics or who have tested low in aptitude for math. The course is designed to give students a review of the fundamental operations of arithmetic and an introduction to Algebra topics including: solving equations, graphing equations, finding slopes, and writing equations of lines in slope intercept form.

Applied Geometry
This course is a review of the fundamental operations of arithmetic and an introduction to pre-algebra topics including: solving simple equations, ratios, areas, slopes, and graphing equations. Students will be introduced to probabilities and be able to calculate surface area and volumes.

The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge of fundamental concepts and operations of problem-solving necessary for continuation of the study of mathematics. One year of Algebra is suggested for entrance in most vocational of technical schools.

Algebra II
This course is a continuation of Algebra I and is recommended for students who intend to attend college. The curriculum includes a review of the fundamentals of algebra, in addition to the study of logarithms, exponential functions, polynomial functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.

This course of the branch of mathematics that deals with the measurements, properties, and relationship of points, lines, angles, surface, and solids. The chief value of this course is the development of logical thinking and reasoning together with an appreciation of the beauty of form and structure of mathematics.

This course includes a study of functions (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric), as well as an introduction to analytic geometry. The course is for students who plan to study math beyond the high school level. Prerequisites: Algebra I Algebra II, Geometry and Trig (may take concurrently).

This semester course is designed for college bound students. This course includes a study of right triangles, oblique triangles, the unit circle, proofs, and graphs of trig functions.
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.

This semester course is designed for all college bound students. It explores probability, normal distributions, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing.
Prerequisites: Algebra I and Algebra II.

Calculus is recommended for college bound students who plan/need to take college calculus, specially for those planning to major in Math, the sciences, or Engineering.  Students must have already taken Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry,  and Pre-Calculus to enroll for credit.


Open to any interested students. Students will sing individually to determine vocal range. Multi-voiced singing and development of ensemble singing is stressed. Some aural identification of intervals and chords are involved in the course. Leisure time, church, and professional endeavors can be pursued by having experience in the organization.

High School Band
This course is offered to those students who have previously started in the instrumental program. The Band performs at marching band shows and competitions, parades, concerts and other venues. Individual instrumentalists can perform at solo and ensemble contest, and may audition for various honor ensembles at the county, district and state levels. The emphasis is on development of application of music through exposure to a wide variety of musical styles. The class provides a foundation for students interested in music as a career or as an avocation. 


Anatomy & Physiology
This course is directed toward students with an interest in a health or medical related field. It is designed for the junior/senior level student planning to attend a four year college. Students are required to take Biology before taking Anatomy. The course is designed to enable the student to study tall systems of the human body. The course focuses on the structure and function of all body organs and the interaction within the systems. The course includes dissection labs for the fetal pig and/or specific mammal organs as well as other labs. A student who has not completed  Biology with an A, B, or C  should consult with the Anatomy instructor for more course details prior to registration. 

The basic biology course uses the same textbook and covers the same material as the advanced course. However, the material is covered in less depth and in a less technical manner. Less content information is included in the objectives for the course. This course does not include any additional lab time beyond the regular classroom period, but occasional labs are used for demonstration purposes. The study of biology encompasses an understanding of our living world and the interaction of all living organisms.

Advanced Biology
The advanced biology course includes labs, dissections, and field work. The material for this course is covered in technical detail. Students are challenged and encouraged to think, study, and research beyond the textbook. Assignments are made requiring other resources. Course work includes: taxonomy, cytology, genetics, microbiology, virology, bacteriology, botany, zoology, and ecology. This course is considered a college preparatory course and lessons are designed on a level for that purpose.

Chemistry is a course that will enable the student to understand the basic chemical functions surrounding him/her and give the preliminary background necessary for first year college chemistry. To be adequately prepared for chemistry, 2 years of Advanced math and 1 year of Biology are recommended.

Environmental Science
The class will focus on ecological issues and environmental interactions including the interaction between humans and the biosphere.  Topics of study will include ecological principles, pollution, forestry and agriculture, climate change, waste management, energy consumption and environmental ethics and policy.  Laboratory experiments and projects will be a large part of the class.  Active participation will be necessary for success.
Biological science course for juniors and seniors

Health 9
Health is a study of the daily health problems of students, schools, and communities. It is being offered to students to help improve general health standards and to teach them facts concerning adolescent problems, accidents and first aid, functions of the body, and other aspects of healthful living. Periodically students are required to bring articles or news reports pertaining to health.
Required course for Freshman

Physical Science
This is a course designed to prepare students for further academic science studies as well as for applying science to the working world. It gives a general treatment of topics in each of the following areas:
General: students master the metric system and measuring devices.
Chemical: Students correctly name and write formulas, distinguish between the characteristics and effects of acids, bases, and salts, correctly balance equations and identify their types, and describe solutions and mixtures.
Physical: Students determine densities, specific gravities, and buoyancy, examine Newton's laws, inertia, mass, weight, force, and basic kinematics, torque, classify the types of simple machines and calculate mechanical advantages and efficiency, Bernoulli's principle and flight, forces in fluids, pressure, work, kinetic and potential energy and power, and the effects of heat energy and its use in heat engines. Students also investigate wave phenomena, light and its accompanying phenomena, Doppler effect, color, and sound. Earth's seismic activity is investigated as a wave-generating phenomena, and seismic waves are studied as a source of information about the physical characteristics of the earth.
Required course for Freshman

Physics is designed to further develop the student's knowledge in the topics of kinematics, mechanics, heat, wave motion, electricity, and optics. Two years of mathematics and one year of chemistry are recommended for admission.

Principles of Engineering
This course is designed for those students who have a desire for more exposure to engineering principles.  Topics included will be fluids, statics, R-C circuits, analog circuits, digital logic, pneumatics, and the design and construction of systems using modeling equipment to perform various mechanical and electronic functions.
Elective course for Junior and Senior


World Studies
The course begins with a study of world history with the study of man in his earliest stages and continues on through the different steps of the development of civilization as we know it today. We try to compare the governments, living conditions and family life of each group with our present day standards. The aim is to understand and appreciate our heritage from the past. Four year college bound students need to take this course of Civics to meet the college core requirements.
Required course for Freshman (Class of 2018 and beyond)

American History
A general study of the major events in American history. Political and military events will be analyzed for their causes and effects on our national status in the present world of nations. Some current events and some report writing is a part of this required course.
Required course for Sophomores (Class of 2018 and beyond) / Junior (Class of 2017)

American Government
This course deals with government on the federal, state, and local levels. Also included in the course will be current economic and social problems, as well as world affairs. Activities in the course will consist of: reading and studying the textbook, studying the constitution in details, and class discussion. The course will attempt to give the student an understanding of the workings of various levels of government and how we may participate in our democracy. Time will also be spent on the political parties and how they influence our political "way of life."
Required course for Juniors (Class of 2018 and beyond) / Senior (Class of 2016 and 2017)
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