Gifted

The Academics

  • English 
    GT/ACCELERATED ENGLISH 1-2/AP LITERATURE: With strong demands on thorough reading, close analysis and versatile writing, this course is designed for the gifted student in the field of English. Using the College Board standards and course requirements, this course is enhance with strategies and methods designed specifically for gifted students.  Preparation for the advanced placement college entrance exams in English Literature is provided. Vocabulary development, composition, standard English usage, analysis of literary genres, knowledge of literary devices and expository writing are emphasized. Course requirements include daily reading, class discussion and formal/informal writing assignments, completion of outside projects and activities and the desire to analyze a variety of literary forms. The AP exam is required to be taken by all students enrolled in the course per WCSD board policy

    GT/ACCELERATED ENGLISH 3-4/AP LANGUAGE: This course is an extensive and intensive survey of English language and composition for the gifted student. Students will be trained in writing and analytical skills in preparation for the AP examination in English language using strategies and data driven methods designed for the gifted student . Major works representing non-fiction will be studied in-depth, and philosophy and cultural ethics will be examined. Research methods and various writing modes will be introduced and applied. In addition to the in-course work, extensive time is required outside of the course preparing individual and analytical projects and presentations. Students who succeed in this course will be working toward possible college credit in addition to high school credit, which may be earned by passing the advanced placement examination in English language and composition. The AP exam is required to be taken by all students enrolled in this course per the WCSD board policy.

    Math
    GT/Integrated Math III: This is a one-year accelerated integrated course that will cover topics from Algebra 2 & trigonometry preparing scholars for Calculus the following year. The following Algebra 2 STEM Honors topics will be covered: Parent functions; complex numbers; quadratic functions; polynomial functions; rational functions; function operations, inverses & radical equations; exponents & logarithms; systems; statistical data; and trig functions. In addition to the Algebra 2 concepts, this course will cover angles and radian measure; trig functions; vectors; laws and graphs of trig functions; polar coordinates and their graphs; and trig identities and equations. This course will strengthen the student's problem solving and algebraic skills in preparation for advanced mathematics courses. Throughout the year, students will be expected to continue to develop the ability to reason and communicate mathematically, applying learned concepts to new problems.

    History
    GT/AP US HISTORY: The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The AP U.S. History course aims to develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. GT-APUSH students will also engage in a multitude of presentation formats allowing for more student autonomy and student guided instruction rather than traditional instructor lead instruction. Students will engage in 21st Century learning skills that will make allow them to practice: problem solving, being creative, thinking analytically, working collaboratively with their peers, and honing their communication, ethics and being accountable to not only themselves but others.

    GT/AP WORLD HISTORY: The AP World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of world history from approximately 1300 to the present.  The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past.  The course also provides five themes (interaction of multiple continents and the world, poverty and prosperity, objective knowledge and subjective visions, states and other institutions of power, and individual and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places. The instructional focus of this class will be on student-centered instruction with GT students taking an active role in their learning and development.  This will take the form of project based learning, independent research, simulations, and a great deal of student discussion.

    MUSIC
    Hug High School has a diverse music program including multiple genres and levels of expertise.  Mr. Thomas, our band director, leads concert band in two levels, plus an exceptional jazz band program.  In addition, Hug alsop has one of the only Mariachi programs in the city, which has recently performed at various cultural festivals in Reno.   The music program, also has Ms, Brown, who conducts two levels of orchastra, concert and chamber.  In addition, Ms. Brown also leads Hug High School's chamber and jazz choir.