English

Senior Literature

Students in Senior Literature practice and refine their reading and writing skills. Major areas of study include American Literature, British Literature and Native American Literature. Students read from several different types of literature in units of study, such as: poetry, the short story, and the novel. Students also are given some SAT Reading/Writing preparation as well as AIMS Reading/Writing preparation. Major writing assignments include literary analysis essays and creative writing (poetry). Senior Literature

*This course fulfills the state/board requirements for Senior Literature

Junior Literature

Students in Junior Literature practice and refine their reading and writing skills. Major areas of study include Drama, Native American Literature, William Shakespeare and his major works, as well as AIMS Reading/Writing preparation, and an intensive unit on English Grammar, Mechanics and Usage. Major writing assignments include literary analysis essays and creative writing (script writing for a play). Freshman Composition

*This course fulfills the state/board requirements for Junior Literature

Sophomore Composition

Students in Sophomore Composition continue to practice using different reading strategies and improve their composition skills. Major areas of study include American/British literature and Native American literature. Students will read in a variety of genres. Major writing assignments include personal, expository and persuasive essays, poetry, and writing a formal research paper. Students will also analyze and evaluate different media and the techniques used to influence attitudes and cultural perceptions. Sophomores will also spend time on AIMS Reading and Writing Prep. IS English

*This course fulfills the state/board requirements for Sophomore Literature

Freshman Composition

Students in Freshman Composition are taught reading strategies and composition skills. Students will explore several writing/pre-writing strategies that will increase organization skills to help them write more effectively and descriptively. Major areas of study include Native American literature, poetry, personal narratives, and English grammar and usage. Students will also analyze and evaluate different media and the techniques used to influence attitudes and cultural perceptions. Major writing assignments include the students writing personal narratives, poetry, and persuasive essays. They will begin to collect their best writing samples in a portfolio, which they will continue adding to over the next three years in their English classes. Sophomore Composition

*This course fulfills the state/board requirements for Freshman Composition

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

We will be studying basic elements of art to help those of you who may have had little exposure to art making, and will also provide a better foundation of those who already have a talent for creating art. First quarter, class will begin by experimenting with different kinds of art mediums. Second quarter, will be spent on specific art forms and methods favored by students. Third quarter will be analyzing various contemporary artists in Tucson, field trips to different art museums and acrylic paintings. Fourth quarter will focus on individual student art projects to be displayed in a final art show here at Ha:san.

Drama (Theatrical Art)

To give the student an increased appreciation and experience in theater as an art form. The student will act, direct, and/or be technically involved in scenes, one-act plays or full-length production. The student will read, write and evaluate plays as well as view and critique electronic and live performances. History, culture and technology will be examined, and career opportunities will be explored. Through creating theater, students will grow in their ability to comprehend the world and to communicate with others effectively.

Traditional Singing

Traditional Arts

Poetry

 

Foreign Language

Spanish

This is a self-paced introductory level Spanish course based upon a written contract between student and teacher, describing the requirements necessary to complete the needed credit. Oral skills and basic written Spanish skills are covered.

Tohono O’odham Language

The Tohono O’odham Language is a Native American language considered and recognized as a Foreign Language therefore follows the Foreign Language/Native American Language Arizona State Standards. It is also acknowledged and transferable to most Arizona colleges and universities as a foreign language

Conversational Tohono O’odham Language & Culture 1 Class Course description:

Pre-requisites: none.
This course is an introduction to the Tohono O’odham language and culture. The primary focus will be on listening, speaking/communication, oral comprehension, and introduction to basic Tohono O’odham reading and writing. The course will be conducted in an immersion style in which basic O’odham comprehension, listening, and basic conversational communication skills are learned through highly interactive, presentational and constructive activities focusing on classroom/school, household, family, social, and formal and informal Tohono O’odham language with emphasis on Tohono O’odham cultural traditions. Some projects will be related to kinship, storytelling, and traditional singing.

Tohono O’odham Language & Culture 2 Class Course description:

Pre-requisites: Tohono O’odham Language & Culture 1 or recommendation.
This course is a continuation of the Tohono O’odham Language and Culture 1. The primary focus will be on listening, speaking, oral comprehension, basic Tohono O’odham reading and writing, basic grammar comprehension, and an introduction to O’odham community, literature, music, and authors. The course will be conducted in an immersion style in which basic O’odham language, comprehension, communication, and reading and writing skills. Again, skills are learned through highly interactive, presentational and constructive activities focusing on family, community, social, and formal and informal O’odham language with emphasis on Tohono O’odham cultural traditions. Some projects will be related to kinship, community, governance, history, storytelling, and traditional singing

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra

Understanding fundamental concepts in math and knowing how to apply those skills are tools that every student must possess as they approach a demanding job market that requires they have a strong background in mathematics. Pre-Algebra is a course that offers students an opportunity to think pragmatically and apply their understanding of math to real-world problems. This course allows teachers to assess and determine what skills students still need and modify the curriculum to align with the needs of the student.

Algebra II

The number one goal for the class this block is to help you discover and develop different ways to solve problems. I also want to introduce you to a wide variety of topics and hope you learn to appreciate the art of recognizing patterns and solving problems logically.

Financial Math

The number-one goal for this block is to become comfortable with financial decisions and planning you will need in order to succeed on your own as an adult. Knowing the math behind budgeting, living costs, credit cards, loans, insurance, and investments will empower you to make smart decisions about your future.

Geometry

College Algebra

Financial Math

Math Lab

Students in Math Lab practice and refine their mathematics skills. Major areas of study include, but are not limited to, basic number theory, triangular numbers, algebraic sequences and series, geometric sequences and series, fractions concepts, as well as AIMS Mathematics preparation

Freshman Math Lab

Students in Freshman Math Lab complete various in-class assignments intended to reinforce concepts introduced in their Integrated Math 1 course. Key concepts include basic number theory, fractions concepts, algebraic sequences, as well as AIMS Mathematics preparation

Science

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the form and function of living organisms. This course will allow students to take a hands-on approach to studying the Human body. Students will have the opportunities to explore the Human body from the cell and it’s components to the entire organism and how it functions. Students will be able to investigate concepts by taking part in laboratory activities individually, in small or large groups, and as an entire class team. Students will have the opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the Arizona State Science Standards and their prior and learned knowledge through various formats, such as, writing, group and individual activities and research projects, and quizzes. In this course students will be challenged and taught the basics of good note taking, laboratory behavior, laboratory report writing skills, and organization skills

Biology

The cultural and educational value of the Sonoran Desert is the key component in providing students with a critical understanding of the biological sciences at Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School. Our students are entering a period in time when it is vitally important to posses a strong background in the life sciences as they begin to explore the career options that await them. Biology is a fun and interactive area of study that allows students to better conceptualize life and its many functions. Topics to be covered in this class include scientific inquiry, collecting data and communicating results, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, evolution, living organisms, and the human body.

Earth and Space Science

There are two components to this course: Earth Science and Space Science or Astronomy. In the Earth Science component, students will explore the planet Earth; its components, their functions and how it sustains life. Then, students will look toward the stars and learn about the complex, yet important relationship, our solar system has with our planet. Students will be able to investigate concepts by taking part in laboratory activities individually, in small or large groups, and as an entire class team. Students will have the opportunities to demonstrate not only mastery of the Arizona State Science Standards, but their prior and learned knowledge through various formats, such as, writing, group and individual activities and research projects, exams and quizzes. In this course students will be challenged and taught the basics of good note taking, laboratory behavior, laboratory report writing skills, and organization skills.

Chemistry

This course surveys the concepts of general chemistry. Topics include states of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, chemical equations, and quantitative relationships. Students will be able to investigate concepts by taking part in laboratory activities individually, in small or large groups, and as an entire class team. Students will have the opportunities to demonstrate not only mastery of the Arizona State Science Standards, but their prior and learned knowledge through various formats, such as, writing, group and individual activities and research projects, exams and quizzes. In this course students will be challenged and taught the basics of good note taking, laboratory behavior, laboratory report writing skills, and organization skills.

Physics

Physics is the science that deals with matter, energy, motion and force. It’s everywhere and in everything we see and do. Through this conceptual physics course, the material may not always be “easy”, but our aim this year is to be able to learn and comprehend the “not-so-easy” material. A scientist’s goal is to understand and explain how the world around them works…this is our goal. Students will be able to investigate concepts by taking part in laboratory activities individually, in small or large groups, and as an entire class team. Students will have the opportunities to demonstrate not only mastery of the Arizona State Science Standards, but their prior and learned knowledge through various formats, such as, writing, group and individual activities and research projects, exams and quizzes. In this course students will be challenged and taught the basics of good note taking, laboratory behavior, laboratory report writing skills, and organization skills.

Social Studies

Humanities

Students in Humanities spend a semester studying world mythology. Special focus is given to studying Greek/Roman mythology and Native American Legends/Stories. Other cultures’ mythologies covered include Egyptian, Chinese, African, Norse, and East Indian. Major assignments in the class focus on students doing cross-cultural comparisons of topics and themes in world mythology. The other semester, students study William Shakespeare’s major works, as well as researching what life was like in Elizabethan England. Major assignments for the quarter include a research project and a literary analysis

Arizona/O’odham History

We study the many nations and cultures that make up Arizona today, with a focus on recent O’odham history. State and tribal governments and tribal sovereignty are covered. Students will read articles and textbook chapters, discuss with classmates, use maps, analyze photographs and art, examine primary sources (including the Tohono O’odham Constitution and laws), and research and write an essay in class. Students will use the disciplines of archaeology, geography, economics and government to get a better understanding of Arizona and O’odham history from varied points of view.

United States History

The legacy of British colonialism is covered as we study the culture and responses of various Native nations. The textbook A People’s History of the United States is used throughout the year as a launching point from which to study different events. Primary sources such as laws, treaties, journal enteries, photos and videos will be studied, allowing students to develop their skills as historians and critics. The themes of change and activism are explored, culminating in a major writing project, where students research an activist from the 19th century and write from their point of view. The course ends with a study of United States government and current events.

World History

The history of world is studied through the lens of colonialism, focusing on its meaning and process and the responses of indigenous peoples around the world. Geography and economics are emphasized in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world today. The histories of Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East are central to the class. Finally WWII and the 20th century are studied in depth, with the class ending with a problem solving and planning project focused on a current issue.

Special Education

Ha:sañ is in full compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as evidenced by regular monitoring by the AZ Dept. of Education/Exceptional Student Services. The most recent comprehensive monitoring of the special education program was successfully completed in May, 2010, Ha:sañ received a 20/20 score.

Children birth through age 21 are entitled to special education services at no cost to the family. Ha:sañ School is committed to helping students with learning needs improve their academic skills so they may become successful and productive citizens. We provide evaluations to all students with a suspected disability and special education services to all students with a verified handicap. If you suspect a student/child has a disability please contact the following:

  • Birth to age 3 years, call AzEIP 520.439.5609
  • Ages 3 to 5 years, call the special education office of your home school district.
  • Grades K to 12 (students/children NOT attending Ha:sañ), call the special education office of your home school.
  • Grades 9 to 12 (students attending Ha:sañ), contact Karol Basel at the school.

Electives

Novel Stars Independent Study

At Ha:san, students are given the opportunity to earn course credit that they are in need of through the use of an online academic program called Novel Stars. Each course offered is meant to simulate a rigorous classroom that provides all of the critical background knowledge and skills that are needed for students to be college and career ready. Made available to our senior class students who come to the school with gaps in their credit requirements that are needed as they near graduation.

Capstone

Senior Capstone at HPLS allows seniors to explore, learn and understand opportunities of post-secondary education. These opportunities may consist of college, university, training, military, or employment. Seniors conduct research, set goals and begin the process of applying for these opportunities. Exploration of Careers Paths, Community Service, and creation of a Senior Portfolio are also emphasized.

College Prep

College Prep at HPLS allows juniors to explore, learn and understand opportunities related to careers and post-secondary education. Juniors will conduct research, set goals, pursue community service/volunteering opportunities and apply for college prep related summer programs. Emphasis on College and Career Exploration will be the main focus throughout the year. Juniors will create a Portfolio Project highlighting their work over the course of the year.

Technology

In this class students will be investigating a wide range of technology that is used to provide information to people, students, teachers, and the world. You will learn among other things, website building, simulation games, and photography. You will experience and make your own photostory, podcast, webquest and wiki. This class will be taught primarily online and we will be using all sorts of free tools that many people don’t know about.

Under Construction

New Course Descriptions and other course content COMING SOON!

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must have 22 units to graduate, including the following:
  • Electives/Interdisciplinary - 5 units
  • English - 4 units
  • Foreign Language - 2 units
  • Fine Arts - 1 unit
  • Laboratory Sciences - 3 units
  • Math - 4 units
  • Social Studies - 3 units

Special grading code

  • P = Passing
  • NC = No Credit
  • INC = Incomplete
  • NG = No Grade
  • M = Modified
  • H = Honors (elevated by a grade point)

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1333 E 10th St.
Tucson AZ 85719
United States

Phone (520) 882-8826
Phone 1-888-84HASAN
Fax (520) 882-8651
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Who We Are

A bicultural public high school designed for Tohono O'odham youth and Native students interested in a college prep curriculum sponsored through the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools

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