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ASU Prep Digital at Ivy Hall Academy

In partnership with ASU Prep Digital, Ivy Hall Academy provides a blended learning model
designed instructionally for optimal online learning.

ABOUT ASU PREP DIGITAL

ASU Prep Digital is an online school serving students in grades 6-12 in partnership with Private Schools in Utah and around the world. They are a college prep option where online high school and university courses converge in a unique learning opportunity for all students. This accredited (Cognia), rigorous virtual school program prepares students for college acceptance and encourages them to start earning credit toward college majors and careers in an increasingly interconnected environment.

ASU MISSION

ASU is advancing next-generation education models that transcend the traditional boundaries between “high school” and “college” and eliminate the barriers based on location, modality, background, and income so all learners can thrive.

Enroll today to experience the benefits of engaging online courses, private school rigor, personalized attention, and collaborative learning.

IVY HALL PROVIDES:

  • Free access to ASUPD courses through Ivy Hall
  • One live online lesson per week
  • One in-person Collaboration Lab per week
  • Weekly "Office Hours" for questions and support
  • 15 min. check-in weekly with Success Coach to assess goals, progress, etc.
  • Math lab 3 days per week (M, W, Th)
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COURSES

Language Arts Core

HONORS COURSE

Why do authors make the choices they do? This course asks you to get to the heart of what makes effective texts, from novels to newspapers and from plays to travel blogs. As you formulate your big ideas, you will share your message through narrative, expository, and persuasive writing to make your mark on your school and the world.

HONORS COURSE

This course centers around reading, writing, and critical thinking. Incorporating universal themes found in plays, novels, and poetry, it uses these three skills to challenge you to not just examine texts for what is being expressed— it pushes you to analyze why and how language is used to affect an audience. The course also offers you an opportunity to explore more creative expressions of your acquired knowledge with unique and innovative projects. Finally, it encourages you to claim ownership of your learning, blending independent studies with your guided online experience, echoing a more “real world” reflection of personal accountability and responsibility.

HONORS COURSE

English 11 has two main objectives. The first is to help build cultural capital, while you take a historical survey through the American literature timeline. You will then trace a path from the icons of the Colonial era, through the tumultuous 1800s, and stop at today’s Post Modern landscape. The second objective is to help build global citizenship, which will ask you to research, critically think, and write about the issues that are most crucial, most vital, and most affecting life around the world. Together, these objectives work to build upon the skills of the past while exploring the potential for a brighter future.

HONORS COURSE

English 12 provides learners opportunities to make critical and informed responses to texts which are wide-ranging in their form, style and context. Experience British literature that introduces you to the cultural and societal contexts of the literary pieces you read. Advanced writing assignments are required, including a research paper based on your interests.

Mathematics Core

HONORS COURSE

The course content will include a rigorous approach to solving, graphing, and writing linear quadratic, rational, and exponential functions. You will develop mathematical knowledge that will increase your ability to communicate and reason with mathematical concepts. This course offers a solid foundation for further study of mathematical relationships.

HONORS COURSE

Included in this course is a study of the complex number system and its properties, factorization, simplification of radicals and polynomials, linear and quadratic functions, graphs and equations, matrices, determinants, rational expressions, probability, and statistics. You will develop mathematical knowledge that will increase your ability to communicate and reason with mathematical concepts. This course offers a solid foundation for further study of mathematical relationships.

HONORS COURSE

Included in this course is a further depth study of functions, quadratics, logarithms, coordinate geometry, vectors, trigonometry probability and statistics with the addition of differentiation, integration and differential equations. You will develop mathematical knowledge that will increase your ability to communicate and reason with mathematical concepts. This course offer a solid foundation for further study of mathematical relationships.

HONORS COURSE

Calculus plays an important role in science, medicine, sociology and economics. Consequently, it is important for everyone to learn. The objective of this course is to enable students not just to recognize concepts, but learn to work with them in ways that will be useful in their future careers and life. The course uses a logical progression from fundamental to advanced concepts so that students can make more connections between theories and applications. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, related rates, optimization, integration, area under the curve, volumes of revolution, and centers of mass.

Science Core

HONORS COURSE

This course allows you to learn about living organisms, including humans, and their interactions with each other and their surroundings. This includes investigations regarding the health of human beings, animals, organisms, and entire ecosystems. You will learn how the advances in the study of biology impact society and each of us as individuals and, in turn, how we each have an impact on the organisms and environment around us. Ultimately and ideally, this will culminate in a newfound appreciation for the interdependence of life on Earth. Students participate in regular in person labs (with materials available at home or a school lab site), and experiments are supplemented with other virtual experiences.

HONORS COURSE

This course helps learners understand the technological world in which they live and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. You will learn about the basic principles of physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. You will also gain an understanding of how science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities, and the environment. Students participate in regular in person labs (with materials available at home or a school lab site), and experiments are supplemented with other virtual experiences.

HONORS COURSE

This course allows you to study atoms and their interactions with each other and their surroundings. This includes investigations into heat, energy, molecular bonding, chemical and physical reactions, radioactivity, acids, and bases. It will show you how things bond together to make new substances and how those substances interact with the world around us. You will learn how advances in the study of chemistry impact society and each of us as individuals and, in turn, how we each have an impact on the environment around us. Students participate in regular in person labs (with materials available at home or a school lab site), and experiments are supplemented with other virtual experiences.

HONORS COURSE

In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore the characteristics of objects and materials that you encounter daily. You will gain an understanding of the nature of matter and energy, including their forms, the changes they undergo, and their interactions. You will develop an understanding of the fundamental laws of motion, knowledge of the various ways energy is stored in a system, and the processes by which energy is transferred between systems and surroundings. You will participate in regular in person labs (with materials available at home or a school lab site), and experiments are supplemented with other virtual experiences.

Social Studies Core

HONORS COURSE

How do historians read and write? In this unique, depth study course, you will examine the origins and analyze the consequences of the major events and themes throughout world history. You will form your own ideas about the major events and learn how to write with confidence.

HONORS COURSE

This course offers you the opportunity to discover key issues, ideas, people, and events that shaped the emergence and development of the United States. This course focuses on the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the twenty-first century. You will develop an understanding of the present as well as the past. This course allows you to study American history through the use of primary and secondary sources. You will develop skills in research and investigation, critical analysis, and written communication. You will choose a special topic of interest for your research project along with a depth study.

The course looks at characteristics of culture and art, primarily in the Western world, from prehistoric times up to the modern day. By exploring major turning points in history such as the first tools made, the first civilizations formed, and the rise and fall of major empires and religions you will more easily make connections to the artworks created. The course will also emphasize the impact culture itself has on the artworks produced in various times and places. You will examine the different types of value we assign to various types of art including aesthetic value, economic value, and social value. And lastly, you will learn about principles of design, which will help to build a common vocabulary for discussing and critiquing art.

HONORS COURSE

With great freedom, comes great responsibility. Become an expert in responsible citizenship as you study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the U.S. Constitution. In this course, you will learn how and why the US Government was developed, and how it currently operates. Included in this exploration will be the historical context for the creation of the US Constitution and the three branches of the government, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. You will also learn about the role of state and local governments, all while contemplating how and why citizens can participate responsibly within these contexts.

World Languages

In the first level, you will learn the language basics, greetings and introductions, work and school, shopping, travel, and about past/future as you build grammar and vocabulary of the language. You will also learn about the culture of the language speaking countries.

In the second level, you will continue to build your grammar, vocabulary, and speaking skills as you explore friends and social life, dining and vacation, home and health, life and world, everyday things, and places and events. Continue to explore the culture of the language speaking countries.

In the first level, you will learn the language basics, greetings and introductions, work and school, shopping, travel, and about past/future as you build grammar and vocabulary of the language. You will also learn about the culture of the language speaking countries.

In the second level, you will continue to build your grammar, vocabulary, and speaking skills as you explore friends and social life, dining and vacation, home and health, life and world, everyday things, and places and events. Continue to explore the culture of the language speaking countries.

Fine Arts Core

Have you ever heard a piece of music that made you want to get up and dance? Cry your heart out? Sing at the top of your lungs? Whether pop, classical, or anything in between, music provides a powerful way for people to celebrate their humanity and connect with something larger than themselves. Music Appreciation: The Enjoyment of Listening not only will provide a historical perspective on music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, but it will also teach you the essentials of how to listen and really hear (with a knowledgeable ear) the different music that’s all around you. Learning how to truly appreciate sound and melody is the best way to ensure a continued love of this delightful art form.

This course is designed for people who have never picked up the instrument before but have always wanted to try. The course covers all of the notes, chords, and theory that you need to get started. And for those more advanced players, you’ll learn about different musical styles and techniques that aim to round out your sound and inspire your songcraft.

Required Materials

To complete this course, you will need 1 of the following types of guitars:

  • 6 string acoustic
  • 6 string electric
  • 6 string classical

You will also want a few picks at your disposal.

Optional purchases that most players like to have on hand include:

  • 1 set of backup strings
  • 1 string winder / peg winder
  • 1 tuner app downloaded on your phone (or 1 physical tuner)

Are you ready to take your guitar playing to the next level? Whether you want to play guitar for your family and friends, desire to be a professional performer, or just love playing music, this course is a great place to continue your journey towards musical excellence. You will build on the fundamentals of music and the basic skills necessary to play a wide variety of music styles. Student guides, Carlos and Ariel, will guide you through each step of this journey towards becoming a skilled guitarist and musician. This course can be used as a performing/fine arts credit to meet the requirements for certain high school graduation tracks.

Required Materials

To complete this course, you will need 1 of the following types of guitars:

  • 6 string acoustic
  • 6 string electric
  • 6 string classical

You will also want a few picks at your disposal.

Optional purchases that most players like to have on hand include:

  • 1 set of backup strings
  • 1 string winder / peg winder
  • 1 tuner app downloaded on your phone (or 1 physical tuner)

Health

This comprehensive health course provides students with essential knowledge and decision-making skills for a healthy lifestyle. Students will analyze aspects of emotional, social, and physical health and how these realms of health influence each other. Students will apply principles of health and wellness to their own lives. In addition, they will study behavior change and set goals to work on throughout the semester. Other topics of study include substance abuse, safety and injury prevention, environmental health, and consumer health.

Financial Literacy

We all know money is important in life. But how important? In fact, the financial decisions you make today may have a lasting effect on your future. Rather than feeling anxious about money feel empowered by learning how to make smart decisions! Personal and Family Finance will begin the conversation around how to spend and save your money wisely, investing in safe opportunities and the days ahead. Learning key financial concepts around taxes, credit, and money management will provide both understanding and confidence as you begin to navigate your own route to future security. Discover how education, career choices, and financial planning can lead you in the right direction to making your life simpler, steadier, and more enjoyable.

Fitness for Life

The first half of this course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and information needed to begin a personalized exercise program and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Students participate in pre- and post-fitness assessments in which they measure and analyze their own levels of fitness based on the five components of physical fitness: muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and body composition. In this course, students research the benefits of physical activity, as well as the techniques, principles, and guidelines of exercise to keep them safe and healthy. Throughout this course students participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility training.

The second half of this course takes a more in-depth look at the five components of physical fitness touched on earlier: muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, flexibility, and body composition. This course allows students to discover new interests as they experiment with a variety of exercises in a non-competitive atmosphere. By targeting different areas of fitness, students increase their understanding of health habits and practices and improve their overall fitness level. Students take a pre- and post-fitness assessment. Throughout this course students also participate in a weekly fitness program involving elements of cardio, strength, and flexibility.

Digital Studies

Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing video games or coding? Does the idea of creating and designing your own virtual world excite you? If so, this is the course for you! Tap into your creative and technical skills as you learn about the many aspects involved with designing video games. You will learn about video game software and hardware, various gaming platforms, necessary technical skills, troubleshooting and internet safety techniques, and even the history of gaming. And to top it all off, you’ll even have the opportunity to create your very own plan for a 2D video game! Turn your hobby into a potential career and go from simply being a player in a virtual world to actually creating one.

Other Electives

The Leadership and Collaboration course explores roles, responsibilities, and leadership styles by putting you in the driver’s seat of a small, poorly run non-profit. You will learn the basics of leadership, decision-making, collaboration, and culture building, and apply that knowledge to make their non-profit a success. In doing so, you will also begin to define your own leadership style.

ELECTIVE CREDIT ONLY

For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to better understand ourselves and our world. This course can provide you with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story. Then, when you are ready to go beyond the basics, learn more complicated literary techniques to create strange hybrid forms of poetry and prose. By the end of this course, you can better discover your creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.

Have you ever wondered how professional photographers manage to take such sensational pictures? How are they able to find just the right way to capture an image or moment in time? Perhaps you’ve even wondered why your own pictures don’t meet that standard. This class will answer these questions and help you understand.

Required Materials

  • Manual camera or digital camera with manual settings (the camera needs to allow for the mode, shutter speed, and aperture to be adjusted)
  • A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks, however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture.
  • Tripod (or necessary item(s) to create a stable foundation such as a table)
  • Reflector (white paper, poster board, sheets, or a wall can also serve as a reflector)
  • Image editing software
  • Access to a slideshow application, such as PowerPoint

Do you ever wonder how your mind works? Why do you think about your world the way you do? As you prepare for college, career, and life, psychology is an invaluable foundation for understanding what makes humans tick. In addition to theory and science work, you will gain knowledge on a wide array of issues on both individual and global levels, examining connections between content areas within psychology and relating them to psychological knowledge of everyday life, including available careers for those who study psychology.

Fingerprints. Blood spatters. Gunshot residue. If these things intrigue you rather than scare you, Forensic Science I: Secrets of the Dead may be for you. This course offers you the chance to dive into the riveting job of crime scene analysis. Learn the techniques and practices applied during a crime scene investigation and how clues and data are recorded and preserved. You will better understand how forensic science applies technology to make discoveries and bring criminals to justice as you follow the entire forensic process—from pursuing the evidence trail to taking the findings to trial. By careful examination of the crime scene elements, even the most heinous crimes can be solved.