At PAA we work hard to provide classes that our students both need and want. We survey our students before making the schedule to ensure we are providing a broad range of classes in areas that our students are interested. We are a small school doing great things!
Social Studies 10
Math 10C & 10-3
Social Studies 20-1
Social Studies 20-2
Social Studies 30-1
Social Studies 30-2
Here is a list of the elective classes we offer this year. Scroll below for a brief description to some of these classes.
Environment and Outdoor Education
Math 31 (Calculus)
Coding and Gaming Design
PE 10/20/30 - Mr. Ndekezi
Physical Education is about developing the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to become lifelong lovers of movement. Through team sports, individual activities, and research, students will learn that exercise is not simply something that is done for a few minutes here and there but can be a way of life that allows them to become all that God made them to be.
PE 10 is required for high school graduation and needs to be completed at some point during your high school career. It is recommended to complete it in your 10th grade year. PE 20/30 is optional.
Yearbook/Media Design -Mrs. Lintan
This class is a great place for creative students to make a HUGE contribution to the school in a FUN setting while collaborating with others that have similar interests. In this course, you will develop skills in basic journalism, photography and layout. You will also learn the ethics of journalism, the responsibilities and demands of creating and funding a publication - the school's yearbook, and what it means to capture and document the memories and activities of students’ lives. This course does require yearlong commitment as the yearbook captures both first and second semesters.
French- Mrs. Fernandez
Even if you have never spoken a word of French, through French as a second language you will use French to speak in simple terms about familiar things and to carry out simple conversations that reflect life experiences, such as buying an item or making a hotel reservation. They will explore Francophone cultures and understand the interaction patterns used by French-language speakers.
Creative Writing- Mr. MacDonald
Creative Writing is designed to be a fun, survey course where the students can explore their creative sides in the language arts. The course is designed for students to assess samples of quality writing, take appealing elements and apply them in a creative manner, as well as examine various authors and the opportunities available for publishing written work. Various types of writing are explored: short stories, novellas, screenplays and scripts, poetry, speeches, and specialties (practicing different types of genres). It is a course that complements the traditional English courses, helping students to build and transfer writing skills to other aspects of their academic and personal lives
Psychology - Mr. Ndekezi
High school psychology is an elective course that aims to give students an understanding of human behavior. Psychology classes for high school students typically cover several important aspects such as the history of psychology, research methods, classification and treatment of disorders, and more.
Personal Finance- Mr. Greenlaw
Personal Finance is a custom made course designed to help you understand how to deal with money. You’re learn the fundamentals of how money works, how to manage it, effective ways for growing and protecting wealth, how taxes work, how to invest and save for retirement, and much much more. One day you will be making money, and it is vital that you understand what to do with it when that time comes. Prepare yourself now by learning what you should be doing with money, so that you don’t make life-altering mistakes in life later on that are difficult to reverse.
Video Production- Mrs. Lintan
Video Production, a CTS (Career and Technology Studies) course, provides learning experiences that explore the essential elements of video production. Students discover the essence of a story, experience the struggle to shape and express ideas in the visual medium using the technologies of audio-visual equipment and computer-based editing software, and explore a variety of roles in working with others to produce collective short video projects. Principles of video basics, DV technology, the development and creative process, editing, production, effects and presentation are stressed. Opportunities for creativity, problem-solving, individual and group interactions and decision making are incorporated.
A basic understanding of computer use and software operation is assumed.
Environment/Outdoor Education- Mr. Loxdale and Mrs. Whitworth
Do you think you have what it takes to survive in the wild? You will discover what it takes in this class as you learn to navigate, cook food, and survive your outdoor adventures. Be prepared for outdoor classes, weekend trips (hopefully), and learning to respect the environment along the way. As Bear Grylls says, "You don't need to go to the ends of the earth, you don't need to climb Everest to have a great adventure - it's invariably on our doorstep."
Art 10/20/30 - Mrs. Kay
Based on the days of Creation this class is not hard, but it is heavy. There are a lot of projects and assignments to complete and while there is no final there is an Art History Assignment that you work on throughout the entire semester. We will also do an Art show during Finals week to which you are required to submit pieces of art. Basic art skills in drawing are helpful but not required.
Foods- Ms. Fernandez
Foods Basics, Meal Planning, Milk Products and Eggs, Regional Cuisine, and Vegetarian Cuisine are the 5 modules you will look at in this hands on, lab based course. Work in groups to recreate recipes, learn knife skills, and the basics of cooking to not just stay alive but stay healthy! When you are done, you will have 25 recipes that you can confidently create for your loved ones, or for your own consumption.