Exceptional Education Courses

The exceptional education program offers three types of services: Life Skills, Inclusion and Intellectually Gifted. Students who are a part of the exceptional education program will have the opportunity to earn one of four types of diploma or certificate:

  • HCDE Diploma - 28 credits.
  • State Diploma - 22 credits.
  • Transitional Certificate.
  • IEP Certificate.

Course: Life Skills-Mathematics
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required

This course will equip students with the basic math competencies needed for independent living and successful employment. Students will become skilled in basic math operations and applications. Students will also gain knowledge of personal financial management including: banking, budgeting, correctly balancing a checkbook and household management. Time management and real-life problem solving skills will also be developed through this curriculum. Calculators, graphs, charts and other manipulatives will be used in this course.

Course: Life Skills Language
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required

Students will develop essential reading, writing and speaking skills to improve basic understanding of language skills. The course will focus on personal, occupational and consumer proficiencies needed for independent living and successful employment.

Course: Introduction to Self-Advocacy
Grades; 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1/2 Credit
This is an introductory course for developing self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. This course provides students with opportunities to learn and practice skills necessary to begin the self-advocacy process. Students will apply skills learned when participating in realistic transition planning, the IEP process, and day to day collaboration with school personnel, community resources, and in setting short and long term goals.

Course: Focus on Adulthood
Grades; 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Term, 1/2 Credit

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the student to investigate needed community and adult supports to facilitate the transition from secondary to post secondary environments through research, assessments, and planning.

Course: Work-Based Learning
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
2 Terms, 2 Credits

This community-based Vocational Education/Work-Based Learning experience gives students hands-on experience in the work place in addition to classroom awareness of careers, work behavior and employer expectations. Topics covered in preparation of the transition from school to work include: career exploration, resume writing and job interviews.

Course: Honors U.S. Government
Grade: 9 (other grades as needed for graduation)
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1 Credit

Honors U.S. Government is designed to develop critical thinking skills through research, class discussion, evaluation of information and justification of positions with evidence. Research requires both primary and secondary sources. Opportunities to apply the knowledge are provided through quizzes, tests and academic contests. Emphasis is on the relationship of current events to the principles of government, existing law and historical precedent.

Course: Advanced Study Skills
Grades: 10 (other grades as needed)
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1 Credit

Study aids for PSAT, applications for Governors School or other opportunities, brain boosting activities, vocabulary development, creativity, future planning for careers. Peer meditation and self reflections such as True Colors are included.

Course: CALMM: Coaching, ASD, Learning, Mentoring, Modeling
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1 Credit

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in the area of social skills and independent living skills for students on the Autism spectrum.

Course: Creative Writing
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1 Credit

Students are introduced to the development of creative expression incorporating written and oral modalities according to their IEPs. Instruction and practice in the written genres of poetry, essay, drama, short story and personal narrative, along with verbal presentations of student's work, are emphasized as part of individual skill development.

Course: College Bound
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
9 Weeks, 1/2 Credit

College Bound includes the identification of and application to colleges which students are interested in attending, refinement of the resume', examination of career goals and objectives and the exploration and completion of scholarship applications for which the student is eligible. Different aspects of campus life and post-graduate Real World life are discussed with various guest speakers. College Bound is taught alternating weeks with Honors Economics. Students receive ½ credit for each course.

Course: Honors U.S. Government
Grade: 9 (other grades as needed for graduation)
1 Term, 1 Credit

Honors U.S. Government is designed to develop critical thinking skills through research, class discussion, evaluation of information, and justification of positions with evidence. Research requires both primary and secondary sources. Opportunities to apply the knowledge are provided through quizzes, tests, and academic contests. Emphasis is on the relationship of current events to the principles of government, existing law, and historical precedent.

Course: Advanced Study Skills
Grade: 10 (other grades as needed)
1 Term, 1 Credit

Study aids for PSAT, applications for Governors School or other opportunities, brain boosting activities, vocabulary development, creativity, future planning for careers. Peed mediation and self reflections such as True Colors are included.

Course: Developmental Communication Class
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: IEP required
1 Term, 1 Credit

The Developmental Communication Class (DCC) provides non or low verbal students with Autism small group instruction to obtain a Tennessee Special Education Diploma. The curriculum is based from Best Practices in Autism and includes state standards from the TCAP Alt certification, positive behavioral supports, and work based learning.