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Incoming Electives Freshmen

Please note students will be selecting electives only electronically through Focus. All core classes will be selected automatically.

All incoming 9th grade students will be enrolled in an English course, a math course, a science course, Spanish, and PE to put them on track for graduation.

*Courses in bold meet the college and career acceleration requirement for students – students will earn either college credit and/or a certification that can be applied to a profession outside of school. 


Advanced Courses

DSC on- campus Dual Enrollment – please see registration page for more details regarding the application and requirements:

*SLS 1122 Managing Your Success,  a 5.0 weighted college level course that helps students succeed academically both in college and high school.  This class is designed to increase student success through the development of academic and life skills. Topics include study techniques, communication, test anxiety, memory techniques and personal development. 

*SLS 2301 Career Planning, a 5.0 weighted college level course that provides an overview of career interests, values, aptitude, career and academic program exploration and employability skills including job search planning


*AP Psychology: This course provides a systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. The content should include, but not be limited to the following: methods, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, stated on consciousness, learning cognition, motivation emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders and social psychology.


Art (Fine and Performing):

Musical Theatre: Students’ course work focuses on, but is not limited to, acting, vocal performance, dance, non-dance movement, and staging, which transfer readily to performances in musicals and other venues. Students survey the evolution of music in theatre from ancient Greece to modern Broadway through a humanities approach and representative literature.

Theatre 1: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of theatre production which includes scenery construction, costuming, lighting, make-up, and the fundamentals of acting.

Creating Two-Dimensional Art (Semester 1):  Students engage in the art-making processes of creating two-dimensional works, which may include drawing, painting, printmaking, and/or collage. This course incorporates historical and cultural references, hands-on activities, journaling, and consumption of art materials. Creating Three-Dimensional Art (Semester 2): Students engage in the art-making processes of creating 3-D artworks, which may include sculpture, assemblage, and/or ceramics. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials


College and Career:

AVID 1: This course is designed to enable students to develop fundamental skills and strategies in Cornell note-taking, oral and written communication, time management, study skills for advanced courses, organization, problem solving and inquiry. This course also guides students to pursue a college education and assists in the exploration and application process.


*Agriscience Foundations: We have a farm on our DHS campus! Highlights of this course include agricultural history and the global impact of agriculture. Topics include biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; Agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in Agriscience. Come check out our DHS farm


Building Trades and Construction Design Technology 1: The purpose of this course is to develop the competencies essential to the building construction industry. These competencies include skills and knowledge related to safety practices, understanding all aspects of the industry, the use of hand and power tools, employability skills, human relations and leadership skills and related construction theory.


Culinary Arts Year 1: Students will acquire competence in customer relations, preparing and serving safe food, preventing accidents and injuries, kitchen basics, food service equipment, nutrition, breakfast foods, sandwich making, teamwork skills, salads and garnishing, business math, fruits, vegetables, and food cost control.  Includes an introduction of foods around the world, starting in Italy and traveling east towards the Orient and back to the USA for the American diet.


*Custom Promotional Layout Design: (Digital Info Tech is pre-req) This course is designed to develop basic entry-level skills required for careers in the custom imprinted merchandise industry. The content includes computer skills, layout, design, measurement activities, and decision-making activities, digital imaging, sublimation activities, and digital embroidery activities, digital precision cutting activities, direct to garment printing activities, and sign making activities. Students can earn an Adobe Certification in this course.


*Digital Media 1: Students gain a working knowledge of the software and then must demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Adobe illustration software. Students must also demonstrate knowledge of basic computer use, presentation production issues, using illustration software, digital still photography, and photo editing software.  Students can earn their Adobe Certification in Photoshop in this course. 


*Digital Information Technology: This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental skills required for today's business and academic environments.  Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental computer skills. Digital Information Technology includes the exploration and use of databases, the internet, spreadsheets, presentation applications, management of personal information and email, word processing and document manipulation, HTML, web page design, and the integration of these programs using software that meets industry standards. Students can earn certification in the Microsoft bundle


Digital Video Technology 1: Students work individually and in small groups to create video projects. Each video project is based around a skill, and each video builds on prior knowledge from the previous video projects. Students also prepare projects for DHS’s morning announcements and “TV on the Run”.


Early Childhood Education 1: Students work and study to explore the childcare and education profession. Students learn how to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment; to identify principles of child development; to identify age-appropriate physical, intellectual, social and emotional development activities; and to identify rules and regulations that govern childcare. Students work with the DHS on campus preschool students ages 3-4.


*Emergency Medical Responders 3: First course in our DHS Firefighting program as it prepares students to be employed as Emergency Medical Responders and explores firefighting as a profession. Content includes, but not limited to, identifying and practicing within the appropriate scope of practice for an Emergency Medical Responder, demonstrating correct medical procedures for various emergency situations, proficiency in the appropriate instruments used, as well as a foundation in the musculo-skeletal system of the body.



Army Leadership Ed and Training 1- The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop knowledge of the history, customs, traditions, and purpose of the Army JROTC. The course includes development of basic leadership skills including leadership principles, values, and attributes. Students should master appreciation for diversity. Active learning strategies are integrated throughout the course with an emphasis on writing skills and oral communication techniques. Financial planning as well as physical fitness, diet, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, awareness of substance abuse and prevention, and basic first aid measures is included. An overview of the globe and geography and basic map reading skills are incorporated. A study of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, responsibilities of United States citizens, and the federal justice system is also provided.


Band 1: This course shall provide students with opportunities to develop musicianship skills in band, marching band, and instrumental ensembles through performance.

Chorus 1: Students shall develop basic skills in tone production, performance techniques, musical literacy, and music appreciation.

Eurhythmics 1: The purpose of this course is to provide students with instruction in the development of beginning level skill in the art of performing various bodily movements in rhythm using musical accompaniment.

Jazz Ensemble 1: Emphasis is placed on characteristic tone production and idiomatic performance techniques. After school performances and rehearsal are a part of this course.

Orchestra 1: The purpose of this course is to build and extend musicianship and ensemble experiences on orchestral instruments.


Physical Education

***Please note all Freshmen will be enrolled automatically into a full year of PE to fulfil the graduation requirement. ***

 Physical Education (Cambridge Pre-AICE) - The purpose of this required course is to teach students the importance of maintaining an optimal level of health fitness and how to assess and develop that fitness. The content will also include knowledge of health problems associated with inadequate fitness levels, knowledge and application of human body and the physiological principles of fitness, proper nutrition, stress management, and individual wellness plans