English 9-12

This course includes developing and strengthening skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening, and thinking.  It also includes the  study of literature  (novels, poems, short stories, etc), composition (descriptive, narrative, etc.) and speaking/listening (cooperative discussions and cooperative learning) as it applies to their own lives.  Attention is also given to effective reading strategies and independent reading.  Students are expected to read classical, contemporary, and multicultural literature and are expected to not only comprehend the ideas presented, but also develop their own ideas and opinions in response to the literature.  Mechanical skills, such as punctuation, agreement and spelling, are stressed and reviewed.  Students will edit their own writing using skills reinforced in language study; i.e., grammar, mechanics, usage, and spelling.  Writing assignments may include persuasive essays, research papers, essay tests, personal responses to topics presented in class, autobiographical stories, and creative writing.

Note:  This course may be repeated for required or elective credit.

English/Reading and Reading Lab

Appropriate placement based on current test scores, teacher/counselor recommendation, and/or District guidelines.

English/Reading fulfills the English requirement.  It is designed for students in grades 9-12 who need more practice and instruction to pass the Minnesota State reading and writing tests required for graduation.  Students complete assignments similar to the regular English class.  A stronger emphasis is placed on improving basic reading skills and writing skills.  The course includes instruction in the four components of language arts:  listening, speaking, literary analysis, and composition.

Reading Lab is an elective course taken in addition to English/Reading.  Teachers or counselors select students who need additional practice and instruction in reading.  The goals of this class are to improve reading comprehension and to pass the state reading test.  Students receive instruction in reading strategies in whole group, small group and individual settings.  Course materials include the use of customized computer software and individual choices of high interest fiction and nonfiction books.

Note:  Student selection based on performance on reading tests and teacher recommendations may be taken for more than 1 trimester for credit.

U.S. History 9 (3 trimesters)

In this course, students will examine and analyze U.S. History from exploration to 1940. The focus will be on the social, political, cultural and economic history of the United States during this time period. Students will study a variety of human experiences in order to better understand how the past shapes the present and influences the future.

U.S. History 10 A & B

In this two trimester course, students will examine and analyze U.S. history from 1940 to the present. The focus will be on the social, political, cultural and economic history of the United States during this time period. Students will study a variety of human experiences in order to better understand how the past shapes the present and influences the future.

World History/Geography A, B, C

In this full year course, students will explore the historical and geographic impacts on world cultures and civilizations from ancient to modern times. Students will study various regions of the world and a vast array of human events in order to better understand how geography and historical events shape the present and influence the future.  Each trimester course focuses on a unique region of the world.


The focus of this course is on economics as a social science.  In this course students will examine the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services at a micro and macro level.  Students will be expected to apply economic principles to past, present and future situations as well as analyze economic issues and policies from an individual, national and global perspective.

Government & Citizenship

American government and citizenship is the focus of this course.  Students will study the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government at the national, state and local levels as well as the foundations of American government. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy and will apply the fundamental principles of U.S. government to analyze elections and public policy.

Exploring Art & Media

This introductory, hands-on course provides a solid overview of art’s four major components: Aesthetics, Art Criticism, Art History and Art Production. It is designed to provide students quality experiences in a variety of art media. Students will work individually, with partners and small groups to look at the historical, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of Art.   In-class projects will develop skills and creative ideas in the areas of computer art, drawing, painting, graphics, ceramics, jewelry/art metals, sculpture, and video.

NOTE:  This course may be repeated for required or elective credit.

Non-Linear Algebra (3 trimesters)

The content of Non-Linear Algebra is organized around families of functions, with a special emphasis on exponential, rational and quadratic functions.  In addition to its algebra content, Non-Linear Algebra includes lessons on probability, data analysis and geometry.  Students must have successfully completed Linear Algebra.

Geometry (3 Trimesters)

Prerequisite:  Students have successfully completed Algebra 1, or Non-Linear Algebra.

In Geometry, students will develop reasoning and problem solving skills. Topics include congruence, similarity, and properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles.  Students will also develop problem solving skills by using length, perimeter, area, circumference, surface area, and volume to solve real-world problems.  Geometric proofs are also emphasized.

Life Fitness

This course will emphasize the decision-making process to select appropriate physical activities and nutritional practices to achieve optimal fitness.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the activities necessary to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Students will:

1)  Determine current physical fitness levels.

2)  Establish physical fitness goals and design a fitness plan.

3)  Implement health-enhancing physical fitness plan and document progress through daily log entries.

4)  Assess, analyze and evaluate the impact, reasonableness and effectiveness of physical fitness plan and nutritional plan.

5)  Demonstrate cardio-respiratory endurance through continuous movement of at least 30 minutes in their target heart rate zone.

Health Education Abstinence Based

The focus of this course is centered on decision making. Rights, respect, and responsibilities of healthy people are integrated through these themes: Safety and injury/violence prevention; Substance use/abuse; Personal health/nutrition/fitness; Community/consumer health; Social/mental/emotional health; Disease prevention, including STI/STD; and Family Life/Human Sexuality.

 -- The goal of the Human Sexuality unit is to encourage sexual abstinence as the best choice for teens.

 -- Students are encouraged to seek support and advice from their family and other community resources.

 -- Contraceptive methods are identified and described, and method effectiveness and risks are identified.

Physical Science 9 (3 trimesters)

This course deals with basic chemistry and physics.  Topics covered are elements, compounds, mixtures, the nature of matter, laws of motion and simple machines. Chemical and physical laws are explored through laboratory experimentation.  Collection and interpretation of data are stressed.

Biology (3 trimesters)

Biology is the study of living organisms.  Students will study how organisms interrelate with each other and the environment.  Students will study cells and cell functions, DNA and its role in heredity and evolution.  Students will study some human systems and survey the six kingdoms.

This course is one the of the biology courses available for students interested in attending college.

School Info

Osseo Area Learning Center
7300 Boone Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN 55428

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phone & Fax

School Office
General Fax

School Leadership

Kristen Hauge

Student Management Specialist
Randy Carter