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Course Catalog

Fall 2018

Remember that your academic needs receive top priority in final schedule approval.  Course offerings, instructors, and credits may change or be cancelled without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.  We do not guarantee your first choices, but do our best to respect your preferences in scheduling.   Please note that some courses have fees. Your family is expected to pay fees before the term begins.   Please review your registration sheet so that you understand exactly what you are signing up for.  Credit distribution per class is subject to change and your schedule may be adjusted to better fit your graduation requirements at quarter split.   


Le Petit Gourmet Culinary Arts Program  - 2550 Portland Street

Culinary I, II & III                                          

In this course, the focus is on production. Students will learn how to work as a team to produce meals with multiple courses and ready to serve at the same time.  Students will also plan and produce all holiday feast meals and any other special events.  They will be expected to learn how to copy recipes and use simple math to convert recipe yields. Students will also be spending time in the garden to learn how to produce food.  (This class has a $50 fee.)

Credit(s): 1.0 Elective per semester for M/W/F classes and 0.8 Elective for T/TH classes (16098 Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Services—Workplace Experience) per semester --Times/location offered: M/W/F AM or T/TH AM (Main Site)


Advanced Culinary

In this course, students will build on skills learned in Culinary I, II, & III.  They will practice knife skills, food safety and sanitation, mise en place, stocks and sauces, principles of cooking and the bakeshop, and more during weekly cooking projects.  Students will learn about the history of food and the culinary arts, international cuisine, menu planning, restaurant financials, advanced baking, butchering, and different types of service styles.  Students will study works by Michael Pollan and other authors focusing on the modern agribusiness and sustainability in commercial farming.  We'll go on tours of farms and visit different food purveyors, from established restaurants to food carts, to understand our local food systems.  Guest chefs will perform cooking demos with the class.  During this course, students will participate in an internship at a local business in the food industry.  (This class has a $50 fee.)

Credit(s): 1.0 CTE (16098 Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Services - Workplace Experience) --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM (Main Site)


Mechanics and Monsters

In this course, we will study the most terrifying nouns on the planet:  ghosts, goblins, and grammar!  We will learn the mechanics of writing through the works of Mary Shelley, Steven King, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft.  These tales of horror penned by these infamous authors will guide us through the equally bizarre and frightening rules of the English language.

Credit(s): 0.5 Language Arts (01204 and 01009) --Times/location offered: M/W/F AM 1 (Main Site)


Drug Wars

This course will combine math, health, and history for a comprehensive look at how drugs shaped human society.  We will look at the social, economic, health, political, and human costs of drugs.  Mathematics will allow us to examine the economics of the global drug trade.  Health will help us understand addiction and the havoc drugs take on the human body.  History will show us how drugs and policies involving illicit substances impacted societies and shaped past and present events.

Credit(s): 0.2 Health (08051), 0.2 Mathematics (02137), 0.4 Social Studies (04305) --Times/location offered:  T/TH AM 1 and T/TH AM 2 (Main Site)


Imperial History of the World

An Imperial History of the World looks at imperialism in its many forms.  The course ranges from the ancient empires of Alexander the Great, the Romans, the Zhou, and the Mayan through the middle ages into the Ottoman, Mongolian, and Russian empires, and reaching into the age of exploration with the British, French, Dutch, Zulu, and Spanish Empires.  Through the evaluation of primary and secondary sources, students will study and interpret the culture, religions, goals, and military movements of each empire when determining the history of the empire and how its activities would shape the history of the world.  

Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies (04052) --Times/location offered:  M/W/F AM 2 (Main Site)


In the News

Ever attend a social gathering and find yourself short on topics of conversation?  Do you wonder if Facebook is a legitimate news source?  This course is for you!  Learn to analyze media sources so you can distinguish important information from fake news.  Students will select the topics covered in the course from current events. 

Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies (04064) --Times/location offered:  M/W/F PM 1 (Main Site)


Spanish I, II & III (multi-level)

In this course, you will learn how to read, write, speak, and listen in Spanish. Activities will include lectures, written exercises, films, games, conversations, and field trips designed to promote learning at every level of proficiency. Credit by level will be awarded according to the results of individual assessments at the end of each quarter.

Credit(s):  0.8 World Language (Spanish 06101) per semester --Times/location offered: T/TH AM (Main Site)


A Stitch in Time

Explore the ancient world and pre-20th century Europe through the lens of fashion history. We will study fabrics, garment construction, ornamentation, aesthetics, and beliefs surrounding clothing and accessories through the course of time. Activities will include lectures, reading, written exercises, films, and some hands-on demonstrations.

Credit(s):  0.8 Social Studies (04065) --Times/location offered: T/TH PM (Main Site)


GED Prep

This class is designed to help students study and prepare to take the GED test.  Students enrolled in the GED program must maintain at least an eighty percent attendance rate and be able to obtain state ID (Oregon ID card, driver's permit or license)

Time/location offered: M/W/F PM 1 (Main Site)


Mathematics:  Math Lab

The Math Lab is for students who need or want additional time and instruction in mathematics in order to meet their educational goals.  This may be because they are trying to pass their essential skills test, need additional math credits in order to meet graduation requirements, or want to study advanced topics in mathematics beyond the scope of our normally offered courses.  The Math Lab is for independent study and does not have "lessons" in a traditional sense; instead, students work under their own direction and receive tutoring from the instructor.

Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (02053) --Times/location offered: T/TH PM 1 (Main Site)               


Algebra 1.5          

This is the standard high school Algebra course.  We will cover systems of equations as well as quadratic equations, laws of exponents, and functions.  Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards but with a focus on mathematical modeling and critical reasoning.

Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (02054)  --Times/location offered: M/W/F AM 2 or M/W/F PM2 (Main Site)


Algebra II

This is the standard high school Algebra course.  We will cover analytic geometry and systems of equations as well as quadratic, exponential and logarithmic equations.  Topics are chosen to help students meet Oregon's educational standards but with a focus on mathematical modeling and critical reasoning.

Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (02056) --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM 1 (Main Site)


Philosophy of Science

This course will study topics in physics, chemistry, engineering, and technology, as well as the philosophical foundations of each.  The focus will be on the historical development of the scientific method and its contributions to technological development. The goal is to explore the philosophy of science and understand how scientific inquiry has shaped human culture.

Credit(s): 0.5 Science (03202) --Times/location offered: T/TH PM 2 (Main Site)



M.E.C.C.A.: Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts  -  449 Willamette Street


Arising simultaneously from the ashes of despair in culturally isolated regions, the fine art of woodcut printmaking is historically tied to eras of human enlightenment in both eastern and western civilizations. Yes…one might say that woodcut saved the world from eternal darkness. Come learn the history and process, including carving and printing techniques, color reduction, and multiple block registration using a professional grade printing press.

Credit(s): 1.0 Printmaking (05161) per semester --Times/location offered: M/W/F AM (MECCA)


Ancient Arty Facts

Ancient Arty Facts will explore exciting ancient cultures through the art they created.  The ideas, motifs, and problems we discuss will inform hands-on art projects through a variety of media.  Students will learn how and why artists of today refer to the past for concepts and inspiration, and they will gain an appreciation for exciting cultures of the world's ancient and mysterious past.

Credit(s): 0.4 Creative Art Comprehensive (05158), 0.4 Art History (05152)  --Times/location offered: T/TH PM (MECCA)


Chemistry II                                     

This academically challenging course explores the nature and interactions of matter. The periodic table of elements will be the basis for our study of atomic, molecular, and ionic interactions. Topics of study include states of matter, behavior of gases, subatomic particles, electron configurations, chemical formulas and equations, electronegativity, types of bonds, chemical quantities (stoichiometry), acids and bases, oxidation and reduction reactions, and, if time permits, we will tackle organic, nuclear, and electrochemistry. We will perform 4 lab experiments.

Credit(s): 0.8 Chemistry (03101) --Times/location offered: T/TH AM (MECCA)



Nearby Nature    -  Class locations vary. See course description.

Independent Living

The big world beyond school awaits, and one day you’ll need to manage your own affairs. Learn how to make it on your own. In this course, you’ll take on topics like applying for a job, interviewing effectively, finding a place to live, managing a bank account, shopping for a loan or mortgage, and how to create a budget. Students will conduct in-depth career research as part of new diploma requirements. This course will entail applying detailed written and communication skills and engaging in a 40-hour internship in a field of career interest. Students must pass this class in order to graduate.

Credit(s): 0.8 Career (22151) --Time/location offered: T/TH PM (Main site)


Event Planning  

Help plan the events at Network Charter School. In this class you will learn the stages of event planning. After taking this course, you will gather the skills needed to plan and execute an event. Be prepared to be creative with a hands-on class.  

Credit(s): 0.5 Elective (99821) --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM 2 (Main Site)


Sexuality Matters

Sexuality is a part of everyone's lives.  This course takes a comprehensive approach to increase your knowledge, build your communication skills, help clarify your personal values, and dispel misconceptions regarding sexuality and relationships.  Sexuality is an integral and essential component of human health.  The curriculum also covers strategies for avoiding diseases and unwanted pregnancy.  When you are comfortable with your own sexuality and can effectively communicate about and advocate for your needs, you are more likely to make informed and healthy decisions.

Credit(s): 0.3 Health (19259) and 0.2 Math  --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM 1 (Main Site)



This course will consist of enhancing student skill in both wilderness and urban survival.  Students will demonstrate the ability to create a shelter out of raw materials within the urban forest of Alton Baker Park.  This course will also consist of readings of survival situations, journal entires, documentaries, survival tactics such as creating fire in damp wet conditions, the recognition of the signs of hypothermia, and rescue protocol.  The urban survival portion of the class consists of identifying food and shelter resources within the Eugene community.

Credit(s): 0.4 Elective (18306) Aquaculture, 0.4 Physical Education (08001) --Times/location offered: T/TH AM (Alton Baker Park at the Yurt)


Urban Ecology      

Take a whole systems approach to life and help create a healthier way of living in Lane County.  As a student of "urban ecology," you will work side by side with Walama Restoration Project, Nearby Nature, University of Oregon, and Food For Lane County's Grassroots Garden.  Through these unique experiences, you will play a major role in the future of our community.  The coursework will consist of lecture, discussions, journal entries, community presenters, films, and hands-on projects.  This class is for motivated students who are interested in exploring and restoring the ecology of our urban setting.

Credit(s): 0.2 Health (08053 Community Health), 0.2 Elective (72105 Values Clarification) and 0.4 PE (08001 Physical Education) --Time/location offered: T/TH PM (Tuesdays meet downtown and Thursdays meet at Alton Baker Park at the Yurt)


Ultimate Frisbee              

This course will focus on the game of Ultimate Frisbee.  Students will be able to create and enhance their disc skills on the field.  Skills include structure of the game, rules, throwing and catching disc, and catching on the run.  Students will also learn team sportsmanship and leadership skills.  This is a very physically demanding class.  We will be running games the majority of the class.  Rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Credit(s): 0.5 Physical Education (08002 Team Sports)  --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM 2 (Main Site)


Urban Hiking           

Explore beautiful and scenic Eugene.  This course will consist of hiking to Eugene’s green spaces. Students are encouraged to use their phones and/or cameras to take photos of our explorations.  This course is a very healthy and relaxed way to earn P.E. credit.  We will be hiking in all weather conditions: students are required to be dressed with proper clothing and footwear.

Credit(s): 0.5 PE (08001) Physical Education --Times/location offered: M/W/F PM 1 (Main Site)


Green Worlds II

Explore science and ecology through science fiction.  This semester we will learn science lessons for this world by reading literature depicting alien life, post-apocalyptic futures on Earth and futuristic societies.  Reading selections will include Speaker for the Dead and The Day of the Triffids as well as film unit.  We will engage in environmental restoration, gardening and other citizen science projects along the way.

Credit(s): 0.8 Science (03003 Environmental Science) and 0.2 Language Arts (01065 Literature of a Theme) --Times/location offered:  M/W/F AM or M/W/F PM (Alton Baker Park at the Yurt)


Earth Works I

Enjoy science, working and playing on the Earth.  In this environmental science class we will look to biology, chemistry, and earth science to understand how it all comes together creating the intricate systems of this home of ours.  Fall topics include; soils and decay.  Students can potentially opt into the second section of the class to earn Career and Technical Education credit in Agriculture by working the gardens for the benefit of the culinary program.

Credit(s): 0.4 Science (03003) Environmental Science, 0.4 Agricultural Production (18301) -- Times/location offered:  T/TH PM 1 or T/TH PM 2 (Main Site)


Earth in Crisis

In this class students will learn how to be mindful of the Earth as they go about their daily lives.  It will help them acquire a critical consciousness about the environmental crisis so they will ask, "Why?" They will learn to think critically about the roots of the environmental crisis and examine society's unsustainable distribution of wealth and power.  You have the power to make the world a better place!

Credit(s): 0.4 Social Studies (04299 Social Science) --Times/location offered:  T/TH PM 1 or T/TH PM 2 (Main Site)


Algebra I             

In Algebra I, students will develop an introductory understanding of Algebra 1 level mathematical concepts and their practical application. They will learn about functions and graphs, linear equations, powers and roots, and simplifying and solving exponential expressions.

Credit(s): 0.5 Mathematics (02053) --Times/location offered: M/W/F AM 2, M/W/F PM 1, or M/W/F PM 2 (Main Site)


Street Law:  A Course in Practical Law

In this class students will learn about the law, democracy, and human rights in an accessible, engaging, and interactive way.  Their understanding of practical law will empower them to become more active, legally savvy contributors to their community.  In this course we will examine the constitutional rights of students and teachers, and gain an understanding of practical law through "real-life" lessons and insights.  This is a one-year course, but students may enter mid-year.

Credit(s): 0.5 Social Studies (04166) -- Times/location offered: M/W/F AM 1 (Main Site)



HeartWise Community    -   1840 Willamette St.


This course is part of the HeartWise afternoon Arts Block.  Here we will explore the fundamentals of poetry and other writing forms through reading, analysis, practice, and broad experimentation in a workshop-style environment.  There will be considerable emphasis on collaboration with the music and media side of PROJECT ABRACADABRA where students will record original work, create podcasts, and co-author other works in a community setting.  Students will explore the basics of mindfulness practices to better support themselves, their work, and the creative process.  Get ready to play in the magic, my friends!

Credit(s): 0.4 Language Arts (01009), 0.4 Physical Education (08001) -- Times/location offered: T/TH PM (HeartWise)


History of Love

"When will you learn that there isn't a word for everything?"  This course will explore love and its expressions throughout time, space, cultures & bodies using the frame of Nicole Krauss' novel The History of Love to examine how we interact with this construct.  What is love?  The ancient Greeks called love "the madness of the gods," while modern psychologists define it as a desire for emotional union with another person...but what, actually, is love?  In this HeartWise offering we will play and imagine all the ways in and around love through books, projects, movement, meditation and community.  Get ready to delve into that tender heartspace!

Credit(s): 0.6 Language Arts (01009), 0.2 Physical Education (08001) -- Times/location offered:  T/TH AM (HeartWise)


Community Supported Shelters: Woodworking                                          

The growing homeless population is a challenge that requires community support!  Join HeartWise and make a difference in a highly efficient, solution-based program partnered with Community Supported Shelters.  Work in a shop to build a Conestoga Hug, a shelter that uses minimal materials, is simple to build, and provides durable shelter well suited to the Pacific Northwest climate.  Learn more about social programs in place to support our homeless population as well as explore the tiny house movement and alternative living in our own Eugene community.  

Credit(s): 0.8 CTE (17006) -- Times/location offered: T/TH AM (HeartWise - off campus)



This course will examine important questions about how the Internet is transforming the experience of teens and explore both the creative potential and the genuine risks of this new dimension of our cultural environment.  Students will analyze multiple perspectives on social networking, personal broadcasting, cyber-bullying and the endless barrage of advertisement aimed at teenage consumers.  We will also pursue alternative methods of connecting to the world around us by expanding our self-awareness and by practicing presence.  We will liberate our phones and unplug from the matrix for brief periods of time.  It can be done!

Credit(s): 0.5 Language Arts (01065), 0.5 Physical Education (08001) -- Times/location offered:  M/W/F AM or M/W/F PM (Heartwise)


PROJECT ABRACADABRA:  The World of Music                                         

Explore the world of music from many angles and perspectives.  Learn to play an instrument or build your current musical skill set through group practice.  Listen to and analyze songs from many genres.  Explore music history through storytelling, visual arts, and audio recording.  Learn to operate Digital Audio Workstations (Ableton and Garageband).  Create original musical compositions, collect audio recordings from the NCS community, and build podcasts.  Abracadabra!  What happens when two powerful groups of humans join forces in a creative endeavor?  We shall see!

Credit(s): 0.8 Elective (05139 Music) -- Times/location offered: T/TH PM (Main site, The Cottage)