Course Requirements

Providence High School operates on a semester block schedule system. Students must complete and receive a passing grade (C or higher) in their coursework for graduation. The curriculum is demanding, and many courses are required.

Credits Required: 22 Credits

LANGUAGE ARTS (4 credits)

MATH (4 credits)

SOCIAL STUDIES (3 credits)

SCIENCE (3 credits)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (1 credit)

CTE & FINE ARTS (1 credit)

ELECTIVES (7 credits)

Yearly service hour requirements

  • 9th Grade – 15 hours
  • 10th Grade – 20 Hours
  • 11th Grade – 25 Hours
  • 12th Grade – 30 Hours

Civics Test

The Arizona Legislature passed House Bill 2064, The American Civics Act, requiring students to pass a Civics Test for graduation

Service Learning

Students are required to perform community service as part of their service-learning at Providence High School. While there are many opportunities to perform community service in school through advisory, clubs, athletics, and school organizations, students are encouraged to seek opportunities outside of school to also perform service. Community service forms are due at various times throughout the year as designated by Administration. Failure to complete service learning hours will affect a student’s ability to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and may affect graduation or other consequences as determined by Administration.

Course Catalog

Department: English Language and Literature

English 9 A ENG101A 

Grades: 9-10    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course emphasizes writing skills, literature, and vocabulary. By having writing activities students practice organizing and developing narrative, cause and effect, compare and contrast compositions, literary reviews, and research papers. Mastery of the writing process is expected. In addition, students study short stories, novels, poetry, and a Shakespearean play

English 10 A ENG201A

Grades: 10-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course emphasizes organizing, developing, editing, and revising compositions. Literature studies introduce literary terminology, critical and analytical reading, and appreciation of literature. Students read and analyze multicultural literature from the following genres; short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction

English 11 A ENG301A

Grades: 11-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course integrates the modes of expository essay writing with the study of American literature. Course content combines the study of literary models of fiction and nonfiction and the composition skills of exposition. Composition emphasis is on research skills, development of language skills, and multi-paragraph essays. Literary emphasis is on themes and literary movements in America

English 12 A ENG401A

Grades: 12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Senior English is a course that integrates writing for a variety of
purposes and audiences with literature study. Writing includes a focus on “real world” skills, including expository, communication, research, and analysis modes. Universal themes in literature are explored in a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama selections. Readings from a broad variety of authors (western civilization, world and English literature, multicultural literature, mythology, science fiction, and fantasy literature) are surveyed.

Journalism 1 A ENG530A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This class introduces students to the basics of journalism, including the history of journalism and the development of mass media. Students will learn interviewing and newsgathering techniques with a concentration on writing news, features, sports, and opinion articles. There will be an opportunity for those in the class to contribute to the school newspaper and/or yearbook. 

English 9 B ENG101B

Grades: 9-10    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course emphasizes writing skills, literature, and vocabulary. By having writing activities students practice organizing and developing narrative, cause and effect, and compare and contrast compositions, literary reviews, and research papers. Mastery of the writing process is expected. In addition, students study short stories, novels, poetry, and a Shakespearean play.

English 10 B ENG201B

Grades: 10-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course emphasizes organizing, developing, editing, and revising compositions. Literature studies introduce literary terminology, critical and analytical reading, and appreciation of literature. Students read and analyze multicultural literature from the following genres; short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction

English 11 B ENG301B

Grades: 11-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course integrates the modes of expository essay writing with the study of American literature. Course content combines the study of literary models of fiction and nonfiction and the composition skills of exposition. Composition emphasis is on research skills, development of language skills, and multi-paragraph essays. Literary emphasis is on themes and literary movements in America

English 12 B ENG401B

Grades: 12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Senior English is a course that integrates writing for a variety of
purposes and audiences with literature study. Writing includes a focus on “real world” skills, including expository, communication, research, and analysis modes. Universal themes in literature are explored in a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama selections. Readings from a broad variety of authors (western civilization, world and English literature, multicultural literature, mythology, science fiction, and fantasy literature) are surveyed.

Journalism 1 B ENG530B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This class introduces students to the basics of journalism, including the history of journalism and the development of mass media. Students will learn interviewing and newsgathering techniques with a concentration on writing news, features, sports, and opinion articles. There will be an opportunity for those in the class to contribute to the school newspaper and/or yearbook. 

Department: Mathematics

Algebra 1 A MAT101A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into standards for algebra to include the study of numbers and quantities, functions, reasoning with equations and inequalities, and interpreting categorical and quantitative data. Instructional time and learning focus on five critical areas: (1) relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations; (2) linear and exponential relationships; (3) descriptive statistics; (4) expressions and equations: and (5) quadratic functions and modeling.

Algebra 2 A MAT301A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course expands on standards from algebra and geometry. Algebra 2 embeds mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics into standards to include the study of rational exponents, quantitative reasoning, the complex number system, and reasoning with equations and inequalities. Instructional time and learning focus on four critical areas: (1) polynomials, rational and radical relationships; (2) trigonometric functions; (3) modeling with functions; and (4) connecting algebra and geometry through inferences and conclusions from data.

Geometry A MAT201A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into standards for geometry to include the study of congruence, similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry, circles, expressing geometric properties with equations, and geometric measurement and dimension. Instructional time and learning focuses on six critical areas: (1) congruence, proof, and constructions; (2) similarity, proof, and trigonometry; (3) extending to three dimensions; (4) connecting algebra and geometry through coordinates; (5) circles with and without coordinates; and (6) applications of probability

Financial Literacy MAT120A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course introduces students to the basics of financial literacy including such topics as creating personal financial goals, saving and investing, banking, using debit and credit cards, making major purchases, paying payroll and other taxes, and purchasing insurance. By emphasizing the importance of setting goals and creating a financial plan, students learn to think before spending. Students will learn how credit scores can impact one’s ability to secure a loan and, in some cases, determine whether they will be hired for a job. Students will also become familiar with some of the reality that faces everyone when they get their first job, their first apartment, or just take on more personal financial responsibilities.

Algebra 1 B MAT101B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into standards for algebra to include the study of numbers and quantities, functions, reasoning with equations and inequalities, and interpreting categorical and quantitative data. Instructional time and learning focus on five critical areas: (1) relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations; (2) linear and exponential relationships; (3) descriptive statistics; (4) expressions and equations: and (5) quadratic functions and modeling.

Algebra 2 B MAT301B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: Yes    Credit: 0.500 

This course expands on standards from algebra and geometry. Algebra 2 embeds mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics into standards to include the study of rational exponents, quantitative reasoning, the complex number system, and reasoning with equations and inequalities. Instructional time and learning focus on four critical areas: (1) polynomials, rational and radical relationships; (2) trigonometric functions; (3) modeling with functions; and (4) connecting algebra and geometry through inferences and conclusions from data.

Geometry B MAT201B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into standards for geometry to include the study of congruence, similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry, circles, expressing geometric properties with equations, and geometric measurement and dimension. Instructional time and learning focuses on six critical areas: (1) congruence, proof, and constructions; (2) similarity, proof, and trigonometry; (3) extending to three dimensions; (4) connecting algebra and geometry through coordinates; (5) circles with and without coordinates; and (6) applications of probability

Department: Life and Physical Science

Biology A SCI200A

Grades: 09-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This is a lab-oriented course designed to study the major areas of life and living things. Emphasis will be on the major integrating themes of biology and is designed to cover major areas of cell structure, function and processes, genetics, classification, and ecology

Forensic Lab Science A SCI410A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

The forensic science course will explore the history of forensic science, methods of investigating a crime scene, types of evidence, analysis of fingerprints, hair, fibers, drugs, glass, soil, and blood. Major themes of study in this course are pathology, anthropology, ballistics, trace evidence, biological fluids, DNA, fingerprints, impression evidence, human remains, and forensic document analysis. This course will rely heavily on laboratory techniques and virtual simulations.

Human Anatomy and Physiology A SCI220A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course deals with the structure and function of the human body and is recommended for students interested in a medical career. A thorough study of the systems of the body is presented. Because of similarities to human systems, group dissections of other animals may be performed.

Biology B SCI200B

Grades: 09-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This is a lab-oriented course designed to study the major areas of life and living things. Emphasis will be on the major integrating themes of biology and is designed to cover major areas of cell structure, function and processes, genetics, classification, and ecology

Forensic Lab Science B SCI410B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

The forensic science course will explore the history of forensic science, methods of investigating a crime scene, types of evidence, analysis of fingerprints, hair, fibers, drugs, glass, soil, and blood. Major themes of study in this course are pathology, anthropology, ballistics, trace evidence, biological fluids, DNA, fingerprints, impression evidence, human remains, and forensic document analysis. This course will rely heavily on laboratory techniques and virtual simulations.

Human Anatomy and Physiology B SCI220B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course deals with the structure and function of the human body and is recommended for students interested in a medical career. A thorough study of the systems of the body is presented. Because of similarities to human systems, group dissections of other animals may be performed.

Department: Social Sciences and History

Mongolian History A SST201A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Explore the incredibly dynamic and interesting period of Mongolian History called the ‘Great Mongol State’, starting with the leader Ghengis Khan. This vast empire changed how the world operated and struck fear into the Western World’s minds. Students will have the ability to dive deep into a corner of important history that is often overlooked or quickly brushed over. Students can expect to make connections to the modern world and understand the large chains of events that were started in this period of History

U.S. History A SST300A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

“The course will cover American history from pre-history, the American Revolution, and the founding of the United States to the present. The emphasis in the second half of the class will be the 20th-century era, and specifically from World War I to the present. Students will study U.S. foreign policy, and the many political and social movements that shaped American culture. Problem-solving, critical thinking, writing, research, geographic skills, cooperative learning activities, and the integration of technology are encouraged.”

U.S. Government SST400 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course consists of a study of the federal and state governments and their constitutions. The purpose is to instill a basic knowledge and appreciation of our representative form of government and its development. It will enable the students to think in terms of the national levels of government, paying attention to related current events. Students will acquire knowledge of the responsibility as a citizen to the community, state, and nation. The ultimate goal is to help students realize the significance of our American heritage and democracy.

Mongolian History B SST201B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Explore the incredibly dynamic and interesting period of Mongolian History called the ‘Great Mongol State’, starting with the leader Ghengis Khan. This vast empire changed how the world operated and struck fear into the Western World’s minds. Students will have the ability to dive deep into a corner of important history that is often overlooked or quickly brushed over. Students can expect to make connections to the modern world and understand the large chains of events that were started in this period of History

U.S. History B SST300B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

“The course will cover American history from pre-history, the American Revolution, and the founding of the United States to the present. The emphasis in the second half of the class will be the 20th-century era, and specifically from World War I to the present. Students will study U.S. foreign policy, and the many political and social movements that shaped American culture. Problem-solving, critical thinking, writing, research, geographic skills, cooperative learning activities, and the integration of technology are encouraged.”

Economics SST401 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

The students will develop economic reasoning skills in order to apply basic economic concepts, assess problems, and make choices. Students will also have an opportunity to evaluate the choices of others as consumers, workers, and citizens participating in local, national, and global economics.

Department: Fine and Performing Arts

Drawing/Painting Portfolio 1 A ART200A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Students will learn drawing techniques using line, shading, and perspective. Students will also utilize paints, emphasizing basic techniques and composition. Projects will include drawing with charcoal, graphite and pastels, watercolor, and oil on various types of paper. Class time will be spent learning and improving skills and researching art techniques.

Film & TV Production 1 A ART450A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This class is aimed to develop an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form. Students will develop the practical and technical skills of digital video production by writing, taping, editing, directing, and acting in their own productions. Students will also study film history, critically evaluating films produced in the United States and in other countries. The students will also examine the cultural aspects of film and be able to relate these aspects to the growth of the industry.

Photography 1 A/Yearbook ART400A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Photography is a course designed to introduce students to traditional black and white, alternative and digital, photography processes. Students will complete a variety of on and off-campus photography assignments as well as meaningful art analysis and conceptual/design development projects within the classroom.

Sculpture 1 A ART360A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course will be an exploration of sculpture and 3D form through a variety of media. Students will use wire, paper, wood, and metals to create projects. It is also required that students do short research projects.

Drawing/Painting Portfolio 1 B ART200B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Students will learn drawing techniques using line, shading, and perspective. Students will also utilize paints, emphasizing basic techniques and composition. Projects will include drawing with charcoal, graphite and pastels, watercolor, and oil on various types of paper. Class time will be spent learning and improving skills and researching art techniques.

Film & TV Production 1 B ART450B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This class is aimed to develop an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form. Students will develop the practical and technical skills of digital video production by writing, taping, editing, directing, and acting in their own productions. Students will also study film history, critically evaluating films produced in the United States and in other countries. The students will also examine the cultural aspects of film and be able to relate these aspects to the growth of the industry.

Photography 1 B/Yearbook ART400B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

Photography is a course designed to introduce students to traditional black and white, alternative and digital, photography processes. Students will complete a variety of on and off-campus photography assignments as well as meaningful art analysis and conceptual/design development projects within the classroom.

Sculpture 1 B ART360B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course will be an exploration of sculpture and 3D form through a variety of media. Students will use wire, paper, wood, and metals to create projects. It is also required that students do short research projects.

Department: Foreign Language and Literature

French 1 A WLD210A 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

French 1 allows students to begin to learn the language, geography, and cultures of French-speaking countries. Students will learn to communicate in everyday situations through dialogues, oral presentations, projects, and group activities.

French 2 A WLD220A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

French 2 allows students to continue learning the language, geography, and cultures of French-speaking countries. Students will learn to communicate in everyday situations through dialogues, oral presentations, projects, and group activities. 

Spanish 1 A WLA100A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the Hispanic world. The student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits, and other interactive methods.

Spanish 2 A WLA200A

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

The second class in the series follows and builds on Spanish 1. The student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits, and other interactive methods. This course emphasizes conversation, grammatical construction, writing, reading, listening, and a more in-depth study of culture.

French 1 B WLD210B 

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

French 1 allows students to begin to learn the language, geography, and cultures of French-speaking countries. Students will learn to communicate in everyday situations through dialogues, oral presentations, projects, and group activities.

French 2 B WLD220B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: Yes    Credit: 0.500

French 2 allows students to continue learning the language, geography, and cultures of French-speaking countries. Students will learn to communicate in everyday situations through dialogues, oral presentations, projects, and group activities. 

Spanish 1 B WLA100B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the Hispanic world. The student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits, and other interactive methods.

Spanish 2 B WLA200B

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500 

The second class in the series follows and builds on Spanish 1. The student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits, and other interactive methods. This course emphasizes conversation, grammatical construction, writing, reading, listening, and a more in-depth study of culture.

Department: Physical, Health and Safety Education

Health & Wellness HEA100

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500

The Health content of the course includes seven standards: Disease Prevention and Control, Nutrition, Substance Use, and Abuse, Mental/Emotional/Social Health, Sexuality, and Family Life, Safety and First Aid, and Personal Fitness. The Physical Education content five components: Motor Skills, Cognitive Concepts, Fitness and Physical Education, Rules-EtiquetteSportsmanship, and Values Physical Education. The content area from both subjects is addressed in a classroom and/or physical activity setting. Personal fitness and nutrition are emphasized and integrated throughout the course. Students are provided opportunities to explore how content areas are interrelated. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being throughout their lifetime. 

Physical Education PED100

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500

Includes a wide variety of activities for various interest levels. Activities include team sports, individual sports, and aerobic activity which are all designed to promote and increase lifetime physical fitness.

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Intro to Comp Sci CIS01

Grades: 9-12    College Prep: No    Credit: 0.500

Arizona Code HS teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Once students complete this course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in computer science and be able to program in JavaScript.