Get Ahead Courses

  • Get Ahead courses are for students who want to satisfy a graduation requirement or participate in an enrichment experience outside of the school year. Courses may be offered in-person or online. Get Ahead courses include:

    • Courses that meet a graduation requirement, such as Consumer Education or Fine Arts.
    • Courses that allow students to explore a career pathway, such as healthcare, law or engineering. 

    IN-PERSON

    American Law - 07790
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 9-12

    Students will learn about America’s legal system and will have an opportunity to explore potential careers within the field of law. This course will cover an overview of civil law, criminal law, constitutional law, individuals’ rights. Students gain an insight into the causes and consequences of legal and societal problems that they face in the United States today.

    Art Survey - 01250
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will receive instruction in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art. Students will also study how visual art interrelates with the other arts. This course meets the district’s fine arts graduation requirement.

    Excelling in Honors & AP Course - 02320
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-9

    This class will prepare students for success in honors and Advanced Placement courses. Topics include: study skills, time management, test taking strategies, ACT/SAT skill development, document analysis, digital citizenship, and essay development. This class also incorporates guest speakers on topics such as Career Pathways, District 214 internship programs, TDP Summer Enrichment and the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities. Students will receive 0.5 elective credit and a grade of P (pass) or NC (No credit). This is a one session course.

    Excelling in Honors & AP Course - 02320
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-9

    This class will prepare students for success in honors and Advanced Placement courses. Topics include: study skills, time management, test taking strategies, ACT/SAT skill development, document analysis, digital citizenship, and essay development. This class also incorporates guest speakers on topics such as Career Pathways, District 214 internship programs, TDP Summer Enrichment and the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities. Students will receive 0.5 elective credit and a grade of P (pass) or NC (No credit). This is a one session course.

    Personal Finance - 06210
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will gain a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions. Projects for this class involve interactive computer assignments that simulate real-life decision-making skills. This course satisfies the Illinois State Consumer Education graduation requirement.

    Introduction to Engineering Design - 06881/06882
    Session 1 AND Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 9-12

    Students will be creative and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to specific design problems, using powerful computer hardware and software (Inventor) to develop 3-D models or solid renderings. Using CAD (computer aided design) students apply the design process through creating, analyzing, rendering, and producing-model. This is a two-session course. Students MUST sign up for both sessions.

    Introduction to the Healthcare Field - 08181/08182
    Session 1 AND Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 9-12

    Students will be offered a broad range of information on career opportunities in the health field and available educational programs in Illinois. Students will survey medical terminology based upon the body systems approach and begin to uncover professional vocabulary as required in the health occupations. This is a two-session course. Students MUST sign up for both sessions.

    ONLINE

    Consumer Education - 59940A
    Online
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will learn financial literacy, including installment purchasing, budgeting, savings and investing, banking, understanding simple contracts, state and federal income taxes, and personal insurance policies. This course meets the consumer education graduation requirement.

    Introduction to Fine Arts/Art Survey - 01250A
    Online
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will receive instruction in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art. Students will also study how visual art interrelates with the other arts. This course meets the district’s fine arts graduation requirement.