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Business Design and Leadership
For grades 11, 12

The MAPS Business Design and Leadership focus area will offer Highland Park students innovative learning that bridges rigorous coursework with profession-centered experiences that will prepare them for post-secondary futures. After examining a variety of business models, reviewing case studies, and analyzing economic implications, students will develop a business model of their own, working through a full entrepreneurial spectrum ranging from prototyping to investments.
 
Business Design and Leadership will be a pairing of three courses for two credits:
1.) MAPS AP Microeconomics (.5 credits)
  • In AP Microeconomics, an introductory college-level course focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the function of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students' familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. This course fulfills the economics requirement for graduation.
2.) MAPS Economic Advanced Studies (Post AP, .5 credits)
  • In Economics Advanced Studies, students conduct in-depth research, prepare a product of professional quality, and present their findings to appropriate audiences. Students, working independently or in collaboration with a mentor, investigate a problem, issue, or concern; research the topic using a variety of technologies; and present a product of professional quality to an appropriate audience. This course fulfills an elective requirement for graduation. 
3.) MAPS Entrepreneurship (1 credit).
  • In Entrepreneurship, students will learn the principles necessary to begin and operate a business. The primary focus of the course is to help students understand the process of analyzing a business opportunity, determining the feasibility of an idea using research, preparing a business plan, and developing a plan to organize and promote the business and its products and services. This course fulfills an elective requirement for graduation. 
 
The classes will be taught concurrently over the course of an academic year by two teachers over a two-period block. The curriculum is augmented through industry guest speakers, real-world challenges, and contemporary projects developed in collaboration with local universities and businesses. Through this integrated model, students will learn the relationship between
entrepreneurship and microeconomic principles, while applying this knowledge to professional challenges and projects.
 
Engineering Design
For grades 11, 12
 
The MAPS Engineering Design focus area will offer Highland Park students innovative learning in engineering and visual design that bridges rigorous coursework with profession-centered experiences that will prepare them for post-secondary futures. After examining the processes and procedures used in engineering and design, students will develop viable solutions in various engineering fields while considering aesthetic decisions and human factors.

Engineering Design will be a pairing of two courses:
1.) MAPS Engineering Design and Presentation (Honors) (1 credit)
  • In Engineering Design and Presentation, students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the design process as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through the implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas. This course fulfills an elective requirement for graduation. 
2.) MAPS Graphic Design and Illustration (1 credit).
  • In Graphic Design and Illustration, the focus is on the principles of design and the elements of art in relation to Commercial Art and Design. This course will include concepts from previous art classes spanning from elementary through high school Art I. Students will learn techniques and methods of design using a variety of media and materials. Students will analyze the impact of individuals, different cultures, religions, social issues, and politics in relation to changes in design. Students will evaluate the importance of works of art in relation to their history while critiquing peer works as well as their own. Critiques, class discussions and a portfolio of work are required. This course satisfies the technology required for all graduation plans. 
 
The classes will be taught concurrently over the course of an academic year by two teachers over a two-period block. The curriculum is augmented by industry guest speakers, real-world challenges, and contemporary projects developed in collaboration with local universities and businesses. Through this integrated model, students will learn the relationship between engineered solutions and the aesthetics of design, while applying this knowledge to professional challenges and projects.
 
Brain Science and Health
For grades 11, 12
 
The MAPS Brain Science and Health focus area will offer Highland Park students innovative learning in biotechnology and psychology that bridges rigorous coursework with profession-centered experiences and prepares them for post-secondary futures. While studying mental processes and human behavior, students will analyze the impact on physiological systems of the body.
 
Brain Science will be a pairing of two courses:
1.) MAPS AP Psychology (1 credit)
  • In AP Psychology, students will be introduced to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
2.) MAPS Biotechnology I (1 credit).
  • In Biotechnology I, students are given a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology and a deeper understanding of the biological concepts used. In addition, students develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Furthermore, students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology through extensive readings, laboratory experiments, class discussions, research projects, guest speakers, and workplace visits. The objectives covered in this course are both academic and technical in nature and are presented in a progressively rigorous manner. This course fulfills a science graduation requirement. 
 
The classes will be taught concurrently over the course of an academic year by two teachers over a two-period block. The curriculum is augmented by industry guest speakers, real-world challenges, and contemporary projects developed in collaboration with local universities and businesses. Through this integrated model, students will learn the relationship between psyche/brain development and the biological development of the body, and how these factors influence fields such as gene therapy, genetic engineering, etc. while applying this knowledge to professional challenges and projects.
 
Environmental Architecture 
For grades 11, 12
 
The MAPS Environmental Architecture focus area will offer Highland Park students innovative learning in environmental science and architectural design that bridges rigorous coursework with profession-centered experiences and prepares them for post-secondary futures. After examining the processes and procedures used in architecture, students will create architectural designs and construction materials that connect to the 4 major principles of Environmental Science.
 
Environmental Architecture will be a pairing of two courses:
1.) MAPS Architectural Design (1 credit)
  • Architectural Design, prepares students to enter a career in architecture and construction or prepare toward a postsecondary degree in architecture, engineering, construction science, drafting, interior design, and landscape architecture. Students will use the latest version of Sketchup software focusing on the development of original working drawings, freehand sketching, communication processes, US CADD standards, layer management, presentation drawings, and model building. Students will also use the latest version of Layout to understand how to develop plans used in residential architecture. This course satisfies the technology requirement for all graduation plans. 
2.) MAPS AP Environmental Science (1 credit)
  • AP Environmental Science, is a laboratory course that includes field studies and focuses on the scientific principles that are necessary to understand relationships in the natural world. Identification and analysis of both natural and man-made environmental problems are evaluated and the relative risk associated with each is examined. Technical knowledge of presentation software and internet usage is required. 
 
The classes will be taught concurrently over the course of an academic year by two teachers over a two-period block. The curriculum is augmented by industry guest speakers, real-world challenges, and contemporary projects developed in collaboration with local universities and businesses. Through this integrated model, students will learn the relationship between environmental topics and architectural solutions, while applying this knowledge to professional challenges and projects.