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Career and Technical Education

The State Department of Education requires ½ credit of Computer Literacy/Applications for graduation. It is highly recommended that freshmen students take a semester of Computer Literacy/Applications to meet the state graduation requirements. These courses will also give them the computer skills they need for all classes at Reno High School.

Animation I 10601/10602

  • Level 1
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course introduces students to the basic principles of two and three-dimensional computer animation and graphics. Areas of study include storyboarding, character creation, background development, traditional animation techniques, and the use of industry-standard technology. Projects are provided to develop the student's career-based animation skills.

Animation II 10603/10604

  • Level 2
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Animation I
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Animation I. This course provides students further instruction in principles of two and three-dimensional computer animation and graphics. Areas of study include storyboarding, character creation, modeling, background development, and traditional animation techniques. Projects are provided to develop the student's career-based animation skills. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Animation III (H) 10607/10608

  • Level 3
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Animation II
    *State Testing Required
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Animation II. This course provides advanced graphic design students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. Students will work on projects simulating challenges found in the design industry such as corporate identity, publishing, advertising, web applications, and package design. Portfolio development will be emphasized. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education.

Intro to Computer Science 10665/10666

  • Prerequisite: Formal Geometry or Above
  • Lab Fee: $40

Introduction to Computer Science is an interactive introductory course for students brand new to programming that teaches the foundations of computer science using the Python language. The course prepares students for AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, and teaches students how to think computationally and solve complex problems, skills that are important for every student. The course format includes web-based video classes, activities, and practice exercises, quizzes, projects and exams. Topics include What is Computer Science, Big Data, Algorithms, Cybersecurity, Game Development and Graphics.

AP Computer Science 8359/8360

  • Prerequisite: Algebra II (H) with a B or Better

This course follows The College Board Advanced Placement curriculum and prepares students for the AP Computer Science exam. This course provides advanced computer science students with instruction in advanced topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, data structures, algorithms, analysis of potential solutions and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design. Students will learn to write, run, and debug solutions in the Java programming language, utilizing standard Java library classes. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education. Students must take the Advanced Placement Computer Science AP Test given in May in order to get AP credit. This exam costs approximately $94.

Digital Thinking (Computer Literacy) 8344

  • One Semester - .50 credit (spring or fall) *This course meets the Nevada State Requirement for Computer Literacy
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course will introduce students to the world of computers and provide the necessary skills and knowledge as set forth in the Nevada Computer and Technology Standards. The goal is to excite and instruct the new "millennial learner students" skills that include new, diverse methods of communication, a new level of critical thinking and analysis, and higher demands on interpersonal skills. Students will be introduced to the touch method of keyboarding. Areas to be explored include the historical development of computers, maintenance and use of equipment, hardware/software evaluation, ethical/legal issues, Internet safety, file management, windows, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, multimedia, Internet research and evaluation, and simple web page design. This course satisfies the Nevada high school graduation requirements.

Drafting & Design I (CADD I) 10803/10804

  • *Satisfies Computer Literacy Requirement
  • Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of mechanical and architectural drawing. This course provides students with the knowledge and practice required to produce and analyze multi-view drawings, pictorial drawings, and dimensioning. Students will gain experience using both sketching techniques and computer assisted drafting programs. Various career opportunities and areas for postsecondary study will be explored.

Graphic Design I 10633/10634

  • Level 1
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to create graphic works using industry-standard hardware and software for a variety of purposes and outputs. Areas of study include the understanding of the industry history, terminology, color, design principles, typography and ethical and legal issues related to graphic designs. Emphasis is placed on layout design and the creation and manipulation of graphics.

Graphic Design II 10635/10636

  • Level 2
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Graphic Design I
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Graphic Design I. This course provides advanced graphic design students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. Students will work on projects simulating challenges found in the design industry such as corporate identity, publishing, advertising, and web applications. Students will develop their skills utilizing industry-standard software and equipment. Portfolio development will be emphasized. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Graphic Design III (H) 10639/10640

  • Level 3
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Graphic Design II
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Graphic Design II. This course provides advanced graphic design students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. Students will work on projects simulating challenges found in the design industry such as corporate identity, publishing, advertising, web applications, and package design. Portfolio development will be emphasized. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education.

Photography I 10645/10646

  • Level 1
  • Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of commercial photography in relation to seeing photographically, operating cameras, use of light, image capture, and processing digital images. Students will also learn the history of photography, legal and ethical issues related to the industry. Career exploration is also a part of this course.

Principles of Business & Marketing 10217/10218

  • *Satisfies Computer Literacy Requirement
  • Prerequisite: None

This course is an entry-level course in the Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Sports and Entertainment Marketing programs that develops student understanding and skill in areas such as business law, communications, customer relations, economics, information management, marketing, and operations. Students acquire knowledge of fundamental business and marketing activities, factors affecting business, develop verbal and written communications skill, and participate in career exploration and planning.

Health Science I 10513/10514

  • Level 1
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Completion of semester two (2) fulfills the health requirement.
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course will introduce students to human structure and function. Areas of study include anatomy, healthcare delivery systems, medical terminology, emergency management, health information technology, and legal practices. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. This is the first required course in the Sports Medicine track. Students taking this course must commit to taking at least three total courses in the sequence (through Sports Med II).

Sports Medicine I 10529/10530

  • Level 2
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Health Science I
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of sports medicine. It will provide students the opportunity to explore athletic training and sports medicine related fields. Students will receive instruction in sports medicine terminology, physical fitness, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, injury evaluation and prevention procedures, and careers in sports medicine. Students will also demonstrate skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and sports injury management and rehabilitation. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. This is the second course in the Sports Medicine track.

Sports Medicine II 10531/10532

  • Level 3
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Sports Medicine I
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Sports Medicine I. This course provides advanced sports medicine students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. This course will give students hands-on experience evaluating injuries commonly sustained by the competitive athlete. It includes all areas of sports medicine such as sports medicine terminology, musculoskeletal anatomy, evaluation, assessment, rehabilitation, and prevention of athletic injuries. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating and assessing athletic injuries. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education. Students will be required to take an employability skills test, and a technical skills test through the Nevada Career and Technical Education Department.

Video Production I 10653/10654

  • Level 1
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements and skills needed to produce a video. Operating video cameras, script writing, editing equipment, microphones, and the process of On-Air program production are emphasized. Students will become familiar with video production techniques for a variety of purposes, including broadcast journalism.

Video Production II 10655/10656

  • Level 2
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Video Production I
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Video Production I. This course provides intermediate video production students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. Emphasis is placed on the advanced principles in pre/post-production, editing techniques, studio and engineering procedures, and live broadcast skills. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Video Production III (H) 10659/10660

  • Level 3
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Video Production II
    *State Testing Required
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Video Production II. This course provides advanced video production students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. Emphasis is placed on the advanced principles in pre/post-production, editing techniques, studio and engineering procedures, and live broadcast skills. Students will become familiar with video production techniques for a variety of purposes, including broadcast journalism. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education.

Web Design I 10679/10680

  • Level 1
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: None *Satisfies Computer Literacy Requirement
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of web design and development. Students will learn about content placement, use of color and graphics, typography and message using industry-standard software. Students are introduced to various web design languages, design concepts, and layout theory. Students will become familiar with marketing and other uses of websites; as well as ethical and legal issues related to websites.

Web Design II 10681/10682

  • Level 2
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Web Design and Development I
    *STATE TESTING REQUIRED
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Web Design and Development I. This course is designed for intermediate students to create websites for a variety of purposes. Students will develop their knowledge of content, placement, use of color and graphics, typography and message. Students will use various web design languages, design concepts, and layout theories to create their websites. Students will examine the role of marketing, market research, ethics and legal issues as it relates to websites. Project-based learning, collaboration, and portfolio development are essential elements of this class. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Web Design III (H) 10683/10684

  • Level 3
  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (CTE credit)
  • Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Web Design and Development II
    *STATE TESTING REQUIRED
  • Lab Fee: $10

This course is a continuation of Web Design and Development II. This course is designed for advanced students to create websites for a variety of purposes using advanced techniques and processes. Areas of study include automation, animation and interactivity in websites, as well as, web servers and a more extensive knowledge of website construction. Project-based learning, collaboration, and portfolio development are essential elements of this class. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education.


*Please note that Red House Project students receive priority enrollment in the above courses. Enrollment for all other students is on a space available basis only.

The Red House Project Signature Academy

The Red House Project is based on an advanced project driven curriculum immersing students in the fields of business, marketing, graphic design, video production, photography, and web design primarily focusing on teaching and learning, research and discovery, outreach and engagement. The Red House Project community is challenged to develop and promote continuous learning experiences for our students; empowering each student with a deep understanding of technology, developing ethical, responsible, intrinsically motivated future leaders, able to cultivate their skills initiating career opportunities for success while improving community awareness and responsibility. Admission to this program is based on an application process and screening through the WCSD Signature Academies Office and not by Reno High School. This normally takes place during the middle of the 8th grade school year. Students accepted into the Red House Project are expected to complete a full sequence of courses (see below).

Red House Signature Tracks

As an incoming 9th grade student, you must select one of the following courses:

  • Animation 10601/10602
  • Graphic Design 10633/10634
  • Video Production 10653/10654

Red House Electives

  • Drafting 10803/10804
  • Principles of Business 10217/10218
  • Photography 10645/10646
  • Sport’s Medicine 10529/10530
  • Web Design 10679/10680