Hernando eSchool High School Course Descriptions


English I (*)

This course will help you develop your language arts skills by reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking. You will learn to use the English language to help you successfully express yourself. Students will choose an independent reading selection from an approved list for this course.

English II (*)

In English II, you will encounter new vocabulary, refine the grammar and mechanics of your writing, and engage in thought-provoking projects. Throughout this course, you will discover how the human experience is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles.

English III (*)

In this course students will acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Become a critical reader and thinker as you dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. You will learn how to effectively research and integrate your findings, as well as citing your sources.

English IV (*)

Students will read a variety of literature from classic to contemporary and will write personal, expository, and analytic papers, college essays, and research papers. Students will also work to improve grammar and vocabulary.

English IV: College Prep (*)

This course will prepare you for the demands of reading, writing, and communicating in college and beyond, you will hone your skills in creative and analytical writing and apply concepts learned to closely read and analyze contemporary and historical informational text.



Algebra I (*)

Algebra I emphasizes the importance of algebra in everyday life through hundreds of real-world examples. Assessments are designed to ensure that your understanding goes beyond rote memorization of steps and procedures. Upon successful course completion, you will have a strong foundation in Algebra I and will be prepared for other higher level math courses.

Algebra II (*)

Starting with a review of basic algebra, students will learn about polynomials, quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, and probability and statistics. Throughout the course, these mathematical concepts are applied to everyday occurrences in order to gain a better understanding of how the world around us functions.

Geometry (*)

Geometry exists everywhere in the world around you. We use it to build bridges, design maps, and even create perspective in paintings. Throughout this course, students will use problem solving and real world application to gain the knowledge and understanding of geometric concepts and their practical uses.

Liberal Arts Mathematics I (*)

This course focuses on the following three critical areas of mathematical content:  relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations, linear and exponential relationships, and relationships in Geometry. This course is only recommended for students with a strong background in mathematical skills.

Liberal Arts Mathematics II (*)

This course extends concepts of Liberal Arts Math1 and focuses on five critical areas:  number types, types of functions, modeling and problem-solving, visualizing data and probability distributions, and the connections between Algebra and Geometry.

Math for College Readiness (*)

Acquire skills needed for success in college level mathematics. You will explore expressions, equations, statistics, and probability to learn Algebra and Geometry skills required for entry into college-level courses.

Pre-Calculus (*)

As a mathematical analyst, you will investigate how advanced mathematics concepts can solve problems encountered in operating national parks. This course includes analytical geometry and trigonometry.



Earth-Space Science (*)

This laboratory course focuses on the study of space and the geologic and atmospheric forces that shape our world. Through experimentation and investigation, you will explore the Earth’s cycles, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and carbon cycle.

Physical Science (*)

This course will help students build a foundation for studying physical sciences. Students will also learn basic physics and chemistry, as you explore this interactive course. Topics include forces and motion, energy through waves, electricity and magnetism, the matter around us, chemical bonding, and reactions.

Biology I (*)

Explore the structure, function, diversity, and evolution of living matter by taking an in-depth look at the fundamental characteristics of living organisms. You will have the opportunity to perform hands-on lab activities and develop relationships through collaborative learning.

Anatomy and Physiology (*)

Explore the human body and learn how you can help your body cope with many different situations. You will study the structure, location, and function of various systems within the human body and how these systems interact.

Marine Science (*)

Delve deeply into Earth’s bodies of water and study geologic structures and how they impact the oceans. Investigate characteristics of various populations of aquatic life, patterns of distribution, and ongoing changes occurring in our ecosystem.

Social Studies

United States History (*)

Investigate the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today while applying what you learn to real-world problems.

World History (*)

Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through history. Discover the connections between world events and eras, from the Roman Empire through the Industrial Revolution, and explore development in our modern world, as well as the implications that historical events have on us today.

United States Government (*)

Explore the principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights and examine each branch of government, the election process, and how you can impact public policy. You will also discover how the United States interacts with other countries.

Economics (*)

Become a more informed consumer, producer, investor, and taxpayer and learn how your choices directly affect your future.


Foreign Language

Spanish I

During the first semester of this course students will travel and explore the cultures of Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia. During the 2nd semester, our journey will take us to Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador.  There are 8 modules in the course.  Students will learn the basic greetings, phrases as well as new vocabulary and new grammar concepts.  Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing. 

Spanish II

This course will consist of 10 modules.  Within these modules, students will continue to explore Spanish culture around the world.  The sentence structure will become much more complex, adding additional verb tenses and structures.  Lastly, students will continue to dive deeper into the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

French I

Learn basic French grammar to help build your fluency and understanding, and apply what you learn through interactive games, written practice, and listening and speaking exercises.

French II

Strengthen your French listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with engaging and interactive videos, dialogs, presentations, self-checks, and much more.


Performing Art Electives


Art History and Criticism Honors

Critique and compare significant works of art and architecture from Prehistory through the 16th century. You will analyze art history and criticism methodologies, explore media and techniques used by artists from various cultures and time periods, and learn appropriate terminology for discussing artwork from around the world. This course can be used to meet a performing/fine arts requirement for high school graduation.

Creative Photography

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Creative Photography. Beginning with the history of photography, highlighting developments that helped bring us where we are today, the course goes on to cover equipment and design elements and offers insight into photographing common subjects. In addition, composition techniques and lighting are covered, allowing students a better understanding of ways to effectively photograph their subjects.

Segment Two introduces students to important photographers, critiques, careers, and introduces them to laws and licensing that affect photographers.  Students must have a digital camera (which can be a cellphone camera) and must be able to upload images to their computer to submit as attachments for grading.


Explore a career in journalism and learn how to write a news story, a feature story, and an editorial. Throughout this course, you learn best practices for conducting research and interviews, analyzing the reliability of sources, and self-editing. This course provides a practical art credit to meet the art requirement for high school graduation.

Music of the World: History of Rock

Take your knowledge of rock music to the next level.  Starting in the 1950's, we'll take a musical tour of the foundations of rock and roll.  We'll look at how rock music affected social issues like racial unrest and the war protests of the 1960's.  You will learn about the founding fathers, and mothers, of rock and roll and see the impact they've had on today’s music.

Theatre, Cinema, & Film Production

Explore the elements of theater and cinematic techniques used by those who create performance productions. As you progress through the course you will view the historical development of different genres and the reasons why they were used. You will also be exposed to a detailed view of film and theater backstage operations and asked to speculate on why a director chooses certain perspectives. This course can be used to meet a performing/fine arts requirement for high school graduation.

Two-Dimensional Studio Art

This course is designed to introduce students to the Design Elements: Line, Shape, Form, Value, Texture, Color, and Space through two dimensions (drawing and painting). Students explore each Element through background information combined with exercises and projects that allow students to develop their artistic skills. Segment One discusses media, Line, Shape, Form, Value, and Texture.

Segment Two picks up where Segment One left off, addressing Color through watercolor and Space through linear perspective drawing. In addition, Segment Two covers careers and critiques and portraiture. Students taking this course must have access to the required art supplies—paper; pencils; erasers; ruler or straight edge; color pencils and/or markers; watercolor kit (and paper, if possible) — and a means to upload images to their computer to submit as attachments for grading.


Full Year Electives (1 credit)


Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE)

Your path to lifelong fitness starts here. You’ll set a variety of goals that will guide you toward leading a healthy lifestyle. During your journey, you’ll perform daily physical activity, design a personal fitness plan that suits your interests, and keep track of your fitness progress. You’ll monitor your exercise and nutrition using a personalized wellness plan. You will create your own meal plans and learn about healthy eating to keep your body energized. The importance of first aid and disease prevention will also be covered in this course.

Criminal Justice

Explore the fields of law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system. You will acquire technical skill proficiency, industry knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, general employability skills, and occupation-specific skills needed in all aspects of law, public safety, and security careers. Note: Due to the nature of criminal justice, the material can be graphic.

Forensic Science

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. Discover how clues and data are recorded and preserved, and examine some of the basic scientific principles that guide forensic laboratory processes like DNA testing, toxicology, and material analysis. This course focuses on techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). This course provides elective credit only and cannot be used to fulfill a science requirement for high school graduation.

Leadership Skills Development

Succeed in high school, college, and beyond by taking your future into your own hands. In this two-semester course, you will learn how to take action, manage your time, chart your goals, and many other leadership techniques. This course provides elective credit only.

Digital Information Technology

This course is designed to provide a basic overview of current business and information systems and trends, and to introduce students to fundamental skills required for today's business and academic environments. Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental computer skills. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be successful both personally and professionally in an information based society. Digital Information Technology includes the exploration and use of: databases, the internet, spreadsheets, presentation applications, management of personal information and email, word processing and document manipulation, HTML, web page design, and the integration of these programs using software that meets industry standards. Students will receive an IBA Industry Certification after successfully passing the Certification Test.


Semester Electives (1/2 credit)


Career Research and Decision Making

This course will show you how to prepare for, get accepted to and pay for college. You will explore different career and education pathways, study interview techniques and networking tips, create smart resumes, and learn how to plan for a successful future. Throughout the course you will be coached by Mawi Asgedom, a Harvard graduate and a student leadership expert who has trained more than 1 million students. Opportunity is knocking, are you ready?

Drivers Education and Traffic Safety

Develop safe driving skills by studying the Highway Transportation System, traffic signs, rules of the road, and how to make good choices behind the wheel. This course fulfills the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) required completion of the Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE). As an added benefit for completing the course with FLVS, you will also be eligible to take the Florida Learner’s License (permit) exam online for FREE*!

Law Studies

What are your rights as an American citizen? In this course, you will investigate aspects of family and consumer law, and learn how the state and federal court systems work. Gain an understanding of the judicial system and examine key differences between civil and criminal law. This course provides elective credit only.

Outdoor Education

Develop your skills in outdoor activities like boating and hunting, and learn about the benefits of physical activity while using proper safety procedures to experience wildlife and outdoor and extreme sports. By meeting all of the requirements of the course, you will be eligible to obtain a state of Florida Hunter Education Certificate and Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.

Parenting Skills

Parenting involves more than having a child and providing food and shelter. Take this one-semester course to explore parenting roles and responsibilities, nurturing and protective environments for children, positive parenting strategies, and effective communication in parent/child relationships. 

Peer Counseling I

Gain the skills to help you succeed in all areas of your life. You will learn how to take action, set goals, manage your time, and help your peers. This course is recommended for ELL (English Language Learner) students but open to all students.

Peer Counseling II

Increase your confidence and build your social skills as you learn how to conquer peer pressure, social anxiety, and the unnecessary risks that can derail your future. In this class you’ll discover how your teen brain really works, so you can make better decisions and achieve more. 

Personal and Family Finance

The purpose of this course is to give students an overview of personal and family finance concepts including the American economic system, personal and family management of resources including income, money management, saving and investing, spending and credit, the role of financial institutions and the consumer, consumer information and taxation and financial planning.

This content includes, but is not limited to, consumer rights and responsibilities, record-keeping, decision making and consumer choices, resource management, credit, taxation, wills, savings plans, investments, money management resources, insurance and contracts.


Where do thoughts and memories come from? What are emotions? And why do we behave the way we do? In Psychology I, you will begin to understand the human mind by exploring the research and theories of some of the most brilliant psychologists throughout history. In addition, learn psychological tips that you can use every day, like how to cope and reduce stress. This course provides elective credit only.

Social Media I

Explore your individual contribution and influential powers by identifying your digital imprint. In this course, you will examine the world through social media, where citizen journalism is the news, personal audiences are your critics and your supporters, and personal connection is subjective. This course provides elective credit only.

Outdoor Education

Learn the importance of safe sporting practices, proper techniques, and the correct gear to use.

Understand the benefits of habitat preservation, conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Choose the outdoor activities you want to be involved in during the course

Earn a P.E. credit (0.5)

Earn your Florida Boater Education ID card and Hunter Safety Card


(*) Honors/Advanced option offered for this course