When most people envision the high school curriculum, they probably think of the five main courses you need to study in order to graduate (Math, English, Social Studies, Science and World Languages). While it’s true that you need to take eleven core classes, this leaves eight open slots to take some of the amazing classes that Lake Forest High School has to offer. LFHS does an outstanding job of offering their students an assortment of classes that go outside the typical high school routine. From taking a class that teaches you how to build your own fire, to learning how to run your own business, the options are truly plentiful. Don’t let your high school days go by without signing up for at least one of these classes.
Business Incubator (Honors) – Juniors
Do you have a great product or service that could use some expert guidance and possibly some capital to help make successful? If so, then this class is for you. When it comes to having a classroom stimulating a “real world environment,” the Business Incubator is about as good as it gets. Business Incubator is a course that is designed to give students a feeling of what it’s like to become a true entrepreneur via a high school setting. Students are put into a teams and are required to create their own product line or services to develop throughout the year. From inception to product launch, these students are being guided by real life entrepreneurs who help them refine ideas, develop a business model, perform market research and introduce their product to the marketplace. The class culminates with a “Pitch Night” where the teams present their ideas for a chance of receiving money from investors. This class is an amazing opportunity to step outside of the average high school setting and learn something that can truly prepare you for the future. Who knows, you may have the next blockbuster product and taking this class will profit you with real life experience and maybe some cash.
Outdoor Education – Juniors, Seniors
Are you a Survivor junkie and think you would like to learn how to live off the land? Outdoor Education allows students to interact in the environment as an individual and with other classmates while gaining important life skills. The class allows for personal and team growth by mastering survival techniques and participating in activities that test one’s endurance This course includes activities that range from cycling in local preserves, campfire cooking, climbing, and rappelling off cliffs, riflery, cross-country skiing, kayaking on the lake, rollerblading, and survivor challenges. Each day is a new adventure and there is never a dull moment when it comes to attending this class. There aren’t many high schools where you are able to take a class so adventurous yet informative at the same time, so don’t let this amazing opportunity slip away from you. Outdoor Ed teaches you essential survival skills while including fun activities that get you moving and take your mind off of your everyday school work.
Environmental Geoscience – All grades
If you happen to love the environment and want to learn more about how you can protect and preserve it, this class is definitely for you. This course is comprised of information about the study of earth and outer-space while also focusing on multiple environmental and economic concerns. The class focuses on topics that are currently of great concern, such as how to reduce waste and proper waste disposal, the effects on greenhouse gases on our daily lives, diminishing water supply, the overuse of the earth’s energy, and how all these issues relate to population growth. Throughout this course, students learn about all of these environmental issues and brainstorm how to fix them in order to make our world a better place. This class includes fun project work such as designing your own “dream” home (a word to the wise – bigger is not always better!) and outdoor time on the bike path removing invasive species. The class is filled with extremely beneficial information that everyone needs to know about to preserve and protect the environment . It’s a great opportunity to learn about the world around you and make it a safer place for you and your community.
Business Entrepreneurship – Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors
Just by walking through the halls of Lake Forest High School, you are immediately surrounded by posters and advertisements hawking the products from the Business Entrepreneur class. This course provides students with an extensive understanding of all the skills required to successfully create and manage a business. This class teaches the students about developing consumer products, stock market investments, and business operations such as manufacturing. Once the students are properly educated on how to create and run their own business, the students are then given time to be immersed in an actual business environment. A business plan is created, class members are assigned different levels of leadership such as CEO, CFO, etc., and company stock is issued. Finally, as a class, they develop a product, advertise it, and sell it to their fellow classmates, friends, family, and community members. On top of all that, students are even able to keep some of the proceeds for themselves in reward for all their hard work. This class is a great opportunity to learn the ropes of how to form a business and make some pocket money at the same time. What’s not to love about that?
Graphic Design – All grades
Graphic Design is a unique class that is great for both artistic and non-artistic students. Graphic design is the art of creating ideas and experiences with visual images and text. Graphic design is used to create posters, advertisements, packaging, web pages and many other materials. Through this class students are taught the elements of design and ultimately how to use and love Photoshop. Throughout the course of the year, each student will learn technology applications to create designs for a variety of applications . By the end of the year, students will have learned about pattern, perspective, positive/negative space, pop art, collages and so much more. Graphic design students often enter contests such as the Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market Poster Design to showcase their creative work. This class is a fun and creative break from your average school day schedule. It allows students to take a love of art and design and possibly turn into a fun and artistic career.
Speech – Juniors, Seniors
I can speak for a majority of the students when I say that public speaking probably isn’t everyone’s favorite activity when it comes to school work. Though that may be true, it doesn’t mean you should cross this class off the list of courses you would like to attend. This class is an amazing opportunity for students to learn how to calmly and confidently talk in front of others, which is all something we have to do at some point in our lives. The course will reinforce key elements of successful speeches such as proper eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, hand gestures and rate of speech. This course will teach students how to present numerous speeches on a variety of topics. Throughout the duration of the semester, students will present 6 to 8 speeches varying from informational to persuasive topics. By the end of the course, students are guaranteed to be able to talk in front of others with a high level of confidence and ease. This class is a great opportunity to prepare yourself for college, job interviews and business interactions.
Africa to America (Afro) – All grades
This Social Studies course is an extremely intriguing and informative class filled with information that I believe everyone should be aware of. This class is split into 2 semesters. The first semester focuses on the early history of the African continent and goes deep within the development of the African culture, origins of civilization, famous historical people, and the study of geography within Africa. As for the second semester, it primarily focuses on the transatlantic slave trade, slave culture, free black experiences and ultimately how African Americans contributed to life here in America. This class is extremely interactive, allowing students to learn through numerous hands on activities, group discussions, role play, seminars, oral and written reports and so much more. This class is taught through a timeline, each chapter connecting to the next and it almost feels as though you’re being taught in a story format. Each class you attend you will find yourself getting more and more drawn into the rich and compelling history of African Americans throughout the years.
New Media (Telecom) – All grades
Today, students are constantly surrounded by technology. Whether it’s cell phones, computers, laptops or even smart boards, it’s a part of our everyday lives and it’s only going to get bigger and better. New Media is a class where students are able to be emerged in what they love and understand best, technology. This course gives students the tools to create meaningful and effective media by learning and perfecting the process of video storytelling. Through the help of teachers, teaching assistants, classmates and electronics, students are able to produce their own shorts, videos and films. This class shows students how to be comfortable with cameras and cutting edge software that will guide them in producing state of the art media. This class is such a tremendous opportunity to learn how to create professional videos that can be shared with friends, family and the community. It’s the perfect way to tell a story, share opinions, or just entertain others in a unique way that can last forever.
Don’t miss out on some of the best classes LFHS has to offer. Keep these in mind when scheduling your classes for next year!