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Online Public High School Program

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Missouri

Online High School: Grades 9-10

High school students of today have grown up in the digital age and use online technology to connect and learn. They respond to a curriculum that is innovative and engaging. We offer an array of online public high school courses for them to choose from, including core subjects, honors & AP classes, and career readiness courses that are tailored to prepare them for life after high school.

* Course offerings are subject to change and may vary based on school staffing.

Curriculum, Grades 9-10

Algebra I

Algebra 1 (1 of 2) explores the application of properties to simplify expressions with exponents and radicals, relationships between rational and irrational numbers, solving linear equations and inequalities, applying knowledge of linear equations and inequalities to solve and graph systems of linear equations and inequalities, applying operations on polynomials, factoring quadratic expressions, and solving quadratic equations using different methods.

Algebra 1 (2 of 2) explores the analysis of different types of functions presented as equations, graphs, tables, verbal descriptions, identifying key features applied to real-world problems, using key features to compare different types of functions, transformations of functions, statistics, interpreting and analyzing data sets, as well as causation and correlation.

Algebra II

Algebra 2 (1 of 2) explores solving quadratic equations with complex solutions and performs operations on polynomials, uses polynomial identities to solve problems, analyzes polynomial functions using different representations, and solves polynomial equations graphically, works with rational functions, and performing arithmetic operations on rational functions to graph them.

Algebra 2 (2 of 2) explores radical equations, rewriting expressions involving radicals, and graphing and solve radical equations. Concepts of trigonometry include ratios and using the unit circle to understand them, graph sine, cosine, and tangent functions, and explore key features to prove and apply trigonometric identities.


Geometry (1 of 2) explores writing formal proofs and constructing geometric figures. Topics included: transformations to explain the concepts of congruent and similar figures with a focus on the properties of congruent and similar triangles. Properties are proved with postulates, theorems, and formal proofs, as well as trigonometric ratios and their applications to real-world situations.

Geometry (2 of 2) explores writing formal proofs and constructing geometric figures. Topics included: slopes, midpoints, distance formula with a focus on their applications in coordinate proofs, theorems about circles as well as concepts related to circles, and two- and three-dimensional figures and probability.


Biology (1 of 2) examines the basics of biochemistry and how it helps understand biological systems on Earth. Using logical thinking to identify relationships and draw conclusions, the course expands out from the building blocks of biochemistry to individual cells and cell membranes to understand cell division, reproduction, cell energy and metabolism, and photosynthesis.

Biology (2 of 2) examines the basics of genetics, natural selection, ecology, model how matter and energy flow through ecosystems, and the technology to see the larger context and implications. Topics included: biological research topics of ethical guidelines in new biotechnology.

Physical Science

Physical Science (1 of 2) examines science as a whole and leads to how methods and tools provide scientists meaningful results. Topics included: chemistry to interpret chemical names, formulas, equations, and models to discover the types and properties of reactions and nuclear reactions and their uses, historical perspectives, and the social impacts.

Physical Science (2 of 2) explores physics, introduces topics in engineering, and the ways scientists think, communicate, and do their jobs. The topics of motion and force, including the motion of fluids and Newton’s law build a foundation to explore thermodynamics, energy, work, machines, waves, electricity, and magnetism.

English 9

English I (1 of 2) explores reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and literary texts, as well as comparison of texts in different mediums. Readings include The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, among others to demonstrate understanding of textual evidence, themes, central ideas, inferences, word choice, and figurative and connotative language, and grammar and usage. Writings include a personal narrative (memoir) and a literary analysis.

English I (2 of 2) explores reading, writing, and analysis using both informational and literary texts. Readings include Anthem by Ayn Rand, among other texts of varying time periods to demonstrate concepts such as textual evidence, themes, central ideas, characters, inferences, rhetorical techniques, structure and style, and arguments and claims. Writing topics include grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, style manuals, phrases, and clauses, culminating in an informational essay and an argument essay.

English 10

English II (1 of 2) examines reading, writing, and analysis of informational texts, argument texts, and videos to demonstrate understanding of explicit and inferred meaning, textual evidence, central ideas, arguments and claims, organizational structures, figurative and rhetorical language, and the effect of word choice on tone. Skill building focuses on spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, domain-specific vocabulary, context clues, and affixes. Writing topics include an informational essay and an argument essay.

English II (2 of 2) explores reading, writing, and analysis of literary texts from around the world and across history. Readings include Antigone by Sophocles, among others to demonstrate understanding of textual evidence, themes, inferences, characterization, figurative language, figures of speech, and literary devices, as well as building about foundational knowledge of context clues, word nuances, affixes, phrases, clauses, and parallel construction. Writing topics include a literary analysis essay and a personal narrative essay.

US History

US History (1 of 2) explores European exploration and the impact Europeans had on the lives of those native to North America. Topics included: the development of the English colonies in North America, causes and effects of the American Revolution, the ratification of the Constitution, causes of the War of 1812, analysis of sectionalism as a common thread, westward expansion, Civil War, and Reconstruction, Indian Wars, immigration, and the Second Industrial Revolution.

US History (2 of 2) traces pivotal events in American history and presidential administrations as the 21st century dawns. Topic included: The Gilded Age, Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, and proxy conflicts like the Vietnam War and Korean War, technology innovations, global communications, and the rise of terrorism.

World History

World History (1 of 2) explores key events and historical developments from hunter-gatherer societies to the Industrial Revolution. Beginning with the analysis of prehistoric people from the Paleolithic era to the Agricultural Revolution, the course follows the rise and fall of early empires including the Roman Empire. Topics included: The Crusades, feudalism, the plague, Asian empires and trade routes, effects of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation, and important revolutions that shaped history.

World History (2 of 2) traces the developments of the last 250 years by examining the origins of modern Western imperialism and analyzing the cultural, economic, and political impacts on Africa and Asia. Topics include: the influence of the Industrial Revolution, the impact of imperialism and nationalism on World War I, how the Treaty of Versailles contributed to the rise of fascism in Europe and the start of World War II, 20th-century warfare, the Armenian Genocide, and the Holocaust.

  • Art History Modern
  • Art History Origins
  • French
  • Health
  • High School Career Discovery
  • Keyboarding Touch Systems
  • Learning in a Digital World
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Physical Education-High School
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Workplace and Internship Readiness

Electives will vary by grade and offering


Our Credit Recovery courses are designed to serve students seeking to recapture credit for courses previously taken. Our credit recovery courses are the same scope and sequence as the original credit courses, however, some teacher-graded assignments have been removed from the course to accelerate the student’s path.