This course reviews the basic skills of grammar, usage, and mechanics.  The course involves the development of students’ spelling, vocabulary, library, and communication skills.  Studies in literature are designed to develop and reinforce reading skills and interest, build comprehension, and provide a basic reading repertoire. Placement in this course is determined by teacher recommendation and testing. 

    This course is designed for students who excelled in language arts studies in middle school and who intend to pursue higher education.  Because of the advanced nature of this course, very little of the material covered is review material.  An analytical study of vocabulary is an integral part of this course.  Honors English will encompass an extensive analytical and critical study of literature.  Composition of instruction focuses on organizational skills and using the writing process in logical and critical modes, especially in response to literature. Placement in this course is determined by teacher recommendation and testing.

    This course provides students with remedial work in such basic grammar skills as parts of speech, capitalization, and punctuation.  Reading comprehension is also an integral part of this course.  Special emphasis is placed on preparing students for the English I End of Course Exam.  Placement in Skills English I is determined by teacher recommendation and testing.

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in College Prep English I.  Vocabulary development and literature continue to be a focus of this course. 

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Honors English I.  Practical grammar, composition, and advanced vocabulary studies are an integral part of this course.  The study of literature will include analysis and essay-test taking.

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Skills English I.  

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Standard English II.  The study of literature will include the analysis of representative examples of American Literature in various genres.  The study of composition in this course focuses on the essay and research paper including organizational styles, documentation, and research techniques. 

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Honors English II. This class promotes academic excellence in English language arts through enriched experiences in literature and composition.  Analytical vocabulary study continues to be an integral part of this course.  The study of composition focuses on the research paper, including organizational styles, documentation, and research techniques. Students also work on developing sophisticated writing styles.

    These courses are designed to continue to review fundamental language arts skills necessary to function in the work-place.  Reading comprehension skills are reinforced.  

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Standard English III.  The study of literature is confined to British literature and includes the critical analysis of representative examples of British literature as they reflect changes in the language and the development of literary traditions in the English language.  The research paper is also included in this course.

    This course is designed to continue exploration of topics studied in Honors English III.  This class is the last of the high school honors English courses that prepare students for mastery of communication skills which institutions of higher learning require of entering freshmen.

    This course is designed for students who wish to apply their language arts skills to the production of the monthly school newspaper, The Blue and Gold Review.  Students learn the basics of layout and design and develop advanced proofreading and interviewing skills.  Word processing and desktop publishing skills are also included in the course. Students must have instructor approval before they can enroll in the class.

    Students will use desktop publishing software to create pages for the yearbook.  They will gain knowledge of basic layout and design.  They gain skills in using the industry standard Adobe In Design to create pages for submission to the plant. Students use Microsoft Excel to keep accurate records relevant to the yearbook. Students also use a variety of graphic programs to create and modify art for the yearbook.  This is an ongoing objective and will be accomplished in an independent study environment.  Students will also learn the basics of taking a good photograph.  Students learn to deal with the business world through ad sales and billing. Yearbook staff members must have instructor approval before they can enroll in the class.

    Joint enrollment English, a state of Tennessee approved academic program, is offered to GPHS seniors who exhibit strong skills in English (as demonstrated by a minimum ACT English score of 21) and academics (as determined by an overall minimum GPA of 3.2).  Seniors who meet both criteria are admitted to Walters State Community College as advanced studies students who will complete English 1110 (Composition I) & English 1120 (Composition II) during their final year at GPHS.  Since each class carries three semester hours of college credit, students may graduate from GPHS with a total of six semester hours of Language Arts granted from WSCC.  Students who do not maintain at least a C average in 1110 are not permitted to proceed to the next level. SENIORS ONLY.

    The design of this course is to teach students skills, techniques and concepts necessary to improve standardized test scores.  Anyone planning to attend college or university should consider taking this course.

    ESL is a multi-leveled course for students with various English proficients. It is designed to allow students to grow in their English skills at a pace that best fits their learning style and needs. Students continue to develop their Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.



    Algebra I is an entry-level course designed for students who have mastered advanced arithmetic skills.  The study of Algebra I includes evaluation and manipulation of algebraic problem-solving methods. Special emphasis is placed on preparing students for the Gateway Algebra I Exam.  Algebra I is a yearlong course (2 terms) Intro to Algebra is 1st term and Algebra I is 2nd term. Two full credits can be earned at the end of the year. 

    Geometry develops student understand of geometric figures in plane and space, relationships between geometric ideas, and geometric proofs. The course builds student ability in inductive and deductive reasoning in mathematics.

    Algebra II is an extension of Algebra I designed to provide work in open sentences with one or more variables, polynomial expressions, order properties, axioms for the real and complex numbers, linear and quadratic equations, functions, progressions, and logarithms. 

    Pre-Calculus is the normal sequential course after Algebra II.  Topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, an extension of trig to polar coordinates, analytic geometry, systems of equations, and the introductory Calculus topics of the limit and the derivative.  Students study many more applied concepts such as compound interest, growth and decay, number patterns, probability and linear programming.  This course provides a foundation for the study of Calculus.

    AP CALCULUS                                                                                                                                                         
    This course includes topics from differential calculus such as finding the equation of the tangent of a curve, related rates, curve plotting and maxima and minima theory.  During the term the students will prepare for the National Advanced Placement Test in Calculus.  Most colleges offer credit to students receiving 3 of 5 possible points on this national exam.



    SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) math introduces college developmental math curriculum in the high school senior year. By embedding Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support Math in the high school Bridge Math course, students can get a head start on their college career. The SAILS model will allow students to master the math competencies needed to be successful in college math, while at the same time earning their high school bridge math credit required for graduation.Students receive a high school credit as well as a college remedial math credit upon completion. PREREQUISITES: ACT score below 19



    This course is required of all students for graduation.  The course traces the development of the United States to the present.  Special emphasis is placed on understanding the impact of major events in American history on America’s development.

    The purpose of this course is to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  This course involves the study of general concepts used to interpret American governmental procedure.  Specific content will include an understanding of the foundations of government, major provisions of the Constitution, powers and duties of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, the role of state and local governments, political parties, and the election process.

    Economics: This course is a practical study of the economic forces and influences that affect consumers.  The subject matter includes the operation of our economic system and the role of the consumer in the system.  Students will study the relationships between business enterprises, labor, government, and the individual consumer.
    Personal Finance: This course is designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing.

    This course consists of a general survey of the Bible with emphasis given to its historical, geographical, artistic, and cultural as well as literary aspects.  It is desired that the Old Testament be emphasized during the first nine weeks and the New Testament the last nine weeks.  

    This class is a study of our region and its history.  Special emphasis will be placed on Sevier County and Gatlinburg.  Daily class activity and discussion include historical events, context, and individuals and related topics chosen by the instructor.

    American History I The United States to 1877.  A survey of the settlement and development of the colonies, the Revolutionary period, the making of the Constitution, the diplomatic, economic and political problems of the new government, the growth of Nationalism, Jacksonian Democracy, territorial expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction. American History II The United States since 1877.  A survey of the growth of the United States as an industrial and world power since Reconstruction: the Industrial Revolution, immigration, urbanization, rise of labor, Spanish-American War, Progressivism, World War II, Post World War II, and modern U.S. History
    Minimum of 19 composite on ACT/ Available to Juniors and Seniors.

    This course is a survey of major economic, political and social developments from ancient times to the present.  Emphasis on Western Civilization and writing emphasis are key to this course.  Minimum of 19 composite on ACT/ Available to Juniors and Seniors.

    This course is an introduction to the guiding principles and primary approaches to the study of human and animal behavior, psychological and physiological growth and development from conception to death looking at various theories through the entire life span.


    This course will study American Military History from 1754 to the present. Students will look at the interaction between the American Military and the society it defends. This will include analyzing the impact that the wars America has fought have had on our political, social, and economic systems.  


    This course is a laboratory course designed to focus on the study of matter and energy.  Success in this course is demonstrated by projects, tests, and labs, which help students develop important inquiry skills about matter and energy.

    Environmental Science is a lab science that looks at the environment and other related factors.  Areas of concentration include ecology, evolution, and biodiversity.  Students actively investigate their surroundings and they relate what they find to various biological principles.  Biology I covers a wide variety of biological concepts including cellular biology, photosynthesis, and genetics along with a review of ecological and evolutionary principles.  This course prepares students to take the Biology I Gateway Exam required by the state of Tennessee. Environmental Science is first term and Biology I is second term. Students can earn 2 full credits at the end of the year. 

    Honors Environmental Science and Biology I push students to master Level 2 learning and challenges them on a Level 3 learning level in these areas. Environmental Science is first term and Biology I is second term. Students can earn 2 full credits at the end of the year.

    Biology II is a second- year course in biology. The subject matter is more specific than Biology I with emphasis on ecology, evolution, genetics, and the physiology and anatomy of mammals. Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry I

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with rigorous study of the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter.  Lab work is an integral part of the course.  The course content will include changes of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, formulas, and equations, energy and order, solutions, acids, bases, salts, and reaction rates and equilibrium. Honors Chemistry puts greater emphasis on critical thinking skills, problem solving, and laboratory skills. Prerequisites: Biology I and Algebra I

    This course is comprised of advanced chemistry topics including electrochemistry, hydrocarbons, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry I

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory study of the theories and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and the forces of nature.  The course content includes kinematics, dynamics energy, work and power, heat and thermodynamics, light, electricity, and magnetism.  Lab is an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Chemistry I

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with exploratory and advanced activities in the structures and functions of the components of the human body.  The content will include anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, skeletal system, muscle system, nervous system, special sensory organs, endocrine system, circulatory system, respiratory system, immune system, and disease process. Prerequisites: Honors Biology II


    The study of Latin is designed to teach concepts of usage, form, and structure of language by means of Latin vocabulary, derivations of English words, and translation of Latin text. Students must have a good background in English grammar. The course emphasizes history and culture of Rome.

    This course adds to the students’ knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and Roman culture.  It stresses the history of the Roman Republic and includes translations of Caesar’s writings. 

    This course develops the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on conversational Spanish. The course introduces the culture, history, geography, and music of Spain and Latin America.

    Spanish II develops the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on grammar. A more intense investigation of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries complements the development of language skills.


    Art I is designed to aid the student in understanding the concepts, skills, body of knowledge, and general appreciation of works of art from represented historical periods and cultures.  The content of this course consists of classroom activities involving a variety of art forms and media.  The history of each technique is included in the study of each medium.  Art history studies correlates with class activities to provide more productive learning experiences.  Units of study include graphic design, drawing, painting, textiles, printmaking, crafts, and ceramics.  The course is designed to provide students with general understanding of the knowledge and basic skills of visual literacy.

    Art II is designed to be a continued application of the principles and elements of art through classroom activities.  Art movements, forms, and styles are included in each unit as a basic and underlying part of the content.  Units of study include a review of design, graphic design, drawing, painting, three-dimensional design, printmaking, and ceramics.  Students are given individual choices of media and theme, and they will continue to develop knowledge and skills in order to operate at higher levels of competency and understanding.

    Art III and Art IV are Advanced Art Studio Courses.  The class is designed to meet the course goals established by the state art curriculum framework for both Art III and Art IV.  The course strives to enable students to understand the pursuit of quality in being expressive and responsive, exercising imagination and developing interest in the visions and inventions of others.  Students are encouraged to understand the environmental, cultural, and intellectual influences affecting artistic forms in order to expand and refine skills, knowledge, and attitudes that contribute to aesthetic judgments and artistic performance.  Students become more aware of the work of contemporary artists, of current national and regional art exhibits, of possible art-related careers for the student, and of ways to make art a permanent part of the individual’s life.  Generally, students who enroll in Advanced Art are very serious about a future in art so establishing an individual portfolio for use in college and scholarship applications is also a part of the class.  These students usually compete in Portfolio Day at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and they are commonly active participants in area, regional and even national high school art competitions and exhibits.

    This course is designed to give students the opportunity to improve and develop vocal music skills.  The emphasis of the course is on performance.  Participation in school and public choral concerts and musical dramas are an integral part of the course.  Elements of stage production are also included in this course. Requires some after school hours. 


    This course is designed to survey music from different eras, to introduce students to related historical characters and contexts, and to foster an appreciation of a wide array of musical genres and forms.

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (Marching and Concert Band)
    This course is designed to give students the opportunity to improve their proficiency in sight-reading, musical technique, and performance.  Fall term is devoted mainly to marching band, including field performances and contests.  The emphasis for spring term is concert band. Requires after school hours.

    This course is the introduction to the study and practice of theater arts including operations of the theater, fundamentals of acting, and stage production.  The emphasis of the course is on stage performance. 




    This course is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. This course helps students understand the important role that agricultural science and technology plays in the twenty-first century. In addition, it serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources cluster. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for success in more advanced agriculture and science coursework. This course counts as a lab science credit toward graduation requirements.


    This course focuses on the knowledge, information, and skills related to the fundamental science and management of ecosystems as well as careers, leadership, and history of the industry. This course covers principles of environmental impacts, energy consumption, and ecosystem management. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for advanced coursework in the Environmental and Natural Resources program of study. PREREQUISITE: Agriscience


    this course is an applied-knowledge course focusing on the science and management of plants and soils, with special attention given to current agricultural practices that support the healthy and sustainable cultivation of major crops. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will have been exposed to a range of careers associated with the science and management of plants and soils and will have developed the essential skills and knowledge to be successful in science- or agriculture-related occupations.PREREQUISITE: Applied Environmental Science


    This is an applied course for students interested in learning more about becoming good stewards of our environment and natural resources. This course covers major types of natural resources and their management, public policy, and the role of public education in managing resources, as well as careers, leadership, and history of the industry. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for further study and careers as an environmental scientist, conservationist, forester, or wildlife manager. PREREQUISITE:Plant and Soil Science




    This course is the second course in Law Enforcement Services and the Legal and Correctional Services programs of study. It serves as a comprehensive survey of how the law enforcement, legal, and correctional systems interact with each other in the United States. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand the context of local, state, and federal laws, have investigative skills pertaining to basic crime scenes and incident documentation, and under stand the importance of communications and professionalism in law enforcement.  


    This course is an integrated survey of the law and justice systems for students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement and legal services. From initial crisis scenario management to arrest, transport, trial, and corrections, procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States are examined in detail, with special emphasis on the best practices and professional traits required of law enforcement and legal professionals. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for advanced work in crime scene analysis and forensic science, and have strong knowledge and skill preparation for post-secondary or career opportunities in associated fields. PREREQUISITES; Criminal Justice I


    This course is the final course designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the sciences of criminal investigations. Students will learn terminology and investigation skills related to the crime scene, aspects of criminal behavior, and applications of the scientific inquiry to solve crimes. By utilizing the scientific inquiry method, students will obtain and analyze evidence through simulated crime scenes and evaluation of case studies. Upon completion of this course, Proficient students will be able to identify careers in forensic science and criminology, summarize the laws that govern the application of forensic science,and draw key connections between the history of the forensic science and the modern legal system. PREREQUISITES: Criminal Justice II


    Health Science Education is an introductory course designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of biotechnology research, therapeutics, health informatics, diagnostics, and support services. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to identify careers in these fields, compare and contrast the features of healthcare systems, explain the legal and ethical ramifications of the healthcare setting, and begin to perform foundational healthcare skills. This course will serve as a strong foundation for all of the Health Science programs of study.


    Medical Therapeutics is an applied course designed to prepare students to pursue careers in therapeutic services. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to identify careers in therapeutics services; assess, monitor, evaluate, and report patient/client health status; and identify the purpose and components of treatments.



    Foundations of Technology prepare students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the high school technology program. Group and individual activities engage students in crating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/class-room activities apply student applications to science, mathematics and other school subjects in authentic situations.

    This course will focus on the three dimensions of technological literacy: knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities, with the goal of students developing the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. It will employ teaching/learning strategies that enable students to build their own understanding of new ideas. It is designed to engage students in exploring and deepening their understanding of engineering. And makes use of a variety of assessment instruments to reveal the extent of understanding.

    This course is one component of the overall technology engineering education program designed to prepare students for the technological world by preparing them to assume the roles of informed voters, productive, workers, and wise consumers. The course will focus on the development of knowledge and skills regarding the following aspects of technology: 1) its evolution, 2) systems, 3) core concepts, 4) design, and 5) utilization.

    This course is a transition high school level learning experience that builds on student understanding gained in middle school courses. It capitalizes on the maturing adolescent’s ability to understand technological concepts and analyze issues regarding the application of technology. The course will prepare students understand the design world, engineering design, attributes of design and the core concepts of technology. 

    This course continues integrating STEM in problem-solving, project- based learning, and engineering design helping all students develop a better understanding of information and communication, construction, manufacturing, and power and energy technologies.


    In Technological Design, engineering scope, content, and professional practices are presented through practical applications. Students in engineering teams apply technology, science, and mathematics concepts and skills to solve engineering design problems and innovate designs.

    Students research, develop, test, and analyze engineering designs using criteria such as design effectiveness, public safety, human factors, and ethics. This course is an essential experience for students who are interested in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. 


    This course has been designed as an advanced study for students engaged in themed academies and general technology studies that lead to the capacity to understand how technology’s development, control and use is based on design constraints, and human wants and needs. The structure of the course challenges students to use design processes so that they can think, plan, design and create solutions to engineering and technological problems. Students are actively involved in the organized an integrated application of technological resources, engineering concepts, and scientific procedures.

    This course consists of four units including Manufacturing, Energy and Power, Construction and Transportation Technologies.

    1.    The Manufacturing unit examines the advances that maintain manufacturing efficiency, how human consumption affects manufacturing and how process and changing raw materials can produce more desirable products.

    2.    The Construction unit examines a number of the factors influencing the design and construction of permanent and semi-permanent structures, the practices related to construction maintenance, alteration, and renovation and the functions of the primary systems installed in those structures.

    3.    The Energy and Power unit explores the relationship between energy and power technologies and all other technologies, and how they impact cultures, societies, and the environment.

    4.    The Transportation unit examines the complex networks of interconnect subsystems that each transportation system comprises and the roles of these components in the overall functional process of the system. 

    The students will continue their education in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and will experience design engineering in the creation, synthesis, iteration, and presentation of design solutions.

    This course is designed to prepare high school students who plan to go on to community college technical education or university-level engineering programs. It will help students apply knowledge and skills required to create and transform ideas and concepts into a product that satisfies specific customer requirements in the four learning units. 



    This is the first course in the Marketing Management program of study. It is an introductory course designed to give students an overview of the Business Management and Administration, Marketing, and Finance career clusters.  


    This is the second course in the Marketing Management program of study. It involves a study of marketing concepts and principles and their practical application. It examines risks and challenges marketers face to establish a competitive edge.  


    This is the third course in the Marketing Management program of study. It involves a study of marketing concepts and principles used in management. Students will examine the challenges, responsibilities, and risk managers’ face in today’s workplace.

    This is the fourth course in the Marketing Management program of study. It focuses on the concepts and strategies associated with promoting products, services, ideas, and events.


    This course introduces the students to healthy lifestyles and appropriate self-care.  The course topics include sex education, nutrition, exercise, and personal hygiene.

    The purpose of physical education is to enhance one’s interest in sports as a participant as well as a spectator.  A focus of the class is to make students aware of the contribution of physical activities to the total development of the individual.  Advanced physical education seeks to develop a competitive attitude within the students.  Most students enrolled in advanced physical education are members of one or more school sponsored athletic teams.

    Driver Education is designed to meet state requirements for classroom curriculum and in-car driving experience, and to provide skills and knowledge related to the safe and proper operation of an automobile.  Driver Education makes student drivers aware of their responsibilities to society in the area of traffic safety, instills respect for traffic laws and law enforcement officers, and helps students develop the proper attitudes necessary for safe driving.  It helps students adopt a strategy for driving that will become the basis for a lifetime of competent driving. Must be 15 years old.