MC2 STEM High School Academics

Because of MC2 STEM High School's unique Mastery Model, often times course offerings are added and requirements are customized to meet a students unique needs. We believe that there is no one-size fits all approach to learning and we are committed to finding the right size for you!

Standard Course Requirements

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*Course Requirements subject to change with guidance from the Ohio Department of Education and Cleveland Metropolitan School District


Course Descriptions

*Course Descriptions subject to change with guidance from the Ohio Department of Education and Cleveland Metropolitan School District


Algebra I/Algebra II - 2 Mathematics Credits

Begins Year 1

Algebra I and Algebra II are combined to allow for accelerated mathematical understanding. Algebra II reviews, expands, and extends student knowledge of the fundamental facts, concepts, and skills of Algebra I. Algebra II focuses on the following concepts: rules of exponents and radicals, operations with polynomials (FOIL, distribute, factor & combine like terms), systems of equations (including quadratic equations), solving matrix/quadratic/rational/radical equations, graphing parabolic, conic functions, and inequalities. Students apply these concepts using a problem-solving approach in real-world settings when appropriate.


Geometry - 1 Mathematics Credit

Begins Year 2

In Geometry students explore the characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, circles and three-dimensional figures using inductive and deductive reasoning to solve problems related to these figures. Geometry is explored through visual and analytic methods using tools such as compasses, protractors, straightedges, graphing calculators, computer applications, presentations, project-based learning, and problem-based learning in the form of design challenges. This course reinforces Algebra skills needed in all fields of mathematics. Topics include: an analysis of lines and angles, midpoint and distance, proof and logic, triangles, introduction to trigonometry, polygons, 2-and 3-dimensional formulas in geometry, and circles. Students reinforce and demonstrate their understanding of geometry concepts via unit projects that range from designing city layouts to creating commercials.


Statistics – 1 Mathematics Credit

Begins Year 3

In statistics students explore data summaries and descriptive statistics; introduction to a statistical computer package; Probability: distributions, expectation, variance, covariance, portfolios, central limit theorem; statistical inference of univariate data; Statistical inference for bivariate data: inference for intrinsically linear simple regression models. This course will be embedded in geometry and capstone projects to allow for an authentic statistics experience.


Pre-Calculus-1 Mathematics Credit

Begins Year 4

Pre-Calculus emphasizes analysis of functions and applying problem solving skills. Students model and analyze Pre-Calculus concepts that include: Function analysis and curve sketching (domain, intercepts, asymptotes, end behavior and range); Analytic trigonometry (inverse trig functions and proofs with Trig identities); Vectors, polar coordinates and complex numbers (graphing and operations); Conic sections and parametric equations; Sequence and series; Limits and other calculus-bridging concepts. The graphing calculator serves as a learning tool to help students apply their understanding of the concepts and applications introduced.


English 9: College Reading and Writing - 1 English Credit

Begins Year 1

English 9 provides an opportunity for students to improve upon competencies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course focuses on the development of reading strategies that help students negotiate through various types of academic texts both expository and narrative. Students leave this class more effective, thoughtful, strategic readers. Students read and write frequently and plentifully. Students continue to acquire the fundamentals of grammar and broaden their vocabulary. Students develop their abilities with language and communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


English10: College Writing and Reading- 1 English Credit

Begins Year 2

English 10 provides students with opportunities to both read and write about a variety of subjects, and to demonstrate an awareness of audience, author’s intent, and purpose. From essays to short stories, writing is both analytical and creative, with intensive focus on the writing process; students explore expository, analytical, and argumentative writing styles. The goal of this class is to help students develop a personal academic voice. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings are derived from a range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments take on many forms including responses to readings, personal narrative response papers, and formal academic essays.


English 11: Literature and Composition - 1 English Credit

Begins Year 3

English 11 provides students opportunities to develop their skills in reading, thinking, writing, listening, and speaking through in-depth study of international literature in a variety of genres and through researching informational materials. Students evaluate and interpret a variety of literature and poetry while discussing such elements as character development, plot, imagery, figurative language, theme, paradox, setting, the short story, narrative poetry, form, and rhyming patterns. Students read from a variety of literary genres to broaden their perspectives, to understand the universality of the human experience, and to enhance their abilities to interact intelligently with others as world citizens.


English 12: Language and Composition - 1 English Credit

Begins Year 4

English 12 provides students opportunities to refine skills in reading and critical thinking, as well as opportunities to communicate in both writing and oral presentation for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students are expected to recognize and apply a variety of literary concepts to the readings and to evaluate an author’s intention and style. They also analyze literature, media, and contemporary issues considering purpose, devices, and format. Longer creative writings and essays are produced to show a mastery of grammar and usage as well as a full and clear development of ideas. Students participate in discussions, presentations, and projects relating to course material.


Senior Seminar – 0.5 Professional Communications Credit


This experience is designed to provide students with the opportunity to conduct guided research beyond the MC2 STEM High School classrooms. Research topics are developed under the guidance of the instructor and must be contained within the content areas contained within the capstones completed throughout the MC2 STEM High school experience. Students develop a capstone project, conduct experimentation, collect data, interpret and analyze data, and communicate research findings. Students are required to provide written documentation of progress throughout the term. Additionally, students are required to present a seminar style weekly update to the class for peer assessment. The project conclusions are communicated through a student-developed scientific journal-quality paper and a scientific poster.


Writing Grant Proposals is designed for students who hope to enter professional careers requiring knowledge of grant writing.  The course will teach students the mechanics of proposal writing and the political and social aspects of "grantsmanship," as they develop their skills in identifying sources of grant funding, doing useful research to support their applications, and tailoring their proposals to specific audience interests.  There will be several short writing assignments, an exam, and an independent project.  Students may also be asked to engage in a collaborative grant project to help build their skills in collaboration.



Physical Science(.5)/Physics – 1.5 Science Credits

Begins Year 1

The purpose of this course is to provide incoming students with the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they will utilize in current and future science courses. Foundational work for this course is most prominent within the physical sciences, focusing on basic chemistry and physics content, through the use of hands-on labs and inquiry-based activities and assignments. Students continue into physics. Physics course is designed to engage the students in thinking about scientific concepts and scientific inquiry. Students participate in experimental design, laboratory experiments, demonstrations, discussions and projects. Upon successful completion of this course, students demonstrate an understanding in the following topics: graphical analysis, Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, dynamic and static forces, as well as energy and conservation.


Biology - 1 Science Credit

Begins Year 2

Biology is an introductory course in fundamental biological concepts that prepares students for college biological sciences course work and capstone research. Topics include: basic biochemistry, energy flow, ecosystems and population biology, cellular structure and processes, metabolism, photosynthesis, heredity, genetics, evolution, and organismal structure. Students develop research project efficacy through designing a long-term experiment, collecting data, drawing conclusions, and reporting their findings.


Physical Science(.5)/Chemistry – 1.5 Science Credits

Begins Year 3

Chemistry is an introductory course in fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory techniques that prepares students for college chemistry course work. Topics include atomic structure, periodicity of elements, bonding, molecular structure, reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, pH and pOH, gas laws, and chemical equilibrium. Students develop laboratory efficacy through extensive practice doing laboratory chemistry.


Environmental & Earth Science – 1 Science Credit

Begins Year 4

Environmental and Earth Science is a course that is designed to introduced students to major ecological concepts that focuses on issues dealing with resource management such as: soil & agriculture, land use, freshwater systems & impacts, and energy sources/alternatives and impacts. Students also study earth science fields that include geology, meteorology, oceanography and astronomy. This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore the relationships between humans and the natural environment revolving around real-life issues by conducting environmental research, applying the scientific method, project management, and developing analytical and critical thinking skills while investigating solutions to real world problems.


​Social Studies

American History – 1 Social Studies Credit

Begins Year 2

This American History course will integrate both Social Science skills with historical content of America and the United States from the early 1600s to the present, as well as education in government and economics. There is a strong emphasis on college preparation, civic participation, and integration with research and technology. Students use will a variety of resources and activities to explore major themes, including the changing face of American society and the United States’ changing role in the world.

Government – 1 Social Studies Credit

Begins Year 3

Government is designed as a vigorous, writing-intensive course that uses the perspective of political institutions to explore the history, organization, and functions of the U.S. government. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of the structures and processes of governing to develop their own views on current political issues and apply what they have learned to the promotion of civic action. Beginning with basic theories of government, moving to the Declaration of Independence, and continuing to the present day, this course explores the relationship between individual Americans and the governing bodies. It looks closely at the political culture of the country and gains insight into the challenges faced by presidents, congressional representatives, and other political activists. It also studies the roles of political parties, interest groups, the media, and the Supreme Court.


World History – 1 Social Studies Credit

Digital Course

In this ONLINE ONLY world history students go beyond a general understanding of world history. They use analytic skills and write extensively on the major themes of history from the foundations of civilization to the present day. Students are given the opportunity to “do history” by using the steps a historian would in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide. The study of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe offers a balanced coverage of world history. All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, as well as the SOL test for World History and Geography to 1500 AD and World History and Geography 1500 AD to present.



Financial Literacy – 0.5 Credit

Begins Year 3

You will learn the basics of financial literacy and banking in this course. Topics covered include: bad debt, importance of spending plans, non-traditional financial services, being an informed consumer, buying stocks, sell strategy, mutual fund options, investing in education, planning for the future, purchasing your first home, taxes and tax planning, life insurance options, health insurance, property insurance, estate planning, and keeping money in perspective.



Introduction to Engineering Design – 1 Engineering CTE Credit

Begins Year 1

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.


Principles of Engineering  - 1 Engineering CTE Credit

Begins Year 2

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.


Computer Integrated Manufacturing – 1 Engineering CTE Credit (elective requirement)

Begins Year 3

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.


Digital Electronics - 1 Engineering CTE Credit (elective requirement)

Begins Year 4

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.


Foreign Language

Mandarin I – 1 Foreign Language Credit

Begins Year 1

This beginning class introduces students to the official Chinese Mandarin language and the culture with emphasis on producing meaningful, authentic communication.  Students engage in realistic interactions to become familiar with life in China and other Asian countries. Information into cultural practices, products and perspectives will be explored guiding students to discover non-judgmental differences and similarities between their own culture and other cultures. To develop proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing, students will be expected to actively communicate about familiar topics, focusing on themselves, their families, school and friends, their interests and hobbies. They are going to learn about Chinese songs, games, making traditional Chinese food and celebrating Chinese traditional holidays.


Mandarin II – 1 Foreign Language Credit

Optional/Online Only Course- Begin Year 2

This course continues to develop students’ language skills by producing meaningful, authentic communication and further develops cultural understanding. To increase proficiency in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students actively communicate about topics like making an appointment, shopping, and transportation. After successfully learning this course, students will reach a survival level of Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing which will allow them to communicate when traveling in China. Students engage in meaningful activities like learning Chinese pop songs, writing Chinese kids books, role playing at a Chinese restaurant and shopping at stores.


Mandarin III – 1 Foreign Language Credit

Optional/Online Only Course- Begin Year 3

Chinese level III continues to strengthen the skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading through various authentic texts, media, culture and language contexts. In this course, students learn advanced Chinese characters through drama, pop music, and poetry. Also, students will participate in the pen pal program to communicate with same age Chinese teens. Level III Chinese is designed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively and appropriately in real life social contexts. By comparing with their own, students recognize distinctive viewpoints of the different Chinese cultures and respect for other cultures in the world community.


​Health and Physical Education

Health - ½ Health Credit

Begin Year 1

This course will be completed in collaboration with a summer college physical education and health experience to occur off campus. This course is designed to assist students in obtaining accurate information, developing lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors, and making wise decisions related to their personal health.  Study will include personal and community health; mental, emotional, and social health; injury prevention and safety; nutrition and physical activity; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; growth, development, and sexual health. Central themes are the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health, respect for and promotion of the health of others, an understanding of the process of growth and development, and informed use of health-related information, products, and services.


Physical Education – ½ Physical Education Credit

Begin Year 1


This course will be completed in collaboration with a summer college physical education and health experience to occur off campus. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.