Students learn in an environment which focuses on engagement, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and inquiry.  Throughout their time at Nesbitt Discovery Academy, students are  immersed in project-based learning, allowing them to develop solutions to "real-world" problems.  In addition, they will have the opportunity to establish partnerships/relationships with local businesses/industries and local colleges/universities.  

A Day in the Life...

2021-2022 NDA Course Catalog


9th Grade Courses

  • English I H

  • Math I or Math II H

  • Earth Science H

  • World History H (Class of 2024 and beyond)

  • PLTW--Introduction to Engineering (AP weighted)

  • Physical Education/Health (PED 211)

  • 2 Elective courses: AP Human Geography, Computer Science Essentials H, Digital Art Design H, Game Art Design H, Orchestra H or *ART111, *MUS110, *CIS 110

  • *Must be paired with ACA122

10th Grade Courses

  • English II H

  • Math II H or Math III H

  • Biology H

  • Chemistry H

  • Economics and Personal Finance H (Class of 2024 and beyond)

  • PLTW--Principles of Engineering (AP weighted)

  • 2 Elective credits in Core, PLTW, CTE, Spanish, or College level

11th Grade Courses

  • English III H

  • or ENG 111/112 (Must complete ENG232 senior year)

  • Math III H or 4th Level Math option

  • American History: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics H

  • Advanced Level PLTW course (DE, CEA, ES)

  • 4 Elective credits in Core, PLTW, CTE, Spanish, NCSSM, or College level

12th Grade Courses

  • English IV H or

  • ENG 232 and ENG 241

  • Advanced Level Math option

  • HIS 111/112 or World History H or World History AP

  • PLTW Engineering Design and Development H

  • 3-4 Electives credits in Core, CTE, PLTW, Spanish, Orchestra, NCSSM, or College level

  • Elective Choices are a combination of College Level, PLTW, CTE, Core, Orchestra, or Spanish:

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation (9-12)

  • BIO 111 General Biology (11-12)

  • BIO 112 General Biology II (11-12)

  • BIO 140 Environmental Biology (10-12)

  • CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (9-12)

  • Chemistry AP year-long (11-12)

  • COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Communication (11-12)

  • Digital Design Animation - Honors (9-12)

  • Game Art Design - Honors (9-12)

  • Honors Forensic Science NCSSM IVC Course (11-12)

  • Honors Genetics and Biotechnology NCSSM IVC Course (11-12)

  • Honors Aerospace NCSSM IVC Course (11-12)

  • HEA 110 Personal Health and Wellness (12)

  • HUM 110 Technology in Society (10-12)

  • Human Geography AP

  • Internship H

  • MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy

  • MAT 152 Statistical Methods

  • MAT 171 Pre-Calculus Algebra

  • MAT 172 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

  • MAT 271 Calculus I

  • MAT 272 Calculus II

  • MUS 110 Music Appreciation (9-12)

  • Orchestra (9-12)

  • Physics Honors (11-12)

  • Physics AP (11-12) pre-requisite Physics H suggested

  • PLTW Biomedical Science (10-12)

  • PLTW Computer Science Essentials Honors (9-12)

  • PLTW Computer Science Principles AP (10-12)

  • PLTW Computer Science A AP (11-12)

  • PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture- AP weighted (11-12)

  • PLTW Cybersecurity- Honors (11-12)

  • PLTW Digital Electronics- AP weighted (11-12)

  • PLTW Environmental Sustainability- AP weighted (11-12)

  • PSY 150 General Psychology (10-12)

  • SOC 210 Intro to Sociology (10-12)

  • Spanish I, II (10th-12th) *rising 9th graders who completed high school level Spanish I may be considered for Spanish II

  • Spanish III- Honors (11-12)

  • Wellness and Human Performance- Honors (10-12)

College Course Policies:

Course Grades

Students must earn a C or higher in order to earn college credit for a course.   A grade of D in a college course will earn high school elective credit only. Please also refer to A-B Tech's Grading System.

Course Withdrawals

Students will not be allowed to drop any college courses until they have met with the school counselor. Unless the withdrawal occurs within the first 10 days of school, students who withdraw from a college course will receive an “F” for that course on their high school transcript. The failing grade will be removed from the high school transcript when the student retakes the course and makes a passing mark.

If withdrawing from a course will leave a student with fewer than four courses, he or she will be assigned to a mandatory Success Lab each day for the remainder of the semester.