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APEX Course Planning

Waukee APEX provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method. There are no course requirements to participate in the program, however, if you have identified a career path to explore there are courses available to help prepare you for the APEX experience.

Finance & Insurance

Foundations of Insurance and Actuarial Science

  • 9th Grade: Algebra I or II, Computer Applications or Introduction to Business
  • 10th Grade: Probability and Statistics, Advanced Computer Applications or any other business elective

Finance, Banking and Investment

  • 9th Grade: Algebra I or II, Computer Applications or Introduction to Business
  • 10th Grade: Probability and Statistics, Intro to Accounting or any other business elective


Business, Communication & Technology

Designing Communication Solutions

  • 9th Grade: Computer Applications or Introduction to Business
  • 10th/11th Grade: Graphic Design, Multimedia Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Advanced Video Production or Marketing

Information Management Design

  • 9th Grade: Algebra I or II, Computer Applications or Introduction to Business
  • 10th/11th Grade: Programming I, Programming II, AP Computer Science, Web Design I or Web Design II


Engineering

Foundations of Multi-Disciplinary Design: Architecture & Engineering

  • 9th Grade: Introduction to Engineering Design
  • 10th Grade: Architectural Drawing or Principles of Engineering

Engineering Technology and Robotics

  • 9th Grade: Introduction to Engineering Design
  • 10th Grade: Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Metalworking or Advanced Metalworking

Next Generation Energy

  • 9th Grade: Introduction to Engineering Design
  • 10th Grade: Energy, Power, & Transportation Technology, Geology, Principles of Engineering or Environmental Ecology

Construction Leadership

  • 9th Grade: Introduction to Drafting & Design or Introduction to Woodworking
  • 10th/11th Grade: Architectural Drawing, Introduction to Construction, Intro & Advanced Metalworking or Intro Advanced Woodworking


Human Services

Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine & Medical and Bioscience Research

  • 9th Grade: Health I, Physical Science or Biology
  • 10th Grade: Health II, Biology or Chemistry, Statistics
  • 11th Grade: Anatomy

Exploration in Exercise and Sport Science

  • 9th Grade: Health I, Physical Science or Biology
  • 10th Grade: Health II, Sports Fitness PE, Biology or Chemistry
  • 11th Grade: Anatomy, Sports or Entertainment Marketing


Bioscience & Value Added Agriculture

Global Food Systems

  • 9th Grade: Culinary Arts I, Physical Science or Biology
  • 10th Grade: Culinary Arts II, ProStart I, Environmental Ecology or Biology

Veterinary and Animal Science

  • 9th Grade: Health I, Physical Science or Biology
  • 10th Grade: Biology or Chemistry
  • 11th Grade: Anatomy


APEX focuses on the things you love, your future career, and you personally, in order to give you a huge head start in the working world compared to any other graduating students,” APEX Alum