Program of Studies

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    English I

    Basic- 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to meet the needs of students who require intensified individualized instruction on the basics of reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Readings for this course are chosen in order to develop a solid foundation of reading comprehension skills.  The writing tasks emphasize the writing process, allowing the students to establish essential writing skills.  By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to read for understanding and express their thoughts in both written and oral form.

    General – 5.0 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in the essential points of the English language and receive remediation when necessary.  The student will also prepare for the HSPA as well as study literature and basic writing skills.  The student will write a variety of paragraphs and essays and also conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and to plan for future assignments.  Also, basic researching and oral communication techniques are taught.

    College Prep – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to prepare students for college-level literature and writing assignments.  Basic literature analysis skills will be taught through an examination of novels, short stories, and poems.  The student will develop a proficiency in English grammar and usage.  Emphasis will be placed on writing a variety of formal essays.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.  Furthermore, the student will be taught research skills.  Upon completion of English I, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses and creative writing samples.

    Advanced – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to prepare students for college-level literature and writing assignments. Literature analysis skills will be emphasized through an examination of novels, short sorties and poems.  The student will develop proficiency in English grammar and usage.  Emphasis will be placed on writing a variety of formal essays.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.  Furthermore, the student will be taught research skills.  The student will be required to complete several college-level literature assignments and a major research project.  Upon completion of English I, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses and creative writing samples.

    English II

    Basic – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to continue developing the abilities of students who require intensified individualized instruction on the basics of reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Readings for this course are chosen in order to allow students to build on the lessons learned in English I and to continue developing a solid foundation of reading comprehension skills.  The writing tasks serve to enable the students to use the writing process to compose well-constructed essays.  By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to read for understanding and read critically.  They will be able to effectively express their thoughts in both written and oral form.

    General – 5.0 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in the essential points of the English language and receive remediation when necessary. The student will also prepare for the HSPA as well as study literature and basic writing skills. The student will compose a variety of essays and creative writing assignments.  Furthermore, the student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss strengths and weaknesses and to plan for future assignments. Basic researching and oral communication techniques will be taught.

    Collegee Prep – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to prepare students for college-level literature and writing assignments.  Literature analysis skills will be built upon through an examination of novels, short stories, and poems.  The student will develop a proficiency in English grammar and usage.  Emphasis will be placed on writing a variety of formal essays.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments. Upon completion of English II, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses and creative writing samples.

    Advanced – 5.0 Credits
    This course will provide the student for college-level literature and writing assignments. Literature analysis skills will be emphasized through an examination of novels, short sorties and poems.  The student will develop proficiency in English grammar and usage.  Emphasis will be placed on writing a variety of formal essays.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.  The student will complete several college-level literature assignments and a major research project.  Upon completion of English II, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper (MLA format), and a professional resume.

    English III  

    General  – 5.0 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in the essential points of the English language and receive remediation when necessary. The student will also prepare himself for the HSPA as well as study literature and basic writing skills. The student will compose a variety of essays and creative writing assignments and also conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss strengths and weaknesses and to plan future assignments. The student will also learn to gather information and to organize it into a report, as well as experience basic career skills, such as interviewing, business letter and resume writing, and making professional phone calls.

    College Prep – 5.0 Credits
    This courses focues on prepariang the students for college-level literature and writing assignments.  The student will use his understanding of English grammar and usage to improve his writing of formal essays.  The student will continue to build on his reading comprehension skills through the analysis of novels, short stories, and poems.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments. Research skills wil be improved, resulting in a research paper.  Upon completion of English III, the student  will  have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper, and professional resume.

    Advanced – 5.0 Credits
    This course provides students with college-level reading and writing assignments. The student will use his understanding of English grammar and usage to write a variety of formal essays.  The student will continue to build on his reading comprehensiion skills through an analysis of novels, short sorties and poems.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.  The student will complete several college-level literature assignments and a major research project.  Upon completion of English III, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper, and a professional resume.

    English IV

    Basic – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to further develop the abilities of students who require intensified individualized instruction on the basics of reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Readings for this course are chosen based on the students’ need to master reading comprehension and analysis skills.  Students will write using a variety of styles, including essays, reviews, letters, and a resume. By the completion of this course, students will be able to easily transition into the work force or higher education.

    General  – 5.0 Credits
    This course focuses on preparing students for college-level literature and writing assignments.  The student will use his understanding of English grammar and usage to write a variety of formal essays.  The student will improve his reading comprehension skills through the analysis of novels, short stories and poems.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss strengths and weaknesses and plan future assignments. Research skills will be improved resulting in a research paper.  Upon completion of English IV, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper, and a professional resume..

    College Prep – 5.0 Credits
    This course is intended to prepare students for college-level reading and writing assignements.  The student will use his understanding of English grammar and usage to improve his writing of formal essays.  The student will continue to build on his reading comprehension skills through the analysis of novels, short stories, and poems to allow for a seamless transition to college.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.   The student will complete serveral college-level literature assignments and a major research project.  Upon completion of English IV, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper, and a professional resume.

    Advanced- 5.0 Credits
    This course provides students with college-level reading and writing assignments. The student will use his understanding of English grammar and usage to write a variety of formal essays.  The student will continue to build on his reading comprehensiion skills through an analysis of novels, short stories and poems to allow for a seamless transition to college.  The student will conference with the instructor on a regular basis to both discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and plan for future assignments.  The student will complete several college-level literature assignments and a major research project.  Upon completion of English IV, the student will have a writing folder comprised of formal essays, literary analyses, creative writing samples, a research paper, and a professional resume.

    English Electives

    Essential English – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in basic writing skills with an emphasis on grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and paragraph structure. Students are also taught revising and editing techniques. The instructor selects assignments based on the student’s individual needs. This course can be completed either independently or in a classroom setting

    Criticial Viewing – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    This course allows students to study a variety of modern media an entertainment outlets.  Students will learn to critically view movies, television shows, newcasts, advertisements and Internet sites in order to understand the role of the actor, director, advertiser and viewer.  The purpose of this course is to allow students to approach media with outrage, interest, and knowlege.  By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to understand the media’s effect on the community and society.

    Journalism – 2.5 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in the fundamentals of journalism. Specifically, the student will practice skills related to writing hard news, editorials, interviews and leads. In addition to requirements determined by the instructor, the student, with guidance, will create individualized assignments.  These propjects meet the requirements of New Jersey Core Curriculum & Content Standard. The teaching and learning strategies are individualized.

    Literature – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    (African-American Literature, Women’s Literature, Science-fiction, Shakespeare, etc)
    The student will develop a proficiency in the understanding and appreciation of literature. First, the student will choose a literary focus.  Assignments include multiple reading selections accompanied by written literary analyses and projects based on those selections. In addition to requirements determined by the instructor, the student, with guidance, will create individualized assignments.  These projects meet the requirements of New Jersey Core Curriculum & Content Standards. The teaching and learning strategies are individualized.

    Independent Study – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    The student will develop a proficiency in various library research methods, such as using a variety of books, magazines, film, the Internet, as well as information interviewing. (This course is designed to reinforce the lessons on research methods previously taught in English class). The final assignment will consist of a written and oral presentation of the selected topic.

    Mathematics Course Descriptions

    Basic Computation – 5.0 Credits
    This course contains a review of arithmetic, with the goal to prepare students for successful completion of the HSPA. Students will develop strategies for solving word problems involving four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals. The course also deals with data analysis, percentages, and probability.

    HSPA Review – 5.0 Credits
    This course is mandatory for juniors/seniors who have not yet successfully completed the Math HSPA, regardless of prior coursework. Text samples algebraic and geometric topics, as well as subjects exclusive to the HSPA clusters, such as patterns/sequences and spatial reasoning.

    Algebra I – 5.0 Credits
    Students will learn to evaluate and write algebraic expressions, solve equations and inequalities, work with polynomials, solve real world applications and graph linear and nonlinear equations. Coursework utilizes both text and computer.

    Consumer Math – 5.0 Credits
    This course serves as a third year alternative (following HSPA preparatory classes like Algebra and/or Geometry) or elective credit. As such, it is ONLY available to those who have completed the HSPA requirement. The course deals with all types of computations needed for business and personal finance, including taxes, investments, loans (car/home), etc.

    Math for Technology – 5.0 Credits
    This course serves as a third year alternative (following HSPA preparatory classes like Algebra and/or Geometry) or elective credit. Electricity, power, measurements, simple trigonometry problems and construction math are addressed.

    Geometry – 5.0 Credits
    Students will study the properties of lines, angles, and various two- and three- dimensional figures, with emphasis on triangles, circles and quadrilaterals. Coursework will include two column logic proofs. This course will utilize a combination of bookwork and computer tutoring. Pre-requisite of Algebra I is helpful, but not necessary.

    Intermediate Algebra – 5.0 Credits
    This course includes a review and further exploration of Algebra I concepts, plus applications, at a pace slower than Algebra II. It is akin to “Algebra II” in schools where Algebra I is a two-year course.

    Unified Math – 5.0 Credits
    This course addresses a combination of Algebra and Geometry concepts. (See descriptions for Algebra and Geometry.)

    Contemporary College – Math 5.0 Credits
    This course, using Burlington County College text, samples diverse fields of study, including set theory, logic, probability, truth tables and non-base ten (10) systems.

    Pre-Calculus/Algebra II – 5.0 Credits
    This course is an in depth study of Algebra topics, including conic sections, graphing non-linear functions, synthetic division, imaginary numbers.

    Trigonometry – 5.0 Credits
    This course is a post-Algebra option using extended knowledge of geometric principles. Topics include: unit circle, six basic trigonometry functions, reference angles, graphing and application problems.

    Statistics – 5.0 Credits
    The student learns the mathematical study of results from polls, surveys and other data samples. Topics include: mean, mode, median, normal distribution, standard deviation and z & t hypothesis testing.

    Calculus – 5.0 Credits
    Topics include: derivatives using power, product, quotient and chain rules on algebraic expressions, natural logarithms and some trig functions (sine, cosine & tangent), implicit differentiation, integration, U-substitutions, finding area of regular and irregular polygons, using integration. Opportunity exists to earn ten credits, simultaneously learning both Calculus Algebra II.

    Independent Research – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    (Awarded credits dependent on degree of difficulty)
    Project-based learning experiences, including, but not limited to: (a) computerized stock market simulation; (b) survey/statistical analysis; (c) finance elective; and (d) puzzle/problem solving.

    Physical Education and Health Course Descriptions

    Physical Education

    Physical Education I, II, III, and IV – 2.0 Credits each
    These programs emphasize life-long wellness and the development and maintenance of lifetime physical fitness habits. Students have numerous choices for their daily physical activity. These include, but are not limited to, fitness and weight training, team sports, swimming and group exercise classes. Additionally, there are opportunities to experiment with “adventure” activities such as indoor and outdoor rock climbing and hiking.

    Health

    Health I, II, III, and IV – 3.0 Credits each
    These programs emphasize the importance of taking responsibility of one’s own mental and physical health. Those health problems most often identified in public health research are analyzed in detail. The primary causes of health problems in our society are identified as:

          behaviors that cause intentional and unintentional injuries
          drug and alcohol use
          tobacco use

     

        sexual behaviors that lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy
        inadequate physical activity
        dietary patterns that cause disease
        driver’s education

    The goal is to provide the student with information and skills so that they may become health-literate responsible citizens.

    Physical Education and Health Electives

    Healthy Lifestyles I and II – 3.0 Credits each
    Issues addressed in the core Health courses are further explored with the student selecting areas of personal interest.

    Outdoor Experience – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    Students may participate in staff-led multi-day group excursions designed to foster teamwork and self-sufficiency. The introduction of the recreational and lifestyle enhancing characteristics of the outdoors is also a primary goal. Itineraries are based on season and group interests.

    Driver Education Prep - 1.0 Credit
    This course covers New Jersey Motor Vehicle Laws with the primary emphasis being the preparation for the state written examination.

    Science Course Descriptions

    Anatomy & Physiology – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    Anatomy and Physiology provides students with an understanding of the human body and its internal workings. This course is intended for the students who are interested in the human body, the physical effect of mutation and the mechanics, maintenance and balance of the organ systems.  Students will investigate the anatomy of the human body through the use of virtual and preserved human models.  This course is designed for students with a strong interest in a career in the biological sciences, allied health fields or medicine or the desire to explore such possible careers.  Prerequisite: Enrollment or completion in Biology course.

    Astronomy – Maximum 3.0 Credits
    The topics included in this elective course include the stars, galaxies, theories of cosmological origin and space exploration.

    Biology I – 5.0 Credits
    This college prep course emphasizes inquiry and discovery through a lab approach and data collection and analysis. Topics include: cell structure, human body, plants and animals, genetics, and evolution. The course makes every attempt to relate everyday occurrences and life situations to students.

    Earth Science – 5.0 Credits
    This course takes an in depth look into the forces that have and continue to change the environment in which the students live. CD’s, course study, hands-on labs and research help develop knowledge to view complex issues and concepts on the past, present, and future of the earth and the environment. Introductory topics into waste management will be identified and experienced through field study.

    Environmental Science – 5.0 Credits
    This course introduces students to the make-up and ecosystems and the human impact on these areas.  The students will research and conduct labs and present results in written form.

    General Chemistry – 5.0 Credits
    This course in Chemistry deals with the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Labs designed for hands-on experience supporting qualitative and quantitative concepts along with general knowledge research help the students understand the everyday application in their lives. This course is suitable as a preparation for any field of study.

    General Science – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to introduce the two major fields of study in science: physical and life. The use of hands-on labs will help the students experience cell growth, hydroponics, water cycle, mass and weight correlation, mineral and rock studies, along with environmental studies in water pollution and purification. The use of graphs and charts will be demonstrated as a means to display results of experiments.

    LIfe Science – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to introduce students to basic topics in disease, human biology, genetics, plants and animals, and cells. A lab approach utilizing the scientific method, correct lab equipment use, problem solving techniques and field experience will be used.

    Meteorology – 3.0 Credits
    This course will explore the physical laws, relationships, and the processes that control the atmosphere. The basic elements of weather (atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, temperature, humidity, air circulation) will be studied. Daily observations and forecasting along with the study of weather phenomenon of thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes will enable the students to have a better understanding of these every-day occurrences. Prerequisite: Completion of Earth Science.

    Physical Science – 5.0 Credits
    Basic principles and concepts in metrics, motion, forces, light and sound along with simple principles in chemistry dealing with properties of matter, the periodic table, compounds, bonding and chemical reactions will be studied. Research on current topics, hands-on activities and labs are incorporated along with class assignments to help students identify natural phenomena that affect their lives.

    Physics – 5.0 Credits
    This lab-oriented course deals directly with present-day application and applied problem-solving techniques to support critical and analytical thinking. The course deals with the conceptual and mathematical application of forces, electricity, magnetism, light and sound.

    Independent Science Research – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    The student will identify a scientific topic of personal interest and work with the instructor to design projects and independent learning experiences. Because of the individualized topics, course material, guidelines, and requirements will be developed through student teacher collaboration.

    Social Studies Course Descriptions

    World History-Basic – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and US. history covers the time period from 6,000 B.C. to 1750 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the various cultures of the world, but also early major issues of U.S. history and how they relate to the rest of the world.

    World History-General- 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and US. history covers the time period from 6,000 B.C. to 1750 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the various cultures of the world, but also early major issues of U.S. history and how they relate to the rest of the world.

    World History-College Prep- 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and US. history covers the time period from 6,000 B.C. to 1750 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the various cultures of the world, but also early major issues of U.S. history and how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History I-Basic – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1600 A.D. to 1900 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History I-General – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1600 A.D. to 1900 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History I-College Prep - 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1600 A.D. to 1900 A.D.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History II-Basic – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1900 A.D. to the present.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History II-General – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1900 A.D. to the present.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    United States History II-College Prep – 5.0 Credits
    This survey course in world and U.S. history covers the time period from 1900 A.D. to the present.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a variety of concepts as well as link them to current events.  Students will utilize a variety of resources including textbooks, the Internet, primary source material, and historical fiction to analyze major historical issues.  Students may also earn credit through participation in one-on-one and in-class discussion, debates, and field trips associated with the time period.  This course emphasizes an integrated approach encouraging students to study not only the major issues in U. S. History, but also how they relate to the rest of the world.

    Social Studies Electives

    Social Studies Lab – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    This course emphasizes independent research into various fields of social studies throughout all of history up to the present.  The student will identify a topic of personal interest and work with the instructor to design projects and independent learning experiences.  The instructor will determine course materials, guidelines, and requirements customized to each student’s individual learning abilities.

    Current Affairs - Maximum 2.5 Credits
    This course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of global events.  Emphasis is placed on the top issues occurring in the news around the world as well as global events not thoroughly covered by the news media.  Students take an international approach to studying and discussiong national and international current events as they happen.

    Human Cultures – 2.5 Credits
    In this course, students will research various racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of selected groups of people from a variety of locations around the world.  Students will be required to research their own cultural background.  Students will gain an understanding of their contributions to our society and how Americans relate to the growing global culture of the twenty-first century.

    World Language Course Descriptions

    Spanish I – 5.0 Credits
    This course emphasizes the basic skills necessary to communicate in a Spanish-speaking population. Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through simply taks of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students will also develop an understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures, geography and history.

    Spanish II – 5.0 Credits
    This course is a continuation of the Spanish level I course. Students will continue to progress in their compehension of the language through reading, writing, listening and speaking.  More emphasis will be placed on everyday situations.  Spanish-speaking cultures, history, and geography will be learned and applied to today’s world.

    Spanish-Speaking Cultures – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    This course is an exploration of Spanish-speaking cultures including celebratory events, customs and daily living.  Historical events and influences will be covered to give students a broad perspective of people from various countries

    Fine Arts

    Art of Expression - Maximum 5.0 credits
    This course is designed to expose students to a variety of media while simultaneously exploring the ways in which they can use that media to express their personal feelings and life experiences.  This course introduces students to two and three-dimensional art and basic art history in order to supplement a project-based curriculum.  Critique and discussion account for a major portion of this course, which challenges students to utilize self-reflection in their appreciation as well as application of fine art.  Students may also participate in field trips to better their understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.

    Creative Movement – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    Students will explore a range of movement experiences based on Yoga, Pilates, interactive games and spatial dynamics.  Students will understand how movement, nutrition, and lifestyle choices effect healthy adolescent development.  Students will engage in guided imagery and meditation exercises and will express ideas and emotions kinesthetically.

    Creative Writing - Maximum 5.0 Credits
    Students will develop a proficiency in the fundamentals of creative writing with a primary focus of poetry.  Assignments include freeform and experimental poetry as well as more conventional forms such as the sonnet and haiku.  In addition to requirements determined by the instructor, the student, with guidance, will create individualized writing assignments.  Teaching and learning strategies are individualized.

    Fine Arts Electives

    Art History I - 2.5 Credits
    This course is a chronological survey of the visual arts from prehistory to the medieval period.  Students will study the relation between expression of the mind and manifestation of culture at various points throughout world history.  Through slide presentations, video, field trips, and research based projects, students will learn to critically analyze works of art within their individual historical context.

    Art History  II   - 2.5 Credits
    This course is a chronological survey of the visual arts from the early Renaissance to the twentieth century.   Students will study the relation between expression of the mind and manifestation of culture at various points throughout world history.  Through slide presentations, video, field trips, and research based projects students, will learn to critically analyze works of art within their individual historical context.

    Practical Arts Course Descriptions

    Career Exporations – 2.5 Credits
    In this course, students will participate in a series of career tests, explore job clusters, and develop workplace readiness skills.  Assignments include:  research papers, interest interviews, resume and letter writing, and elevator speeches.

    Child Development – 5.0 Credits
    This course focuses on pregnancy and child development from birth to age 6.  Students will study prenatal development as well as the importance of healthy prenatal care.  Students will explore the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children during the first six years of life.  Discussion on the importance of families and caregivers on development and making informed decisions about pregnancy and parenting will be included.

    Computer Applications – 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to provide instruction of basic computer skills for all students.  Students will demonstrate proficiency with utilizing software, which includes word processing and spreadsheets.  Research papers, tables, and letter writing will be emphasized.  Students will also demonstrate proficiency with Internet research.

    Life Skills  I, II, III, IV - Maximum 5.0 Credits each
    This course focuses on the students’ interpersonal behavior and the development of a social microcosm within the group.  Students provide feedback for one another on a variety of topics with the goal being to gain insight into behavior and decision making.  Students are led in processing relations and conflict among members.  All students are required to participate in this course during their enrollment.

    Personal Finance/Ecomonics - 2.5 Credits
    This course guides students in analyzing consumer spending patterns, sources of personal income, expenses and savings plans.  Proper procedures for managing checking and credit card accounts will be outlined.  Students will learn how to budget in order to reach personal goals.

    Senior Seminar – Maximum 5.0 Credits
    This course is designed to introduce students to “life beyond the high school diploma.”  Topics include independent living, educational plans, budgeting, and career exploration.  Upon completion of the Senior Seminar class the student will have written a comprehensive plan detailing the first five years after graduation.

    Service Learning Project - Maximum 5.0 credits 
    Students have the opportunity to earn credits for volunteer work in the community.  Civic responsibility is learned as students become active participants in improving the well-being of the community.  Following the project, students will reflect upon their experiences and build on academic learning with discussions and writing assignments.

    Work Internship – Maximum 10.0 credits
    Students have the opportunity to become part of the workforce while earning credits.  Students earn credits while working in a supervised part-time job (paid or volunteer).  Credits are determined by the total number of hours worked.  While in class, students will learn about work protocol, including:  adhering to work schedules, working as part of a team, learning to communicate with a supervisor and co-workers, following procedures, and developing good work ethic.  Students are encouraged to investigate various job opportunities that can aid in future career and life choices.  Vocational testing is offered as a tool in deciding future career goals.