• James F. Rhodes

    High School

    Course Catalog

    2015-2016

     


     

    Information Key

    Descriptions for courses in mathematics, science, English, and social studies have been developed by departmental representatives and independently formatted.

     

    All other courses will follow the format below:

     

     

    Course Title: Full title of course

    Course Description: Short description describing the content of the course

    Grades: Grade level of students to participate in the course

    Credit: Number of credits the course will satisfy

    Graduation Requirement:

                E = Elective – An optional course that a student may take to fulfill the needed credits        for graduation

                M= Meets Graduation Requirements – An advanced or honors course that may substitute for a required course, for example: AP American History may substitute for          American History.

                R = Required – Required for graduation

                Prerequisite: Indicates successful completion of a qualifying course(s)


    Arts

    Art I

    Description: Year one, the course provides the opportunities to manipulate media, techniques, and art processes to create a series of art works, to critique works of art as part of the artistic process and to understand the work of others.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Art II

    Description: Year two, the course continues to provide the opportunity to manipulate media and art processes to create art works, to critique works of art, and to understand and ascribe meaning to the work of others.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Art I

    Art III

    Description: Year three, the course provides the opportunity to develop individualistic styles, to experiment with media and art processes to create art works, to critique one’s own work and to understand the work of others.

    Grade:                                                            11, 12

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                          E

    Prerequisite Required: Art II

    Ceramics I

    Description: Ceramics I provide instruction to create functional and non-functional ceramic objects; to use glazes and a kiln; to explore the work of ceramic artists; and to critique and discuss valuing of ceramics as art.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

    Drawing/Painting I

    Description: The course provides instruction on manipulating and controlling a variety of media to create a series of drawings and paintings; criticism and reflection of one’s own work and those of other artists.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Fashion, Fabrics, and Fibers

    Description: Students will gain knowledge of fashion design through design and development. Students will learn about the fashion merchandising business through research and individual projects.

    Credits:          0.5

    Required:      E

     

    Advanced Fashion, Fabrics, and Fibers

    Description: Students will further their knowledge of fashion design by designing an individual garment crafting the pattern and sewing the garment. Students will continue learning about the fashion merchandising business by selecting a fashion store to research and follow through a fashion season. Additionally, students will increase their competency in one skill learned in the introductory class by completing a project of their choice.

    Credits:          0.5

    Required:      E

    Prerequisite Required: Fashion, Fabrics, and Fibers

    Concert Band I

    Description: Concert band provides the opportunity to perform at beginner and intermediate levels. In concert band sections 1-4 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade level.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Concert Band II

    Description: Concert band provides the opportunity to perform at beginner and intermediate levels. In concert band sections 1-4 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade level.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Concert Band I

    Concert Band III

    Description: Concert band provides the opportunity to perform at beginner and intermediate levels. In concert band sections 1-4 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade level.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Concert Band II

     

    Concert Choir I

    Description: In Concert Choir sections 1-3 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade levels. Students must perform SAB, SATB, TTB and SSAA literature. Students must attend all performances.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Concert Choir II

    Description: In Concert Choir sections 1-3 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade levels.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Concert Choir I

     

     

     

     

    Concert Choir III

    Description: In Concert Choir sections 1-3 are scheduled simultaneously; students are assigned according to the year of participation. The year is not determined by skill or grade levels.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: Concert Choir II

    Drama/Theater Appreciation

    Description: Promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Class work focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, and cultural connections. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12           

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    English Language Arts


    English

    Description Students will be introduced to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. Reading and analysis skills will be reinforced. Students will learn and use the writing process. They will produce various forms of writing, including narrative, persuasive, and informative.  The five-paragraph essay will be introduced. Students will be able to form an argument and support it with evidence. Citation use and formatting will be learned. Speaking and listening skills will be learned with presentations. Students will learn 21st century technology skills to aid in research, presentations, and publishing.

    Grade:                                                            9

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      R

    English II

    Description: This course provides students with instruction and practice to help them improve their reading, writing skills, and vocabulary. Instruction focuses on essay development in the forms of argumentative, interpretative, analytical, narrative, and expository writing. Analysis of literary and dramatic works, as well as nonfiction will be integrated into class discussion, peer collaboration, and personal writing. Students will master Modern Language Association format (MLA) and parenthetical citation.

    Grade:                                                    10, 11

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

    English III

    Description: English III focuses in-depth on a survey of literature throughout the Twenty-first Century with specific emphasis on American authors. The selection of major works emphasizes discussion and analyses of literature as well as substantial expository and analytical writing. Students are taught procedures for scholarly library research and are responsible for the completion of critical research papers.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

     

     

     

     

    English IV

    Description: English IV is designed as a bridge between high school and post secondary opportunities. All content is in alignment with the belief that students need to develop strong reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in preparation to become intelligent, contributing members of society. Students will be able to critically examine and articulately write and speak about modern issues and complex concepts. A variety of deep, critical reading skills will be utilized through both fiction and nonfiction works.   

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                       1

    Required:                                                   R

    AP English

    Description:  This course will emphasize style analysis, analytical writing and critical thinking. Composition skills will be refined as students develop an awareness of style and rhetoric. Students are expected to have mastered basic oral and written communication skills so that they can focus on extended reading assignments, research, and group presentations. College preparatory vocabulary and American Literature will be studied.

    This course will prepare students for the AP English exam.

    Grade:                                                 11-12

    Credits:                                               1

    Required:                                           M

    Prerequisite:                                     Yes

     

    Freshman English Seminar

    Description: This course provides students with study skills and other strategies to ease the transition from middle school to high school. The course will cover social-emotional learning and an introduction to high school culture. Class Meetings, City Life presenters, and other strategies will be used to reinforce social-emotional learning. Reading and writing skills will be reinforced with activities that include current events, journals, and vocabulary instruction. Speaking and listening skills will be practiced with presentations and cooperative learning.

    Grade:                                                9

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                          E

     

    Senior Seminar

    Description: This course prepares the student in designing and implementing a senior project based on student career interests. The senior project requires students to complete a service project, research paper and visual display of their project.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Creative Writing

    Description: This course is designed to develop and enhance student's knowledge of, appreciation for, and skills in writing a variety of products beyond those in the core curriculum.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Journalism

    Description: Students will learn to understand weekly and daily media journalism. They will learn about the history and ethics of modern journalism and understand the function and role of advertising in media production including broadcast media. Course will teach technology skills and responsible social media.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

    Public Speaking

    Description: This course focuses on creative thinking beyond the core curriculum. It will focus instruction on the objectives that support and reinforce the integration of reading, writing, listening and speaking required for effective speech presentations.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E

     

    English as a Second Language: Art in World Culture

    Description: In this course, students discover how to use and expand their English vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills more consciously and effectively for academic purposes. This class may appear similar to a mainstream English class in that the students read short stories, non-fiction articles, and poetry. Students focus on analysis and evaluation of text, and connect writing to texts read in class. Students participate in whole group and small group academic discussions. English grammar is reinforced and taught explicitly when needed. Students who are placed in this class either have a home language other than English, or speak a language other than English at home.  

    Grade:                                                9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                              0.5

    Required:                                          E

     

    Varieties of Fiction

    Description: An enrichment course designed to broaden students' exposure to historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, realism, feminist literature, detective stories and multicultural literature.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

    Foreign Language

     

    American Sign Language I

    Description: American Sign Language I is primarily conversational, an introduction to basic concepts of grammar, structure and aspects of the deaf culture. Emphasis is on manual expressive skills and visual receptive skills.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    American Sign Language II

    Description: Building on American Sign Language I, students continue to expand upon grammar, vocabulary, expressive and receptive skills and gain insights into the deaf culture

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                           American Sign Language I

    American Sign Language III

    Description: Students continue to develop proficiency in expressive and receptive skills. Emphasis on further development of grammatical structures and sign vocabulary through communicative experiences.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                                      American Sign Language II

     

     

     

     

    French I

    Description: Introduces students to the sounds and writing system of French. Basic concepts of grammar, structure, content and culture are introduced in standards-based lessons through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    French II

    Description: Building upon French I, students continue to expand upon grammar, vocabulary, oral interaction, reading comprehension, writing and appreciation of target cultures.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required: French I

     

    French III

    Description: Continuation of development of language proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Cultural appreciation is increased through study of literature, art and other aspects of target cultures.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                           French II

    Spanish I

    Description: Introduces students to the sounds and writing system of Spanish. Basic concepts of grammar, structure, content, and culture are introduced in standards-based lessons through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

    Spanish II

    Description: Building upon Spanish I, students continue to expand upon grammar, vocabulary, oral interaction, reading comprehension, writing and appreciation of target cultures.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                            Spanish I

    Spanish III

    Description: Continuation of development of language proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Cultural appreciation is increased through study of literature, art and other aspects of target cultures.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

    Prerequisite Required:                                    Spanish II

     

     

     

    Mathematics

     

    Algebra 1

    Description: Algebra 1 is a one-year course that builds on arithmetic skills and algebraic concepts taught in the earlier grades. Algebra or Pre-algebra course is required for continuation to Geometry. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to understand and perform the operations of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction over the set of rational numbers. They will add, subtract, multiply and simplify algebraic expressions. Students will also be able to solve linear equations, Translate simple linear relationships into equations, factor polynomials. They will apply the properties of proportions, graph linear equations and inequalities and find equations of lines. They will use various methods to solve systems of equations and inequalities. By the end of the course, students will understand the properties and basic theorems of whole number roots. They will master the skill of simplifying numerical radicals and solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Pre-Algebra

     

    Geometry

    Description: Geometry is a one-year course. It reviews the geometric concepts of previous math courses, and in addition, it encourages and guides the student in the discovery of new geometric concepts. Geometry stresses the ability to reason logically and to think critically. A major part of the course will be devoted to teaching the student how to present a formal proof. Geometric properties of both two and three dimensions are emphasized as they apply to points, lines, planes, circles and polygons. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to use and prove basic theorems involving congruence and similarity of figures. Determine how changes in dimensions affect perimeter and area of common geometric figures. Understand how to use a compass, measurements, and trigonometric functions. They will be challenged to prove the Pythagorean Theorem to determine distance and find missing dimensions of right triangles. Theorems will also be proved using coordinate geometry. Students will use formulas for perimeter, circumference, area, volume, lateral and surface area of common figures. Find and use measures of sides, interior and exterior angles of polygons to solve problems. Furthermore, students will use relationships between angles in polygons, complementary, supplementary, and vertical and exterior angle properties. By the end of the course they will write geometric proofs, as well as construct and judge validity of logical arguments.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                            Algebra 1

     

     

    Algebra 2

    Description: Algebra 2 is a one-year course.  Algebra 2 provides a review and extension of the concepts taught in Algebra 1. Topics covered will include operations with real number, systems of linear equations and inequalities, factoring, algebraic fractions and fractional equations, quadratic functions and some work with conic sections, exponential functions, complex numbers and logarithms. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to Solve equations and inequalities involving absolute value. They will write linear equations using real world data, as well as identify and graph special functions including absolute value and step functions. Students will solve systems of equations with three variables using Cramer's rule.

    Credits:          1

    Required:      G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Algebra 1

     

     

     

     

     

    College Algebra

    Description: This course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics. Topics will include: real-number concepts, selected geometry concepts, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, problem solving involving linear or factorable quadratic equations as models, operations on polynomials, factoring polynomials, integral exponents, graphing linear and quadratic equations in two variables, rational expressions, function notation, integral and rational exponents, solving absolute value and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving rational and radical equations, problem solving involving linear equations, rational equations, quadratic equations, and systems of equations in two variables, and writing equations of lines, operations with radicals and complex numbers, geometric concepts, and calculator usage.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

     

    Statistics

    Description: Students will learn: Stem plots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression. An introduction to statistical methods; descriptive statistics; the normal distribution; basic techniques of statistical inference; confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for population means and proportions; simple linear regression.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Algebra 2

     

     

    Pre-Calculus

    Description: This course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections.  Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced.  Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.  This class is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Algebra 2

     

     

     

     

     

    AP Calculus

    Description: This is a college-level course in introductory Calculus. This course will cover the standards for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB course as well as the IB Math SL standards. Students will take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam, the IB Math SL

    Exam, or both, in May. Instruction will be provided in the following areas:

    (1) Limits and Continuity (2) Derivatives

    (3) Derivative Applications (4) Definite Integrals

    (5) Differential Equations (6) Applications of Definite Integrals

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   G

    Prerequisite Required:                                  Pre-Calculus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Physical Education

     

    Physical Education

    Description: This course includes the development of basic movement skills through instruction in a variety of physical activities such as team and individual sports, self-testing, conditioning, and personal health.

    Grade:                                          9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                       .5

    Required:                                                   R

    Personal Fitness

    Description: This course is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and introduce lifetime fitness through aerobic activities and weight training.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                     0.5

    Required:                                                    E


    Health

    Description: This course provides a comprehensive health education curriculum to cover growth and development, mental and emotional health, community and environment health, nutrition, family life, and sexuality. Students will learn health promotion and disease prevention and explore the effect of health behaviors on an individual’s quality of life. 

    Credits:                                                          .5

    Required:                                                      R

     

    Team Sports

    Description: This course offers instruction in the skills, strategies, and playing of team sports without losing sight of the importance of physical fitness.  The concepts of cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship are stressed.

    Grade:                                                10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                              0.5

    Required:                                          E

     

     

    Science

     

    Physical Science

    Description: Physical science introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences and advanced science disciplines. Physical science comprises the systematic study of the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning

    Grade:                                                          9

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

    Physical Science-Honors

    Description: Honors Physical science is a fast paced inquiry course consisting of a rigorous curriculum that provides students the opportunity to deeply explore the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning.  It is expected that students participate in weekly laboratories and ongoing problem/project based lessons.

     

     

    Biology

    Description: Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes.

    Throughout the year this course provides and opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Physical Geology

    Description: Physical geology is a high school level course, which satisfies Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. Physical geology incorporates chemistry, physics and environmental science and introduces students to key concepts, principles and theories within geology. Course topics include: Atoms and Elements, Mineral properties, Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks, Structure of Earth, Earth’s History, and The geologic time scale. Additional units cover: Plate Tectonics, Relationship of plate movement and geologic events and features, Energy resources and Glaciers and glaciations.

    Grade:                                                9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                          M

     

    Environmental Science

    Description: Environmental science is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. Environmental science incorporates biology, chemistry, physics and physical geology and introduces students to key concepts, principles and theories within environmental science. Unit topics include: Ecosystems, Weather, Climate change, Oceanic currents and patterns, Surface and ground water flow patterns and movement, Energy resources, Air and air pollution and Sustainability

    Grade:                                                     11,12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                  M

    Prerequisite Required: Minimum two years of laboratory sciences, usually physical science and biology/life science.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Chemistry

    Description: Chemistry is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603.

    This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences as well as advanced science disciplines. Chemistry comprises a systematic study of the predictive physical interactions of matter and subsequent events that occur in the natural world. The study of matter through the exploration of classification, its structure and its interactions is how this course is organized.

    Chemistry is recommended for all students planning on attending college, particularly those going into a scientific or technical field. Colleges consider it evidence that students are willing to take challenging courses.

    Grade:                                                    11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                  M

    Prerequisite Required:                         Algebra 1

     

    Physics

    Description: Physics is a high school level course, which satisfies the Ohio Core science graduation requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603. Physics elaborates on the study of the key concepts of motion, forces and energy as they relate to increasingly complex systems and applications that will provide a foundation for further study in science and scientific literacy. Students engage in investigations to understand and explain motion, forces and energy in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications.

    Physics is recommended for students interested in most science majors in college, including Nursing.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                  M

    Prerequisite:                                           Algebra 2 required. Chemistry recommended.

     

    Both Physics and Chemistry count as the Physical Science requirement for graduation.  (Physical Geology, Environmental Science and Forensics do not.  They can count as the 3rd lab science.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Forensic Science

    Description: This lab-science course surveys key topics in forensic science, including the application of the scientific process to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation, physical and trace evidence, and the law and courtroom procedures from the perspective of the forensic scientist. Through lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. A general knowledge of all science areas is needed, since Forensics draws from all areas within the science curriculum.

    Forensics is open to seniors only.  Too frequently students who would be better served taking Chemistry or Physics will take this course instead.  Colleges do not regard this course as a rigorous class.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

      

        

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    World History

    Description: This course is designed to take the student from the 15th century to the present time. The course is organized around 6 major themes: (1) American Heritage, (2) People in societies, (3) World Interactions, (4) Decision Making and Resources, (5) Democratic Processes, and (6) Citizen Rights and Responsibilities. Contributions of various cultures to the development of the modern world will be examined, as well as human universality in communication and the impact of economic, social, political, geographic, religious, and cultural changes to the world. In addition, connections will be made between historical events of the past and current events to help students better understand the world in which they live today.

    Grade:                                                          9

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R           

    American History

    Description: This course is the chronological study of the U.S. from 1877 to the present. Students study the historic events, geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic implications, role of government and citizenship rights and responsibilities.  Through textbooks, primary documents and current events, students learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States.  Essay writing and critical thinking are emphasized as integral ways of understanding how the past relates to the present and future. 

    Grade:                                                         10

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    American Government

    Description: American Government prepares students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. The course provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation.  Emphasis is placed on the historical development of government and political systems, and the importance of the rule of law; the United States Constitution; Federal, State and local government structure; and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Students will actively investigate local, state and national issues, read and participate in discussions, and develop informed arguments using a variety of writing forms.

    Grade:                                                         11

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   R

     

    African American History

    Description: The first half of the African-American History class will begin in West Africa as we look at the origins of  African-Americans and some of their social and cultural traits. We will study the Middle Passage, the Colonial Period and what Independence meant for Black folk. We will then look at slavery in the Antebellum Period and the Abolition Movement. The semester will end with the Civil War and its effects on African-Americans.

    The second half of the African American History class covers the time period from Emancipation to the present time. We will trace the evolution of black culture and identity and the continuing struggle for freedom and equality. Topics will include the tragedies and triumphs of Reconstruction, interracial violence, black political and institutional responses to racism and violence, the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz, Blues, and the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The course will conclude with African-Americans in the Age of Obama.

    Students will be presented with a variety of primary and secondary sources materials; timely and careful reading of these sources will prepare students for class discussions. Students will be confronted with conflicting bodies of evidence and challenged to analyze these issues and arrive at conclusions for themselves. Music and film will supplement classroom lectures and discussions.

    Grade:                                                            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      E

     

     

    Geography

    Description: Geography investigates the interrelationship of people and the environment and various cultures and their contributions to the world. Through Geography, students will develop multicultural understanding and use geographical concepts and skills to acquire information and systematically apply decision-making processes to real-life situations.  They will acquire an understanding of interrelationships between people and their environment. The content will include, but not be limited to the study of world cultural regions in terms of: location, physical characteristics, demographics, historical changes, economic activity and land use. 

    Grade:                                                            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                          0.5

    Required:                                                       E

    Sociology

    Description: Sociology allows students to study human social behavior from a group perspective. The sociological perspective is a method of studying recurring patterns in people‘s attitudes and actions and how these patterns vary across time, cultures, and in social settings and groups. Students will describe the development of sociology as a social science and identify methods of research. Through research methods such as scientific inquiry students will examine society, group behavior, and social structures. The influence of culture on group behavior is addressed through institutions such as the family, religion, education, economics, community organizations, government, and political and social groups. The impact of social groups and institutions on group and individual behavior and the changing nature of society will be examined. Influences on group behavior and social problems are included in the course. Students will also analyze the role of individuals in the community and social problems in today‘s world.

    Grade:                                                            11, 12

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      E

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Street Law

    Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. The course starts with an overview of the basic structures and functions of our legal system with a focus on the Constitution. After a framework of our legal system is established, topics to be covered will include Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice, Torts, Consumer Law, Family Law, Housing Law and Individual Rights and Liberties.  The curriculum includes case studies, mock trials, role-plays, guest speakers,  small-group activities and visual analysis activities. The goal of the course is to promote in students a willingness and capability to participate effectively in our legal and political systems.

    Related Careers:  Lawyer, Social Work, Law Enforcement, Politician, Forensic Scientist, Legal Secretary/Assistant, Corrections Officer, Parole/Probation Officer   

    Grade:            9, 10, 11, 12

    Credits:          1

    Required:      E

    Personal Finance

    Description: Personal finance will prepare students to be financially independent. Units will include baking, savings, investments, credits, cost of credit and compounding interest, loans, budgets, insurance, consumer protection, working and earning, taxes and making wise consumer decisions. Students may be exposed to various strategies, such as computer simulations and Microsoft Excel, in attaining competence in personal money management.

    Grade:                                               10, 11, 12

    Credits:                                                       .5

    Required:                                                    E

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Electives

     

    NJROTC

    Naval Science I

    Description: To introduce the beginning NJROTC cadets to the Navy and its program for the youth in America’s high schools. Course helps students to understand the meaning of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals; promote an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including physical fitness, a proper diet, and controlling stress. Course content provide the principles of health and first aid, geography and survival skills and an overview of Naval ships and aircraft.  These elements are pursued at the fundamental level.

    Grade:                                                9

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                         P

     

    Naval Science II

    Description: This course is designed to build on the general introduction provided in Naval Science 1, to further develop the traits of citizenship and leadership in each cadet, introduce the cadets to, and encourage a deeper awareness of the vital importance of the world's oceans to the continued well-being of the United States.  Unit Topics include: Instruction in leadership traits, principles and practice, Citizenship responsibilities in the United States in comparison with other countries, American history and sea power from ancient times through World War II, Oceanographic history of the earth and its seas, and Close order drill and physical fitness.

    Grade:                                                10

    Credits:                                              1

    Required:                                          P

    Prerequisite Required:                  Naval Science I

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Naval Science III

    Description: This course is designed to further develop the leadership traits and characteristics in each cadet and to introduce the cadets to the vital necessity of law and order in the United States and internationally, as well as provide an understanding of the facets of sea power, national security and naval history. Unit topics include: United States/military justice and discipline, Fundamentals of international law, Sea power and national security, Challenges for the future, and Close order drill and physical fitness.

    Grade:                                                         11

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    P

    Prerequisite Required:                          Naval Science II

     

     

    Naval Science IV

    Description: Fourth year course designed to build on the basic qualities of a good follower and an effective leader provided in Naval Science 1-3 and to take a more in-depth look at what leadership is and how to maximize abilities in the leadership area.  Some of the subject areas covered are: Theory of human motivation, Group dynamics and positive leadership techniques, Responsibilities of leading by example, Carrying out orders and the hierarchy of authority, and Communications as a component of planning.

    Grade:                                                         12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                   P

    Prerequisite Required:                  Naval Science III

     

    Engineering/Robotics

     

    Intro to Engineering Design/ PLTW

    Description: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a series of coursework which when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology. 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 techniques of real-life engineers.

    Grade:                                                            9, 10,11,12

    Credits:                                                          1

    Required:                                                      P

     

    Principles of Engineering / PLTW

    Description: 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.

    Grade:                                             9,10,11,12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    P

    Digital Electronics/ PLTW

    Description: 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.

     

    Grade:                                             9,10,11,12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    P

     

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing/ PLTW

    Description: 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.

    Grade:                                             9,10,11,12

    Credits:                                                        1

    Required:                                                    P

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Additional Electives can be found within each academic discipline.
    • Honors courses
    • Career-technical education programs
    • Dual high school/college enrollment options
    • ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) program