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PROGRAM OF STUDIES 2011-2012
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GENERAL INFORMATION……………………………………........................... Graduation Requirements……………................................................................ Course Selection……………………………….................................................... Entrance and Withdrawal from Courses………………........................................ Selection for Special Courses ……………………................................................ Alternative Study Options….……………………………………………………... Athletic Eligibility………………………...………………………………………. College Admission Requirements………….……………………………………. Grading System……………….......................................................................... Pupil Records……………………………………………………………………. Affirmative Action…………..………………………………………………….. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Comprehensive Health and Physical Education………………………………. Computer Education….………………………………………………………… English ……………………….…………………………………………………. English as a Second Language ………………………………………………… Mathematics…………………………………………………………………..... Science ………………………………………………………………………… Social Studies ……………………………………………………………......... 21 -Century Life and Careers……................................................................ Visual and Performing Arts…………………………………………………… World Languages……………………………………………………………...... SCHOOL COUNSELING ASSISTANCE Mrs. Julie M. Patterson, Director of School Counseling Please call the School Counseling office at 973-457-2533 to contact a counselor if you have questions regarding course content or academic planning.
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GENERAL INFORMATION This booklet contains a description of courses offered for the 2011-2012 academic year. It also includes information about graduation requirements, college admission requirements, guidelines for entrance and withdrawal from courses, standards for special class placement, athletic-eligibility rules, the method of computing overall grade point average, and pupil records. Students and parents should become familiar with this information and should consult with a school counselor to develop an appropriate academic program. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Graduation, as used herein, refers to the satisfactory completion of a program of studies at Chatham High School under the policies of the Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams. In order to earn a state-endorsed Chatham High School diploma, students must demonstrate proficiency in the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the credit and testing requirements outlined below. A. Requirements for Graduation A student must meet each of the following requirements to be eligible for graduation: 1. 2. Participate in a local program of study of not fewer than 120 credits; Demonstrate proficiency in all sections of the High School Proficiency Assessment or designated Alternative High School Assessment process applicable to the class graduating in the year the student meets all other graduation requirements; Successfully complete one (1) year of comprehensive health and physical education for each year of enrollment; Demonstrate attainment of minimum curricular proficiencies through successful completion of courses, including but not limited to, credit hours in the following distribution: a. b. At least 20 credits in language arts literacy, aligned to grade 9 through 12 standards, effective with the graduating class of 2013; At least 15 credits in mathematics, including algebra I or the content equivalent effective with the graduating class of 2012, including geometry or the content equivalent effective with the class of 2014, and including a third year of mathematics that builds on concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and that prepares students for college and 21st century careers effective with the graduating class of 2016; At least 15 credits in science, including at least 5 credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent effective with the graduating class of 2012, including one additional
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laboratory/inquiry-based science course which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics effective with the graduating class of 2014, and including one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course effective with the graduating class of 2016 ; At least 15 credits in social studies, including United States History 1 and 2; five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings; At least 2.5 credits in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy, effective with the graduating class of 2014; At least 5 credits in visual and performing arts; At least 10 credits in world languages or student demonstration of proficiency; and At least 5 credits in 21st century life and careers, or career-technical education.
Technological literacy, consistent with the Core Curriculum Standards, is integrated throughout the curriculum. *Please refer to Social Studies Section for the new course sequence. B. Transfer Students Transfer students who enroll in Chatham High School may receive credit toward graduation for courses taken in properly accredited high schools outside the school district. However, they must meet the same local and state requirements for graduation as students who complete their entire high school program in the district. C. Classified Students The graduation requirements of a classified, educationally challenged student are prescribed by an Individualized Educational Program determined by the Child Study Team. Successful completion of these requirements, in keeping with state and local requirements, will make the student eligible for graduation. D. Early Graduation In exceptional circumstances, a student may be permitted to graduate in fewer than four years provided: 1. The student’s parents forward a written request to the high school principal at least two years prior to the anticipated graduation date, The request is approved by the principal and endorsed by the superintendent of schools, and The student meets all appropriate requirements outlined in Board of Education Policy.
Commencement A commencement will be conducted each June to honor and recognize students who have become eligible to graduate from high school since the commencement program of the previous year.
Notification of Students and Parents Copies of graduation requirements are distributed annually to students, parents of incoming ninth-grade students, and to all transfer students at the time they enroll. They are based upon Board of Education Policy 6146 (Graduation Requirements/Early Graduation), which is available in the school office.
COURSE SELECTION A. Guidelines Student scheduling begins in the spring, and class schedules generally are finalized before the school year ends. Course choices related to one’s particular interests and plans for the future need to be made with the following guidelines in mind. 1. The minimum program must include six subjects, including physical education, during each quarter of the four years. Teacher recommendations are based on progress up through the end of the first semester. The master schedule is created based on this data and cannot be adjusted to accommodate additional students beyond maximum available seating. Students registered for more than 30 credits may be allowed to withdraw from a course in accordance with the guidelines listed in the ENTRANCE AND WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES section of this book. Where courses are sequential, one may pursue a higher level only after adequately mastering the previous level as determined by departmental recommendation. All requests for changes in a student’s recommended level of instruction must be submitted no later than July 15th. Partial credit is not given. For a student to earn credit for a course in which he/she is enrolled, the entire course must be completed successfully.
B. Course Offerings In the pages that follow, courses are grouped by subject areas, which are organized alphabetically. Students and parents should pay careful attention to grade-level limits, course prerequisites, and descriptions of course content. Requests to enroll in specific courses when stated guidelines are not fully met
will be reviewed by the academic department. A. 2. School Counseling department. parent. teacher. During the second rotation of any class. 5 . Speak with a school counselor to ensure that there are available seats in the class and that another class will not be overloaded in the move. When this happens. every student is encouraged to meet with a school counselor before finalizing course requests. pride in achievement. 3. A course will be cancelled when there is insufficient enrollment. The following guidelines and procedures are used in dealing with requests for change in a student’s schedule after the school year has begun. students will benefit from discussing options with teachers and counselors. Guidelines 1. b. Counseling Services Because of the breadth of curricular offerings and the variety of possible program sequences. C. Members of the School Counseling staff are available to answer questions that students or parents have and to help with long-range program planning. If the change is feasible. and parent/guardian. and high school principal. and school counselor to reach a decision in the best educational interest of the student. a. ENTRANCE AND WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES Changing a student’s academic program once classes have started disrupts the learning and teaching processes and is strongly discouraged. administrator. A teacher may defer an initial request for change and ask for a conference with the student. During the first full rotational cycle of any semester. (Class-size caps are established in the previous spring based on staffing and budgetary considerations. a student who wants to make a change in schedule must complete all steps listed below. Because student success. the only changes that will be allowed are those caused by mechanical scheduling errors or initiated by a classroom teacher and approved by the parents and counselor. students who have requested that course will be asked to make an alternative selection. and personal satisfaction relate strongly to proper academic placement. the counselor will prepare forms for teacher and parent approval. Schedule changes require approval from all of the following: school counselor.) Meet again with the counselor to establish whether teacher and parent approval has been secured.
Unique situations caused by transfer from another district will be resolved by the student’s counselor and the teachers involved. Honors Geometry to Geometry) only until the end of the first semester unless the change is recommended by the teacher and is approved by the department supervisor.. A student may not withdraw from a course within the ten school days immediately preceding the final assessment/examination in that course. or if the student’s total average for the course to date is a failing one and the withdrawal is within the last quarter of the course.c. Except as noted below. Grading. Semester courses may not be entered after the completion of the second rotation of the course. Withdrawn Failing (W4) if the student is removed from a course due to class cuts. a student may not enter a full-year course after the first three rotations. A student may withdraw from a subject until the 15th class day with no notation made on his/her transcript. 7. A student may change levels within a subject (e. changes that involve dropping one course without adding another but leave the student enrolled in the requisite six courses per semester may be approved without administrative authorization. The student earns a full year of credit for the new course upon successful completion.g. 4. Upon parent request and after the first full rotation. a. No credit is given for a course from which a student withdraws. Withdrawn Passing (WP) if the student’s total average for the course to date is a passing one. and Record of Schedule Changes 1. After the 15th day. (The exceptions indicated above apply. Credit. 3. 2. This grade will be calculated as a failure in the student’s overall grade point average. Continue to attend all classes previously scheduled until final approval is received from all involved teachers. B. Withdrawn Failing (WF) if the student’s total average for the course to date is a failing one and the withdrawal occurs within the first three quarters of the course. one of the following notations will be entered on the transcript: a. b. c. b. 6 . 5.) Second-semester courses may not be dropped after the first Monday in December. 6.
2. ALTERNATIVE STUDY OPTIONS A variety of learning opportunities exists for students who want to study or work in areas not covered in the formal school curriculum or who are gifted or talented in particular areas. When a student changes from one course to a similar higher or lower level course (e. 4.g. Department recommendation. academically advanced students. Honors credit is not given for independent study. 2. SELECTION FOR SPECIAL COURSES A. 3. 7 . English to Honors English. Performance in previous coursework in that subject area. Superior ability and/or achievement in previous coursework in the subject area. “Concepts” courses are offered to help students develop proficiencies required for successful completion of all graduation requirements and further academic study. Courses designated as “Honors” or “Advanced Placement” are intended to serve the needs of highly motivated. Admission is based upon: 1. and School counselor approval. B. Independent Study – A student and a supervising teacher develop a program as an alternative or addition to regular coursework. B. These options include the following: A. Honors Physics to Physics). and Evidence of continued effort and achievement commensurate with honorslevel work. 4. Independent study opportunities will not be granted if they substantially duplicate existing courses in the Program of Studies. College Coursework – Students enroll in local colleges for advanced work unavailable in the high school..4. Admission and continued enrollment are dependent upon the student’s meeting all the following criteria: 1. School counselor approval. 3. Performance on achievement and proficiency tests. Department recommendation. the student’s grade to date will transfer to the new course and be averaged with the grades subsequently earned in that new course.
F. Students must apply and be interviewed in order to be considered. Rutgers. H. career-oriented courses from the offerings of Morris County School of Technology. B. E. the other half at Chatham High School. First-semester freshman students have no credit requirements. law enforcement. Prior approval from the Director of School Counseling is required. provided the student is satisfying all district graduation requirements and passing all courses.) One half of the school day is spent at the technical school. D. C. the student must have successfully completed 13. Options are available for students with interests in office work or industry. education. law. Summer School – Students pursue work for enrichment or remediation at stateapproved summer schools. non-credit internship allows seniors to participate in a work experience selected from a variety of fields.Prior approval from the Principal and Director of School Counseling is required. (See course offerings under 21st Century Life and Careers. The program feasibility will be revisited each year with respect to staffing. Senior Internship Program (SIP) – This four-week. Proposals for full-year or first-semester independent study opportunities must be finalized by the second Monday in June. including. Second-semester course proposals need to be finalized by the end of the first marking period. but not limited to. (School counselors can provide the program information. Announcements will be made during the first semester. accounting. A student must have earned at least 27. and hotel/restaurant management.5 credits (30 credits effective with the 2010-11 grade-nine class) in the previous academic year to be eligible to participate on a fall or winter interscholastic athletic team. To be eligible for a spring team. The State University of New Jersey Partnership – Students take a Rutgers University class at Chatham High School. Lab Assistantship – A student assists a teacher in one of the school’s laboratory courses. G. investments.75 credit requirement. Vocational Education – Students select specific. medicine. Work Experience – Students are placed in supervised work settings for part of each school day. A senior student who has followed an accelerated academic program during the first three years of high school may be eligible in the second semester without meeting the 13. 8 .75 credits (15 credits effective with the 2010-11 grade-nine class) in the preceding semester.) ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY A.
The scale uses a five (5) credit. FAIL. business. MEDICAL. are used in computing grade point average (GPA). PASS. computer. WP. NG (no grade). Often they have several applications for every opening. Grade point average is obtained by multiplying grade quality points by the credits and dividing this sum by the total number of course credits attempted. To be eligible for selection as valedictorian or salutatorian. and WF. A valedictorian and salutatorian will be recognized in each graduating class. mathematics. but generally expect students to have completed at least sixteen (16) full-year academic courses in the disciplines of English. EXEMPT. B. GRADING SYSTEM A. The GPA formula is: Sum (grade quality points x course credits) Cum Course Credits D. except those designated AUDIT. These colleges expect a student’s high school academic background to be more extensive than the sixteen-course program. full-year course as its basis for calculating quality points. E. a student must have attended Chatham High School for at least four full semesters and must have completed a minimum of sixty (60) credits in Chatham High School. Students are responsible for consulting the publications of specific colleges for definitive requirements. science.COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Colleges differ significantly in their admission requirements. Many colleges have very demanding admission standards. but also address personal goals. world languages. and social studies. as computed by the student database management system. The grading scale outlined below is used in reporting student progress. 9 . Students should work with a counselor to develop a four-year program that will not only satisfy general distribution requirements. Some institutions may accept courses within the fine and practical arts. Grades for all subjects completed in Chatham High School or an approved summer school program while enrolled in Chatham High School. will be completed after the seventh semester. C. The grade point average for this calculation. and technology fields. especially if these relate to an intended college major. Courses taken prior to enrollment in Chatham High School are not counted in GPA tabulations. Continued high class standing will be confirmed by the school administration.
50 2.00 4.67 2.67 3. except that the parent shall have access without consent of the pupil as long as the pupil is financially dependent on the parent and enrolled in the public school system or if the pupil has been declared legally incompetent by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. These include. The adult pupil and the pupil’s parent who has the written permission of such pupil. Pupils at least 16 years of age who are terminating their education in the district because they will graduate from secondary school at the end of the term or no longer plan to continue their education. which include information such as student name. 10 .91 2.59 _______ 4. 2. Should the parental rights of one or the other parent or guardian be terminated by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. or persons have access to pupil records.09 _______ 1.67 1.33 4. among others: 1.33 1.67 0. grade level. Copies of applicable state and federal law and local policies are available to parents upon request.75 3. Pupil records are subject to challenge by parents and adult pupils. agencies.00 3.34 _______ 2. Student information directories.33 3. The parent of a pupil under the age of 18 and the pupil who has the written permission of such parent. 3.GRADING SCALE QUALITY POINTS REGULAR COURSES HONORS COURSES 4.33 2.00 97-100 = A+ 93-96 = A 90-92 = A87-89 = B+ 83-86 = B 80-82 = B77-79 = C+ 73-76 = C 70-72 = C67-69 = D+ 63-66 = D 60-62 = D0-59 = F (FAIL) PUPIL RECORDS Only authorized organizations. it is the responsibility of the person or agency having legal custody to provide a copy of the court order to the district indicating that the right to review pupil records should be denied the person whose rights have been terminated. and date of birth.84 ______ 0.41 5. are permitted and by law are available to educational. although any adult pupil or parent may request in writing to be excused from participating in all recruitment programs or having the pupil’s name appear in student information directories for all recruitment purposes.66 1. telephone number.16 3.00 2. address. occupational. and military recruiters.00 1.00 5.25 .00 .
color.5 Credits Full Year Prerequisite: None Consistent with the state standards. soccer. badminton. which encourage students to develop the skills necessary for participating in lifetime physical activities and for supporting a healthy. sex. drugs. Twelfth-grade students take physical education classes throughout the year. national origin. decision-making. strategies. and participate in sports such as field hockey. lacrosse. all students participate in a comprehensive health and physical education program during their four years at the high school. character development. active lifestyle by studying such topics as personal growth and development. goal setting. and team handball. _________________________________________ COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION Grade 9 (3110) . The curriculum also covers alcohol. and students learn about human relationships and sexuality. Tenth-grade students participate in health class for one quarter. diseases and health conditions. race.and high-challenge courses. creed. and physical education for two quarters of the year. Tenth-grade students also take Driver Education. safety. and other medicines. basketball. floor hockey. engage in yoga and dance. Students also develop personal and interpersonal skills by examining such topics as communication.5 Credits Grade 11 (3130) . volleyball. softball. test their physical fitness through weightlifting and aerobic exercises. In health class. tobacco. and basic principles of individual and team sports and activities. flag football.5 Credits Grade 12 (3140) . The curriculum specifically provides opportunities for students to navigate the low. rules. and twelfth-grade students participate in physical education classes. driver education for one quarter. nutrition. active lifestyle. eleventh-.5 Credits Grade 10 (3120) . Ninthgrade students have a full year of classroom-based health and wellness education. students learn how to promote and support a healthy. a classroom-based program that focuses on the laws governing driving and safety as outlined in the New Jersey State Drivers’ Manual. Frisbee. Tenth-. and social or economic status. Students meet the requirement of 30 classroom hours of instruction and are given the actual written portion of the New Jersey driver’s test at 11 . and social and emotional health. The students gain knowledge of safe practices. Eleventh-grade students are in health class for one quarter and physical education for three.AFFIRMATIVE ACTION The Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams affirms its responsibility to ensure equal educational opportunity to all students in its public schools regardless of ancestry. and health services. religion.
12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 and Introduction to Computer Science. data types. and stream properties. input/output commands. top-down design. The course emphasizes the concept of object-oriented programming using the Java language. and user-defined methods. algorithms. The work in this course is devoted to programming in Java and is presented at a typical first-year college level. methodology. applets. introduction to the software development process. problem solving. Topics include computing devices (hardware and software). structured programming. control flow statements. 11. introduction to the software development process. object-oriented programming techniques. Part 1 and is a prerequisite for Advanced Placement Computer Science AB. polymorphism. aggregation. It continues the coverage of general material on the discipline of computer science. classes. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Computer Science: A Exam. 12 . students are presented with a NJ Secondary School Driver Exam Certificate. classes. Part 1 and department recommendation This course provides a continuation of Introduction to Computer Science. and user-defined methods. 12 Half Year: 2. ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE (1650) Grades 11.5 Credits Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and department recommendation This course provides an introduction to the field of computer science and is a prerequisite for Advanced Placement Computer Science AB. data types. _______________________________________ COMPUTER EDUCATION INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE. These include identifiers. arrays. classes. 12 Half Year: 2. The course emphasizes the concept of object-oriented programming using the Java language. problem solving. and programming language features. Introduction to Computer Science. The requirements are exceptionally demanding with emphasis on programming. input/output commands.5 Credits Prerequisite: Algebra 2. Topics include computing devices (hardware and software). structured programming. inheritance. These include identifiers. PART 1 (1647) Grades 10.the end of the course. 11. and programming language features. top-down design. After earning an 80% or higher on the test. It also covers general material on the discipline of computer science. PART 2 (1649) Grades 10. control flow statements. Parts 1 and 2. recursion. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE.
Satrapi’s Persepolis. as well as poetry and nonfiction from around the world. Jhumpa Lahiri. ENGLISH 9 (1116) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation English 9 is designed to help students develop their critical reading and analytic writing skills. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 9. They also complete several short research projects. They begin the course with a humanities unit before moving to major core works that include Homer’s Odyssey. as well as active class participation. vocabulary development. The initial unit of study focuses on the humanities with Plato’s Cave as the core selection. and independent researchers. and plays. The course is designed to help students in their quest to become highly critical readers. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 9. Shakespeare’s Romeo and 13 .ENGLISH CONCEPTS IN ENGLISH 9 (1112) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of eighthgrade English This course is designed to help students improve their language arts skills and develop a stronger understanding of the elements of fiction through the analysis of short stories. students read and analyze poetry and nonfiction and study a humanities unit. HONORS ENGLISH 9 (1118) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Honors English 9 is a rigorous academic program that requires advanced reading. and vocabulary skills. in abridged and adapted forms when necessary. Reading comprehension. and broaden their research skills. build their vocabularies. sophisticated speakers and writers. Barrett’s Lilies of the Field. enhance their understanding of grammar. In addition. They also study world mythology in order to understand classical allusions and recognize basic similarities and differences in cultural stories of the world. novels. In addition. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Wiesel’s Night. major core texts include Homer’s Odyssey. Homer’s Odyssey. students closely examine classical mythology and study a range of short stories by Edwidge Danticat. and Satrapi’s Persepolis. and study skills are areas of emphasis throughout the course. and Maxine Hong Kingston. writing skills. In the units that follow. Major texts include Wiesel’s Night. Barrett’s Lilies of the Field. writing. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet.
and Alexie’s Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. this course focuses on literature that explores ideas of individualism and identity. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. short stories. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. students strive to increase their vocabularies. as well as essays. Students study Hesse’s Siddhartha. Wiesel’s Night. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 10. and nonfiction. In addition.Juliet. students continue to develop their language arts skills with an emphasis on inferential reading. CONCEPTS IN ENGLISH 10 (1122) Grade 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of freshman English Structured to strengthen students’ language arts skills. Students complete a research project that connects literature and history to the students’ own growing awareness of the world. grammar. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 9. students may select from a list of contemporary works that offer insight into the timeless nature of the individual’s struggle in society. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying. short stories. and Alexie’s Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. ENGLISH 10 (1126) Grade 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of freshman English In English 10. 14 . analytical writing. Students also read Shakespeare’s Macbeth and study poetry. Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. and Shelley’s Frankenstein. and improve their ability to complete independent research throughout the course. Wolff’s This Boy’s Life. further develop their reading comprehension and writing skills. Through the study of this literature. which are supplemented with units on related poetry. Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The literature focuses on the struggle of the individual in society. Miller’s Crucible. and essays. and research. poetry. vocabulary. Students also engage in several research projects throughout the year. and short stories that are representative of the Transcendental and Romantic movements. Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 10. Major works include London’s Call of the Wild.
but also may read and study Shakespeare’s Othello in adapted form. Thoreau. and Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. The core works include. letters. short stories. journals. and novels. or topics studied in the classroom. strengthen their knowledge of grammar and usage. Twain’s Adventures 15 . sophomores read and study Macbeth. ENGLISH 11 (1136) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of sophomore English English 11 is an American literature course. and Dickinson. is taught with a focus on inferential reading skills and literary analysis. Students study the basic elements and structure of fiction and nonfiction written by American authors. O’Brien’s Things They Carried. which mainly focuses on twentiethcentury writers. Students are expected to regularly contribute to class discussions and participate in class activities. Hawthorne. Students also complete a substantial research paper. and autobiography. The literature of the course is primarily early American nonfiction and fiction: speeches. Wilson’s Fences. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 10. Irving. excellent diction. biography. which includes such selections as Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. and develop their research and writing skills. because the English teachers believe that students at each grade level should have exposure to Shakespeare’s works.HONORS ENGLISH 10 (1128) Grade 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of freshman English Well-developed inferential reading skills. but are not limited to. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 11. and Miller’s Crucible. essays. Students also build their vocabularies. Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. such as Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Representative writers include Emerson. Poe. as well as poetry. In addition. bearing some connection to the authors. titles. The literature. the ability to write complex and varied sentences. and the stamina to write lengthy analytical compositions are the essential skills required of the successful Honors English 10 student. CONCEPTS IN ENGLISH 11 (1132) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of sophomore English This course helps students strengthen their language arts skills within the context of an American literature curriculum. Also included are modern American novels and plays.
is designed for highly motivated students who have well-developed language arts skills. O’Brien’s Things They Carried. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement for English 11. and discussion skills to succeed in this course. and Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. Among others. Because the English teachers believe that students at each grade level should have exposure to Shakespeare’s works. McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses. McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses. Demanding reading and writing requirements enhance analytical skills and prepare students for college-level work. listening. Students must have excellent reading. especially as it applies to the writing process. and nonfiction. James’s Washington Square. Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. O’Brien’s Things They Carried. Shakespeare’s Richard II. Texts. the texts include Austen’s Emma. Hemingway’s Sun Also Rises. HONORS ENGLISH 11 (1138) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of sophomore English Honors English 11. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 11. juniors read and analyze Othello. a rigorous American literature course. Hemingway’s Sun Also Rises. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement 16 . which explores several of the ideas studied in the English 11 curriculum. Because the English teachers believe that students at each grade level should have exposure to Shakespeare’s works. including Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Students analyze poetry and prose and study a number of core texts. Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. students read and study poetry. Hemingway’s Sun Also Rises. In addition. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Students also undertake an in-depth critical study of poetry and regularly write analytic essays. short stories. Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. James’s Washington Square. O’Brien’s Things They Carried. which presents several of the themes explored in the honors curriculum. Faulkner’s Sound and the Fury. and Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. Students explore literature through biographical. historical. A research paper is required.of Huckleberry Finn. juniors read and study Shakespeare’s Othello. have been selected to develop advanced critical-reading and analyticwriting skills and to expose students to a wide range of literature that goes beyond the American literature curriculum found at the honors level. writing. ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (1130) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of sophomore English AP English is equivalent to an introductory college English course in the study of literature and composition. Students also complete a research paper. and sociological perspectives and view it with an eye to usage and diction. Miller’s Death of a Salesman. which are sophisticated and challenging. and Wilson’s Fences.
comprehension. ENGLISH 12: A SAMPLER (1140) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of junior English Throughout the year. an adapted version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Literature and Law. Students engage in the analysis of language—diction and syntax in particular—as it is used within a variety of genres. and other poetry. Voices of the Holocaust. novels. and Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics. Literature of Immigration. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 12. General English elective courses do not meet this requirement. and Contemporary Nonfiction. writing. but also study rhetoric in the context of those works and nonfiction selections. and nonfiction selections. Camus’s Stranger. 17 . and nonfiction. students work on the development of their reading. Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Core works include such texts as Sophocles’ Antigone. Texts include The Devil’s Arithmetic. Students engage in several research projects and use technology to enhance their literacy skills. but also use technology to create authentic contexts for studying literature and language. students explore representative works of classical and modern British and world literature. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 11. including poetry. Twelve Angry Men. Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. students write reader responses and compose analytic essays. Throughout the course. listening. as well as essays such as Camus’s Myth of Sisyphus and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. short fiction. SENIOR ENGLISH COURSES Please note: Students may satisfy the senior English requirement by completing one of the full-year courses listed below. Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. HONORS ENGLISH 12 (1148) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of junior English In this course. drama. and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. and speaking skills through a sampling of texts studied in the senior semester courses: The Literature of Holocaust and Genocide. Modern Drama. drama. Research informs several projects throughout the year.Program and prepares students for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 12. which they are strongly encouraged to take.
Camus’s Myth of Sisyphus. Rose’s Twelve Angry Men. Films and popular 18 . through literary and rhetorical lenses. The current available pairings include the following: LITERATURE AND LAW/CONTEMPORARY NONFICTION (1184) LITERATURE OF IMMIGRATION/LITERATURE OF HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE (1186) LITERATURE OF HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE/MODERN DRAMA (1188) LITERATURE AND LAW In this interdisciplinary English course. five-credit courses. and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. students develop into sophisticated critical readers and analytic writers who understand rhetoric and its varied effects. Camus’s Stranger. Camus’s Stranger. students read texts through literary and rhetorical lenses as they explore how law permeates society. The texts. The core works may include Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars. Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Students also study a wide range of poetry and fiction. Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit. and Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and essays such as Aristotle’s Poetics. Shakespeare’s Hamlet. but students also explore narrative nonfiction and other modes of writing for a variety of purposes. include nonfiction books such as Harr’s Civil Action Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. which provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Frequent writing assignments are chiefly analytic and expository.ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (1160) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of junior English AP English provides students with an opportunity to experience an entry-level college composition course. and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. ENGLISH 12: PAIRED OPTIONS (FULL-YEAR COURSES) Grade 12 Full year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of junior English The five semester-length courses described below are paired and offered as full-year. Harr’s A Civil Action. and students are strongly encouraged to take the AP English Language and Composition Exam in the spring. This course meets the state graduation requirement for English 12. including Sophocles’ Antigone. Studying challenging works of prose from a wide range of time periods and contexts. Each paired option meets the state graduation requirement for English 12. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. and Sophocles’ Antigone.
may include such fiction and nonfiction works as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. as well as modern and contemporary essays and speeches. and other related materials. Edward Albee. First They Killed My Father by Luong Ung. MODERN DRAMA Modern Drama exposes students to such preeminent dramatists of the twentieth century as Tennessee Williams. By examining texts closely. and write analytical papers. Short works of fiction by contemporary writers from different backgrounds and cultures. and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. short stories. Jhumpa Lahiri. create projects that connect their personal experiences with immigration to the literature. songs. Nickel and Dimed. which provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study in the fields of history. Core selections may include Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Freakonomics. autobiographies. and philosophy. Students write analytic papers. provide opportunities for students to read closely and synthesize textual ideas with research. and Friday Night Lights. and Gish Jen. such as Bharati Mukherjee. Anton Chekov’s Cherry Orchard. music. Major works may include such titles as the Definitive Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. including diaries. LITERATURE OF HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE Students read. students experience an entry-level college composition course that is designed to improve their critical reading and analytic writing. past and present. Edwidge Danticat. and politics. Seabiscuit. Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. their careers exploring. students study literature that explores a range of perspectives on the American immigration experience. and essays. and discuss full-length selections and excerpts of literature written by Holocaust and genocide victims and survivors. and study Supreme Court opinions to enhance their understanding of the connections between literature and law. or have been spending. They also may conduct mock trials. Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Students discover philosophical approaches to readings. Writing assignments range from the analytic and expository to the narrative and creative. poetry. Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. LITERATURE OF IMMIGRATION In this course. complete reader-response journals. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi. The texts. and American Born Chinese. may include such nonfiction works as Fast Food Nation. and participate in class discussions. among others. students learn to read with a writer’s eye and write with a reader’s ear. study. The course is designed to further students’ understanding of the basic conventions of drama while introducing them to more mature thematic and symbolic threads the aforementioned dramatists spent. Students complete analytic 19 . and Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian.media are used to debunk myths and explore our culture’s fascination with the practice of law. and Arthur Miller. participate in moot court arguments. Students maintain a journal in response to the readings and complete analytic papers. memoirs. Enrique’s Journey. The texts. A research paper is required. Edward Albee’s Zoo Story. A research paper is required. CONTEMPORARY NONFICTION In this course. sports. as well as poetry. which provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study in the fields of business and economics.
12 Half Year: 2. 11. and publish creative descriptions. short stories. vocabulary.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course concentrates on the development and reinforcement of language arts skills. Students who have not demonstrated proficiency in language arts appropriate to grade level and necessary for graduation. poems. The process approach to writing is taught and encouraged. Emphasis is placed on copy. Each paired option (full-year course) meets the state graduation requirement for English 12. as indicated by their performance in their English courses and on standardized tests. and scripts. as well as contemporary full-length texts read together as a class. read an outside work by one playwright. are required to take this course. ENGLISH ELECTIVES Please note: The following courses do not satisfy the state graduation requirement for any grade level of English study. and video-recorded information. broadcast. and writing. including literal and inferential reading comprehension. 12 Half Year: 2. revise. spelling. 11. and reproduction processes used in producing printed.5 Credits Prerequisite: Student interest and successful completion of freshman English Creative Writing is designed for students who enjoy writing and would like an opportunity to write. 12 Half Year: 2. peer edit. punctuation. Through the writing-process approach. students learn grammar. LANGUAGE ARTS WORKSHOP (1090) Grades 9. Frequent in-class writing assignments are based on excerpts from fiction and nonfiction. CREATIVE WRITING (1161) Grades 10. Students keep a writing portfolio and are encouraged to submit polished works to the school literary magazine for possible publication. The course provides a foundation for students 20 . and participate generously in class during discussions and readings of plays.5 Credits Prerequisite: Student interest and successful completion of freshman English This course introduces students to the various elements of journalism. 11. including news and sports reporting and editorial and feature writing. layout. JOURNALISM (1165) Grades 10. share. 10. and capitalization in the context of their own writing. setup. It may be repeated with department approval.papers exploring each playwright. character sketches. A research paper is required.
yearbook. There is an additional focus on mastery of vocabulary. journalism. The role of the media in contemporary life also is examined. analytic reviews of films. or other school publications or for those who may pursue a career in publishing.5 Credits Prerequisite: Successful completion of freshman English Public Speaking serves students who want to understand the communication process and improve their speaking ability and listening skills. 10. Students research a variety of topics in order to write speeches designed for different purposes. and writing skills. public relations. school counselor recommendation This course is designed to support student acquisition of study skills and student learning of basic skills in content areas. as they would read a text. much like writers use literary conventions. 11. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: ESL student. 21 . As a result. Students sharpen their analytic skills by learning how producers and directors create films and use cinematic techniques. _______________________________________ ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ESL (1107) Grades: 9. PUBLIC SPEAKING (1167) Grades 10. students are expected to become discriminating critics who can write informed.involved in newspaper. They learn how to evaluate their own performance and the performances of other speakers. The course also is designed to help students assimilate into the school culture while preserving their own cultural identity. students learn how to participate effectively as speakers and listeners in group discussions and in interview situations. but is highly individualized. 12 Half Year: 2. Instruction targets the educational needs of the group. 11. or advertising. theme. grammar.5 Credits Prerequisite: Student interest and successful completion of freshman English Film Criticism introduces students to the elements of film and teaches them to view a film. 11. and character. 12 Half Year: 2. to create mood. In addition to preparing and delivering formal and informal speeches. FILM CRITICISM (1175) Grades 10. This course may be repeated for credit.
It also includes a brief review of the skills from Concepts of Algebra 1: Part A before moving into such topics as solving systems of equations. Mastery of academic language that supports student learning in other content areas is an essential component of this course. reading and writing skills. 11. CONCEPTS IN ALGEBRA 1: PART B (1512) Grades 9. students will learn to comprehend spoken English in social and school settings. The course meets the state graduation requirements for language arts literacy. speaking. It is designed for those who need a review of math operations and number properties before undertaking the study of algebra. Specifically. MATHEMATICS Please Note: Department recommendation is required for all level changes. school counselor recommendation This course is designed to meet the needs of students whose English language proficiency is limited. Students. CONCEPTS IN ALGEBRA 1: PART A (1510) Grades 9. variables. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department Recommendation and successful completion of Concepts in Algebra 1: Part A This is the second course in a two-year sequence dealing with the fundamentals of algebra.ESL ENGLISH (1109) Grades: 9. graphing. 10. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This is the first course in a two-year sequence dealing with the fundamentals of algebra. polynomials. and percents. The level of difficulty is adjusted for the individual as he or she demonstrates increased proficiency. Through a variety of instructional methods. therefore. 11. and radicals. to use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways. The course may be required for students with demonstrated deficiencies in computation skills as identified by the math department or by performance on standardized tests. solving equations and inequalities. integers. 10. students will develop their listening. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: ESL student. 10. may repeat the course for credit. and to read and write for recreational and academic purposes. quadratic functions. and polynomials. 11. fractions. decimals. 22 . Some topics included are arithmetic operations with whole numbers. The course focuses on the properties and structure of the real number system.
12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Algebra 1 consists of a study of the properties and structure of the real number system. and discoveries in analytic geometry. 10. areas. rational numbers. A major emphasis is placed on deductive proofs.ALGEBRA 1 (1514) Grades 9. which includes studies in similarity. and irrational numbers are covered using all the arithmetic operations. 11. Topics include parallel and perpendicular lines. applications in areas and volumes. Other topics include graphing. Skills are developed in the traditional topics of Euclidean geometry. CONCEPTS IN GEOMETRY (1522) Grades 10. and set theory. congruence. circles. This course integrates arithmetic and algebraic procedures in the solutions of geometric problems. 10. Sets of integers. solving equations and inequalities. and transformations. It is intended for highly motivated students who have been very successful in Algebra 1 or eighth-grade algebra. exercises with constructions and loci. Problem-solving aspects of this course call upon the skills developed in Algebra 1. and circles. Topics include properties of similarity and congruence. 11. 11. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 1 This course provides an understanding of the practical uses of geometry and the application of deductive reasoning in proofs. areas and volumes of plane figures. congruence. problem solving. properties of triangles. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This college preparatory course in Euclidean (plane) geometry emphasizes the properties of geometric figures and geometric applications. GEOMETRY (1524) Grades 9. polynomials. and similarity. other polygons. 23 . equations of a line. 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 1 This rigorous course deals with plane and solid Euclidean geometry and analytic geometry. HONORS GEOMETRY (1526) Grades 9. and volumes.
matrices. exponents. Students can expect to begin with a brief review of Algebra 1 skills before moving into topics that include real numbers. conic sections. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 or Concepts of Algebra 2 This course is an option for juniors who wish to take Precalculus during their senior year and for college-bound seniors who desire additional mathematical knowledge beyond Algebra 2. 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Honors Geometry Topics include all that is taught in Algebra 2 plus a thorough introduction to trigonometry. complex numbers. radicals. graphing. and logarithms. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Geometry Algebra 2. Enrolled students are required to complete an assignment during the summer preceding the start of this course. polynomials. and complex numbers. HONORS ALGEBRA 2 (1536) Grades 10. 11. trigonometry. and sequences and series. Other topics include variation. ALGEBRA 2 (1534) Grades 10. This course includes an emphasis on essential algebraic skills as 24 . 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This college preparatory course in Algebra 2 focuses on the applications of algebra and the concepts and skills necessary for future success in mathematics.CONCEPTS IN ALGEBRA 2 (1532) Grades 11. polynomials. logarithms. ALGEBRA 3/ TRIGONOMETRY (1538) Grades 11. This demanding course puts a premium on reasoning and problem-solving skills. a continuation of the study of the real number system. solving equations and inequalities. Students work with operations on and simplifications of polynomials and rational expressions and learn to create solutions to systems of linear/quadratic equations and inequalities. the course provides a continuation of the real number system and introduces the complex number system. introduces the system of complex numbers. More specifically. equations and inequalities. radical expressions. The concept of mathematical function is developed and refined through the study of real numbers.
function graphing. polar coordinates. This course does not prepare students for an AP examination in calculus. exponential. and applications of the above. the rate of change of a function. sequences. parametric equations. polar coordinates. introductory trigonometry. integration. techniques for finding derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Honors Algebra 2 This rigorous Precalculus course provides a bridge between intermediate algebra and calculus. derivatives of algebraic functions. and logarithmic functions. the mean value theorem. the scope is broad and the work exceptionally demanding. The course includes a thorough treatment of trigonometry as well as polynomial. vectors. Topics include the slope of a curve. extrema. differential and integral calculus. series. students also study limits. PRECALCULUS (1544) Grades 11. In addition to the topics covered in non-honors Precalculus. matrices. Rolles theorem. and Geometry. Topics include properties of continuity and limits. properties of limits. and volume. HONORS PRECALCULUS (1546) Grades 11. Algebra 2. the trapezoidal rule.well as the study of functions. the mean value theorem. coordinate geometry. maxima. area. Students study limits. sequences and series. extrema. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 This course emphasizes application of the concepts learned in Algebra 1. the derivative. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS/AB (1556) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Honors Precalculus In this typical first-year college-level course. the slope of a curve. minima. and differentiation of trigonometric and 25 . the rate of change of a function. conics. integration. DeMoivre’s theorem. CALCULUS (1552) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Precalculus This course is an introductory study of calculus. and surfaces in 3-space. providing a more in-depth treatment of the topics covered in Precalculus. and complex numbers.
exponential functions. wave phenomena (primarily electromagnetic waves). It involves much hands-on work and an exposure to computer-based labs. Rolles theorem. etc. derivatives of algebraic functions. the trapezoidal rule. sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting studies. The course is algebra and calculus based. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Physics C Exam. the mean value theorem. Some tests are combined. introduce. integration. electricity and magnetism. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Calculus AB Exam. 1460-AP Physics C) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Calculus and 6 Credits Physics Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Honors Precalculus In this integrated program. and drawing conclusions from data. reinforce. and extend topics in the other. if time permits. dynamics. relativity. and nuclear physics. and differentiation of trigonometric and exponential functions. modern. specifically the mechanics exam. Physics instruction provides a systematic treatment of all topics required and recommended by the national AP curriculum committee. Students will be exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data by describing patterns and departures from patterns. parametric equations. Specifically. and requires high-level critical thinking. anticipating patterns by 26 . Calculus instruction is typically demanding and covers a broad range of topics. Throughout the year. analyzing. thermodynamics. including the slope of a curve. This program provides a solid base for college-bound students. and. topics are covered in one subject that supplement. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Calculus BC Exam. polar coordinates. momentum energy. Students receive grades for each class that appear separately on the transcript. The course is taught during a two-period block of time that is used at the discretion of the teachers. enhance. equipping them for further study in advanced sciences. build on. applied sciences. ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS (1564) Grades 11. emphasizes problemsolving skills. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 The purpose of the Advanced Placement Statistics course is to introduce the students to the major concepts and tools for collecting. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS/BC AND PHYSICS C: MECHANICS (1560-AP Calculus/BC. geometric optics. properties of limits.). and engineering. maxima. the rate of change of a function. students are enrolled in both AP Calculus and AP Physics. the major topics of study include mechanics (statics. and some of the classes are team-taught. minima.
and problem-solving skills.5 credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion in Concepts of Algebra II This semester course is designed for seniors who want to continue to improve their mathematical knowledge while exploring the ways in which mathematics is used in life. graph theory and its applications. combinatorial problems and optimization. MATHEMATICS SEMESTER ELECTIVES DISCRETE MATH (1541) Grades 11. but is not limited to. MATH WORKSHOP (1507) Grades 9. topics from Algebra 1. efficient scheduling. It includes. and engineering. and mathematics in such areas as finance. 11. 12 Half Year: 2. spanning trees. and mathematical concepts of fairness. This course may be taken in conjunction with another mathematics course and may be repeated. 10. reasoning. Students will use the language of mathematics in writing about their results and discoveries. mathematical patterns. 12 Half Year: 2. Certain project-based themes may include mathematical models using Excel. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Statistics Exam. This course offers the study of such topics as mathematical codes. MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS IN SOCIETY (1547) Grade 12 Half Year: 2.exploring random phenomena using probabilities and simulations. Students will strengthen their skills by applying them in real world situations.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course provides instruction for students who have not demonstrated proficiency in mathematics skills appropriate to age or grade level and necessary for graduation. and Geometry. 27 . real world statistics. Algebra 2. and it also reinforces test-taking strategies. using statistical inference by estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. It may be required for those with demonstrated deficiencies as identified by the mathematics department or by performance on standardized tests. Problem solving is emphasized and algorithmic solutions suited to computer programming are developed and analyzed.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 Discrete mathematics is a rapidly expanding area of mathematics with many practical and relevant applications in a variety of fields. sports.
Geochemistry. oceanography. numerical methods of analyzing data. history. and additional subject matter areas are covered as well. atmosphere. and interpretation of student-obtained data. 12 Half Year: 2. HONORS EARTH SCIENCE (1416) Grades 9. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of both Algebra 1 and previous science course This rigorous course represents the first course of the honors science sequence. oceanography. 10 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Students are introduced to a survey of major earth science topics. Some computer use may be included. geophysics. coupled with the Earth Science curriculum-project approach. This course utilizes a variety of inquiry approaches such as experiments. It is devoted to studying all aspects of the Earth system. space science. Technology-based tools are used to deepen student understanding of the course concepts. modeling and data analysis. SCIENCE CONCEPTS IN EARTH SCIENCE (1410) Grades 9. hands-on manner. principles of counting. and environment in space. 10. and meteorology are the major components of the program. as well as real world events and issues. hydrosphere. statistical distributions. A lecture/laboratory strategy. processes. probability. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of previous science course This course focuses on the earth. astronomy. 10. The areas of geology. its materials. Topics include data collection. 11. including interactions among the geosphere. linear correlation.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Algebra 2 This course involves the collection and analysis of statistical data as used in business and scientific research. interdisciplinary course built on the background of science acquired in the earlier grades. Astronomy. emphasizes inquiry. and hypothesis testing. 11. geology. and exosphere (universe). Application of earth science topics to everyday life are stressed throughout the course. As students integrate the content 28 . and meteorology are covered in an interdisciplinary.PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS (1543) Grades 11. discovery. It is an integrated. EARTH SCIENCE (1414) Grades 9.
11. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of chemistry and demonstrates how chemistry applies to everyday life and society. 10. they will develop their abilities to problem solve issues related to the global. ecology and evolution. and evolutionary trends. HONORS BIOLOGY (1426) Grades 9. this rigorous laboratory course stresses in-depth comprehension of important concepts in cellular biology and biochemistry. genetics. Topics of study include biochemistry. metabolism. heredity. and bioethical issues using hands-on learning settings and laboratory investigations. chemical reactions. A strong emphasis on laboratory investigations and data analysis supports the course content. 11. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous science course This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the molecular and cellular composition of living organisms. cell division. cell structure and function. cell structure and function. energy transformations. environmental 29 . bonding. regional. acids and bases. human genetics. BIOLOGY (1424) Grades 10. Eighth-grade students entering Honors Biology as freshmen must complete a summer assignment in preparation for an earth science proficiency exam to be given in September. evolution. 11. Ninth-grade enrollment in Honors Biology affords students multiple opportunities for Advanced Placement science study in subsequent years. and local Earth systems. It is especially recommended as the second year of a four-year honors sequence in science. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of Accelerated Algebra 1 (for grade 8) For students desiring deeper knowledge of biology. A strong math background is preferred. transport mechanisms. CONCEPTS IN CHEMISTRY (1432) Grades 11. Topics include atomic theory. Students explore such topics as biochemistry. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course provides students with a general understanding of major biological concepts.and processes of the Earth system. CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY (1422) Grades 10.
12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation. and various types of equilibrium conditions in chemical reactions. The areas of scientific method. and satisfactory completion of Honors Algebra 2 (Honors Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently. rates of chemical reactions. write and balance chemical equations. matter. satisfactory completion of previous honors-level science course. as well as relevant topics in physics technology. interdisciplinary manner. Finally. and consumer chemistry. and become able to solve scientific problems logically. With this background. and electricity.) Lab work is emphasized in this course. 30 . precipitation. Unifying principles are developed by means of observation and experimentation with the development of explanatory models. Fundamental principles are emphasized. 11. including acid-base. use and write chemical formulae.) This course deals with major concepts and theories of chemistry. The course provides relevant problem-solving activities through the use of a laboratory-oriented approach. Students develop an understanding of matter in terms of composition and changes in composition. students are introduced to more detailed study of energy effects of chemical reactions.chemistry. simple machines. and oxidation-reduction. The first semester presents an overview of the properties of matter and chemical reactions. CONCEPTS IN PHYSICS (1440) Grades 11. energy. Applications to everyday life are stressed throughout the course. HONORS CHEMISTRY (1436) Grades 10. sound. atomic theory and its application to chemical reactions and chemical properties are explored. and use metric measurement. CHEMISTRY (1434) Grades 10. are explored. light. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course presents physics and related physical science topics in a highly concrete. motion. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation. using mathematics at the introductory algebraic level. and satisfactory completion of Algebra 2 (Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently. 11. satisfactory completion of previous science course.
this inquiryoriented course deals with motion (velocity. if time permits. Students are challenged to reason and to apply scientific principles. satisfactory completion of Honors Chemistry. and. derivatives of algebraic functions. The course is taught during a two-period block of time that is used at the discretion of the teachers.). and extend topics in the other. the rate of change of a function. electricity and magnetism. students are enrolled in both AP Calculus and AP Physics. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS/BC AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS C: MECHANICS (1560-AP Calculus/BC. the mean value theorem. if time permits. and engineering. Demonstrations and visual materials augment the many laboratory activities. Some tests are combined. the trapezoidal rule. parametric equations. and satisfactory completion of Algebra 2 After a brief review of the mathematical concepts used in physics. various applied sciences. acceleration. wave phenomena (primarily electromagnetic waves). work and power. topics are covered in one subject that supplement.PHYSICS (1444) Grades 11. including the slope of a curve. wave motions. electricity and magnetism. optics. satisfactory completion of previous science course. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of previous honors-level science course and satisfactory completion of Honors Algebra 2 This course provides a systematic treatment of the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem-solving skills. and differentiation of trigonometric and exponential functions. Throughout the year. The curriculum has 31 . Students receive grades for each class that appear separately on the transcript. enhance. Calculus instruction is typically demanding and covers a broad range of topics. etc. It focuses on mechanics (forces. momentum. The course provides a solid foundation in physics for college-bound students. introduce. HONORS PHYSICS (1446) Grades 11. polar coordinates. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation. minima. 1460-AP Physics C) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Calculus and 6 Credits Physics Prerequisites: Department recommendation. velocity. Rolles theorem. integration. reinforce. acceleration. equipping them for further study in the life and medical sciences. heat energy. and. build on. and satisfactory completion of Honors Precalculus In this integrated program. energy and its conservation. and some of the classes are team-taught. momentum). maxima. properties of limits.
interpret. thermodynamics. Topics that are studied in Honors Chemistry will be examined in greater detail. and requires high-level critical thinking. geometric optics. dynamics. and. ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (1448) Grades 11. This program provides a solid base for college-bound students. equipping them for further study in advanced sciences. modern. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Chemistry Exam. emphasizes problemsolving skills. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (1458) Grades 11. Enrolled students are required to complete an assignment during the summer preceding the start of this course. Structure and content are typical of a first-year college general chemistry course. specifically the mechanics exam. the major topics of study include mechanics (statics. Emphasis is placed on scientific thinking skills and the ability to critically read. Specifically. It is appropriate for a student intending a career in any of the allied health sciences. if time permits. The course is algebra and calculus based. relativity. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Biology Exam. and nuclear physics.been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Calculus BC Exam.). 32 . The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Physics C Exam. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of chemistry This is a second-year high school chemistry course. college-level biology program. The work is exceptionally demanding and incorporates a strong laboratory component to this course. It involves much hands-on work and an exposure to computer-based labs. 12 Full Year 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and satisfactory completion of biology and chemistry This rigorous course duplicates an introductory. electricity and magnetism. etc. Physics instruction provides a systematic treatment of all topics required and recommended by the national AP curriculum committee. applied sciences. wave phenomena (primarily electromagnetic waves). momentum energy. and communicate about basic biological concepts and ethical issues. and engineering. Enrolled students are required to complete an assignment during the summer preceding the start of this course.
weather and climate. the hydrologic cycle. and organ systems. and mammalian organs. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Environmental Science Exam. evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems. 12 Half Year with Laboratory: 3 credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and successful completion of biology and chemistry This semester course is an extensive biological study that includes topics such as biochemistry.ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (1468) Grades 11. Students complete extensive laboratory work. chemistry and the social sciences to examine the interrelationships of the natural world. including a required mammalian dissection. Enrolled students are required to complete an assignment during the summer preceding the start of this course. tissue complexity. Students in the course analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made. Emphasis is on interrelationships among these phenomena. Credits may be transferrable to their college as science or geography credits. seniors at Chatham High School may enroll in this college class that carries 3 college credits while also earning 6 credits at Chatham High School. Earth Systems is a systematic introduction to physical processes on earth. 33 . SCIENCE SEMESTER ELECTIVES (*) ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1477) Grades 11. 12 Full Year: 6 Credits Prerequisites: Department recommendation and successful completion of biology and chemistry This exciting course integrates concepts from biology. HONORS EARTH SYSTEMS (1470) Grade 12 Full Year: 6 credits at CHS Prerequisites: Department recommendation and successful completion of biology and chemistry In partnership with Rutgers University. As well as receiving credits for their CHS diploma. ecology. Be advised that the discounted Rutgers tuition and fees for this course are the responsibility of the student. animal cell structure and differentiation. The course is collaborative and inquiry-based. earth materials. including earth-sun relations. students successfully completing this course will receive a Rutgers University transcript. and landforms. Students learn the structure and function of individual body systems and the integration of these different systems. and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
movements. DNA fingerprinting with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). This course meets the state graduation requirements for United States History I. critically analyze. chromatography. and evaluate the significance of facts and 34 . with an emphasis on improving the ability of students to find. They may be replaced by the course listed below. PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (1479) ______________________________________ SOCIAL STUDIES CONCEPTS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY I (1222) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Concepts in US History I is a chronological survey from the pre-colonial period through the late 1800s. economic. depending upon student interest and teacher availability. 12 Half Year with Laboratory: 3 Credits Prerequisite: Successful completion of two high school laboratory sciences This multidisciplinary course uses biology. The course emphasizes the development of basic social studies skills to accommodate students with special academic needs. and diplomatic perspectives. and personalities of the history of the United States from the pre-colonial period to the closing of the frontier in the late 19th century. and physics in understanding forensic science. and laws of physics. Although the course explores history within a chronological framework. biotechnology. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(*)These elective courses are not necessarily offered each year. US History I develops information processing skills. US History I introduces students to the key concepts. It emphasizes how the United States was influenced by its diverse culture and ethnic groups. The course involves case studies and inquiry-based activities. microscopy. serology. political. events. cultural. chemistry. Students learn observation. The course exposes students to the various laboratory skills.(*) FORENSIC SCIENCE (1481) Grades 11. techniques. UNITED STATES HISTORY I (1227) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None Using a multi-faceted approach that includes sociological. and methods commonly used during forensic investigations of crime scenes.
ideas. This course is strongly recommended for students preparing to take Advanced Placement United States History. cultural. Extensive and intensive reading and writing assignments make it vital that students read above grade level and demonstrate welldeveloped writing skills. interpretation. HONORS UNITED STATES HISTORY I (1228) Grade 9 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Honors US History 1 is a study of the socio-intellectual and political history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the late 1800s. defend. It emphasizes continued development of social studies skills to accommodate students with special academic needs. and personalities of the history of the United States from the late 19th century through the 1980s. and effectively communicate their own understandings of United States history. political. US History II requires students to investigate the key concepts. UNITED STATES HISTORY II (1234) Grade 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of United States History I Using a multi-faceted approach that includes sociological. CONCEPTS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY II (1232) Grade 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation This course. This course meets the state graduation requirements for United States History I. the second half of the state requirement. The course also requires students to build. analysis. economic. and historiography. and diplomatic perspectives. this course provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to assess various interpretations of US history and construct their own understanding. is a survey of United States history from the late 1800s to the present. Students enrolled in this course will complete a variety of assessments including a short research project and/or paper. With an emphasis on critical thinking. movements. support. 35 . This course meets the state graduation requirements for United States History I. Students are expected to complete a research/term paper. events.
WORLD STUDIES (1217) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None Preparing students to engage the global challenges of the 21st century. and formulate realistic and responsible plans in response to complex global issues. World Studies trains students to effectively access and analyze information. Europe. this course provides students with an opportunity to thoroughly examine issues. 36 .c. Asia. with coverage of European history amounting to less than 30 percent of the total course. The major themes to be studied are: 1) Interaction between humans and the environment. and conflict. expansion. is intended for highly motivated students. and. This course meets the state graduation requirements for World History/Cultures. This course meets the state graduation requirement for World History/Cultures.e. 3) State-building. ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY (1219) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of United States History II Advanced Placement World History is the secondary school equivalent of an introductory college course in world history and as such. the course highlights changes in global societies and their causes and consequences. to the present. Using historical inquiry of the past as a tool to develop critical-thinking skills and as a foundation to comprehend the present. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP World History Exam. 5) Development and transformation of social structures. Through exercises related to historical content from approximately 8000 b. Offering balanced global coverage. expansion.CONCEPTS IN WORLD STUDIES (1212) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Concepts in World Studies is a survey course that allows students to study the major historical developments of the past three centuries. and interaction of economic systems. This course emphasizes the development of basic social studies skills to accommodate students with special academic needs. and Oceania are represented in balance. Africa. 4) Creation. design and test solutions to problems. 2) Development and interaction of cultures. develop their own informed perspectives. and interact with diverse sources of information and technologies. The purpose of the AP World History is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different human societies. the Americas.
They also become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various 37 . groups. It is designed to help students develop analytical skills and provides the factual information necessary to deal critically with the problems of American history. and responsibility for learning. cultural and political history and appreciate how those ideas are reflected in trends of philosophy. It prepares students for the demands of a college education by providing experience in college-level reading. introductory college course. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP United States History Exam. Students become familiar with various institutions. politics.ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY (1238) Grades 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of United States History I This course meets the second half of the state graduation requirement in United States History. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of World Studies and United States History II This rigorous academic course furnishes a basic narrative of events and movements in European history from 1450 to the present.S. writing. ADVANCED PLACEMENT GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: UNITED STATES (1258) Grades 11. and the arts. popular literature. History I and current Social Studies course The purpose of this full-year course is to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. As events in history can only be understood in terms of their social context. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of U. The course also focuses on economic history and the role of industrialization by reviewing the development of commercial practices and changing economic structures to recognize Europe’s influence on the world. and to weigh the evidence and analysis presented by historical scholarship. and students may be expected to complete a research/term paper or its equivalent.S. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP European History Exam. Essay writing is emphasized. beliefs and ideas that constitute U. Students learn to assess historical materials and their relevance to a given interpretive problem. Students investigate the broad themes of intellectual. this course examines demographics and the influences of social classes and gender roles on history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands equivalent to those of a full-year. ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY (1248) Grades 11.
and the power of political parties. and contemporary issues in the African-American community. political beliefs and behaviors. cognitive psychology. theories and experiments of biopsychology. The major goal is to ascertain the factors and influences that impact upon the processes that drive the operations of government. structures. students gain a better understanding of the global challenges and choices facing their 38 . such topics as the slave trade. stress. 12 Half Year: 2. The course includes. as well as complete a significant writing component. (*) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (1245) Grades 11. interest groups and mass media. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of United States History I and biology The purpose of this full-year course is to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and. the Harlem Renaissance. the institution of slavery. but is not limited to. and individuals who enroll are expected to engage in debates and simulations. By studying the historical roots of many of the world’s current conflicts. intelligence. The class is student centered. 12 Half Year: 2.behaviors and outcomes. Several themes highlight the course of study: constitutional underpinnings of the United States government. development of public policy. mental illness.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of U. social psychology. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP United States Government and Politics Exam.5 credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of United States History I This course examines the basic concepts. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Psychology Exam. to a lesser extent. civil rights and civil liberties. Students learn the major vocabulary. behaviorism. ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY (1250) Grades 11. development personality. SOCIAL STUDIES SEMESTER ELECTIVES (*) AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (1241) Grades 11. other animals. They have the opportunity to examine ethical issues in research and conduct their own research projects. Those enrolled also read extensively in primary and secondary sources. and issues of international relations. and psychological testing. the Civil Rights Movement. History I This course familiarizes students with African-American history from the African diaspora to the present.S. Those enrolled also read extensively in primary and secondary sources.
Bosnian crisis. nuclear politics. Armenian massacre. economic development. the workplace. interaction. and genocide. nation building. causes of war and peace. Cambodian genocide. The course stresses student involvement and interaction. views of prejudice.generation. and how they might be avoided. Among the subjects to be addressed are political power and decision making. and devastation of the American Indian. social stratification and inequities. gangs and social deviants. By studying events such as the Nazi holocaust.5 Credits Prerequisite: Departmental recommendation and successful completion of United States History I Students in this course examine the nature of human behavior. and the United States’ relationship with international organizations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(*) These elective courses are not necessarily offered each year. (*) HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE (1257) Grades 11. and writing are heavily emphasized.5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior and human groups. students focus primarily on the influence of social relationships on people’s attitudes and behavior and on how societies are established and change. Participation. and social movements. 12 Half Year: 2. (*) SOCIOLOGY (1255) Grades 11. They may be replaced by the courses listed below. In this course. Students are expected to engage in discussions and debates and to conduct their own sociological research. students come to understand causes of such catastrophes. globalization. trade (mis)management. LAW AND SOCIETY (1233) MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES (1247) PSYCHOLOGY (1251) 39 . their impact on history. 12 Half Year: 2. They explore such topics as families.
12 Half Year: 2.5 credits Prerequisite: None This course introduces students to a variety of money management concepts. and entrepreneurial literacy (effective with the 2010-11 grade-nine class). income and taxation.21st-CENTURY LIFE AND CAREERS FINANCIAL. the marketing 40 . identity theft and predatory lending. career planning. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (2221) Grades 9. and saving for retirement are also covered. Students also work with Microsoft Photo Story and create multimedia slideshows with their own voice recordings and music soundtracks. cost-benefit analysis. Students work on a variety of individual and group assignments that raise their awareness and competency in the use of credit/debit cards. PowerPoint and Publisher. business. as well as topics and skills transferable to many fields. buying a home. renting an apartment. 12 Half Year: 2. including Word. economic. the influence of advertising. 10. budgeting expenses. financial-statement analysis. 11. and acceptable computer use policies. Students also have opportunities to develop presentation and self-expression skills through various assignments that prepare them for college. ECONOMIC. and credit and debt management. financial responsibility and decision making. checking accounts. Individual and group projects are assigned throughout the term. 11. PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS (2231) Grades 10. This course meets the state graduation requirement for financial. The course includes units on the profit motive. Excel. Major life events such as buying or leasing a car. saving and investing. Students learn practical skills that enhance their personal financial goals and interests. The course includes units on budgeting and money management. digital citizenship. BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL LITERACY FINANCIAL LITERACY (2237) Grades 9. protecting assets and various types of insurance.and professional-level work. and etiquette in the workplace. management decision-making and business ethics. 10. The course also includes units on effective Internet research techniques. 11.5 Credits Prerequisite: None Computer Applications is a one-semester course that covers a wide array of computer and Internet-related programs. 12 Half Year: 2. Students learn and improve skills in the use of Microsoft Office software programs.5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is designed to give students an introduction to the world of business.
Students complete a variety of individual and team projects that include opening a franchise. or secretary. The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and other web-based resources are used to enhance classroom instruction. development of alternative energy sources. COOPERATIVE OFFICE EDUCATION (4303/4300) (Work Experience Program) Grades 11. Students initially create an idea for a business. The course also includes units on leadership and profiles of successful entrepreneurs. record keeping and accounting. The balance of the semester is devoted to writing a comprehensive business plan. 12 Half Year: 7. which includes sections on product development and marketing. and investment portfolio management. Students are supervised by a COE teacher and advised on how to carry out individual job responsibilities. developing a new product or service.5 Credits Prerequisite: Principles of Business Entrepreneurship is a one-semester course that focuses on the step-by-step process of forming a business. Students gain a greater awareness of current economic themes such as globalization. capital markets. ENTREPRENEURSHIP (2235) Grades 10. conduct secondary market research. obtaining financing and insurance. Students complete a variety of team and individual assignments dealing with the concepts of supply and demand. Students also participate in a National Stock Market Game as a means of analyzing companies and industries. receptionist.mix. foreign trade and currency. and profit projections. 12 Half Year: 2.5 Credits Full Year: 15 credits Prerequisite: By special arrangement through school counselor The COE program offers students placement in retail. and the need to balance the manufacturing and services sectors. the central banking system and the role of government. international business dynamics. INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE AND ECONOMICS (2239) Grades 10. or industrial settings in positions such as clerk. hiring and managing employees. and develop preliminary marketing and financial plans. 11. interpreting business news.5 credits Prerequisite: None This course introduces students to a variety of advanced economic and investment concepts. and corporate law and structure. Students prepare a final report and PowerPoint presentation intended for an audience of potential investors and lenders. The course includes units on the business cycle and circular flow of our economy. 11. Students may also participate in a National Stock Market Game as a means of analyzing companies and industries. 12 Half Year: 2. interest rates and inflation. and factors of production. corporate. researching global expansion plans. and analyzing movies and documentaries. A 41 .
This program is offered at Madison High School. They may be rotated in for a given year depending upon student interest and teacher availability. and prototyping with software used by professionals. COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN I (2613) Grades 9. in-school class is a required part of this experience. rendering techniques. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None The field of architecture is more than just designing buildings. students explore the world of architecture through 3-D design programs such as Google Sketch-Up and Chief Architect. In this course. Satisfactory completion of this course fulfills the state graduation requirement in career education. 11. 10. The class work includes animations. 12 Half Year: 2. assembly drawings.regularly scheduled. 42 . They must consider the purpose of a structure while balancing a client’s aesthetic vision with the limitations of construction materials to create a building that is artistic and functional. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The following elective courses are not offered each year.5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is an introduction to the use of 3-D design programs being used to solve technical challenges in professional settings. In addition. Architects must listen to the needs and expectations of their clients. Students gather their completed activities and other artifacts into a portfolio they can use on college and job interviews within the technical and engineering fields. they learn project design and modeling techniques used in professional architectural firms. INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING (2241) ADVANCED ACCOUNTING PRACTICES (2243) _____________________________________ DESIGN AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY Please note: All technology courses teach and require students to use computer skills including the production of graphically enhanced documents and projects. 11. ARCHITECTURAL FUNDAMENTALS (2624) Grades 9. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from classes and the work site. 10.
DESIGN IN TECHNOLOGY (2601) Grades 9. 11. Students are responsible for completing all of the fieldwork in order to successfully meet course requirements. audio mixing programs. and college studies. other high school classes. 11. This course takes students through an in-depth study and application of technological processes to solve real world challenges. 11. 12 Half Year: 2. Students design and build devices that simulate real world robotic movements and tasks. which may be completed by the students outside of the scheduled class timeslot. 10. including video and still cameras. ROBOTICS (2625) Grades 9. 12 Half Year: 2. 43 . This course builds on life skills that can be applied in alternate assessments. This program is used by engineering majors and industry engineers. photo and video editing equipment linked to computers and the Internet. 11. This course has a fieldwork portion.5 Credits Prerequisite: None Students use the Adobe Master Collection of software as critical tools to solve various problems and strengthen communication skills.5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course engages students in computer and hands-on modeling projects involving animatronics and robotics. Students learn to use materials-processing tools and machines alongside computer design applications.COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN II (2616) Grades 10. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of CADD I This course continues the study of computer design with an advanced industryproven program called Pro Engineer. Students also use all of the technology available to them.5 Credits Prerequisite: None Technology is the process and product of applying resources to satisfy human wants and needs. 10. MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS (2635) Grades 9. Models go through rigorous tests and evaluations as students develop innovative solutions for redesign. The use of the computer and construction materials such as Legos helps students explore various design options to create and build real world robots that solve real world problems. Assignments are project based and presented to the group for critique sessions. Each student experiences design through computer applications and hands-on modeling. Students interested in pursuing a career in an engineering field would benefit from the experience this program provides. such as bridge building and vehicle construction. 12 Half Year: 2. 10.
Students participate in hands-on projects using state-of-the-art cameras. Students study the art of live TV. Students gain a working knowledge in video-editing software. WEB SITE DESIGN (2629) Grades 9. 10. and set development. design. Activities include idea generation. Students gain a working knowledge in videoediting software that may benefit them in completing alternate assessments in other classes. and create websites using state-ofthe-art technology. which may benefit them in completing alternate assessments in the future. participating in live shoots in the TV studio. Students learn each of the positions incorporated in a typical event. Students produce work for the video yearbook. Students interested in the Internet and web creation are invited to enroll. Students are responsible for completing all of the fieldwork in order to successfully meet course requirements.5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is an exploration into the art and business of video production. storyboard development. video projects. especially for applicants who have skills in designing and supporting the Internet. which may be completed by the students outside of the scheduled class timeslot. design concepts. 11. including director. Emphasis is placed on visual literacy. and editing equipment. Students are responsible for completing all of the fieldwork in order to successfully meet course requirements. This course has a fieldwork component. and lighting techs. The skills 44 . for the school district’s cable channel and independent projects. 11. and software. directing. In this course.TV PRODUCTION (2634) Grades 11. As a result. lighting. equipment. producer. employment opportunities in some of the fastest growing industries continue to rise. Students are responsible for completing all of the fieldwork in order to successfully meet course requirements. This course has a fieldwork component. and relevancy of content. This course has a fieldwork portion. script writing. and workshops in house and on location. students research. shows. lighting. and through collaborative projects with other departments in the school. Peer and self-critiques are forms of assessment. 12 Full year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Video Production This course builds upon the foundation set by video production.5 Credits Prerequisite: None Practical uses of the Internet have grown in epic proportions in the last few years. VIDEO PRODUCTION (2631) Grades 10. 12 Half Year: 2. which may be completed by the students outside of the scheduled class timeslot. which may be completed by the students outside of the scheduled class timeslot. on location. Students participate in various contests. 12 Half Year: 2. to name a few.
Students must arrange their own transportation to and from classes and the work site. Consumer skills that assist students in making wise food choices based on nutritional knowledge is stressed. 12 Half Year: 2. in positions such as skilled laborer. In the foods laboratory. meal planning. Satisfactory completion of this course fulfills the state graduation requirement in career education. nutrition and fitness. and athletics is also covered. weight. other high school classes. ADVANCED FOODS AND NUTRITION (2313) Grades 11. or drafter.learned are relevant to career opportunities and can be applied in alternate assessments. Enrollment may be limited due to space availability. Meal preparation is based on a variety of regional and world cuisines. food labeling. in-school class is a required part of this experience. nutrition. Students are supervised by a CIE teacher and are advised on how to carry out their individual job responsibilities. and college studies.5 Credits (4323) Full Year: 15 Credits (4320) Prerequisite: By special arrangement through school counselor The CIE program offers students opportunities to be placed in retail. corporate. 12 Half Year: 7. A regularly scheduled. Enrollment may be limited due to space availability. or industrial settings. _______________________________________ FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE FOODS AND NUTRITION (2311) Grades 11. 12 Half Year: 2.5 Credits Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition Students in this course build upon the fundamentals of Foods and Nutrition to develop more advanced skills and use specialized techniques in food preparation. and consumer education. and digestion. Nutrition as it relates to health. mechanic. 45 . Artistic food presentation and food planning for specialty entertaining is included. The curriculum includes topics in food science. This program is offered at Madison High School. COOPERATIVE INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION (4323/4320) (Work Experience Program) Grades 11.5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course focuses on the fundamentals of food preparation. students actively experience a variety of practical cooking skills and techniques.
5 credits Prerequisite: None Introduction to Studio Art was created for students with no previous high school art experience. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course. work for real purposes. enter design contests. sculpture. parenting. The course includes a laboratory pre-school. language arts.5 credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art) In this course. Students are responsible for exploring creative ideas. students learn the fundamentals of graphic design and gain experience using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. 46 . Students are exposed to art media. _______________________________________ VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS ART INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO ART (2111) Grade Level: 9. which is operated by the students. and education of the young child. Projects are designed to highlight the connections to concepts from other disciplines such as math. or serve the school with its design needs. The academic content focuses on appropriate curriculum planning for a pre-school program based on creativity and developmental theories. as well as to introduce techniques. 12 Half Year: 2. which gives an introduction to early childhood behavior. provides theoretical and practical knowledge about the development. among others. including drawing.THE YOUNG CHILD (2340) Grades 11. 11. and reach wider audiences. and resources that are available on the high school level. social studies. The course aims to integrate the visual arts across the curriculum. GRAPHIC DESIGN (2123) Grades 9. 10. and other “non-visual arts” courses. and paper processes. 12 Half Year: 2. science. painting. and developing interactive skills with children. materials. These real-world design challenges offer students the opportunities to apply their skills in meaningful contexts. writing lesson plans. This cross-curricular approach allows students with academic strengths to bring new perspectives to the art-making process. 11. 10. Projects provide students with opportunities to work with businesses in the Chatham community.
clay. and plaster. masks. students explore these ideas in greater depth and begin work on sitespecific installations. and materials. leather-working. 12 Half Year: 2. students are introduced to the metal-working techniques of cutting with a jeweler’s saw. Typical projects invite students to create functional vessels. Using wire. students learn techniques of hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery and explore the different aesthetic finishing methods of glazing. CERAMICS (2135) Grades 9.5 credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art) This course exposes students to unique art materials. and studio arts.5 credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art) In this course. 10.5 credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art) This course provides an overview of drawing. 11. Assignments explore aesthetics. and more. students learn the techniques of additive sculpture and delve into the third dimension. creative book-binding techniques. and subject matter. design. thematic series. etching. The course offers students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of drawing as an art form by introducing a variety of methods. and found-object and larger-scale sculptures. including paper crafts and textiles. subject matter. enameling on metal. staining. 11. DRAWING (2115) Grades 9. small-found components. and the development of wearable art. Through the creation of jewelry and small objects. SCULPTURE (2133) Grades 9. Projects include silk screening on fabric. 10. soap. techniques. 11. 12 Half Year: 2. commercial art. art history. 12 Half Year: 2. Instruction is based upon the components of arts education. 12 Half Year: 2. Subtractive sculptures may be created using traditional and alternative techniques and media such as wood. wax. Upon mastery of the basic techniques. paper. including development of visual perception and 47 . riveting. Research about contemporary artists provides inspiration for concepts. and plaster. engraving. mediums. tape. and painting. which students use to create their own original pieces. stone. figurative art. Students also gain experience with the fiber arts.5 credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art) Additive and subtractive sculpture techniques in multiple media are taught in this course. 10. as well as the production of art. 10. and art criticism. 11. and various decorative pieces.METAL AND FIBER ARTS (2139) Grades 9.
Creativity. etching. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio. Students learn how to print single. AP Art is a two-year program that requires production of an extensive portfolio. printed editions. multi-media and experimental printmaking. Instruction and demonstration precede each painting activity. Specific subjects are assigned for each medium and technique. which combine computer-assisted image making and digital photography with more traditional printmaking techniques. with emphasis on quality. and offer feedback on the work of other artists.illusionistic control. In order to succeed in this class. acrylics. and artworks that incorporate multiple images. and development of aesthetic critical judgment in the visual arts.5 credits Prerequisite: Drawing (previously 2D: Drawing and Painting) Printmaking explores a variety of materials and techniques in the making of single prints. collagraph. and tempura. and an area of concentration. 48 . A survey of the work of traditional and contemporary printmakers and basic guidelines for creating well-designed images create a solid foundation upon which students can develop new techniques and ideas. students are familiar with the following techniques: silkscreen. ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART Please note: Course numbers for the two yearlong components of this program follow the overall course description immediately below. This course is recommended for students that enjoy image making and designing. 11.5 credits Prerequisite: Drawing (previously 2D: Drawing and Painting) This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of painting. students must meet the required criteria given for all projects. linocut. 12 Half Year: 2.and multiple-plate images. Each assignment should be approached with an open mind and positive attitude. A number of projects explore the possibilities and cultural significance of prints and printmaking. as well as those who wish to learn about unique art techniques not explored in previous courses. woodcut. breadth. personal effort. Beginning and more-advanced students may take this course. craftsmanship. Design and compositional concepts as well as art criticism and history are part of instruction. create an edition. Painting media may include watercolor. critical thinking. 12 Half Year: 2. and monthly homework assignments are all included in the grading process. 11. PRINTMAKING (2117) Grades 10. Upon completing the course. mono-print. sketchbooks. and mat and exhibit prints. be prepared to question and critique their own work. creative expression in original art works. Ink is used in addition to other painting-related media. PAINTING (2113) Grades 10.
Chatham Voices. pop. 11. listening and critiquing. Painting. PRE-AP STUDIO ART (2148) Grade 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Introduction to Studio Art (previously Experiencing Art). The ensemble focuses on instrumental technique. ability. Drawing (previously 2-D Art: Painting and Drawing). 49 . Students study and examine various levels of band music including standard repertoire. and additional course requirements. sight-reading. and department recommendation ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDIO ART (2150) Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Pre-AP Studio Art and department recommendation _______________________________________ MUSIC HONORS MUSIC PROGRAM Students in grades 11 and 12 may apply and audition to elect the following classes for weighted credit: Wind Ensemble. Select Choir. and scale development. students may begin the portfolio as seniors. Students in grades 11 and 12 who are full-time accompanists for Concert Choir and Choraliers are also eligible for honors credit. Students who audition for Area. Students should have already taken Introduction to Studio Art. Region and All-State Bands are selected from participants in this course. students interested in taking this program begin their portfolio in their junior year. Because of the strenuous requirements of the AP curriculum. and contemporary literature. Drawing. with teacher recommendation. and Chamber Orchestra. audition. HONORS MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT (2444) See above INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SYMPHONIC BAND (2462) Grades 9. The application process must be completed by May of the preceding year.Admission to this AP program is based on demonstrated interest. and Painting. and department recommendation. Experience in 3-D art is also desirable. 10. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and high-school-level proficiency on a band instrument Symphonic Band allows the instrumentalist to perform in an ensemble of 50-60 members. Students should see a music department faculty member for application. In unique cases.
rehearsal. 50 . Enrichment activities to develop leadership skills are provided for students including CHS Pops Orchestra. musical form.To earn maximum credit. Students study string orchestra repertoire from the 1600s to the present day. which includes classical and standard repertoire from all eras. In order to earn maximum credit. To earn maximum credit. Students who audition for Region and All-State Orchestras are selected from participants in this course. and efficient rehearsal techniques. and conducting techniques. Senior members write and compose original or transcribed music for the band idiom. 11. including 20th century works and orchestral transcriptions. cello. Students study and examine advanced music literature. score analysis. viola. This class may be repeated for credit. It emphasizes performance. This class may be repeated for credit. CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (2470/2472) Grades 10. The ensemble focuses on advanced instrumental technique. and All-State Bands are selected from participants in this course. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: Departmental recommendation and advanced high-school-level proficiency on a bowed string instrument Chamber Orchestra allows advanced students of string instruments (violin. covering a wide range of musical styles. Region. Selected wind and percussion students may also perform as part of the orchestra as needed. critical analysis. small chamber ensembles such as quartets or trios. Students also have the opportunity for small ensemble work. The ensemble focuses on advanced instrumental technique and musicianship skills such as listening. study of the musical score. and the Pit Orchestra for the CHS musical. 11. Chamber Orchestra students also may have the opportunity (if scheduling allows) to collaborate with Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble students to perform music from the symphony orchestra repertoire. listening and critiquing. Students who audition for Area. students must participate in all scheduled performances. This class may be repeated for credit. students must participate in all scheduled performances. or double bass) to perform in an ensemble of 20-30 members. students must participate in all scheduled performances. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and proficiency on a band instrument advanced high-school-level Wind Ensemble allows advanced instrumentalists to perform in an ensemble of 4550 members. WIND ENSEMBLE (2464/2465) Grades 10.
This class may be repeated for credit. VOCAL MUSIC CHORALIERS (2440) Grades 9. rock. Broadway. Students develop their technical skills and musicianship through the study of a wide range of new and established string orchestra repertoire from the 1600s to the present day. Folk. this chorus allows the experienced treble singer to perform in a small ensemble. 1 year of vocal ensemble experience at the high school level. Musical styles explored include Baroque. In order to earn maximum credit. and contemporary literature. and the Pit Orchestra for the CHS musical. Orchestra students also may have the opportunity (if scheduling allows) to collaborate with Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble students to perform music from the symphony orchestra repertoire. 20th century. viola. students must participate in all scheduled performances. jazz. Popular. This class may be repeated for credit. diatonic/chromatic scales. vocal production. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and high-school-level proficiency on a bowed stringed instrument This course is performance based and includes students who play the violin. Students who audition for Region and All-State Orchestras are selected from participants in this course. including scales. CHATHAM VOICES (2436/2437) Grades 10. small chamber ensembles such as quartets or trios. Contemporary. Enrichment activities are provided for students including CHS Pops Orchestra. 12 Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisites: A treble voice. Classical. patriotic. 10 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: A treble voice This course is for students with treble voices who enjoy singing and want to develop their skills. popular. Sight-reading and listening skills are emphasized. Voice building and vocal technique are taught through the study of breath control. and Jazz. left hand shifting. Students who audition for Region and All-State Choral ensembles are selected from participants in this class. students must participate in all scheduled performances. secular. 11. and department recommendation Primarily an a capella ensemble. folk. It covers a wide variety of musical styles. and sight singing/ear training. including standard. and bowing styles. sacred. In order to earn maximum credit. diction.ORCHESTRA (2466) Grades 9. Romantic. 10. cello. Students recommended for this ensemble will study 51 . 11. or double bass. The ensemble focuses on many aspects of instrumental technique.
Members of the Select Choir are strongly encouraged to pursue opportunities in Regional and All-State Choral ensembles. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: 1 year of vocal ensemble experience at the high school plus satisfactory audition or department recommendation Primarily an a capella ensemble. and contemporary works. Voice building and vocal technique are taught through the study of breath control. PIANO LAB (2471) Grades 9. Members are encouraged to pursue opportunities in Region and All-State Choral ensembles. 10. Students must participate in all scheduled performances in order to earn maximum credit. This class may be repeated for credit. Students may be considered to audition for Regional and All-State Chorus. and vocal jazz. and sight singing/ear training. this course allows the advanced singer to perform in a small ensemble. including sacred. secular. This class may be repeated for credit. Students must participate in all scheduled performances in order to earn maximum credit. advanced choral literature. The course covers standard sacred and secular repertoire. Students also may have opportunities to prepare and perform solo/small ensemble pieces. and vocal jazz. vocal production. patriotic. Students study and prepare advanced choral literature of many styles. diatonic/chromatic scales.5 credits Prerequisite: None This course affords students with limited or no background in music a “hands on” practical study of the digital piano. Students also have opportunities for small group ensemble work. patriotic.and prepare advanced choral literature of many styles including sacred. SELECT CHOIR (2450/2452) Grades 10. patriotic. Students must participate in all scheduled performances in order to earn maximum credit. 11. CONCERT CHOIR (2446) Grades (See requirements below) Full Year: 5 credits Prerequisite: None Concert Choir is open to any student who would like to sing. 11. no formal audition is required. secular. using the CHS MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) piano lab. Reading and interpreting standard music notation are explored at various levels. The course focuses on individual playing and includes private 52 . This class may be repeated for credit. barbershop. Freshman treble singers should elect Choraliers. pop. and popular. 12 Half Year: 2. diction.
12 Half Year: 2. 10. 11. Also included are individual projects in composing. processing. common theater terminology. In order to fully understand and develop believable characters. theater games. THEATER ARTS 2 (2501) Grades 10. A careful examination of scene elements such as structure. scene work. and vocal work. students have greater social and global awareness by learning the history of the theater and how it has evolved to its presentday form. Students explore the fundamentals of music through the study of scales. 10. Finally. character. and vocal expressions.5 credits Prerequisite: Basic piano skills. and basic composition skills are part of the coursework designed to enhance student musicianship. and subtext provides students with a full understanding of the scene-building and writing processes.5 Credits Semester Elective Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1 or theater teacher permission The main focus of Theater Arts 2 is the advanced development of the acting process and script analysis as it pertains to the actor. 11. Students explore the differences between representational and presentational character development through intensive monologue work. setting. Using Stanislavski’s 53 . emotional. key signatures. proficiency in reading music. dialogue. The students explore self-expression through characters in participatory exercises. students examine play structure and analyze characters. and teacher recommendation This course introduces students to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology. 12 Half Year: 2. monologues. chord progressions. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is designed to introduce students to the vast world of theater. and melodic/harmonic form. Ear training. and the process of mounting a production. MUSIC THEORY/TECHNOLOGY (2473) Grades 9. 11. This self-paced course may be repeated for credit. space permitting. The main focus of Theater Arts 1 is building self-esteem through the acting process and becoming aware of each student’s physical. all through the use of MIDI computer software in the CHS multi-level keyboard lab. movement. _______________________________________ THEATER THEATER ARTS 1 (2500) Grades 9. and printing. music dictation. improvisations. Students also become familiar with the basics of technical theater by learning stage geography.evaluation of student class projects. conflict.
methods of acting. and poetry of Shakespeare’s characters through performance. design. games. Theatre Arts Studio allows students to explore their interests at a deeper personal level. 12 Half Year – 2. SHAKEPEARE’S DRAMA (2525) Grades 10. or producing a short fictional film. directing. students discover the power and fun in Shakespeare’s language. and. directing a scene or play. By approaching Shakespeare from an actor’s point of view. (*)THEATER ARTS STUDIO (2503) Grades 11. Whether the area of focus is acting. By exploring the meaning. psychology.5 Credits Prerequisite: English 9 This theatre course is based on the belief that the best way to understand and to experience Shakespeare’s plays is to perform them. Students approach scenes from a number of Shakespeare’s plays. students find the works of Shakespeare more accessible and feel comfortable tackling complex classical characters. dramatic writing. themes. his language. After completing this course. 11. 12 Half Year: 2. and a variety of performance-based activities. or technical theatre. students obtain a deeper understanding of his characters. students experience a new venue of performance as they create improvisation-based characters in a student-produced film. Some classes may participate in the annual Shakespeare festival. ………………………………………………………………………………………… (*)The Board of Education has approved the following elective courses that may be offered in subsequent years depending upon teacher availability and student interest: ACTING AND DIRECTING FOR FILM (2517) MUSICAL THEATER (2515) ____________________________________ 54 . using improvisations. executing design. The units in this course are designed for individuals who are focused and willing to be active participants. sponsored jointly by the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and the Folger Shakespeare Library.5 Credits Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1 and 2 The Theatre Arts Studio class is designed for serious theatre students who are looking to deepen their understanding of the acting process and explore new forms of characterization and theatre performance. Several plays are studied in this course. Examples of such projects include writing and performing a oneact play. Shakesperience. but there is a particular focus on Twelfth Night. especially. both comedic and tragic. Students also apply what they have learned in previous courses and expand that knowledge by designing their own projects to execute either individually or with group members. performing at the Bucks County Playhouse Competition.
vocabulary. 10. Through exposure to Spanish language. and notes. often in connection with the language laboratory. song. These materials also provide 55 . FRENCH 1. and structure. Students also expand their functional knowledge of basic elements of language. The curriculum employs variety in instruction and assessment to help students develop basic language proficiency. and participating in oral drills and classroom discussions enable students to carry on elementary conversations and write basic compositions. 11 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None As the first part of a two-year sequence. GERMAN 1. correspondence. speaking. 11. creative dramatics. employing a variety of approaches such as Total Physical Response. to facilitate the development of communicative skills. Instruction is multi-modal. audiotapes.WORLD LANGUAGES SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 1(1328) Grades 9. and writing. They also develop functional knowledge of basic elements of language. students gain cultural awareness through the study of various aspects of life in the Spanish-speaking world. writing dialogues. students continue to develop basic skills in listening. participate in oral drills and skits. and structure. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Spanish Language and Culture 1 This course is the second part of a two-year sequence and is designed for students who have not studied a world language prior to high school. speaking. Reading. In addition. Through additional exposure to the Spanish language. Students are evaluated by a variety of assessment types. Specifically. students read and write dialogues and short stories. and deductive and inductive approaches to understanding language in context. SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2 (1330) Grades 10. 11. and create projects in Spanish. listen to Spanish songs and conversations. vocabulary. this course is designed for those students who have had no previous experience in the study of a world language. SPANISH 1 (1301) / (1311) / (1321) / Grades 9. reading. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is designed for true beginning students or for those who have experienced little previous success in the study of a world language. working with language tapes. students begin to develop basic skills in listening. and writing. 10. Videos. and electronic media are used. reading. Students are expected to use the target language in all appropriate situations in the classroom. Their cultural awareness also continues to grow and develop as they deepen their study of various aspects of life in Spanish-speaking countries.
Compositions. SPANISH 2 (1302) / (1312) / (1322) / Grades 9. Readings include novels. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of level 3 This course is designed to develop accurate and fluent oral use of the language and to increase knowledge of the finer points of expression through the study of vocabulary (including idioms) and advanced grammatical constructions. and authentic experiences. and poetry. Various other materials dealing with everyday life are used to stimulate conversation and written assignments.insight into the history. Writing skills are emphasized through the study of advanced grammar and the writing of compositions on a variety of everyday topics. Reading assignments increase comprehension and stimulate discussion. and practices of target cultures. historical writings. FRENCH 4. media. SPANISH 3 (1303) / (1313) / (1323) / Grades 10. geography. 10. Grammar study is more formalized than it is in level 1. biographical portraits. oral participation. oral presentations. and presentations give students opportunities to express themselves in everyday situations and to discuss topics that interest them. and communicative tasks undertaken in the language lab. GERMAN 4. FRENCH 2. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of level 2 Through frequent class discussions. short stories. students improve their speaking abilities and listening comprehension skills. as well as contemporary and historical articles of cultural interest. The reading of novels. GERMAN 3. short stories. 56 . 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation The level 2 courses continue to stress the skills of language interpretation and production and aim to heighten cultural awareness through literature. Students are expected to use the target language in all appropriate situations in the classroom. 11. students are expected to use the target language in all appropriate classroom situations. 11. Students are expected to use only the target language in all appropriate classroom situations. SPANISH 4 (1304) / (1314) / (1324) / Grades 11. FRENCH 3. In addition to the communicative tasks they perform in the language laboratory. GERMAN 2. Students are expected to use the target language in all appropriate situations. and authentic journalism seeks to further develop the language interpretation abilities of students. Student enrollment will affect the offering of all introductory level language classes.
and language activities simulating daily life situations are conducted to enhance student interest and to encourage application of skills. SPANISH (1305) / (1315) / (1325) / Grade 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of level 4 This course offers intensive development of listening. Students are expected to use only the target language in all appropriate classroom situations. GERMAN LANGUAGE. and newspaper and magazine articles.ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH. These readings serve as the basis for class discussion and written work. The curriculum has been approved by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program and prepares students for the AP language exam. and writing skills. Grammar is studied through mini-lessons and in context during literary analysis and classroom conversation. plays. Readings include novels. 11. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Department recommendation and successful completion of Spanish 3 This course provides students opportunities to enhance their understanding of Hispanic culture while focusing on the continued development of their communication skills. Students survey Hispanic history and examine elements of traditional and contemporary Hispanic culture. ADVANCED STUDIES IN SPANISH: CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION (1327) Grades 11. the basic elements of the pinyin system are introduced. and assessment of each unit reflect the three modes of communication and culture: interpersonal. and commonly used characters are taught for reading and writing. interpretive. 57 . The planning. songs. 10. In addition to an emphasis on listening and speaking. as well as social customs and common expressions that aid in travel and tourism. Instruction is organized around thematic units for everyday communication. activities. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: None This course is designed for beginning students who would like to learn Chinese. it is not designed to prepare students for the AP language exam. Such study is also reinforced through the editing and rewriting of student compositions. Games. CHINESE 1 (1361) Grades 9. short stories. This course also has been designed to encourage students to pursue further exploration of the Chinese language and to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture. Because the course does not focus on grammar. reading. Discrete grammar points beyond those presented in Spanish 3 are reviewed to bolster comprehension and to teach students idiomatic expressions. Students communicate almost exclusively in the target language in the classroom. and presentational. speaking.
the units have been created to engage students. listening. Students continue to learn new vocabulary structures by using both the pinyin (simplified) form and the traditional Chinese characters. and presentational. Assessments include quizzes. and create presentations based on learned material. 11. Throughout the course. students read authentic materials. students continue their study of the Chinese language and culture at the intermediate range of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. exchange opinions. 58 .CHINESE 2 (1362) Grades: 10. and speaking. writing. to increase their understanding and retention of vocabulary structures. and to develop their language skills in reading. ask and answer questions. In addition. homework. Each unit of study is designed to address the three modes of communication and culture: interpersonal. and class participation. tests. follow directions. projects. write simple text. identify themes related to their personal experiences. interpretive. 12 Full Year: 5 Credits Prerequisite: Chinese 1 In Chinese 2. discuss ideas.
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