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Advanced Placement
Watchung Hills Regional High School offers to all interested students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. Many colleges award students advanced credit for a score of three or higher on AP tests. WHRHS Information is available through the AP Coordinator, Department Supervisors or School Counselors. Additional information may be found at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/


Athletic Eligibility
To be eligible for athletic competition during the first semester (September 1 to January 31) of the 10th grade or higher, or the second year of attendance in the secondary school or beyond, a pupil must have passed 25% of the credits (30) required by the State of New Jersey for graduation (120), during the immediately preceding academic year.

To be eligible for athletic competition during the second semester (Feb. 1 to June 30) of the 9th grade or higher, a pupil must have passed the equivalent of 12 1/2% of the credits (15) required by New Jersey for graduation (120) at the close of the preceding semester (Jan. 31). Full-year courses shall be equated as one-half of the total credits to be gained for the full year to determine credits passed during the immediately preceding semester.

As per NJSIAA Bylaws, it is recognized that students may accelerate their academic programs during their first three years of secondary schooling. Consequently, such students may be eligible in the second semester of their senior year even when they carry less than the State minimum (15 credits) during the first semester provided they are meeting their school district’s graduation requirements and are passing all courses in which they are enrolled at the start of the first semester. Seniors who withdraw from courses with a passing grade (WP) will be eligible provided they are carrying sufficient credits for graduation purposes. 


Course Levels
Many classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language are offered on at a range of academic levels. Students are recommended for the appropriate course level by teachers and administrators. Among the criteria considered are ability to meet all prerequisites, demonstrated willingness and ability to handle the work at the designated course level, previous course grades, standardized test scores, work/study habits, and student motivation. All course levels are college preparatory.

Advanced Placement (AP) – These courses are the most academically demanding levels possible. Successful completion may lead to college credit. Enrollment in these classes is very selective.

Honors (H) – These courses require a high level of academic maturity, interest, ability, reading, intellectual curiosity and the ability to study and work independently. The pace is rigorous.

Accelerated (A)– Rigorous college preparatory courses which have a higher academic demand and requirements.

College Prep (CP)- Courses with rigorous academic curriculum for college preparation.

No Letter – Ungrouped/not leveled courses


Honor Roll
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 20 credits to be eligible for Honor Roll or Principal's Honor Roll.

Honor Roll: A grade of 80 or higher in all courses and a P or higher in non-numerical graded courses are required.

Principal’s Honor Roll: A grade of 90 or higher in all courses and a P or higher in non-numerical graded courses are required.


Minimum Course Requirements 
In the current schedule, students must be enrolled in a program of 37 or more credits each year and graduate with a minimum of 131 credits. Full year courses earn five or more credits; semester courses earn 2.5 credits; physical education and health earn five credits combined. Each semester, students must be enrolled in a minimum of seven courses (including physical education or health) and can take a maximum of eight courses. Only courses taken at Watchung Hills Regional High School between September and June will be included in GPA calculations.

Only one study hall is permitted each semester. A study hall granted for opt-out of physical education or senior early leave counts as a study hall for the purposes of this limit.


Option II 
Option Two (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)ii of the high school graduation requirements allows local school districts to design and or approve educational experiences that serve as an alternative to traditional instruction and provide meaningful learning experiences that support student achievement of the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

At WHRHS, courses may be taken to obtain credit through Option II only under one of the following scenarios:

  1. The student failed the course and must remediate to recover credit.
  2. The student wishes to fulfill State requirement for visual and performing arts or 21st-century life and careers.

Option II courses cannot be used to fulfill a graduation requirement in English, social studies, math, science, world language, physical education and health.

All courses must be approved prior to enrolling. Students may not apply for Option II after they have completed a course. Students will be responsible for sending an official transcript confirming the successful completion of the approved course to the School Counseling Office. The name of the course, pass/fail grade, and appropriate credits will be recorded on the WHRHS transcript. The grade will not count toward the student’s GPA.

Courses taken prior to the official start of a student's freshman year (September 1) will not appear on the WHRHS transcript under any circumstances.


Progress Reporting 
Report Cards: The reporting calendar is divided into four marking periods of nine weeks each. Report cards are available via Parent Access.

Interim Reports: Individual students' progress can be monitored by viewing gradebooks by course in Parent Access.


Promotion Policy
Students are promoted to grade 10 if they have earned 33 credits at the end of grade 9; to grade 11 if they have earned 66 credits at the end of grade 10; and to grade 12 if they have earned 98 credits at the end of grade 11. 


Rank in Class
The high school does not report class rank for the college application process. However, once a student has been accepted by a college or university, the school will make class rank available to the college/university for the purposes of financial aid or scholarship eligibility.


Scheduling 
Students will begin the scheduling process for school year 2023-2024 in February. In Spring, all students will be sent a listing of courses they have requested. 

WHRHS will not be offering performance based assessments for level changes in September. Tentative schedules will be sent to students in June. More information can be found on the WHRHS home site under Counseling.

In addition, students who request to drop a course once school has begun must follow the deadlines as described below:

Semester One Courses

  • Dropping a course prior to October 3, 2022 will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping the course after this date will result in a WP or WF on the transcript.
  • Student schedule remains with 37 credits or more.

Semester Two Courses

  • Dropping a course prior to March 2, 2023 will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping the course after this date will result in a WP or WF on the transcript.
  • Student schedule remains with 37 credits or more.

Year-Long Courses

  • Dropping a course prior to November 9, 2022 will result in the course not being reported on the transcript.
  • Dropping a course after this date will result in a WP or WF reported on the transcript.
  • Student schedule remains with 37 credits or more.


Special Services
The Watchung Hills Regional High School District endeavors to provide the “least restrictive environment” for all students requiring support services. This department provides a continuum of sequential programs to meet students' individualized learning needs

Co-Teaching (or the In-Class Resource Program) occurs in general education classrooms where students require assistance in the areas of organizational skills, study skills, curriculum reinforcement using varied instructional strategies. The co-teaching model provides students with an opportunity to interact with general and special educators who work collaboratively to maximize educational learning experiences in the general education classroom.

A Resource Center Replacement Program provides a replacement curriculum for those students with disabilities requiring a differentiated approach to graduation requirements. The Resource Center program parallels the general education curriculum. Courses are designed to incorporate NJ Core Content Standards with appropriate modifications as well as provide small group instruction, using a multi-modal approach.

A Career Academic Resource Experience (LLD Program) is designed to meet the needs of the learning and language disabled student whose educational goals are appropriately met in a highly structured, individualized program that incorporates career academics, behavioral and social skills, functional life skills, and vocational training. Students fulfill the mandated course requirements in the areas of English, history, math, science, health, and adaptive physical education through the LLD/Special Education curriculum. In addition, students participate in a variety of school-to-work transition experiences through the vocational courses and off-site student internship opportunities. A Transition Coordinator works with the case manager and students' families to plan a program of studies focused on teaching students vocational skills.


Standards for Learning 
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards as well as K-12 standards for: Visual and Performing Arts; Comprehensive Health and Physical Education; Science; Social Studies; World Languages; Technology; and 21st-Century Life and Careers. Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts Literacy are part of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative coordinated by the Council of Chief States School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor's Association (NGA) in partnership with other national organizations. New Jersey is one of 44 states, Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands to join the state-led Common Core State Standards initiative. Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education.

Both the NJSLS and CCSS address two critical education priorities. The revised standards align with the knowledge and skills needed by all students for post-secondary opportunities, which may encompass: four-year college, community college, technical training, military service, direct entry into the workplace, and an array of future careers - including some that are just being envisioned and others that are currently unforeseen. In addition, the standards by necessity reflect a framework for teaching and learning that responds to the needs of 21st-century digital learners by incorporating the "new literacies" required in an innovation economy: the ability to effectively access, evaluate, and synthesize vast amounts of information; to apply knowledge and skills to personal, workplace, and global challenges; to work collaboratively in cross-cultural settings; to solve problems creatively; and to act ethically as citizens of the world community.

These 21st-century student outcomes require a deeper understanding of academic content at much higher levels than ever before. The revised standards facilitate this in-depth learning in all content areas through the systematic and transparent integration of 21st-century knowledge, skills and themes; global perspectives; cross content connections; and technology. Consequently, successful implementation of the revised standards requires rethinking of traditional curricular and assessment approaches, as well as the creation of 21st-century learning environments in which teachers and students work across and beyond traditional disciplines and boundaries as engaged co-learners, critical and creative thinkers, and problem solvers.


Valedictorian and Salutatorian 
Selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian will be based upon the highest and second highest weighted seven-semester GPA respectively. In order to be eligible for consideration, a student must have a history of continuous enrollment at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) for at least the fifth, sixth and seventh semesters. Only courses taken at WHRHS from September to June will be included in the GPA calculations.
 


 

Graduation Requirements 

Students must complete a minimum of 131 credits. The coursework must include the following course requirements:

four years (20 credits) of English 

three years (15 credits) of history: World History, UDS History 1 and 2

three years (15 credits) of math: including Algebra 1 and Geometry

three years (15 credits) of science: including at least 5 credits in laboratory biology/life science, chemistry, environmental science or physics; and an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science

two years (10 credits) of world language

four years (20 credits) of Health and Physical Education

5 credits of visual and performing arts

5 credits of 21st century life and careers or career technical education course(s)

2.5 credits of financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy

5 credits of 21st century life and careers or career technical education School Counseling course(s) (formerly Guidance-based)

Additionally, students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency required as indicated by the NJ Dept. of Education (NJDOE) in language arts literacy and mathematics by means of subject specific NJGPA (New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment) assessments, a Substitute Competency Test, or meet the criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal.
 


 

A Note About Electives

When selecting your elective courses, please consider your four-year plan and pay close attention to the courses designated for specific years. Certain electives are offered on an alternate year basis. If a course is offered in 2022-2023, for example, it may not be offered again until 2024-2025. Additionally, please note that courses only run when there is sufficient student enrollment. To discuss your four-year plan or specific elective course offerings in greater detail, please reach out directly to your School Counselor.
 


 

Arts

The Arts department is dedicated to helping students grow personally, intellectually, socially, and visually. Students are offered a variety of courses in visual arts, career arts, theater Darts, music and dance. These courses provide students with an array of creative opportunities and which help them develop a personal aesthetic. Most subjects are organized by a sequential study. The curriculum for all courses in the Arts department reflect the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


Dance
The Arts Department’s course of study of dance provides students with content knowledge of dance and movement as an art form, with a primary focus on student performance. 

  • Creative Movement and World Dance (659)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Creative Movement and World Dance: Dance is a distinct art form which celebrates music and movement, and whose origins can be traced to the Stone Age.  This course will provide a brief review of the foundations of dance elements through demonstration and collaboration.  Students will be challenged to grow their technique, as they participate in solos as well as group work and create diverse choreography.  They will experience firsthand how performance can develop global citizenship through an exploration of multiple dance styles and musical genres. Students will appreciate how the culture and values of a particular place, village or country are often celebrated through dance.

 

Family and Consumer
The Family and Consumer Science department is dedicated to helping students learn practical, hands on skills in the areas of food preparation and caring for young children. Students will experience activities/lessons/discussions that are essential for developing a balanced life beyond high school. Foods and Child Development are organized by a sequential study. The curriculum for all courses in the Family & Consumer Science department reflect the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in 21st Century Life and Careers.

  • Foundations of Culinary Arts (911)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Foundations of Culinary Arts introduces students to the preparation needed to be successful in the culinary world by emphasizing basic culinary skills through group and individual activities. Units covered have a food service flavor such as Food and Kitchen Safety, Cooking Fundamentals, and Baking techniques.

  • Intermediate Culinary Arts (912)

    • Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Culinary Arts 1 and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Culinary Arts 2 is a rigorous culinary course geared to work place readiness. It includes cooking techniques with poultry, meats, and vegetables and baking techniques for tarts, eclairs and other high-end desserts are featured.

  • Culinary Arts Honors (913)

    • Grade 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Culinary Arts and Intermediate Culinary Arts and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Culinary Arts Honors is a rigorous culinary course geared to work place readiness.  Students explore cuisines from around the world, learn managerial skills through the planning and preparation of a wide variety of ethnic recipes, as they gain an appreciation of cultural diversity. Current nutrition issues also are investigated.

  • Foundations of Hospitality (914)

    • Grade 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: Foundations of Culinary Arts and Intermediate Culinary Arts
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Foundations of Hospitality inspires students to study the hospitality industry as a potential pathway in post-secondary planning. Topics include exploring the history and development of the food service industry, themed restaurants, franchises, customer relations, and event planning. Students will learn how entrepreneurs plan a concept and attract talent along with understanding the teamwork necessary to open/manage/own a business.

  • Hospitality Financial Management (734)

    • Grade 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: Foundations of Culinary Arts and Intermediate Culinary Arts
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Hospitality Financial Management focuses on learning the financial implications of owning/operating an established business or starting a new business. This class will illustrate through case studies how the concept from the beginning must be aligned with a strong balance sheet. This class will assist students in applying tenets from financial literacy and help them understand the need for borrowing money and economic forecasting. Additional topics will focus on: DTC, business plans, surveys, hours of operation, financing, P&L statements, case studies, and hiring. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the “aesthetic and the practical” and why one without the other could result in eventual disappointment.

  • Intermediate Child Development (921)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Child Development 1 and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Intermediate Child Development is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to design, plan and implement theme related lessons. Teaching strategies in art, social studies, mathematics, and science are explored. Goals and objectives are used in planning to reflect education purpose and curriculum.

  • Child Development 3 (924)

    • Grade 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Child Development 1 and Intermediate Child Development and/or Supervisor's Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Child Development 3 broadens students’ knowledge and understanding of the needs of the preschool child. Students will develop and strengthen their classroom management skills. Theme-related topics are explored and extended through meaningful hands-on activities. Students will study the behavioral, learning characteristics, and needs of special needs children. ADHS, autism, and other learning and behavioral disorders will be addressed.

 

Music
The Arts Department offers courses in vocal, instrumental, and general music. Each of these courses provides students with the opportunity to create, perform, listen to, and analyze music.

  • Chorus (650)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Chorus is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience music, develop vocal techniques and understand the nature of singing four-part choral literature with an ensemble. In this course, students focus on reading music notation. Students are required to attend at least one group performance per semester. Chorus is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience music, develop vocal techniques and understand the nature of singing four-part choral literature with an ensemble. In this course, students focus on reading music notation. Students are required to attend at least one group performance per semester. 

      Students may repeat this course for credit as the content will change each academic year. However, the course may be taken only twice, at that point students must enroll in Advanced Chorus if prerequisites are met or explore other elective options. 

  • Chorus Honors (655)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 80 % or higher in Chorus and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Chorus Honors is designed to allow students to demonstrate and understand the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in music. All students will understand the role, development, and influence of music throughout history and across cultures. In this course students will synthesize those skills, media, methods, and technologies appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in music. All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in music. Students may repeat this course for credit as the content will change each academic year.

  • Freshman Concert Band (667)

    • Grade:  9
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement:  Visual and Performing Arts

      Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble open to any student who is proficient on a traditional woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  The concert band course is intended for high school students in grade 9 interested in participating in a large instrumental ensemble experience. In this course, students will learn proper performance techniques and exercises designed to improve overall musical reading and technical skills on their specific instrument while preparing them for the high school musical experience. Additionally, students will study the historic significance of selected musical compositions, develop a vocabulary for critique, as well as develop skills in basic music theory. Those that participate are also encouraged to take part in the smaller ensembles that are offered throughout the year, like marching band or jazz band. Students are required to participate in all performances during the calendar school year (Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Graduation, and Competition/Festival Performance).

  • Symphonic Band A (656)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Concert Band and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Symphonic Band is an instrumental ensemble open to any student who is proficient on a traditional woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  The symphonic band is intended for high school students grades 10 - 12 interested in participating in a large instrumental ensemble experience. In this course students will learn proper performance techniques and exercises designed to improve overall musical reading and technical skills on their specific instrument building upon prior experience in Concert Band. Additionally students will study the historic significance of selected musical compositions, develop a vocabulary for critique, as well as develop skills in basic music theory. Those that participate are encouraged to take part in the smaller ensembles that are offered throughout the year,such as marching band or jazz band. Students are required to participate in all performances during the calendar school year (Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Graduation, and Competition/Festival Performance). Although not required, private lessons are encouraged to develop growth and advancement to Wind Ensemble.

  • Wind Ensemble H (662)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Audition and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Wind Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble open only to advanced students on traditional woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  The wind ensemble course is intended for high school students grades 9 - 12 interested in participating in an advanced smaller ensemble experience. Enrollment is by audition with recommendation from the instructor and participation is governed by a rigid consideration for balanced instrumentation. Requiring a single player on a part, there is a strong emphasis on individual performance, leadership, responsibility, and the highest levels of excellence in musical growth. Additionally students will study the historic significance of selected musical compositions, develop a vocabulary for critique, as well as develop skills in advanced music theory. Students are required to participate in all performances during the calendar school year (Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Graduation, and Competition/Festival Performances, Spring Musical). Although not required, private lessons are highly recommended to develop growth, advancement, and continuation in the course.

  • Orchestra (Strings) (660)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      The String Orchestra course is open to any student who is proficient on violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The course is intended for high school students grades 9 - 12 interested in participating in an intermediate to advanced orchestral setting. In this course, students will focus on individual and ensemble performance. Instruction will emphasize proper performance techniques including proper hand and instrument positions, and bowing styles.  The music selected will be used to assist students to cultivate their individual performance and music reading skills, as well as improve technically on their instrument. The historical importance of selected compositions will also be studied.  The orchestra performs at least twice each year in concerts at the school.

      In this course students will learn proper performance techniques and exercises designed to improve overall musical reading and technical skills on their specific instrument. Concentration will be on developing proper hand positioning and bowing styles. Additionally students will study the historic significance of selected musical compositions, develop a vocabulary for critique, as well as develop skills in basic music theory. Students are required to participate in all performances during the calendar school year (Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Competition/Festival Performance, Spring Musical). Although not required, private lessons are encouraged to develop growth and advancement.

  • Music Appreciation (665) 

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years:  2021/22 & 2023/24
      Not offered in School Years: 2022/23 & 2024/25

      Music Appreciation is designed to explore the history and development of Western Music from the Middle Ages through to Modern times. In this course, students will focus on the distinguishing components of each of the major time periods in music history (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern). Topics of lecture will include: composer biographical information, opera, oratorio, musical theater, sonata form, concerti, art song, and the symphony. Additionally outside topics will include World Music, the development of American Jazz, and the rise of Popular Music. Students will also be encouraged to attend a performance of live music.

  • Music Theory (664)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years:  2021/22 & 2023/24
      Not offered in School Years: 2022/23 & 2024/25

      The Music Theory course is designed to develop skills in the elements and principles of music. Basic note reading skills is strongly recommended. Students will learn basic musical notation concepts: clefs, note placement on the staff, major/minor keys, major/minor scale construction, dynamics; basic music construction: major/minor chord construction, melodic writing, harmonic writing (Dominant, Sub-Dominant, Dominant); and ear training skills: dictation (melodic and rhythmic) and harmonic (intervals). This course prepares students interested in placement for the AP Music Theory Course.

  • AP Music Theory (636)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 90% or higher in Music Theory and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years:  2022/23 & 2024/25
      Not offered in School Years: 2021/22 & 2023/24

      AP Music Theory corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized.

  • Keyboarding/Piano (677)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement:  Visual and Performing Arts

      Keyboarding/Piano is designed for students having little or no experience with the piano keyboard. Students in this course will learn to play simple pieces of music, reading standard music notation and using proper piano technique. Also throughout the course major historical piano compositions and internationally renowned pianists will also be explored. Student progress will be evaluated by individual in-class piano performances, class participation and written assessment.

  • Guitar (676)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement:  Visual and Performing Arts

      This introductory Guitar course is designed for the beginner guitar student with little or no experience. Students will learn the basics of how to play the guitar. The course is designed to cover how chords are structured along with tuning, strumming, finger picking patterns, note-reading as well as an intro to basic scales.

  • Foundations of Music Production (678)

    • Grade:  9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Music Production is designed for students who possess a desire to compose, create and record original musical compositions. The course will provide students with an opportunity to use industry standard Digital Audio Workstations to create music in a variety of styles and genres. Course topics will include musical composition, basic studio recording techniques, rudiments of music theory and self-publication strategies. Students will adopt a top-down perspective in exploring the effects technology has had in shaping the music industry and apply these understandings in their own productions. Students will also learn techniques for building and managing an online musical portfolio of completed compositions.

  • Intermediate Music Production (680)

    • Grade:  10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Music Production (or "Music Tech" prior to 2022)
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Music Production is designed to expand upon the skills, concepts and technologies introduced in Foundations of Music Production. The key production tools used in the composition, arrangement and publication of modern music will be explored in greater detail as students undertake a multitude of projects which elaborate on foundational competencies. Within the digital audio workstation environment, a greater emphasis will be placed on the mastering stage of music production by utilizing associated industry tools to prepare songs for a professional standard of publication. Additionally, students will also be introduced to the tools and techniques uniquely associated with a live music engineering setting.  

 

Film/Theatre
The Arts Department’s course of study of theatre provides students with content knowledge of theatre as an art form, with a focus on performance and production. History of all art forms can be studied in The Arts Through Time. Cinema Studies looks at the Art of Film.

  • Cinema Studies: The Art of Film (648)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Cinema Studies: The Art of Film is designed to study film as both an art form and a process. Students will learn about the film industry and focus their film study on classic American films from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. In this course students will analyze films regarding genre, theme, plot, and script, acting, production design, costume and makeup design, direction, cinematography and special effects, visual editing, and sound and score. Students will use contextual clues to differentiate between unique and common properties and discern the cultural implications of works of film. During the course, students will speculate on the artist’s intent and cite clues to substantiate their findings. The course includes the viewing of contemporary films which have been inspired by the classics or by those who created them.

  • Foundations of Theatre Arts (669)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Theatre Arts is designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to the art of theatre. Students will understand the business of theatre, basic acting techniques, writing plays and performing a Greek tragedy. Final course projects will include a 30 minute Shakespeare performance where cast members play various roles in the play. In this course students will explore the four aspects of theatre arts: Theatre as an Art Form, The Designers, The Actor, and The Director and the Production Process. Students will understand how to create plays that include well-structured plots and subplots, clear thematic intent, original characters. This course is an academic study of theatre which includes hands-on projects, written work, and performance.

  • Intermediate Theatre Arts (673)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Introduction to Theatre Arts and/or Supervisor approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Theater Arts is designed to focus on the art of acting by studying the development of acting through major periods of theatrical history and develop individual acting skills. In this course, students will focus on applying knowledge of acting technique and the creation of character to the preparation of numerous monologues throughout the semester. The course may be repeated for credit, with additional projects. This is a performance-based course.

  • Theatre Production (671)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years:  2021/22 & 2023/24
      Not offered in School Years: 2022/23 & 2024/25

      Theatre Production is designed to be an introductory course that covers all aspects of theatrical production except acting in three units: Theatre and the Theatre Company, The Look of the Show, and Performance/Post-Performance. In this course, students will focus on What is theatre? Who makes theatre? How is theatre created? How does a production team function? This course is a practical study of theatre production centered around course projects and work on current WHRHS theatrical productions.

  • TV Studio: Broadcast Journalism (647)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      TV Studio: Broadcast Journalism is designed to be an introduction to TV and Broadcast Journalism. The students will engage in the history and process of broadcast TV. Students will have the ability to analyze and critique TV shows and digital broadcast programs. They will apply their knowledge in different aspects of the creative process while building their skill base needed for the creation of successful shows. In this course, students will explore the creative process that goes into TV programs. They will also focus on pre-production, production and post-production skills, and positions that will give them hands-on experience and make them aware of career opportunities to possibly pursue within the industry.

  • Foundations of Video Production (643)

    • Grade: 09, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Foundations of Video Production is designed to be an introduction to digital filmmaking that will engage students in the process and the art of the moving image. Students will apply their knowledge in different aspects of the creative process. Also, the students will explore various elements of filmmaking as well as the history of film, film theory, and criticism. In this course, students will focus on pre-production, production and post-production processes that will make them aware of career opportunities in specified fields within the industry. They will have the necessary background to be successful at the next level with Video Production 2.

  • Intermediate Video Production (644)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Video Production and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Intermediate Video Production is designed to advance student skills in digital filmmaking to an intermediate level. The students will be engaged and will become more knowledgeable in the creation and art of moviemaking. Also, students will hone the necessary skills that will enhance their art as they become more technically and creatively proficient. In this course, students will become more skilled in all phases of production. They will create digital narrative movies in various genres. Students will have a better understanding and hands-on experience to prepare them for a specific interest in the film industry. They will have the necessary background to be successful in the next level course, Advanced Video Projects.

  • Advanced Video Projects (646)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Video Production and Intermediate Video Production and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Video Production 3 is designed to teach advanced technical and artistic skills in digital filmmaking. Students will gain in-depth creative knowledge about film theory and criticism as well as the technical abilities needed to pursue further and achieve filmmaking and career goals in the filmmaking industry.

      In this course, students will explore and demonstrate their advanced creative and technical skills. Each student will create multiple original narrative films from concept to final cut. Students will be able to identify transferable skills in career choices and design alternative career plans based on those skills.

 

Visual
The visual arts curriculum provides students with excellent content knowledge in both two- and three-dimensional design. Through discipline-based art education, students not only master the skills and techniques of a variety of media but also learn the elements and principles of art in a historic/cultural perspective and develop the ability to critique and appreciate visual art.

  • AP Art History (638)
    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years:  2022/23 & 2024/25
      Not offered in School Years: 2021/22 & 2023/24

      AP Art History offers students a chance to survey works of art, ranging from architecture to photography at the college level. Each student will develop and strengthen skills in reading and interpreting art as well as promote the ability to evaluate works as an informed individual. Students will learn the context of both familiar and lesser-known works of art that have shaped civilization through diverse traditions. Members of the AP Art History course will have the opportunity to bolster writing skills in the investigation and critical analysis of works of art through the lens of a globally historic context. Students will depart AP Art History with a critical understanding not just limited to the selected 250 works of art that define the course content, but a deeper understanding and appreciation for all art, past and present.

  • AP Studio Art 2-D Design (640)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5.0
      Prerequisite: A final grade of 85% or higher in Fine Art Honors, a portfolio review and/or Supervisor Approval

      AP Studio Art 2-D Design is designed for the highly motivated art student who is interested in taking the AP 2-D Exam and may continue with art after high school.  Students will produce an in-depth, original body of work that will represent a portfolio with a wide range of subjects, artistic styles, and materials. Students must have experience in abstract problem solving and be proficient with various art techniques. Students will focus on completing the requirements for the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam, which includes creating several original works that show a wide range of techniques based on one inquiry. Students must be prepared to spend additional time outside of class to meet deadlines and submit to the AP 2D Art & Design Exam in the spring.

  • AP Studio Art 3-D Design (642)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Sculpture 3-D Design 1 and 2 or Ceramics 1, 2 and Advanced Ceramics and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Offered in School Years: 2019/20 & 2021/22
      Not offered in School Years: 2020/21 & 2022/23

      AP Studio Art 3-D Design  is designed for the highly motivated art student who is interested in taking the AP 3-D Exam and may continue with art after high school.  Students will produce an in-depth, original body of work that will represent a portfolio with a wide range of subjects, artistic styles, and materials. Students must have experience in abstract problem solving and be proficient with various art techniques. Students will focus on completing the requirements for the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam, which includes creating several original works that show a wide range of techniques based on one inquiry. Students must be prepared to spend additional time outside of class to meet deadlines and submit to the AP 3D Art & Design Exam in the spring.

  • Foundations of Graphic Arts (811)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Graphic Arts is a half year studio art elective that offers an introduction into the professions of graphic design and advertising. Students focus on the elements of art, principles of design and the creative process in task-orientated projects while becoming familiar with Adobe Photoshop and other industry standard tools and protocols. In this course, students learn and apply the creative process to several classroom projects that develop their visual communication skills, require them to analyze their work and critique classmate's work to develop visual literacy and verbal communication skills. Students become independent workers as they gain an understanding of the design process.

  • Intermediate Graphic Arts (812)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Graphic Arts, Computer Aided Graphic Design 1 and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Graphic Arts is designed to develop and build upon the skills, theories, practices, and knowledge learned in oundations of Graphic Arts or Computer Aided Graphic Design 1 . Students will begin working with clients on real-world design projects, learning how that interaction plays a role in the design process. Students will develop an understanding of translating someone else’s ideas into a visual document while working in a studio environment. In this course, students will explore advanced layout designs, packaging, and production. Student projects are centered on client-designer relationships, pitching ideas, and mastery of industry-standard software, such as Adobe Photoshop.

  • Foundations of Photography (627)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Photography is designed to be an introductory course in the art of photography. How individuals manipulate the elements of art and principles of design results in original portfolios that reflect choice and personal stylistic nuance. Students will be exposed to the synthesis of the elements of art and principles of design in an original portfolio of two- and three-dimensional artworks that reflects personal style and a high degree of technical proficiency and expression. In this course, students will explore how photography developed into an art form; how artists create works of photographic art; and how a photographer sees or shows us the world.

  • Intermediate Photography (628)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Photography and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Photography is designed to help students continue to explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design using previously learned skills, techniques, and cultures as a springboard for the creation of original works, which will ultimately create a portfolio of original student work. Photography 2 is a second-level course in a four-level sequence. In this course, students continue to explore the works and styles of artists past and present, practice and develop several techniques and skills in art making. Students will also produce and exhibit an original body of work, and the write and speak about art in a way that reflects the ability to analyze and interpret works done by themselves, their peers, and professional artists. Students will work independently, with peers, in the studio and on their own using both digital cameras and computer editing software.

  • Media Arts Honors (624)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester or Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Foundations of Drawing and any two of the following (Foundations of Photography, Foundations of Graphic Arts, Intermediate Photography or Intermediate Graphic Arts) or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Media Arts Honors is geared toward students who have an interest in creating original works of art in digital mediums of their choice (photography, vector-based illustration, digital painting). Students will expand on digital artmaking skills and become proficient in software programs including Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will have the freedom to interpret a variety of prompts through subject matter of their choice, while experimenting and building personal style. Students will have the opportunity to build diverse portfolios with both fine art and commercial art pieces. Students will deepen their studio practices through independent exploration as well as peer collaboration and critique, building skills that will prepare them for the AP Studio Art 2-D course.

  • Foundations of Drawing (601)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Drawing is designed for students with little to no traditional drawing experience, who are interested in developing basic drawing skills to communicate their ideas visually.  Students gain foundational drawing skills used to create form, figures, perspective and depth; and begin to build an art vocabulary with which to describe and understand artwork.  Students work both from observation and photographs, and will become familiar with multiple drawing media including graphite pencil, charcoal, and colored pencil to create original and expressive works.

  • Intermediate Drawing (602)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Drawing, Fine Arts 1 and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Drawing gives students the opportunity to build on previously learned techniques in the creation of original and expressive artwork. Students will continue to develop drawing skills and learn new techniques while building a portfolio that communicates original ideas. Students will expand their art vocabulary as they respond to and evaluate artwork in class critiques, as well as share insights. Students will experiment with materials and styles inspired by a variety of contemporary and historical art.

  • Foundations of Painting (603)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts 

      Foundations of Painting is designed for students with little to no traditional painting experience, who are interested in developing basic painting skills.  Students will explore simple drawing principles including sketching and composition as well as gain an introduction to color theory and color mixing.  Students will focus on basic painting techniques through the use of watercolor and acrylic paint. Subject matter will include landscapes, still-life set-ups, and working from original photographs.

  • Intermediate Painting (604)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Painting, Fine Arts 1 and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts 

      Intermediate Painting is designed for students who wish to expand on their basic painting abilities.  Students will continue building their knowledge of composition and color theory, review watercolor and acrylic painting qualities and techniques and will focus on additional painting techniques through the use of oil paint and gouache. Subject matter will include landscapes, portraiture, still-life setups and working from original photographs.

  • Fine Arts Honors (622)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Foundations of Drawing and any two of the following (Intermediate Drawing, Foundations of Painting, Intermediate painting) or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Fine Arts Honors is the third in a four-level sequence, and is essential for students who plan on taking AP 2D Design. In this course students will expand their understanding of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design by building upon learned skills and techniques, and developing their artistic voice.  Students will work in several mediums including graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, colored pencil, etc to create a portfolio of original works. Students must be prepared to spend additional time outside of class to meet deadlines.

  • Foundations of Ceramics (618)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Ceramics is designed to enhance the creative process of working 2-dimensionally with clay in a variety of hand-building techniques. Students will understand that the study of ceramics history is an integral part of a well-rounded, contextual understanding of art history. In this course students will explore the origin of clay formation, it's historical, aesthetic, functional and non-functional purposes. Students will achieve a deeper appreciation of the elements of art and principles of design that govern the creation of works of art in visual art. Understanding the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures is essential for success in this course. Students can expect to synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating and presenting works of art.

  • Intermediate Ceramics (619)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Ceramics, Ceramics 1 and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Ceramics is designed to provide students with the opportunity to continue to develop their hand building skills in clay and introduces the use of the potter's wheel. Throughout this course, advanced techniques for making larger and more complex forms are addressed. In this course, students will focus on the elements of art and principles of design, the historical importance of pottery across cultures, and glaze formations such as creating glazes. Students will create a body of work in clay that shows an understanding of complex hand building and wheel thrown techniques that are inspired by different cultures.

  • Ceramics Honors (623)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Foundations of Drawing and Foundations of Ceramics and Intermediate Ceramics or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Ceramics Honors is designed to build upon the skills learned in Ceramics 1 and 2 while focusing and pushing boundaries on the elements of arts and principles of design for 3-Dimensional art forms. In this course, students will apply their skills to demonstrate their understanding of unity/variety, repetition, proportion/scale, balance, emphasis, and contrast. The goal of this course is to prepare students “Breadth Section” for the AP Studio Art 3-D portfolio. Students develop refined large- scale wheel throwing skills, complex layering glaze formulation and design techniques that result in unique 3-D forms that demonstrate advanced quality, individual artistic style, and craftsmanship.

  • Foundations of Crafts (612)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Crafts is designed is designed for students with little to no traditional experience in the arts, who like to work with their hands, and are interested in exploring craft as an artform.  Students gain foundational skills in making handmade objects while applying the principles of art and design to create and communicate meaning.  Students will begin to develop an art vocabulary as they respond to and evaluate artwork in class, experiment with materials and styles inspired by a variety of contemporary and historical art, and build on ideas found in traditional crafts such as bookmaking, printmaking, basketry, assemblage, collage, and tapestry in order to create original and expressive works.

  • Intermediate Crafts (613)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Crafts, and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts 

      Intermediate Crafts will allow students to deepen their understanding and appreciation for a variety of craft applications from around the world. In this course, students will independently explore various cultures, materials, and techniques through the creation of unique handmade crafts. Students will expand on their understanding of the elements of art and principles of design to complete a variety of projects. Intermediate Crafts is a meticulous and detail-oriented class, good for students who like to work with their hands and learn new techniques.

  • Foundations of Jewelry (614)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Jewelry is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and create 3-dimensional wearable art using different mediums. Throughout this course, students will develop an understanding and successfully apply the elements of art and the principles of design. In this course, students will focus on the technical skills necessary to design and create personal artistic adornment. Emphasis will be on the social and historical context in which jewelry has been made; it’s significance in today’s society; the original, creative and appropriate use of materials; and craftsmanship and developing design skills used in the creative process. Critiques will also be covered in class. Jewelry is a detail-oriented class, good for students who like to work with their hands and exploring different mediums such as sheet metal, wire, clay, paper, and more.

  • Intermediate Jewelry (615)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Jewelry, and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts 

      Intermediate Jewelry is designed to provide students with the opportunity to expand upon their understanding of  3-dimensional wearable art using different mediums. Throughout this course, students build upon their knowledge and apply the elements of art and the principles of design. In this course, students will focus on the technical skills necessary to design and create personal artistic adornment. Intermediate Jewelry is a detail-oriented class, good for students who like to work with their hands and exploring different mediums such as sheet metal, wire, clay, paper, and more.

  • Foundations of Sculpture (616)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Foundations of Sculpture  is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore 3-dimensional art. Throughout this course, students will learn how to create many different sculptural forms through the use of various materials and techniques. Students will learn about 3-dimensional artists of the past and present and will explore the relationship between traditional and contemporary sculpture. In this course, students will apply the elements of art and principles of design to various sculptural techniques including assemblage, addition, subtraction, manipulation and kinetic art. Students will work both large and small scale. This is a class for students who like to work with their hands and think in three-dimensionally.

  • Intermediate Sculpture (617)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Sculpture, Sculpture 3-D Design and/or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      Intermediate Sculpture  will allow students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of three-dimensional fine art. Students will develop skills in crafting sculpture charged with aesthetic understanding as well as expression of their emotional intellect. Students will refine visual and verbal vocabulary as they problem solve through critical thought and understanding. Sculpture II will allow the students to utilize this vocabulary in analyzing and thoughtfully responding to three-dimensional works of art. Students will explore various sculptural media and techniques as they incorporate the foundational design theories they learned in Sculpture I. Students will advance from Sculpture II with not only a polished and comprehensive portfolio, but the confidence to continue their three-dimensional studio practices – incorporating them into their everyday lives.

  • 3D Design Honors (625)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester or Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Foundations of Drawing and any two of the following (Foundations of Jewelry, Foundations of Crafts, Intermediate Jewelry or Intermediate Crafts) or portfolio review and Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

      3D Design Honors is designed to build upon the skills learned in Sculpture, Crafts, or Jewelry while focusing and pushing boundaries on the elements of arts and principles of design for 3-Dimensional art forms. In this course, students will apply their skills to demonstrate their understanding of the use and application of materials in three-dimensional forms by exploring a wide variety of materials. Students will develop a portfolio of original work by refining skills and design techniques that result in unique 3-D forms and demonstrate advanced quality, individual artistic style, and craftsmanship.

 

Wood Arts
The Arts Department offers sequential study in the following career arts; Wood Arts, Culinary Arts, Video Production and Child Development. In these courses students will engage in the process of career exploration and preparation.

  • Foundations of Wood Arts (816)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Foundations of Wood Arts is designed to be the introductory course in the Wood Arts program geared toward the student who enjoys the hands-on creation of three-dimensional wood projects. Skills development in the course could lead to alternative career paths in the Woodworking/Construction industries. No prior experience in the area is necessary. In this course students will explore a wide range of topics in wood characteristics and identification, the use of basic hand tools, machines and power tools, and processes used in woodworking. Students will construct required hand and machine tool projects to assess skill levels. Individual needs and abilities will be identified.

  • Intermediate Wood Arts (817)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Wood Arts, Wood Arts 1 and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Intermediate Wood Arts is designed to expand on the basic knowledge and skills attained in Wood Arts 1. The focus is on the advanced machine and power tool use in the construction of more complex three-dimensional wood projects. In this course, students will focus on the construction of required projects designed to assess accurately skill levels while allowing for elective project work to encourage creativity. Additional machine tools and procedures will be introduced, including the Shaper, Miter Saw, and Surfacer. The Wood Lathe and wood turning will comprise a significant portion of the semester curriculum.

  • Wood Arts 3 (818)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: 80% or higher in Foundations of Wood Arts, Wood Arts 1 and 2 and/or Supervisor Approval
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Wood Arts 3 is designed to appeal to the student who enjoys challenging woodworking projects and design, and who might be seriously considering a career within the industry. Emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and individuality in project work. In this course, students will focus on more advanced machine tool practices and procedures. Legacy projects may be constructed and donated to the school or outside organizations. Instructional videos on processes and procedures may be completed for viewing by subsequent Wood Arts classes. 
       


       

English

The English department is dedicated to helping students learn to read critically, write analytically, speak effectively, and view diverse texts thoughtfully. The department places a priority on not only reading but also interpreting and synthesizing a variety of complex texts simultaneously. This emphasis will improve students’ abilities as they gather information, use evidence to support their claims, and learn how to evaluate multiple online and print sources when writing research papers. Students will read poetry, fiction and nonfiction; study grammar; learn vocabulary through close reading; and complete both expository and creative writing assignments . The curriculum for all courses in the English department reflects the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English.

  • English 1 H, A, CP (110, 111, 113)
    • Grade: 9
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: English

      English 1 is designed to set the foundation for all other English/Language Arts courses. During this course, students will develop their skills in close reading, annotation, literary analysis, research, grammar, and vocabulary. Students are introduced to many genres of literature including short stories, drama, poetry, epic poetry, novels, and nonfiction, and students will study both classic and contemporary works.

      In this course students will explore the theme of the Hero's/Heroine's journey or the monomyth beginning with a study of Greek mythology and The Odyssey. Students will also be introduced to Shakespeare - his life, theater and work. In addition, students will learn the importance of time management and strong study skills. NCAA

  • English 2 H, A, CP (120, 121, 123)

    • Grade: 10
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: English 1
      Graduation Requirement: English

      English 2 is designed to expand on the development of writing and critical analysis skills begun in the ninth grade. This Western literature course focuses on the theme of "Facing Realities" by exploring classic and contemporary texts from both America and Western Europe.

      In this course students will analyze how works of a given period reflect historical and social events and conditions. Students will engage in daily, guided reading practice, group projects, analytical writing assignments, research writing, and lively class debates, focusing on identity and the individual's place in the world. NCAA

  • English 3 A, CP (131, 133)

    • Grade: 11
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: English 2
      Graduation Requirement: English

      English 3 is designed to explore the development of American literature from the Puritan Age through the twenty-first century. Literary philosophies such as Regionalism, Transcendentalism, Puritanism, Romanticism, and Modernism are cornerstones of the course.

      In this course students will explore the evolution of the American Dream through fiction and nonfiction pieces. Students will focus on close reading, annotation, literary analysis, research, grammar and usage skills, and critical thinking and analytical skills. NCAA

  • English 4 H, A, CP (145, 142, 146)

    • Grade: 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: English 3 for English A or CP. For English 4H, AP Language and Composition and/or teacher recommendation is required.
      Graduation Requirement: English

      English 4 is designed to prepare students for the demands of critical reading, writing, and thinking for college and career.

      During the first semester, students will read several works of prose non-fiction about current topics of interest. Students then develop written arguments that place these essays in conversation with each other to make connections and advance original insights.

      During the second semester, students engage in a study of classic and contemporary works of fiction, poetry, and drama focused on senior English seminar topics which include (for 22-23 only):

      Reading and Writing Ethical Problems in Literature: What Should You Do?
      As twelfth-grade students move on to careers, adult relationships, and post-secondary learning, they will face professional, personal, and/or academic ethical dilemmas. By examining the origins of ethics, applying ethics to literary works, and ultimately working with the concept of ethical theory in the real world, this seminar prepares twelfth-graders for a major upcoming shift in independence.

      Reading and Writing the Environment: “May the Forest Be With You.”
      Reading and Writing the Environment exists at the intersection of creative nonfiction and urgent real-world issues. In this seminar, students will work as a research and writing community to read, discuss, and produce texts reflective of the main modes of environmental writing--meditation, natural history, and persuasion.

      Reading and Writing Sports in Literature: More Than a Contest
      Sports in Literature explores themes commonly expressed in literature about sports, sports figures, sports controversies, and American culture. This seminar explores the ways in which the values of sports affect the way we see ourselves.

      Reading and Writing Global Voices in Literature: Short Fiction Across Cultures
      This seminar is guided by an interest in advancing global perspective by exploring our relationships as readers, writers, and thinkers with the broader world. With an emphasis on coming of age stories and the development of identity, students read and respond to short fiction written by celebrated authors from around the world. NCAA

  • AP

    • AP English Language and Composition (130)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: English 2H and/or Teacher Recommendation
        Graduation Requirement: English

        AP English Language and Composition is a highly rigorous course designed to engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts as well as to engage students in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes - analysis, argument, and synthesis. This course blends the study of American literature in English 3 with an intense study of nonfiction and college level writing.

        In this course students will become aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects. The course follows the curricular requirements of the College Board and offers students an opportunity to receive college credit through the national AP exam. NCAA

    • AP English Literature and Composition (140)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: English 2H and/or Teacher Recommendation
        Graduation Requirement: English

        AP English Literature and Composition is a highly rigorous college-level course designed to engage students in the study of classic and contemporary works of literature, including drama, poetry, and prose.

        In this course students will read complex texts, strengthen their vocabulary, and analyze how authors use specific techniques to develop themes and explore the human condition. Critical thinking, deep textual analysis, close reading and annotation, and expository and persuasive writing are emphasized throughout the year. This course follows the curricular requirements of the College Board and offers students an opportunity to receive college credit through the national AP exam. NCAA

  • Electives

    • Creative Writing 1 (170)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Creative Writing 1 is a writing laboratory with maximum emphasis on developing writing skills and producing works for publication. This course exposes students to a variety of genres and places emphasis on literary techniques such as point of view, plot, character, theme, setting, dialogue, figurative language, imagery, style, tone, and voice. This course also provides students with the opportunity to experiment with the six strategies of good writing - energy, tension, structure, imagery, patterns, and insight.

        In this course students will keep a daily journal in order to record experiences and observations that they can use to shape into material for their portfolios. In addition, each student will create portfolios consisting of a series of memoirs, short stories, and poems. NCAA

    • Creative Writing 2H (169)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Creative Writing I
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Creative Writing 2H, an advanced course, is designed to assist strong writers in deepening their craft. This course offers individual conferencing, writing workshops, and journaling as it reinforces the idea that writing is a process.

        In this course students will work independently to compose memoir pieces, fiction, poetry, and plays. Students will compile a portfolio showcasing their work and will submit a piece of writing for publication. In addition, students will read and discuss recently published material in order to become exposed to current work of publishable merit. NCAA

    • Comics and the Graphic Novel (179)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Comics and the Graphic Novel is designed for students to analyze image-based texts and the relationship they have with traditional literary themes. The graphic novel will be used to improve reading comprehension, symbol identification, and character analysis.

        In this course students will use a pictorial landscape to explore aspects of tone, voice, and mood in order to identify cultural allusions within graphic and traditional texts. Students will come to understand that these graphic texts are both a symbol of popular culture and a useful tool in decoding literary and visual texts. NCAA

    • Introduction to Philosophy (177)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Introduction to Philosophy is designed to survey a range of philosophical topics and to prepare students for further studies in philosophy. Topics to be explored include the existence of God, the possibility of knowledge, the problem of induction, identity and material constitution, the nature of the mind, the nature of good, and the relationship between the individual and the state. This course will introduce students to the field of philosophy by exploring what philosophy is and how it is studied. NCAA

    • Journalism 1 (176)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Journalism 1 is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of media communication. This course teaches students to be media literate by exposing them to outside speakers, audio-visual supplements, and a variety of texts.

        In this course students will learn news writing, editing, layout, management, advertising, interviewing, and photography. Students will write and revise articles for publication in the WHRHS student newspaper. NCAA

    • Shakespeare (173)

      • Grade 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Shakespeare is designed to offer students an in-depth study of all the major genres in which William Shakespeare worked. This course takes a chronological approach to the study of Shakespeare and concentrates on the early Elizabethan era works, including the sonnets.

        In this course students will engage in close reading of the following plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night. In response to the plays read, students will complete reaction papers as well as essays analyzing Shakespeare's use of language, rhetoric, and poetry. The class will also feature opportunities for performing famous scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare's great works. NCAA


 

Business Arts

The Business Arts department is dedicated to creating students who demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to engage in a professional business career. The department offers a wide range of courses in the areas of business technology, accounting, leadership, entrepreneurship and sports management. All courses offered in the Business Arts department reflect the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

  • Accounting 1A (733)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Algebra 1
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Accounting 1A introduces the theories and practices of keeping financial records. In this course students will learn all aspects of the accounting cycle for both a service business and a merchandising business. Topics will include analyzing and recording transactions, preparation and analysis of financial statements, Inventory management and costing, and internal control procedures.

  • Accounting 2 H, A (732, 731)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Accounting 1
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      In Accounting 2 students will continue the study of financial accounting as well as introductory managerial accounting. Students will continue to work with software to model and analyze data. Topics will include Periodic and Perpetual inventory System Analysis, Notes Receivable, Fixed Assets, Current Liabilities and Payroll, Stockholders Equity Cash Flow Statement, and Financial Analysis. Honors will also cover Intro to Managerial Accounting and Cost Volume Profit Analysis.

  • Computer Science A (759)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: Geometry H 70-100 or Geometry A 80-100 or Algebra 2H 70-100 or Algebra 2A 80-100
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Computer Science A is designed for students who would like to learn fundamental computer science concepts and skills at an accelerated pace.  This course focuses on concepts such as variables, expressions, algorithms and program design while students learn the Java programming language.  Students are expected to be highly motivated and interested in possibly pursuing Computer Science for college or career.

  • Concepts in Business & Technology (758)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Concepts in Business & Technology is a course designed to offer students a view of the technologies needed for the office environment.  The course introduces students to basic business concepts based on the main functions of a business including, Management, Finance, and Production.  The course utilizes project-based learning to give students hands-on experience with a variety of technologies to design projects used in the workplace.

  • Cybersecurity (756)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Geometry H 75-100 Geometry A 80-100 Geometry CP 95-100 OR Algebra 2H 75-100 Algebra 2A 80-100 Algebra 2CP 95-100. 8th grade must be recommended to Geometry H or A or Algebra 2H or Algebra 2A
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Cybersecurity is designed for motivated students considering Cybersecurity for college or career. Students will learn how to identify and protect against security threats.  Fundamental concepts and skills including the basics of cryptography, software security, networking fundamentals, and basic system administration will be introduced.  It is recommended to have taken an earlier computer science course before taking Cybersecurity.

  • Digital Marketing (751)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Digital Marketing is the advertising of businesses, events, and products via the internet, social media, email, and other virtual mediums. Subjects will include websites, social media, email marketing, mobile, search engine marketing, display advertising, and metrics. Students will learn fundamental concepts and the application of these concepts through Project Based Learning.

  • Economics (755)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Economics is designed to provide students with a foundation of basic economic concepts for them to understand economic ideas and principles both for every day life and for examining major economic systems in the world. Students are introduced to concepts of supply and demand, prices and competition, and money and banking. Students will apply knowledge to their own lives, including employment issues and the market economy. NCAA

  • Entrepreneurship (723)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Entrepreneurship will introduce students to the basic principles of business, including entrepreneurship and business ethics.

      In this course students will focus on the major steps involved in starting a new business, including the marketing, financing, budgeting, managing, and legal aspects. Students will develop a business plan and learn what it takes to carry out the entrepreneurial process, while investigating real-life examples. Entrepreneurship is designed for students who have an interest in developing the skills, aptitudes, and knowledge necessary to be successful entrepreneurs.

  • Hospitality Financial Management (734)

    • Grade 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: Foundations of Culinary Arts and Intermediate Culinary Arts
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Hospitality Financial Management focuses on learning the financial implications of owning/operating an established business or starting a new business. This class will illustrate through case studies how the concept from the beginning must be aligned with a strong balance sheet. This class will assist students in applying tenets from financial literacy and help them understand the need for borrowing money and economic forecasting. Additional topics will focus on: DTC, business plans, surveys, hours of operation, financing, P&L statements, case studies, and hiring. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the “aesthetic and the practical” and why one without the other could result in eventual disappointment.

  • Intro to Mobile App Development (753)

    • Grade: 9,10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Intro to Mobile App Development provides students with no programming background with an introduction to mobile application development. Students will use App Inventor, a visual, drag-and-drop tool for building mobile apps on the Android platform. In the process, students will learn fundamental programming concepts and skills.

  • Law, Leadership & Ethics (750)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Law, Leadership & Ethics is designed to show students the nature of moral responsibilities of corporations, the rights and responsibilities of employees, affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment, the environment, and marketing. The topics students discuss include moral issues of business, protecting the environment, affirmative action, safety, and sexual harassment. Actual case studies will be highlighted.

  • Marketing H (757)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: concurrent Algebra 2A/H
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Marketing is an advanced Business course designed to help students understand the business field and prepare for college-level coursework.  It will help students understand the role of marketing in society, explore consumer and organizational markets, and learn marketing strategy.  Students will apply the marketing mix and understand how market research is conducted and applied. The course is designed around students taking the CLEP exam to earn college credentials similar to the AP program.

  • Sports & Entertainment Management (724)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Sports & Entertainment Management covers the business side of the sports and entertainment industry. The business model of professional sports, college sports, movies, music, and the video game industries will be covered. Topics covered will include ticket sales, media rights, sponsorship, licensing, branding, event management, and careers.  Students will learn fundamental concepts and the application of these concepts through Project Based Learning.

  • Stock Market Investing (749)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Stock Market Investing is designed to highlight the power of investing in corporations through individual stocks and mutual funds. Students will explore various stock and fund selection methodologies, evaluate company management, track historical data, and estimate future growth rates. Students will select a portfolio of investments and manage a hypothetical portfolio.

 


 


Mathematics 

The Mathematics department is dedicated to helping students learn to succeed in mathematical studies and analytic thinking. Students will learn how to solve academic and real-world problems and understand the relevance of mathematics to their every day lives. The offerings in this department are designed to make our students life-long learners of mathematics. All courses are organized by a sequential study beginning with Algebra 1. All courses offered in the Mathematics department reflect the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics.

  • Algebra 1 A, CP (311, 313)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Pre-algebra
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Algebra 1 is designed for freshmen students. In this course students will explore relationships among the following key themes: Relationships between Quantity and Reasoning with Equations, Linear Relationships, Expressions and Equations, Functions and Modeling, and Descriptive Statistics. Student’s studying algebra 1 will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. All algebra 1 courses focus on reasoning to solve problems, and communication of solutions through various methods of representation. NCAA

  • Geometry H, A, CP (330, 331, 333)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Algebra 1
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Geometry is designed for freshmen and sophomore students. In this course the student will be encouraged and guided through the discovery of new concepts related to figures in two and three dimensions. Capabilities of abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and reasoning patterns are highlighted through this course. All geometry courses are Euclidean based, with Honors and Accelerated focusing on proof-based logic and reasoning along with the algebraic concepts of geometry. NCAA

  • Algebra 2 H, A, CP (320, 321, 323)

    • Grade: 9, l0, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Algebra 2 is a study of math topics beyond basic algebra and geometry. Topics include linear and quadratic equations, exponents, polynomials and their operations, factoring, rational expressions and equations, radicals and their operations, fractional exponents and their operations, rational/irrational/imaginary numbers, graphing and writing equations, solving quadratic equations, solving systems of equations, functions which includes graphing, evaluating and their operations, conic sections which includes graphing and writing their equations, logarithms and exponential functions, basic trigonometry. NCAA

  • Pre-Calculus with Trig H, A, CP (357, 358, 362)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Algebra 2
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Pre-Calculus with Trig is designed for junior and senior students. In this course students will combine algebraic and geometric concepts needed to prepare students for the study of calculus. This course will strengthen student’s conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning. All pre-calculus courses will delve into: functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequence and series, conic sections, analytic trigonometry, and applications of trigonometry. Student’s studying pre-calculus will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. NCAA

  • Advanced Math CP (359)

    • Grade: 11,12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: PreCalc CP
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Advanced Math is designed for upperclassmen. This course allows the CP student a chance to explore topics from Pre-Calculus that were not covered in Pre-Calculus CP as well as a chance to explore a selection of advanced topics, such as polar coordinates, sequences, matrices, and trigonometric applications. NCAA

  • Algebra 3 CP (386)

    • Grade: 11,12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Algebra 2
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Algebra 3 is designed for upperclassmen. In this course students will focus on a deeper study of college algebra based topics including functions, matrices, circuits, probability, financial literacy and trigonometry as they relate to real-life situations. This course will strengthen student’s conceptual understanding of mathematical reasoning and strengthen knowledge needed for future math classes. NCAA

  • Calculus A (361)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Calculus is designed for junior and senior students. In this course student will focus on the topics of differential and integral calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of functions of one variable. Students in this course will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. Applications of calculus-based concepts will be applied to the natural and social sciences and the business world. Familiarity with taught concepts is germane for student’s intending to study a wide range of topics in college. NCAA

  • Multivariable Calculus H (375)

    • Grade: 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Calculus BC
      Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

      Multivariable Calculus H develops the mathematical skills and understanding associated with multivariate calculus, such as working with vectors and the geometry of space, vector functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector fields. NCAA

  • Personal Finance (719)

    • Grade: 11
      Semester Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Financial/Econ/Business Literacy

      Personal Finance provides an introduction to basic finance theory and decision making. Topics included are financial responsibility in budgeting, relating incoming careers, and managing money, credit, and debt. This course is an online course through Edgenuity and is assigned to all 11th graders in January of their junior year. Students are given a suggested timeline for course unit completion and must work at their own pace to complete the course.

  • AP 

    • AP Calculus: AB, BC (360, 370)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
        Graduation Requirement: Mathematics

        AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC are designed for junior and senior students. Enrollment in AP calculus is predicated on student’s prior knowledge in pre-calculus with trigonometry. The AP Calculus Development Committee recommends that calculus should be taught as a college-level course. Both courses are intended to be challenging and demanding. Students in this course will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. 

        In this course the philosophy of Calculus AB and Calculus BC are primarily concerned with developing the student’s’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of functions of one variable. Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB rather than an enhancement; common topics require a similar depth of understanding. NCAA

    • AP Computer Science Principles (383)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Geometry H 75 or above or Geometry A 80 or above or Geometry CP 95 or above or  Algebra 2H 75 or above or Algebra 2A 80 or above or Algebra 2CP 95 or above
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Computer Science Principles is an interesting mix of programming in JavaScript and Information Technology. Unlike AP Computer Science A that focuses on programming using algorithms and design, this course focuses on computer science as a whole. The course promotes exploration and creativity through Data Analysis, Cyber Security, App Design and the Internet of Things. The College Board designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating diverse leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. NCAA

    • AP Computer Science A (382)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Algebra 2H 75 or above or Algebra 2A with a 85 or better and Computer Science 1 or AP Computer Science Principles
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Computer Science A is a fast-paced advanced level course that focuses on the study of the fundamental principles associated with object-oriented programming using the Java language. In this course students will focus on topics including Objects, Boolean expressions, methods, looping, sorting and recursion. The objective of this course is to prepare students for the A version of the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science examination. NCAA

    • AP Statistics (381)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Algebra 2H with an 80 or better or Algebra 2A with a 90 or better
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        The AP Statistics curriculum provides college bound students the opportunity to study statistics in an academically challenging high school environment. Students in this course will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. The course emphasizes concept-oriented instruction, writing, group projects, computer applications and simulations. Emphasis is placed on 4 modular topics: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns and Statistical Inference. NCAA

  • Electives 

    • Probability (345)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Algebra 2 H or 2A with a 75 or better, or 2CP with an 80 or better
        Graduation Requirement: Elective
        Offered in School Year:  2022 - 2023

        Probability is designed for junior and senior students. This class is an introduction to probability theory. Students in this course will have regular opportunities to use a graphing calculator to explore higher-level concepts. In this course students will focus on topics that include: permutations, combinations, probability distributions, odds, expected value, a Markov chains. This course is slanted heavily toward a more mathematical approach to probability that goes hand in hand with concept-oriented probability. NCAA

    • Statistics H (342)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Algebra 2H, 2A with a 75 or better or 2CP with an 80 or better
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Statistics H is a rigorous course that offers college level material, but is not aligned with the AP exam. Focus will be on the study of the techniques involved in the collection, classification, and analysis of numerical facts or data. NCAA

 


 


PE/Health

The Physical Education department is dedicated to helping students learn about the connection between a strong mind and body. Students will learn that physical activity, core strength and overall fitness should remain priorities well beyond their high school requirements. This program has been designed to meet students' needs while they develop more confidence in their physical ability which will help their future growth and effective decision making not only in the areas of wellness and fitness, but also in their activities outside the academic classroom.

Health Education

The health curriculum provides students diverse opportunities to explore health-related issues which include nutrition, mental health, human sexuality,drugs and medicines and driver's education. The goal of these courses is to enable students to make informed decisions concerning their own health and that of their family, friends and other community members. Students will learn to achieve a more balanced life incorporating their academic, social, athletic and artistic talent alongside their developing emotional intelligence.

  • Physical Education 09 (0121, 012)
    • Grade: 9
      Year Credits: 3.75
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

      Grade 9 Physical Education is designed as a comprehensive program covering Core Physical Education curriculum where students are provided physical education experiences which meet their needs and serve as a basis for future growth and effective decision-making in the area of wellness and fitness.

      Students will focus on:
      Wellness Education - Fitness, Nutrition, Physiology, and Kinesiology
      Recreation Education - Jump Rope, Badminton, Pickleball, Adventure Education I, and Elementary School Games
      Sport Education - Basketball, Football, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Team Handball, Soccer, and Floor Hockey

  • Physical Education 10, 11, 12 (022, 032, 042)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 3.75
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

      Grade 10, 11 and 12 Physical Education is a comprehensive program where students are provided physical education experiences which meet their needs and serve as a basis for future growth and effective decision making in the areas of wellness and fitness. The Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year students focus on an Elective Physical Education curriculum. The physical education class is an instructional period, a time for students to learn through the physical, with emphasis on skill and fitness activities. The elective curriculum choices for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are a paired combination of any of the following activities and vary depending on the marking period. The activities are Adventure Education, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Competitive Volleyball, Dance, Elementary Games, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Golf, Judo, Kickboxing, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Power Walking, Recreational Games, Soccer, Softball, Strength & Fitness, Team Handball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Yoga and Zumba.

  • Freshman Health (013)

    • Grade: 9
      Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Health

      Freshman Health is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore health-related problems to enable them to make effective decisions concerning their health and that of their family, friends, and community. The emphasis is placed on those topics of greatest immediate importance to the high school student. In this course, scientific discovery and recent progress in health sciences are examined as an approach to the solution of health problems. Students will study goal setting, diversity, harassment and internet safety, mental illness and suicide prevention, human sexuality, and alcohol and drug addiction.

  • Sophomore Health (023)

    • Grade: 10
      Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Health

      Sophomore Health is a comprehensive program covering driver's safety, accident prevention and emergency care for driver safety which will help students learn and practice safe behaviors in all situations. They will learn Driver Safety, Drugs and Medicines, Communication, Decision-making and Leadership. In this course, students will focus on traffic regulations and driver safety rules that contribute towards safe, responsible driving. They will assess and respond to situations that threaten personal safety and safety of others, recognize the importance of personal responsibility for safe behavior in all arenas to prevent and reduce the severity of accidents and injury. They will also recognize the importance of laws, rules, and etiquette as related to safety.

  • Junior Health (033)

    • Grade: 11
      Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Health

      Junior Health is a comprehensive program covering Wellness, Personal Health, Growth and Development, Drugs and Medicine, Sexuality, Decision making and health services. Specific topics and issues will be discussed, and students will be able to understand their values and opinions based on experience generated by the home, school, and community. In this course, students will study the basics of nutrition and fitness, the importance of stress management, and disease prevention regarding cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Students will also learn the fundamentals of CPR and AED use.

  • Senior Health (043)

    • Grade: 12
      Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Health

      Senior Health is a comprehensive program covering Personal Health, Growth and Development, Drugs and Medicine, Sexuality, Decision making and health services. In this course, students will focus on “life after high school” and discuss the various decisions they will be faced with regarding college, careers, living arrangements, etc. They will also focus on developing healthy future relationships. An emphasis is placed on the many different types of relationships that individuals may be in. Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting styles are also discussed.

  • Foundations of Movement (045)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Credits: 2.5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: Physical Education

      Foundations of Movement will be focused on teaching the art of physical expression with a focus on how movement can be enjoyable. Students will learn how to appreciate not only the benefits of self expression, but the many wellness aspects of dance.  Students will learn how to safely improve their physical abilities through practice including the appropriate way to jump, balance, stretch, and move to music.  They will also learn the essentials of how movement can promote mental and physical health, flexibility and muscle mass, and how it can be an antidote to anxiety and heart disease.

 


 

School Counseling 

The School Counseling (formerly Guidance) department is dedicated to the premise that all students are individuals with distinct abilities, interests, and needs. While students may be exposed to similar learning experiences, their perceptions, stages of development, and responses vary. They must learn to understand and appreciate their individual talents to develop goals commensurate with their abilities and interests; and to take maximum advantage of the opportunities in the classroom and community to reach these goals. The role of the School Counselor is to guide students in achieving their potential by providing academic, career, and social and emotional counseling. Students will earn five (5) credits by completing the four School Counseling course requirements in 21st Century Life and Careers.

  • Learning Style Inventory (014)
    • Grade: 9
      Quarter Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Knowledge of learning styles helps determine a student’s ideal learning and productivity conditions. Understanding how they work most effectively boosts self-esteem, enhances concentration and improves their ability to take in information.

  • Career Interest Profiler (015)

    • Grade: 10
      Quarter Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      The Career Interest Profiler is an online career interest assessment for students based on Holland’s interest codes. The results of the assessment include the student’s strongest field of interest with definitions of all the Holland interest codes. Students can view matching careers and career clusters organized by the amount of preparation each needs.

      Holland Interest Codes

      Holland codes are based on the idea that career satisfaction depends on compatitiblity between personality and work environment. The six personity types are:

      • Career Cluster Finder

        The Career Cluster Finder is a simple assessment that helps a student discover which career clusters may be a good match based on activities that interest him or her, personal qualities the student has and subjects the student enjoys in school. The results of the assessment include the top three clusters the student is matched with and a ranking of all clusters with a percentage match for the student.

        • Realistic
        • Investigative
        • Artistic
        • Social
        • Enterprising
        • Conventional
  • College and Career Search (016)
    • Grade: 11
      Quarter Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      When students are just beginning their college search process, it can be overwhelming and they may not know where to start. Students can get matched from over 20 search criteria that will help them find colleges that are the right fit for them. Students who are interested in other post high school plans will also be able to search for career interests.

  • Senior Survey (019)

    • Grade: 12
      Quarter Credits: 1.25
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

      Students will develop a résumé to use for college application and job placement.

 


 

Science and Engineering 

The Science Department is committed to the school vision of developing critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively to solve academic and real world problems. We offer traditional classes in biology, chemistry and physics, for students of a wide-range of interests in science.

Science courses at WHRHS are aligned to New Jersey Student Learning Standards which allow for teachers to develop a curricular framework that is not only rich in content but also in the practice of inquiry-based science. To this end, teachers are involved in creating a dynamic curriculum via a team based approach rather than an individual approach. This team based approach allows for a broader thought process and the sharing of ideas and materials that expand to all students.

  • Biology H, A, CP (410, 411, 413)
    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 6
      Prerequisite: Strong performance in Grade 8 science and math with teacher recommendation
      Graduation Requirement: Science

      Biology is a lab-based course designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic biological concepts: organization and development of living things, matter and energy transformations, interdependence among living things, heredity and reproduction, evolution, and ecology. Classroom instruction is supplemented with laboratory exercises and activities which encourage students to develop and use science and engineering practices. Teachers utilize a dynamic approach to learning in recognition of the varied strengths and contributions each student brings to a classroom, including lab/project work, collaborative discussions, close reading of relevant and supportive texts, and a variety of differentiated and individualized student assignments. NCAA

  • Chemistry H, A, CP (420, 421, 423)

    • Grade: 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 6
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology.  For Chemistry Honors, students must have completed Geometry.  
      Please refer to the following for prerequisite grades: Grade Requirement
      Graduation Requirement: Science

      Chemistry is designed to explore fundamental atomic and molecular interactions. Interactions with chemicals occur every single day…in foods, medicines, and the environments we live in, in addition to the chemistry that keeps us alive. In this course, students are introduced to theories and concepts of chemistry that include the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, energy, materials science and nuclear processes. Solid mathematical skills, particularly algebra are essential. Classroom instruction is supplemented with laboratory exercises, projects, reading of relevant and supportive texts, and a variety of differentiated and individualized assignments designed to have students engage in the science and engineering practices. NCAA

  • Physics H, A, CP (430, 431, 434)

    • Grade: 11, 12
      Year Credits: 6
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry.  For Physics Honors, students must have completed Algebra 2.  Please refer to the following for prerequisite grades: Grade Requirement
      Graduation Requirement: Science

      Physics is a lab-based course designed for students to investigate motion, forces, energy, waves, electricity, and magnetism. Students use multiple representations including mathematics to help them make sense of observed phenomena. The curriculum emphasizes complex problem solving and higher order thinking. Laboratory exercises provide opportunities for students to further develop science and engineering practices. NCAA

  • Project Lead The Way Engineering 

    • Introduction to Engineering Design A (477)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        Introduction to Engineering Design A is designed to introduce students to the basics of engineering and design. IED offers students the opportunity to refine and apply problem-solving skills using a design-based development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using industry standard modeling software programs. The goal of this program is to immerse students in the engineering sciences and to support them in developing highly transferrable skills like critical thinking, logical planning, and communication to their design teams as well as to a broader audience.

    • Principles of Engineering A (476)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        Principles of Engineering A is designed to expand students’ foundations in engineering that began in Introduction of Engineering (IED)and technology by exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes in order to help them integrate math, science, and technology to begin to solve practical problems for the benefit of humankind.

    • Digital Electronics A (478)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisites: None
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        Digital Electronics A is designed to introduce students to the logic that underpins modern electronic devices. Students learn how basic logic gates combine to form more complex circuits capable of automating processes and driving technology. This course is one of two elective courses within PLTW's engineering pathway.

    • Civil Engineering and Architecture A (483)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: CAD Architecture
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        Civil Engineering and Architecture A is designed to continue interest students' exposure to architectural design and modeling through the use of industry standard software. It builds upon and extends the conceptual and practical skills that were taught in CAD Architecture I by applying learned techniques by allowing students to design and model actual structural plans.

  • AP

    • AP Biology (450)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 6
        Prerequisite: 85 or higher in Bio H and Chem H; 95 or higher in Bio A and Chem A
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Biology is designed to challenge highly motivated, serious individuals in a rigorous college course that draws upon their foundations in the core sciences to explore more challenging content (both in terms of pace and presentation) within the biological sciences. Students explore topics such as evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. The research skills of scientists will be combined with the specific course content to actively involve students in collaborative discussions in class, as well as laboratory experiences designed for the investigation and analysis of student-generated data. However, a strong caveat for those interested: The AP curriculum is demanding, and will require dedication, active engagement, and consistent preparation in order to maximize success in the course. An extended lab once per 4-day rotation is required. NCAA

    • AP Chemistry (460)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 6
        Prerequisite: 85 or higher in Bio H and Chem H; 95 or higher in Bio A and Chem A. It is strongly recommended students complete a sequence of Algebra 1-Geometry-Algebra 2.
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Chemistry is designed to challenge highly motivated, serious individuals in a rigorous college course that draws upon their foundations in the core sciences to explore more demanding content (both in terms of pace and presentation) within the chemical sciences. Topics of study include Atomic Structure and Properties, Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties, Intermolecular Forces and Properties, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, and Applications of Thermodynamics. Scientific research skills will be combined with the specific course content to actively involve students in collaborative discussions in class, as well as laboratory experiences designed for the investigation and analysis of student-generated data. However, a strong caveat for those interested: The AP curriculum is demanding, and will require dedication, active engagement, and consistent preparation in order to maximize success in the course. An extended lab once per 4-day rotation is required. NCAA

    • AP Environmental Science (465)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 6
        Prerequisite: 80 or higher in Biology H and Chemistry H; 85 or higher in Biology A & Chemistry A 
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Environmental Science is designed to challenge highly motivated, serious individuals in a rigorous college course that draws upon their foundations in the core sciences to explore more demanding content (both in terms of pace and presentation) within the environmental sciences. This course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. Topics of study include environmental history, sustainability, basic ecological principles, biodiversity, agriculture, natural resources, energy, pollution, climate change, and Earth systems. The research skills of scientists will be combined with the specific course content to actively involve students in collaborative discussions in class, as well as laboratory experiences designed for the investigation and analysis of student-generated data. However, a strong caveat for those interested: The AP curriculum is demanding, and will require dedication, active engagement, and consistent preparation in order to maximize success in the course. An extended lab once per 4-day rotation is required. NCAA

    • AP Physics C: Mechanics/Electricity and Magnetism (467)

      • Grades: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 6
        Prerequisite: 85 or higher in Physics H or 95 or higher in Physics A and Calculus or taking Calculus concurrently
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Physics C is a rigorous calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in one of the physical sciences or engineering. This course is designed to challenge highly motivated, serious individuals, and it draws upon their foundations in the core sciences to explore more demanding content (both in terms of pace and presentation) within the physical sciences. There are two parts to the course: AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.

        AP Physics C: Mechanics covers kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study and activities as well as hands-on laboratory work as they explore concepts like change, force interactions, fields, and conservation. 

        AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.

        Scientific research skills will be combined with the specific course content to actively involve students in collaborative discussions in class, as well as laboratory experiences designed for the investigation and analysis of student-generated data. However, a strong caveat for those interested: The AP curriculum is demanding, and will require dedication, active engagement, and consistent preparation in order to maximize success in the course. An extended lab once per 4-day rotation is required. NCAA

  • Electives 

    • Aerospace Engineering A (481)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Chemistry H/A, Physics H/A, Advanced Math Topics/Trig A (minimum), Pre-Calculus (recommended)
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        Aerospace Engineering is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts that govern the design and functioning of aircraft and space vehicles utilizing the 3-D learning foundation students received in the core sciences. Physics, math, and engineering combine to expose students to the theory and practice of aerospace engineering. NCAA

    • Astronomy (479)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Corequesite: Students in grade 11 required to concurrently take Physics
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Astronomy is the science that deals with the study of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole: the physical laws that govern celestial bodies, how they originated, and how they evolve in time. The subject spans the whole of the universe, from our home on Earth to the distant reaches of the Universe, and all of time from the present day to the earliest moments after the Big Bang. The project based style of teaching adopted for this course will require working responsibly in small groups exploring topics, creating visual models, review, analyze and present document data using Methodologies of Science. NCAA

    • CAD Architecture (482)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: 21st Century Life and Careers

        CAD Architecture is designed to introduce those students who are interested in drafting and architecture to participate in the role of a designer.  In this course, students will use AutoCAD. AutoCAD is an industry standard program that allows one to fully design, build, and annotate plans for a variety of structures.

    • Environmental Science (473)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Environmental Science (formerly Ecology) builds on the foundation students received in their core science classes. This course is designed to explore the interaction between and among living organisms and ecosystems.  Change will be at the center: students will study the impact of natural and human disruption on the planet. Topics of focus include: climate change, deforestation, atmospheric pollution and urbanization This course does not include an additional formal lab and allows for many opportunities for students to interact “hands on, and minds on” with relevant, dynamic, global content.  NCAA

    • Forensic Science H, A (469, 470)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: for A Level course--90 or higher in Chemistry CP; 80 or higher in Chemistry A; 75 or higher in Chemistry H
        Prerequisite: for H Level course--80 or higher in Chemistry H; 90 or higher in Chemistry A 
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        A footprint in the mud, a mysterious white powder, a hair on a piece of clothing - to the untrained eye these may seem like unrelated items; but for the forensic scientist, they are all pieces of meaningful physical evidence that may just close a case.  Forensic science is the application of science to the law.  It encompasses various scientific disciplines. In this course you will be introduced to various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context. Topics discussed include collection and admissibility of physical evidence, principles of DNA analysis, ballistics and blood spatter analysis, impression interpretation, trace evidence analysis and more. This half-year course integrates the lab within the normal 4-day rotation, but without the extended lab period. NCAA

    • Human Biology A (471)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Human Biology A is designed to challenge highly motivated, serious individuals to draw upon their foundations in the core sciences to attain a comprehensive physiological foundation upon which to think about the human body. Human Biology A considers the body as an interrelated group of systems, all working to maintain dynamic balance in order to stay alive. Many of the major systems of the body will be discussed (e.g. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, GI, Nervous), with connections being made both within and between systems. NCAA

    • Marine Biology (474)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Marine Biology rests upon a solid foundation of core science and invites students to investigate life in the oceans and other marine ecosystems, as well as the interplay of that life and its physics and chemical environments. Sometimes overlooked when studying other ecosystems and habitats on Earth, the ocean is vital to the survival of not just marine species, but of human beings as well, so our impact on the oceans will be highlighted throughout the course. Lab is integrated into the normal 4-day rotation with no extended lab period. NCAA

    • Modern Genetics (463)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 2-Chemistry can be a co-requisite if teacher recommends to class
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Modern Genetics is an in-depth study of the principles of modern genetics. This course will examine topics which range from Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance patterns to the concepts and practices of molecular biology.  Students will perform several molecular biology techniques and analyze data using statistical tests of inference. NCAA

    • Organic Chemistry H (468)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: 80 or higher in Chemistry H; 90 or higher in Chemistry A
        Graduation Requirement: Elective
        Offered in School Years:  2022/23 & 2024/25
        Not Offered in School Years:  2023/24 & 2025/26

        Organic Chemistry H is the study of carbon-containing compounds. Over 90% of all known compounds fall under this branch of chemistry. If you’re interested in exploring a career in pharmaceuticals, nursing, medicine, ecology, forensics, or any of the biological and chemical sciences, you will have to take the infamous O-chem class in college. In this course, we invite you to develop the problem-solving skills you’ll need to be successful for the future. The topics covered in this course will focus on the classification, structure, and function of organic compounds.  You will learn to use organic nomenclature, analyze structures for isomers, observe different physical and chemical properties, and study chemical reactions and mechanisms. This half-year elective course does not have an extended lab built into the 4-day rotation. NCAA

    • Robotics A ​​​​​​​(484)

      • ​​​​​​​Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None

        In Robotics A students will complete proposed projects that require teamwork.  Students will partially focus on anticipated needs for the team robot as well as complete previously discussed tasks within the robotics co-curricular team.  Students may repeat this course for credit as the content will change each academic year. NCAA

 


 

Social Studies

The Social Studies department is committed to helping students become critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate. Students will learn to become civic-minded citizens as they study history and social science with a focus on the past and present. The Social Studies department will promote the development of positive attitudes towards communication and critical thinking skills. The curriculum for all courses in the department reflect the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

  • World History H, A, CP (210, 211, 213)
    • Grade: 9
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: Please see grade requirements on website
      Graduation Requirement: World History

      World History major units of study include the Renaissance/Reformation, Exploration/Colonization, the Age of Revolutions, nationalism movements, the World Wars/Cold War, and the present era of globalization. Students examine developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. NCAA

  • U.S. History 1 H, A, CP (230, 231, 233)

    • Grade: 10
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: World History . Please see grade requirements on website.
      Graduation Requirement: U.S. History

      U.S. History 1 is designed to provide a comprehensive study of American social, political, cultural, and economic institutions and events from pre-1491 to 1900. The units of study include Native Americans before the Age of Discovery, Exploration, Colonialism, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, Federalist/Republican policies, Jacksonian Democracy, roots of Sectional Conflict, developments in the 19th Century such as the Industrial Revolution, Civil War, Reconstruction, and the late 19th Century Western Expansion. NCAA

  • U.S. History 2 AP, A, CP (240, 241, 243)

    • Grade: 11
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: U.S. History 1 (please see grade requirements on website)
      Graduation Requirement: U.S. History

      U.S. History 2 is designed to analyze the diverse forces that helped to shape American history from the Gilded Age to the present.

      Major units of study include the Populist/Progressive Era, the two World Wars, the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, the Cold War and social changes of the 1950's and 1960's, Vietnam, the Watergate Era leading into the 1980's conservatism and post-Cold War era, culminating in the events of the 1990's through the 21st Century. NCAA

  • AP

    • AP Economics (270)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Must have an 80% or better in previous A, H, AP history class and A or H Algebra Graduation Requirement: Elective
        Can take this AP course if already had Economics (non-AP)

        AP Economics is designed to be a comprehensive course covering both Macro and Micro Economics to prepare for the AP tests. Topics of study include markets, prices, national income, economic performance, inflation, unemployment, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance. Students will be expected to use math, graphing skills, interpret trends and issues, as well as other critical thinking skills necessary to see relationships between economic concepts. NCAA

    • AP Human Geography (273)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Must have an 80% or better in their previous A, H, or AP history class
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Human Geography is designed to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Topics addressed include population, culture, political geography, economic development, rural and urban geography, and ecology. NCAA

    • AP European History (220)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: US History 1H or 1A with an 80% or above
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Offered in School Years: 2021/22 & 2023/24 
        Not offered in School Years: 2022/23 & 2024/25

        AP European History is designed to provide a chronological study of the history of Europe, focusing on political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. Students will explore the rise of Europe through the units of study that include the Renaissance, Reformation, Wars of Religion, 17th Century Statemaking, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Rise of Nationalism, the World Wars, Russian Revolution, Cold War, and Globalization. NCAA

    • AP Psychology (276)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: A, H, or AP US History 1 and A or H in any core content science class (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) with an 80% or above in both the history and science class.
        Students previously enrolled in Human Behavior can take AP Psychology

        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP Psychology is designed to examine the theories of human behavior and nature, looking at psychological thought, how the human brain works, societal issues, abnormal psychology, and human interpersonal relationships. Using a student-centered approach, the class engages in discussion, in-class experiments, project based learning, research, and authentic experiences in the field of psychology. Active class participation is an integral aspect of the class, and students will need to be able to construct and support arguments related to the subject matter. NCAA

    • AP U.S. Government and Politics (250)

      • Grade:11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite:  Must have 80% or above in previous years history class H or AP and a 90% or above in previous years history A class
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        AP U.S. Government and Politics is designed to examine the legal underpinnings of the Constitution and the framework of the federal government to prepare for the AP test. Topics of focus include the three branches of government, ideology, participation, campaigns and elections, political parties, interest groups, civil liberties and rights, bureaucracy, and media and politics. Current public policy paradigms are studied through issues and case studies. NCAA

  • Electives

    • African American Studies (283)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite:  80% or above average in previous A or H history class; 85% or above average in previous CP history class.
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        African American Studies is designed to offer the student the opportunity to immerse themselves into the history of African Americans and involves reading, writing, and class discussion. Starting with the slave trade, the course traces African Americans' quest for freedom and equality through the Civil War, the Jim Crow Era, World War I, the Great Migration, the Great Depression and World War II. The course will then examine key political, cultural and social developments of the post-war period focusing on movements such as the Civil Rights Movement. The course will conclude with examining current race issues in the United States. NCAA

    • Civics (282)

      • Grades 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None 
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        The Civics course aims to prepare students for the complex social and political challenges they will encounter. With an emphasis on constitutional awareness and civic participation, students will engage in authentic learning experiences and project based activities. Students will become familiarized with the process by which laws are created and interpreted, as well as the development, implementation and monitoring of public policy. NCAA

    • Constitutional Law H (260)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Government and Politics is recommended; Must have 80% or above in previous years history class
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Offered in School Years:  2021/22 & 2023/24
        Not offered in School Years: 2022/23 & 2024/25

        Constitutional Law H is designed to provide students who have an interest in the law with an understanding of the court system and the workings of the Supreme Court and its decisions. Students study landmark cases and briefs, analyzing and discussing how the court system has helped define and interpret the U.S. Constitution. . During the second part of the course, students engage in a mock court based on an issue currently being considered by the Supreme Court. NCAA

    • Economics (271)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Economics is designed to provide students with a foundation of basic economic concepts for them to understand economic ideas and principles both for everyday life and for examining major economic systems in the world. Students are introduced to concepts of supply and demand, prices and competition, and money and banking. Students will apply knowledge to their own lives, including employment issues and the market economy. NCAA

    • Holocaust & Genocide (274)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Students previously enrolled in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies H cannot take the unleveled course and students who take this course cannot take the H course.

        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Holocaust & Genocide is designed to expose students to recent historical and modern issues concerning crimes against humanity. The class is divided into two parts: the first part focuses on the Jewish Holocaust in World War II, in which the class discusses the history of anti-Semitism, the Nazi rise to power, the events of World War II, those who put their lives on the line to help protect Jews from the Nazis and the aftermath of the Holocaust. The second part of the course will focus in-depth studies of other genocides, such as the Armenian Genocide, Rwanda, Japanese war crimes, Cambodia killing fields, the Ukrainian Genocide, Darfur, and Bosnia. NCAA

    • Holocaust and Genocide H (277)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: 10th graders must have an 85% or better in the previous years A, H, or AP history class
        Students previously enrolled in the unleveled Holocaust and Genocide Studies cannot take the honors course

        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Holocaust and Genocide H is divided into two parts: the first part focuses on the Jewish Holocaust in World War II, in which the class discusses the history of anti-Semitism, the Nazi rise to power, the events of World War II, those who put their lives on the line to help protect Jews from the Nazis. The second part of the course will focus in-depth studies of other genocides, such as the Armenian Genocide, Rwanda, Japanese war crimes, Cambodia killing fields, the Ukrainian Genocide, Darfur, and Bosnia. Students are offered the possibility of acquiring college credits accepted by most U.S. colleges. There will be a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. NCAA

    • Human Behavior (281)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Students currently enrolled in or previously completed AP Psychology are not eligible to take Human Behavior.
        Graduation Requirement: Elective  

        Human Behavior examines theories of human behavior and nature, looking at psychological thought, societal issues, and human interpersonal relationships. Starting with biological background of the brain, students learn about ideas of memory, sensory learning, emotional and intellectual development, personality, and abnormal psychology, among other ideas. Using a student-centered approach, the class engages in discussion, in-class experiments, project based learning, and authentic experiences in the field of psychology. NCAA

    • Native American History (266)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective  

        In Native American History, students will examine the role of Native Americans in United States History. Students will explore topics such as removal, the struggle for the Black Hills, education at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and the role of the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Students will also examine modern day topics related to Native American identities and communities. Students will engage in project-based learning, discussions, examining artifacts, and inquiry. NCAA

    • Peer Outreach (898)

      • Grade 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: Approval of the Director of Special Education

        Peer Outreach affords regular education students the opportunity to work with students with disabilities.  The goals of this course include leadership, self advocacy, self-management, disability awareness, tolerance and diversity, communication, and intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.  A limited number of students will have the opportunity to work with special education teachers in a support role, with prior special education departmental approval, as part of a student internship program.

    • Social Justice (284)

      • Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
        Full Year Course: 5 credits
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Social Justice is a year long course that delves into the history of the struggles and the movements to gain equality by various marginalized groups within the United States.  The class will look at the history behind their marginalization as well as the movements, protests, laws, and other actions that have taken place throughout history to gain them the basic rights that are supposed to be protected by the Constitution.  Specific units include Native Americans, Women, People with Disabilities, Religious Discrimination, Immigrants/Refugees, LGBTQ+, and Racial Discrimination. The course will also look into how these groups are dealing now in today’s environment with a focus on what individuals can do to help address the issues facing various minority groups in the US. The course will wrap up with each student completing a service-based Social Justice project, reflecting the power individuals have to make a difference. NCAA

    • Sociology (225)

      • ​​​​​​​Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Semester Credits: 2.5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: Elective

        Sociology is designed to study group behavior by examining society's influence on individuals and individuals influence on society. . Topics to explore include change and continuity of society's values over time, counter-cultural groups, issues of identity, race, gender, and age. NCAA

 


 

World Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin) 
    • Chinese 1 (561)
      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Chinese 1 is designed to expose students to the three modes of communication; interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Chinese 1 students will understand and communicate at the sentence level and will be able to use sentences to identify the main idea, infer meaning and provide supporting details in both written and oral formats. Students will engage in short conversations about personal experiences, learn appropriate gestures, intonation and common idiomatic expressions and utilize digital tools to deepen their understanding of targeted themes. In addition, students will use the target language to describe people, places, objects, and daily activities as well as use language creatively to respond in writing to a variety of oral or visual prompts. NCAA

    • Chinese 2A (562)
      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Chinese 1.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Chinese 2A is designed to further develop student understanding of basic Chinese. Chinese 2A students will be able to initiate, maintain and end a conversation; understand the gist of conversations dealing with everyday life; and express their needs, provide reasons, give opinions and make requests and explain preferences. Students will engage in giving and following a series of oral and written directions, commands and requests for participating in classroom and cultural activities. In addition, students will be able to compare and contrast linguistic elements in both Chinese and English, and present student-created short plays, skits, poems, songs, stories and reports in the target language. NCAA

    • Chinese 3H (564)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Chinese 2A.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Chinese 3H is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to independently compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials; ask and respond to factual and interpretive questions on personal, school-related and familiar topics and situations; and synthesize information related to cultural products and practices. Students will deepen their understanding of Chinese culture by exploring leisure activities and pastimes and by discussing trends and issues that influence popular culture such as fashion, style, music and art. Students will be able to synthesize information about cultural products, practices and perspectives in both written and oral formats. NCAA

    • Chinese 4H (566)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Chinese 3H.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Chinese 4H is designed to provide students with the ability to communicate at an advanced level where they will be able to analyze and synthesize written and oral text, identify cultural perspectives, and infer meaning of unfamiliar words in context as well as interpret an author's intent. Students will be able to narrate/describe and compare/contrast a wide-range of topics, offer and support opinions as well as offer advice and handle a situation with a complication. Students will be exposed to the roles of race, ethnicity and gender that define the current sociopolitical landscape through discussions in history, social sciences and the humanities. NCAA

  • English as a Second Language (504, 506, 508)

    • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
      Year Credits: 5
      Prerequisite: None
      Graduation Requirement: World Languages

      English as a Second Language is designed to meet the needs of non-native speakers of English in our community. The curriculum and texts vary according to the needs of the population served in any given year. Students will understand and communicate in English and will be able to use English to identify the main idea, infer meaning and provide supporting details in both written and oral formats.

  • French

    • French 1 (510)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        French 1 is designed to expose students to the three modes of communication; interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. French 1 students will understand and communicate at the sentence level and will be able to use sentences to identify the main idea, infer meaning and provide supporting details in both written and oral formats. Students will engage in short conversations about personal experiences, learn appropriate gestures, intonation and common idiomatic expressions and utilize digital tools to deepen their understanding of targeted themes. In addition, students will use the target language to describe people, places, objects, and daily activities as well as use language creatively to respond in writing to a variety of oral or visual prompts. NCAA

    • French 2 A, CP (520, 523)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: French 1 or equivalent. (See the WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        French 2 is designed to further develop student understanding of basic French. French 2 students will be able to initiate, maintain and end a conversation; understand the gist of conversations dealing with everyday life; and express their needs, provide reasons, give opinions and make requests and explain preferences. Students will engage in giving and following a series of oral and written directions, commands and requests for participating in classroom and cultural activities. In addition, students will be able to compare and contrast linguistic elements in both French and English, and present student-created short plays, skits, poems, songs, stories and reports in the target language. NCAA

    • French 3 H, A, CP (575, 530, 533)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: French 2. (See the WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        French 3 is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to independently compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials; ask and respond to factual and interpretive questions on personal, school-related and familiar topics and situations; and synthesize information related to cultural products and practices. French 3 students will deepen their understanding of French culture by exploring leisure activities and pastimes and by discussing trends and issues that influence popular culture such as fashion, style, music and art. Students will be able to synthesize information about cultural products, practices and perspectives in both written and oral formats. NCAA

    • French 4 H, A (540, 543)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: French 3. (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        French 4 is designed to provide students with the ability to communicate at an advanced level where they will be able to analyze and synthesize written and oral text, identify cultural perspectives, and infer meaning of unfamiliar words in context as well as interpret an author's intent. French 4 students will be able to narrate/describe and compare/contrast a wide-range of topics, offer and support opinions as well as offer advice and handle a situation with a complication. Students will be exposed to the roles of race, ethnicity and gender that define the current sociopolitical landscape through discussions in history, social sciences and the humanities. NCAA

    • French 5A (553)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: French 4. (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        French 5A is designed to expose students to culturally authentic materials that include such topics as immigration, globalization, technology, wellness practices, literature and art. French 5A students will improve upon their linguistic skills through exposure to French newspapers, magazines, blogs, videos and websites. Students will learn to use their language skills creatively to respond in both written and oral formats on a variety of familiar topics as well as analyze and critique information contained in these resources. NCAA

  • Italian

    • Italian 1 (519)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Italian 1 is designed to expose students to the three modes of communication; interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Italian 1 students will understand and communicate at the sentence level and will be able to use sentences to identify the main idea, infer meaning and provide supporting details in both written and oral formats. Students will engage in short conversations about personal experiences, learn appropriate gestures, intonation and common idiomatic expressions and utilize digital tools to deepen their understanding of targeted themes. In addition, students will use the target language to describe people, places, objects, and daily activities as well as use language creatively to respond in writing to a variety of oral or visual prompts. NCAA

    • Italian 2A (529)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Italian 1.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Italian 2A is designed to further develop student understanding of basic Italian. Italian 2A students will be able to initiate, maintain and end a conversation; understand the gist of conversations dealing with everyday life; and express their needs, provide reasons, give opinions and make requests and explain preferences. Students will engage in giving and following a series of oral and written directions, commands and requests for participating in classroom and cultural activities. In addition, students will be able to compare and contrast linguistic elements in both Italian and English, and present student-created short plays, skits, poems, songs, stories and reports in the target language. NCAA

    • Italian 3H (539)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Italian 2A. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Italian 3H is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to independently compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials; ask and respond to factual and interpretive questions on personal, school-related and familiar topics and situations; and synthesize information related to cultural products and practices. Students will deepen their understanding of Italian culture by exploring leisure activities and pastimes and by discussing trends and issues that influence popular culture such as fashion, style, music and art. Students will be able to synthesize information about cultural products, practices and perspectives in both written and oral formats. NCAA

    • Italian 4H (551)

      • Grade Level: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Italian 3H. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Italian 4H is designed to provide students with the ability to communicate at an advanced level where they will be able to analyze and synthesize written and oral text, identify cultural perspectives, and infer meaning of unfamiliar words in context as well as interpret an author's intent. Students will be able to narrate/describe and compare/contrast a wide-range of topics, offer and support opinions as well as offer advice and handle a situation with a complication. Students will be exposed to the roles of race, ethnicity and gender that define the current sociopolitical landscape through discussions in history, social sciences and the humanities. NCAA

  • Spanish

    • Spanish 1 (512)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: None
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Spanish 1 is designed to expose students to the three modes of communication; interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. Spanish 1 students will understand and communicate at the sentence level and will be able to use sentences to identify the main idea, infer meaning and provide supporting details in both written and oral formats. Students will engage in short conversations about personal experiences, learn appropriate gestures, intonation and common idiomatic expressions and utilize digital tools to deepen their understanding of targeted themes. In addition, students will use the target language to describe people, places, objects, and daily activities as well as use language creatively to respond in writing to a variety of oral or visual prompts. NCAA

    • Spanish 2 A, CP (522, 525)

      • Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent.  (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Spanish 2 is designed to further develop student understanding of basic Spanish. Spanish 2 students will be able to initiate, maintain and end a conversation; understand the gist of conversations dealing with everyday life; and express their needs, provide reasons, give opinions and make requests and explain preferences. Students will engage in giving and following a series of oral and written directions, commands and requests for participating in classroom and cultural activities. In addition, students will be able to compare and contrast linguistic elements in both Spanish and English, and present student-created short plays, skits, poems, songs, stories and reports in the target language. NCAA

    • Spanish 3 H, A, CP (574, 532, 535)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Spanish 2. (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Spanish 3 is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to independently compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials; ask and respond to factual and interpretive questions on personal, school-related and familiar topics and situations; and synthesize information related to cultural products and practices. Students will deepen their understanding of Spanish culture by exploring leisure activities and pastimes and by discussing trends and issues that influence popular culture such as fashion, style, music and art. Students will be able to synthesize information about cultural products, practices and perspectives in both written and oral formats. NCAA

    • Spanish 4 H, A (542, 545)

      • Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Spanish 3. (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Spanish 4 is designed to provide students with the ability to communicate at an advanced level where they will be able to analyze and synthesize written and oral text, identify cultural perspectives, and infer meaning of unfamiliar words in context as well as interpret an author's intent. Students will be able to narrate/describe and compare/contrast a wide-range of topics, offer and support opinions as well as offer advice and handle a situation with a complication. Students will be exposed to the roles of race, ethnicity and gender that define the current sociopolitical landscape through discussions in history, social sciences and the humanities. NCAA

    • Spanish 5A (555)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Spanish 4A  (See WL Grouping Guidelines.)
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        Spanish 5A is designed to expose students to culturally authentic materials that include such topics as immigration, globalization, technology, wellness practices, literature and art as resources for improving interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills in Spanish. Students will improve upon their linguistic skills through exposure to authentic newspapers, magazines, blogs, videos and websites in Spanish. Students will learn to use their language skills creatively to respond in both written and oral formats on a variety of familiar topics as well as analyze and critique information contained in these resources. NCAA

  • AP

    • AP Chinese Language and Culture (567)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Chinese 4H. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        AP Chinese Language and Culture is designed to prepare students for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Extensive work in interpersonal and presentational writing and speaking activities will help students better understand advanced grammar and syntactical structures. Students will be able to support a viewpoint by referencing culturally authentic materials in both written and oral formats. Reading comprehension and vocabulary building activities are emphasized throughout the course on various topics. Students will demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and be able to document their language proficiency in essay writing and speaking activities. NCAA

    • AP French Language and Culture (550)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: French 4H. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        AP French Language and Culture is designed to prepare students for the AP French Language Exam. Extensive work in interpersonal and presentational writing and speaking activities will help students better understand advanced grammar and syntactical structures in French. AP French students will be able to support a viewpoint by referencing culturally authentic materials in both written and oral formats. Reading comprehension and vocabulary building activities are emphasized throughout the course on various topics. Students will demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and be able to document their language proficiency in essay writing and speaking activities. NCAA

    • AP Italian Language and Culture (559)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Italian 4H or equivalent. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        AP Italian Language and Culture is designed to prepare students for the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam. Extensive work in interpersonal and presentational writing and speaking activities will help students better understand advanced grammar and syntactical structures in Italian. Students will be able to support a viewpoint by referencing culturally authentic materials in both written and oral formats. Reading comprehension and vocabulary building activities are emphasized throughout the course on various topics. Students will demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and be able to document their language proficiency in essay writing and speaking activities. NCAA

    • AP Spanish Language and Culture (552)

      • Grade: 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Spanish 4H. 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages

        AP Spanish Language and Culture is designed to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Extensive work in interpersonal and presentational writing and speaking activities will help students better understand advanced grammar and syntactical structures in Spanish. Students will be able to support a viewpoint by referencing culturally authentic materials in both written and oral formats. Reading comprehension and vocabulary building activities are emphasized throughout the course on various topics. Students will demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and be able to document their language proficiency in essay writing and speaking activities. NCAA

  • Electives

    • Spanish Immersion and Culture 1 (568)

      • Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Completion of 2 years of Spanish, 3CP preferred 
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages
        This course is weighted as a CP course on the GPA.

        Spanish Immersion and Culture 1 is designed to offer the student the opportunity to delve into the world of Hispanic diversity through its cultures, customs, traditions and multiple identities which are highlighted in our regular Spanish language curriculum, but not extensively covered due to curricular constraints. Our goal is to give the student who has an intermediate level understanding of Spanish the opportunity to practice and perfect proficiency in Spanish through authentic discussions on topics that are relevant to Hispanic society. This course will appeal to the student who is looking to solidify his or her language skills through the practical application of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The course is taught entirely in Spanish. NCAA

    • Spanish Immersion and Culture 2 (569)

      • ​​​​​​​Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish Immersion and Culture 1 or equivalent.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages
        This course is weighted as a CP course on the GPA.

        Spanish Immersion and Culture 2 is designed to expand the student's understanding of Hispanic diversity through culture, customs, traditions and multiple identities found throughout the Hispanic world. Students will practice and perfect proficiency in Spanish through authentic discussions on topics that are relevant to Hispanic society. This course will appeal to students who have completed Spanish Immersion and Culture 1, and who look to solidify their language skills through the practical application of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. The course is taught entirely in Spanish. NCAA

    • Italian Immersion and Culture 1 ​​​​​​​(570)

      • ​​​​​​​Grade: 10, 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian 2A or equivalent.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages
        This course is weighted as a CP course on the GPA.

        Italian Immersion and Culture 1: The student will use his or her knowledge of Italian to improve communication skills and explore Italian culture more deeply than is possible in a strictly linguistic-oriented language class. By exploring the vast landscape of Italian culture, including ‘Made in Italy’, Italian cuisine, the Renaissance, Italian art and architecture, fashion, sports etc., the student is motivated to use Italian language as the vehicle for learning and self-expression. The goal is to give the student who has a low-intermediate level understanding of Italian the opportunity to practice and perfect proficiency through authentic discussions on topics that are relevant to Italian society. This course will appeal to the student who is looking to solidify his or her language skills through the practical application of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Italian. The course is taught entirely in Italian. NCAA

    • ​​​​​​​Italian Immersion and Culture 2 (571)

      • ​​​​​​​Grade: 11, 12
        Year Credits: 5
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian Immersion and Culture 1 or equivalent.
        Graduation Requirement: World Languages
        This course is weighted as a CP course on the GPA.

        Italian Immersion and Culture 2 is designed to expand the student's understanding of diversity through culture, customs, traditions and multiple identities found throughout Italy. Students will practice and perfect proficiency in Italian through authentic discussions on topics that are relevant to Italian society. This course will appeal to students who have completed Italian Immersion and Culture 1 or the equivalent, and who look to solidify their language skills through the practical application of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Italian. The course is taught entirely in Italian. NCAA