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Year – Grades 9,10

Prerequisite: Students in grade 9 must have successfully completed Science 0831.

Biology is the study of life. The course involves science as inquiry and discusses the structure and function of the various levels of life. Topics include biomolecules, homeostasis, cellular energy, genetic continuity, biotechnology, evolution and ecology. This survey course in Biology involves presentations, demonstrations, laboratory exercises and collaborative activities designed to prepare students for the successful completion of the biology Keystone test. Biology is recommended for students who do not plan to attend a post-secondary school.  




0224 - Honors Genetics - .5 credit (Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: At least a B average in Biology 0220 or 0221 or prior approval by Genetics teacher.  Student must be enrolled in Chemistry or have completed Chemistry.

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of basic genetic principles, modes of inheritance, biotechnology applications, common lab procedures when working with organisms pivotal in the study of inheritance.  Students will also discuss real life applications and ethical considerations.  A variety of “hot topics” within the field will be discussed.

Chemistry


0231 - Honors Chemistry - 1 credit (Weighted Course)


Year - Grade 10, 11

Prerequisite: At least a B- in Algebra I (0813, middle school), B- in College-Prep Algebra 1B (0312, high school), or be currently enrolled in College Prep Algebra 1B (0312, high school) or Honors Algebra II (0316) or department approval.

The study of chemistry involves a look at the nature of materials. The course combines an inquiry into how chemical facts and concepts are established, with exercises in basic skills and problem solving. Laboratory experiments are coordinated with this development of principles. Atomic structure, bonding of compounds, gases, periodic properties, and solutions are some of the topics considered. This course REQUIRES STUDENTS TO COMPLETE A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT AND is recommended for students who may pursue a science-related or technical career. There is a lab fee for this course.


0232 – College Prep Chemistry - 1 credit


Year - Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: At least a C- in Algebra I (0813, middle school), C- in College Prep Algebra 1B (0312, high school), or be currently enrolled in College Prep Algebra 1B (0312, high school) or by department approval. At least a C- in College-Prep Biology (0222) or at least an A- in Biology (0223). Alternatively, students who earn at least a B in Chemistry (0233) may take College-Prep Chemistry (0232).

This course is designed to help students realize the important role that chemistry plays in their lives.  Topics of study include the nature of science, measurement, classification of matter, gases, atomic theory, periodic properties, the mole, ionic and covalent compounds, chemical reactions, bonding, and stoichiometry.  Students will learn to see the world from a molecular perspective.  Students will be engaged in a variety of inquiry activities and will learn an array of laboratory techniques.


0233 - Chemistry - 1 credit


Year - Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Chemistry introduces students to fundamental principles of chemistry and how chemistry is applied in their everyday lives.  Students will learn to see the world from a molecular perspective.  A basic level of math (fractions, proportions, percents) is needed in problem solving.  Topics of study will include water chemistry, material chemistry, petroleum chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
0234 - Honors Chemistry II - .5 credit (Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of College Prep Chemistry (0232) or Honors Chemistry (0231)

The course provides an opportunity to study other topics in chemistry and related fields. These topics include: reaction rates, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, and electrochemistry. Analytical procedures and equipment will be used to detect and measure common substances. This course would benefit any student interested in science and planning to enter college or technical school.
0235 - Honors Organic Chemistry - .5 credit (Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of College Prep Chemistry (0232) or Honors Chemistry (0231).

In Organic Chemistry, an attempt is made to organize the vast array of organic compounds, and to study reactions typical of the various groups. Some study of modern analytical procedures related to organic substances is also pursued. This course is especially recommended for anyone interested in a career related to chemistry, medicine or nursing.


Physics

0241 – College Prep Physics I - 1 credit

Year - Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: At least an A or B in CP Geometry or Honors Geometry

Conceptual physics seeks to build a student’s understanding of physics through collaborative exploration of observed phenomenon using the scientific method. The majority of class-work is collaborative and student centered. Students will learn how to see physics in their everyday lives, as a part of everything they do. This course seeks to build a student’s understanding of physics through exploration of observed phenomenon using the scientific methods.  The majority of class-work is collaborative and student centered.  Students will learn how to see physics in their everyday lives, as a part of everything they do.   Topics studied are motion, forces, energy, momentum, gravity, astronomy, states of matter and heat if time allows. Concepts in General and Relativity as well as quantum theory are also touched upon throughout the course.


0242 - Honors Physics - 1 credit (Weighted Course)


Year - Grade 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: A or B in Algebra II (or A in CP or Honors Plane Geometry)

The honors section of Physics seeks to prepare the student for the rigors of a calculus-based physics course in college by creating a solid foundation for the core concepts of Mechanics (the branch of physics emphasizing motion, forces, momentum, energy and gravitation).  The course of study closely parallels Physics 241 with an added depth that a deeper understanding of mathematics allows.  Expectations for the quality of written work projects and reports are also higher.
0243 – Honors Physics II - .5 credit (Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: A or B in Honors Physics (A or B in College Prep or Honors Physics)

This is an inquiry-based, conceptually oriented course that is built primarily on investigative lab experiences.  We will explore the topics of electricity & magnetism, waves, vibration, resonance, sound, light, color and the interactions of electromagnetic waves with matter.  
0590 - Design Engineering - 1 credit

Year - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: Biology, and currently enrolled in or successfully completed Chemistry and Algebra II.

Engineers need to solve problems in the real world every day.  In this course students will focus on the process that engineers use to solve real world problems of their own.  The process that students will use include: research, design, develop, build, test and evaluate.  Students will utilize the design process to create solutions to problems in the following areas: drafting, electronics, structures, fluid power, and mechanical systems.  For video segments on past activities, please see your school counselor. (1.00 Science credit may be earned for taking this course.)

Science Related Courses in Other Departments

The following courses may be substituted for Science course requirements (third year only):


           Course Department            Credit

           575 Electricity/Electronics I Technology Education .5

           576 Electricity/Electronics II Technology Education .5

           580 Energy, Power &

           Transportation Technology I Technology Education .5

           581 Energy, Power &

           Transportation Technology II Technology Education .5

           590 Design Engineering Technology Education 1.0           

           936 Animal Science Ag. Science .5                       

           939 Forestry Ag. Science .5

           940 Plant Science & Horticulture Ag. Science .5

           943 Small Animals & Horses Ag. Science .5           

           950 Wildlife Management I Ag. Science .5

           951 Wildlife Management II Ag. Science .5



Seminar Courses

O255- Advanced Seminar - .5 credit

Semester- Grade 9,10,11,12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and approval.

Students will examine and develop leadership qualities, and complete career exploration as part of individual and team oriented projects. Metacognitive journaling, and a culminating major project are required as well as outside reading and subsequent presentations. This course can be taken one time.
0256 – Honors Seminar - .5 (Non-Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 10,11,12

Prerequisite: An A average in college prep courses, or a B average in AP/Honors courses and teacher recommendation and approval.  This course may be taken after the weighted Honors Seminar Course.

In a small learning community, students will develop their own academic strengths and talents through a semester-long autonomous learning project. After consultation with the gifted support teacher, students develop project goals, timelines, and evaluative processes. Working closely with the teacher ensures rigorous goals, a realistic timeline, and a final product that will show the depth of the subject studied. The project is tied to state curricular standards as well as national standards, and allows the pursuit of topics in more depth. An interdisciplinary study that will showcase the student’s strengths and entering work in competitions is encouraged.  
0257 – Honors Seminar - .5 (Weighted Course)

Semester - Grade 10,11,12

Prerequisite: An A average in college prep courses, or a B average in AP/Honors courses and teacher recommendation and approval.

In a small learning community, students will develop their own academic strengths and talents through a semester-long autonomous learning project. After consultation with the gifted support teacher, students develop project goals, timelines, and evaluative processes. Working closely with the teacher ensures rigorous goals, a realistic timeline, and a final product that will show the depth of the subject studied. The project is tied to state curricular standards as well as national standards, and allows the pursuit of topics in more depth. An interdisciplinary study that will showcase the student’s strengths and entering work in competitions is encouraged. This course can be taken one time.

SOCIAL STUDIES



0111 - Honors US History II - 1 credit (Weighted course)

Year – Grade 9

Prerequisite is an A average in both Social Studies and Language Arts.

This course provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the historical, geographic, political, socio-cultural, and economic development of the United States, from America becoming a World Power to the Present. Students will examine both historic and current issues, achievements, and challenges faced by our country and its leadership. This course will also look at the causes and outcomes of significant events, conflicts, government policies and court decisions, defining America’s role as a nation and its growing role in world affairs. The honors course is weighted and is only for those committed to going on to college.
0112 - College Prep US History II - 1 credit

Year – Grade 9

Prerequisite: B average in both History and Language Arts.

This course provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the historical, geographic, political, socio-cultural and economic development of the United States, from the beginning of America Imperialism to the present. Students will examine both historic and current issues, achievements, and challenges faced by our country and its leadership. This course will also look at the causes and outcomes of significant events, conflicts, government policies and court decisions, defining America’s role as a nation and its growing role in world affairs.

This is a college preparatory course and will involve assessments requiring independent reading, writing, and research.


0113 - US History II - 1 credit

Year – Grade 9
This course provides students with a strong foundation in the historical, geographic, political, socio-cultural, and economic development of the United States, from America becoming a World Power to the Present. Students will examine both historic and current issues, achievements, and challenges faced by our country and its leadership. This course will also look at the causes and outcomes of significant events, conflicts, government policies and court decisions defining America’s role as a nation and it’s growing role in world affairs.

This course is designed for students at the basic reading, writing, and research level.


0131 - Honors World History - 1 credit (Weighted course)

Year - Grade 10

Prerequisite: ‘A’ average in US History II plus recommendation of current Social Studies instructor.

In this survey course, students will be presented with a comprehensive overview of World History beginning with the prehistoric period of human development and origin of civilizations around the world. The course will focus on political, cultural, economic, and geographic influences as well as the events and people that shaped the course of history for the last several thousand years.  

The instructor will stress higher-level thinking skills including synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of geography and culture with a greater emphasis on reading and writing.  These skills will be honed through primary sources, secondary sources, and document-based questions, completed both in and out of class.  Students will participate in class discussions, historical inquiry, and group and individual presentations.  Students will be required to work independently, be self-motivated, and be expected to advocate for themselves both in and outside of the classroom.  In addition to the textbook, students are required to read fiction and non-fiction works to coincide with the curriculum. Regular discussion of current events is also a part of the curriculum.



0132 - College Prep World History - 1 credit 

In this survey course, students will be presented with a comprehensive overview of World History beginning with the development of man and origin of civilizations around the world.  The course will focus on political, cultural, economic, and geographic influences as well as the events and people that shaped the course of history for the last 2000 years.  Students are required to complete work, independently, outside of class.  A regular discussion of current events is also a part of the curriculum.


0133 - World History - 1 credit

In this survey course, students will be presented with a comprehensive overview of World

History beginning with the development of man and origin of civilizations around the world.

The course will focus on political, cultural, economic, and geographic influences as well as the events and people that shaped the course of history for the last 2000 years.  A regular

discussion of current events is also a part of the curriculum.
0130 - AP World History (8000 B.C.E.-Present) - 1 credit (Weighted course)

Year - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: An A average in World History course or departmental recommendation, and based upon the curriculum standards instituted by the College Board.

Advanced Placement World History will offer an in-depth historical approach to World History.  This course will enable students to display an understanding of historical events and people and their influences.  This course will examine and evaluate social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental themes. The instructor will stress higher-level skills including synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of geography and culture with emphasis placed on analytical thinking and writing skills. Students are required not only to thoroughly read the college level text, but also will augment this reading through library based research and the reading of college-level academic articles in which the conclusions and findings are applied in a serious of critical thinking assignments. These skills will be honed through primary sources, secondary sources and document-based questions, completed both in and out of class. Students will participate in class discussions, historical inquiry and group and individual presentations. Students will be required to work in dependently, be self-motivated and be expected to advocate for themselves both in and outside of the classroom. AP World History is a rigorous, college-level requiring the commitment of time and effort to the content. Students will have the option to take the College Board Advanced Placement examination in AP World History for possible college credit in May aat their own expense. Enrollment in this course does not guarantee college placement credit. Interested students will need to check with the admission departments of their prospective college of choice to see what their individual policies are pertinent to Advanced Placement coursework and test scores.


Civics and Government


0141 – Honors Civics and Government - 1 credit (Weighted course)

Prerequisite – An A average in World History plus recommendation of current Social Studies instructor.

This Civics and Government course has been aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for Civics and Government. The primary focus of this course is to instruct students in the core principles of U.S. citizenship and to examine the meaning, purpose, functions and role of government at the local, state, national and international level. The course is formatted around thirteen areas of concentrated study (i.e. – content anchors) that will be covered throughout the course of the school year. Students are required to take a series of unit tests as well as a mid-term and final exam.
Students who elect this Honors course are required to have the ability to study at an accelerated pace, demonstrate a consistently strong work ethic, and have an ability to study independently including reading and responding to primary souce material (ie – Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitituion and the Federalists Papers) and college level political science articles and essays. Extensive reading and writing are required including a mandatory summer reading and writing assignement that will be collected at the end fo the first week of school. Weekly currrent event reports and political cartoon analysis forms are mandatory. This course is designed for only serious students who have a strong interest in Civics/History, who are planning on pursuing a four-year college degree and are prepared to handle strenous academic readings and course work.
0142 – College Prep Civics and Government - 1 credit

Prerequisite – A B average in World History plus recommendation of the current Social Studies instructor.

This Civics and Government course has been aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for Civics and Government. The primary focus of this course is to instruct students in the core principles of U.S. citizenship and to examine the meaning, purpose, functions and role of government at the local, state, national and international level. The course is formatted around thirteen areas of concentrated study (i.e. – content anchors) that will be covered throughout the course of the school year. Students are required to take a series of unit exams throughout the year to measure content mastery.

Extensive reading, writing and research are required. A variety of college level political science readings and critical thinking assignments are part of the course work. Current event reports and political cartoon analysis forms are mandatory. This course is designed for students interested in or considering pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities.


0143 - Civics and Government - 1 credit

Prerequisite - Recommendation of current Social Studies instructor.

The Civics and Government course is designed to teach students the core principles of U.S. citizenship and to examine the meaning, purpose, functions, and role of government at the local, state, national, and international level. The course is constructed around thirteen areas of concentrated study (i.e. - content anchors) that reflect the academic standards and expectations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students are required to take a series of unit tests throughout the year to measure content mastery. An adapted mid-term and final exam will also be administered. The ultimate goal is this course is to provide studetns with a functional knowledge of the role of the government and their duties and responsibilities as citizens. Basic reading and writing skills are required. This course is designed for students interested in becoming college or career ready.
0140 – AP United States History - 1 credit (Weighted course)

Year - Grade 11, 12

Prerequisite: An A average in sophomore or junior social studies' course or departmental recommendation.

Advanced Placement course in United States History will offer an in-depth historical approach to U.S. History. The course content includes history from Pre-Columbus through the post-Cold war era. AP United States History will offer an in-depth historical to the history of the United States. This course will enable students to display an understanding of historical events and people and their influences. This course will examine and evaluate social, political, economic, cultural and environmental themes. The instructor will stress higher-level thinking skills including synthesis, analysis and evaluation of geography and culture with emphasis placed on analytical thinking and writing skills. Students are required not only to thoroughly read the college level text, but also will augment this reading through library based research and the reading of college-level academic articles in which the conclusions and findings are applied in a series of critical thinking assignments. These skills will be honed through primary sources, secondary sources and document-based questions, completed both in and out of class. Students will participate in class discussions, historical inquiry and group and individual presentations. Students will be required to work independently, be self-motivated and be expected to advocate for themselves both in and outside of the classroom. AP United States History is a rigorous, college-level course requiring the commitment of time and effort to the content. Students will have the option to take the College Board Advanced Placement examination in AP United States History for possible college credit in May at their own expense. Enrollment in this course does not guarantee college placement credit. Interested students will need to check with the admission departments of their prospective college of choice to see what their individual policies are pertinent to Advanced Placement coursework and test scores.
0158 - AP U.S. Government and Politics - 1 credit

Year – Grade 12 May not be used to substitute the required 11th grade Civics and Government Course.

The Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course is designed to prepare students to demonstrate a keen understanding of American politics and the processes of government that help shape our public policies. Students enrolled in this course will develop a more sophisticated and insightful understanding of majority rule democracy, constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, and other distinguishing characteristics of the U.S. political system. This course will examine and evaluate the institutions of government, those who run those institutions, the public policies made by these institutions, and the influences of the electorate on policies. Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics is a highly structured, college-level course that is the taught at a same level and in the same manner as an introductory college level political science course. Only serious minded, college bound students who have an strong interest in political science and history and are willing to commit the time necessary to fully engage the content of the course should enroll. AP Government and Politics requires extensive reading and writing skills that are in step with the expectations of the College Board. Students are required not only to thoroughly read the college level text, but also will augment this reading through library based research and the reading of college-level academic articles in which the conclusions and findings are applied in a series of critical thinking assignments. Students will examine the political nature of current government policies and analyze the real world ramifications of government actions. A strong background in history and current events is essential for success in this course.

Students will have the option to take the College Board Advanced Placement examination in A.P. U.S. Government and Politics for possible college credit in May at their own expense. Enrollment in this course does not guarantee college placement credit. Interested students will need to check with the admission departments of their prospective college of choice to see what their individual policies are pertinent to A.P. coursework and test scores.
0114 – Social Problems - 1 credit

Year - Grade 10, 11, 12

This year-long course introduces contemporary Social Problems, such as poverty, crime and violence, social inequality, war and terrorism, population and sustainability and child soldiers. We will examine these problems through film, text and other digital resources and also different perspectives within our classroom. Students taking this course must be able to examine and research extreme social situations, be comfortable participating in class discussions and debates, and also be willing to work collaboratively. This course is for grades 10,11,12.






0147 - Practical Economics - .5 credit

Semester - Grade 11, 12

This course will provide a good foundation for college-bound students as well as for students entering the job market. One of the main objectives of this course is to help prepare students to make wise financial decisions for the rest of their lives. A regular discussion of current events is also a part of the curriculum role in the economy, taxes, global economics, personal finances and career planning.




0180 - World Geography - 1 credit



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