Departments

Business and Technology

Business and Technology

Freshman Year:
  • Computer Applications CP
  • Graphic Design 1 CP
Junior & Senior Electives:
  • Principles of Accounting CP
  • Intro to Computer Programming CP
  • Adv. Computer Programming CP
  • IT Essentials CP
  • Digital School Productions CP
  • Graphic Design I CP
  • Graphic Design II CP
  • Intro to Engineering Design H
  • Principles of Accounting CP
New course offerings 2018-2019:
  • Graphic Design III CP
  • Network Essentials CP
  • Principles of Engineering H
Sophomore Year:
  • Computer Applications CP
  • Intro to Computer Programming CP
  • IT Essentials CP
  • Graphic Design 1 CP
  • Graphic Design 2 CP
  • Principles of Engineering Design H
Senior Year:
  • Senior Seminar: Personal Finance CP (required)

Course Descriptions

603 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CP

1 Credit

This course is a project based introduction to the basics of computing using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will be able to navigate and take advantage of all the aspects of Microsoft Office programs to be used to create papers, documents, and projects throughout their education. The course will progress form introductory work on Microsoft Office to culminating projects in which students will develop their own personal website incorporating projects being made on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

608 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CP

1 Credit

This is an introductory course in software development. During the first semester, students will learn to write software in a programming language called Visual Basic and develop projects that include both business/financial applications, as well as scientific applications. This course will be taught with Microsoft Visual Studio.Net and Visual Basic for Applications. Students will learn to store the results of the software they develop in a computer database during the second semester. They will learn how to create and write to a database, as well as read from it using Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL). They will leverage the skills they learned in the first semester (Computer Programming) and extend the software they develop to utilize a database.

609 ADVANCED COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming

This course is a continuation of the Introduction to Computer Programming class. Students will learn how to create and store data in a computer, and on the internet. They will learn advanced programming topics in both the Microsoft environment (Visual Studio) and Apple environment (iOS/Swift).

610 IT ESSENTIALS CP

1 Credit

IT Essentials is a two-semester course which covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. The IT Essentials course includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience using simulation tools to help you hone your troubleshooting skills and practice what you learn. You will learn how computers and mobile devices operate, identify common security threats and vulnerabilities (such as malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering), apply skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool. Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to attempt to attain the internationally recognized A+ professional certification exam.

611 NETWORKING ESSENTIALS

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in IT Essentials

New Offering 2018-2019

Networking Essentials covers basic networking concepts within the context of the networks you encounter every day. Students will develop hands-on networking skills and understand the role networks play in our lives. This course introduces students to networking careers and prepares them for further study. Students learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment, connect it to the Internet, and practice verifying and troubleshooting network and Internet connectivity. Additional topics include recognizing and mitigating security threats, configuring common Internet applications, setting up sharing between computers, and configuring basic IP services. Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to attempt to attain the internationally recognized N+ professional certification exam.

612 GRAPHIC DESIGN I CP

1 Credit

This course meets the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.

This course will introduce students to the broad field of graphic arts. Through hands-on projects, students will learn about design fundamentals, color theory, typography, and the design process. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of technical concepts and detail related to graphic design, computer applications, digital and traditional photography, and career opportunities. Students will learn the basics of the Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce a variety of printed products and display graphics.

613 GRAPHIC DESIGN II CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II is an extension of Graphic Design 1. The students will be involved with advanced techniques in photo manipulation, page and package design, and digital printing. Students will gain significant knowledge of the different programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. This course will significantly increase understanding of design thinking and problem solving as well as visual literacy.

614 GRAPHIC DESIGN III CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Graphic Design II

New Offering 2018-2019

Graphic Design III is a student-run enterprise for advanced graphics students interested in expanding their knowledge in the graphics, printing and small enterprise fields. Included is desktop publishing using such programs as Adobe Creative Suite, which includes: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Newsletters, brochures, business cards, concert/play posters, letterhead, logo designs, and more are produced using computers, scanners, printers and more. It is designed to offer a real-world experience.

606 DIGITAL SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS CP

1 Credit

This collaborative photojournalism class has the primary goal of producing an accurate, thorough, and consistent record of the lives, emotions, and activities of the Immaculate High School students through the production of the yearbook as well as a weekly digital newsletter once the yearbook is completed. Students will have the opportunity to express their creativity while developing new skills in computer design, photography, editing, marketing, and budget management. Members of this class are expected to be responsible, self-motivated students that work well in a group. They will develop leadership skills through managing their own individual projects as each student takes on their specific roles in the production of the yearbook and newsletter.

240 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior elective

This course is designed to provide the students with both knowledge and skills in elementary accounting and to enable them to manage their personal business affairs as well as to understand financial recording keeping practices in business. This course covers two types of business: proprietorship and partnership. A sole proprietorship business is presented in a complete accounting cycle. Students will analyze transactions, complete journal entries, posting, work sheets, bank reconciliation, financial statements and adjusting and closing entries.

620 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN H

1 Credit

Prerequisite: A in both Algebra I CP and Geometry CP or B in Geometry H This Project Lead the Way course provides students the opportunity to dig deep into the engineering design process. Applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Course concepts include the design process, technical sketching and drawing, measurement and statistics, modeling skills, geometry of design, reverse engineering, documentation, advanced computer modeling, design team and design challenges.

621 PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Introduction to Engineering Design H

New Offering 2018-2019

This two-semester Project Lead the Way course introduces engineering concepts, methodologies, and the application of engineering principles. Students explore multiple engineering fields gaining a better understanding of each. The course provides students the opportunity to apply an engineering design process and develop their analytical and problem-solving skills. Using activities, projects, and problems, students learn first-hand how engineers use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process.

250 PERSONAL FINANCE CP

0.5 Credit

Seniors Required Course

This one-semester course is paired with Health and Wellness as part of the Senior Seminar. Since understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success, this course presents essential knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about real world financial issues. Students will learn how choices influence occupational options and future earning potential. The course content is designed to help the student make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial success.

English

English Department

Freshman Year
  • English I CP
  • English I H
Junior Year
  • AP Language & Comp AP/ECE
  • American Literature H
  • American Lit/Public Speaking CP
  • American Lit/Journalism CP
  • Elective: Film Lit/Contemp Lit CP

Writing Lab
Writing Lab provides an opportunity for writers to work in small groups during study hall with an English teacher and peers on writing style, expression and technique.

Sophomore Year
  • English II CP
  • English II H
Senior Year
  • AP Literature/ECE
  • British Literature H
  • British Lit/Shakespeare Drama CP
  • British Lit/ Creative Writing CP
  • Elective:Film Lit /Contemp Lit CP

Course Descriptions

111 ENGLISH I CP

1 Credit

This two-semester course is an introduction to basic concepts of literature and composition. Students read, analyze, and evaluate various genres of literature including short story, drama, novel, essays, poetry, biography, and autobiography. Review of basic grammar, unity and coherence in writing is stressed. Other topics include study skills, research skills, and vocabulary development.

112 ENGLISH I H

1 Credit

In addition to the English I concepts, this two-semester Honors course practices essential skills with a stress on written and oral communication. Independent reading is required throughout the year. Students write an original short story and/or poem and give presentations based on their reading. Additionally, there will be training in standardized test-taking strategies.

121 ENGLISH II CP

1 Credit

This two-semester course is a logical development of the skills and critical thinking techniques acquired in English I. Students read and analyze literature according to genres; however, content will be slightly more sophisticated. In addition to grammar, writing, and vocabulary development, the mechanics of the research paper will be covered; students will be required to produce a paper of moderate length.

122 ENGLISH II H

1 Credit

Prerequisite: A in English I CP or B in English I H

English II Honors is an accelerated two-semester course that consists of indepth analyses of challenging classical and modern readings. Students examine textual and supplementary examples of short story, poetry, drama, non-fiction, novels, and medieval legends. Expository writing and the writing process are emphasized, complemented by extensive vocabulary study. The students read independently and produce several small papers and one comprehensive research paper. Critical thinking skills are emphasized in preparation for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT.

135/101 ENGLISH III CP: AMERICAN LITERATURE/PUBLIC SPEAKING

1 Credit
American Literature (.5)/Public Speaking (.5)

The junior level English III one-semester course surveys the tradition of American literature. Literary works are chosen to reflect the evolution of American thought within an historical setting. Reading selections are analyzed as representative pieces of American thought and literary movements from 1620 into the 1900s. Students will be required to produce a research paper and complete all outside assigned readings.

Effective communication skills are the basis of the semester focused on public speaking. In this performance-based class, students will examine effective speaking techniques and self-presentation skills to be utilized in individual, group, and/or public speaking situations. Attention will be given to speech-writing composition and analysis of famous speeches. Students are required to produce an unassisted oral presentation with props as a final project.

135/102 ENGLISH III CP: AMERICAN LITERATURE/JOURNALISM

1 Credit
American Literature (.5)/Journalism (.5)

The junior level English III one-semester course surveys the tradition of American literature. Literary works are chosen to reflect the evolution of American thought within an historical setting. Reading selections are analyzed as representative pieces of American thought and literary movements from 1620 into the 1900s. Students will be required to produce a research paper and complete all outside assigned readings.

Journalism will examine the role of media in our society, particularly the news media. The course will provide training in the fundamentals of news gathering, evaluation and ethics in reporting, and the structure and writing of journalistic stories such as feature and editorial writing. Students will be assigned roles in the production of the school newspaper, which will be a product of the class.

131 ENGLISH III: AMERICAN LITERATURE H

Prerequisite: A in Eng. II CP or B in Eng. II H

This two-semester course reviews literary works that reflect the evolution of American thought within an historical setting from the 17th to the 20th centuries. In addition to selections from the text, several novels/essays will be analyzed as representations of American thought and literary movements. Furthermore, the student will examine the role of the individual in American society, his search for identity, and his pursuit of the American Dream. The concerns of modern man as reflected in the literature of each era will be the focus of the short stories, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and novels for this course. Students will be required to do independent reading, write several papers, and deliver oral presentations.

133 AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP/ECE

Prerequisite: A+ in Eng. II CP or B+ in Eng. II H, teacher recommendation

In the two-semester AP English Language and Composition, student reading and writing experiences focus on diversified non-fiction prose. Teachers ask that students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Writing tasks give students the practice necessary to make them aware, flexible writers who can compose in different modes and for different purposes. In developing sophisticated reading and writing skills, students explore and describe how language works. They learn to observe and analyze diction and syntax that create subtle effects on language. AP students learn to describe language through discussion of rhetorical strategies and terms, demonstrating a working knowledge of parts of speech, structural patterns, awareness of connotation and shades of meaning in context. Attention will be focused on models from major American literature selections. Taking the AP Language & Composition exam in May is required.

145/155 ENGLISH IV CP: BRITISH LITERATURE/CREATIVE WRITING

1 Credit
British Literature (.5)/Creative Writing (.5) CP

British Literature CP surveys English literature in the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan periods, and the 17th, 18th, and romantic (19th) centuries. Students study the various literary genres in these periods, including English poetry, drama, the essay, short story, and novel. In addition, the student can expect to produce a major research paper, along with numerous other papers designed to develop the student’s academic, as well as creative expression.

Paired with this course is the one-semester Creative Writing course which is designed to enhance student recognition, understanding, appreciation, and application of strong writing skills. The course will explore a variety of styles and techniques in order to equip the student with a range of writing approaches. Students will model various styles of fiction, poetry, and drama creating original short stories, poems, and a one-act play. The school literary magazine will be a product of the class. Assessment will be by portfolio.

145/159 ENGLISH IV CP: BRITISH LITERATURE/SHAKESPEARE DRAMA

1 Credit
British Literature (.5)/ Shakespeare Drama (.5)

British Literature CP surveys English literature in the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan periods, and the 17th, 18th, and romantic (19th) centuries. Students study the various literary genres in these periods, including English poetry, drama, the essay, short story, and novel. In addition, the student can expect to produce a major research paper, along with numerous other papers designed to develop the student’s academic, as well as creative expression.

The Shakespeare/Drama course focuses on both Shakespeare and modern works, incorporating reading, interpretation, and the preparation and presentation of monologues and scene studies. Students will become comfortable with basic terminology of the theatre, formulate design concepts, set renderings, costume and makeup techniques, and learn how these elements contribute greatly to both our understanding of the playwright’s words and the audience experience. The final grade will be determined in part by a student portfolio.

142 ENGLISH IV: BRITISH LITERATURE H

1 Credit

Prerequisite: A in Eng.III CP or B in Eng. III H or AP Language

English IV Honors is intended for students of exceptional reading and writing ability. Like English IV College Preparatory, the course surveys English literature in the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan periods, and the 17th, 18th, and Romantic and 20th centuries, where students will study literary genres including English poetry, drama, the essay, short story, and novel. In addition to outside readings of critical analysis and comparative studies, independent study, research and expository papers are required.

143 AP LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Prerequisite: A+ in Eng. III CP or B+ in Eng. III H or B in AP Language, teacher recommendation

AP Literature and Composition is a college-level course for qualified, highly motivated seniors. Concentrating on British Literature, the course includes representative works in several genres including novel, short story, poetry, drama and essay. Students receive a list of required works to be read during the summer. In addition to close analysis of the representative works, frequent writing assignments develop the students’ skills and style. Workshops will be used to develop additional skills required on the AP exam and to provide students with a more intensive writing experience. Students will take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.

157/149 FILM LITERATURE /CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE CP

1 Credit
Film Literature (.5)/Contemporary Literature(.5)
Elective

Film Literature examines film masterpieces and how stories are an essential part of every human culture. Students will analyze the use of plot, setting, style, and point of view in classic films. Class activities include viewing, listening, researching, and analyzing film. This course requires parental permission before students can participate in the classroom viewing.

The Contemporary Literature class will read and discuss a variety of modern fiction and non-fiction selections, focusing on the individual’s values and attitudes pertaining to current social issues. Some of the texts may involve mature topics; similar to Film Literature, a parental permission form will be required at the beginning of the course.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Department

Freshman Year:
  • Introduction to Art
  • Graphic Design I
  • Chorus 1
  • Concert Band
  • Beginning Piano
  • Guitar Ensemble
SeniorElectives:
  • AP Studio Art
  • Portfolio Development H
Sophomore-Senior Year
  • Introduction to Art
  • Painting and Drawing
  • 3-D Sculpture and Design
  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Graphic Design III (business)
  • Chorus 1
  • Chorus 2
  • Concert Choir H
  • Concert Band
  • Beginning Piano
  • Piano II
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Music Theory H
  • Sound Design CP

Course Descriptions

750 INTRODUCTION TO ART CP

1 Credit

This course will concentrate on the basics of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Introduction to Art is a foundational-level class focusing on the process of creating artwork in a variety of media such as pencil, paint, polymer clay, wire, and more. Concepts such as composition and perspective, as well as the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design will be addressed. Students will be required to think about their own creative process, and utilize critical thinking skills in order to improve their artwork. They will be introduced to the vocabulary of art, and will be asked to use such vocabulary in class critiques.

751 DRAWING AND PAINTING CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Offered in odd years

Students will focus on creating artwork on the two-dimensional (2-D) plane. The course will reinforce and go beyond the concepts that were covered in Introduction to Art. The importance of working from good references (both picture and life) will be stressed as a means to build up the student’s visual library. Such a library will enhance their skill at representing the threedimensional world on a 2-D space. The course will delve deeply into the issues of value, color, and composition. Students will create many types of pieces, including landscapes, portraits, still life and abstract works of art.

752 3-D SCULPTURE AND DESIGN CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Art

Offered in even years

Students will focus on creating artwork that goes into the three-dimensional plane (3-D). This course will expand on the sculpture techniques learned in the Introduction to Art course. The class will also gain an understanding of how the 2-D concepts and techniques learned in Introduction to Art can help bolster their three-dimensional work. The importance of working from good references (both picture and life) will be stressed as a means to build up the student’s visual library. Such a library will enhance their skill at interpreting their ideas in 3-D space. Students will work in both additive and subtractive sculpture methods, and work in a variety of materials such as polymer clay, oil-based clay, wood, paper, and metal.

780 PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT/INDIVIDUAL STUDY H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting, 3-D Sculpture and approval of instructor

Seniors only

This course is designed for students who want to continue their art education. The student will create a variety of highly refined artwork for their college application portfolio. Students in this course will have many options when it comes to creating their artwork in terms of subject matter and media. The importance of the artistic process and problem solving will be the focus of this course. Becoming self-sufficient in the area of critique will help students identify and fix their artwork’s deficiencies. Learning how to work through mistakes and utilize critical thinking to solve such events will help the student evolve as an artist.

781 AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting, 3-D Sculpture and approval of instructor

Seniors only

This is an intensive course that is designed for students serious about continuing their art education through college. The student will create a minimum of 24 highly refined works of art for their AP Portfolio. Students in this course will focus on three areas to fill out their portfolio: quality, a concentration and breadth. Students will be expected to pursue mastery in concept, composition and execution of drawing. The importance of the artistic process, creative integrity, and problem solving will be a focus of this course.

612 GRAPHIC DESIGN I CP

1 Credit

This course meets the Fine Arts requirement for graduation

This course will introduce students to the broad field of graphic arts. Through hands-on projects, students will learn about design fundamentals, color theory, typography, and the design process. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of technical concepts and detail related to graphic design, computer applications, digital and traditional photography, and career opportunities. Students will learn the basics of the Adobe Creative Suite to design and produce a variety of printed products and display graphics.

613 GRAPHIC DESIGN II CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II is an extension of Graphic Design I. The students will be involved with advanced techniques in photo manipulation, page and package design, and digital printing. Students will gain significant knowledge of the different programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. This course will significantly increase understanding of design thinking and problem solving as well as visual literacy.

614 GRAPHIC DESIGN III CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Graphic Design II

New Offering 2018-2019

Graphic Design III is a student-run enterprise for advanced graphics students interested in expanding their knowledge in the graphics, printing and small enterprise fields. Included is desktop publishing using such programs as Adobe Creative Suite, which includes: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Newsletters, brochures, business cards, concert/play posters, letterhead, logo designs, and more are produced using computers, scanners, printers and more. It is designed to offer a real-world experience.

748 CHORUS I CP

1 Credit

Chorus 1 is an entry-level choral ensemble that will perform classic and contemporary music of medium difficulty that challenges their musical abilities. Some areas of study are basic music theory, voice production, solo and ensemble singing, sight reading and artistic interpretation. A variety of music literature is studied, including sacred and secular compositions from masterworks to contemporary. Chorus 1 & 2 students will perform together at various concerts and performances throughout the year. Participation at all performances is required.

773 CHORUS II CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Mixed Chorus 1

Chorus 2 will rehearse and perform classical and contemporary music of increased level of difficulty to further challenge their musical abilities. Some areas of study are basic music theory, voice production, solo and ensemble singing, sight reading and artistic interpretation. A variety of music literature is studied, including sacred and secular compositions from masterworks to contemporary. Chorus 1 & 2 students will perform together at various concerts and performances throughout the year. Participation at all performances is required.

763 CONCERT CHOIR H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Audition

Concert choir is the serious study of artistic music for the select chorus musician. This is an auditioned group of upperclassmen who demonstrate advanced skills in vocal production and score reading. They will study and perform advanced repertoire focusing on sacred and secular music ranging from 4 to 8 parts. There will be an emphasis on a capella singing. In addition, advanced music theory and music history will be studied. Choir members are REQUIRED to participate in all concerts and out of school performances, as well as, to audition for the Western Regional Competition in November sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

782 MUSIC THEORY H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B or higher in music elective

Offered in odd years

Music Theory is designed for motivated students who have a deep curiosity about the inner workings of music. Music from all periods and styles will be studied and analyzed. The course places an emphasis on note reading in treble and bass clefs. First students will discover the fundamental principles behind music and will learn about tonality through ear training practice and sight singing. Finally, students will use their knowledge of music theory to write songs and other musical compositions. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of music that they have written. Students may choose to record their final compositions in the Recording Studio.

744 DIGITAL SOUND DESIGN CP

1 Credit

Offered in even years

This class is designed for students interested in creating music through technology. Basic music theory is incorporated so that students with no prior knowledge of music can learn how songs are written. The class will analyze the music of current, popular artists in order to learn the fundamentals of music. Although students will mostly work in Garageband, students fluent in other digital audio workstations such as Soundation or FL Studio are welcome. Students will acquire basic piano skills as well as practice in reading music notation and ear training. The final project is an EP/mixtape of songs written during the course.

776 BEGINNING PIANO CP

1 Credit

Students of all musical backgrounds are welcome in Beginning Piano. Although the course is structured so that students with no prior background in music may learn to play the piano, experienced pianists are also welcome. The course will cover reading music, playing melodies with accompaniment, and various exercises to strengthen technical ability. The emphasis in the course is on solo playing. Owning a piano at home is helpful, but not necessary.

778 PIANO II CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Beginning Piano or by acceptance of instructor

Piano II is for students looking to progress further in their piano playing. It is open to students who have completed Beginning Piano as well as those who pass an audition with the instructor. The course builds on the foundations of note-reading and piano technique and will also incorporate new topics such as music theory and music history. Students will continue to develop their musical abilities in a class setting with a focus on solo playing. The course covers a wide range of musical styles including pop, classical, jazz and blues. Although some method book material is required, students will be expected to learn piano literature. Students are not required to own a piano at home.

771 GUITAR ENSEMBLE CP

1 Credit

Enrollment in Guitar Ensemble is open to any student who plays guitar. Students should have their own acoustic guitar*. Guitar ensemble literature in varied styles (folk, rock, classical, jazz) will be studied and will change from year to year. Emphasis is placed on performance skills such as playing with a group and not just as a solo instrument, guitar picking and strumming techniques, and basic music theory involved in ensemble and solo playing. Grading includes performance evaluations and written examinations and quizzes, along with written exercises as homework. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. *Some acoustic guitars are available for use in class.

770 CONCERT BAND CP

1 Credit

Enrollment in Concert Band is open to any student who has at least one year of experience/proficiency on a woodwind, brass and percussion instrument. String instruments are also accepted, although the repertoire is based on concert band and jazz ensemble pieces rather than orchestral pieces. A wide variety of concert band and jazz ensemble literature will be studied, with increasing difficulty in the music throughout the year, and the repertoire will vary from year to year. Emphasis is placed on development of technique and interpretation, both as individual instrumentalists and as an ensemble group, performance skills, and developing an overall mature musical expression. Music skills, such as scale, sight reading and rhythm exercises, will be emphasized, along with music theory including music notation and key signature recognition. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

French

World Languages: French

Freshman Year:
  • French I H
  • French II H
Junior Year:
  • French III H
  • French IV H

Virtual Classes:
Virtual Program is offered for students interested in Latin or AP language courses that are not offered in the regular classroom setting.

Sophomore Year:
  • French II H
  • French III H
Senior Year:
  • French IV H
  • AP French Language (virtual)

Course Descriptions

314 FRENCH I H

1 Credit

Students are introduced to the skills of understanding basic spoken French, expressing their own ideas related to the topics studied in understandable French, and to reading and writing about essential concepts correctly. Vocabulary is student-centered, dealing with friends, family, shopping, eating, and daily activities.

In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary, the students use supplementary materials which introduce them to the culture and civilization of France and the countries where French is spoken. A major project focuses on the history of Paris.

324 FRENCH II H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: French I H or qualifying score on placement test

Students continue their study of French culture and language, adding mastery of past tenses and more advanced grammar concepts. Much additional vocabulary on many topics is added to the students’ repertoire, and there is a continued emphasis on accurate pronunciation to reinforce their progress towards fluency in French.

During the second semester students will research, prepare and serve a French meal to their families as well as engage in informal conversations using the language.

334 FRENCH III H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in French II H

In the third year, students are challenged to grow in listening comprehension and communicative skills as their confidence and fluency in French increases. Longer readings, frequent short writing assignments, and daily use of the language will be standard. During the second semester, French becomes the main medium of communication for most purposes.

Students will be introduced to the remaining non-literary indicative tenses and to the subjunctive mood. Students will learn how to respond effectively in French in many situations and predicaments. The text will be supplemented with a variety of authentic French materials, including news articles, literature and film.

354 FRENCH IV H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in French III H

This course is designed for students who enjoy French language and culture and wish to continue to improve their communication skills. In addition to continued speaking and listening practice with a practical cultural theme, students will view films and read literary selections and articles from various print and online sources. There will be an emphasis on the French language and the diversity of French culture around the world,

343 AP FRENCH LANGUAGE

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ in French IV H & teacher recommendation

(Two-semester Virtual Course)

Students with a strong background in French will prepare to take the AP French Language and Culture examination by following this intensive course designed to reinforce and perfect their French language skills. Students will concentrate on: listening comprehension, advanced French composition techniques, French grammar, conversation and narrative expression, reading comprehension and vocabulary building. The course is built around the following themes: global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, one’s personal and public identities, families and communities, and beauty and aesthetics. This is an exciting challenge for the truly superior student. The class is conducted in French. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement French Language exam in May.

Mandarin Chinese

World Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Freshman Year:
  • Mandarin Chinese I CP
Junior Year:
  • Mandarin Chinese III CP
Junior/Senior Elective:
  • Latin I (virtual)
Sophomore Year:
  • Mandarin Chinese II CP
Senior Year:
  • Mandarin Chinese IV CP

Virtual Classes:
Virtual Program is offered for students interested in Latin or AP language courses that are not offered in the regular classroom setting.

Course Descriptions

361 MANDARIN CHINESE I CP

1 Credit

This is an introductory two-semester course to Chinese language and culture. Students will learn basic written characters, be introduced to correct Mandarin pronunciation, and practice vocabulary necessary for everyday communication. They will be able to greet strangers politely and ask and answer simple questions on such topics as hobbies, food, time and weather. They will also be able to write sentences and short paragraphs on familiar topics including personal descriptions. In addition, they will learn about aspects of Chinese history cultural practices, giving attention to the similarities and differences between our cultures.

362 MANDARIN CHINESE II CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Chinese I CP

Students will continue to expand their knowledge of Chinese culture and develop the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. They will learn additional vocabulary allowing them to communicate more fully with others in Chinese about themselves. Topics will include personal traits, conversational expressions, house and home, health and welfare, nutrition and food, school life, sports, invitations, shopping and daily routine. As they become more familiar with Chinese language and history, they will develop a greater appreciation for the richness of Chinese culture and an awareness of how their knowledge can foster tolerance and understanding.

363 MANDARIN CHINESE III CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Chinese II CP

Continuing and reinforcing the work done in Level II of Chinese, students continue developing the four language skills. More advanced grammatical structures are introduced and basic structures are reinforced. All aspects of the course, including projects, are presented in a cultural context that enhances the students’ understanding of the geography, history and rich diversity in the Chinese-speaking world. Chinese is used as the medium of instruction as much as possible.

364 MANDARIN CHINESE IV CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Chinese III CP

Continuing and reinforcing the work done in Level III of Chinese, students develop increased fluency of the spoken language and literary skills. Research and history of the Chinese culture is enhanced. Chinese is used as the medium of instruction as much as possible.

316 LATIN I CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior elective, administrator approval required

Elective Only
(Two-semester Virtual Course)

This course is an on-line course offered through VHS services and is open to students as an elective only. There are two primary goals of Latin 1. On the one hand, Latin focuses on pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition, and the grammar of the simple Latin sentence, so that the successful student will gain a rudimentary ability to comprehend Latin. On the other hand, Latin 1 enables the successful student to better understand and use English or other languages. A secondary goal is to introduce the student to Roman history and culture. The student must be highly self-motivated, technologically skilled and dedicated to working alone.

Mathematics

Mathematics Department

Freshman Year
  • Algebra I CP
    Placement Test Required
  • Geometry CP
  • Geometry H
Junior Year
  • Algebra II CP
  • Integrated Math III CP
  • Offered to Class of 2021 and beyond
  • Math IV Trig CP
  • Pre-Calculus CP
  • Pre-Calculus H
  • Statistics H
Virtual Classes
Virtual Classes for students who have completed math program requirements:
  • AP Calculus (BC)
  • Statistics AP
Sophomore Year
  • Geometry CP
  • Geometry H
  • Integrated Math III CP
  • Offered to Class of 2021 and beyond
  • Algebra II CP
  • Algebra II H
Senior Year
  • Pre-Calculus CP
  • Math IV Trig CP
  • Statistics H
  • Calculus H
  • AP Calculus (AB) AP/ECE

Course Descriptions

211 ALGEBRA I CP

1 Credit

This two-semester course develops a background in basic algebraic skills: basic properties of real numbers; solving first- degree equations; word problems using first-degree equations; solving first-degree inequalities; word problems using first-degree inequalities; graphing linear functions in two variables; solving linear systems in two variables by substitution and linear combination; word problems using linear systems in two variables; operations with radicals; operations with polynomials; factoring polynomials; simplifying rational expressions; operations with rational expressions; solving quadratic equations over the rational numbers by factoring and quadratic formula; and solving word problems using quadratic equations.

221 GEOMETRY CP

1 Credit

This-two semester course, sequential to Algebra I is an integration of plane geometry with arithmetic and algebra. Syllabus includes all of the basic concepts of geometry, such as points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, congruence, similarity, formal and indirect proofs, constructions, areas and volumes of solids, translations and trigonometric ratios of right triangles

222 GEOMETRY H

1 Credit

Prerequisite: B in Algebra IH or A in Algebra I CP This two-semester course, sequential to Algebra I (Honors), requires an indepth study of all the topics covered in the CP Geometry course, but offers such additional topics as: elementary logic; 3-dimensional concepts; transformations; similarity in polygons; parallel lines and planes; coordinate geometry; inequalities in geometry; and trigonometric ratios of right angles; geometric probability, and applications of real-world problems relating to each topic studied

231 ALGEBRA II CP

1 Credit

This two-semester course, sequential to Geometry, offers a continued study of the skills and concepts of algebra: the solution of first and second degree equations; linear systems in two variables; quadratic systems; rational equations and expressions; irrational, imaginary and complex numbers; functions and graphs, an introduction to analytic geometry through the conic sections; and applications of real-world problems.

232 ALGEBRA II H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Geometry H or A in Geometry CP

This two-semester course is sequential to Geometry H and requires an indepth study of all the topics covered in the CP Algebra II course, but offers such additional topics as: polynomial equations and functions; rational equations and functions; radical equations and functions; piece-wise functions; operations with matrices; analytic geometry; trigonometry of the right triangle and the unit circle; graphing sine and cosine and applications of real-world problems relating to each topic studied.

230 INTEGRATED MATH III CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Geometry CP or H

This two-semester course provides an integration of algebraic and geometric relationships with a study of statistics. Topics include: slopes and lines, systems, properties of exponents, quadratic functions, factoring, modeling with function, right triangle with trigonometry, polygons circles and solids, conditional probability, and fundamental counting principle. A focus on SAT math concepts is included

241 Math IV/Trig CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II

This two-semester course is a functions approach to algebra and trigonometry covering: equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, system of equations and inequalities, determinants, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications, trigonometry with both an analytic and triangular emphasis, complex numbers including graphical representation, and polar notation. This course is totally integrated with TI-84 plus calculator

246 PRE-CALCULUS CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Algebra II CP or successful completion of Math IV/Trig

This two-semester course, a functions approach to advanced algebra and trigonometry, covers the following topics: factoring, completing the square, discriminate, quadratic formula, equations of lines, polynomial and rational functions, partial fraction decomposition, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, linear programming, exponential and logarithmic functions, and matrices and determinants. Additional emphasis is given to the trigonometric functions including the unit circle, graphs, identities, and inverse functions and their graphs. This course is totally integrated with the TI-84 plus calculator.

242 PRE-CALCULUS H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Algebra II H

This two-semester course is sequential to Algebra II (H), provides an in-depth study of advanced algebra and trigonometry: polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, inverse functions, composition of functions, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, partial fraction decomposition, linear programming, polynomial and rational inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications, matrices and determinants, and arithmetic and geometric series and sequences. Additional emphasis is given to the trigonometric functions including the unit circle, graphs, identities, inverse functions and their graphs, complex numbers in polar form, DeMoivre’s Theorem; and graphs of polar equations. The curriculum of the College Board SAT Subject Test (Level II) is covered. This course is totally integrated with TI-84 plus calculator.

203 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Senior elective or concurrently with Pre-Calculus H

This two-semester course is a general introductory course to the field of statistics. The content is designed to provide students with the basics of statistics that can be used across many fields of study. Students study the organization, analysis, and interpretation of data; methods of planning and conducting a study, survey, and experiment; probability theory and simulations in everyday situations. Use of the TI-84 graphing calculator for applications is required

244 CALCULUS H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C+ in Pre-Calculus H or a B+ in Pre-Calculus CP

This two-semester course, sequential to Pre-Calculus, is an introductory college-level course intended for students who desire to enroll in a university Calculus course or in AP Calculus. The course contains an examination of polynomials; rational, exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions with an emphasis on the study of differential and integral calculus in one variable. This course is totally integrated with the TI- 84 plus calculator

234 CALCULUS AP/ ECE

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ or higher in Pre-Calculus H

This two-semester course, sequential to Pre-Calculus H, prepares students for the Advanced Placement Calculus examination (AB level). Topics include: limits and continuity; L’HÔpital’s Rule; the differential calculus of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; anti-derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; techniques of integration, definite integrals and numerical approximations; the solutions of differential equations and their representation by slope field. The derivative, as the slope of a function at any given point and the definite integral, as the area under a function between any two given points, are regularly graphed and checked on a graphing calculator. Applications of derivatives and integrals are explored regularly. Students are required to take the AP Exam and have the option of taking the college exam for college credit. This course is totally integrated with TI-84 plus calculator

PE & Health Sciences

Physical Education & Health Sciences

Course Descriptions

805 PHYSICAL EDUCATION CP

0.5 Credits

Physical Education provides an array of activities with an abundance of opportunities for every student to be successful. The program provides students a release from daily stress and strain while they participate in both competitive and non-competitive events. Skills, interests and appreciation for life-long learning, activity and recreation are developed through both team and individual activities. Also stressed is that students should be totally accountable for their own actions, both in and out of the classroom.

455 HEALTH and WELLNESS CP

0.5 Credits
Required course for Seniors

This one-semester course is paired with Personal Finance as part of the Senior Seminar. Personal Health emphasizes the importance of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to personal health and wellness. It is a course designed to expose students to a broad range of issues and information relating to the various aspects of personal health, which include the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental aspects. A combination of lecture, group discussion and activities, presentations, video, nutritional and fitness projects are included.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies Department

Freshman Year
  • Religion I: Christ Revealed in the Old Testament
Junior Year
  • Religion III: Sacraments and
  • Christian Morality
Sophomore Year
  • Religion II: A Study of the New Testament and Church
Senior Year
  • Christian Lifestyles/World Religions
  • Christian Lifestyles/Social Justice
  • Philosophy (elective)

Course Descriptions

011 RELIGION I: Christ Revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures: A Study of the Old Testament

1 Credit

This two-semester course illustrates how the Old Testament contains over a thousand years of God’s self-revelation to His chosen people Israel. Starting from the view of religion as relationship, this course will explore the nature of revelation as recorded in Sacred Scripture. We will examine how the Scriptures were formed over many centuries and the role of the Church in defining the canon. Students learn to read Sacred Scripture as literary genre and historical context while relying on the Magisterium of the Church for interpretation. Students will immerse themselves in the stories of the Bible from Creation through the end of the Babylonian Exile; will examine the role of Old Testament heroes as types for Christ, the Biblical foreshadowing of the sacraments, the structures of the Church, and the role of both personal and communal prayer in deepening our relationship with God.

021 RELIGION II: A Study of the New Testament and Church

1 Credit

Jesus asks His disciples “Who do you say that I am?” The way that a person answers this question has had life changing implications. Grounded in an understanding of Revelation, students begin to seek answers to Jesus’ question in the New Testament. After a brief examination of the historical context of first century Palestine and a review of the canon of the New Testament, students explore the Christology of the Infancy Narratives, the Kingdom of God as revealed in Jesus’ actions, His parables, death and resurrection.

The course will also investigate Christ’s mission through the Church, will explore the Church as the People of God, as the Mystical Body of Christ along with the implications of those models on the life of the individual. The Nicene Creed, the historical development of the Church’s hierarchy, the universal call to holiness, evangelical counsels, the Lay Apostolate, common priesthood, communion of saints and the study of the role of Mary in the life of the Church culminates the purpose of this course.

031 RELIGION III: Sacraments and Christian Morality

1 Credit

Through the study of the Sacraments students will experience Jesus’ continued living presence in the world. The development and historical significance of the sacraments, symbols, and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church will be explored.

Students will study the fundamental principles for living a moral life based on the Roman Catholic belief that all persons posses a sense of dignity and are created in the image and likeness of God. Grounded in prayer and study of the Church’s moral teachings, students will deepen their process of moral development. In addition, students will be offered a broader insight into their role in the life of the Church, especially in Sacrament of Reconciliation, as part of their ongoing moral development.

042/044 RELIGION IV: Christian Lifestyles and Social Teachings of the Church

1 Credit
Christian Lifestyles (.5) and Social Teachings of the Church (.5)

This two-semester course will discuss how to live in Jesus Christ in order to achieve happiness with God. Students will explore the importance of choosing a vocation not just accepting an expected vocation. The individual vocations (married life, single life, consecrated life and priesthood) will be discussed from the point of view of creating a Christian lifestyle, the demands, responsibilities, strengths and weaknesses. During the second semester, the students will concern themselves with the Teaching of the Catholic Church about Social Issues as it has developed in the last 150 years. They will learn about the documents of the Popes and Bishops that have dealt with modern issues, such as, working conditions, family life issues, health issues, and the issues dealing with war, justice and personal freedom.

042/043 RELIGION IV: Christian Lifestyles and World Religions

1 Credit
Christian Lifestyles (.5) and World Religions (.5)

This two-semester course will discuss how to live in Jesus Christ in order to achieve happiness with God. Students will explore the importance of choosing a vocation not just accepting an expected vocation. The individual vocations (married life, single life, consecrated life and priesthood) will be discussed from the point of view of creating a Christian lifestyle. Each vocation will be considered as to its demands and responsibilities, strengths and weaknesses.

Throughout history people have sought to understand the meaning of their existence and their place in the world. The result of this search for truth has been the growth of the world’s great religious traditions. This world religions course will examine many of these traditions including Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. This course will look at the history, major beliefs and practices of these traditions and consider how they relate to our own Christian tradition. How do these diverse religions experience God? How to they confront death and the problem of evil? What do they have in common? How are they different?

Along the way we will explore the concepts of sacred time and sacred spaces; consider the roles of prophets, sages, saints and shamans; examine the function of myth and scripture. Students will have a working knowledge of the role religion plays in the life of the individual and the community as well as a deeper appreciation for the power of their own faith.

045 PHILOSOPHY CP

1 Credit

Religious Studies Elective: Seniors in addition to required Religion class.

This two-semester course is a senior elective which will introduce the student to the questions that Philosophy attempts to answer. The approach will be to investigate the philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas and other philosophers, like Descartes, Kant and other modern philosophers on matters. Some of the questions will be: What is essence and existence? What evidence is there for the existence of God? How can the same thing be one and yet many? What is Metaphysics, Ethics, Knowledge, the nature of the physical world and its relation to a non-physical existence? What is an ideal starting point and a realistic starting point? The student will be expected to demonstrate a specific understanding of each of these philosophers, and questions.

Science

Science Department

Freshman Year
  • Biology CP
  • Biology H
Junior Year
  • Chemistry CP
  • Chemistry H
  • Physics CP
  • Physics I AP
  • Biology AP
  • Chemistry AP
Electives: Junior and Senior Year
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology CP
  • Environmental Studies CP
  • Forensics CP
Sophomore Year
  • Principles of Biomedical Science CP
  • Chemistry CP
  • Chemistry H
Senior Year
  • Biology AP
  • Chemistry AP
  • Physics I AP
  • Physics 2 AP

Course Descriptions

411/911 BIOLOGY CP

1 Credit

This two-semester lab course teaches basic biological concepts, skills and facts, which enable the students to build competency in analytical and critical thinking and to apply their knowledge to the understanding of patterns and relationships. Emphasis is placed on fostering an awareness of the relevance of the study of biology to their lives. After mastering the fundamentals of organic chemistry, the students progress to the study of cellular structure and function as well as the production and consumption of energy by living things. Students then investigate basic genetic principles, modern genetics and applied human genetics as well as study evolution with an overview of the five taxonomic kingdoms complete the course.

412/912 BIOLOGY H

1 Credit

This two-semester lab course introduces the above-average freshman to the major biological principles: cells, evolution, genetic continuity, metabolism, and complementarity of structure and function. All levels of biological organization are depicted. Emphasis is placed on science as inquiry. Students perform numerous experiments, covering basic laboratory skills, biochemical analysis, microbiology, microscope procedures, and an introduction to the Technological Computer Lab.

453/953 BIOLOGY AP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ Biology H & Chemistry H, or A+ Biology CP & Chemistry CP, teacher recommendation

This two-semester lab course prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination in Biology. The curriculum represents those topics covered in a college-level introductory Biology course: chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology. The content is centered on the four big ideas in biology: evolution, energy use and homeostasis, information analysis, and interactions. Independent outside reading and independent learning is expected. Students must take the AP Exam in Biology.

4242/924 PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: CP or H Biology

This two-semester lab course includes the study of human medicine, research processes, and mathematics to model and study biological systems. Students will investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including: heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, infectious diseases and cancer. Students will determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems and defense against disease. This course is designed to allow students to explore a range of careers in biomedical sciences.

12 431/931 CHEMISTRY CP

1 Credit
Co-requisite: Algebra II CP or Algebra II H

This two-semester lab course conceptually examines the basic physical and chemical properties of matter and the energy changes that occur during phase change and chemical reactions. It includes the study of atomic structure, chemical bonding, naming compounds, equation writing, stoichiometry, the gas laws, kinetic theory, solutions, and acids and bases. The unit analysis problem solving approach is emphasized when appropriate. Scientific calculator required.

422/922 CHEMISTRY H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Biology H and 9th Grade Honors Math Course or A in Biology I CP and CP Math

This two-semester lab course conceptually and mathematically analyzes basic chemical phenomena. Topics studied include: the unit-analysis method of problem solving, measurement, atomic structure, the historical development of modern atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, and energy changes in chemical and physical changes. Skill in naming chemical compounds and writing balanced chemical equations is emphasized. Problem-solving skills are strengthened with the mole concept and stoichiometry. Both the behavior of various states of matter and the gas laws are studied with the kinetic molecular theory. Studies of solutions and acid/base chemistry are included. Scientific calculator required.

463/963 CHEMISTRY AP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ Chemistry H or Physics H, teacher recommendation
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Math IV/TRIG or Pre-Calculus

The major objective of this two-semester lab course is a first year college chemistry program. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination in Chemistry. A summer assignment to review the fundamental skills is required. Strong emphasis is placed on chemical calculations, the mathematical treatment of problems, and laboratory work. Students are required to take the AP Chemistry Exam. Each student must have a scientific or graphing calculator.

435/935 PHYSICS CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: successful completion of Chemistry CP or H and Algebra II CP or H

Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact. This lab course focuses on the central concepts of physics with an emphasis on the relationship to events in the everyday environments, problem solving techniques that apply to a number of different problem type, basic algebra to solve analytical problems as well as logic and synthesis of information to solve conceptual problems. Newton’s Laws of Motion, velocity and acceleration, conservation of energy and momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, waves and sound, optics, electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism are introduced.

444/944 AP PHYSICS: Part 1

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Honors Algebra II or B+ in CP Algebra II
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in either Math IV/TRIG or Pre-Calculus

This lab course prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination in Physics Part 1. The curriculum represents topics covered in a non-calculus first semester college physics course: Newtonian mechanics, work energy and power, mechanical wave and sound as well as an introduction to electric circuits. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of familiar principles in new situations, in which the student must devise a logical solution. Students are required to take the AP Physics 1 exam. Each student must have a scientific or graphing calculator.

445/945 AP PHYSICS: Part 2

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of AP Physics Part I or A+ Physics CP with teacher approval
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in either Math IV/TRIG or Pre-Calculus

This lab course follows AP Physics Part 1 and prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination in Physics Part 2. The curriculum represents topics covered in a non-calculus second semester college physics course: fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, light and optics, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of familiar principles in new situations in which the student must devise a logical solution. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Physics II Examination.

441/941 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior elective; B in CP Biology or C in Biology H, Concurrent Chemistry advised

Two-semester lab course offering is for any student considering a career in health studies, medical science, physical training or any other related field. Designed for highly motivated students, a review of human biological concepts learned in earlier courses is quickly followed by the study of human structure and function, both in health and illness. Lecture and lab activities as well as various research and independent work projects are included.

448 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior elective

This course introduces the student to the multi-disciplined world of environmental studies. Information gained will provide a solid entry-level background for further studies on the collegiate level. The lecture-discussion format is supplemented by group projects, AV resources, lab activities, independent studies and possible field trips and guest speakers. Topics range from ecosystem dynamics, biogeography and wildlife management to comprehensive studies of natural resources. Regional case studies involve Lake Candlewood, Long Island Sound and an ecoevolutionary overview of Connecticut.

407 FORENSIC SCIENCE CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior elective

Forensic science is a comprehensive study of the sciences used by police agencies in the criminal justice system. Major topics include processing a crime scene, identification and analysis of evidence, document analysis, firearm identification, toxicology, explosion and arson identification. This course will use real world examples, multimedia sources, basic theory and laboratory work to create an exciting way for the student to explore the subject. Lab experiments will reinforce or teach basic principles of biology, chemistry and physics.

Social Studies

Social Studies Department

Freshman Year
  • Modern World History CP
  • Modern World History H
Junior Year
  • US History CP
  • US History H
  • US History AP/UCONN
Sophomore Year
  • Regional Studies/US Government CP
  • Regional Studies/US Government H
Junior and Senior Year Electives
Taken in addition to required courses
  • The Cold War CP
  • International Relations H
  • Principles of Economics H
  • Psychology AP
  • American Government& Politics AP

Course Descriptions

525 MODERN WORLD HISTORY CP

1 Credit

This survey course examines the progress of human civilization from the time of the French Revolution of 1789 to the emergence of the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of government from absolutism to popular consent. Major world events such as the Age of Enlightenment, Modern Revolutions, National Unification Movements, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the emergence of Global thinking at the dawn of the 21st Century are closely examined.

526 MODERN WORLD HISTORY H

1 Credit

This survey course examines the progress of human civilization from the time of the French Revolution of 1789 to the emergence of the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of government from absolutism to popular consent. Major world events such as the Age of Enlightenment, Modern Revolutions, National Unification Movements, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the emergence of Global thinking at the dawn of the 21st Century are closely examined.

552/510 REGIONAL STUDIES/US GOVERNMENT CP

1 Credit

Regional Studies: Americas introduces students to the major nations comprising North America (Canada, Mexico, United States). The geographic, economic and cultural aspects of the region will be discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on the physical and political geography of each nation. In addition, there will be an introductory unit on map skills, climate, landforms, languages, and religions of the areas prior to the individual study of each nation.

American Government is a one semester course and a general introduction to the American governmental system. It provides a description of the framework within which political decisions in the United States are made. Students will become aware of their basic rights, duties, and responsibilities as American citizens. Topics will include: basic principles of government, the U.S. Constitution, branches of government, personal liberties and justice, election campaign patterns, and voting procedures.

553/509 REGIONAL STUDIES/US GOVERNMENT H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in social studies course H or A in social studies course CP

Regional Studies: Americas (H) is an in-depth analysis of the major regions comprising North America (Canada, Mexico, United States). A short introductory unit will be given on map skills, climate, environment, major landforms, and religions of these nations prior to the individual study of each country. Historical, cultural, and current issues of each region will also be analyzed including immigration, patterns of human settlement, economic activity, land use, physical and political geography, and the politics of each nation. A written project on each nation studied will be required. In addition, weekly current events discussions with news article summaries as well as outside readings will be given on a regular basis. American Government (H) is an in-depth study of the government of the United States with emphasis on individual rights and liberties. Students will study the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the federal court system, landmark Supreme Court cases, political parties, mass media and public opinion, the branches of government, and comparative economic and political systems.

531 US HISTORY SINCE 1877 CP

1 Credit

This two-semester college-preparatory level class offers a survey of United States history from the end of the Reconstruction (1877) to the present. Emphasis is placed on the growth of the United States as a world power, America’s role in the World Wars, its domestic issues and world involvement in the second half of the 20th century, and the country’s entry into and the new challenges of the 21st century.

532 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1877 H

1Credit
Prerequisite: B in social studies course H or A in social studies course CP

This course or U.S. History since 1877 CP, or U.S. History AP, is a requirement for graduation. The honors level course offers a more detailed approach to United States history from the end of Reconstruction (1877) to the present than the survey style of the CP level course. Emphasis is place on the growth of the United States as a world power, America’s role in the World Wars, its domestic issues and world involvement in the second half of the 20th century, and the country’s entry into and the new challenges of the 21st century.

533 U.S. HISTORY AP / UCONN HIST 1501/1502

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ in H or A+ in CP during sophomore year, teacher recommendation

This two-semester advanced-placement AP level course is an in-depth examination of American history from the Age of European Exploration to the present, emphasizing political, social, economic, diplomatic, and intellectual interpretations of events. Students are required to do extensive reading and essay assignments at an advanced level, in order to develop the reading-comprehension and writing-proficiency skills required on the advanced-placement exam. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam given in May. A successful performance on the AP exam may earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college for the participating student. Additionally, the course is affiliated with the University of Connecticut. By registering with UCONN, students can earn six college credits that are transferable to 90% of the colleges and universities throughout the nation. Summer readings and assignments are a requirement for the course.

562 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS AP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ in social studies course H or A+ in social studies course CP, teacher recommendation
Prerequisite: American Government or concurrently taking American History

Elective: Juniors and Seniors in addition to required Social Studies class.

This two-semester course in government and politics provides the student with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations of the general concepts used to interpret and analyze U.S. politics. Particular attention is paid to the interaction between the various government branches and the role of Congressional committees, Executive departments, and judicial oversight. The methods by which the individual can affect government policy and the importance of public opinion will be the focus of study. Participation in the Connecticut state competition on the Constitution is part of this class. Students are required to take the AP American Government and Politics exam in May.

576 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in social studies course H or A in social studies course CP

Elective: Juniors and Seniors in addition to required Social Studies class.

This two-semester course is an in-depth course on the basic principles of economics. The course examines the modern capitalist system as its chief emphasis, though comparative economic systems are examined as well. All aspects of modern economics are discussed, researched and analyzed. The fundamentals of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, including topics such as the national GDP compared to other countries will be examined. National income, economic growth, employment, inflation/deflation, business cycle and international trade are analyzed.

575 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in social studies course H or A in social studies course CP

Elective: Juniors and Seniors in addition to required Social Studies class.

Students will develop an understanding of global interdependence by exploring challenging issues facing the world community. Major issues lie in the demographic, environmental, economic, and geopolitical realms. The course is designed to build skills in research, critical thinking, peer collaboration, and communication about global issues.

548 THE COLD WAR CP

1 Credit

Elective: Juniors and Seniors in addition to required Social Studies class.

The Cold War was not just a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, but was a geopolitical development for nearly five decades. This course explores the Cold War as a global process, its political and military history as well as the social and cultural impact of the confrontation between capitalism and communism. The origins of the conflict-as well as the Cold War’s sudden and unforeseen end will be discussed in great depth. Curiosity about Cold War history and a willingness to explore its drama and complexity are the only prerequisites for this course.

573 PSYCHOLOGY AP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ in social studies H course or A+ in social studies CP, teacher recommendation

Elective: Juniors and Seniors in addition to required Social Studies class.

Psychology is the study of human behavior based on social interaction with others. What effects does behavior have upon the lives of others, as well as upon oneself? This course explores these basic questions as well as other topics dealing with human behavior, including states of consciousness, memory, intelligence, personality theories, behavior disorders, and their treatments. The class focuses on the ways in which psychology operates in everyday life. In addition to lectures, teaching strategies include videotapes, interviews, debates, and other active learning exercises. Students are required to take the AP Psychology exam in May.

Spanish

World Languages: Spanish

Freshman Year
  • Introduction to Spanish CP
  • Spanish I H
Placement test required:
  • Fundamentals of Spanish CP
  • Spanish II H
Junior Year
  • Cultural Dynamics of Mundo 21 CP
  • Intermediate Spanish III CP
  • Adv Intermediate Spanish IV CP
  • Spanish III H
  • Spanish IV H

Virtual Classes:
Virtual Program is offered for students interested in Latin or AP language courses that are not offered in the regular classroom setting.

Sophomore Year
  • Fundamentals of Spanish CP
  • Cultural Dynamics of Mundo 21 CP
  • Intermediate Spanish III (CP)
  • Spanish II H
Senior Year
  • Adv Intermediate Spanish IV CP
  • Spanish IV H
  • Spanish V CP
  • AP Spanish Language (virtual)

Course Descriptions

319 INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH (CP)

1 Credit

This two-semester course is an introduction to basic grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. It will help students to develop all four of the basic skills needed for success in second-language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary topics include talking about family, friends and possessions and communication about likes, dislikes, and daily activities. Students also learn about the commonalities and differences between and among the various Hispanic cultures and our own.

326 FUNDAMENTALS OF SPANISH CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Introduction to Spanish

This two-semester course reviews and continues to build on the basic grammatical, vocabulary and syntactical concepts begun in the first year. Using for their studies the same textbook they used in Introductory Spanish, students are introduced to several new grammatical concepts, and they learn how to talk and write about past events. Cultural comparisons and contrasts continue to be an important focus. Vocabulary and language structures used in a broader variety of everyday situations will be emphasized and practiced using all four major language skills.

322 SPANISH I H

1 Credit

This two-semester course is designed for the qualified, highly-motivated beginner. The four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing is stressed at an accelerated pace with Spanish being the primary language spoken in class. Students accrue vocabulary and learn grammatical concepts that enable them to communicate effectively in both the present and past tenses. A variety of audio, video, reading and hands-on activities related to the Spanish-speaking world enable the students to compare and contrast the various Hispanic cultures with each other as well as with their own culture.

329 CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF ‟MUNDO 21” CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Spanish

This is the second-level two-semester course offered after Introduction to Spanish. The use of Spanish vocabulary in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities is presented in bilingual form and/or in English. Through film, literature, conversation and realia, students will learn about the culture of each of the twenty-one Spanish-speaking countries.

322 SPANISH II H

1 Credit
Prerequisite:B Spanish IH, A Fundamentals of Spanish with teacher recommendation

This two-semester course reinforces and builds upon previously learned skills using pair and group activities, projects and presentations. Students will practice new vocabulary and language structures used in many everyday situations. Grammar structures will be presented with greater emphasis on reading skills and quick recognition of meanings and cognates. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are highlighted through student reports. Students are expected to maintain an accelerated pace. Spanish is used as the medium of instruction and communication as much as possible.

330 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Fundamentals of Spanish

Continuing and reinforcing the work done in Fundamentals of Spanish, students continue developing the four language skills. More advanced grammatical structures are introduced and basic structures are reinforced. All aspects of the course, including projects, are presented in a cultural context which enhances the students' understanding of the geography, history and rich diversity in the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is used as the medium of instruction as much as possible.

332 SPANISH III H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Spanish II H or A in Advanced Intermediate Spanish

This is an extensive and more challenging two-semester course for superior students who have excelled in Spanish II H and who plan to continue their study of Spanish at the most advanced levels. Communication skills are stressed while students practice and master more complicated grammatical structures. More difficult readings are presented. Class discussions stress the utilization of the language and incorporate the diverse cultures of Hispanic countries. The goal is to make Spanish the main medium of communication in all listening speaking, reading and writing activities.

339 ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE SPANISH III CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Intermediate Spanish or completion of Spanish II H

This two-semester course is designed for the student who enjoys Spanish language and culture and desires to continue study of the language in order to improve listening and speaking skills. In addition to continued aural and oral practice, students will read original and adapted literary works as well as current articles from Spanish newspapers, magazines and selected websites. Projects will concentrate on the target language and the diversity of cultures. Some preparation for the SAT II and college placement exams is included.

341 SPANISH IV H

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Spanish III H

The immediate precursor to Advanced Placement Spanish Language, this two-semester course is specifically designed for the highly motivated student who has successfully completed Spanish III (H) and plans to continue study of the Spanish language at the college-level. Great emphasis is placed on aural and oral exposure to the language as well as on achieving mastery of the most complex grammatical structures in writing assignments. Thematic vocabulary acquisition continues with extensive, in-depth study and weekly assessments. Original works of Spanish literature are read and interpreted. All class activities use the Spanish language as the primary vehicle for communication. English is spoken only with the permission of the instructor. The class will prepare for the SAT II exam and college placement exams.

350 SPANISH V CP

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B in Advanced Intermediate Spanish or C in Spanish III H or Spanish IV CP

This two-semester course is an opportunity for advanced students to continue the study of Spanish with an emphasis on extensive daily use of the spoken language. Comparative studies of Spanish films paired with specific Spanish literary works will give the students the opportunity to use their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition to emphasizing the shift from being conversational to achieving fluency in the spoken language, students will continue to reinforce grammatical structures previously learned as they encounter new concepts throughout the course work.

351 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE

1 Credit
Prerequisite: B+ in Spanish IV H, teacher recommendation

Two-semester Virtual Course

Having mastered the pre-AP sequence of courses, superior students increase their level of aural and oral proficiency, their interpretative and analytical skills and their writing ability using masterpieces of Hispanic literature and contemporary media resources, and extensive AP test review materials as a starting point. Intensive practice both in and outside the class concentrates on the skills necessary to prepare for the Advanced Placement examination given in May. Continued in-depth study of the most complex grammatical structures and additional broadening of vocabulary are stressed. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language exam,

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