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Drawing And Painting 1 (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with a wide variety of experiences with art media including instruction in drawing, painting, color theory, composition, designing, constructing, printing, and printmaking. These activities include the processes of arranging, selecting, and decision-making. Art history, aesthetics, creative expressions, and critiques are an integral part of this course.
Expository Reading/Writing (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiencies in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course—the assignment template—presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to non-fiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors, and to apply those strategies in their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose, to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies, and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other non-fiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two full-length works (one novel and one work of non-fiction). Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit.
Journalism (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
Journalism students will expand their English/Language Arts and visual arts skills through creating and publishing the school newspaper. Students are required to write monthly assignments for the newspaper and other class projects. They practice varied forms of journalistic writing including news, features, and sports stories, as well as reviews and editorials. Students learn laws and ethical standards related to journalism. In the process of writing their stories, laying out newspaper pages, and designing advertising, students learn to use specialized software for word processing, page layout, and graphic design. This course is designed for students who are interested in refining their writing skills as well as exploring careers in journalism.
Psychology (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
Students will be introduced to psychology. There will be a focus on animal and human behavior. The focus of the class will be on the scientific study of human development, learning, motivation, and personality. Students will develop some basic concepts in the study of psychology and a historical perspective on the fields of psychology. The class will present the theories of the major schools of psychology. The ideas of Freud, Watson, Skinner, Maslow, Pavlov, and Rogers will be among the many that will be studied. The course will provide the class with the chance to explore a scientific perspective on human behavior and the functions of the brain.
Sociology (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
Students are introduced to sociological concepts, theories, and procedures. Student learn how sociologists analyze the basic structures and functions of societies and of groups within societies, discover how these societies became organized, identify the conditions under which they become disorganized, and predict the conditions for their reorganization. The topics studied include the family as the basic unit of society; the structure of groups; group phenomena; the role of the individual in groups; society and communication; personality and the socialization process; social relations and culture; demography and human ecology; social processes; and social control. Social issues as crime, poverty, and the problem of discrimination toward the aged and minorities are explored.
Sustainable Societies (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
Sustainable Societies is year-long science course that will meet the requirement for Area G (Elective). The course will offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the major environmental problems confronting society, but more importantly, explore solutions directed toward producing a more sustainable future. Throughout the course, human impacts on the environment, environmental impacts on human societies, and the sustainability of economies and practices at local, regional, and global scales will be investigated. An emphasis will be placed on project-based investigation and argumentation.
Teachers Aide (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
Teacher Assistant provides students the opportunity to develop skills and behaviors essential for employment, with emphasis on careers in education. Teacher Assistants work under the direction and supervision of the assigned classroom teacher, office supervisor or librarian. Student will develop communication skills, the ability to work with others and independently, develop employability skills and understand the need for confidentiality. Students shall not apply more than 10 credits of this course towards graduation and is a P/NP course.
Tutorial Support (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
The tutorial support class is designed to support academic performance by assisting students in improving their academic skills, vocabulary discourse, self-advocacy skills, and organizational skills/strategic work habits. This course will support students as related to their specific learning needs including social-emotional skill development, college and career readiness and successful transitions to post-secondary employment
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Drawing And Painting 2 (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
This is a course for the serious (advanced) drawing and painting student who wishes to further develop his/her drawing and painting skills and style. Composition, design, and technical skills will be taught. The class will include intensive training in drawing with various materials, leading to individual work in painting (oils, pastel, acrylic and watercolor). Independent thinking and a personal style in artistic expression are encouraged on this advanced level. Art history, aesthetics, critiques, and portfolio development are included.
Leadership (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
The leadership class course of study is the focal point for the student activities program. The course is designed to give enriching experiences to students. The course combines classroom instruction with leadership practice in a laboratory of practical school situations. Leadership provides student leaders with the opportunity to study the basic concepts of democratic government, techniques of leadership, parliamentary procedures, and group process; the principles of human behavior, the objectives of education, and the challenges of school administration. It provides practice in democratic leadership in actual school situations as regards the planning and organizing of school assemblies, meetings, social and recreation events, rallies, elections, service activities, community, and other events. The class affords student leaders opportunities to develop speaking and writing skills; to improve in courtesy, poise, and appearance; to work with peers of diverse backgrounds and attitudes, to share responsibilities with adults, to consider problems of income and expenditures and to develop an appreciation for law and order. Leadership class provides opportunities for self-evaluation and evaluation of individual and group activities.

PE 3 Advanced PE (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
This course is designed to allow students to continue developing and advanced their individual skills through a variety of activities and team sports. Personal habits of Physical Fitness through daily class sessions incorporating weight training, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, aerobic activities, speed and agility, and individual and dual activities.
Photography 1 (Min. 5 credits Max. 10 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the technical and artistic elements of photography. Students will learn how to use a camera, take pictures, develop film and make photographic prints. Students are exposed to a variety of specialized areas such as portraiture, sports, nature, and photojournalism and then encouraged to select one area for advanced work. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop salable skills in the field of wedding photography, group and individual portraiture, freelance news work and darkroom technician work. Each student will keep a notebook.