Bassick High School

Bassick High School

1181 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport CT, 06605

P: 203-275-3081 

F: 203-337-0143

Shuan Smith, Lead Principal & Junior Academy Principal ssmith1@bridgeportedu.net

Kathryn Silver, Interim Principal Freshman Academy ksilver1@bridgeportedu.net

Marjorie Coble, Principal Sophomore Academy mcoble@bridgeportedu.net

Linda Bagoly, Principal Senior Academy lbagoly@bridgeportedu.net

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Bassick Senior wins Scholarship to UNH


Check out the video of future music mogul Demetri Smith


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Check out Bassick's First Place winning video in the Bridgeport Educational Empowerment Summit Contest





Report Card Conferences for Bassick H.S.
Wednesday April 22nd 5:00pm to 7:30pm with Cookout
ThursdayApril 23 12:30pm to 3:00pm


Bassick is please to anounce the opening of their new Magnet Academies

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Congratulations to Amani Young for winning first place in the Bridgeport Health Poster Contest

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Congratulations to our very own Claude Desir, a sophomore, who won first place in the 4th Congressional District Art Contest.

His artwork above will now be on display at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. for the next year. 

Claude also won this years Empowerment Summit "Dream School" T-Shirt design contest





BASSICK HIGH SCHOOL 2015 - 2016 Course of Studies

BUSINESS ACADEMY

The Business Academy is designed to prepare students who are interested in pursuing a career in business, such as accounting, information technology, entrepreneurship, and management. This program is part of the Business & Finance Academy, which gives students the opportunity to participate in the Business Education Tech-Prep Program. Successful completion of tech-prep courses allows students to earn college credit from Sacred Heart University toward an Associate of Arts Degree in Business.

The Bassick High School Business Magnet Program is a four-year program that provides the skills necessary for a positive entry into the workforce of the 21st century. The following is the focus of the Business Magnet:

  • Provide opportunities to develop leadership skills within the school and the business community.

  • Provide students with initial opportunities to experience authentic learning within the context of business and finance.

  • Provide supportive avenues for students to transition to the world of work.

  • Provide eligible students with internships through related business, industry, and community

    collaboration.

    BUSINESS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

    BUSINESS INTERNSHIP-SEMESTER

    BE210STDGE 5 Credits Grades 11-12
    is
    a 5 credit course offering an in-school, on-the-job training program in which students input data, file, use telephone skills,

    sort and distribute mail, and assist administrative and office personnel. Candidates must submit an application, as well as participate in training sessions.

    BUSINESS INTERNSHIP-YEAR

    BE211YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12 is an in-school, on-the-job training program in which students input data, file, use telephone skills, sort and distribute mail,

    and assist administrative and office personnel. Candidates must submit an application, as well as participate in training sessions. Prerequisites:ApprovaloftheCoordinatorandComputerApplicationsteachersandagradeof75orbetterin Computer Applications.

    INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

    CS100STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-12

    begins with the introduction of touch-based typing skills. Upon completion, students will then be given an overview of the Microsoft Office Suite. Using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher, students will create personal and business related documents. Students will also study Internet search principles, use of search engines, and efficient search techniques through hands-on activities. Emphasis will also be placed on job readiness skills through the creation of cover letters and resumes, and other personal documents.

    COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

    CS101YTDGE 10Credits Grades9-12

    begins with the introduction of touch-based typing skills. With the use of textbooks, software, and on-line support, students will master the keyboarding techniques with an emphasis on accuracy and speed. Students will also study Internet search principles, use of search engines, and efficient search techniques through hands-on activities. Emphasis will also be placed on job readiness skills through the creation of cover letters and resumes, and other personal documents.

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ACCOUNTING 1

BE101YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

provides an understanding of the basic business operations and develops the skills necessary to obtain an
entry-level position requiring accounting skills. Students will work through the accounting cycle of a sole proprietorship service business where the student will: journalize and post business transactions; complete cash controls; complete an eight column worksheet, balance sheet, and income statement; and record adjusting and closing entries. The remainder of the course focuses on the accounting process for a small merchandising business, which includes Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable ledgers along with the payroll process. Throughout, students will apply basic mathematical operations to solve business-related problems and gain an understanding of employability skills and career paths in the field of Accounting.

ACCOUNTING II

BE102YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

is designed to reinforce the accounting concepts and procedures learned in Accounting 1 and to further the students’ understanding and use of a variety of accounting procedures and documents. Prerequisite: Accounting 1

ECONOMICS

BE112STDGE 5 Credits Grades 11-12

introduces terminology and concepts in the field of micro and macroeconomics. Topics covered include: opportunity costs, demand and supply, equilibrium pricing, comparative advantage, inflation, employment, and economic growth. Through these topics, students will use both math and writing skills to analyze domestic and international economic policies. Finally, students will use internet and computer software to enhance classroom learning with up-to-date economic trends.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

BE131STDGE 5 Credits Grades 10-12

is a one semester course designed to provide students with the global perspective of our business economy. The program draws upon areas of marketing, management, finance, economics and intercultural communications.

INTRO TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BUSINESS

BE130YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

students will begin to assume entrepreneurial roles. They will recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to formulate plans for successful business ventures. Student will learn about the values, traits, and skills most often associated with successful entrepreneurial activities. Student will begin the process of establishing and operating a successful business at the school level and develop partnerships with community and other outside businesses.

THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

BE133YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

covers the foundations of consumer behavior as it relates to the sports and entertainment business industry. Students will learn how to design and implement business and marketing plans. Students will also learn the integration of product, pricing, promotion, distribution, sales, sponsorship, advertising, and brand in the marketing of sport goods and services. Finally students will conduct an analysis of leagues, teams, events, properties, corporations, and manufacturers in the industry. The role of ethics in the business of sports and entertainment will also be addressed. The Business of Sports and Entertainment develops the students’ understanding of the entertainment field and major role that the sports and entertainment industry plays. Thus, it is designed for students who wish to explore the Sports and Entertainment industry and its potential for future employment. Students will participate in interdisciplinary marketing and design projects as they relate to the sports and entertainment climate within the school.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

BE113STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This course supports learning in the foundational aspects of Financial Literacy and includes the principles of banking, financing, investing, as well as math skills to live a financially healthy life. Students will develop an understanding of their own financial needs and how to effectively plan for their financial future.

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BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

BE134STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-10

This course goal is to develop the ability of the student to communicate complex business situations clearly. Students will produce and analyze common technical business writing genres, including emails, letters, resumes, memos, reports, and proposals.

PERSONAL FINANCE

BE111YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

is a semester course that provides students with the knowledge to effectively manage money and finances. The course will allow students to discover strategies for managing their money, explore skills for the wise use of money, and scrutinize various ways of investing money. Students will gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a lifetime of financial enjoyment while achieving personal goals.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP (NFTE)

BE132YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a year -long course of study for juniors and seniors that teaches the fundamental skills of starting a small business through an experiential curricula. Students are connected to real life experiences through interactive exercises, games, a trip to the wholesale district in New York City, a sales event, etc. as well as a partnership with business leaders in the community who offer in-class workshops and mentoring. Each student writes a business plan based on her/his interest, aided by executives.

MARKETING EDUCATION I

BE121YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts, principles, skills and attitudes common to the fields of marketing and management. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher.

MARKETING EDUCATION II

BE122YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

provides students with the opportunity to develop decision-making skills through the application of marketing and management principles in small and large businesses, non-profit organizations and service industries. Prerequisite: Marketing Education 1.

CWE (COOPERATIVE WORK EDUCATION) MARKETING EDUCATION

BE202YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 12

is the practice of correlating classroom instruction (part of Marketing Education 2) with on-the-job training experiences. Students are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week in a paid position.
Prerequisites: Marketing Education I and the approval of Teacher/Coordinator.

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS EXPLORATION

BE204STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This elective course explores the various Science, Business and Technology careers. The course encourages students to design projects, solve problems, expand critical thinking and communication skills while analyzing topics related to Science, Business and Technology.

MARKETING – CCP (COLLEGE CAREER PATHWAYS)

BE123YTDCL 10 Credits Grades 11-12

A study of the scope and significance of marketing in contemporary American business with emphasis on marketing consumer goods and developing the essential elements of the marketing mix (product, price, distribution, and promotion). Upon successful completion of the course and fulfillment of the Housatonic Community College academic requirements, students can earn 3 college credits from Housatonic Community College.

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

TE300STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-10

This automotive technology program offers students experience in using the newest equipment available to analyze, diagnose and solve automotive problems.

AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION 1

TE301YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

covers the introduction to power sources and the basics of the four-stroke cycle engine, including engine parts and their function, electrical part functions, hydraulic brake systems, exhaust systems, and basic tune up work. The development of tool and machine skills is stressed in such areas as engines, power trains, chassis, electrical systems, fuel systems, bodies, and accessories. Teacher demonstration is used extensively, including the use of computerized test equipment. Interpretation and application of technical manuals, manufacturer update publications, and periodicals are used as a means of keeping current with an ever-changing technology. Emphasis is placed on developing safe work habits while working on actual automobile components. Students will be introduced to Computer-Aided instruction and will become familiar with the start-up and use of the computer.

AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION 2

TE302YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

offers an opportunity to concentrate on specific “job shop” situations in sub-areas such as engine repair and assembly, tune-up, trouble-shooting, electronic test equipment, brakes, steering, fuel, exhaust, lubrication, cooling systems, electrical systems, body work, transmissions, and other power train comments, plus hands-on use of computerized test equipment. Precise workmanship and safety are stressed. Technical, general, and occupational information is provided in the broad area of power mechanics and transportation. Students will use computers and automotive software to travel through the electrical, ignition, cooling, brake, and exhaust systems. Students will also learn about body and fender repair including metal cutting and forming, welding, grinding, metal stretching and shrinking, body fillers and car detailing.
Prerequisite: Automotive Transportation 1.

AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION 3

TE303YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

utilizes the same course description as Automotive Transportation 2 but offers more in-depth application and individualization. Students will use computers and automotive software to view front ends, transmissions, front wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, air restraint systems, and emission controls. Prerequisite: Automotive Transportation 2

INTRO TO GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

TE100STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-12

is a project-based course using the latest technology in computer- generated applications. Projects incorporate textbook materials, desktop publishing, hands-on activities, scanning, and digital and printing peripherals. Mathematics concepts, language arts and communication skills are an integral part of this course.

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 1

TE101YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

includes the basic practices in computer composition and desktop publishing, utilizing desktop workstations. Students learn the fundamentals of design and demonstrate this knowledge when creating business cards, flyers, calendars and notepads. Students are also introduced to digital photography and the Internet.

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 2

TE102YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

utilizes the same course description as Graphic Communications 1 with emphasis on individuality and industrial responsibilities. Students learn to create their own web pages and are introduced to computer animation. Prerequisite: Graphic Communications 1.

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GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 3

TE103YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

utilizes the same course description as Graphic Communications 2. Students build upon the skills they have previously learned and incorporate them into a more technological environment. Students create projects that are more business- related to give them a better understanding of the industry. Prerequisite: Graphic Communications 2.

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HUMANITIES LAB I

EN001YTDGE 10 Credits

Grade 9

ENGLISH

This is a humanities course taken concurrently with English 9 and/or World Civilization and is designed to extend time and learning opportunities through interventional support or enrichment.

HUMANITIES LAB II

EN002YTDGE 10 Credits ______ _______________________________ Grade 10

This is a humanities course taken concurrently with English 10 and/or Civics and is designed to extend time and learning opportunities through interventional support or enrichment.

ENGLISH 9

EN101YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

English 9 fosters an integrated approach to language arts synthesizing: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Students study literature, literary nonfiction, and composition. The major focus is on engaging students in a close, critical analysis of the qualitative features of complex texts ranging from short stories, essays, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, novel, poetry, speeches, and plays. While all literary genres are included, emphasis is on the short story and engaging in discussion and written response to text dependent questions. The composition portion of this course concentrates on three forms of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative that includes writing routinely over extended timeframes for research, reflection, and revision from two or more sources and with emphasis on writing over shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two from sources. In conjunction with reading and writing, students develop academic vocabulary, conventions of writing and speaking and listening skills. A short research project and an oral presentation with media are required.

ENGLISH 9 HONORS

EN101YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 9

This English 9 honors course encompasses the objectives and requirements of the regular English 9 curriculum but requires students to work more with complete pieces of literature and literary nonfiction texts and fewer short stories with engagement in discussion and written responses to text dependent questions. The major focus is on engaging students in the close, critical analysis of the qualitative features of complex texts across longer pieces of texts. Students will compose narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts that emphasize writing routinely over extended timeframes for research, reflection, and revision and writing over shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two. In conjunction with reading and writing, students develop academic and domain-specific vocabulary, develop knowledge of figurative language, conventions of writing and speaking and listening skills. A research project and an oral presentation with media are required.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation from 8th grade and superior scores on the Readistep Reading and/or Writing subtests

ENGLISH 10

EN201YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 10

English 10 fosters an integrated approach to language arts synthesizing: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. This course introduces students to major authors, works, themes, and literary movements in America. Attention is given to the relationships between the literature and the cultural, historical, and philosophical viewpoints from various periods. The major focus is on engaging students in the close, critical analysis of the qualitative features of complex texts from various genres. While all literary genres are read, emphasis is on the short story and drama and engaging in discussion and written response to text dependent questions. Students will compose narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts and will cite evidence from texts to support their written response. Composition includes writing routinely over extended timeframes for research, reflection, and revision from two or more sources and with a balance between writing over shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two from sources. Vocabulary development, writing conventions, speaking, listening, and viewing are integral components of the program. An oral research presentation with media is required.

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ENGLISH 10 HONORS

EN201YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 10

This English 10 Honors course serves as preparation for Advanced Placement English. This course encompasses the objectives and requirements of the regular English 10 curriculum and it introduces students to major authors, works, themes, and literary movements in America. Attention is given to the relationships between the literature and the cultural, historical, and philosophical viewpoints from various periods. The major focus is on engaging students in the close, critical analysis of the qualitative features of complex texts from various genres. While all literary genres are read, emphasis is on the short story and drama and engaging in discussion and written response to text dependent questions and requires that the honor student complete a significant amount of independent reading and writing beyond that required in English 10. Students will compose narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts and will cite evidence from texts to support their written response. Composition includes a greater emphasis on writing routinely over extended timeframes for research, reflection, and revision from two or more sources and includes writing over shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two from sources. Vocabulary development, knowledge of literary devices and figurative language, writing conventions, speaking, listening, and viewing are integral components of the program. An oral research presentation with media is required.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and an 85+ in English or 90+ in English 9 Honors

ENGLISH 11

EN301YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 11

English 11 fosters an integrated approach to language arts synthesizing: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and focuses on authentic reading and writing experiences. Students will compose narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative texts and will analyze, evaluate, and integrate information from sources to support their composition. Composition includes writing routinely over extended timeframes for research, reflection, and revision from three or more sources with a balance between writing over shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two. Students will publish essays, book reviews, an interdisciplinary American literature project, resume, application, and cover letter; college essay, formal research paper, an autobiographical sketch, and a media project. Students read literary nonfiction, autobiographies, biographies, and novels, most selected for literary merit and their applicability to self-discovery and personal responsibility. The major focus is on engaging students in the close, critical analysis within and across texts and of the qualitative features (i.e., word meanings, central ideas, key ideas and details, text structure, text features, language use) of complex texts from various genres. Through composition and critical reading, students refine writing conventions, speaking, listening, and viewing skills. Oral language and computer skills are an integral component of English 11 and an oral research presentation with media is required.

ENGLISH 11 - AP

EN301YTDAP 10 Credits Grade 11

The AP English Language and Composition course is an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing course with a rigorous curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students close read, evaluate, synthesize, and cite specific evidence/research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices utilizing appropriate and well developed vocabulary (including subject specific vocabulary and vocabulary appropriate to audience and task). Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods. Students will compose in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects and prose style genres. The course includes writing research papers, which use college level writing style for informal and formal writing using Modern Language Association and The Chicago Manual of Style).

Prerequisite: 85+ in English 10 Honors and Teacher Recommendation. (Equity in access policy may be applied).

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ENGLISH 12

EN401YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 12

English 12 fosters an integrated approach to language arts synthesizing: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and focuses on authentic reading and writing experiences. Composition at the beginning of the course includes the college essay, applications, and resumes. Additionally, students will compose essays, poems, a formal speech, a formal research paper, editorials, letters to editor, critiques, media projects using a variety of text types (i.e., narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative) and for a variety of purposes. Students will analyze, evaluate, and integrate information from multiple sources to support their composition and students will also write for shorter time frames such as a single sitting or over a day or two.

Students will read literary nonfiction, , plays, short stories, novels, and other works. This course focuses on literary traditions among African-Americans and places those traditions in their historical and world context as well as other pieces of literature from around the world, most noted for literary merit (e.g., Letter from Birmingham Jail, Don Quixote, Shakespeare). The major focus is on engaging students in the close, critical analysis within and across texts and of the qualitative features (i.e., word meanings, central ideas, key ideas and details, text structure, text features, language use) of complex texts from various genres. Through composition and critical reading, students refine writing conventions, speaking, listening, and viewing skills to further education, college, or career. Oral language and computer skills are an integral component of English 12 and an oral research presentation with media is required.

ENGLISH 12 – AP

EN401YTDAP 10 Credits Grade 12

The AP Literature and Composition Course is an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature (fiction, drama, poetry) to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, narrative, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works that takes the writing through the processes of drafting, editing, revision and publishing final drafts. Students will be required to read texts over the summer and write about the texts. See instructor for details. . The course includes writing college essays and a research paper, which includes use of appropriate and cited evidence to support argument/claims (using college level writing style for informal and formal writing using Modern Language Association and The Chicago Manual of Style).

Prerequisite: An 80+ in English 11 AP and Teacher Recommendation. (Equity in access policy may be applied).

ENGLISH 12 – CCP (COLLEGE CAREERS PATHWAY)

EN401YTDCL 10 Credits Grade 12

parallels English 101 at Housatonic Community College (HCC). Students demonstrate college-level writing skills by utilizing the modes of description, exposition, narration, and persuasion in their essays. Emphasis is placed on rhetoric (the art of using language effectively and persuasively) and critical thinking (developing the skills necessary to conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information). Analyzing professional and, especially, student essays is integral and thus the class will be conducted as a workshop with some of the writing being done during class time. Those students who earn at least a grade of “C” for their portfolio receive three hours of college credit that is transferable to all Connecticut state colleges offering English 101 (and to Quinnipiac College). Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or higher in English 11 or successful performance on the HCC placement exam.

JOURNALISM

EN311YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

introduces the student to basic journalistic skills. Students learn to develop a respect for truth in written work. They also evaluate and organize facts using a variety of news writing techniques. Students use these basic journalistic skills to produce a school newspaper. Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in prior year English.

SAT PREP: ENGLISH

EN303STDGE 5 Credits Grades 11-12

is a half-year course designed to ready students for both the reading and writing portions of the SAT. An established program, with a computer component, is used to strengthen students’ verbal skills in order to improve their SAT test scores.

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STEM LAB I

MATHEMATICS

MA001YTDGE 10 Credits _____________________________________ Grades 9

Is a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) course taken concurrently with Algebra I or Physical Science and is designed to extend time and learning opportunities through interventional support or enrichment for either course.

STEM LAB II

MA002YTDGE 10 Credits __________________________________________ Grade 10

Is a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) course taken concurrently with Geometry or Biology and is designed to extend time and learning opportunities through interventional support or enrichment for either course.

ALGEBRA 1

MA101YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

involves applying rules of Algebra: solving, graphing and writing linear equations, exploring functions and relations, solving systems of linear equations, predicting and analyzing linear trends, exploring and applying the laws of exponents and performing operations with polynomials. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, technology, multiple representations, critical thinking and reasoning, making mathematical connections and communicating mathematically.

ALGEBRA 1 HONORS

MA101YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 9

is designed for students who have exhibited a high degree of skill in both mathematical manipulation and logical thinking. Topics include applying rules of Algebra: solving, graphing and writing linear equations, exploring functions and relations, solving systems of linear equations, predicting and analyzing linear trends, exploring and applying the laws of exponents, performing operations with polynomials, solving and graphing quadratic equations, and solving and graphing linear inequalities. Considerable emphasis is placed on the applications of concepts through the use of open-ended word problems, performance assessments, technology, multiple representations, making mathematical connections and communicating mathematically.

Prerequisite: (Middle School Students) Grade 8 Math with minimum of ”B+”, Teacher Recommendation, and Grade 8 end-of-year test score of 75 or higher.

ALGEBRA 2

MA202YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

seeks to develop a higher degree of skill and accuracy in algebraic techniques and understanding of the structure of mathematical systems. Topics include a review and an extension of many concepts developed in Algebra 1, such as solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations. Other topics incorporated in this course include: solving and graphing exponential, logarithmic and rational functions and writing and identifying properties of conic sections. Emphasis is placed on problem solving using graphing calculator and computer activities, mathematical reasoning and connections. Prerequisites: Algebra I and/or Geometry.

ALGEBRA 2 HONORS

MA202YTDHO Credits Grades 11-12

expands on the topics of Algebra 1 Honors and provides further development of the concept of nonlinear functions. The expanded topics include quadratic, exponential, rational, and polynomial functions, sequences and series and the complex numbers system. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and practical applications of Algebra through the use of graphing calculators and related computer software.

Prerequisite: Algebra and Geometry with minimum grade of “B+” in both and Teacher Recommendation.

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ALGEBRA 2 CCP (COLLEGE CAREERS PATHWAY)

MA202YTDCL 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is the study of the algebraic techniques used to solve equations and inequalities and to perform basic operations with polynomials and rational expressions. This course includes an introduction to the mathematical concept of functions and their graphs; a review of factoring and its applications to equation-solving and rational expressions; and an introduction to roots, radicals, and logarithms. Upon successful completion of the course and a satisfactory score on the math placement examination, students can possibly earn 3 college credits from Housatonic Community College for Housatonic MAT* E137 Intermediate Algebra 3.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on math placement exam or Algebra and Geometry with a grade of “B” or higher

GEOMETRY

MA201YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

includes the concepts of geometric figures, parallelism, congruency, polygons, similarity, special quadrilaterals, right triangles, coordinate geometry, circles, loci, area and volume. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving using the scientific calculator, graphing calculator, and computer software; mathematical connections; critical thinking skills; reasoning; and communicating mathematically. Hands-on activities will also be incorporated throughout the course as a means to enhance student understanding of essential geometric concepts.

Prerequisite: (Middle School Students) Grade 8 Math with a minimum grade of ‘B’, Grade 8 end-of-year test score of 80 or higher and Teacher Recommendation.
(High School Students) Algebra I

GEOMETRY HONORS

MA201YTDHO 10 Credits Grades 9-11

emphasizes the further development of skills, techniques and connections of geometric concepts. Topics include in-depth study of the properties and classification of triangles and polygons, similarity and congruency, transformations, properties of circles including arcs, chords and tangents, trigonometry and deductive reasoning and proof. Hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the course as a means to enhance student understanding of essential geometric concepts. Prerequisite: (Middle School Students) Grade 8 Math with minimum grade of “B+”, Grade 8 end-of-year test score of 80 or higher and Teacher Recommendation; (High School Students) Algebra I Honors

PROBABILITY & STATISTICS

MA301YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will work with statistical measures of central tendency and spread and methods of sampling and experimentation. Students will use multiple representations to present data, including written descriptions, numerical statistics, formulas and graphs. Prerequisite: Algebra and Geometry.

TRIGONOMETRY

MA203YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

provides students with instruction related to the concepts, theorems, definitions, vocabulary and applications of Trigonometry. Topics include functions of the acute angle, the right triangle, circular functions, oblique triangles, methods of solving application problems and connections to other technical areas. Calculators and computer applications are an integral part of the instruction. It is recommended that this course be taken simultaneously with Algebra 2.
Prerequisites: Algebra and Geometry.

PRE-CALCULUS

MA400YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

includes the study of relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, Trigonometry and triangles, Trigonometric functions, sequences and series, and data analysis. The purpose of this course is to study functions and develop the skills necessary for the study of Calculus. Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Teacher Recommendation.

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PRE-CALCULUS - CCP (COLLEGE CAREER PATHWAYS)

MA400YTDCL 10 Credits Grades 11-12

provides a study of the concepts from algebra and trigonometry that will be used in Calculus. Upon successful completion of the course and a satisfactory score on the math placement examination, students can earn 3 college credits from Housatonic Community College. Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a grade of “B” or higher

CALCULUS I

MA401YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry or Pre-Calculus. Topics include polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, the derivative and its applications, integration and its applications and methods ,and the definite integral and its applications. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus and Teacher Recommendation.

CALCULUS AB – AP

MA401YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

covers all topics algebraically, geometrically, and analytically. These include: functions, analysis of graphs, limits, continuity; derivatives at a point and of functions, second derivatives and applications and computation of derivatives; interpretations and properties of definite integrals, applications of integrals, including volumes of solids of revolution, disks, and washer; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; and techniques and applications of anti-differentiation and numerical approximations to definite integrals. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May and may receive credit for up to two semesters of Calculus.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus and Teacher Recommendation.

SAT PREP: MATH

MA304STDGE 5 Credits Grades 11-12

is a semester course designed to provide students with extensive training in the areas of algebra and geometry that are required on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Various methods of solving SAT-type problems will be covered. This course is paired with SAT Prep-English. All college-bound juniors are encouraged to enroll in this course.
Prerequisite: Algebra I & Geometry or Algebra 2.

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SCIENTIFIC LITERACY

SC100STDGE 5 Credits

Grades 9 – 10

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SCIENCE

This elective course strengthens common core literacy skills used in science. Skills and topics such as the knowledge of root words, reading and creating graphs, writing scientific articles and lab reports using MLA format will be addressed.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

SC101YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

is a full year course introducing the basic principles and applications of matter, its properties and reactions, the interactions of matter, selected topics from chemistry, and the basic principles of physics and earth science. Topics include the physics of motion and forces, work and energy, simple machines, light and sound, astronomy, and processes that shape the structure of the earth. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. This course must be passed for entrance into Biology.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE HONORS

SC101YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 9

is a full year course introducing the basic principles and applications of matter, its properties and reactions, the interactions of matter, selected topics from chemistry, and the basic principles of physics and earth science. Topics include the physics of motion and forces, work and energy, simple machines, light and sound, astronomy, and processes that shape the structure of the earth. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. This course must be passed for entrance into Biology.

BIOLOGY

SC110YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10

is the study of living things and life processes so students gain an appreciation of the world of which they are a part. It provides the student with an awareness of the problems of everyday living. The branches of Biology included are botany, zoology, ecology, genetics, and heredity. Required of all Grade 10 students. There will be one lab period per week. Prerequisite: Physical Science.

BIOLOGY HONORS

SC110YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 10

is the study of living things and life processes so students gain an appreciation of the world of which they are a part. It provides the student with an awareness of the problems of everyday living. The branches of Biology included are botany, zoology, ecology, genetics, and heredity. Required for all 10th Grade students. There will be one lab period per week. Prerequisite: Physical Science.

BIOLOGY- AP

SC110YTDAP 20 Credits Grades 11-12

is equivalent to a college-level introductory Biology course and follows the College Board's A.P. Biology Curriculum. Students will be expected to do considerable independent learning because the breadth and depth of the content, the kind of laboratory work, and the sophistication of the technology mirrors a college-level course. It is expected that students will take the A.P. exam in May, which may lead to college credit. The class meets for a double period each day. Prerequisites: Successful completion of one year of Biology and one year of Chemistry with a final grade of 85 or above.

ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

SC310YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body, biochemical composition; major body systems and the impact of diseases on body system. Prerequisite: Biology

CHEMISTRY - AP

SC201YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is the equivalent of the first year chemistry course generally taken in college. It follows the A.P. Chemistry curriculum outlined by the College Board and is intended to prepare the student for success on the A.P. exam. Critical thinking, analytical skills and problem solving are emphasized. Students should be prepared to do a minimum of five hours a week of independent study. A strong math background is helpful, and algebra skills are essential.

CHEMISTRY - CCP (COLLEGE CAREERS PATHWAY)

SC201YTDCL 10 Credits Grades 10-11

is an academically and mathematically challenging course for first year chemistry students pursuing a career in the Medical field as it is equivalent to the first semester course at Housatonic Community College. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry with an emphasis on health- related issues. They have an opportunity to observe college lectures and perform lab activities. Research papers, science fair projects, and computer technology are integrated into the course so extensive writing in the form of lab reports, written assignments, and interpretation and analysis of data is required. Upon successful completion of the course and meeting all of the academic standards required by Housatonic Community College, students would receive 4 chemistry College Credits.

Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology, & Algebra.

CHEMISTRY

SC201YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a full year course designed to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamental laws and concepts of our physical world as evidenced by chemical change. This course stresses chemical reactions, their occurrences, and the energy transfers associated with these reactions. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science and one year of Algebra I with a grade no less than a “C.”

PHYSICS

SC301YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 12

is a course designed to prepare students with concepts related to the mechanics of motion, energy and momentum, rotational motion, sound, light, waves, electricity and magnetism. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum.
Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science and Algebra I with a grade no less than “C.”

PHYSICS - AP

SC301YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a full year intense and comprehensive lab science course that follows the AP Physics Curriculum as outlined by the College Board. The course covers all aspects of mechanics, vibration analysis, waves, light, electricity and nuclear physics. This class is the equivalent of a college level physics course for science and engineering majors and will be conducted as such. Prerequisite:MustpassChemistryandAlgebraIIwithaminimumof“B+”inbothsubjects.

INTRO TO ASTRONOMY

SC302YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

students will explore in-depth Earth science topics such as plate tectonics, planetary geology and atmosphere, and ocean formations. Students will gain knowledge about how the solar system was formed and about the comparative geology of the eight planets in the solar system. This basic understanding of the solar system will be developed as students learn to use the school’s telescope located in our Planetarium

ASTRONOMY

SC303YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a full year course designed to introduce students to concepts related to ancient astronomers, cosmology, the life in space and the tools of the astronomer. In addition, asteroids, comets and meteorites will be studied, along with stars, galaxies, constellations, and the current NASA space program. Prerequisite: Two years of science.

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INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

SC102STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This elective course is an interdisciplinary field of research that focuses on the physical and biological surroundings in which all living organisms exist.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

SC102YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a full year course which combines basic concepts from earth and environmental science. Topics include a history of our planet through fossils, mineralogy, plate tectonics, and oceanography. Environmental studies includes investigating the quality of our air, water, soil and examining the biotic and abiotic influences on ecosystems and the various factors which aide in determining the quality of life on earth. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

SC606STDGE 10 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This elective course examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control major environmental health problems in urban centers and developing countries.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

SC203YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a half-year interdisciplinary course which includes the application of scientific knowledge to solve crimes and legal problems. Students will have an opportunity to delve into the history of forensic science and possible career opportunities. This course is taught in a multidisciplinary approach, which includes the sciences (life science, chemistry, physics, and earth science), mathematics, technology, language arts and social studies. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science.

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

SC204STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This elective course introduces students to techniques used to gain information related to crimes. Course topics cover specific techniques for conducting a preliminary investigation combining practical experience and classroom study.

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WORLD CIVILIZATION

SS101YTDGE 10 Credits

Grade 9

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SOCIAL STUDIES

explores the spectrum of World History from Neolithic times through World War I. Assured experiences focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, historical habits of mind, historical writing and reading historical texts.

WORLD CIVILIZATION Honors

SS101YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 9

is designed to prepare ninth grade students to achieve national and state standards so that they become knowledgeable citizens. Course content includes a comprehensive survey of World Civilization from the beginning of civilization through medieval times. Particular emphasis is placed on the classical civilizations in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICA

SS411YTDHO 10 Credits Grade 10- 11

The Foundations of America course is a yearlong honors level/pre-AP course designed to prepare students for AP United States History in grades 11 or 12. Historical content covers the important historical events from 1607 to 1865. Emphasis is placed upon the development of writing skills and critical analysis.

CIVICS

SS201STDGE 5 Credits Grade 10

provides students with the fundamental concepts of the United States Constitution and explores contemporary Constitutional issues. Assured experiences foster active citizenship and civic involvement. Critical thinking skills, reading, and persuasive writing are emphasized.

CIVICS – AP

SS201YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a college level course designed to give students a thorough understanding of the structure and function of American government, and also foster a deep appreciation of our freedoms and an enthusiastic desire to be civically involved and a full participant in our democratic process. Students can expect to come away with an understanding of a broad range of political issues and it is hoped that they will use this knowledge to formulate their own opinions and to exercise the rights and responsibilities that come with being a responsible citizen. Finally, a great deal of emphasis will be placed on preparing students to take the Advanced Placement examination.

EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC

SS412STDGE 5 Credits Grade 10

covers American history from 1800-1865. Topics include Westward Expansion, Early Industrialization, Sectionalism, and the Civil War. Assured experiences address analysis, evaluation and synthesis of historical documents and the use of evidence to support an argument.

US HISTORY

SS301YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 11

focuses on the development of America as a modern industrial nation and as a global power. Topics cover events from 1865 to the present. Students are guided in conducting historical research and in developing and defending historical interpretation.

US HISTORY – AP

SS301YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a, comprehensive, college level survey of United States history in which students gain a solid foundation in the social, political, economic, and intellectual forces that impact our culture. Each marking period, students are required to complete a long-term assignment involving extensive research, reading and writing. Students will be expected to take the AP exam in May, which may lead to college credit. Prerequisites: World Civilization I, World Civilization II, Civics and recommendation of the previous social studies teacher.

PSYCHOLOGY - AP

SS401YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a one-year comprehensive, college level survey course designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are introduced to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. Students will be expected to take the A.P. exam in May, which may lead to college credit.

AFRICAN STUDIES

SS421STDGE 5 Credits Grade 12

traces the development of Africa from its ancient origins and includes a survey of the economic, political, and social structures of 20th Century Africa. Modern history, government, and public policy issues of various nations, including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and The Republic of South Africa will be studied.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

SS424STDGE 5 Credits Grade 12

traces the history of Latin America from its origins and includes a survey of the economic, political, and social structures of modern Latin America. Regional and global issues will be examined through the study of Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, and other Latin American nations.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY

SS402STDGE 5 Credits Grade 12

is an elective course for seniors that examines social structure. Concepts, terminology, and the techniques of Sociology are explained so that students can investigate problems that are relevant to young adults and society at large.
Prerequisites: World Civilization and United States History.

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

SS401STDGE 5 Credits Grade 12

is a one semester comprehensive, college-level survey course designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

SS425STDGE 5 Credits Grades 10-12

course will examine 5 units of study: Geography (physical & climate), History (Tigris/Euphrates, Ottoman, Western involvement), Culture (Muslim, Palestinians, Kibbutz, and Dubai), Government (Republics, Monarchies, future democracies), Economics.

PERSPECTIVES ON RACE

SS451STDGE 5 Credits Grades 11-12

exploration of historical & contemporary issues surrounding race relations in the U.S.; from the American slave trade through current events. Partnership with Oxford High School includes cultural exchange component in order to broaden students’ perspectives on race.

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INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA

FA200STDGE 5 Credits

Grades 9 – 10

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VISUAL ARTS

This course will engage students in the application of a systematic and multi-disciplinary approach to learning as they begin to master photo / video hardware and software, ultimately producing original films and photographic exhibitions.

INTRO TO FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

FA200YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

students will engage in the application of a systematic and multi-disciplinary approach to learning as they begin to master photo/video hardware and software, ultimately producing original films and photographic exhibitions. Final creations of student work will be aired on the Lion’s Den TV show.

PHOTOGRAPHY 1

FA201YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

is an introductory course in black and white photography with an emphasis on the techniques of camera operation, film processing, and print development. Digital photography and the use of computers to produce digital photos will be examined.

PHOTOGRAPHY 2

FA202YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a continuation of black and white photography using larger negatives and cameras with an emphasis on special effects in the darkroom and the use of the computer. The history of photography is also emphasized.
Prerequisites: Photography 1 and Teacher Recommendation.

PHOTOGRAPHY 3

FA203YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

Students continue the study of photography using digital cameras. Students will develop technical skills manipulating the digital image on computers using Adobe Creative Suite, as well as skills and techniques of camera operation using digital SLR cameras. Using this knowledge, the students create the senior yearbook, school sports calendars, and various other projects. Prerequisites: Photography 2 and Teacher Recommendation.

VIDEO ART 1

FA211YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

places emphasis on the use of video technology as an informational and aesthetic medium. Students develop skills in planning, taking and editing videos. Equal weight is given to pre-production planning and production issues. Prerequisites: Studio Arts 1 and Teacher Recommendation.

VIDEO ART 2

FA212YTDGE

10 Credits Grades 10-12

is designed to enable students to master advanced video production techniques. Emphasis is placed on using broadcast production studio techniques to produce video content that is broadcast on local cable access channels. The aesthetics of film and video are explored.
Prerequisites: Video Art 1 and Teacher Recommendation.

VIDEO ART 3

FA213YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12 continues the work from Video Art 2. Prerequisites: Video Art 2 and Teacher Recommendation.

INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS

FA330STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This course explores the uses of clay as a creative medium. Emphasis is placed on construction technique, the ceramic process and the elements and principles of design as related to clay.

CERAMICS 1

FA331YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

explores the uses of clay as a creative medium. Emphasis is placed on construction technique, the ceramic process and the elements and principles of design as related to clay. In addition, students are introduced to the potter’s wheel and discover the role of ceramic art in various cultures and historical periods.

CERAMICS 2

FA332YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

is a continuation of clay exploration initiated in Ceramics 1. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced technical skills. Students develop their individual problem-solving skills and continue their exploration of clay in the cultural environment. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1

CERAMICS 3

FA333YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is a continuation of Ceramics 2 with an emphasis placed on independent study. Students will increase and develop advanced 3-dimensional skills in modeling, carving, and wheel throwing. Advanced assignments will draw from life experiences, current events, and historical or environmental issues. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1 & 2.

INTRODUCTION TO ART

FA300YTDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-10

is a semester course that introduces students to a variety of artistic experiences. Emphasis is placed on developing technical skills in media and increasing art history knowledge. The acquisition of the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to create and appreciate art will be stressed.

INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO ARTS

FA310STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 – 10

This course is an overview of the scope and sequence of the visual arts. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced technical skills in media and increasing art history knowledge.

STUDIO ARTS 1

FA311YTDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-12

is an overview of the scope and sequence of the visual arts. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced technical skills in media and increasing art history knowledge. The acquisition of the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to create and appreciate art will be stressed.

STUDIO ARTS 2

FA312YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

is a continuation of the study of the topics listed in Studio Arts 1. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced technical skills in media and increasing art history knowledge. The acquisition of the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to create and appreciate fine art will be stressed. Prerequisite: Studio Arts 1

ART INDEPENDENT STUDY

FA315YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

is open to advanced visual arts students who express a desire to specialize beyond course offerings. The student meets with the teacher in a regularly scheduled class. Research in the area of specialization is tentatively planned for the year, marking period by marking period. There is a one-person show of the student’s work at the end of the year. Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation.

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INTRO TO MUSIC

FA100YTDGE 10 Credits

Grade 9

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MUSIC/ PERFORMING ARTS

students will begin the process of surveying music and music technology. Students are expected to have previous vocal or instrumental experience. Course content will include music technology, music theory, piano, and composition techniques. Students will produce simple recording and compositions of their music as part of their project-based learning experience.

MUSIC 1

FA101YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

this will be a half-year survey of music technology. Students will be expected to have previous music experience whether it’s vocal or instrumental. Through this course, students will get an introduction to music technology, basic music theory, piano, and composition techniques. They will work in small groups to create a simple recorded and notated composition as a final project. Prerequisite: Strings, Piano, Band, Choir, or a recommendation from their 8th grade music teacher for the incoming freshmen.

MUSIC 2

FA102YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

stresses music history and appreciation, advanced theory and harmony, ear training, elementary counterpoint, arranging, and composition. Music projects of an academic and creative nature are expected of participating students. Prerequisite: Music 1 or Teacher Recommendation.

CHOIR

FA131YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

is open to all students on a selective basis. Students must demonstrate a high degree of vocal proficiency and musicianship and the approval of the instructor. Since its major goal is the study and performance of choral masterpieces from various musical periods, students are given intensive training in the principles of vocal production, musicianship, interpretation, and the appreciation of music as it is related to musical style, literature, and history.

BAND – BEGINNER

FA111YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

an introduction to woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students will choose their focus instrument during the first week of school. Group and individual practice will be expected. There is a performance requirement for this class.

BAND – INTERMEDIATE

FA112YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-11

allows interested students to continue their development of techniques learned in the elementary school instrumental program or in the Beginners' Band class available at the secondary level. The successful completion of this course will enable the student instrumentalist to become a member of the Advanced Band. Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation.

BAND – ADVANCED

FA113YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

is the high school performing band. This organization functions as a concert and marching band. Membership is by teacher recommendation only and requires participation in all school, community, and festival events.

PERCUSSION

FA122YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

teaches the fundamentals of all percussion instruments. Participants are required to play with the Advanced Band in all parades, concerts, and festivals.

STRING ORCHESTRA

FA123YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

an introduction to guitar, violin, cello and ukulele. Students will choose their focus instrument. An opportunity to try a new instrument will be given at the end of each marking period. Group and individual practice will be expected. There is a performance requirement for this class.

ELECTRIC PIANO

FA120YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

students will explore learning to sing. They will work in a large group to perform at various times of year and learn different genres of music. Both boys and girls are encouraged to sign up for choir.

INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMING ARTS

FA400STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9 -10

This course will begin the process of surveying music and music technology. Course content will include technology, music theory, piano and composition techniques. Prerequisites: Students are expected to have previous vocal or instrumental experience.

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE & PERFORMING ARTS

FA400YTDGE 10 Credits Grade 9

students will increase their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of all aspects of theater and related performing arts. Students will learn the basic principles of acting and dance, theatre history and the work of master playwrights.

REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS (RCA)

FA405YTDGE 20 Credits Grades 9-12

is a state-funded performing arts magnet program located at 23 Oakview Drive, Trumbull that provides Students with professional training in dance, music, and theatre. The program is open to students in grades 9-12 in the public schools of Bridgeport, Trumbull, Fairfield, Monroe, and Stratford. Classes meet Tuesday-Friday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and transportation is provided by participating school districts. RCA looks for potential as well as developed talent; therefore, any interested student is encouraged to apply.

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HEALTH

HE101STDGE 5 Credits

Grades 9-12

PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION

provides information to motivate students to protect, maintain and improve their health. Topics include: Substance Abuse, Nutrition, Mental/Emotional Health, Growth and Development, Disease Prevention, First Aid and Safety, Family Life, AIDS, Community Health and Self-Esteem. Required for graduation.

FULL YEAR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE100YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

introduces a variety of individual and team sports. Instructional emphasis will be on basic skills, rules, strategies and fitness. Values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for differences will be enforced.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1

PE101STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-12

10th-12th grade students will develop skills introduced in P.E. one. Students will be expected to be proficient in a number of individual and team sports. Values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for differences will be enforced. Prerequisite: P.E. 1.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2

PE102STDGE 5 Credits Grades 9-12

10th-12th grade students will develop skills introduced in P.E. one. Students will be expected to be proficient in a number of individual and team sports. Values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for differences will be enforced. Prerequisite: P.E. 1.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3

PE103STDGE 5 Credits Grades 10-12

10th-12th Grade students will develop their own conditioning program. Individual and team sports will be played at a competitive level. Students will be introduced to strategies and advanced training techniques. Values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for differences will be enforced.
Prerequisite: P.E. 1 and 2.

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FRENCH 1

WL201YTDGE 10 Credits

Grades 9-11

WORLD LANGUAGE

This is an introductory course that will provide students with foundational knowledge of French culture. Students will develop basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture that are necessary to travel to a French-speaking country. The goal of this course is to communicate about basic topics in French. In this course, special emphasis will be placed on communicative competency and basic grammatical structures.

FRENCH 2

WL202YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

This course is a continuation of French 1 and continues to build on the five basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and French culture. Students continue to develop a grammatical foundation to communicate ideas through oral, listening, reading and writing activities about a variety of topics in French. The goal of this course is prepare students for advanced study of the language and give them practical skills for travel to a French-speaking country.

FRENCH 3

WL203YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-11

This course is a continuation of French 2 and increases the student’s knowledge of French culture throughout the world. Students will understand more complex syntax in reading and writing in French. The goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced study of the language and provide them with authentic French contemporary situations that require rigorous reading, writing, presentational, and interpersonal skills.

FRENCH 4

WL204YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

This is a rigorous course designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve French proficiency in the areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will begin to analyze a variety of French literature and explore perspectives of Francophone cultures. The goal of this course is to prepare students for proficiency of the language and provide them with authentic French contemporary situations that require rigorous reading, writing, presentational, and interpersonal skills.

SPANISH 1

WL101YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-11

This is an introductory course that will provide students with a foundational knowledge of Spanish culture. Students will develop basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture that are necessary to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. The goal of this course is to communicate about basic topics in Spanish. In this course, special emphasis will be placed on communicative competency and basic grammatical structures.

SPANISH 2

WL102YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

This course is a continuation of Spanish 1 and continues to build on the five basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and Spanish culture. Students continue to develop a grammatical foundation to communicate ideas through oral, listening, reading and writing activities about a variety of topics in Spanish. The goal of this course is prepare students for advanced study of the language and give them practical skills for travel to a Spanish-speaking country.

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SPANISH 3

WL103YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 10-12

This course is a continuation of Spanish 2 and increases the student’s knowledge of Spanish culture throughout the world. Students will understand more complex syntax in reading and writing in Spanish. The goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced study of the language and provide them with authentic Spanish contemporary situations that require rigorous reading, writing, presentational, and interpersonal skills.

SPANISH 4

WL104YTDGE 10 Credits Grades 11-12

This is a rigorous course designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve Spanish proficiency in the areas of: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will begin to analyze a variety of Spanish literature and explore perspectives of Spanish cultures. The goal of this course is to prepare students for proficiency of the language and provide them with authentic Spanish contemporary situations that require rigorous reading, writing, presentational, and interpersonal skills.

SPANISH 5 - AP

WL105YTDAP 10 Credits Grades 11-12

This is a college-level course designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve Spanish proficiency in the areas of: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will begin to analyze a variety of Spanish literature and explore perspectives of Spanish cultures in critical ways. The goal of this course is to prepare students to achieve proficiency of native Spanish language speakers and provide them with authentic Spanish contemporary situations that require rigorous reading, writing, presentational, and interpersonal skills. It is expected that students will take the A.P. exam in May, which may lead to college credit.

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ESOL BEGINNER

EN010YBLGE 20 Credits

Grades 9-12

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BILINGUAL SERVICES

This course is for students who are in the beginning stage of English Language acquisition. Students will focus on developing Basic English vocabulary, grammar, oral language, reading, writing, and listening skills. By developing these skills, students will begin to use English in both social and academic settings and in culturally appropriate ways. Students will be placed in this program according to their Proficiency level in English. This class meets for a double period daily and awards twenty points of credit in English towards graduation.

ESOL INTERMEDIATE

EN011YBLGE 20 Credits Grades 9-12

This course is for students in the intermediate stage of English Language acquisition. Students will focus on developing content-based academic English language skills through vocabulary, grammar, oral language, reading, writing, and listening skills. By developing these skills, students will be able to use English in both social and academic settings and in culturally appropriate ways. Students will be placed in this program according to their Proficiency level in English. This class meets for a double period daily and awards twenty points of credit in English towards graduation.

ESOL ADVANCED

EN012YBLGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

This course is for students in the advanced stage of English Language acquisition. Students will focus on developing proficient content-based academic English language skills through critical speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. By developing these skills, students will be able to fluently use English in academic settings. Students will be placed in this program according to their Proficiency level in English. This class meets for a single period daily and awards ten points of credit in English towards graduation.

ESOL-LTSS (LANGUAGE TRANSITION SUPPORT SERVICES)

EN013YBLGE 10 Credits Grades 9-12

This course is for students who have completed Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced ESOL yet require additional English Language instructional support. Students will receive Sheltered English instructional strategies to address all academic content area concepts. By developing these skills, students will use effective academic strategies in English content area courses to achieve success. This class meets for a single period daily and awards ten points of credit in English towards graduation.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

AD100STDGE 5 Credits

Grades 11-12

ADDITIONAL COURSES BY ARRANGEMENT

is designed to encourage students to become contributing community members who recognize the importance of voluntary activity to help other members of the community. Credit may be earned only upon successful completion of 50 hours of unpaid, voluntary work in not-for-profit companies or governmental agencies, and 10 hours of classroom instruction.