Course Catalog

General Information

Departments

* NCAA Eligibility Approved Course

 

Graduation Requirements

REGENTS DIPLOMA 
Course Requirements – 22 credits required Testing Requirements – Score of 65+
English  4 credits English Language Arts Regents Exam 1 exam
Social Studies

  • 1 credit of US History
  • ½ credit in National Issues
  • ½ credit in Economics
  • 2 credits of Global History or Geography
4 credits Social Studies Regents Exam 1 exam
Mathematics 3 credits Mathematics Regents Exam 1 exam
Science

  • 1 credit Life Science
  • 1 credit Physical Science
  • 1 credit Life or Physical Science
3 credits Science Regents Exam 1 exam
Health .5  credit **AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • A score of 65+ on a fifth Regents exam in Social Studies, Math OR Science.
  • A state-approved Career and Technical Education assessment/pathway (the list is available from BOCES).
  • C-DOS Pathway Career Plan  (216 hours CTE coursework plus 54 of those hours in a work-based learning experience plus the completion of an Employability Profile). The 54 hours do not need to be in the same program as the coursework.
Art, Music or approved Technology or Family and Consumer Science (FACS) 1 credit
World Languages 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credits
Electives 3.5 credits
Students with an IEP or 504 plan may have testing requirements that differ from the above.  Please consult with your school counselor.
REGENTS DIPLOMA  WITH HONORS
Students receive a Regents Diploma with Honors by achieving a computed average of 90% or above on the required Regents Exams as referenced in the Regents Diploma requirements.
Course Requirements – All of the requirements for a Regents Diploma plus students must also choose from one of the following: Testing Requirements – Score of 65+
English Language Arts Regents Exam 1 exam
Social Studies Regents Exam 1 exam
Mathematics Regents Exam 3 exams
Life Science and Physical Science Regents Exam 2 exams
World Languages  2 credits World Languages Checkpoint B Exam 1 exam
Art, Music  or Career Technology Education (CTE) 5 unit sequence **Reference “AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING” above
Students receive an Advanced Regents with Honors diploma by achieving a computed average of 90% or above on the required Regents exams for the Advanced Regents Diploma. The World Languages Checkpoint B Exam is not included in the computed average requirement

 

 

NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse

The NCAA has strict academic eligibility requirements such as standardized test scores, grade point average, and specific course requirements for prospective student-athletes to participate in Division I and II intercollegiate athletics. It is the responsibility of the student and parents to regularly check for up-to-date course eligibility requirements. To check course eligibility and other academic requirements, please go to or see your school counselor:

  • https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Core Courses under Student-Athlete page
  • Next, click on “Find your high school’s list of NCAA core courses” and input Troy High School’s CEEB Code 335617.
Division I academic eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.

Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

 

Departments

English Department – Course Offerings

English 9 Honors*

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on performance, multiple measures index and state testing.

This advanced course focuses on reading literature and nonfiction across a broad spectrum, and writing on the subject matter and themes studied. Students in this course must have strong language skills, independent work habits, and genuine interest in the written word. Reading assignments are lengthy, require advanced vocabulary and are generally more demanding in depth and scope. Writing activities are more frequent and require advanced language use. Full participation in daily class discussions is expected. A full-scope research project is a part of this curriculum. There is a required summer reading assignment in anticipation of this course. 

English 9 Regents *

1 Year, 1 Credit

Most Ninth graders take this comprehensive English course. The course includes reading literature and nonfiction across a broad spectrum of subject matter and themes with the twin goals of encouraging reading and supporting exploration of differences and similarities in reading material. Writing is also a focal point in the course to support preparation for the NYS regents in 11th grade, particularly the nonfiction portion of the test. Students develop grammar skills, listening skills, and study new vocabulary. Students engage in the research process. 

English 10 Honors *

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

This class builds on the in-depth literature study begun in English 9 Honors. Students study world literature, with an emphasis on developing sophisticated interpretations and complex essays. Students should be strong writers and enjoy the challenge of reading lengthier and more difficult texts. Students are expected to be active pa339rticipants in class discussion to illustrate their understanding of complex themes. Students continue their study of sophisticated vocabulary. There is required summer reading assignment for this course. 

 

English 10 Regents *

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: English 9

This course extends the work of the previous year. Students will continue to build their reading, writing, and analytical skills through a survey of world literature. Students are expected to engage in independent reading. Students will continue to sharpen their skills in identifying differences and similarities across genres in literature. Writing continues to be a focal point, with a concentration on the skills necessary for the fiction portion of the NYS English Regents. Students continue their study of grammar and vocabulary, as well as engage in the research process, show growth from the 9th grade year. Students are expected to be active participants in class discussion to illustrate their understanding of complex themes and to continue their study of sophisticated vocabulary. 

 

English 11 Honors*

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation based on classroom performance

English 11 Honors is a course for talented and motivated students. The course is a survey of American Literature with a focus on historical literary periods and criticism. Students explore structure, language and theme through direct instruction and discussion. Students are expected to further develop their ability to analyze literature in their writing by exploring their own use of language and structure. Students will complete a portfolio that reflects intense preparation for the English Regents Examination in June. There is a required summer reading assignment for this course. 

 

English 11 Regents*

1 Year, 1 Credit

English 11 Regents is a survey course of American Literature and focuses on texts that reflect life and thought in America. The course provides intensive preparation for the English regents exam, which is given in June. Course work involves literature interpretation, essay development, and research, along with grammar and vocabulary study. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparation for the Regents exam. 

 

English 11 General Regents *

1 Year, 1 Credit

English 11 General Regents is designed for students who have traditionally struggled to be successful in the English classroom. The course focuses on 20th Century American Literature. There is an emphasis on building key reading and writing skills in preparation for the English Regents Examination. Course work involves literature interpretation and essay development. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparation for the Regents Exam which they take in January and June, if necessary. 

 

Journalism:  * Open to students in grades 11 & 12

1 Year, 1 Credit

Journalism focuses on the history and rules of journalism, giving students a chance to produce their own written news stories, videos, and podcasts. Students learn about the inverted pyramid style of journalistic writing, as well as the art of the interview, note-taking, and citing sources. Students also keep track of current events with weekly blog write-ups. This class features a large amount of writing, speaking, and creativity in a hands-on, project-based learning environment.

 

English 12 Advanced Placement (AP) *

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: 90 Percent or Above in English 11 Honors or Teacher recommendation based on classroom performance

English 12 AP is a college-level course for superior students with a special interest and aptitude for English. The course involves critical study of major works of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction, and explores the role and concerns of mankind throughout the ages. Students should be prepared for an intensive reading and writing course incorporating critical theory and criticism. Students are expected to work and think independently in this course. Students are prepared for the Advanced Placement exam in May. There is a required summer assignment for this course.

 

English 12 Regents*

1 Year, 1 Credit

The English 12 Regents curriculum includes some of the great literature of the ages, but begins with an exploration of the self, and assistance to students in writing the college essay. There is an emphasis on advanced literary analysis, and refinement of essay and research skills. There is a focus on what will be necessary for success in a college setting. In terms of reading and writing, this course is designed for students who have passed the English Regents with a score of at least 65.

 

English 12 Regents/Spoken Word Poetry *

1 Year, 1 Credit

Spoken Word Poetry is an English 12 course that focuses on rhetorical theory in popular culture, such as the role of context, audience, and purpose in the creation of written and visual arguments. Students employ the language of rhetorical analysis in locating and critiquing argumentative trends found within hip-hop music, movies, fashion, and other observable aspects of hip-hop identity. Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture is a discussion-based and student-oriented course.

 

English 12 Regents/Urban Literature *

1 Year, 1 Credit

This course will examine the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters within the urban setting. Students will be able to identify major themes and central characters in the texts. In doing so, they will be able to make text to text, text to world, and text to self connections.  Class discussion is a critical component of this course.  Evidence of understanding will be demonstrated through oral, written and multimedia presentations.  Content will include novels such as Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh, The Skin I’m In by Sharon Fake as well as additional readings, news segments, tv shows and cinema.

English 12 Regents/Comic Book Heroes and Legends*

1 Year, 1 Credit

Comic book characters and heroes such as those found in DC and Marvel comics have historically reflected our society for the past 80 years.  This course will delve into what the comics are teaching us about ourselves and the world in which we live.  We will question our understanding of who we are as seen through the heroes found throughout the comics.  This course will guide our quest in choosing the path we take as members of society, both as leaders and followers.  We will look at how the current social and personal issues have been portrayed in recent media presentations of our comic hero.   Students will identify major themes through the characters in the texts.  They will be able to make text to text, text to world, and text to self connections.  Class discussion is an important aspect of this course.  Evidence of understanding will be demonstrated through oral, written, and multimedia presentations. 

English 12 Regents/Film as Literature*

1 Year, 1 Credit

Film as Literature considers filmmaking a unique art form that can be appreciated and analyzed in much the same way that we treat literature. Throughout the course, we will take a look at several important films and their connections to literature. We will examine the way that directors, actors, and screenwriters use light and sound to tell a story and make connections between their work and the work of great authors. 

 

 

Mathematics Department – Course Offerings

Algebra I 

1 Year, 1 Credit (Grade 9)

Topics of study in this one-year course include first and second degree equations and inequalities, systems of linear functions, quadratic relations, factoring polynomials, operations with radicals and operations with algebraic fractions as well as univariate and bivariate statistics.  Students will take the NYS Common Core Algebra 1 Regents Examination to complete the course.

 

Algebra 1A

1 Year, 1 Credit (Grade 9)

This course is the first course in a two-year sequence that covers the Algebra 1 curriculum. The course includes the study of first degree equations and inequalities (solutions and graphing), systems of equations and inequalities (algebraic and graphic solutions),  functions (identifying relations and functions and their graphs), univariate and bivariate statistics. 

 

Algebra 1B 

1 Year, 1 Credit (Grade 10)
PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1A

The course begins with a review of material from Algebra 1A.  Topics in this course include functions, linear functions, solving linear equations/inequalities, solving systems of linear equations/inequalities, arithmetic and geometric sequences, exponential functions, polynomial operations, polynomial factoring, quadratic functions, solving quadratic equations, and solving quadratic/linear systems of equations. Students will take the NYS Common Core Algebra 1 Regents Examination to complete the course.

 

Financial Algebra 

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B

This course is meant to prepare students for mathematical topics they may encounter in their career and personal life.  Students will study statistics, borrowing and investing money, the use of spreadsheets, budgeting and finance, and an introduction to computer programming.  This is done with an effort to include students’ career interests.  Each quarter will involve a project involving the relevant math topic and student interests.  

 

Geometry R

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra

This one-year course has an emphasis on transformational geometry and the connection to similarity and congruence. The major unit of study is introductory Euclidean Geometry that includes triangle congruence, geometric inequalities, quadrilaterals, similarity, and circle geometry. Both informal and formal proof are also explored.  Students will take the NYS Common Core Geometry Regents Examination to complete the course.

 

Geometry 

1 Year, 1 Credit

PREREQUISITE: Algebra

This one-year course has an emphasis on transformational geometry and the connection to similarity and congruence. The major unit of study is introductory Euclidean Geometry that includes triangle congruence, geometric inequalities, quadrilaterals, similarity, 3D geometry and circle geometry. Students will take the NYS Common Core Geometry Regents Examination to complete the course.

 

Geometry H

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra and Teacher Recommendation

This is a course for students who are in an accelerated course of study and have taken and successfully completed a Regents Algebra Course in 8th grade. The curriculum is the same as Geometry. Students will take the NYS Common Core Geometry Regents Examination to complete the course.

Algebra 2

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Geometry R 

This one-year course is the third course in the NYS Math Advanced Regents Diploma Curriculum. Topics include rational expressions, rational, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, sequences and series, relations and functions, exponents and exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, trigonometric graphs, statistics and probability. It is expected that student enrolled in this course have reached proficiency on the Algebra 1 or Geometry Regents Exam. Students will take the NYS Common Core Algebra 2 Regents exam to complete the course.

 

Algebra 2H

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE:  Geometry and Teacher Recommendation

This is a course for students who are in an accelerated course of study and have taken and successfully completed a Regents Algebra and Regents Geometry. This one-year course is the third course in the NYS Math Advanced Regents Diploma Curriculum. Topics include rational expressions, rational, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, sequences and series, relations and functions, exponents and exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, trigonometric graphs, statistics and probability. It is expected that students enrolled in this course have reached proficiency on the Algebra 1 and Geometry Regents Exams. Students will take the NYS Common Core Algebra 2 Regents exam to complete the course.

 

Algebra 2A

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Geometry or Geometry R

This course is the first year of a two-year extended Common Core Algebra 2 Regents program. Topics include rational expressions, rational, irrational and complex numbers, factoring, quadratic equations and functions, relations and functions, exponents.

 

Algebra 2B

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra 2A

This course is the second year of a two-year extended Common Core Algebra 2 Regents program. Topics include review of rational expressions, rational, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions.  Students will also learn about sequences and series, relations and functions, exponents and exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, trigonometric graphs, statistics and probability. Students will take the NYS Common Core Algebra 2 Regents exam to complete the course

 

 

Intermediate Algebra

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Geometry 

Students solve linear equations/ inequalities and quadratic equations algebraically, graphically, and by means of the quadratic formula. Solution of absolute value equations and inequalities and radical equations are also studied. Other topics include operations with polynomials, operations with complex numbers, and functions (notation, types of functions, compositions, and inverses). 

 

 

College Algebra

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Intermediate Algebra 

Students study a variety of advanced algebraic topics including advanced factoring, polynomial and rational expressions, complex fractions, and binomial expansions. Polynomial and rational algebra is extensively covered including advanced factoring and polynomial long division. Students will expand their understanding about polynomial functions along with linear, quadratic, and exponential, which will be used to model a variety of problems, including compound interest, complex numbers, growth and decay. Students will use this understanding to explore sequences and series. Work in statistics and probability includes counting theory, permutations, combinations, and binomial probability.

 

 

Pre-Calculus

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II Common Core

This course expands on many of the concepts presented in the Trigonometry course such as exponential functions and logarithms, right triangle trigonometry (proof of trig identities, trig in the complex plane and DeMoivre’s Theorem are explored) and probability (Permutations, combinations, and Binomial Theorem). Other topics include graphs of polynomial functions, matrices, Cramer’s Rule, arithmetic and geometric sequences, geometric and infinite series, and fractional exponents. An introduction to Calculus is provided at the end of the year.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.   HVCC credit may be earned in this course.

 

Calculus I

1 Year, 1 Credit,
4 HVCC Credits
PREREQUISITE: Pre-Calculus

This is a college level Calculus course offered for credit from HVCC. Topics covered include but are not limited to: limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of elementary functions (including transcendental functions), with applications to curve sketching, optimization problems, related areas, area under a curve problems and solutions to elementary differential equations.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. 

 

 

AP Calculus AB

1 Year, 1 Credit
4 HVCC Credits
PREREQUISITE: Pre-Calculus

The course syllabus follows the course description outlined by the College Board that can be found on their website

www.collegeboard.com

This AP Calculus class is comparable to calculus courses in college and universities. The main topics of study include functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, integrals, curve sketching (including area under a curve). Students will analyze graphs, limits of functions, asymptotic behavior, and continuity of functions. They will also explore the concept of the derivative including the derivative at a point, as a function, second derivatives and applications of derivatives. Students learn the fundamental theorem of calculus which leads to integration and applications. At the end of the course students take the AP calculus exam which may qualify the student for college credit. Students must score proficiency on the Algebra I, Geometry Common Core, or Algebra II Regents Exams (Proficiency is considered to be a score of 80 or better on a Mathematics Regents Exam.)In addition, students who successfully complete the course and pass the final exam receive credit from HVCC

 

 

Calculus 2

1 Year, 1 credit
4 HVCC Credits
PREREQUISITE: Calculus I

This course is offered for HVCC credit and begins with review of basic set theory. Topics covered include but are not limited to: inverse trig integration and differentiation, techniques of integration, arc length (using Riemann sum process), parametric equations and their derivatives, space curves and their arc length, polar derivatives/integration/arc length, sequences and series, matrices, vectors, surface sketching, partial and implicit differentiation, and double and triple integrals.

 

 

College Statistics

1 Year, 1 Credit
3 HVCC credits
PREREQUISITE:  Algebra II Common Core 

This course is offered for college credit in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College (Math 135).  The course fits the description of most college statistics courses at the introductory level.  Topics include summary statistics, statistical graphs, correlation and regression, gathering data, and probability.  More advanced topics include sampling and the Central Limit Theorem, T tests for sample means (one and two sample), tests for proportions, and Chi-Square testing for the relationship between two categorical variables. Students must score proficiency on the Algebra I, Geometry Common Core, or Algebra II Regents Exams (Proficiency is 80 or better on a Mathematics Regents Exam.).

 

 

Introduction to Computer Science    

1 Year, Alternate A or B day schedule,  ½ credit
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I Common Core

This course will cover the basics of computer programming using the Python computer language.  Topics will include digital logic, assignment of variables, calculations, looping, functions or methods, conditional or decision statements, strings, and arrays.  The text and assignments are online and accessible from most any internet connected device.  This is a comprehensive first semester course.  

 

 

Computer Science II 

1 Year,  1 Credit
3 HVCC credits
PREREQUISITE:  Introduction to Computer Science  

This 2nd year course in computer science is offered for college credit in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College  (CIS 110) and is taught in Java..  Students will learn structured, modular, programming and control flow.  They will use Java controls structures for selection and repetition.  There is an introduction to data structures including using arrays to store, sort, list, and reference related data.  Finally the course includes the development of Graphical User Interfaces and Java Applets.  This is intended to satisfy the requirements of a first course in Computer Science at most colleges and universities.  

 

 

Discovering Computer Science

1 Year,  1 Credit
PREREQUISITE:  Algebra 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. Students will learn the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem-solving, and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students.  Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.

 

 

Science Department – Course Offerings

Earth Science Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on performance in Science 8

Topics studied are those offered in the regular Earth Science Regents course; however, pupils are exposed to a far more extensive program. This course is designed for the more advanced science student. The final exam for the course is a year-long portfolio. Students take the Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course. Students must complete a lab requirement in order to take the Regents exam. 

 

LAB: Earth Science Regents Honors

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Earth Science Regents Honors

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Earth Science Regents Honors course. Topics studied are those offered in the Earth Science Regents lab; however, the labs are designed for the advanced student that is able to handle a far more rigorous program and workload. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the regents exam. 

 

Earth Science Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit

Earth Science involves three areas of science: Meteorology- the study of the atmosphere, weather and water cycle; Geology- the physical processes and forces which shape the land; Astronomy- the nature of the solar system. The final exam for the course is a year-long portfolio. Students take the Earth Science Regents exam at the end of the course. Students must complete a lab requirement in order to take the regent exam. 

 

LAB: Earth Science Regents

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Earth Science Regents

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Earth Science Regents course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the regents exam. 

 

 

Biology Advanced Placement (AP)

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory Biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. The course differs significantly from the usual high school course in Biology with respect to the kind of textbook used., the range in depth of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. AP Biology aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of Biology. All students enrolled in the course are expected to challenge the AP Biology exam which is administered the first or second week of May. 

 

 

LAB: Biology Advanced Placement (AP)

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Biology Advanced Placement (AP)

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Advanced Placement Biology course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents Exam.

 

 

Living Environment Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation

This Regents level course covers topics dealing with the investigations of life at the cellular and molecular level as well as the life of the whole organism. It also explores how the organism fits into and is affected by the living and nonliving environment. A separate laboratory period is part of this course and successful completion of the lab work is required for entrance to the Regents exam. Instruction will focus on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts.  

 

 

LAB: Living Environment Regents

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Living Environment Regents

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Living Environment Regents course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents Exam.

 

 

Living Environment General Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation

This Regents level course covers topics dealing with the investigations of life at the cellular and molecular level as well as the life of the whole organism. It also explores how the organism fits into, and is affected by, the living and nonliving environment. the pace and depth of coverage may be less demanding than that covered in the regular Regents course. However, all material covered will prepare the student to take the Regents exam at the completion of the course. Instruction will focus on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts. 

 

 

LAB: Living Environment General Regents

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Living Environment General Regents

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Living Environment General Regents course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents Exam. 

 

 

Chemistry Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

The primary purpose of this course is to expose the student to the rudiments of chemistry that will be required to succeed in a first year college course. This course will also be adequate preparation for Advanced Placement Chemistry. The class covers all of the state mandated material but typically explores these topics in greater depth. Also covered are selected topics that are not part of the current Regents Chemistry program. In addition, a full laboratory program complements classroom instruction. Knowledge of algebra and familiarity with scientific calculators are necessary in order to be successful in this course. 

 

 

LAB: Chemistry Regents Honors

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Chemistry Regents Honors

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Chemistry Regents Honors course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents Exam. 

 

 

Chemistry Regents 

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

This Regents level course is designed to prepare students for a first year college-level chemistry course or to serve as an exit level general chemistry course for the high school student. All students taking this course are required to take the regents exam at the completion of the course. An understanding of basic algebra is helpful in performing chemical calculations throughout the year. The material presented is expected to prepare the student to explain both accurately and with appropriate depth, concepts and models relating to chemistry. Instruction will focus on the understanding of concepts, relationships, processes, mechanisms, models, and applications. An additional period of laboratory work is required as part of this course

 

 

LAB: Chemistry Regents

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Chemistry Regents

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Chemistry Regents course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents exam. 

 

 

Physics Advanced Placement (AP)

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

The Advanced Placement Physics course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of Physics and emphasizes the development of problem solving abilities. It is assumed that the student is familiar with algebra and trigonometry, and although calculus is seldom used, some theoretical developments may use its basic concepts. This course provides a foundation in Physics for students in the life of sciences, pre medicine and directly related to science. All students who want Advanced Placement course credit are required to challenge the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course. 

 

 

LAB: Physics Advanced Placement (AP)

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Physics Advanced Placement

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Physics Advanced Placement course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the course.

 

 

Physics Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation based on classroom performance

This is a college preparatory course, which is an inquiry into matter and energy. The first objective of this course is to develop certain fundamental understanding about matter and energy; the second is to explain the basis and the use of some of the quantitative relationships that enable us to describe the behaviors of matter and energy with precision. The topics used to accomplish the above are: measurement, force, matter, wave motion, energy, heat and the structure of thermo-magnetism, nuclear physics and the quantum part of the development of each topic. 

 

 

LAB: Physics Regents

1 Year, NON-Credit
COREQUISITE: Physics Regents

This course satisfies the lab requirement for the Physics Regents course. Students must complete this lab requirement in order to take the Regents Exam.

 

 

Forensic Science

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Living Environment, Geometry, teacher recommendation

High school forensics is an introductory forensic science course that focuses on practices and analysis of physical evidence found at crime scenes. The fundamental objective is to teach the basic processes and principles of scientific thinking and apply them to problem solving.  This course is designed to explain the sciences used in the various forensic science techniques.  Topics covered in this course include evidence collection, study and analysis of hair, fibers, fingerprints, pollen, blood spatter, ballistics, and other forms of evidence found at a crime scene. 

This course is designed for students who are of junior or senior status that held a final average in their Living Environment course of 80 percent or better and also has taken or currently enrolled in Geometry

There is no lab required for this course.

 

Zoology

PREREQUISITE: Student must of passed either the Earth Science Regents OR Living Environment Regents

 Zoology is the study of animals. Life takes endless forms and occupies many different environments. It grows and spawns new life, and has been referred to as “the greatest Show on Earth.” This year we will look at how animals on earth evolved, how they function, how we conserve them, and how animals are all related. We will also study animals of the past, aquatic organisms, and bioengineering. We will be building a laboratory atmosphere and have numerous live animals in the classroom. They are to be treated with respect and cared for properly.  Students will take turns caring for the animals; learning about their husbandry and biological life processes. This year you will all be zoologists. This means you will be acting in the classroom as a scientist would while performing his or her research.

Course Topics: Evolution & Natural Selection, Taxonomy, Ethology, Paleontology, AquaticBiology, Bioengineering

 

 

Human Anatomy

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: 11th or 12th grader and teacher recommendation

Human Anatomy is a college preparatory elective science course that will allow students to develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human body by using a systems-based approach. It is designed to provide a basic foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in medical sciences. Students will learn about the interactions and intricacies of the human body by examining topics such as gross anatomy, anatomical terminology, histology, homeostasis, body systems, and impact of diseases.

Major Topics Covered This Year: Cytology, Histology, Homeostasis, the body systems

 

 

Science in Society A – Evolution and Adaptation

½ Year, ½ Credit – Must be taken in conjunction with Science and Society B 

This is a semester part of the Science in Society elective course concentrating on evolution and the adaptation of organisms. This part of the course examines the basics of evolution and how evolution explains the adaptation of organisms to their environments now and in geological time.

 Topics include the following:

  1.       General Adaptation:

 Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, types of evolution, general body models, evolution of homologous structures for specifics such as flight or quadrupedal locomotion, cranial adaptation to diet, evolution in time such as dinosaur evolution and equine evolution, relationship of dinosaur to birds, and questions on extinctions.

  1.       Human Evolution

Our understanding of the evolution of humans which would include: skeletal structures, age determining structures, sexual dimorphism, hominin/hominid distinctions, classification of Australopithecus, Homo erectus, and Neanderthal, development of agriculture and domestication of animals.

 

 

Science in Society B-  Food, Land and People

½ Year, ½ Credit – Must be taken in conjunction with Science and Society A

This is a one semester elective project based course that examines the relationships among agriculture, the environment and people of the world. Topics include: 1. Environmental Science associated with stewardship of the land  2. Economic impact of agriculture and the food we eat  3. Community supported Agriculture and land development.

 

 

Environmental Science 

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Successfully completed Earth Science and Living Environment

This course is a higher-level science course. Environmental Science will challenge students to think about their beliefs, their attitudes, and their behaviors, and how these affect our individual responsibility for the environment. This course makes use of many research presentations and analysis tools including: Field observations, data collection and analysis, role-playing, debates, guided discussion, and Slideshow Presentations. The learning objectives in this course are: to help students to understand the role that science and technology can play in enabling humans to make informed decisions about activities that impact the environment; to foster technology literacy and an understanding of the role of information technologies in modern scientific endeavors; to provide the opportunity to learn about the scientific process; to understand the ways in which humans use land, energy, and water resources to support their activities; to understand the complex relationships between the physical environment on Earth and the ecosystems that populate it and; to support the development of inquiry-based teaching and technology skills among teachers.

 

 

Social Studies Department – Course Offerings

Global Studies 9 Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation from 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

This is the first year of an in depth study of trends in Global History and Geography. Course work requires stronger reading, writing, and analytical skills than the Global Studies regents course. Essays and reading assignments are designed to develop a sophisticated understanding of historical events and trends. 

 

 

Global Studies 9 Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit

Students will develop their understanding of the major ideas, eras, themes, and developments in Global History and Geography. They will examine history from a variety of perspectives, with an emphasis on developing reading and writing skills to meet the NYS standards. This is the first year of a two-year course. Course requirements include tests, class participations, homework, essays and research activities. 

 

Global Studies 9 General Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit

This course is designed for students who have experienced difficulty in social studies in the past or who struggle as readers or writers. Students will cover the first year of the Global Studies Regents Curriculum, but with an emphasis on strengthening those skills that are necessary for success on the Regents exam. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparations for this exam. 

 

Global Studies 10 Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation

This course completes the rigorous study of Global History and Geography begun in Grade 9. Students develop critical thinking skills based on an in depth analysis of historical events and trends, using original documents, speeches and other primary source materials. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparation for the Global History and Geography Regents exam given in June. 

 

Global Studies 10 Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit

This course builds on the study of Global History and Geography begun in Grade 9. Students will develop a deeper understanding of trends in world history, as they continue to develop their reading and writing and analytical skills. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparation for the Global History and Geography Regents exam given in June. 

 

Global Studies 10 General Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit 

This course is designed for students who have experienced difficulty in social studies in the past or who struggle as reader or writers. Students will cover the Global Studies Regents curriculum, but with an emphasis on strengthening those skills that are necessary for success on the Regents Exam. Students will complete a required portfolio that reflects their preparation for this exam. 

 

United States History Advanced Placement (AP)

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. The course presents topics in American History at the college level, requiring sophisticated critical thinking skills. Students will also challenge the US History and Government Regents exam given in June.  Possibility to earn 6 HVCC Credits.

 

 

United States History Regents Honors

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation

In this course, students will study the American social, political, and economic experience in depth. Students will continue to develop critical thinking skills based on an in depth analysis of historical events and trends, using original documents, speeches, and other primary source materials. Students will challenge the US History and Government Regents Examination given in June.  Possibility to earn 6 HVCC Credits.

 

United States History  Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit

Students will study the American social, political, and economic experience.  They will study important events and trends in development of analytic essays and document-based questions.  Students will challenge the US History and Government Regents Examination given in June.

 

 

U.S. History 11 General Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit 

This course is designed for students who have experienced difficulty in social studies in the past or who struggle as reader or writers. Students will cover the United States History Regents curriculum, but with an emphasis on strengthening those skills that are necessary for success on the Regents Exam. 

 

Economics 12

½ Year, ½ Credit

This one semester course covers the American economic system, as well as competing economic systems and theories. Reading and writing activities focus on an examination of the interdependence of the world today, and the political and social impact of economic decisions.

 

Economics 12 HVCC

½ Year, ½ Credit

PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation
3 Credits HVCC

This one semester course covers the American economic system, as well as competing economic systems and theories. Reading and writing activities focus on an examination of the interdependence of the world today, and the political and social impact of economic decisions. 

this section goes into greater depth and is the equivalent course to freshman level Macroeconomics. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College in this course

 

Government 12

½ Year, ½ Credit

In this one semester course, students spend time exploring the elements of participatory government. The course work develops an understanding of the democratic process, while emphasizing the role and responsibility of individuals within that process. 

 

Government 12 HVCC

½ Year, ½ credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation
3 Credits HVCC

In this one-semester course, students spend a semester exploring the elements of our national government. The course will focus on the various policy making institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas the constitute U.S. politics government. The course is evaluated by a local final exam. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College in this course

 

Psychology

½ Year, ½ Credit
3 Credits SUNY Albany
Preference given to Seniors

This is a one-semester course that introduces students to topics in psychology, including motivation, learning processes, human development, and abnormal behavior. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from SUNY Albany in this course

 

Sociology 

½ Year, ½ Credit
3 Credits at SUNY Albany
Preference given to Seniors

This one-semester course provides a scientific study of human social interactions.  Students examine societal structures and institutions and the dynamics of social change.  Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from the University of Albany in this course.

 

 

 

World Languages Department – Course Offerings

French 1

1 Year, 1 Credit

The French 1 course is designed for those students who will begin the study of French. It is an introduction to the French language and cultural aspects of French-speaking people. This course lays the foundation for continued study of the language through the introduction of a variety of vocabulary and basic grammatical structures in order to prepare the students for communication in French. Elements of culture, geography and history of French-speaking peoples are included for the students’ cultural knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to take the NYS Second Language Proficiency Exam in June. 

 

French 2

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: French 1

This course is designed to expand and build upon the foundation of French 1 and begins to prepare the students for the Regents Examination at the conclusion of French 3. Broadened vocabulary topics and grammatical concepts further develop communication skills in French. Reading and writing skills are also expanded. Students continue to develop their knowledge of French-speaking countries, their cultures and traditions. 

 

French 3 Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: French 2

French 3R is a continuation of French 2, with emphasis on the development of conversational skills, reading and listening comprehension, and writing and vocabulary expansion. Review and expansion of topics and cultural elements introduced French 1 and 2 are emphasized. Cultural awareness is advanced through the study of a wide variety of topics. Students continue to develop their communication skills in French while preparing for the Regents Comprehensive Examination in June. 

 

French 4

1 Year, 1 Credit
4 SUNY Credits
PREREQUISITE: French 3 Regents

French 4 is an advanced course which offers instruction almost exclusively in French. In this course students refine their communication skills and further their study of the grammatical components of the language. Students have the opportunity to explore and discuss subjects that reflect cultural and current events in French-speaking countries through various media. This course may be taken for college credit via the University in High School program offered by the State University of New York- Albany. Students have the opportunity to earn four college credits.

 

Chinese 1 – DISTANCE LEARNING (DL) (NOT OFFERED 2020)

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grades 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Successfully completing Year 1 in another World Language.

Students wishing to study Mandarin Chinese after completing an initial sequence in another world language. Students will earn 3 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College.

 

Italian 1

1 Year, 1 Credit 

This course is an introduction to the use of the Italian language and the cultural aspects of Italian-speaking people. The course lays the foundation for the continued study of the language through the introduction of a variety of vocabulary and basic grammatical structures in order to prepare the students for communication in Italian. Elements of culture, geography and history of Italian-speaking people are included for the students’ cultural knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to take the NYS Second Language Proficiency Exam in June. 

 

Italian 2

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Italian 1

This course is designed to expand and build upon the foundation of Italian 1 and begins to prepare the students for the Regents Examination at the conclusion of Italian 3. Broadened vocabulary topics and grammatical concepts further develop communication skills in Italian. Reading and writing skills are expanded. Students continue to develop their knowledge of Italy and Italian-speaking areas, their cultures and traditions through various media. 

 

Italian 3 Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Italian 2

Italian 3R is a continuation of Italian 2, with emphasis on the development of conversational skills, reading and listening comprehension, and writing and vocabulary expansion. Review and expansion of topics and cultural elements introduced

in Italian 1 and 2 are emphasized. Cultural awareness is advanced through the study of a wide variety of topics and media. Students continue to develop their communication skills. 

 

Italian 4

1 Year, 1 Credit
4 SUNY Credits
PREREQUISITE: Italian 3 Regents

Italian 4 is an advanced course which offers instruction almost exclusively in Italian. In this course students refine their communication skills and further their study of the grammatical components of the language. Students have the opportunity to explore and discuss subjects that reflect cultural and current events in Italian-speaking countries through a variety of media. This course may be taken for college credit via the University in High School Program offered by the State University of New York- Albany. Students have the opportunity to earn four college credits

 

Spanish 1

1 Year, 1 Credit

The Spanish 1 course is designed for those students who will begin study of Spanish. It is an introduction to the Spanish language and cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking peoples. this course lays the foundation for continued study of the language through the introduction of a variety of vocabulary and basic grammatical structures in order to prepare the students for communication in Spanish. Elements of culture, geography and history of Spanish-speaking peoples are included for the students’ cultural knowledge and understanding. Students are expected to take the NYS Second Language Proficiency Exam in June. 

 

Spanish 1B

1 Year, 1 Credit

This course is the second year of a two year sequence of Spanish study. In most cases, students have completed the course Introduction to Spanish, which is offered in 8th grade. In Spanish 1B, students review and continue to learn the basic concepts of the language with emphasis on conversational skills. Geography and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries are included for cultural knowledge and understanding. Successful completion of this 2-year sequence fulfills the minimum foreign language requirement

 

Spanish 2

PREREQUISITE: Spanish 1 Year, 1 Credit

This course is designed to expand and build upon the foundation of Spanish 1 and begins to prepare the students for the Regents Examination at the conclusion of Spanish 3. Broadened vocabulary topics and grammatical concepts further develop communication skills in Spanish. Reading and writing skills are expanded. Students continue to develop their knowledge of  Spanish-speaking areas, their cultures and traditions through various media.

 

Spanish 3 Regents

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 2

Spanish 3R is a continuation of Spanish 2, with emphasis on the development of conversational skills, reading and listening comprehension, and writing and vocabulary expansion. Review and expansion of topics and cultural elements introduced in Spanish 1 and 2 are emphasized. Cultural awareness is advanced through the study of a wide variety of topics and media. Students continue to develop their communication skills in Spanish while preparing for the Regents Comprehensive Examination in June. 

 

Spanish 4

1 Year, 1 Credit
4 SUNY Credits
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 3

Spanish 4 is an advanced course which offers instruction almost exclusively in Spanish. In this course students refine their communication skills and further their study of the grammatical components of the language. Students have the opportunity to explore and discuss subjects that reflect cultural and current events in Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of media. This course may be taken for college credit via the University in High School Program offered by the State University of New York- Albany. Students have the opportunity to earn four college credits.

 

Physical Education and Health Department – Course Offerings

Health

½ Year, ½ Credit

This required course fulfills the New York State requirements of one semester of health education for high school students. this course will deal with a wide range of personal, national and worldwide health concerns. The course  will emphasize understanding the mental and physical health of others as well as those that relate to you personally. Some specific topics which will be dealt with in this course are as follows: personality development and patterns, stress, communicable illness, HIV, use and misuse of drug substances, consumer health concerns, physical fitness, trends in eating habits and special diets. 

 

Physical Education 9-10

40 Weeks, ½ Credit 

  • Team Sports

Team sports are those sports that require more than one participant per side. The following sports may be offered if facilities and weather conditions permit: 

  • Basketball
  • Speedball
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Softball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Team Handball
  • Volleyball
  1. Individual Sports

Individual sports are those sports that require no more than two participants per side. The following sports may be offered if facilities and weather conditions permit:

  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Weight Training
  • Pickleball
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Swimming

      

 

  1. Rhythms

Rhythms are those activities which develop ease of body movement and use some form of audible accompaniment. They are one of the few non-competitive, enjoyable, relaxing activities which enhance movement in all physical activities.

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Aerobics
  • Hip-Hop Dance
  • Boxing
  1. Weight Training

Individual development of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance and agility.

  • Circuit Training
  • Personal Fitness
  • Body Shaping
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Speed & Agility Training
  • Jogging

Physical Education 11-12

40 Weeks, ½ Credit 

  • Team Sports

Team sports are those sports that require more than one participant per side. The following sports may be offered if facilities and weather conditions permit: 

  • Basketball
  • Speedball
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Softball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Team Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  1. Individual Sports

Individual sports are those sports that require no more than two participants per side. The following sports may be offered if facilities and weather conditions permit:

  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Weight Training
  • Pickleball
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Bocce Ball
  • Orienteering
  • Golf
  • Boxing
  1. Rhythms

Rhythms are those activities which develop ease of body movement and use some form of audible accompaniment. They are one of the few non-competitive, enjoyable, relaxing activities which enhance movement in all physical activities.

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Step Aerobics
  1. Body Conditioning

Individual development of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance and agility.

  • Circuit Training
  • Yoga
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Self-Defense
  • Physical Fitness
  • Body Reshaping Programs

 

 

Performing Arts – Course Offerings

Music in Our Lives

1 Year, 1 Credit, 9-12
NO PREREQUISITE 

Music in Our Lives is a full year, everyday course for one arts credit.  In this course the students will be working in five areas of musical study: listening, composing, performing, using basic skills in preparing and presenting a special interest project.  A high level of interest in music is necessary for the successful completion of all parts of this class.  Students are expected to experiment, investigate and inquire about musical problems during class discussions.  The overriding goal of this class is to develop the students skills, understandings and attitudes that will enable them to perceive and respond as fully as possible to the esthetic qualities of music, so that their lives might be enriched.

 

Music Technology

1 Year, 1 Credit, 9-12

PREREQUISITE: Music in Our Lives

 

Music Technology is a full year, everyday course for one arts credit.  Students are required to complete on credit in Music in Our Lives to be eligible for Music Technology.  This class is designed for those general music students who show an above average interest in creating and performing music.  Students must also show the ability to work independently on individualized goals.  The class is designed so that students who take interest in topics touched on in Music in Our Lives may have the opportunity to explore them in more depth.  Topics might include: guitar, bass, piano, computer generated music, music composition, lyric writing, music business, college music programs, and many others.

 

High School Concert Choir 

1 Year, 1 Credit, 9-12 OR ½ Year ½ Credit (every other day)
PREREQUISITE: Must have had previous Vocal Music Instruction and/or successfully passed the audition held by the director

Concert Choir is a mixed voice ensemble.  It is made up of the traditional soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections.  Concert Choir, in conjunction with music lessons, includes instruction in music theory, sight singing, music history, vocal tec

 

High School Concert Band 

1 year, 1 credit, 9-12 OR ½ Year ½ Credit (every other day)
PREREQUISITE: Must have had previous Instrumental Music Instructions and/or successfully passed the audition held by the director

Concert Band is a performing organization that involves musical comprehension and application of instrumental musical skills.  The instrumentation is Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion.  Concert Band, in conjunctions with music lessons, includes instruction in music theory, sight reading, music history, critical music listening, and musicianship.  In this course, individual abilities are addressed, as well as individual pedagogy and technique.  Students are expected to develop the necessary skills and musical understandings, which will allow them to progress musically and in a sequential manner.  Regular group lessons are required.  Each student is responsible for their assigned instrument and any subsequent sheet music and lesson book.  Weekly lessons are mandatory component of this course a, and required of all students as well as mandatory attendance at scheduled concerts.  Quarterly evaluation for each student will be based on daily rehearsals, concerts, required events attendance, written assignments, and lesson attendance. 

 

 

High School String Ensemble 

1 year 1 credit, 9-12
or
½ year ½ credit (every other day)
PREREQUISITE: Must have had previous orchestral string instrument instruction and/or successfully passed the audition held by the director.

String Ensemble is a performing organization that involves musical comprehension and application of instrumental musical skills.  The instrumentation is Violin, Viola, Cello and Upright Bass.  String Ensemble, in conjunctions with music lessons, includes instruction in music theory, sight reading, music history, critical music listening, and musicianship.  In this course, individual abilities are addressed, as well as individual pedagogy and technique.  Students are expected to develop the necessary skills and musical understandings, which will allow them to progress musically and in a sequential manner.  Regular group lessons are required.  Each student is responsible for their assigned instrument and any subsequent sheet music and lesson book.  Weekly lessons are mandatory component of this course a, and required of all students as well as mandatory attendance at scheduled concerts.  Quarterly evaluation for each student will be based on daily rehearsals, concerts, required events attendance, written assignments, and lesson attendance. 

 

High School Jazz Ensemble/Pit Orchestra

Extra-Curricular Ensembles
PREREQUISITE: Students must be a participating member in Concert Band, audition or selection by director.

Jazz Ensemble is a combination of pop-jazz styles of music. Members of the Concert

Band audition in the fall for membership. Pit Orchestra is an advanced small ensemble selected by the Musical Director according the orchestration written for the Spring Musical. These ensembles meet either before school or in the evening on a weekly basis.  All members must participate in band during the school day to be eligible for extra-curricular ensembles.

 

Performing Arts

1 Year, 1 Credit, 9-12 OR ½ Year ½ credit (every other day, Teacher Permission Only)
PREREQUISITE: Band, Chorus, Orchestra Teacher

This class focuses on individualized and group instruction that encourages students to pursue interest areas and unique experiences within the performing arts.  Students must also show the ability to work independently on individualized goals.  The Performing Arts Class exposes students to a wider spectrum of studies that the regular curriculum encompasses.  A variety of performing ensemble, guest speakers and field trips are available.  Students are required to attend several performances and are expected to participate in all scheduled concerts or any other events approved by the teacher.  This class will demonstrate the student’s development of task-commitment, self-confidence, feelings or creative accomplishment, and the ability to interact with others who have advanced levels of common interest and expertise in the Performing Arts.

 

 

Career/Technology Education Department – Course Offerings

Exploring Occupations

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12

This project-based course will cover the fundamentals of tool/machine usage, manufacturing and safety.  Focus will be placed on construction and manufacturing related trades that will always be in demand. Emphasis will be placed on woodworking, metalworking, electrical and other in-demand fields.  The majority of class time will be spent on hands-on project work.  There will also be several sessions covering resume building, career research etc.

Objectives:

  • Identify high demand building trades jobs of tomorrow
  • Demonstrate basic skills in the following trades
  • Woodworking
  • Metal processing/welding
  • Framing
  • Drywall installation and finishing
  • Plumbing
  • Create a professional resume
  • Develop interview skills

Projects

  • Spinning Top
  • Folding stool
  • Train whistle
  • Welded picture stand
  • Welded art
  • Gumball machine
  • Floor/Wall module
  • Desk Organizer
  • Chessboard
  • Birdhouse
  • Plumbing install
  • Review PowerPoint
  • Resume

 

Residential Structures

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 9-12

This course will focus on the various components of  home construction, including framing, trim, roofing. General tool operation and safety will be covered on a variety of power tools and hand tools.

Objectives

  • Identify various tools
  • Explain construction methods
  • Analyze blueprints
  • Demonstrate proper use of the Standard measurement system
  • Explain construction methods and vocabulary
  • Use modern framing techniques

Projects

  • Small scale Model House
  • Concrete form
  • Perspective drawing
  • Sketchup dream house
  • Doghouse

 

 

Basic Electricity

1/2 Year, .5 Credit, Grade 9-12

This course will cover many electricity related topics including residential circuit wiring, soldering, electronic devices, electrical theory, and electrical safety.

Objectives

  • Distinguish between AC/DC circuits
  • Identify residential wiring devices (switched, outlets, fixtures)
  • Identify electronic components (resistors, capacitors, transistors)
  • Describe and implement basic circuit parameters (voltage, resistance, current, power)
  • Describe and implement Ohm’s law
  • Evaluate and identify careers in the electrical industry
  • Identify and use electrical tools
  • Describe and identify the national grid and its various components
  • Describe how electricity is generated

Projects

  • Light board
  • Gotcha board
  • Outlet circuits
  • Switch circuits
  • Light circuits
  • Electronic circuit board projects
  • Lamp
  • Homemade motor
  • Homemade battery
  • Wind-generator
  • Homemade speaker
  • Relay
  • Basic Electricity semester slideshow project

 

 

Construction Trade

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12

A full year course covering basic power tools related to carpentry, electrical, masonry, and plumbing. Students receive hands-on experience related to constructing a scale model home. Students will also get an opportunity to design and build a full sized shed, to be built by the students and sold to the community. Students will take what they learned in Residential Structures and Basic Electricity and apply them to the projects they will build in Construction Trade.

 

Design and Drawing for Production

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12

This full year class introduces students to the processes necessary to produce technical drawings for manufacturing. Students will learn methods of mechanical drawing using both hand and computer drawing techniques. Students will apply acquired drawing skills to solve basic design problems. 

 

Architectural Drawing

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Design and Drawing for Production

This is an introductory class in architectural drawing. Students will learn the basic elements of residential drawing. Students will learn the basic elements of residential house design. A variety of drawings will be prepared including plot, foundation, floor, wall section, electrical, mechanical, and detail plans. Students will learn and apply both basic hand drafting and computer aided drawing techniques. Particular emphasis will be given to enhancing application skills involving the Auto CAD software program. 

 

Media Production I

1/2 Year, Grade 9-12

This is a half year, introductory level, hands-on course in multimedia. Students will learn to combine text, video, animation, special effects and sounds into dynamic presentations and awesome visual effects using powerful and professional software such as Adobe: Premiere, After effects, Animate, Dimension, Audition,Character Animator and more. This is a Prerequisite to Video Production.

 

Media Production II

1/2 Year, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Media Production I

This course focuses on video camera technique and advanced media projects including special effects, animation, video and audio editing. Students will use digital cameras and advanced video and audio editing software to production and edit video projects such as public service announcements, blue screen, movie shorts, stop motion video, video montage, DVD design portfolios and more. Students in this class also use professional studio and broadcast equipment to learn about the many aspects of broadcast video, including storyboarding, news gathering, interviewing, and producing live morning announcements

 

Graphic Communications 1

1/2 Year, Grade 10-12

This is a hands-on class in computer graphics and electronic art. It is designed to introduce students to graphics software such as Photoshop for creating and manipulating images, Adobe Illustrator for creating art and vector graphics, 3D Modeling, and Adobe Indesign for desktop publishing. Students in this class will use computers, printers, digital cameras, drawing tablets, 3D printers, laser cutters,  and cool software to design and create printed images such as posters, T-shirts, web graphics, package design and much more. 

 

Graphic Communications 2

1/2 Year, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Graphic Communications 1

This course is a marriage of art and technology. Students will have time to develop their skills through extensive, in-depth assignments in electronic graphics. It is designed for the creative student interested in pursuing more advanced digital imaging skills or career in electronic media arts. Challenging activities focus more on creative design and real world techniques using digital cameras, scanners, Drawing tablets, 3D printers, Laser cutter,  Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and 3D Modeling. Students will create a portfolio of their work .

 

Web Design

1 Year, 1 Credit, 10-12

This is a full-year course that will introduce you to the world of web design. Students will learn the basics of HTML and CSS properties. Classwork, including website development, discussions, online resource sharing, collaborative work, and self-assessment, will help students gain practical experience on web development and a thorough understanding of web design issues. Grading will come from that classwork, and different projects that students will complete throughout the year.

 

Introduction to New Media

1 Year, 1 Credit 

What exactly is New Media?   New media is a catchall term that is used to define any and all things related to the internet and the interplay between sound, images, and technology in real-time.  This combination of sounds, images, and words are vastly different than old media formats that we witness every day through traditional media outlets like ABC, NBC, and the Wall Street Journal.  New Media provides the user and the reader the opportunity to create and receive real-time and primary source information.  New Media allows the user to use artistic, educational, and technological insights to connect people in ways that are closed off to users of Old Media due to institutionalized conventions and conflicting interests.  New Media is the exchange of ideas, but how does one create and publish those ideas?  This course will address exactly this question by providing an interdisciplinary course of study in which students will explore the intersections of Graphic Art & Design, Web & Multimedia Development, Photography, Digital Cinema, Video Production, and Social Media Literacy.   Introduction to New Media will provide students a first glance at information processing and media management while enforcing proper Internet and social media etiquette.  Students will be encouraged to develop their creativity and ideas in cross-disciplinary contexts in order to explore a highly transformative industry that is having major social, cultural, and technological impacts.

 

Business – Course Offerings

Introduction to Business 

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Grades 10-12

Introduction to Business is a full-year course where students explore the world of business which will set a solid foundation for high school, college, and career.

Students will learn and improve on the skills of organization, time management, reading for comprehension, note-taking, research, public speaking and presentation, human relations and more. The business units help students acquire sound values and acceptable attitudes regarding their personal lives and on-the-job success.

Students will be engaged in teamwork, presentations, computer-related activities, and current events while learning and deepening their knowledge in business topics such as management, marketing, banking and credit, business ethics, international business, career exploration and more. Students will have an opportunity to develop computer literacy skills, consumer skills, and communication skills.

The knowledge obtained in this class is practiced and reinforced throughout the course and is transferable to other courses as well as everyday life.

 

Personal Finance – DISTANCE LEARNING (DL)

½ Year, ½ Credit

This course will provide students with the opportunity to become financially literate. The areas to be covered include types of banking, savings plans, personal budgeting, forms of investments, checkbook reconciliation, types of insurance, taxes, credit and how to manage it, and consumer protection (legislation and agencies). This course may be offered on site in the C-A Distance Learning Lab, and will be shared with students in other districts across the region. 

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing 

1 Year, 1 credit
PREREQUISITE: Intro to Business

A Google search results in over 70 different definitions for marketing. However it is defined, marketing provides the bridge between business and consumers. One goal of the course is to open the student’s eyes to the world of marketing that is all around and to become educated decision-makers. Students will study consumer behavior in order to understand and apply marketing, management, and entrepreneurial principles to make rational economic decisions and to exhibit social responsibility in a global economy.

Marketing is a process that involves a variety of activities focused on customers and the profitable execution of those activities, including but not limited to market segmentation, target marketing, market research, promotion, pricing, product/service management, distribution, and selling. Instructional activities include case studies concentrated in the sports and entertainment field, current event analysis, research and discussion, demonstrations, guided notes and guest speakers. 

 

Entrepreneurship

½ Year, ½ credit
PREREQUISITE: Sports and Entertainment Marketing

The Entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to the world of small business ownership and management. This course builds students’ skills in the knowledge of types of business ownership, business finance/start-up costs, business trends, site selection, marketing, pricing strategies and the development of a business plan on the students’ product/service of choice. The Entrepreneurship class will develop and/or operate a class business in which they will realistically perform duties in areas such as product planning, financing, human resources, marketing/advertising, selling, and management of product(s). This hands-on course involved students in a variety of activities that will provide them with the skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing workplace.

 

Business Law

½ Year, ½ Credit
PREREQUISITE: Sports and Entertainment Marketing

This course is designed to offer an introductory view of our legal system and its laws. It examines our court systems and trial procedures as well as other aspects of legal activities which influence the operation of a business and personal life activities. Emphasis is also placed on the following topics:  internet law, ethics, product warranties, consumer protection, employment conditions, family law, and contracts. This class includes a field trip to Dauphin County Courthouse to view a trial in progress.

 

 

Visual Arts Department – Course Offerings

Studio Art

1 Year, 1 Credit, Grade 9-12

This course is recommended for non-art majors and all students striving to receive Regents credit in art.  Studio Art is a foundation prerequisite for all secondary art courses.  This course will cover drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics and art criticism.  Students will start to build the foundation to develop a solid art portfolio, and will be able to understand the elements and principles of art.  By taking this program students should be able to understand and critique artwork as well as make informed decisions when approaching art projects in the future.

 

Advanced Art Technology

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

This course will focus on refining and developing a visual art portfolio. Students will work on advanced studio techniques based on individual aptitude and need.  Most of the focus will be on individual art work and critical analysis.  The goal is for all artwork to be placed in a portfolio.  Students will work on figure drawing, three dimensional artwork, painting skills, and mixed media.  Each student will be expected to provide their own portfolio case and any media devices used in storing digital artwork.  This course is recommended to any student working toward a Regents Diploma in Art and proceeding to the college level.  This course can be repeated for credit.

 

Advertising and Design

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Students will be exposed to investigation, creation, the application of advertising design and the development of advertising campaigns.  This course will focus on creative strategies as they are applied to advertising, as well as the advertising design process.  This course will also include creative team interaction, individual brainstorming techniques, and detailed research.

 

Ceramics/Sculptures

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

This class is designed for students who have an interest in clay and 3D art, giving students experiences in making functional as well as sculptural pieces, using a variety of techniques. Well thought out forms, designs, and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. The students will learn about unique sculpture forms from different cultures and contemporary artists as well as the role of sculpture throughout history. 

 

Creative Crafts

 ½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10 to 12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Students will learn about different art styles and handicrafts from various countries.  They will explore the use of various materials to create items such as baskets, mosaics and everything in between.  The students will learn the meaning behind the art and how to recreate it.

 

Digital Photography Course Option:

1 Year. ½ Credit, Grade 10 to 12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Digital Drawing will focus on digital illustration and mixed media art creation using programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud.  Students will become familiar with state of the art digital drawing methods and techniques.  They will develop their own digital art style and build a digital portfolio. Working on a digital platform allows students to expand their uses of their art talents through digital media. All students will work with digital drawing tablets with Adobe photoshop, and illustrator. 

 

Drawing and Painting

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Students will further their ability and understanding of 2-D art.  The first quarter is dedicated to the principles of design by completing a variety of drawing projects.  Students will develop a strong sense of design through decision-making and problem-solving projects that may include media such as, graphite, oil pastel, colored pencil, chalk pastel, and charcoal.  The second quarter is devoted to developing painting skills and techniques using acrylic paints.  Students will explore the style of many artists throughout history, while developing their own paintings.  The subjects considered and studied are: landscapes, still-life, the figure and abstraction.

 

Fashion Textiles

½ Year, ½ Credit, Grade 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Studio Art

Students will learn how to illustrate fashion by focusing on figure proportion, fashion styles, color theory, and textiles.  Different areas of fashion will be covered such as everyday outfits, costumes, and special event wear.  Students will work on designing fashion illustrations for books, magazines, product design and other areas of advertisement.

 

Independent Study Art

1 Year, 1 Credit
PREREQUISITE: Teacher Permission

This class is by teacher permission only, and is designed for the student with ambitions to become involved in the arts after graduation.  The student and the teacher will create a curriculum based on the arts knowledge of the student as well as the holes in their portfolio.  The student will pursue their goals by making art appropriate to them.  Scheduling will be determined according to the students existing schedule.

 

Questar III  – Program Offerings

*Students MUST be in good standing to participate in the Questar III Programs*

Career & Technical Education (CTE):

Career & Technical Education is the 21st century version of “votec” or “vocational” programs. Students in these classes work towards a Regents Diploma, and some may be eligible for the Technical Endorsement on that Diploma. Each of these programs includes the potential for students to earn college credits through articulation agreements, and many have industry certification opportunities available. Students also benefit from the Technology Centers that Work (TCTW) school improvement initiative which is a partnership between high schools, colleges and businesses to encourage rigorous academic and CTE studies. 

  • Academy for Information Technology (AIT)
  • Automotive Technologies
  • Business Information Systems
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Construction Technologies
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)

Detailed descriptions of CTE courses are available at www.questar.org.

Career & Technical Education courses are scheduled for one-half of the school day (2.5 Hours), Monday through Friday. Students will spend half of the day at the Rensselaer Education Center and half of the day at the High School. 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses are available to all persons regardless of gender. Equal training and employment opportunities are an integral part of each CTE program. We encourage students to become better acquainted with career opportunities in all fields. 

How to Enroll in Questar III Program:

  • Visit Questar III’s website at: www.questar.org
  • Students in 10th Grade should attend a program that interests you
  • Meet with your school counselor so you can work together on planning your schedule 
  • Attend an Open House at one of the Educational Centers
  • Take a tour with your school counselor and spend time in a program of interest
  • For further information please call
    • Admissions: 518-266-9033 OR 1-800-897-1202
  • Rensselaer Educational Center: 518-273-2264

 

New Visions Programs

New Visions students gain valuable insight into career options from a real-world perspective. A 1-year, honors-level program, New Visions turns area businesses, health care facilities and government buildings into classrooms for highly motivated, academically successful high school seniors.

For 3.5 hours each day, New Visions students learn and explore through mentoring, internships, interactions with professionals, group discussion and creative projects, as well as more traditional methods. New Visions students earn four academic credits including one credit each for English and social studies and two electives credits. They also may earn college credit, and the program is a proven asset on transcripts and college applications.

Questar III currently offers four New Visions programs.

  • STEM @ RPI – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy

Interested students must complete an application and interview process and should contact their high school guidance counselors for the latest information on open houses and enrollment.

New Visions Essay Questions for Application