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                 MAPLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
                COURSE SELECTION HANDBOOK
We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of proper course selection in preparation to
achieving life goals. Students are asked to select courses for the school year with the following message in mind:
         When an individual seeks employment, technical training, a college degree, an apprenticeship, or a job promotion, the
high school transcript is usually requested by prospective employers or schools. The transcript is used to determine a person’s
qualifications by illustrating levels of performance in high school curriculum. It is difficult for students to choose what courses
they should take because their future is filled with many uncertainties and possibilities; therefore, the best policy to follow
when selecting courses is to take ones that are challenging, but within the student’s capabilities. Students who take classes that
do not challenge them may regret it later when they realize that their options for further education or training have been
limited.

        The Maplewood Handbook is designed to provide course descriptions as well as course requirements,
electives, and credits needed for graduation. It is our desire that this booklet will help enlighten both students and
parents.
 Michael Henegan                  Michael Costa                 C. Michael Cybulski                  Jennifer Yeager
 Principal                        Assistant Principal           Grades 9-12 Guidance                 Grades 7-8 Guidance
                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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 Important Information                                1-2

 Graduation Requirements                              3

 Recommendation Guide                                 4

 Credit Analysis                                      5

Course Descriptions Section

 Art                                                  6

 Business                                             6-7

 English                                              7-8

 Health and Physical Education                        8

 Technology Education                                 9

 Family & Consumer Science                            9 - 10

 Foreign Language                                    10

 Math                                                10 - 11

 Music                                               11 - 12

 Science                                             12 - 13

 Social Studies                                      13 - 14

 Theater Arts                                        14
                                                IMPORTANT INFORMATION
GRADING AND GRADUATION:
          Graduation is based on a total of 25.2 units of credit earned in grades 9-12 plus successful completion of a graduation project
and the PSSA, both assigned in the junior year. One unit of credit is awarded for successful completion of a class meeting daily for
one school year. Appropriate fractions of credit are awarded for classes meeting less than every day for one year. Required are four
units of English, three units of math and science plus a fourth in either math or science, three units of social studies, two of humanities,
six electives, one of computer technology (.5 tested, .5 class), .6 health, and 1.6 physical education. One year of the physical
education requirement may be waived with Principal’s permission and Career Center students in selected shops have altered
requirements. The grading system is: 92 - 100 = A, 83 - 91 = B, 74 - 82 = C, 65 - 73 = D, below 65 is no credit or F.
Maplewood uses a weighted grading system with a weighting of 1.10 on specific weighted classes and 1.15 on Advanced Placement
classes. In grades 9 - 12 students need to earn the following number of credits for GRADE STATUS:
                                               9th Grade to 10th Grade     --   3.4 Credits
                                               10th Grade to 11th Grade     -- 10.4 Credits
                                               11th Grade to 12th Grade     -- 17.8 Credits
                                               12th Grade to Graduation -- 25.2 Credits
          *Summer school, usually provided by PENNCREST at cost, may be used to offset deficiencies.
INCOMPLETE GRADES:
           The incomplete grade “I” on the report card will indicate some course requirement has not been completed. The general rule
is that a student has two (2) weeks after report cards are distributed to submit any missing requirements. The teacher will issue a
percentage grade, including all required assignments that are submitted, after two (2) weeks to replace the incomplete grade “I”.
ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:
         The PENNCREST School District has entered into agreements with several colleges and business schools including Erie
Business Center, The Business Institute, Pitt-Titusville, and Edinboro University. In addition, Allegheny College provides one free
college course/semester for qualified seniors. Contact your guidance counselor (337-1678) for details. The agreements guarantee
entrance to these institutions or give credit to students who follow the guidelines listed in each individual articulation agreement
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES & DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM:
         Advanced Placement courses are available to MHS students planning to attend a four-year college. These courses are
recognized by most colleges as the highest level courses available in high school curriculum. Many colleges issue college credit for
successful completion of advanced placement course testing. There is a fee for AP testing to receive possible college credit.
         A dual enrollment program with Edinboro University, called the Regional Choice Initiative, is available offering two college
courses each semester to juniors and seniors who also receive high school credit for these courses. There are fees for these courses.
Contact your guidance counselor for information.

COURSE SELECTION AND COURSE ADJUSTMENTS:
           Each year, between January and the end of school, all students in grades 7 through 11 are given course registration forms for
the following year. The students are asked to select courses for the next year after discussions with the parents, staff, and the guidance
counselor. It is hoped that students will take full advantage of the variety of available courses offered so that they are well prepared
for life after high school. All students must maintain a schedule of at least seven periods of class.
         Occasionally, despite careful planning and consideration, students change their minds about future courses. Changes in
course registration may be made anytime between registration and the last day of the school year. If they are not made during that
time, the policy then becomes -- if you asked for a course and received it the following year, schedule changes will only be permitted
under special conditions listed in the Maplewood Student Handbook. These special conditions are: the need to make up a course
required for graduation, a scheduling error by MHS staff, or the desire to take a more challenging academic class than scheduled. If a
student realizes there is an error in his/her schedule at the beginning of school, he/she must see the counselor within five days for the
correction. A student is permitted to drop a high level class if student, parents, and staff agree (between the midpoint and end of the
first 9 weeks grading period) that the student is failing and incapable of doing passing level work.
         Students who choose not to submit schedule choices at the appropriate time, or who submit incomplete schedule choices, will
be issued a final schedule by staff. No changes are permitted in a schedule issued by staff.
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IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW:
CLASS RANK: Class rank compares students to their peers according to academic performance in grades 9-12 only. Official class
rank is computed at the end of each school year using a weighted grade system explained in the Maplewood Student Handbook.
CREDIT: An education credit is the value awarded to each course upon satisfactory completion by the student. Example: 1 credit
for English or .6 credits for Health.
ELECTIVE COURSE: A course taken by choice and not required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or PENNCREST. Credit
earned from electives builds toward credit for graduation after all required credits are met.
LABORATORY: An opportunity for “hands on” or “learn by doing” experience in the area of science.
RECOMMENDED COURSE: Some courses require a particular level of competency and therefore, require the passing of an
identified course as preparation. Example: Algebra II -- Recommended: Algebra I 74%.
REQUIRED COURSE: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and PENNCREST School District establish courses which must be
taken by all students. This means every student must take and pass all required courses in order to graduate.
WEIGHTED COURSE: Due to the level of academic difficulty of some courses such as college preparatory courses, the final grades
are awarded additional quality points, which give an advantage when establishing a student’s class rank and grade point average.
Formula is final grade x 1.10 = weighted grade. At MHS, weighted courses include the following:
English 11 Academic                           Calculus                               Chemistry II
English 12 Academic                           Computer Programming                   Physics
Algebra II                                    Advanced Earth Science                 French III-IV
Geometry                                      Advanced Biology Theory                Spanish III-IV
Trigonometry                                  Advanced Biology Research              Accounting III
Statistics                                    Chemistry I                            Career & Tech. Center maths above Algebra I
Pre-Calculus                                  Anatomy & Physiology                   Career & Tech. Center Electronics Technology
                                                                                     (3rd year only)
                                                                                     All Dual Enrollment classes




ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE: These courses are the most difficult courses available at the high school level and are often
awarded credit by colleges in addition to high school credit. Because of the high level of academic difficulty of AP courses, the final
grades are awarded additional quality points, which give an advantage when establishing a student’s class rank and grade point
average. Formula is final grade x 1.15 = weighted grade. Advanced Placement courses at M.H.S include the following:
    Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
    Advanced Placement Biology


RESPONSIBILITIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL AT AGE EIGHTEEN:
   Each student is encouraged to register to vote at age eighteen. Registration information is available in Government class, on line,
and at any county courthouse. Register, and then vote!
    All males are required to register with the Selective Service System at age eighteen. This can be accomplished at any post office
or on line at www.sss.gov.




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                                                              Required 25.2 + Graduation Project +PSSA

                                Subject Area                                Credits                                        Explanation
 English                                                                      4          One yearly
 Social Studies                                                               3          American Cultures 2 & 3, Global Studies
 Science                                                                    3 or 4       Global Science, Biology, 1 or 2others
 Math                                                                       3 or 4       Minimum - Math Foundations I & II or Pre-Algebra
 Humanities                                                                   2          Student chooses one + Theater Arts / Family & Consumer Science 1
 Physical Education                                                           1.6        .6 annually, one year may be waived by Principal
 Health                                                                         .6       Usually taken in grade 10
 Electives                                                                    6          Any 5 + Economics / Government
 Computer Technology                                                          1          .5 tested & .5 course




Course Offered                                 Level        Credit             Course Offered                                            Level               Credit

ENGLISH                                                                        SCIENCE
English 9                                        9            1                Global Science                                            9                   1
English 10                                      10            1                Biology                                                   9-10                1
English 10 Academic                             10            1                Advanced Earth Science                                    11-12               1*
English 11                                      11            1                Spectrum Science I                                        11-12               1
English 12                                      12            1                Spectrum Science II                                       11-12               1
English Academic 11, 12                         11-12         1* each          Chemistry I                                               10-12               1.4*
AP English Lit. & Comp.                         12            1**              Chemistry II                                              11-12               1*
Business English                                11-12         1                Advanced Biology Research                                 12                  1*
                                                                               Advanced Biology Theory                                   10-12               1*
SOCIAL STUDIES                                                                 Anatomy & Physiology                                      11-12               1*
American Cultures 2                              9            1                Physics                                                   11-12               1.4*
American Cultures 3                             10            1                AP Biology                                                11-12               1**
Global Studies                                  11            1
Contemporary Issues                             11-12          .5
Criminal Justice                                11-12          .5              MATH
Psychology                                      11-12          .5              Pre-Algebra                                                9                  1
Sociology                                       11-12          .5              Career & Technical Center Maths                           10-12 possible      1 each
Military History and Technology                 11-12          .5              Math Foundations I & II                                    9-12               1
History in the Media                            11-12          .5              Algebra I                                                  9-12               1
Civil War                                       11-12          .5              Geometry                                                   9-12               1*
                                                                               Algebra II                                                10-12               1*
HUMANITIES                                                                     Trigonometry                                              11-12               1*
French 1-4/5                                     9-12         1 each           Statistics                                                11-12               1*
Spanish 1-4/5                                    9-12         1 each           Pre-Calculus                                              11-12               1*
Family & Consumer Science I                      9             .5              Consumer Math 12                                          12                  1
Family & Consumer Science II                    10-12         1                Calculus                                                  12                  1*
Art 1-4 and 3D                                   9-12         1 each
Art Independent Study                           11-12         1
Band, Chorus, Theater Arts, Vocal Ensemble       9-12          .5 -1 each
Housing                                         10-12          .5              BUSINESS /COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Fashion                                         10-12          .5
Textile Arts                                    11-12         1
Foods 1 & Foods II                              11-12          .5 each
Manufacturing Construction I-III                 9-12         1 each           Introduction To Business                                   9                 1
Guitar I / Guitar II                            10-12          .5 each         Speed Writing                                              9-12               .6
Home Improvement                                10-12         1                Business Math                                             10                 1
Enterprise                                      10-12         1                Accounting 1-III                                          10-12              1
Public Speaking                                 11-12         .6               Computer Publications                                      9-12               .5
                                                                               Word Processing & Presentation Computer Software           9-12               .5
PHYSICAL ED. & HEALTH                                                          Web Page Introduction                                      9-12               .5
Physical Education                               9-12          .4              Web Page Applications                                      9-12               .5
Health                                          10             .6              Spreadsheet Computer Software                              9-12               .5
                                                                               Database Computer Software                                 9-12               .5
ELECTIVE                                                                       Computer Software Integration                             10-12              1
                                                                               Technical Drawing I-IV                                     9-12              1 each
Any course that does not fulfill specific                                      Computer Programming                                      11-12              1*
graduation requirement. EXAMPLES:
Career & Technical Center Shop Courses          10-12         3 – 4 each
Government/Economics                            12            .5 each          Business Math is not a math credit.




NOTE: A minimum number of students must enroll in a course before that course is offered in a given year. Courses marked by an * are weighted courses. In addition to
those marked, 3rd & 4th year foreign language courses, 3rd year Career & Technical Center Electrical Technology, Career & Technical Center maths above Algebra I, and
Accounting III are weighted courses. Courses marked by** are highest weighted Advanced Placement Courses. Economics and Government may replace Global Studies
as a Social Studies requirement for Career & Technical Center students.


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                                             MHS COURSE RECOMMENDATION GUIDE


  MHS offers programs of study including Academic, Business, and Technology. The Academic Program prepares students for 2
or 4 year colleges. Business electives give students entry level skills for careers in the business world or preparation for further
business related education. Students may choose MHS technology electives in grades 9-12 or attend the Crawford County Career
&Technical Center (CCCTC) in grades 10-12 to gain entry level skills in trade and technical occupations or to prepare for further
education at 2-year trade or technical colleges. Students in grade 9 tour the CCCTC and may apply for admission to CCCTC for
future years if they wish. Students may select courses from all program areas. Listed below are courses to fill specific student
needs. These are guidelines only, not strict requirements. Note that students planning to enter four-year college should earn at
least a grade of "C" in all core courses. Entry into most 2-year colleges, business schools, technical schools, and apprenticeship
programs requires a high school diploma or equivalency in any high school program of study.


       CORE COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENTRY INTO 4 YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAMS WITH
                                   HIGHEST ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
       Grade 9             Grade 10            Grade 11            Grade 12
       English 9           English 10 Academic English 11 Academic AP English
       Geometry            Algebra II          Pre-Calculus        Calculus
       Global Science      Biology             Chemistry I         Physics
       American Cultures 2 American Cultures 3 Global Studies      Econ./Government
       Foreign Language    Foreign Language    Foreign Language    Foreign Language
       Any Computer Course Any Computer Course

        CORE COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS TO FULFILL 2-YEAR COLLEGE OR MINIMAL 4 YEAR
        COLLEGE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
        Grade 9             Grade 10            Grade 11                Grade 12
        English 9           English 10          Eng. 11 Academic        Eng. 12 Academic
        Pre Algebra         Algebra I           Geometry                Algebra II
        Global Science      Biology             Any Coll. Prep. Science Any Coll. Prep Science
        American Cultures 2 American Cultures 3 Global Studies          Econ./Government


        ELECTIVE COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE BUSINESS PROGRAM
        Grade 9            Grade 10               Grade 11              Grade 12
        Intro. To Business Comp. Pub. & Word. Pr. Spread. Comp. Soft.   Comp. Soft. Integ.
        Speedwriting       Accounting I           Accounting II         Accounting III
                           Business Math          Database Comp. Soft.  Business English (may
                           Pres. Comp. Software   Web Page Intro.       be taken in 11th instead)
                                                  Web Page Applications


        ELECTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
        Grade 9              Grade 10               Grade 11                                             Grade 12
        Technical Drawing I Technical Drawing II    Technical Drawing III                                Technical Drawing IV
        Found. of Technology Manufacturing/Const. I Manufacturing/Const. II                              Manufact./Const. III
                             Home Improvement       Multimedia                                           Enterprise


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY CAREER & TECHNICAL CENTER STUDENTS ----Students
attending Crawford County Career & Technical Center(CCCTC) may take any program of study offered at MHS, but the
number of courses is limited because students attend CCCTC for half of each day in grades 10, 11, 12 depending upon the
program chosen. Students considering Childcare, Cosmetology, or Welding should choose a computer class and a class from the
humanities as electives in grade 9, and they may need to request that Mr. Henegan waive a Phys. Ed. course in a later year so that
they will have time to take a 4th Math or 4th Science course to meet graduation requirements. Students considering all other
CCCTC shops should take at least one course in the humanities as an elective in 9th grade and may need to have a Phys. Ed.
course waived in a future year. All students planning to attend CCCTC should take 8 course periods, including Phys. Ed., in
grade 9 to insure sufficient graduation credits.

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                                 MHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
                           25.2 CREDITS + GRADUATION PROJECT & PSSA


NAME_____________________________



                                      CREDIT ANALYSIS

             English 9(1)           English 10(1)         English 11(1)       English 12(1)

             Math(1)                Math(1)          Math(1)

             Math or Science (1)

             Science 9(1)           Biology(1)       Science(1)

             American Cultures 2(1)           American Cultures 3(1)      Global Studies(1)

             Family Consumer Science(.50)                 Theater Arts(.50)

                                    Humanities(1)

             Government(.50)                         Economics(.50)

             Phys. Ed(.40)          Phys. Ed(.40)    Phys. Ed(.40)            Phys. Ed(.40)

                                    Health(.60)

             Elective(1) Elective(1) Elective(1) Elective(1) Elective(1)

             Computer Technology Elective(.50)

             Computer Competency Exam (.50)

             Graduation Project (Assigned in Grade 11)

             Pennsylvania Assessment Test (Grade 11)

      Credits for students attending Crawford County Career & Technical
      Center(CCCTC) classes may be changed slightly depending on the CCCTC shop. If
      you plan to attend CCCTC, see your guidance counselor for further explanation of
      your credit requirements.

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 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
                                                                    ART
 NOTE: There may be a small materials fee for art classes in grades 9-12.
 ART I: (Elective 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Students will be silk-screening and tie dying images on shirts and
    painting with acrylic paints. Drawing and designing in several media will also be explored. Museums/field trips
 ART II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Art II provides students with the opportunity to paint on canvas as
    well as develop their own film and photographs. Drawing, printmaking, watercolor and design are some of the areas highlighted
    during this course. museums/field trips. Recommended: 83% or above in ART I
 ART III: (Elective 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Art III includes oil painting on canvas, photography, drawing,
    design, and mixed media. Students will be able to choose their own projects (independent study) during part of this course,
    including museums/field trips. Recommended: 83% or above in Art II
 ART IV: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit) Art IV is for advanced students who want to concentrate on painting
    drawing, and photography. This course includes independent study and freedom to develop a personal style and experiment with
    medias. (museums/field trips). Recommended: 83% or above in ART III
 ART 3-D DESIGN I: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Students will explore three-dimensional form
    through the use of various materials and methods. The first semester focus is on ceramics; hand building methods and wheel
    throwing techniques. Metal and jewelry fabrication, enameling, and sculpture methods are studied second semester.
    Recommended: 83% or above in ART I or teacher permission
ART 3-D DESIGN II: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Students will continue to explore three-dimensional
    form, building on knowledge of materials and techniques learned in 3-D I. Hand built and wheel thrown pottery, jewelry and
    metal fabrication, enameling, casting and repousse will be included. Recommended: 83% or above in ART 3-D I or ART I or
    ART II
ART 3-D DESIGN III: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Building on knowledge of materials and techniques
    learned in 3-D I and II students will be working at a more advanced level to solve design problems and create unique artworks.
    Independent projects will be encouraged. Raku pottery, sterling silver ring casting, stone setting, and enameling are included.
    Recommended: 83% or above in ART 3-D II or III
 ART INDEPENDENT STUDY: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is designed for seniors who desire
 more art exposure and are already enrolled in Art IV or Art 3D III. Advanced projects are done by contract. It is offered at teacher
 discretion since scheduling may be done in existing classes that may be at capacity.
                                                              BUSINESS
 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS: (Elective 9-12th grades, 5 periods a week, 1 credit). This is an introduction to business
    applications and occupations. Material to be covered is financial management, career opportunities, banking, insurance,
    investments, basic economics, and time management. This is an introduction to other courses offered in the business curriculum.

 ACCOUNTING I: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods a week, 1 credit). This course provides a marketable skill for entry-level
    jobs in bookkeeping, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. Instruction includes accounting terminology, account
   classifications, accounting equation, debit/credit rules, transaction analysis, service business cycle, banking activities, petty cash,
   payroll, merchandising business cycle, special journals, and subsidiary ledgers. Computerized accounting reinforces learned
   accounting practices.

 ACCOUNTING II: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Continued instruction of accounting procedure for sole
   proprietorships and corporations, including payroll. Increase emphasis on computer applications, i.e., computer payroll
   simulations, computer spreadsheets, and a computer partnership simulation. Recommended: Accounting 1.

 ACCOUNTING III: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Continued instruction of accounting procedures in
   partnerships and corporations, including departmentalized businesses, banking activities, and payroll. Other topics include
   financial management, budgetary planning, decision-making skills, emphasis on computerized accounting skills using
  spreadsheets and accounting simulations. Recommended: Accounting I & II.

 BUSINESS MATHEMATICS: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Part I reviews basic computational skills
   such as statistics and measurements. Part II includes topics such as banking, buying/selling goods and services, payroll, building
   and equipment costs, inventories, and income tax. Part III covers credit, investing and financing, transportation and shipping,
   production and expansion, and financial statements. Business Math does not count as a Math credit.


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BUSINESS ENGLISH: (Required if not taking another English, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course gives
   students an edge in the competitive job market by focusing on strengthening communication skills used to create the technical
  documents necessary in today’s workplace. Students will learn to create a variety of documents ranging from e-mail to technical
  reports, incorporating traditional and technological communication tools.

SPEEDWRITING: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 3 periods per week, .6 credit). This course is designed for all students. Participants
  will learn to take fast, accurate notes. They will learn how to listen to a speaker and filter out the essential from the non-essential,
  how to take notes quickly, and how to transcribe their notes into polished documents.

COMPUTER PUBLICATIONS: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). Designed for the student
  with word processing experience, this course takes students to the next level of desktop publishing to create professional looking
  projects and presentations. Students will be given the opportunity to create a variety of items used to promote and maintain a small
  business. Items would include but not be limited to newsletters, brochures, business cards, presentations, forms, etc.

WORD PROCESSING/PRESENTATION COMPUTER SOFTWARE: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week,
 .5 credit). This semester course will present an introduction to the use of word processing computer software and presentation
 package computer software (such as, PowerPoint). The student will learn to apply the main principles used in both types of
 software by producing computer printouts of numerous projects.

SPREADSHEET COMPUTER SOFTWARE: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). This
  semester course will present an introduction to the use of spreadsheet computer software (such as Excel). The student will learn to
  apply the main principles used in this type of software by producing computer printouts of numerous projects.

DATABASE COMPUTER SOFTWARE: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). This semester
  course will present an introduction to the use of database computer software (such as Access). The student will learn to apply the
   main principles used in this type of software by producing computer printouts of numerous projects.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE INTEGRATION: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course will present
  the integration of the following computer software: word processing, a presentation package, spreadsheet, and database. This is
 an advanced course that requires critical thinking skills. Recommended: Word Processing/Presentation, Spreadsheet and/or
 Databases courses.

WEB PAGE INTRODUCTION: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). Students will be given
  some understanding of how the Web operates as well as limited HTML knowledge before learning basic design strategies and
  software to create effective, attention-grabbing web pages. Previous computer and word processing experience are desirable.

WEB PAGE APPLICATIONS: (Elective, 9-12th grades, one semester, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). For the student with basic
  Web page design knowledge who has completed Web Page Introduction, this course takes the student to the next level. Students
  will use Web editing software to apply design and creation principles to produce Web sites for a variety of situations and purposes.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course introduces the student to
computer programming using Visual Basic, an object –oriented programming language. It integrates techniques of algorithm design
and development, procedure and function use, good programming style, testing, and debugging. Topics will also include data types,
control structures, subprograms, documentation, and coding techniques. weighted; Recommended: 83% or above in Algebra II.


                                                                ENGLISH
ENGLISH 9: (Required, 9th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is divided into two semester courses, one with a
   focus on literary genres, short story, novel, poetry, and the other on writing skills and composition. In addition, students are
   taught structured vocabulary, spelling, sentence combining, and research skills.
ENGLISH 10: (Required if not taking English 10 Academic, 10th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). The 10th grade English
   program is divided into two semester courses, one of which is primarily devoted to the study of literature while the other focuses
   on writing and composition skills. All sections include required research papers, vocabulary study, extensive composition study,
   and a variety of literature.
ENGLISH 10 ACADEMIC: (Required if not taking English 10, 10 th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is designed
   for the sophomore who is committed to taking the College Prep English track and entering college after high school. The course
   includes advanced composition and research writing, along with intense study of a wide variety of literatures. It is highly
   recommended that students taking this course have achieved a minimum average of 85% in 9 th grade English.


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ENGLISH 11: (Required if not taking English 11 Academic or Business English, 11th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). The
  course is divided into two semester sessions. The students will study literature beginning with the Colonial period and extending
  to contemporary times using a variety of short stories and novels. A formal research paper is required of all students. In addition,
  there will be various essay-writing assignments stemming from the readings and a structured vocabulary program.

ENGLISH 11 ACADEMIC: (Required if not taking English 11 or Business English, 11th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit).
   Students are oriented to the skills necessary for success in college classes. Composition skills include basic paragraph and essay
   writing along with a persuasive research paper. In addition, diction and logic units reinforce the students’ ability to write clearly
   and logically. Furthermore, literature units introduce students to a broad background of literary study.
   weighted; Recommended: Grade of 83% in English 10
ENGLISH 12: (Required if not taking Academic 12, Business English or AP English, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit).
   This course is designed to give the student the necessary skills to succeed in technical school, 2-year colleges, and everyday life.
   The student will study classic American novels and plays as well as British literature. They will also build upon their
   communication skills by writing several long essays, and they will be expected to give a short oral presentation.
ENGLISH 12 ACADEMIC: (Required if not taking English 12 or AP English 12, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit).
   This course is designed for students planning to attend a 4-year college. The primary aim is to prepare these students to function
   successfully at selected higher levels of education through very intensive study of composition and rhetoric and a broad-based
   study of literature and social thought. weighted; Recommended: Final 83% average or better in English 11 or College Prep.
   English 11.
AP ENGLISH 12: (Required if not taking any other 12th grade English, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). The AP
   English Literature and Composition course involves the reading, analysis, and explication of universal literature. This text-
   centered course promotes analytical and critical reading that prompts discussion and questioning, which provide a springboard for
   writing assignments. It is primarily a writing course that emphasizes knowledge of literary techniques and devises, writing
   strategies, and critical thinking skills. As an integration of reading and writing skills, this course provides more challenging
   approaches to literature. Students taking this course will develop literary and writing skills necessary for successful completion of
   the AP examination. Course admission is limited to seniors who apply for admissions through the Advanced Placement English
   teacher and the Guidance Department. weighted; Recommended: Average 92% - Grades 9-11. Written permission from
   AP English teacher required.
PUBLICATIONS (YEARBOOK): (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course provides the student with
   training for completion of an annual yearbook publication. Students apply journalism skills, concept and theme development,
   research, interviewing and reporting, writing, composition, editing and proofreading, camera basics, photo composition, selection
   and editing, graphic design layout, and business marketing planning, budgeting, accounting, record keeping, filing, book and
   advertisement sales and an introduction of publication law, rights and responsibilities. Students further develop technology skills
   with hardware and software for Walsworth On-Line, and template design, and digital imaging, and photography. Life skills
   include listening, questioning, conducting meetings, leadership, team building, commitment, responsibility, motivation,
   discipline, time management and problem solving.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 3 periods per week, .6 credit). The focus of this course is the oral communication
   process. The basic elements of oral communication are the speaker, the speech, the method of speaking, and the listener. Students
   will learn concepts of oral communication and how to apply them in order to become effective, poised speakers. Students will be
   able to apply skills learned in this course to other discipline areas as an aid in developing, clarifying, and refining thinking,
   speaking, and writing strengths.
                                             HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
HEALTH : (Required, 10th grade, 3 periods per week, .6 credit). This course focuses primarily upon a great number of
   critical issues such as the influence of family and society on mental health, the causes of drug abuse, genograms, teenage
   pregnancy, STD’s, consumer health, dating relationships and abuse, the influence of diet and exercise on longevity, the inequity
   in the availability of modern health services, and the health consequences of environmental pollution. To deal with these issues,
   greater emphasis is placed on prevention of health problems, and ways students can work toward solving their own health
   problems.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION: (Required, 7-12th grades, 2 periods per week, .4 credit for 9-12 grades). This course is designed to
   provide basic skills and knowledge of various sports and physical activities -- many that the students will be able to participate in
   during their adult lifetime. Lifetime wellness is another major objective of the program.




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                                                TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
ALL TECHNOLOGY CLASSES ARE OPEN TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE STUDENTS. ALSO, IT MAY BE NECESSARY
FOR STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY CLASSES TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS FROM TIME TO
TIME.
FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity-based,
   introductory class that focuses on the evolution of technology, basic manufacturing and construction, basic communication, basic
   transportation and bio-related concepts.
MANUFACTURING/CONSTRUCTION I: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity
  based class exploring entry level concepts for manufacturing and construction processes which would include selection and
  application of materials, tools and equipment, safety considerations, design processes, fasteners and finishing techniques used in
  manufacturing and construction. Recommended: Foundations of Technology

MANUFACTURING/CONSTRUCTION II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity
  based class that builds on concepts learned in Manufacturing/Construction I. Students learn more complex concepts for material
  selection, safety considerations, and more difficult design processes used for manufacturing and construction. Recommended:
  Manufacturing/Construction I

MANUFACTURING/CONSTRUCTION III: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity based
  class where students independently develop solutions to common manufacturing/construction problems. Problems will require
  research into design and production problems. Recommended: Manufacturing/Construction II

TECHNICAL DRAWING I: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity-based class
   that develops an understanding of spatial relations through the use of lines and geometric shapes. Spatial relations skills are
   needed by engineer, architects, tool and die makers, machinists, welders, fabricators, drafters, and professionals in various trades.

TECHNICAL DRAWING II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is a continuation of concepts
   learned in Technical Drawing I through a more in-depth study of advanced drafting technique and concepts. Recommended:
   Technical Drawing I

TECHNICAL DRAWING III: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is based on concepts and
   Techniques developed in Technical Drawing I and II. Students will be exposed to more abstract problem solving activities.
   Recommended: Technical Drawing II

TECHNICAL DRAWING IV: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is an activity-based class
   that requires students to apply the knowledge learned in Technical Drawing I, II and III to solve typical real life problems.
   Students would be required to do independent design and evaluation of his/her work. Recommended: Technical Drawing III

ENTERPRISE: (Elective, 10-12 grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This is an activity based class in which students form a
   company. Students organize and manage the enterprise; select and engineer a product; produce; advertise and sell the product;
   then finally distribute products. Students will play the roles of various personnel. Recommended: Foundations of Technology
   or Technical Drawing I

HOME IMPROVEMENT (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Home Improvement is an activity based course
  that focuses on the application of tools, materials, procedures and processes of communication, manufacturing, and construction
  systems. Students will study the way materials, energy and information are processed to transmit information, construction,
  and/or maintain structural systems. For example: plumbing, electrical, drywall repair, roofing systems, wall framing, etc.

MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course provides a broad
  overview of communication. Print, acoustic, light, audiovisual and electronic media will be analyzed as they relate to
  communication. Students will experience individualized and group laboratory activities in the combined areas of generating,
  assembling, processing, disseminating and assimilating of a communicative message. Recommended: Technical Drawing I


                                              FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
ALL FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE STUDENTS. ALSO, IT
MAY BE NECESSARY FOR STUDENTS IN FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE CLASSES TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN
SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS FROM TIME TO TIME.


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 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE I: (Required, 9th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, laboratory, .5 credit). The
    goal of Family and Consumer Science is to maximize all aspects of family life. Although the emphasis is on childcare and
    consumer education other units may include foods and nutrition, and scrapbooking.

 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). Now that you
    have got a taste of Family and Consumer Science, let’s go on to a more advanced level. This course emphasizes wise consumer
    purchasing decisions, from meal planning to choosing and furnishing an apartment on a shoestring. In addition, we may do more
    advanced food preparation.

 HOUSING: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, laboratory, .5 credit). This class is for those who have a
    flair for the creative around their homes! Learn to use the tools of the interior decorator, and then apply them to scale models of
    homes, or to actual decorating projects around our school. Course content is partially determined by students’ interest/skill levels.

 FASHION: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, laboratory, .5 credit). This course brings out the creative
    instincts in anyone! After learning aspects of fashion and design, you will apply those skills to sewing projects of your choice,
    from pillows to clothing to decorative crafts. Course content partially determined by students’ interests and skill levels.

 TEXTILE ARTS: (Elective, 11-12 grades, 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). This course focuses on fabrics and sewing.
    Several individual sewing projects will be completed during the year. Students will be required to purchase material for the
    projects. Recommended: Housing and Fashion

 FOODS I: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, class work, .5 credit). Do you like puttering around in the
    kitchen, but lack the confidence to go beyond cookies and cake mixes? Then this class is for you! We get plenty of opportunity
    to experiment with baked goods, from muffins to pies to yeast breads. We learn how to use the microwave for more than
    defrosting and warming foods. And we celebrate the holidays with gifts from the kitchen.

 FOODS II: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, class work, .5 credit). Come join us as we go beyond the
    basics of food preparation! You will experience making sauces, gravies, and soups, cooking with milk and cheeses, preparing
    entrees using beef, poultry, or fish. Other options include cheese-tasting parties, exploring the cuisine of foreign lands, competing
    in cooking contests, and learning how to entertain. Recommended: Foods I


                                                     FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FRENCH I/SPANISH I: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Skills of speaking, writing, reading, and listening
    are emphasized. There is an introduction to basic grammar, development of more extensive vocabulary, culture, and grammar.
    Recommended: 75% or above in 8th grade foreign language class
FRENCH II/SPANISH II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Continued emphasis on development of
    communication skills. Intermediate grammar is introduced. Increased original expression used in target language. Development
    of reading skills is through supplemental readings. Recommended: 75% or above in French I/Spanish I

FRENCH III/SPANISH III: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). There is introduction of advanced grammar
    and emphasis on individual original expression, both written and oral. Readings include periodicals, poetry, and short literature
    selections. Culture is studied in greater depth. weighted; Recommended: 75% or above in French II/ Spanish II
FRENCH IV-V/SPANISH IV-V: (Elective 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This is continued study of advanced
    grammar. Refinement of communication skills is through situational role-playing and advanced reading selections. Study of
    culture, history, and literature is continued and expanded. weighted; Recommended: 75% or above in French III/Spanish III



                                                                 MATH
 PRE-ALGEBRA: (Placement, 7th- 8th grades, Elective 9th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit for 9th). This course includes a
    concentrated review of operations with whole numbers, rational numbers, and decimals. This review enables the student to study
    the structure of a number system and the fundamental properties of each operation. The course concludes with the study of
    integers, real numbers, exponentials, word problems, percents, and equations. Recommended: 7th and 8th grade students --
    recommendation of previous teacher




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ALGEBRA I: (Placement, 8th grade, Elective 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Algebra I includes a detailed
   discussion of the four fundamental operations with rational numbers including negatives, solving equations, inequalities, and
   word problems. An introduction to the Cartesian coordinate plane provides an understanding of functions and their graphs.
   Multiplying and factoring polynomials leads to working the four basic operations on rational expressions. Irrational solutions of
   the quadratic equation are developed. Recommended: Pre-Algebra grade 74% or above
GEOMETRY: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course begins with simple set notation, briefly
   touches on logic and continues into structuring Euclidean geometry from the basic unidentified terms through triangles, polygons,
   and circles. weighted; Recommended: Algebra I grade of 74% or above
ALGEBRA II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). The course reviews and extends the properties and
   structure for various types of problems. Equations, inequalities, systems, polynomials, and functions are simply yet thoroughly
   treated. The solving of quadratic equations is given major emphasis, and the geometric correlation in algebra is presented in
   conic sections. weighted; Recommended: Geometry grade 74% or above
TRIGONOMETRY (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Trigonometry includes the development of the six trig
   functions as related to the rectangular coordinate system, as well as to right triangles. Other concepts include solving trig
   equations, graphing trig functions, and trig identities. Advanced topics in trigonometry, functions, exponents, and logarithms are
   offered in preparation for units in calculus. weighted: Recommended: 74% or above in Algebra II, Geometry

CONSUMER MATH 12: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course includes practical math applications
  such as budgeting, bank accounts, credit awareness, etc. It is designed for seniors who plan to enter the work force immediately
  after graduation.

STATISTICS: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course will provide students with an introduction to
  the basic concepts of statistics and probability. Students will be able to use descriptive statistics to draw conclusions about
  collected data and influential statistics to make predictions based on analysis and interpretations of the data.. weighted;
  Recommended: 83% or above in Algebra II and Geometry

PRE-CALCULUS: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5periods per week, 1 credit). This course begins with a brief review of Algebra and
  Algebra II concepts. Pre-Calculus includes an extensive study of functions, including their properties and graphs. The topics of
  trigonometry, exponentials, and logarithm are covered, as well as an introduction of limits and derivatives to prepare for a course
  in Calculus. weighted: Recommended: 83% or higher in Algebra II and Geometry

CALCULUS: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course includes the study of functions, derivatives, limits,
  integrals, and applications of derivatives and definite integrals. weighted; Recommended: Algebra III/Trigonometry

MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS I: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course is intended to provide
  a rigorous math experience for those students interested in the use of math concepts in various technology applications. This
  course will involve application of mathematics concepts and reasoning in the primary area of algebra with some study in
  geometry and trigonometry. The course procedures will stress problem-solving, real-world applications, cooperative learning,
  computer simulations and “hands on” lab experience. Recommended: Pre-Algebra grade 65% or above
MATHMATICIAL FOUNDATIONS II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course provides an
  extension of Mathematical Foundations I. Recommended: Math Foundations I


                                                            MUSIC
SENIOR HIGH CONCERT BAND: (Elective, 9-12th grades, up to 5 periods per week, .6 - 1 credit). Students who are proficient
   on concert band instruments perform traditional and contemporary symphonic band literature. There are several public
   performances each year. Band is a graded ensemble; therefore, attendance at any performance is mandatory. Criteria for grading
   will be discussed on the first day of class. Note that 9th graders may take Band 3 days/week and .6 credits would be given.
SENIOR HIGH CHORUS: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, .6 - 1 credit). Students who like to perform vocally
   rehearse to sing SATB (mixed voices) choral literature. Members are accepted by audition, and there are several public
   performances each year. The senior ensemble and other ensembles are picked from this group. Attendance at any performance is
   mandatory. Criteria for grading will be discussed on the first day of class. Note that 9th graders may take Chorus 3 days/week
   and .6 credits would be given.


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SENIOR HIGH VOCAL ENSEMBLE: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 3-5 periods per week, .6-1 credit). Students who like to perform
    rehearse vocal music and choreography of various styles including classical, seasonal and popular music. Members are accepted
   by audition, and there are several public performances each year. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. A criterion for
   grading is mainly based on participation and will be discussed on the first day of class. In addition, students will perform in a
   combined effort with Vocal Ensemble/Advanced Theater Arts in the “Maplewood Boor’s Head Carol”. Students will also be
   expected to sell tickets and take an active part in promoting the performance. Recommended: Audition or consent of the
   instructor AND participation in Senior High Chorus during the same year OR consent of the instructor and/or principal
   DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS.
MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). This is a half-year
  (one semester) course that will be offered to students who may want to learn more about sight-singing, sight-reading, music
  theory, and short 4-part composition. Recommended: a working knowledge of note names, note values, and some instrument
  orientation

GUITAR/ENSEMBLE I: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester .5 credit). This class will be offered to students
  with some music theory background. Students will be exposed to Folk Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar Picking and Strumming, and
  Melodic Techniques involved in ensemble playing. Chording and Chord Structures will also be inherent of the course. If time
  permits, Jazz styles and improvisation using Pentatonic Scales will be introduced. Students must possess or have access to their
  own acoustic guitar since no instrument or amplification can be provided.

GUITAR/ENSEMBLE II: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). This course is available to students
  who have passed Guitar I and Music Theory/Sight Singing. It is a continuation of Guitar I which encompasses more ensemble
  playing, transcribing musical pieces, composition, and stylistic approaches such as classical, rock, and jazz, as well as some
  improvisational techniques. Students must have their own acoustic guitar and a good working knowledge of chord structure and
  scale writing.

VOCAL PEDAGOGY: (Elective, 9-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). Students who intend
  on taking this class are urged be involved in a chorus course at the school. This course will emphasize the mechanics of voice,
  vocal anatomy, vocal hygiene, and proper vocalization in stage performance. Students will be introduced to and learn how to
 sight-sing using the moveable “DO” system. Students are required to sing and perform in front of their peers in the class.

PERCUSSION/RHYTHM MOVEMENT: (elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). Students will learn
  how to play melodic rhythm instruments, perform as an ensemble, create and transcribe musical pieces for performance, and utilize
  physical movement with playing techniques. This course is performance oriented. It is a concept developed by the musical group
  “STOMP”. Dance and choreography will be required. Recommended: Music Theory/Sight Singing


                                                      SCIENCE
 NOTE: Due to curriculum revision, 2009-2010 Science course names/content may be changed from current names/content.
                     Students will be informed of any changes which affect their course selections.

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT A STUDENT PLANNING ON MAJORING IN ANY SCIENCE RELATED FIELD
IN COLLEGE TAKE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY I, AND PHYSICS. AP BIOLOGY REQUIRES PREVIOUS COMPLETION OF
CHEMISTRY I, BIOLOGY, AND CURRENT ENROLLMENT IN - OR COMPLETION OF - PHYSICS.

7th Grade INTEGRATED SCIENCE: (Required, 7th grade, 5 periods per week)

8th Grade INTEGRATED SCIENCE: (Required, 8th grade, 5 periods per week)

SCIENCE 9: (Required, 9th grade, 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). Global Science is a required 9th grade course that
   covers physical science, life science and earth science. This course analyzes interactions between humans and their environment,
   energy sources and usage, resource management and man as a part of the global ecosystem.

BIOLOGY: (Required, 10th grade (optional 9th grade), 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). this course is designed to give
   students a general knowledge of the five kingdoms. Recommended: Successfully passed Global or in the top 10% of their class
   with teacher permission in 8th grade.

CHEMISTRY I: (Elective, 10th/11th/12th grades, 5 periods per week and laboratory 2 periods per week, weighted, 1.4 credits).
   this is an introductory class into the field of chemistry dealing with beginning concepts and applied mathematics. Major areas of
   emphasis will include: heat, periodic law, bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, gas laws, basic equilibrium,
   solutions and nuclear chemistry. Any student considering a career in a technical, scientific or medical field should take this class.
   Recommended: Students should have at least a 74% in Algebra I and have an equal grade in Algebra II, or be enrolled in
   the class the same year as Chemistry I.
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CHEMISTRY II: (Elective, 11th/12th grades, 7 periods per week including laboratory, weighted, 1.4 credits). This course is a
   continuation of the concepts of Chemistry I. Greater depth and emphasis will be given in this class to chemical theory. Students
   considering a career where science is an emphasis should consider this class. Recommended: Students wishing to take
   Chemistry II should have successfully completed Chemistry I with at least an 83%.

PHYSICS: (Elective, 11th/12th grades, 5 periods per week and laboratory 2 periods per week, weighted, 1.4 credits). Physics is
   an academic course examining the fundamentals of forces and vector mechanics, kinematics and dynamics, heat and energy,
   waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Modern topics are also discussed. Laboratory investigations and problem solving
   are a major part of the course. Students planning on majoring in any area of science, engineering, mathematics or medical-related
   fields should take Physics. Recommended: Students should have completed Algebra II with at least a 74%.

SPECTRUM SCIENCE I: (Elective, 11th/12th grade, 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). Spectrum Science is designed as a
   course for students that are not planning on majoring in any science related fields in college. The course will cover fundamental
   concepts in the physical, chemical and earth sciences with an emphasis on application of the concepts. Spectrum I will cover
   topics such as forces, motion, energy, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and atmospheric and meteorology relationships.

SPECTRUM SCIENCE II: (Elective, 11th/12th grade, 5 periods per week, laboratory, 1 credit). Spectrum Science is designed as a
   course for students that are not planning on majoring in any science related fields in college. The course will cover fundamental
   concepts in the physical, chemical and earth sciences with an emphasis on application of the concepts. Spectrum II will cover
   topics such as sound & light, electricity & magnetism, nuclear energy, astronomy and geology.

ADVANCED EARTH SCIENCE: (Elective, 11th/12th grades, 5 periods per week, weighted, 1 credit). Advanced Earth Science is
  an academic course that covers the fundamental concepts of astronomy, geology and meteorology. Dynamic processes such as
  earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, stellar (star) evolution, galaxies, weather patterns and severe storms will be examined in
  detail. Recommended: Students should have completed Algebra I with at least a 74%.

ADVANCED BIOLOGY THEORY: (Elective, 10th, 11, 12th grades, 5 periods per week, weighted, 1 credit). A college prep
  biology course analyzing the organisms and life processes of the five kingdoms. Laboratory techniques, dissection and scientific
  research will be the focus in this course. Recommnded: Biology and Chemistry I.

ADVANCED BIOLOGY RESEARCH: (Elective, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, weighted, 1 credit). Students will be required to
  choose research projects and develop these research projects under close supervision of the instructor. The project must follow
  closely the scientific method. The student will be required to research a topic, develop and carry out experimentation related to
  their topic and generate a specific paper based on their research outcomes. Recommended: Biology, Chemistry I , Physcis,
  and Advanced Biology Theory or Advanced Placement Biology

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY: (Elective 11th/12th grade, 5 periods per week, weighted, 1 credit). This course is a study of the
   human body, its structure, and function. It includes relationships of the parts of the body to one another and relationships to the
   environment. Laboratory exercises and dissection are a part of the course. This course is designed for students interested in a
   career in the medical field. Recommended: Chemistry I or Adv. Biology Theory

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY: (Elective, 11th ,by permission only, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, weighted by 1.15, 1
  credit). Advanced Placement Biology is equivalent to an entry-level Biology course in college addressing major biological
  themes and processes. Recommended: Previous Completion of Biology and Chemistry I with an 83% or better, and
  current enrollment in - or completion of - Physics. Written permission from AP Biology teacher required.


                                                       SOCIAL STUDIES
AMERICAN CULTURES 2: (Required, 9th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). American Cultures from 1861 to 1932 covers
  the immediate causes of the Civil War to the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.
AMERICAN CULTURES 3: (Required, 10th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). American Cultures from 1933 to the Present is
  designed to provide an in depth study of events from the rise of Adolph Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt as President to the
  increasing American involvement in the world as a Super Power at the present time.
GLOBAL STUDIES: (Required, 11th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). Global Studies is a survey course that examines and
   analyzes countries and cultures of the world in relation to the United States. Students will use their prior knowledge of U.S.
   history to analyze the impact other countries have on U.S. history and the overall impact on world history.
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, .5 credit). The purpose of this course is to develop in
   students an awareness of an involvement in the current events day (i.e., social, political, and economic).


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PSYCHOLOGY: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). The study of behavior and mental processes
   of humans; including the perception, brain biology, learning, development, personality, and psychological disorders.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, semester, .5 credit). This course is a general introduction to
   the following areas of law: Criminal, Civil, Family, Rights and Responsibilities, Consumer, and Housing. The course is aimed at
   providing a practical working knowledge of the law and the judicial system.
ECONOMICS: (Required, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, lecture, .5 credit). Economics is a senior level course that
   offers students the opportunity to learn about the economics of the world in which they live and work.
GOVERNMENT: (Required, 12th grade, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). Presents theories on the rise of nation states
   and basic principles of Federalism and the Constitution. The functions of political parties and concepts of good citizenship are
   also emphasized.
SOCIOLOGY: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). Structured to develop the sociological
   imagination, this course traces the origins of sociology and its major theorists and applies relevant sociological concepts to
   today’s society.
MILITARY HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). This course is
   aimed at the student with a fascination on the history of warfare and the implementation of technology to accomplish military
   objectives. Emphasis will be given to tactics, defense and assault, great pivotal battles of history, and the impact of technology on
   warfare. Recommended: American Cultures I, II, III – overall B average or better.
HISTORY IN THE MEDIA: (Elective, 11-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). This course examines the
   evolution and the value of mass media sources (i.e., movies, television, print media, music) and examines how they contribute and
   shape our understanding of history. In this course, students will study 20 th century American media through a variety of media
   sources. Recommended: American Cultures I, II, and III – overall B average or better.
CIVIL WAR: (Elective, 11th & 12th Grade, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credit). This course is designed to develop an
   interest in the American civil War, its causes, military campaigns, and battles, as well as the long term results. Students will find
   out American Civil Wars were anything but civil. Recommended; American Cultures 2 & 3 with a B average or higher.


                                                        THEATER ARTS
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THEATER ARTS: (Required, 9 grade, 5 periods per week, 1 semester, .5 credits). Theater Arts focuses on Theater and Musical
   History - Basic introduction to theater, aspects and components, stage movements, script writing and analysis, and creating a
   character. Performance is a requirement of the course.
ADVANCED THEATER ARTS: (Elective, 10-12th grades, 5 periods per week, 1 credit). This course will focus on further
  exploration of theater through performance and self-discovery. Students will demonstrate mastery of basic skills through a
  variety of exercises and performances. Performance (vocal, dramatic, etc.) is required. In addition, students will perform in a
  combined effort with Vocal Ensemble/Advanced Theater Arts in the “Maplewood Boor’s Head Carol”. Students will also be
  expected to sell tickets and take an active part in promoting the performance. Recommended: 83% or above in Theater Arts I,
  completed teacher recommendation form, and meeting with Theater Arts instructor.




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