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					        ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE




               SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL
                SMYRNA, DELAWARE


              "There is no knowledge that is not valuable."
                            -- Edmond Burke
Winter 2008
                                               FORWARD TO PARENTS


       Your son or daughter will soon be selecting a program of studies for the
upcoming school year. This is an especially important task that will involve some very
important decisions and choices. We want you to be involved in this planning so that
the course selection of subjects will be consistent with future educational and vocational
goals. You and your son or daughter should become familiar with (1) all Academic
Policies and Procedures, (2) the educational requirements necessary for him or her to
pursue his or her post high school goals, and (3) the Programs of Study offered at
Smyrna High School.




                                  TITLE VI , T ITLE IX, ADA, 504 COMPLIANCE NOTIFICATION
                                     Supplemental Services for Students with Disabilities

Smyrna High School is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all students regardless of race, color, national
origin, gender, or disability. A student who has a disabling condition has the right to receive a free and appropriate public education
as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Part B regulations
of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 1997. .Allegations or non-compliance with Title VI or Title IX are to
be directed to Mrs. Deborah D. Wicks, Superintendent, Smyrna School District, 22 South Main Street, Smyrna, Delaware or
telephone 302-653-8585. Questions concerning a student’s eligibility or rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act may be
addressed to Mr. Don Bates, Supervisor of Special Services, Smyrna School District, 22 South Main Street, Smyrna, Delaware or
telephone (302)-653-3135.
                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Forward ............................................................................................................................... i

Title VI and IX Compliance .................................................................................................. i

Academic Policies and Procedures
     Graduation Requirements ....................................................................................... 1
     Promotion Requirements ........................................................................................ 1
     Schedule Change Policy ......................................................................................... 1
     Academic Programs ................................................................................................ 2
     Course Selection Information .................................................................................. 3
     Summer School....................................................................................................... 4
     Program Planning Considerations........................................................................... 4
     Programs of Study (Career Pathways) .................................................................... 5

Course Descriptions
      Agriscience ............................................................................................................ 19
      Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace Science Program ........................................... 22
      Art.......................................................................................................................... 25
      Business/Computer Technology ........................................................................... 27
      English .................................................................................................................. 32
      Foreign Language ................................................................................................. 36
      Fundamental Education ........................................................................................ 38
      Human Services …………………………………………………………………………41
      Jobs for Delaware Graduates ............................................................................... 42
      Mathematics .......................................................................................................... 43
      Music ..................................................................................................................... 47
      Physical Education/Health/Driver Education ......................................................... 48
      Science ................................................................................................................. 50
      Social Studies ....................................................................................................... 53
      Special Programs
               Delaware Volunteer Credit .......................................................................... 56
               Sustained Silent Reading ........................................................................... 56
               Fundamentals of Theatre………………………………………………………..57
                                          SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL
                                                               653-8581
                                                     Student Course Plan
                                                              (Four Year)



NAME _____________________________________________               COUNSELOR ___________________________________________________

CAREER PATHWAY _________________________________                 CONFERENCE DATES ___________________________________________

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                                                       GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

                        Credits       Required         9         10       11          12              Total
            English                       4
            Social Studies                3
            Science                       3
            Mathematics                   3*
            Physical Education            1
            Health                       0.5
            Computer Literacy             1
            Career Pathway                3
            Electives                   3.5**
                         Total            22

       Beginning with the Class of 2011, this will increase to 4.
       Beginning with the Class of 2011, this will decrease to 2.5


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SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                                          PAGE 1



                         ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Graduation Requirements
The Smyrna School District Board of Education requires that students accumulate a minimum of 22
credits in grades 9 through 12 in order to receive a diploma. Of these credits, the following courses are
required: English (4), Social Studies (3), Mathematics (3), Science (3), Physical Education (1), Computer
Literacy (1), Career Pathway (3), and Health (.5). The additional 3.5 credits are to be selected from
elective offerings. The Class of 2011 and beyond will require 4 Mathematics credits and 2.5 elective
credits.


Promotion Requirements
The following Smyrna High School guidelines incorporate and expand upon Smyrna School District Policy
#6115: Promotion/Retention/Acceleration, for the classes of 2009-2011:
        9 to 10          Five total credits, including one English and two
                         in math, science, or social studies
        10 to 11         Eleven total credits, including two English and
                         one each in math, science, and social studies
        11 to 12         Sixteen total credits, including three English and
                          math, two each in science and social studies

Starting with the Class of 2011, students entering Smyrna HS will be required to have completed 4
years of mathematics for graduation, as per State Law, Title 14.

      For the class of 2012 and beyond:
        9 to 10 Five total credits, including one English, one math and three additional credits
       10 to 11 Eleven total credits, including two English, two math and seven additional credits
       11 to 12 Sixteen total credits, including three English, three math and ten
                                additional credits

Schedule Change Policy
Students should make firm choices in electing courses during program planning. Courses selected after
careful study in consultation with teachers, parents, and counselors should require no major
change.

The Guidance Office will make every attempt to reschedule students who failed major subject courses
and/or who completed a summer school session. If there is a need to discuss a minor schedule change,
students or parents should contact the Guidance Office between June 15 and August 15.

There are to be no changes made after final scheduling except for the following conditions: scheduling
errors, balancing classes to prevent overcrowding, result of a disciplinary action by the administration,
change in placement, replacing an SSR with a course or student aide assignment, granting of either work
co-op, early release or lack of required courses.

Permission to make any change must be secured by the parent, teacher, and counselor before the
change may occur and a Schedule Change Request Form must be completed. Deadline to drop a
semester or yearlong class and replace it with another is 10 days after the first day of class. Deadline to
change levels in a yearlong class is 6 days after the issuance of the first report card. Dropping a class
after either of the above deadlines records a final grade of 65 for the dropped class. Students in
grades 9-11 may not withdraw from a course if it reduces the class load below six (6) courses.
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                                                            PAGE 2



                                             ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The following academic programs are guidelines that may be used in planning an individual four-year
course of study. The course selections indicated are examples only; individual planning may differ. Staff
members are available to offer advisement when making course selections.

The State of Delaware Computer Literacy graduation required credit (1.0) may be achieved in four ways: it
will be incorporated within the Integrated Business Technology curriculum, it can be earned through the
Keyboarding course at Smyrna Middle School, it can be granted based on similar credit earned from
another high school or a student may test out of the requirement on testing dates scheduled by the SHS
Business Department.


                                   Honors Program/Advanced Placement
          9                             10                            11                             12

English 1 Honors              English 2 Honors                 English 3 Honors             English 4 Honors
World Geography Honors        U.S. History Honors              Civics & Econ Honors
                                                                U.S. History AP             European History AP
Geometry CP                     Algebra 2CP                    Pre-Calculus CP              Calculus AP or Statistics AP
Science 1 Honors                Science 2 Honors               Chemistry I Honors           Physics or Chemistry2 or Chem AP
PE 1/Health                     PE 2/Driver Ed                 Elective                     Electives
Electives                       Career Pathway                 Career Pathway               Career Pathway
If planning on attending a four-year college after graduation, students are encouraged to complete a minimum of two (2) years of a
Foreign Language.

                                          College Preparatory Program
          9                             10                            11                             12

English 1 CP/R                  English 2 CP/R                 English 3 CP/R               English 4 CP
World Geography CP/R            U.S. History CP/R              Civics & Econ CP/R           World History CP
Algebra 1 CP                    Geometry CP                    Algebra 2 CP                 Pre-Calculus CP
Science 1 CP                    Science 2 CP                   Chemistry I CP               Chemistry II/Physics CP
PE 1/Health                     PE 2/Driver Ed                 Electives                    Electives
Electives                       Career Pathway                 Career Pathway               Career Pathway
If planning on attending a four-year college after graduation, students are encouraged to complete a minimum of two (2) years of a
Foreign Language.


                                             Applied Education Program
          9                             10                            11                             12

English 1 CP                  English 2 CP                  English 3 Applied              English 4 Applied
World Geography CP            U.S. HistoryCP                Civics & Econ CP               Electives
Mathematics                   Mathematics                   Mathematics                    Electives
Science 1CP                   Science 2 CP                  Science 3                      Electives
PE 1/Health                   PE 2/Driver Ed                Electives                      Electives
Electives                     Career Pathway                Career Pathway                 Career Pathway


                                       Fundamental Education Program
               (The Fundamental Education Program is an individualized program specific to each student’s needs)
          9                          10                             11                            12

English                       English                       English                        English
World Geography               U.S. History                  Civics & Econ                  Electives
Mathematics                   Mathematics                   Mathematics                    Electives
Science 1                     Science 2                     Science 3                      Electives
PE 1/Health                   PE 2/Driver Ed                Electives                      Electives
Electives                     Career Pathway                Career Pathway                 Career Pathway
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                                        PAGE 3



                         COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION
 NOTE: The Physical Education 1 & 2 and Health requirements for graduation may be scheduled any
year, but the PE 1 and PE 2 will be scheduled different years.

                                               GRADE 9

A ninth grade student must enroll for a minimum of the equivalent of 7 full year courses. All freshmen
must schedule the following courses:

                        English                           1 credit
                        World Geography                   1 credit
                        Mathematics                       1 credit
                        Science 1                         1 credit

                                               GRADE 10

A tenth grade student must enroll for a minimum of the equivalent of 7 full year courses. All sophomores
must schedule the following courses:

                       English 2                        1 credit
                       U. S. History                    1 credit
                       Mathematics                      1 credit
                       Science 2                        1 credit
                       Career Pathway                   1 credit
                       Driver Education*                1/4 credit
                    th
*Only students in 10 grade homerooms will be eligible for Driver Education.

                                               GRADE 11

An eleventh grade student must enroll for a minimum of the equivalent of 7 full year courses. All juniors
must schedule the following courses:

                        English 3                         1 credit
                        Civics and Economics              1 credit
                        Mathematics                       1 credit
                        Science                           1 credit
                        Career Pathway                    1 credit

                                               GRADE 12

A twelfth grade student must enroll for a minimum of the equivalent of 7 full year courses (exception:
Co-op Work Experience students need a minimum of 4 credits and Early Release students need a
minimum of 5 credits). All seniors must schedule the following courses:

                        English 4                         1 credit
                        Mathematics                       1 credit (beginning with Class of 2011)
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                                       SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer school may be available for SHS students who have failed English with a grade of 60-69 during
the previous school year. Other major subjects may be offered at the discretion of the administration. The
highest grade received for a summer school make-up course is an 80.

Students wishing to attend summer school at another area high school for a failed course must request
permission from the Smyrna High School principal before enrolling in the session.


                     PROGRAM PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
When planning courses for the upcoming year, students should keep in mind that:
(1) Students must enroll in a minimum of five courses to be eligible for honor roll
(2) English courses may not be taken out of sequence
(3) a maximum of two (2) credits in physical education is allowed toward graduation
(4) a maximum of three (3) credits for any combination of work study/experience, independent study and
    correspondence is allowed
(5) correspondence courses may not be taken without permission of the principal
(6) all students in grades nine and ten must take a minimum of seven (7)) credits each year; minimum of
    six (6) credits for grade eleven.
(7) only seniors enrolled in approved work release programs will be excused early from school

With prior approval of all required staff, academic students may attend courses at the University of
Delaware, Delaware State College, Wilmington University and/or Delaware Technical and Community
College program, if offerings at Smyrna High School have been exhausted. Students may see their
counselor for more information.




                                  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
A complete listing of courses available at Smyrna High School follows. The format for presentation
includes course title, the years during which the course may be taken, whether the course's duration is a
year or a semester, and the credit for successful completion.

The student’s parent must approve courses for which a student is to be scheduled. After the parent's
approval is obtained, changes in course selections are allowed only when substantive modifications in the
student's educational program are evidenced. This restriction is necessary since the master schedule is
prepared, and the teachers are assigned, based on the selections approved by the students and their
parents.
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                     Programs of Study
                     (Career Pathways)
           Agriscience Power & Technical Systems
                 Agriscience Animal Science
                  Agriscience Plant Science
                    Agriscience Structures

            Business - Administrative Services
        Business - Business Information Technology
                    Business - Finance


                          Human Services

                  Jobs for Delaware Graduates

                              Leadership

                      Professional Academic

                Science – Engineering/Medicine

                   Visual and Performing Arts
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                                BUSINESS
                                 Finance
Career opportunities:
      * Accounting                            * Auditing
      * Insurance                             *Investments
      * Government                            * Internal Revenue Service
      * Banking                               * Forensics
      * Law Enforcement (FBI/State Police)    * Appraisals
      * Stock Market                          * Financial Planning
      * Economics                             * Computer Programming
      * Entrepreneurship                      * Marketing
      * Real Estate                           * Hotel/Motel Management
      * Budget Analysis                       * Cost Estimation


                                 Program of Study

Grade 9                                       Grade 10
   English 9                                     English 10
   World Geography                               US History
   Science 1                                     Science 2
   Int. 1/Algebra 1                              Int. 2/Geometry
   Integrated Business Technology                PE 2/Driv. Ed.
   PE 1/Health                                   Intro to Accounting

Grade 11                                     Grade 12
   English 11                                   English 12
   Civics/Econ                                  Internship
   Int. 3/Algebra 2                             Comp Accounting
   Science                                      Website Design
   Advanced Accounting                          Bus & Personal Finance
   Adv. Bus. Technology/Financial Management    Intro to Info Tech
   Publication Technology/Information Mgmt.


 Delaware Technical and Community College A.A.S. degree and certification programs of
                          study associated with Accounting
                           Business Administration Technology
                        Computer Information Systems Technology
                        Computer Network Engineering Technology
                            Office Administration Technology
                            Business Management Technology
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                       PAGE 7



                AGRISCIENCE
   Agricultural Power & Technical Systems
Career Opportunities:
    Agriculture Equipment Technician
    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
    Consumer Power Technician
    Production Agriculturist
    Parts Technician
    Large Equipment Sales Person
    Agriculture Equipment Sales person
    Equipment Business owner
    Equipment engineer Automotive Tech Program of study

                          Program of Study

Grade 9                                       Grade 10
   English 1                                    English 2
   World Geography                              U.S History
   Science 1                                    Science 2
   Int. 1 /Algebra                              Int. 2/ Geometry
   PE1 /Health                                  PE 2 / Driv. Ed
   Ag Power & Tech Systems 1                    Other Agriscience
   Elective                                     Ag Power & Tech Systems 2

Grade 11                                     Grade 12
   English 3                                    English 4
   Civics /Econ                                 Agribusiness
   Int. 3 / Algebra 2                           Other Agriscience
   Elective                                     Elective
   Science                                      Elective
   Ag Power & Tech Systems 3

                          Post-Secondary Possibilities:
                             Del-Tech Automotive Program
                   University of Delaware Agriculture engineer program
                                Technical Schools such as
                                     Penn CO TECH
                                       Wyo Tech
                              Universal Technical Institute
                           University of Northwestern Ohio
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                          AGRISCIENCE
                          Animal Science
Career Opportunities:
   * Animal Scientist                    *   Research & Development
   * Animal Breeder                      *   Zoologist
   * Veterinarian                        *   Farm Manager
   * Veterinary Assistant                *   Extension Agent
   * Veterinary Technician               *   College Professor
   * Agriscience Instructor              *   Livestock Consultant
   * Agricultural Research               *   Agrimarketing Representative
   * Geneticist                          *   Agricultural Sales and Service
   * Animal Pathologist                  *   Livestock Producer
   * Public Relations Consultant         *   Breed Association Representative


                             Program Of Study


Grade 9                                      Grade 10
   English                                      English 2
   World Geography                              US History
   Science 1                                    Science 2
   Algebra 1                                    Geometry
   PE 1/Health                                  PE 2/Driver Ed.
   Animal Science 1                            Animal Science 2
   Foreign Language 1                           Foreign Language 2

Grade 11                                     Grade 12
   English 3                                    English 4
   Civics/Economics                             Chemistry 1 or 2
   Algebra 2                                    Foreign Language 4
   Science                                      Agribusiness
   Foreign Language 3                           Agriscience Elective
   Animal Science 3


  The Smyrna High School Agriscience Program maintains Tech-Prep agreements with
   Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware State University, and, The
                              University of Delaware.
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                     PAGE 9




                           AGRISCIENCE
                            Plant Science
Career Opportunities:
      * Agronomist                          * Soil Scientist
      * Plant Breeder                       * Plant Physiologist
      * Florist                             * Hydroponic Grower
      * Nursery Operations                  * Forest Management
      * Landscape Maintenance               * Greenhouse Operations
      * Agriscience Instructor              * Plant Nutrient Manager
      * Agricultural Research               * Entomologist
      * Landscape Design                    * Agricultural Sales and Service
      * Marketing                           * Production Farming


                           Program Of Study

Grade 9                                     Grade 10
   English 1                                   English 2
   World Geography                             US History
   Science 1                                   Science 2
   Algebra 1                                   Geometry
   PE 1/Health                                 PE 2/Driver Ed.
   Plant Science 1                             Plant Science 2
   Integrated Business Technology              Foreign Language 1

Grade 11                                    Grade 12
   English 3                                   English 4
   Civics/Economics                            Chemistry 2
   Algebra 2                                   Agriscience Elective
   Agriscience Elective                        Agribusiness
   Chemistry 1
   Foreign Language 2


  The Smyrna High School Agriscience Program maintains Tech-Prep agreements with
   Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware State University, and, The
                              University of Delaware.
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                    PAGE 10



                        AGRISCIENCE
                      Agriscience Structures
Career Opportunities:
      *Carpentry
      *Masonry
      *Electrician
      *Plumbing
      *HVAC Technician
      *Construction Trades
      *Construction Management
      *Business Owner
      *Architecture

                              Program of Study

Grade 9                                          Grade 10
   English 1                                        English 2
   World Geography                                  US History
   Science 1                                        Science 2
   Int. 1/Algebra 1                                 Int. 2/Geometry
   Integrated Business Technology                   PE 2/ Driver Ed.
   PE 1/ Health                                     Ag Structures 2
   Ag Structures 1                                  Agriscience Elective

Grade 11                                         Grade 12
   English 3                                        English 4
   Civics/Economics                                 Ag. Structures 4
   Int. 3/Algebra 2                                 Agribusiness
   Science                                          Agriscience Elective
   Ag Structures 3                                  Ag. Structures Internship
   Agriscience Elective
   Elective


Delaware Technical and Community College A.A.S Degree and Certification programs of
study associated with Agriscience Structural Systems are:
                           Architectural Engineering Technology
                           Construction Management Technology
                       Electronics/Electrical Engineering Technology
                              Engineering Drafting Technology
                            Industrial Maintenance Technology
                                     HVAC Technology
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                      BUSINESS
           Business Information Technology
               Administrative Services
Career Opportunities:
      * Network Systems                        * Data Communications Analysis
      * Insurance                              * Computer Software Engineering
      * Economics                              * Computer Programming
      * Entrepreneurship                       * Marketing
      * Real Estate                            * Information Mgmt. Administration
      * Integrated Business Technology         * Internet Services
      *Teachers                                * Information Systems Management
      * Hotel/Motel Management                 * Advertising
      * Medical Services Manager               * Public Relations


                                 Program of Study

Grade 9                                        Grade 10
   English 9                                      English 10
   World Geography                                US History
   Science 1                                      Science 2
   Int. 1/Algebra 1                               Int. 2/Geometry
   Integrated Business Technology                 PE 2/Driv. Ed.
   PE 1/Health                                    Adv. Bus. Tech/Financial Mgmt.

Grade 11                                       Grade 12
   English 11                                     English 12
   Civics/Econ                                    Internship
   Int. 3/Algebra 2                               Adv Accounting
   Science                                        Website Design
   Information Mgmt./Pub. Tech./Website           Bus/Personal Finance
   Intro to Accounting                            Intro to Info Teach



          Delaware Technical and Community College A.A.S. degree and certification
                        programs of study associated with Accounting
                          Business Administration Technology
                       Computer Information Systems Technology
                       Computer Network Engineering Technology
                           Office Administration Technology
                           Business Management Technology
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                         PAGE 12




                             Human Services
Career Opportunities:
    Child Care Services
    Recreation
    Homemaker and Home Health Services
    Rehabilitation Services
    Geriatrics
    Counseling
    Social Work
    Human Services Administration
    International Development
    Criminal Justice
    Health Care
    Education

                                  Program of Study
                  Science and related courses are suggested for electives


Grade 9                                          Grade 10
   English 9                                        English 10
   World Geography                                  US History
   Science 1                                        Science 2
   Int. 1/Algebra 1                                 Int. 2/Geometry
   Integrated Business Technology                   PE 2/Driv. Ed.
   PE 1/Health                                      Elective
   Elective                                         Elective


Grade 11                                          Grade 12
   English 11                                       English 12
   Civics/Econ                                      Internship
   Int. 3/Algebra 2                                 Elective
   Science                                          Elective
   Elective
   Elective

    Delaware Technical and Community College A.A.S. degree and certification programs
                          of student related to Human Services:

                                      Allied Health
                                Associate Degree Nursing
                            Early Childhood Education technology
                               Human Services Technology
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                                    Leadership
Career Opportunities:
   Government
   Aerospace & Aviation Industries
   Business Management
   Outdoor Recreation
   Law Enforcement
   Military Service
                                  Program of Study
             Science and computer related courses are suggested for electives


Grade 9                                         Grade 10
   English 1                                       English 2
   World Geography                                 US History
   Science 1                                       Science 2
   Algebra 1/Geometry                              Geometry/ Alg 2
   Integrated Business Technology                  PE 2/Driv. Ed.
   PE 1/Health                                     Elective
   AFJROTC 1                                       AFJROTC 2

Grade 11                                        Grade 12
   English 3                                       English 4
   Civics/Econ                                     Foreign Language
   Algebra 2/Precalculus                           Elective
   Science                                         Precalculus/Calculus/Statistics
   AFJROTC 3                                       Elective
   Foreign Language                                AFJROTC 4A & 4B
   Elective                                        Elective

Students in this Pathway can also continue on into college in both two and four year
programs as an option. The Leadership Pathway is an excellent resource for college
applications and/or resumes because of skills learned and outstanding student achievement
recognition made by national organizations for those successful in AFJROTC.
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                                             PAGE 14




                    Professional Academic
It is assumed that students who chose to pursue the PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC Pathway
intend to enroll in a four-year college or university upon graduation from Smyrna High School

Career Opportunities:
    Accountant
    Chemist
    Computer Programmer
    Engineer
    Scientist
    Teacher

                                     Program of Study

Grade 9                                            Grade 10
   English 9                                          English 10
   World Geography                                    US History
   Science 1                                          Science 2
   Algebra 1 or Geometry                              Geometry or Algebra II
   Adv Bus Tech/Info Mgmt/Financial Mgmt.             PE 2/Driv. Ed.
   PE 1/Health                                        Elective
   Foreign Language (Year 1)                          Foreign Language (Year 2)

Grade 11                                           Grade 12
   English 11                                         English 12
   Civics/Economics                                   Social Studies Elective
   Algebra II/ Pre-Calculus/ Statistics AP            Pre-Calculus/Calculus AP/Statistics
   Chemistry I                                        Science Elective or Chem AP
   Elective                                           European History AP
   Language (Year 3)                                  Language (Year 4 or AP)
   Elective                                           Elective


   It is strongly suggested that students take advantage of the Advanced Placement (AP)
 courses offered at Smyrna High School and/or consider requesting English E110 (Critical
                          Reading and Writing ) in their senior year.
SHS ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE                              PAGE 15



                             SCIENCE
                        Engineering/Medicine
Career Opportunities:
      Agribiologist
      Biologist
      Biotechnologist
      Chemist
      Dentist
      Engineer
      Forensic Scientist
      Horticulturalist
      Mathematician
      Nurse (RN)
      Physician
      Physician’s Assistant
      Researcher
      Scientist
      Teacher
      Physical or Occupational Therapist

                               PROGRAM OF STUDY

Grade 9                                        Grade 10
      Eng 1 CP or Honors                             Eng 2 CP or Honors
      World Geog CP or Honors                        US Hist CP, Honors or AP
      Geometry CP or Alg 2 CP                        Alg 2 CP or PreCalc CP
      Foreign Lang 1 CP                              Foreign Lang 2 CP
      PE1/Health                                     PE 2/Driver Educ.
      Science 1 CP or Honors                         Science 2 CP or Honors
      Science Elective (Oceanography,                Science Elective (Advanced
             Animal Science 1, or                           Animal Science,
             Plant & Soil Science                           Oceanography,
                                                            Agriscience Biotech.
                                                            or Wildlife Manag.)
Grade 11                                       Grade 12
      Eng 3 CP or Honors                             Eng 110
      Civics/Econ CP or Honors                       Europ Hist AP or Psych
      PreCalc CP or Calc AP                          Calc AP or Stat AP
      Foreign Language 3                             Foreign Lang 4 or AP
      Chem 1 CP or Honors                            Chem 2 CP or Chem AP
      Physics                                        Integrated Business Tech.
             Science Elective (Oceanography,                Science Electives ,
             Forensic Science                               (Oceanography,
             Anat & Phys.,                                   Forensic
             or Agriscience                                 Science, Anat&Phys,
             Biotechnology)                                 Agriscience Biotech)
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                                    Visual Art
Career opportunities:
    Artist
    Art Restorer
    Art Teacher
    Cartoonist
    Computer graphics
    Fashion Designer
    Illustrator
    Interior Designer
    Jewelry Designer
    Photographer
    Web Designer


                                Program of Study

Grade 9                                      Grade 10
   English 9                                    English 10
   World Geography                              US History
   Science 1                                    Science 2
   Int. 1/Algebra 1                             Int. 2/Geometry
   Integrated Business Technology               Drivers Ed
   PE 1/Hlth                                    Art 2
   Art 1                                        Elective

Grade 11                                        Grade 12
   English 11                                   English 12
   Civics/Econ                                  Art 4
   Int. 3/Algebra 2                             Internship
   Science                                      Elective
   Art 3
   Elective
   Elective

  Delaware Technical and Community College AAS Degree programs of study associated
                              with Visual Arts are:

                               Visual Communications
                                 Advertising Design
                                     Multimedia
                                   Photo Imaging
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                                       CAREER PATHWAYS
Each student will be required to develop a graduation plan leading to the career he/she wishes to pursue.
A specific Career Pathway, a planned program of study designed to develop knowledge and skills in a
particular career area, should be chosen by the end of the freshman year, assisted by the Student
Success Plan. The following are Career Pathways available at Smyrna High School:

Career Pathway Title
Entry-level course     Course(s) A (credit)                Course(s) B (credit)             Course(s) C (credit)
(credit)
Air Force JROTC Program
Integrated Business        Aero. Leadership I (1) and/or   Aero. Leadership II (1) and/or   Aero. Leadership III (1) and/or
Technology (1) and/or      Aero. Leadership II (1)         Aero. Leadership III             Aero. Leadership IV A (.5)
Aero. Leadership I (1)                                                                      and/or Aero. Leadership IV B
Animal Science
Animal Science 1 (1)       Animal Science 2 (1)            Animal Science 3 (1)             Agriscience
                                                                                            Biotechnolgy (1) or
                                                                                            Agribusiness (1)
Business – Administrative Services
Integrated Business     Financial Mgmt (.5) and            Information                      Publication Technology
Technology (1)          Advanced Business                  Management(.5)                   (.5)
                        Technology
Business – Business Information Technology
Integrated Business     Website Development                IC3 Certification (.5)           A+ Introduction to
Technology (1)          (.5)                                                                Computers and Info
                                                                                            Tech(1)
Business - Finance
Integrated Business    Introduction to                     Advanced Accounting              Computerized
Technology (1)         Accounting (1)                      (1)                              Accounting (1)
Jobs for Delaware Graduates
JDG 1 (1)              JDG 2 (1)                           JDG 3 (1) or
                                                            JDG Co-op (1)
Music/Performing Arts
Band (1) or                Band (1) or                     Band (1) or
Chorus (1) or              Chorus (1) or                   Chorus (1) or
Theatre (1)                Theatre (1)                     Theatre (1)
Plant Science
Plant Science 1 (1)        Plant Science 2 (1) or          Agribusiness (1) or              Agriscience
                           Flower Arranging (1)            Agriscience                      Biotechnology (1) or
                                                           Biotechnology (1) or             Agribusiness (1)
                                                           Flower Arranging (1)
Power & Systems
Ag Power & Tech             Ag Power & Tech            Ag Power & Tech          Agribusiness (1)
Systems 1 (1)               Systems 2 (1)              Systems 3 (1)
Professional Academic
       Three credits in AP, Honors, and/or College Preparatory courses above the requirements for
graduation. See your counselor for other possibilities. Examples follow.
Core courses required       Chemistry 2 (1)            Physics (1)              Pre-Calculus (1)
for graduation              or Foreign Language 1      or Foreign Language 2    or Foreign Language 3
Structural Systems
Structures 1                Structures 2               Structures 3
Visual Art
Fundamentals of Art (1) Ceramics and Sculpture Drawing and Painting             Art Majors (1) or
                            (1)                        (1)                      Studio Art AP (1)
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Engineering/Medicine
                   Science Electives or Animal Science
                     or Plant & Soil Science Electives (see p. 15 for specifics)
                   (3 elective credits required for this pathway)


Early Childhood
Human Development (1)      Exploring Childhood 1 (1)     Exploring Childhood 2 (1)


Human Services
Human Development (1)       Human Services (1)            Family and Community Service (1)


Multi-Media Technology
Integrated Business
   Technology (1)            Multi-Media 1 (1)             Multi-Media 2 (1)
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                                            AGRISCIENCE
The curriculum for Agriscience contains specific classes under three distinct Agriscience Career
Pathways: Agriscience Power and Systems Technology, Animal Science, Structures, and Plant Science.
Students should choose a specific Agriscience Career Pathway as an incoming student to the program.
Specific entry-level courses serve as a foundation for more advanced classes within each pathway.
Agriscience classes can also be taken as elective courses for students not in an Agriscience career
pathway; however, students enrolled in Agriscience Career Pathways will be given first consideration. The
Agriscience curriculum is designed to accommodate the needs of both career-bound and college-bound
students. Tech-Prep agreements exist between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University
in animal science and plant science.

FOR EVERY STUDENT IN AN AGRISCIENCE PATHWAY, FFA PARTICIPATION IS A REQUIREMENT

ANIMAL SCIENCE 1
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                   Credit: 1.0
Animal Science Career Pathway: entry-level course

This class is the entry-level course for the Animal Science Pathway and is designed to explore the animal
science industry through the study of economically important farm animals, their products, and careers
involved with their care and management. FFA participation is required through classroom activities and
Career Development events, and will be required to maintain a year-long supervised Agriscience
experience project as an extension of the curriculum. All students will participate in hands-on laboratory
exercises in the livestock lab and in the classroom.

ANIMAL SCIENCE 2
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Animal Science 1
Animal Science Career Pathway: advanced course

This class is the second-level course in the Animal Science Pathway and will explore specialized areas of
the animal science industry. Emphasis will be given to career exploration, veterinary care, feed and
nutrition, genetics, anatomy and physiology, processing, marketing and biotechnology. All students will
participate in hands-on lab exercises in the classroom and livestock lab. FFA participation is required
through classroom activities and Career Development events. Students will be required to maintain a
yearlong Supervised Agriscience Experience project as an extension of the curriculum. This course meets
the third science credit required for graduation.

ANIMAL SCIENCE 3
Grade Level: 11,12                                                                                Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Animal Science 2
Animal Science Career Pathway: advanced course

This class is the final course in the Animal Science Pathway and is designed to provide students with final
preparation for pursuing a career in an animal science-related area. Special emphasis will be given to the
veterinary field and related careers. Students will also research college options within their desired field of
study, as well as understand the business implications associated with animal production. All students will
participate in hands-on laboratory exercises in the classroom and livestock lab. FFA participation is
required through classroom activities and Career Development events. They will also be required to
maintain a year-long Supervised Agriscience Experience project as an extension of the curriculum.
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PLANT SCIENCE 1
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0
Plant Science Career Pathway: entry-level course

This course will examine the relationship of plants and soil for the production of agricultural crops,
products and related industries. An in-depth study of the environmental conditions that affect all aspects
of plant production will include: agronomic crops, horticultural crops, botany, and forestry. Soil conditions
and properties will be examined to determine adequate management plans for various plants. The use of
school FFA greenhouses and land laboratories will serve as a major component of this course. FFA
opportunities will be provided for each student to develop leadership skills and maintain a supervised
Agriscience experience project.

PLANT SCIENCE 2
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Plant Science 1
Plant Science Career Pathway: advanced course

Plant Science 2 is a continuation of the skills and activities experienced in Plant Science 1. Students will
utilize the school greenhouses and landscaped areas to further develop entry-level employment skills in
areas such as floriculture, landscape design, greenhouse operation, turf management and crop
production. The development of a student project or SAE will help students focus on a particular learning
area with the plant science pathway. Involvement in the FFA will be included in this class.

FLOWER ARRANGING
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Plant Science 1
Plant Science Career Pathway: advanced course

This advanced course emphasizes the development of floricultural skills, producing commercial quality
crops, interior landscaping, career development activities, FFA leadership activities, and the development
of interpersonal skills. All students will be expected to produce a weekly floriculture product as well as
work on small group and class projects. All students will participate in FFA activities and maintain a
supervised project.


AGRISCIENCE STRUCTURES I                                                                        Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 9-12

This course is an introductory course that will focus on basic skills needed in the occupational area of
agricultural structures. This course will be a hands-on course of basic carpentry and woodworking skills.
Instruction will include basic plan reading and interpretation, plan and project drawing, site evaluation and
preparation, wood types and selection, wood framing, building construction, tool identification, use and
safety. Each student will participate in FFA activities and design and maintain an individual supervised
Agriscience experience project.


AGRISCIENCE STRUCTURES 2                                                                        Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Agriscience Structures 1

This course is an intermediate level course designed to build on the knowledge and experiences gained in
Agriscience Structures 1. Students will further develop their skills in order to design, plan, and construct
small structures that directly relate to large scale construction projects. Students will also expand their
skills on more advanced equipment.
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AGRISCIENCE STRUCTURES 3                                                                    Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Agriscience Structures 2

This course is an advanced class in the pathway which incorporates all the skills and knowledge
necessary to be employed in the agricultural structures and related industry. Students will learn basic
electrical wiring, plumbing, concrete and masonry, and advanced welding skills.

AGRIBUSINESS*
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: successful completion of two Agriscience career pathway classes
Any Agriscience Career Pathway: advanced course
        All Agriscience Co-Op Early Release Students Must Take This Course.
(Please review your needed graduation requirements to see if you qualify for this experience.)

This is an advanced course that is designed to help students become knowledgeable and skilled in the
planning, operation, and record keeping of agricultural businesses. Instruction in livestock and crop
production methodology, agricultural accounting principles, marketing of agricultural products, market
analysis of various commodities, global competition and trade, and use of computers will be key elements
of this course. FFA experiences and leadership activities will be an integral part of all instruction.
Students must maintain a year-long Agriscience experience project.


AGRICULTURAL POWER & TECH SYSTEMS I
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                Credit: 1.0
Agricultural Power & Tech Systems Career Pathway: entry-level course

This course provides an introduction to power mechanics and machinery repair. After completing this
course, students will apply skills learned from hands-on experiences, basics of engine theory, as well as
methods of machinery repair and maintenance. This course will cover safety, small engines, welding, and
agricultural structures. Students are required to maintain a year-long supervised Agriscience experience
project and participate in FFA activities.

AGRICULTURAL POWER & TECH SYSTEMS 2
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Agricultural Power & Tech Systems I
Agricultural Power & Tech Systems Career Pathway: advanced course

This course is an advanced, practical, hands-on study of power mechanics in which students will learn
from shop experiences in engine overhaul and maintenance of multi-cylinder engines, power train
maintenance, advanced welding techniques, machinery repair, and agricultural structures and systems.
Students are required to maintain a year-long supervised Agriscience experience project and participate in
FFA activities.

AGRICULTURAL POWER & TECH SYSTEMS 3
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Agricultural Power & Tech Systems 1 & 2
Agricultural Power & Tech Systems Career Pathway: advanced course

This full year course will be offered to students who have strong mechanical abilities and are
knowledgeable of mechanical theory. Students will complete independent and assigned projects that
utilize skills attained in the previous coursework and will be eligible for Agriscience co-op job placement.
Students are required to maintain a year-long supervised Agriscience experience project and participate in
FFA activities.
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AGRISCIENCE BIOTECHNOLOGY
Grade Level 10-12        Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Plant Science 1 or Animal Science 1
Plant Science or Animal Science Pathway: advanced course

This course is designed to integrate agriscience applications of biotechnology and provide specific
scientific laboratory experiences for students. All students will explore related career areas and complete
technological training in agriscience. In addition, all students will develop leadership skills through
instruction and participation in FFA activities and events. Completion of this course will prepare students
for post-secondary instruction as well as technical career areas.

AGRISCIENCE CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE
Grade Level: 12                                                                             Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: completion of an Agriscience career pathway and agribusiness. Employment is a
       requirement for credit.
Any Agriscience Career Pathway: advanced course

Any senior Agriscience student who meets the following criteria may elect to participate in the Agriscience
Co-op Work Experience program. If at any time during the school year, a student fails to meet these criteria,
he/she will be withdrawn from Co-op and reassigned to classes at Smyrna High School. For further
information and clarification, contact any Agriscience instructor.

        Student must have completed an Agriscience Pathway
        Student must be enrolled in all classes required for graduation.
        Student must be enrolled in an Agriscience class related to his/her occupation.
        Student must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes (credits); Co-op counts as one of the 5.
        Student must remain in five classes (credits) and a qualified job for the entire school year.
        A co-operative work agreement must be in place and signed by the student, his/her parents, the
        instructor, and the employer before the student may be dismissed early from school. Prior to that
        time the student will be assigned to and must attend study halls.
        In order to receive credit, students must maintain records of employment, complete job reports, and
        demonstrate satisfactory performance on the job and in the classroom.
        This may be an early release, after school, or evening situation.




                              AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC
                           AEROSPACE SCIENCE PROGRAM
AFJROTC is a program which helps today’s high school student become tomorrow’s aerospace-age
citizen. The curriculum integrates social sciences and physical sciences through their application to
aerospace. The four year course of study includes: history of aviation and aviation’s impact on society;
meteorology; navigation; propulsion; principles of flight; aerospace industry and the career opportunities it
provides; and international implications of space operations. Approximately 80 percent of the program is
devoted to aerospace education, leadership and related subjects, with the remaining 20 percent of the
class comprised of the new AFJROTC fitness program..

The instructional mission of AFJROTC is to help develop informed citizens for the Aerospace Age. From
their learning experiences students should realize the significance of aerospace achievements and
develop improved attitudes of personal integrity, discipline, self-reliance, and patriotism.

Each year’s course contents are divided between Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Fitness
Training (AFJROTC Extreme Excellence Challenge Wellness Program). The Aerospace Science course
provides an introduction to the historical, scientific, and technical aspects of aerospace. Leadership
Education provides experiences to develop discipline, responsibility, communication skills, and citizenship.
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Cadets learn leadership fundamentals to prepare them to assume leadership responsibilities within the
cadet corps, school, and local community. Leadership also includes wearing the uniform, engaging in Air
Force customs and courtesies, participating in drill and ceremonies, giving and receiving instructions, and
acting as leaders and members of an organization. The Wellness Program is an integral part of the
AFJROTC that represents 20% of the overall grade.The practical activities associated with a corps
organization include drill teams, awards, dinners, military balls, and field trips to local bases, airports, and
industries.

AEROSPACE SCIENCE
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION 1
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0

The introductory level of AFJROTC includes concepts in the heritage of flight, development of air power,
and military aerospace. Leadership concepts include elements of military drill, good followership, personal
development skills, and health awareness. The Wellness Program allows for the development of individual
training programs based upon national standards by age and gender for each cadet.

AEROSPACE SCIENCE
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION 2
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 1/Leadership Education 1

The second level of AFJROTC explores the aerospace environment, human requirements of flight, and
principles of flight and navigation. Leadership concepts studied include communication skills,
understanding individual behavior and group behavior, and an introduction to leadership theory. The
Wellness Program will continue in this course.

AEROSPACE SCIENCE
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION 3
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Aerospace Science 2/Leadership Education 2

The third level of the AFJROTC curriculum presents the Air Force Survival Training Program. Students
learn the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to successfully perform fundamental tasks needed
for survival. Students also accomplish a short exploratory course on Astronomy. Leadership Education
concepts studied include management theory, stress and financial management, introduction to ethics,
and citizenship. Also at this level military service careers are explored, plans for the future are discussed,
and management of life is investigated. The Wellness Program will continue in this course.


AEROSPACE SCIENCE
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION 4A
Grade Level: 12                                                                                      Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: Aerospace Science/Leadership Education 3 and Instructor Permission

The final level of the AFJROTC curriculum assesses the cadet’s ability to manage AFJROTC activities.
Independent research projects and extracurricular activities are mandatory in this course. The Wellness
Program will continue in this course.The course is only offered during the first semester.
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LEADERSHIP EDUCATION 4B
Grade Level: 12                                                                                  Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: Aerospace Science/Leadership Education 4 A and Instructor Permission

This final level of the AFJROTC curriculum is a continuation of the Aerospace Science 4 A, and the
Leadership Education 4 A curriculum. The Wellness Program will be continued in this course. It is only
offered during the second semester.


BASIC SUMMER LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
Grade Level: 9-11                                                                                Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Aerospace Science 1/Leadership 1 and Instructor Permission

The Basic Summer Leadership School’s objective is to better prepare young men and women to meet the
challenges and demands of leadership in the AFJROTC program. This demanding 10- 12 day live-in
school is normally held at Dover Air Force Base,Dover, Delaware, during the month of June. Students will
learn responsibility, improve self-discipline, build self-confidence, and strengthen character while using a
strict Air Force training format. These mental and physical challenges help prepare students for future
encounters as JROTC cadets and as American citizens. Students MUST pass a fitness test in order to
participate.


ADVANCED SUMMER LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                       Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Aerospace Science II/Leadership 2 and Basic Summer Leadership School and Instructor
Permission

The Advanced Summer Leadership School’s objective is to better prepare young men and women to lead
and train other cadets in the AFJROTC program. This demanding 10-11 day live-in school is a follow-up
to the Basic Summer Leadership School. Students will be members of the school’s Cadet Staff, helping to
manage and teach the Basic Summer Leadership School cadets. To qualify, students must receive a
specific invitation from the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
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                                       ART DEPARTMENT
The Visual Art Program is designed to accommodate the interests and abilities of all students and
believes that “art is for everyone”. The program is presented at two-levels of involvement. Level One is
the entry level for all students and stresses satisfactory accomplishment of basic art skills. Students are
considered for Level Two when they exhibit consistently high performance in effort, growth, creativeness,
and quality of work. Placement at Level Two requires a B average in both classes of Level One or
instructor permission and interest in pursuing the study of art at the post-secondary level. An integral
component of all art courses is the presentation of a comprehensive knowledge of art careers through
research, college and professional presentations and student/teacher interaction.


FUNDAMENTALS OF ART (ART 1/Level One)
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

This course is designed for beginning art students as an introduction to the elements and principles of two
dimensional design. All art experiences are based on art elements of space, line, shape, form, texture
and color; and the related principles of limitations, dominance, balance, rhythm and unity. Students
become acquainted with a wide variety of art media such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, paint, mixed media,
etc., and are encouraged to develop creative expression through art.

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE (ART 2/Level One)
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Art 1 (Fundamentals Of Design)

This course is structured to explore the elements and principles of design through three dimensional
experiences. Students develop skills for producing works in clay by pinching, coil-building, slab
construction and the potter’s wheel. Techniques of surface decoration include glazing, stamping and
incising. The sculpture part of the course provides experiences in carving, modeling and construction in a
variety of materials.

DRAWING AND PAINTING (ART 3/Level Two)
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Art 1 & 2

This course is for the serious art student offering a wide variety of drawing and painting experiences with
emphasis placed on art structure. The drawing segment emphasizes the development of perceptual and
technical skills necessary for the drawing of objects, the figure, and nature. The student uses the tools
and materials required for beginning life drawings, anatomy, environmental drawing, scientific illustration,
portraits, and color in drawing.

The painting segment provides experiences with tools and materials required for understanding the
characteristics and properties of color, form, space, abstract and realist concepts as they pertain to
landscape, interiors, portraiture, still-life, and the human form. Students are encouraged to prepare a
portfolio for submission to prospective institutions of
higher education.
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ART MAJORS (ART 4/Level Two)
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Art 1,2 & 3

The Art Majors course provides the students with those necessary opportunities, knowledge and skills
needed for creatively expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings in two and three dimensional forms. Both
two and three dimensional experiences present a variety of problems to challenge student interests and
creative faculties. In a course of this type considerable work will be done along individual lines. However,
occasionally it will be necessary for the class, as a group, to consider common problems. In all specific
learning situations, emphasis will be placed upon the sensitive and expressive use of art elements;
materials will be used experimentally and in conventional ways. The student will also continue to prepare
his/her portfolio for submission to prospective institutions of higher learning.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN STUDIO ART
Grade: 12                                                                                          Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Visual Art Pathway

This course is intended for the highly motivated individual committed to serious study in art. Students will
be able to do college level work in studio art and receive college credit for it. This course is not intended
for the casually interested art student. A portfolio for the Advanced Placement exam is due in May.
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          BUSINESS & COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Due to the demand for computer technology and applications in everyone’s life, it is strongly
recommended that every student take advantage of the Business & Computer Technology courses
offered at Smyrna High School.

Integrated Business Technology is the basic skill necessary for employment today and is a necessity for
all college-bound students.        Information Management, Financial Management, Advanced
Spreadsheet/Database, Advanced Business Technology and utilize the four major programs used on
computers (Word, Access, Excel, and Powerpoint) – which are essential skills for today’s college students
and those entering the work force.

Publication Technology allows students to expand their computer skills as they use Word, PageMaker,
and Publisher to create brochures, flyers, programs, etc. Website Development provides training for a
variety of web development fundamentals, including page components, formatting, tables, links/linking,
frames, audio, video, Java, JavaScript, Active Server Pages, databases and more. It also covers
fundamentals of FrontPage, a powerful web page editor from Microsoft. In addition, use of Macromedia
Dreamweaver and Flash which are powerful web page authoring program applications to develop
websites. A + Introduction to Computer and Information Technology delves into the inner workings and
software of a computer.

Accounting, Advanced Accounting, and Computerized Accounting should be selected by college prep
students considering a major in Business and by every student contemplating work in a business
environment, or interested in financial planning or the preparation of personal income taxes. If you have
passed the DSTP Math standards, Business and Personal Finance will add one extra math credit toward
graduation as you expand your knowledge of the practical use of math in business and personal
situations. Entrepreneurship and a Homeland Security pathway are also offered.

Upon successful completion of many business courses, students may receive earned college credit at
Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware State University, Wilmington College,Goldey
Beacom College, and/or the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology through the Tech Prep Delaware
program.

Any student who graduates with experience in Business & Computer Technology classes enters the "real"
world one step ahead, and will have earned free college credits.

INTEGRATED BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                             Credit: 1.0

The focus of Integrated Business Technology is the use of today’s powerful digital communication tools
and applying Finance, Management, Administration, and Marketing strategies. Technologies include
software applications that run on computer hardware. Software applications may include, but are not
limited to, word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, Web browser, database, and multimedia tools and are
essential for professional, academic, and economic success. Integrated Business Technology will go
beyond basic input skills in preparation for real world applications.
STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECHPREP DELAWARE WITH A FINAL
GRADE OF 85 OR BETTER, ALONG WITH SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF OTHER DESIGNATED
BUSINESS EDUCATION COURSES. STUDENTS MAY EARN THE COMPUTER LITERACY
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT MANDATED BY THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
AND WILL BE PREPARED TO ENROLL IN ADVANCED COURSES IN THE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT,
UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE.
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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                               Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA

Information Management is designed for any student who wants to learn the operation of a database
management system which is used to control facts, manipulate information, and create usable reports.
Databases are widely used in the workplace today – examples include the telephone book, school student
database, credit card companies, bank customer information and also in the area of Homeland Security,
which accesses databases of criminal profiles and fingerprints at the local, state and national levels. The
Microsoft Access database program will be used and the basics of Windows will be included. UPON
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, AND
INTEGRATED BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY (OR KEYBOARDING), STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE EARNED
COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECH PREP DELAWARE.


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                              Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA

Financial Management is designed for any student who wants to learn spreadsheet applications for
producing business reports, tables, graphs, and charts. The Microsoft Excel program will be used and the
basics of Windows will also be introduced. It is especially recommended for accounting students and
requires an aptitude for math. Most colleges expect entering students to have some knowledge of
spreadsheets. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL
MANAGEMENT, AND INTEGRATED BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY, STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE EARNED
COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECH PREP DELAWARE.


ADVANCED DATABASE AND SPREADSHEET
Grade Level:   10-12                                                                           Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA and
               Spreadsheet Management, and Database Management

Advanced Spreadsheet and Database is a project-based interdisciplinary course designed to broaden
student skill proficiency in using state-of-the-art technology, including spreadsheet, database, and
presentation software, to solve problems. Various simulations reflective of real life experiences will be a
major part of the instructional units. Microcomputers with access to current integrated application
software packages will be available for student use.


ADVANCED BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level 9-12                                                                               Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Advanced Computer Software Applications or Computer Software Applications

Advanced Business Technology is recommended for all students who have already earned the Computer
Literacy Credit. Instruction begins with a brief review of MS Word basics and then leads into advanced
topics, such as mail merge, wizards, newsletters, macros, Visual Basic, master documents, indexes and
table of contents. Advanced PowerPoint instruction begins with a brief review of PowerPoint basics and
then progresses into adding sounds, charts, Excel charts, Word tables, hyperlinks, automatic timing and
adding speaker notes. Independent projects will be completed to reinforce knowledge, promote problem
solving skills, encourage critical thinking and to integrate Microsoft Office programs. STUDENTS MAY
RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECHPREP DELAWARE WITH A FINAL GRADE OF 85 OR
HIGHER, ALONG WITH SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (ACCESS)
AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (EXCEL).
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PUBLICATION TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA

This half-year course gives students the opportunity to master PageMaker which is a widely-used
Publication Technology program. Students will then use PageMaker, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft
Publisher to complete applications and create a series of designs and publications similar to those used in
offices, schools, and homes today. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION, STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE
EARNED COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECH PREP DELAWARE.

A + INTRO TO COMPUTERS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA, plus Database and Spreadsheet

This extremely rigorous course guides students into a career as a Computer Technician/Specialist. The
course will deal with computer safety; the information processing cycle; operating systems; computer
parts, functions, and upgrades; use of the internet; printer issues; troubleshooting software and hardware
problems; and foundations of networks and system design.

IC3 CERTIFICATION
Grade Level 11-12                                                                   Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA,, plus Spreadsheet Management and
Database Management.

This course is designed to provide complete coverage of topics in the Internet and Computer Core
                 3
Certification (IC ). This program is the world’s first validated, standards-based training and certification
                                                                                                       3
program for basic computing and Internet knowledge and skills. Upon successful completion of IC you
will have the knowledge and skills required for a basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and
                                     3                                                       3
the Internet. Individuals seeking IC certification are required to take and pass all three IC exams:
      Computing Fundamentals covers Computer Hardware, Software, and Using an Operating
         System.
      Key Applications covers Common Program Functions, Word-Processing Functions, and
         Spreadsheet Functions.
      Living Online covers Networks and the Internet, Electronic Mail, using the Internet, and the Impact
         of Computing and the Internet on Society.

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA

This curriculum provides training for a variety of web development fundamentals, including page
components, formatting, tables, links/linking, frames, audio, video, Java, JavaScript, Active Server Pages,
databases and more. It also covers fundamentals of Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia Dreamweaver and
Macromedia Flash powerful web page authoring program applications used to develop Websites. Topics
covered include the navigation, folder and task views, hyperlinks, themes, security, tables, forms, style
sheets and much more. The student should also be familiar with Windows. Curriculum provides students
with a solid web development foundation upon which to build.

BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FINANCE
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Integrated Alg/Geom 2 or Algebra 1

Business and Personal Finance will emphasize using business
computations including decimals, fractions,percentages, and statistics
for personal financial management. Topics covered include wages,
lending,saving,investing,budgeting, insurance,taxes, and business
and personal financial record keeping. Real world application of
computational skills to solve business and personal financial problems
will be emphasized. Use of Excel Software will be introduced.
Business and Personal Finance may be counted as one of the three
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math graduation requirements if you have already passed the Math standards of the DSTP.

INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING CP
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Business and Personal Finance, Integrated Alg/Geom 2, or Algebra I
Recommended: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA

Introduction to Accounting focuses on the principles and practices of financial accounting, encompassing
the entire accounting cycle including depreciation, inventory, ratio analysis, and daily transactions for
proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations;computerized accounting; personal financial planning
including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, insurance, income taxes, budgets, credit and other personal
finance topics. It serves as a basis for college courses and/or initial employment. It is designed to provide
the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in accounting and other business occupations that
may utilize a systems approach. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE AND ADVANCED
ACCOUNTING MAY EARN COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECH PREP DELAWARE. HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED FOR COLLEGE-BOUND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OR ACCOUNTING
MAJORS.


ADVANCED ACCOUNTING CP
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Introduction to Accounting

Advanced Accounting provides an in-depth review of introduction to accounting with more intensive
practice in fundamental accounting principles including depreciation, inventory control, financial
statements and ratio analysis, annuities and sinking funds, business statistics, and receivables. Areas
covered include accounting for service and merchandising businesses for proprietorships, partnerships,
and corporations. A greater emphasis is placed on computerized accounting problems. It provides a
foundation for the advanced study of accounting on the college level for accounting or business majors
and, upon successful completion, equips the student for employment in the accounting field and awards
college credit. Additional work includes analysis of the requirements for a sound investment program
including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, commodities, and other private and public securities.
Additional work also includes participation in the VITA program which certifies students to prepare taxes
for other students. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION, STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE EARNED
COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH TECH PREP DELAWARE.

COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING CP
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Be enrolled in or have completed Advanced Accounting

Computerized Accounting allows Advanced Accounting students to receive a higher level of skill in
entering accounting records via the computer. Using assorted software programs and several simulation
packages, students will be exposed to every aspect of keeping records on the computer. This course may
be taken along with or at the completion of Advanced Accounting.



ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Computer Software Applications or Advanced CSA
Preferred: Spreadsheet and Database

In this course students will be taken step-by-step through the process of starting and successfully
operating their own business. Case studies will be utilized extensively. Highlights of real entrepreneurs
demonstrate to the students the realities of challenges faced in the business world. Business ethics will be
examined and integrating computer applications and marketing concepts for the entrepreneur will be
emphasized. Basic marketing and management concepts will be introduced and the formulation of a
business plan and also completion of a business community simulation will be required.


BUSINESS COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
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Grade Level: 12                                                                             Credit: 0.25 - 1.0

Any senior Business student who meets the following criteria may elect to participate in the Business Co-op
Work Experience program. The Co-op work agreement must be received prior to September 30 to be
enrolled in the program. No student will be admitted after September 30. If at any time during the school
year, a student fails to meet these criteria, he/she will be withdrawn from Co-op and reassigned to classes at
Smyrna High School. For further information and clarification, contact any Business instructor.
         Student must be enrolled in all classes required for graduation.
         Student must be enrolled in a Business class related to his/her occupation.
         Student must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes (credits); Co-op counts as one of the
         five.
         Student must remain in five classes (credits) and a qualified job for the entire school year.
         A co-operative work agreement must be in place and signed by the student, his/her parents, the
         instructor, and the employer before the student may be dismissed early from school. Prior to that
         time the student will be assigned to and must attend study halls.
         In order to receive credit, students must maintain records of employment, complete job reports, and
         demonstrate satisfactory performance on the job and in the classroom.
         This may be an early release, after school, or evening situation.
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                                                  ENGLISH
The Smyrna High School English curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for
effective written and oral communication, for critical thought, and for the enjoyment and analysis of
literature.

In a four-year sequence of courses, students will complete a writing curriculum that begins with a review of
the writing process, paragraph development, writing mechanics, and research skills and culminates in
multi-paragraph essays, thesis papers, and research papers.

At all levels students will construct, examine, and extend the meaning of literary, informative, and technical
texts through listening, reading, and viewing. Students will access, organize and evaluate information.

Students will analyze literature for its literary, cultural, and historical significance to connect self to society
and culture. In a four-year period students will complete a study of various literary genres (poetry, essays,
short stories, novels, drama) as well as study American, British, and World Literature. Applied English
courses will be offered to non-college bound students who wish to practice career-oriented writing and
reading skills.

ENGLISH 1 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 9                                                                                         Credit: 1.0

This course emphasizes the basic skills of composition and reading comprehension. Students will review
paragraph structure and the multi-paragraph essay. Also, literary analysis skills are taught from a required
anthology and independent reading through our Accelerated Reader Program. Special attention will be
devoted to the Delaware State Standards and preparing students to take the Delaware Student Testing
Program (i.e. DSTP). A similar course (English 1 CP/Research) will have a research component
attached.

ENGLISH 1 HONORS
Grade Level: 9                                                                                         Credit: 1.0

English 1 Honors is an in-depth analysis of various literary genres. Of primary concern will be short
stories, novels and drama. The study of these various genres encompasses an appreciation of literature,
an awareness of major themes and ideas, and an insight into human experiences. Emphasis is on
vocabulary building, editing, discussing, organizing, and exploring ideas. Students will be expected to
work independently, correcting as they progress, to generate increasingly complex and polished products.

ENGLISH 2 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 10                                                                                        Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: English 1

This course is a chronological survey of American literature from Puritan times to the modern era.
Students will develop literary analysis skills as they examine both fictional and non-fictional literature for its
literary, cultural and historic significance. Since emphasis is also placed on developing skills for effective
written communication, students will write a variety of multi-paragraph forms including literary analysis,
creative compositions, and informal and formal essays. Special attention will be devoted to the Delaware
State Standards and preparing students to take the DSTP. A similar course (English 2 CP/Research)
will have a research component attached.




ENGLISH 2 HONORS
Grade Level: 10 Prerequisite: English 1                                                                Credit: 1.0
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This course is an in-depth analysis of American literature from the Puritan era to the present times.
Higher order thinking skills, problem solving, enrichment, and a more individualized approach to learning
are emphasized. The student will create thesis papers, oral analyses, and group presentations in addition
to the essay form to show understanding of both fiction and non-fiction forms of American literature and its
cultural and historical significance.

                                           ENGLISH 3 APPLIED
                                           Grade Level: 11
                                           Prerequisites: English 1, 2                Credit: 1.0

                                        English 3 Applied is a course designed to continue the
                                        development of reading comprehension, vocabulary, critical
                                        thinking, and speaking and writing skills. Students will study
                                        fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama from a required world
                                        literature anthology. Students will also employ the writing process
in multi-paragraph forms, such as descriptive, expository, comparison-contrast, and persuasive essays.

ENGLISH 3 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 11                                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: English 1, 2

English 3CP is a chronological survey of British literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century.
Students will develop literary analysis skills as they examine the various genre for its literary, cultural and
historical significance. Emphasis is also placed on effective writing skills. Students will write a variety of
multi-paragraph forms, including the informal essay, the formal essay, the thesis paper and the literary
exegesis. Oral reports and supplementary reading are also required. A similar course (English 3
CP/Research) will have a research component attached.

ENGLISH 3 HONORS
Grade Level: 11 Prerequisites: English 1,2                                                           Credit: 1.0

English 3 Honors is an accelerated chronological survey of British literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the
present. Higher order thinking skills, problem solving, enrichment, and an individualized approach to
learning are emphasized. Students will develop literary analysis skills as they examine various genre and
will cultivate an appreciation of its cultural and historical significance. Emphasis is also placed on writing a
variety of multi-paragraph forms, including the informal essay, the formal essay, and the literary exegesis.
Oral presentations and the reading of several novels are also required.

ENGLISH 4 APPLIED
Grade Level: 12                                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: English 1, 2, and 3.

English 4 Applied is designed to help students to refine written and oral communication skills for career
success. Students will complete a variety of career-oriented writing assignments including resumes,
business letters, and reports. A review of writing mechanics and punctuation will also be offered.
Students will develop reading skills through a study of fiction and non-fiction with a particular emphasis on
newspapers, journals, and magazines.




ENGLISH 4 CP
Grade Level: 12                                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: English 1, 2, and 3(CP)
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World literature is surveyed through cultural groups (African, Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese, Japanese,
Persian, and Arab) and literary periods (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism
and Twentieth Century). Critical thinking and communication skills are integrated with the literature study;
the major writing project is a research paper. THIS COURSE IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN ENGLISH 3 COLLEGE PREP.

CRITICAL READING & WRITING (E110/4 HONORS)
Grade Level: 12                                                                                       Credit: 1.0

This one year course is designed to give eligible students the opportunity to earn college level English
credit. It is essentially the same course offered to freshman at the University of Delaware. It will cover
expository and argumentative composition through analyses of selected literary works. Much time is
spent on writing problems including such items as grammar, fundamentals, rhetorical strategies,
paragraph organization and the mechanics of a term paper.

ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 12                                                                         Credit: 1.0
Required: Assigned Summer Reading

This AP course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.
Through close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use
language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s
structure, style and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language,
imagery, symbolism and tone. Extensive reading and writing will be associated with this class. Through
this course, students will be given the opportunity to earn college credit. The Advanced Placement
Examination for this course will be offered in May.

JOURNALISM
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                    Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: English 1 CP or HONORS

Journalism/Newspaper is a course designed to provide interested students with the mechanics and
journalistic aptitudes needed to produce a high school newspaper. Its primary objectives are to
understand what constitutes news and to understand the standards of good newspaper practice. The
student will be able to conduct and write interviews, news stories, feature stories, sports stories, effective
editorials, headlines, and to evaluate films, concerts and plays. The study of journalism ethics is also
pursued. This course may not be used as an English credit for graduation.

CREATIVE WRITING
Grade Level: 11, 12                                                                                   Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: English 1

Creative Writing is a one semester elective for which each student will complete poetry, a one act play,
and a short story. Emphasis is on developing the self-discipline necessary to write creatively using the
three step writing process. Additional emphasis will be on analyzing literature for the purpose of
incorporating in personal writing. Evaluation is on effort, self-discipline, readiness for conferences, the
writing itself, and a final portfolio of revised works. This course may not be used as an English credit for
graduation.




SAT PREPARATION (VERBAL)
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                 Credit: 0.25
Prerequisite: English 1
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This course presents a review of English skills necessary for the SAT I. Simulated and actual SATs are
used for practice and are scored. The course may not count as an English credit toward graduation.

LEGENDS AND FANTASY                                                                           Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 10-12

This course will examine the most famous legends and myths of all time and the genre of fantasy (Harry
Potter) will also be explored. The course will culminate with an analytical paper and a project. The course
may not count as an English credit toward graduation.

LITERATURE and FILM                                                                           Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 11-12

This semester course is designed to allow students to analyze and interpret literature and investigate its
on-screen adaptation. Students will read pieces of classic and contemporary literature. After thorough in-
depth classroom discussion about theme, symbolism, and literary qualities, the class will view the film of
the same story. Students will participate in discussion activities that compare and contrast the themes
and characters in the literature with their manifestation in the film. Each student will be required to write a
minimum of five (5) comparative essays. The course may not count as an English credit toward
graduation

SONG LYRICS AS POETRY                                                                         Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 11-12

Students taking this course will examine song lyrics as poetry. They will analyze the song lyrics of a
variety of performers to determine in what ways their work is similar to more traditional concepts of poetry.
Over the course of a semester, students will participate in whole class discussions, write a minimum of
five essays, and complete at least one major project. Students will also have the opportunity to bring in
song lyrics of their own choosing to analyze with the class. This course may not count as an English credit
toward graduation.

YEARBOOK
Grade level: 9-12                                                                             Credit: 1.0

   All phases of producing a yearbook (layout design, copy writing, meeting deadlines, sales, theme and
cover development, photography, editing, proof reading, page organization, research and interviewing) will
be assumed by each staff member at some time during the course. The course emphasizes teamwork,
individual initiative, neatness and accuracy. Skills in recordkeeping, keyboarding, art, photography,
journalism or mathematics are highly recommended. Procedures for grading are available from the faculty
advisors. It may not count as an English credit toward graduation.



                       ( Theatre 1,2 and 3 course descriptions are on p. 57)
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                                     FOREIGN LANGUAGE
In view of the importance of foreign language instruction to the nation's economic, political and security
needs and the many other personal benefits to be accrued by its study, the staff at Smyrna High School
recommends that as many students as possible have the opportunity to learn a language other than
English.

The goal of foreign language study is to prepare young people to become culturally sensitive and
communicatively competent students, travelers, and/or workers in other societies and cultures of the
world. At the same time, it is hoped that foreign language study will help students interact positively and
more effectively with native speakers of the languages in this country. Finally, it is also hoped that, as a
result of foreign language study, the students will become more enlightened and productive citizens in the
global community. The study of foreign language at Smyrna High School is part of the college preparatory
study program. Four years are offered in both French and Spanish.

FRENCH/SPANISH (YEAR 1) COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0

Year one concentrates attention on introductory phrases of language learning. An important task for all
beginners centers on sound-discrimination and imitation of native sounds for which the English language
has no equivalent, and using the target language within a limited vocabulary. Cultural and background
information concerning the language being studied, as well as the countries in which the language is being
spoken as a first language, is supplied by the text, by the teacher, and by supplementary materials.
Students should expect to be assigned regular study tasks which will include both oral and written work.
Vocabulary must be memorized and grammatical exercises practiced and studied.

FRENCH/SPANISH (YEAR 2) COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                             Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Year 1

Year two of the language continues to stress understanding of the spoken language as well as speaking
within the limitations of the vocabulary and grammar presented. Reading and writing of familiar materials
are stressed. Students are expected to respond freely and to be involved in spontaneous language
exchanges. Students will also consider the cultural heritage and problems, both social and environmental,
of countries in which the language is spoken as a first language. Assignments are regular and will be
made from the textbook. By the end of year two, the major grammar of the language is completed.

FRENCH/SPANISH (YEAR 3) COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                             Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Year 1 & 2

In year three the students continue to build vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Additional points of grammar, including some structures used mainly in writing, are developed. Writing
moves in the direction of controlled composition with focus on stylistic matters. Cultural material is
integrated into the program and may form the basis of students' free conversation or spontaneous student
reaction. Assignments are from supplementary readings, which may also be used during semester 5 and
6. The course is conducted in the target language as much as possible.




SPANISH 3 (Pre-AP)
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                          Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Spanish 1 and 2
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This course provides a fast-paced opportunity for students to enhance the Spanish they have developed in
Spanish 1 and 2 and is an academically rigorous class requiring dedication and enthusiasm. Much of the
learning will come from the student’s own desire and willingness to use Spanish in and out of class,
focusing on the refinement of grammatical structures with complex vocabulary. In addition, speaking,
reading, listening and writing will be further developed through constant practice and the course will be
conducted in the target language as much as possible. Upon completion of this course, students should
be well prepared for Spanish Language Advanced Placement.

FRENCH/SPANISH (YEAR 4) COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Year 1, 2, 3

During year four, the emphasis shifts to increased reading comprehension, discussion, and personal
opinions. Current cultural material is integrated into the course. Assignments will be made regularly from
the textbook, the exercise book or from supplementary assignments based on specific topics studied.
The text may be used or may be replaced by other materials. The course is conducted in the target
language as much as possible.

SPANISH LANGUAGE ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 11,12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Year 1, 2, 3
Required: Summer Reading

AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop their proficiency in all four language
areas: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The course is designed to be comparable to an
advanced-level college/university Spanish class. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading
comprehension, grammar, and composition. Course objectives include: the ability to comprehend formal
and informal spoken Spanish, the acquisition of vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy,
accurate reading of authentic Spanish materials, the ability to compose expository passages in Spanish,
and the ability to express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency.


SPANISH CULTURE AND LITERATURE HONORS
Grade Level: 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Spanish Language Advanced Placement

In Spanish Culture and Literature Honors, students who have already taken Spanish AP will have the
opportunity to further their language skills, with specific focus on reading comprehension and cultural
awareness. To accomplish this goal, they will be exposed to a variety of Spanish literary pieces, as well as
Spanish culture, art, history and geography. In addition, this course will provide listening comprehension
practice using authentic Spanish dialogues and opportunities to engage in conversational Spanish. There
will also be opportunities to increase writing competency and review Spanish grammar.




                               FUNDAMENTAL EDUCATION
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The Special Education Department of Smyrna High has two main goals. The first goal is for each student
to be employable. Achievement of this goal may mean a student is ready for the working world upon
graduation or that the student is ready for more training or higher education through the Delaware
Transition Program. The second goal is to help each student reach his or her full educational potential.
This would include enough credits for a regular diploma or, if not, to accomplish the greatest number of
competencies and to receive a record of performance at graduation.

In order to accomplish those goals our department has developed a variety of levels of service. Each
student has an individual plan which may include regular and special classes (all counting toward
graduation) depending upon academic and emotional needs. All classes are aimed in the same direction
as the regular classes with emphasis on individual achievement. Four years of English, three years of
social studies, three years of math (four, beginning with the Class of 2011), and three years of science
are offered by our department. Students are encouraged to raise their reading and math levels, organize
their school time and make career choices. Our department prides itself on positive student-teacher
interaction and parent involvement.

FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH 9
Grade Level: 9 – 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0

In this course, the students will develop their word recognition techniques and comprehension skills.
Students will review paragraph structure and the multi-paragraph structure essay. Literary skills will be
taught through anthology and independent reading through our Accelerated Reader Program. Special
attention will be devoted to the Delaware State Standards and preparing students for the DSTP.

FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH 10
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0

In this course, the students will study American Literature from Puritan times to the modern era. The
students will develop literary skills by examining both fictional and non-fictional literature for its literary,
cultural, and historic significance. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills for effective written
communication, so students will write a variety of multi-paragraph forms. Special attention will be devoted
to the Delaware State Standards and preparing students to take the DSTP.

FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH 11,12
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0

This full year course provides review and reinforcement of word recognition, comprehension and
reference skills. Literature is incorporated into the curriculum to help the student gain an understanding
and appreciation of literary works, as well as, to develop vocabulary and reading skills. Instruction is also
provided to develop effective writing skills including correct grammar usage, sentence and paragraph
writing, social and business letter writing, spelling, capitalization and punctuation skills.


CONSUMER MATH
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0

Consumer Math attempts to expand the student’s application of math skills with real life situations both in
the world of work as well as in their personal lives. It provides the student with understanding of such
skills as payroll, banking skills, loans, and credit in order establish an independent lifestyle. Knowledge is
gained through reading, discussion and practice. Within these life skills, basic math operations are
reinforced.




FUNDAMENTAL INTEGRATED ALG/GEOM 1
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
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This is a course that provides the student with introductory knowledge to algebraic equations through
various strategies. One such strategy is learned through Operations. Through this course they build a
foundation in order to learn higher mathematical skills. In this course, the students learn how to analyze
graphs and begin an introduction to geometric patterns. Hands-on activities and math tools help to
provide the student with visual understanding of the subject matter as well as to provide real life use of
algebraic skills.


FUNDAMENTAL INTEGRATED ALG/GEOM 2
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

Fundamental Integrated Alg/Geom 2 promotes learning through real world applications that use actual life
situations as a starting point. Students become discoverers as they learn in two areas of the geometry
strands, one being Orientation and Navigation while the other is Shape and Construction. The use of
math tools such as protractors and compasses help to provide real life use of geometry skills as well as
hands-on learning and visual understanding of the subject matter.

FUNDAMENTAL WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

World Geography is the study of the surface of the earth, its landforms and oceans, climates, natural
resources, people and industries. Students are first introduced to basic geographic principles, concepts,
and tools that will be used throughout the course. The rest of the course is devoted to the various culture
regions of the world concentrating on such characteristics as background, climate, topography, natural
resources, economic development, cultural influences, and standard of living. Emphasis is placed on the
study of the United States by regions. Current events are discussed weekly.

FUNDAMENTAL CIVICS AND ECONOMICS
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

This course is designed to present a thorough understanding of American Government at all levels, and
assist students in realizing their role in our modern Economic System. Students will explore the major
concepts and issues that are part of the Free Enterprise System, and compare governments and
economic systems of the world. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and critical thinking.
Students will analyze primary documents and statistics, and be required to make decisions based on their
analysis. Higher-order thinking and writing skills are emphasized.

FUNDAMENTAL UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

This is a one-year course required for graduation. It provides a chronological study of the history of the
United States from the Civil War to the present. Critical analysis of historical material is stressed, in
addition to the synthesis of historical data. Verbal and literary skill development is emphasized through
the use of assignments and class work.



FUNDAMENTAL SCIENCE 1
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

Fundamental Science 1 is a physical science course that allows the student to study motion, forces, forces
in fluids, work and machines, energy and power, and thermal energy and heat. This course lays the
foundation in order for students to further build on their scientific knowledge. The skills covered in this
course will include observing, inferring, predicting, classifying, communicating, measuring, calculating,
creating data tables, and graphing.


FUNDAMENTAL SCIENCE 2
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
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Fundamental Science 2 will allow the student to study three major areas of science. The areas that they
will be exploring are: the nature of science and evolution, chemistry, genetics, and biotechnology. The
course is based on information that the students have gained from prior science classes, and will, in turn,
help them with their future scientific knowledge.

FUNDAMENTAL SCIENCE 3
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                Credit: 1.0

Fundamental Science 3 provides the student with an understanding of Earth and its components.
Students gain knowledge of the interactions between earth and its systems. Students also study the flow
of matter and energy as it affects the ecosystems. Lab activities are utilized to give the student a more
hands-on experience in order to develop a better understanding of the world around them.

FUNDAMENTAL KEYBOARDING
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                Credit: 2.0

This is the introductory course for students, where they will learn proper fingering at the keyboard and the
basics of problem formatting. Students who complete the course will have learned to key by touch, format
letters, envelopes, memos, personal notes, and key with emphasis on accuracy and speed. STUDENTS
MAY EARN THE COMPUTER LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT MANDATED BY THE
DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS CLASS.


MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 1
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                Credit: 1.0

The course will cover the basic use of video equipment, its care and maintenance. Students will learn
problem solving and team approach to working together to produce videos.

MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 2
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                Credit: 1.0

Communication Technology will let students discover the five basic communication systems: data
communication, technical design, optic systems, graphic production and audio visual systems. Each
system is discussed and applications are presented on its use.

FUNDAMENTAL HEALTH
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                  Credit: 0.5

Fundamental Health is a one-semester course involving the study of one’s physical, emotional, and
mental well-being. Topics discussed will include physical fitness, first-aid, self-esteem, nutrition, emotional
health, growth and development, substance abuse, and diseases.



DIVERSIFIED OCCUPATIONS
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0

Diversified Occupations will prepare the students to get and keep a job, to set goals, explore careers and
plan for full time work. They will study the issues of living on their own, including money management. In
cooperation with our local transition team, students will become aware of public services available to help
those with serious personal and/or family problems. They will also realize the importance of on-the-job
safety. Included in the course will be practical activities such as filling out application forms, preparing
budgets, and balancing bank statements. On-the-job training will be provided through a cooperative work-
study plan with local businesses and state agencies, such as the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill.


FUNDAMENTAL DRIVER EDUCATION
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                Credit: 0.25
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On successful completion of this course, a student will be able to use a motor vehicle in a safe, efficient
and effective manner.




                                        HUMAN SERVICES

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Human Services is one of the fastest growing career fields of the 21 century. This curriculum will prepare
students for postsecondary opportunities in the fields of education, childcare, health, public safety and
many other related areas. This programs serves students preparing to work with children (Early Childhood
Pathway) or those preparing to work in other helping professions (Human Services)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                     Credit: 1.0

This course is recommended as the entry point for all pathways in the Human Services Program. The
physical, intellectual, emotional and social domains of development from prenatal through mature
adulthood will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the family and community in meeting
the needs of its members as they progress through various stages of development. Students are required
to participate in projects and develop a portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to participate in
leadership activities through the student organization, FCCLA.

HUMAN SERVICES
Grade Level: 10-12 or teacher permission                                            Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Human Development or teacher permission

This course is the second level of the Human Services Pathway. Students will become aware of careers in
the helping professions, as well as gain knowledge and skills related to communications, decision-making,
personality development, goal setting, nutrition, healthy choices and resource management. Students are
required to participate in projects and develop a portfolio. They will also have the opportunity to participate
in leadership activities through the student organization, FCCLA.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Grade Level: 11,12 or teacher permission                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Human Development, Human Services or teacher permission

This is the third course in the Human Services pathway. Students will have the opportunity to continue and
deepen their exploration of careers related to helping families and the community. They will build upon
their understanding of human developement and behavior as they research the services available through
local, state and federal agencies to meet human needs. Opportunities may become available for
interactions with individuals with special needs through career-related field trips and job-shadowing
experiences. Students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities through the student
organization, FCCLA.
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EXPLORING CHILDHOOD 1
Grade Level: 10-12 or teacher permission
Pre-requisite: Human Development or teacher permission                                       Credit: 1.0

This course is recommended as the second level of the Early Childhood Pathway. Students will study the
development of the child from infant through preschooler and related career opportunities will be explored.
Various resources will be used to enable students to meet the entry-level requirements for employment in
a childcare setting. Students are required to participate in projects, hands-on activities and develop a
portfolio. Opportunities for field trips or observations may become available during the year. Students will
have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities through the student organization, FCCLA.


EXPLORING CHILDHOOD 2
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                         Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Human Development, Exploring Childhood 1 or teacher permission

This is the third course in the Early Childhood pathway. During this course, students will build on the child
development knowledge and skills introduced in Human Development and Exploring Childhood 1.
Students will plan projects for use in a variety of childcare settings and emphasis will be placed on the
needs of school-age youth. A portfolio and other hands-on activities are required for success in this
course. Opportunities for field trips or observations may become available during the school year.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities through the student organization,
FCCLA.




                          JOBS FOR DELAWARE GRADUATES
JDG is a program designed to help students reach academic and career goals. The curriculum includes
16 school-to-work transition competencies per year. All JDG students are eligible for membership in
Delaware Career Association (DCA), a youth organization that enhances the classroom instruction with
field trips, group activities, guest speakers, and state conferences. The four goals of the DCA are
leadership development, citizenship service, social awareness, and career preparation.

The JDG Specialist will be available to assist students each day of the school year, as well as the summer
and twelve months after graduation, to help students find jobs in the career of their choice.

In order to schedule all JDG courses, students must meet enrollment criteria approved by the
JDG Specialist and school counselor.

JDG GRADE 9
Grade Level: 9                                                                                     Credit: 1.0

The JDG Grade 9 course assists students in establishing academic and career goals. Classroom
activities include study skills, personal grooming, goal plans, positive attitude, image assessment,
autobiography, group dynamics, conflict resolution, life skills math, career path, leadership, decision-
making and coping with change.


JDG GRADE 10
Grade Level: 10                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
The tenth grade JDG course stresses development of life skills. Curriculum competencies include
teamwork, courtesy and respect, goal-setting, money management, problem-solving, customer
service,workplace diversity, workplace math, entrepreneurship, career interests, insurance, values
clarification and job application.

JDG GRADE 11
Grade Level: 11                                                                                    Credit: 1.0
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The eleventh grade course provides training in critical thinking skills needed for career success The
curriculum includes career vocabulary, listening skills, resume, sources of jobs, telephone skills, stress
management, personal budgeting, self-directed search, career manual, verbal presentations, critical
thinking, constructive criticism and professional ethics.

JDG GRADE 12
Grade Level: 12                                                                                    Credit: 1.0

This course includes work on: time management, letter of application, career attire, employment interview,
job survival, business etiquette, employee rights, performance evaluations, pay and benefits, financial
planning, career travel, letter of resignation and career portfolio. Each senior will develop a Career
Portfolio that includes a resume with references, sample job application and commendations. If approved
by the school counselor, the student may schedule JDG co-op ONLY if JDG is the student’s
pathway.


COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
Grade Level: 12                                                                              Credit: 0.25 - 1.0

Any senior JDG student who meets the following criteria may elect to participate in the JDG Co-op Work
Experience program. If at any time during the school year, a student fails to meet these criteria, he/she will
be withdrawn from Co-op and reassigned to classes at Smyrna High School. For further information and
clarification, contact the JDG instructor.
          Student must be enrolled in all classes required for graduation.
          Student must be enrolled in a JDG class related to his/her occupation; JDG must be the pathway.
          Student must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes (credits); Co-op counts as one of the five.
          Student must remain in five classes (credits) and a qualified job for the entire school year.
          A co-operative work agreement must be in place and signed by the student, his/her parents, the
          instructor, and the employer before the student may be dismissed early from school. Prior to that
          time the student will be assigned to and must attend study halls.
          In order to receive credit, students must maintain records of employment, complete job reports, and
          demonstrate satisfactory performance on the job and in the classroom.
          This may be an early release, after school, or evening situation.




                                           MATHEMATICS
The Mathematics Department at Smyrna High School provides a range of course offerings designed to
prepare students for future academic and vocational success, by empowering them with the structure,
theories, and tools of mathematics. Students in the advanced mathematics program should select
Algebra 1 in grade 7 or 8, Geometry in grade 9, Algebra 2 in grade 8 or l0, Pre-Calculus in grade 11, and
Calculus or Statistics in grade 12. Other college-bound students should start with Algebra 1 in grade 9
and end with Pre-calculus as seniors. All students must successfully complete at least three mathematics
courses (four, beginning with the Class of 2011) to fulfill district graduation requirements and are
strongly encouraged to select additional offerings.


INTEGRATED ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY 1 College Prep
Grade Level: 9                                                                                     Credit: 1.0

The first course in a three-year series, it integrates early content from first-year algebra, geometry,
measurement, statistics and probability. Concepts are developed through career, consumer, trade,
professional and technical applications. Chapter themes engage students in practical activities that
illustrate the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY 2 College Prep
Grade Level: 10                                                                                    Credit: 1.0
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Prerequisite: Integrated Algebra/Geometry 1

This is the second course in a three-year program described in Integrated Math I. Topics will include
solving of linear equations, using the distributive property, study of linear functions, inequalities, absolute
value, solving systems of equations, matrices, exponential functions, finding the perimeter, volume and
surface area of geometric figures, transformations and basic geometry (i.e, the Pythagorean Theorem,
trigonometry, etc…).


INTEGRATED ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY 3 College Prep                                                            Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Integrated Algebra/Geometry 2

This is the third year of an integrated math program designed to implement the vision of high school
mathematics portrayed in the national standard of mathematics. The curriculum features four strands of
studied by fundamental themes such as symmetry, recursion, function, data analysis, and curve-fitting
with deeper insights sought, and an emphasis on higher–level problem solving skills. The four strands
include algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, and discrete
mathematics. This modern curriculum engages students in collaborative group work, construction and
communication of diverse mathematical insights, mathematical modeling and problem solving. The
graphics calculator remains an integral part of most lessons as it permits multiple representations of data.
Students play a very active and responsible role in their own discovery of mathematical patterns and
concepts.


ALGEBRA 1 CP
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

This course is designed to give the student the opportunity to develop fundamental algebraic skills and
concepts. Topics in this course include symbols and sets, linear equations, negative numbers,
inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing, and quadratic equations.


GEOMETRY CP
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                                  Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Equivalent

This course includes Euclidean and coordinate Geometry. Topics covered include developmental logic
problems through inductive/deductive reasoning, theorems dealing with triangles, quadrilaterals, and
polygons, areas of polygons and circles, and volumes of solids.



ALGEBRA 2 CP
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Geometry CP or Equivalent

Algebra 2 CP is a continuation of Algebra 1 CP. Topics covered range from basic concepts of algebra to
exponential and logarithmic functions. Inequalities, linear equations, factors of polynomials, rational
expressions, irrational and complex numbers, variation, quadratic equations and analytic geometry are
some of the topics reviewed, expanded or introduced.




PRE-CALCULUS CP
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
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Prerequisite: Algebra 2 CP

This one-year course is designed to prepare the college bound student for entry-level college calculus.
Topics covered in this course include functions and their graphs, the circular and trigonometric functions,
probability, sequences and series, statistics, polar coordinates and complex numbers, conic sections,
vectors and determinants.

CALCULUS COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus College Prep

This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics,
including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. The course will include the
study of the rate of change of functions, formal differentiation with applications, integration with
applications and transcendental functions.

CALCULUS ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 12                                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus College Prep

This Advanced Placement course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college
preparatory mathematics, including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry.
The course will include the study of the rate of change of functions, formal differentiation with applications,
integration with applications and transcendental functions. Students are expected to take the Advanced
Placement Examination in May.


STATISTICS ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level 11-12                                                                                Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Recommended: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

This Advanced Placement course is designed for students with a strong background in Algebra. Topics
will include, but not be limited to, an introduction to statistics, the frequency distribution, the measures of
central tendency, the measures of dispersion, an introduction to probability, the normal and binomial
distributions, an introduction to sampling and statistical inference, the technical problems of sampling,
statistical inference and the testing of hypotheses, additional methods of testing hypotheses, time series
and trend fitting, and correlation and regression. Students are expected to take the AP Exam in May.


COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (JAVA) 1
Grade Level: 9 -12                                                                                   Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Algebra 1

This course uses self-paced tutorials that teaches computer programming principles using the Java
Language, including data types, control statements, object-oriented programming, classes, GUI (graphic
user interface) concepts, event-driven programming.


COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (JAVA) 2
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                              Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Computer Programming (JAVA) 1

This course is a continuation of Computer Programming 1, introducing the use of database and Web
Applications, and Graphics. After completing the course the student will be able to program in Java and
employ its cross-platform capabilities.
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SAT PREPARATION (MATHEMATICS)
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                          Credit: 0.25
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and one semester of Geometry or equivalent.

This course presents a refresher of basic skills, algebra, and geometry, test taking strategies, critical
thinking skills and problem solving. Simulated and actual SATs are used for practice and are scored. Use
of the graphing calculator is reinforced. This course will not count as a mathematics credit toward
graduation.
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                                     MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Music courses provide an educational and enriching musical experience for everyone involved in them.
By offering a variety of courses and musical experiences, we endeavor to meet the needs and interests of
our students. Qualities such as musicianship, commitment, responsibility, pride, leadership, and positive
attitude are vitally important and central to what we do.

MARCHING/SYMPHONIC BAND
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Experience on instrument, audition, MUST be able to read music

This yearlong course is offered during the school day as a full credit course (Aug-June). Students earn
their grade by fulfilling various requirements. Band is a co-curricular subject, which means that many
required activities take place beyond the normal school day. These include football games, concerts,
parades and competitions. This is a performance-oriented class, which means that the previously
mentioned activities are a major part of a student’s grade. In order to prepare for the marching band
portion of the school year, each student is expected to attend band camp, which is held for one week in
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August. During marching band season (1 MP), students must also attend Monday and Wednesday night
rehearsals.

SYMPHONIC BAND
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                             Credit: 0.75
Prerequisites: Experience on instrument, audition, MUST be able to read music

Symphonic Band is offered during the school day for 3 marking periods (Nov-June). Students earn their
grade by fulfilling various requirements. Band is a co-curricular subject, which means that many required
activities take place beyond the normal school day (i.e. – concerts). This is a performance-oriented class,
which means that the previously mentioned activities are a major part of a student’s grade.

COLOR GUARD
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                             Credit: 0.25
Prerequisite: Audition in spring

Color Guard is a MP 1 course in conjunction with the marching band season. It incorporates elements of
dance as well as flag and weapon work. Color guard is a co-curricular subject, which means that many
required activities take place beyond the normal school day. This includes parades, football games and
competitions. This is a performance-oriented class, which means that the previously mentioned activities
are a major part of a student’s grade. In order to prepare for the marching band portion of the school year,
each student is required to attend band camp, which is held for one week in August. During marching
band season, students must also attend Monday and Wednesday night rehearsals.

CHORUS
Grade Level: 9 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Experience in singing, audition

Chorus is offered during the school day as a full credit course. Chorus members perform a wide variety of
musical works. The chorus has in previous years performed works in Spanish, Latin, Swahili, and, of
course, English. Styles include pop, jazz, swing, ballads, “classical” and many more. During rehearsals,
members learn and practice vocal techniques to improve their singing ability. This is a performance-
oriented class meaning that major parts of a student’s grade are from the performances that may or may
not be scheduled during the school day. (i.e – concerts)
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MUSIC THEORY
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                     Credit: 0.5

Music theory is an introductory course delving into the manner in which music is written. No previous
musical knowledge or experience is required. Students will begin by learning to name notes in bass and
treble clef. Note values, rhythms, intervals, scale and chord construction, voice leading, cadences and
part writing will also be covered. Students should be able to arrange short melodies for various small
groups of voices and instruments by the end of the course.




                     PHYSICAL / HEALTH / DRIVER EDUCATION
Physical Education 1 and 2 are required for graduation. Physical Education 1 covers various team sports
and basic physical fitness concepts. Physical Education 2 progresses to more advanced team sport
situations, the introduction of several individual sports, and lifetime fitness skills. Lifetime Sports is an
elective course for the more advanced student who has successfully completed physical education 1 and
2. This course emphasizes individual sports and fitness activities. BFS (Bigger, Faster, Stronger) is an
elective course that provides students with an opportunity to learn more about weight training. Due to
safety regulations, students must meet the required dress code to receive credit for all physical
education courses.

Health is a course also required for graduation. Topics to be covered include drug education, emergency
first aid, cardiovascular systems, diseases and human sexuality.

Driver Education classroom instruction deals with driver behavior and physical characteristics (reaction
time, sight and its limitations, effects of alcohol and drugs, etc.), the motor vehicle in today's world, rules of
the road, laws of physics related to driving, the automobile and its maintenance, the development of
driving skills, perceptual abilities and attitudes. On the road instruction includes teacher demonstrations
and student practice in starting, stopping, steering, backing, shifting gears, making turns, and parking.
Beginning under simple conditions, instruction progresses until the student acquires good habits of
observation and reasonable skill in driving (1) upon urban streets and open highways; (2) in accord with
rules of the road; and (3) showing a courteous consideration for other street and highway users.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                     Credit: 0.5

Physical Education 1 is a one semester course required for graduation. This course is designed to
familiarize students with the rules, basic skills and team play concept in various team and individual
sports. The elements of physical fitness will be stressed through a student fitness journal. Emphasis is
placed on participation and concept development.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                Credit: 0.5

Physical Education 2 is a one semester course required for graduation. A variety of team sports will be
covered with an emphasis on basic skills, participation, and team strategy. Two or more individual sports
will be covered. The components of physical fitness will be covered using a fitness journal. The required
courses PE 1 and PE 2 should not be taken the same school year, with the exception of the senior year, if
necessary.

LIFETIME SPORTS
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Physical Education 1 and 2

The emphasis in this course is on individual activities that can be enjoyed with a minimum of equipment
and which encourage students to remain physically active throughout their lives.


BFS (Bigger, Faster, Stronger)
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                                 Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: PE 1,2

BFS provides students an opportunity to learn more about physical fitness and weight training. The
students will perform various forms of exercises, running, and physical activities. Students will use a chart
to track their progress. This course can be taken a maximum of two (2) semesters.

HEALTH
Grade Level: 9-12                                                                                 Credit: 0.5

Objectives of the health program include the study of drugs, emergency first aid, cardiovascular systems,
diseases and human sexuality.


DRIVER EDUCATION
Grade Level: 10                                                                                  Credit: 0.25
Prerequisite: Only students in grade 10 homerooms are eligible.

On successful completion of this course, a student will be able to use a motor vehicle in a safe, efficient
and effective manner.
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                                               SCIENCE
The science requirement for freshmen at Smyrna High School is Science 1. Based upon previous science
skills and mathematics proficiency, students will be placed in an academic or honors section. Upon
successful completion of this course, students take Science 2 as sophomores. Beginning with the
Class of 2010, the third science graduation credit must be obtained through enrollment in any
Chemistry course or Science 3. Serious students who are preparing for careers in the sciences should
take two or more science courses such as Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science or
Chemistry 2 as juniors or seniors. Students may also choose electives such as Oceanography, Chemistry
AP or Biology AP to round out their science knowledge.


SCIENCE 1 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 9                                                                                    Credit: 1.0

Science 1 College Prep is a full year course that covers the following topics: motion, force and
mechanical energy; properties and structure of matter; and the interaction of matter and energy in Earth’s
systems. The standards-based instruction of this course is designed to improve student achievement by
defining what students should know and be able to do in terms that are specific and translatable to daily
classroom practice.

SCIENCE 1 HONORS
Grade Level: 9                                                                                    Credit: 1.0

Science 1 Honors is designed for the college-bound student with a strong math and science background.
Topics in this course include: motion, force and mechanical energy; properties and structure of matter;
and the interaction of matter and energy in Earth’s systems. The standards-based instruction of this
course is designed to improve student achievement by defining what students should know and be able to
do in terms that are specific and translatable to daily classroom practice.

In addition Honors students will be required to complete outside research projects and /or participate in
Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, DuPont Essay Challenge, or Quiz Bowl. The emphasis for the
Honors student is the scientific literacy which is needed to participate in today’s technological world.

SCIENCE 2 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Science 1 College Prep

Designed for the college-bound student with a strong background in math and science, Science 2 College
Prep is a full-year course that covers the following topics: chemical reactions; chemical reactions and
energy transfer in life processes; cell structures and function, biochemistry; transmission of genetic
information from cell to cell and from generation to generation; and evolution. The standards-based
instruction of this course is designed to improve student achievement by defining what students should
know and be able to do in terms that are specific and translatable to daily classroom practice.

SCIENCE 2 HONORS
Grade Level: 10                                                                                   Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Science 1 Honors.

Science 2 Honors is a full-year course that covers the following topics: chemical reactions; chemical
reactions and energy transfer in life processes; cell structures and function, biochemistry; transmission of
genetic information from cell to cell and from generation to generation; and evolution. The standards-
based instruction of this course is designed for the college-bound student with a strong background in
math and science.
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BIOLOGY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 11,12                                                                             Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Science 2, be enrolled in or have already passed Chemistry
Preferred: B or better in Science 2 Honors or CP
Required: Summer Assignment

This course is designed to cover in-depth subject material to allow a college-bound student a chance to
experience a duplicate of a first-year college-level class and possibly earn college credits while still in hgh
school. The course is fast-paced, yet provides a rigorous comprehensive biology curriculum. Laboratory
work will be used to allow the student to develop an understanding of the processes from which facts and
theories are derived. Students are expected to take the AP exam in May; the fee for the test is borne by
the student.


SCIENCE 3
Grade Level: 11                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Science 1 and Science 2

This course is based upon the Delaware Science Standards and covers the following topics: 1) the
nature and application of science and technology, 2) materials and their properties and 3) energy and
its effects. 4) introductory physics and chemistry. (Starting with the Class of 2010, this course or
Chemistry is required for graduation.)

CHEMISTRY 1 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 10 - 12                                                                                Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Previous/concurrent Enrollment in Algebra 2

Chemistry 1 College Prep is a full-year course that covers the following topics: measurement, matter and
its changes, atomic structure, electron arrangement, Periodic Law, chemical bonds, chemical
composition, equations and mass relationships, gas laws, liquids, solids, and water. In this course there is
a strong emphasis on mathematical relationships. The standards-based instruction of this course is
designed to improve student achievement by defining what students should know and be able to do in
terms that are specific and translatable to daily classroom practice.

CHEMISTRY 1 HONORS
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                                Credit: 1.0

Chemistry 1 Honors is a full-year course that moves at a faster pace than the college preparatory level.
The course covers the following topics: measurement, matter and its changes, atomic structure, electron
arrangement, Periodic Law, chemical bonds, chemical composition, equations and mass relationships,
gas laws, liquids, solids, water, reaction rates, acid/base chemistry, and thermochemistry. In this course
there is a strong emphasis on mathematical relationships. The standards-based instruction of this course
is designed to improve student achievement by defining what students should know and be able to do in
terms that are specific and translatable to daily classroom practice.

CHEMISTRY 2 COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 12                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Chemistry 1 College Prep

Chemistry 2 College Prep is a full-year course that covers the following topics: saturated hydrocarbons,
unsaturated hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones,
carboxylic acids and esters, and amines and amides. In this course there is a strong emphasis on
mathematical relationships. The standards-based instruction of this course is designed to improve
student achievement by defining what students should know and be able to do in terms that are specific
and translatable to daily classroom practice.
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CHEMISTRY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                          Credit:1.0
Prerequisite: Previous/Concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus

AP Chemistry is a full year course that covers the following topics: Structure of Matter, States of Matter,
Reactions, Descriptive Chemistry and a Laboratory portion. In this course there is a strong emphasis on
the mathematical relationships.



PHYSICS COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                             Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Previous/concurrent Enrollment in Algebra 2

Physics invites students to join the adventure of understanding the world in which they live. They will
develop an insight into the principles of physics such as mechanics, light, wave motion and electricity.
These principles can then be used to explain how toys, musical instruments, and motors work. Each
marking period the student will be asked to complete a balsa wood structure project, and may work with
another student in its completion.


OCEANOGRAPHY
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0

Oceanography is a full-year course electivedesigned to help students meet the state performance
indicators and fulfill the requirement for a third year of science. (Class of 2009 only) The course will look
at aspects of physical oceanography, astronomy, plate tectonics, and the physics of SCUBA and undersea
exploration as well as ocean ecology, marine organisms and our role in undersea exploration.


FORENSIC SCIENCE CP-CRIMINALISTICS                                                            Credit: 1.0
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Science 1 and 2

This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to apply principles and techniques from the
physical and natural sciences to the analysis of crime-scene evidence. Topics to be covered include,
Forensic toxicology, body fluids, fingerprints, trace evidence, and firearms evidence.


ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY CP                                                                        Credit: 1.0
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Science 2 CP

This course is designed for students who are interested in going into the health related programs such as
medicine, health services, sports medicine, or physical therapy. Topics include a basic study of the human
body’s systems, movement analysis, and understanding of homeostasis.
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                                          SOCIAL STUDIES
The Social Studies Department at Smyrna High School offers a solid core curriculum in addition to
challenging and interesting electives. A minimum of three credits in Social Studies is required for
graduation.

At the ninth grade level, all students must take a full year of World Geography. World Geography is
offered at two degrees of difficulty: college preparatory or honors level.

All tenth grade students must take a full year of United States History. Three levels are offered in U. S.
History: college preparatory, honors and advanced placement, with advanced placement offered to
juniors and seniors.

At the eleventh grade level, students must take a full year of Civics and Economics. Civics and
Economics is offered at two degrees of difficulty: college preparatory or honors level. All juniors must be
enrolled in Civics and Economics, unless already passed at another high school for a full credit.

Seniors have a wide variety of electives from which to receive their minimum credit requirement. One-
credit electives include World History CP, U.S. History Advanced Placement, and European History
Advanced Placement; numerous semester ½ credit electives are also offered. It is suggested that the
college-bound student take at least one of the Advanced Placement courses. TWO OUT OF THE
MINIMUM OF THREE SOCIAL STUDIES CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION SHOULD BE
HISTORY COURSES FOR THE COLLEGE PREP STUDENT, AS MANY COLLEGES REQUIRE TWO
HISTORY COURSES FOR ADMISSION.


WORLD GEOGRAPHY COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 9                                                                                      Credit: 1.0

 World Geography is a year-long course designed to introduce students to the physical and cultural
characteristics of selected geographical regions of the world. The course will focus upon major issues in
those regions and examine the geographical background of each issue. A similar course (World
Geography CP/Research) will have a research component attached.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY HONORS
Grade Level: 9                                                                                      Credit: 1.0

This one year course is designed for the college-bound student who has exhibited exemplary ability and
achievement in the Social Studies. World Geography Honors is a year-long course designed to explore
the way of life of seven major regions of the world. The first unit introduces key concepts that will guide
students through the seven regional units. In each regional unit students will learn about the region’s
geography, history and traditions, economics and daily life, literature and the arts, as well as the role of the
region in the world today. Students will take part in higher-level analytical skills, including the synthesis of
material, and the development of writing skills. Students must meet honors criteria for acceptance into this
course.

UNITED STATES HISTORY COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 10                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography

This one-year course is designed for the college-bound student and is required for graduation. It provides
a chronological study of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. Critical analysis of
historical material is stressed, in addition to the synthesis of historical data. Verbal and literary skill
development is emphasized through the use of assignments and class work. A similar course (US
History CP/Research) will have a research component attached.
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UNITED STATES HISTORY HONORS
Grade Level: 10                                                                                    Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography

This one-year course is designed for the college-bound student who has exhibited exemplary ability and
achievement in the Social Studies and if taken in place of US History CP, US History C/Research or US
History AP, is required for graduation. It provides a chronological study of the history of the United States
from 1877 to the present, using the textbook in addition to enrichment readings and projects. Students
will utilize higher-order analytical skills, including the synthesis of historical data and the development of
writing skills. The course is standards based; aligned to the DSTP.

UNITED STATES HISTORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 11,12
Prerequisite: World Geography and United States History                                          Credit: 1.0
Required: Assigned Summer Reading

 This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to critically analyze and factually
organize concepts and themes throughout American history; 1492 to the present. If taken in place of any
other US History course, it is required for graduation. It is content-based and the Advanced Placement test
will be administered in May, with a passing grade on the AP exam the ultimate goal for this course.
Juniors will take this course concurrently with Civics and Economics.

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Grade Level: 11 - 12                                                                               Credit: 0.5

Civil and Criminal Justice is a one-semester course designed to educate students about law that will be of
practical use to them in their everyday lives. Every purchase, lease, contract, marriage, divorce, crime or
traffic violation places a citizen face to face with the law. This course will provide students with an
understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities, a knowledge of everyday legal problems and the
ability to analyze, evaluate and perhaps resolve legal disputes.

WORLD HISTORY COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 12                                                                                    Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography, United States History, Civics and Economics

This course is recommended for the college-bound student. Many colleges require it for admission.
World History explores many of the world's greatest civilizations from Stone-Age Man to the present.
Emphasis is placed on written analysis of historical data and critical discussion of material. Tolerance and
understanding of the cultures of the world is stressed.

WORLD HISTORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 12 (and Grade 11 Honors students; as an elective)
Prerequisites: World Geography, United States History, Civics and Economics                 Credit: 1.0
Required: Assigned Summer Reading

This AP course offers qualified students the opportunity to earn credit for an introductory college course in
world history. The course will develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and
contacts in different types of human societies. The five major themes will be:       1) interaction between
humans and their environment, 2) development and interaction of cultures, 3) state-building, expansion
and conflict, 4) creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems and 5) development and
transformation of social structures. Juniors may not take it instead of Civics and Economics.

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS COLLEGE PREP
Grade Level: 11                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography, United States History

This year-long course is designed to present a thorough understanding of American Government at all
levels, and assist students in realizing their role in our modern Economic System. Students will explore
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the major concepts and issues that are part of the Free Enterprise System, and compare governments
and economic systems of the world. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and critical thinking.
Students will analyze primary documents and statistics, and be required to make decisions based on their
analysis. Higher-order thinking and writing skills are emphasized. A similar course (Civics and
Economics CP/Research) will have a research component attached.


CIVICS AND ECONOMICS HONORS
Grade Level: 11                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography, United States History

This year-long course is designed to present a thorough understanding of American Government at all
levels, and assist students in realizing their role in our modern Economic System. Students will explore
the major concepts and issues that are part of the Free Enterprise System, and compare governments
and economic systems of the world. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and critical thinking.
Students will analyze primary documents and statistics, and be required to make decisions based on their
analysis. Higher-order thinking and writing skills are emphasized. Student must meet honors criteria for
acceptance into class.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 10-12                                                                               Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography (Honors preferred)
Required: Assigned Summer Reading

This AP course is designed to enable students to develop a critical perspective of government and politics
in the United States. The nature of the American political system, its development over the past two
centuries and how it works today are examined. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the techniques of
evaluating, refuting, comparing, contrasting, analyzing, documenting and supporting ideas. It is a highly-
structured, very demanding college level cours; therefore, students are required not only to thoroughly
read the college text but also to augment this material through research and reading of supplemental
articles. It is imperative that the student is dedicated to learning, is highly motivated and is willing to put
forth both in and outside of the classroom the time and effort necessary for a course of this intensity. The
AP exam for possibly earning college credit will be given in May.


EUROPEAN HISTORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade Level: 12                                                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: World Geography, United States History, Civics and Economics
Required: Assigned Summer Reading


This Advanced Placement course will help students develop (l) an understanding of some of the principal
themes in modern European history, and (2) an ability to analyze historical evidence. Students must be
reasonably qualified and highly motivated. The Advanced Placement Examination for this course will be
offered in May.




THE UPHEAVAL OF THE SIXTIES (Camelot to Watergate)
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                                  Credit: 0.5
Prerequisites: United States History

This one-semester course is an elective offered to students who have shown an interest in United States
history. Students will have an opportunity to analyze and participate in critical discussions concerning the
turbulent years between 1960 and 1975.
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PSYCHOLOGY
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                               Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is an elective offered to highly motivated students interested in Social Studies.
Psychology will explore thought processes from birth through childhood to adulthood. Emphasis will be
placed on the analysis of psychological theories and historical study of psychologists and their doctrines.

CURRENT ISSUES                                                                                Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 11-12

This semester-long course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of current
world events. Emphasis will be placed on written analysis of the material presented in class, participation
in whole-class discussions, and the acceptance of divergent perspectives and thought.


HISTORY THROUGH FILM                                                                              Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: World Geography, US History

This semester course challenges students to investigate important people, issues, and eras in US History/
Full length feature films and short movie-clips complement readings and essays to fuel highly insightful
classroom discussion. Students will be required to writ 10 essays that compare/contrast historical events
with onscreen portrayal.

SPORTS HISTORY                                                                                    Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: World Geography, US History

American Sports History examines major sporting events and issues that have affected the American way
of life. By studying the events and roots of the sporting past, students can better understand current trends
and events. Students will analyze documents, people, critical events, movies, current events, and
historical movements that reveal the importance of sports to the American lifestyle.




                                     SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

DELAWARE VOLUNTEER CREDIT
Grade Level: 9 – 12                                                                              Credit: 1.0

Students are permitted to earn one elective credit toward graduation upon completing 45 hours of
community service for two semesters (90 total hours). The semesters do not have to be consecutive.
Hours must be performed outside the student’s regularly scheduled school day. Volunteer hours
completed as part of a service group requirement may also be used toward the Delaware Volunteer
Credit. Volunteer activity may not be political or advocacy in nature. Sites must be registered with the
State Office of Volunteerism. See your counselor for more information.




SUSTAINED SILENT READING
Grade Level: 9 – 12                                                                        Credit: 0.125/MP

Students who are not enrolled in seven full periods per day will be assigned to the Sustained Silent
Reading course. During such time students will be expected to do productive work and/or participate in
reading activities. Reading activities may be student selected or teacher assigned. At the time of course
selection, students do not request this course.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE 1
Grade Level: 9-12

This course is designed for beginning drama students as an introduction to the elements and principles of
the legitimate theatre. The word drama comes from a Greek word meaning “to do or to act.” The drama
student will be both actor and audience. Students will become acquainted with a variety of dramatic
expressions, including pantomime, mime, and improvisation. The acting segment will emphasize voice,
diction, technique, characterization, delivery, and movement. The production segment will acquaint the
student with stage terminology and the elements of setting, lighting, costuming, and makeup. The theatre
student will learn the importance of etiquette, criticism and evaluation, and will experience the opportunity
to perform both inside and outside the classroom.


FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE 2                                                                          Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: Theatre 1

Theatre 2 will continue and further deepen the student’s knowledge in the elements of theatre. It will also
further explore how to use the body’s anatomy in acting, the basics of characterization, and elements of
dance.


FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE 3                                                                       Credit: 0.5
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Theatre 1 and Theatre 2
Preferred: B or higher in Theatre 2

This career-based class is designed for students who have successfully taken the first two theatre courses
and are interested in deepening their knowledge of the theatre business, as well as polishing acting ability.
Speakers from theatre companies, field trips and a possible class production will be features of this class.
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