High School Curriculum 

English

English I (1.0 Credit:  NYS Modules) 

English I is a concentrated program that develops a broad range of language arts skills, such as reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and research.  Full-length readings include novels, dramas, and short stories. Writing skills will be developed throughout the year. Students will compose literature essays and a full-length research paper. 

English II (1.0 Credit:  NYS Modules) 

English II continues to develop the broad range of language arts skills introduced in English I. Students will develop their language art skills through reading short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including a Shakespearean play. Students will complete a 7-10 research paper. This course is designed to prepare students for the English Language Arts Regents exam.  

English III (1.0 Credit:  NYS Modules) 

English III continues to build on the language arts skills developed in English II. There is a heavy emphasis on writing skills: recognition and analysis of literary elements; development of essays with solid and specific support; and overall sophistication and clarity of written work. This course is designed to prepare students for the English Language Arts Regents exam. 

English IV (1.0 Credit:  NYS Modules) 

English IV continues to build on the language arts skills developed in English III. This course focuses on developing college and career readiness skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  

Capstone: This course is designed to facilitate students through the senior capstone project. The capstone project is a long-term, culminating project that includes conducting research, creating a portfolio and an oral presentation. Students will utilize critical thinking skills, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, and self-sufficiency. This is a required course for 12th-grade students. 

Social Studies  

Global History and Geography (1.0 Credit) 

This course focuses on the historical, cultural, economic and political development of selected world cultures. Students will study World History from ancient civilizations through approximately 1750. The course work reflects the high expectations necessary to meet the demands of the New York State Social Studies Framework.   

Global History and Geography II-(1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to build upon Global History and Geography I. In 10th grade, students will study World History from approximately 1750 to the present. Students will prepare to take the NYS Global History and Geography Regents Exam.  

US History (1.0 Credit) 

This course is based on the New York State syllabus for United States History and Government. Students will study US history from Colonial America to the present combined with an analysis of the Constitution and Constitutional issues and the role of the US in the world. Thematic essays and document-based (DBQ) essays are components of this course. Students will prepare to take the US History Regents exam. 

Participation in Government (0.5 Credit) 

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to become engaged in the political process by acquiring the knowledge and practicing the skills necessary for active citizenship. 20 hours of community service is a requirement of this course. Students enrolled in this course will also need to complete Economics to meet the requirement for 12th grade Social Studies. 

Economics (0.5 Credit) 

This course is designed to promote “economic literacy.” Students will learn about economic systems, and the US and the global economy. Students enrolled in this course will also need to complete Participation in Government to meet the requirement for 12th grade Social Studies. 

Science 

Living Environment (1.0 Credit) 

This course provides students with an awareness of the natural world and an understanding of biological processes and concepts. The course consists of basic units of study including biochemistry, cell biology, animal and plant physiology, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Students will be required to complete at least 1200 laboratory minutes, as required by the New York State Education Department, to be eligible to take the Living Environment Regents Exam.   

Earth Science (1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to study and investigate earth processes (Geology), space (Astronomy), and factors related to the atmosphere (Meteorology).  Students will be required to complete at least 1200 laboratory minutes, as required by the New York State Education Department, to be eligible to take the Earth Science Regents Exam.   

Chemistry (1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to introduce students to the theories and concepts of chemistry. This course emphasizes not only problem-solving methods, but the application of mathematical skills learned in algebra and geometry. Students will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of lab investigations, as required by the New York State Education Department, to be eligible to take the Chemistry Regents exam. 

Principles of Engineering (1.0 Credit) 

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem-solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. 

Natural Disasters and Climate Change (1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to examine the causes, effects, and options available to respond to and potentially mitigate the effects of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, landslides, severe weather, and floods. 

Math 

Algebra (1 credit) 

This course is designed to prepare students to take the Algebra I Regents exam. Topics covered include linear, exponential, and quadratic functions, solving equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, and statistics. 

Geometry (1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to prepare students to take the Geometry Regents exam. Topics covered include congruence and similarity of triangles, transformations, properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, right triangle trigonometry, circles, regular pyramids, cylinders, cones, spheres, constructions, reasoning, and proofs.  

Algebra II (1.0 Credit) 

This course is the final course in the three units of credit required for a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation. This course is designed to prepare students to take the Algebra II Regents exam. This course builds on the skills that were developed in Algebra I.  

Financial Management (1.0 Credit) 

This course is designed to teach math calculations in the context of business applications. Students will understand which calculations to apply when presented with an unfamiliar situation in order to develop a business “intuition.” Students will also discuss the following topics: the financial crisis, debt, inventory and global supply chains.    \