- Business and Career Prep
- Physical and Health Education
- World Languages
- Social Studies
- Career and Technical Education
1 CREDIT / EVERY DAY / FULL YEAR
This art course features introduction and developmental techniques, knowledge and skill in the use of a wide variety of media and creative expression. This is a required course for an Art sequence and serves as a prerequisite are credit for many other SHS art courses. Prerequisites: None
Advanced Studio Art
1 CREDIT / EVERY DAY / FULL YEAR
This course is a continuation of Studio Art, with an emphasis being placed on skills development, and an exploration of individual ideas and creativity. Students will assume more responsibility in terms of project planning and execution. Prerequisites: Studio Art, open to 10th-12th grade
Digital Media and Graphic Design
1 CREDIT / EVERY DAY / FULL YEAR
(14 SEAT CAP)
This in an introductory class in visual design concepts and principles that are applied to digitally based projects. Students will explore the basic functions of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Design projects will include digital illustrations, photography, typography, advertising, photo manipulation, and other scopes of the graphic arts. Prerequisites: Studio Art, teacher recommendation, open to 10th-12th grade
Studio in Sculpture
1 CREDIT / EVERY DAY / FULL YEAR
Sculpture is a branch of visual art that operates in 3 dimensions — height, width and depth. The class will explore low relief to free standing sculpture and use a variety of media such as cardboard, clay, fabrics and wood. Images would move from representational to abstract and size from minuscule to monumental. The class will encounter several shaping techniques from building, modeling, casting and carving and even have a go at kinetic (moving) sculpture. Prerequisites: Studio Art, open to 10th-12th grade
Advanced Digital Media and Graphic Design
.5 YEAR CREDIT / FALL SEMESTER – EVERY DAY
This is an advanced course that students will further enhance their skills in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Design projects will be more detailed and complex, fostering creative design choices. Students will focus on enhancing their skills and competency in digital illustrations, photography, typography, advertising, photo manipulation, and other scopes of the graphic arts. This course will be designed around the yearbook. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Studio Art and Digital Media and Graphic Design, teacher recommendation, open to 10th-12th grade
Pottery and Ceramics
.5 YEAR CREDIT / 2 SEMESTERS – EVERY DAY
Pottery and Ceramics is an elective course that provides an introduction to all forms of hand building and multiple smaller projects using various techniques. Students will learn coil, slab and pinch methods, glazing basics, firing, physical properties of clay bodies, as well as the human/social history of clay, geographic locations and differences in clay. As students become knowledgeable in the physical use and properties of clay, design is further addressed. Size differences and complexity of work concepts are also pursued. The second 10 weeks focuses on strengthening of design and combination building as well as originality. Mixing glazes, introducing alternative burnables in the glaze process such as horsehair, form versus function of ceramics, carving and attachment of other materials (e.g., weavings, wood, metal) are included. Students will construct portraits, whistles, lanterns, lids, pots, bowls and boxes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Studio Art, teacher recommendation
Introduction to Drawing
Students in this course will gain the basic skills and insights necessary to create drawings that are both accurate and expressive. Students will gain confidence in their own vision and their ability to draw what they see. Prerequisite: Studio Art
Introduction to Watercolor
This course introduces the student to the basic watercolor techniques and use of materials. It is a sequential program of study, applying the elements and principles of Two-Dimensional design to the watercolor discipline. Students will study still life, landscape, and the human form. Reference will be made to past and contemporary masters of the watercolor medium. Prerequisites: Studio Art, Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Painting
This course focuses on the basic techniques of painting, concentrating on the principles of color and light. Using a variety of subject matter, students will explore the problems of pictorial composition, color theory, and techniques. Prerequisites: Studio Art, Introduction to Drawing
.5 CREDIT / FULL YEAR / EVERY OTHER DAY
Students will be exposed to music of all forms and styles of band literature ranging from classical to contemporary. Musical qualities and techniques such as intonation, dynamics, articulations, phrasing, and blend will be stressed. Complex rhythmic notation will be practiced as well as diverse meters and more advanced playing ranges. Scales and sight-reading skills will be practiced on a regular basis. Simple musical composition/theoretical skills, as well as music history and multicultural concepts will be introduced and addressed whenever appropriate. This fulfills one half of a unit of Credit of the art/music graduation requirement. Prerequisites: permission from teacher based upon evaluation of musical readiness, 9-12.
.5 CREDIT / FULL YEAR / EVERY OTHER DAY
Students will gain knowledge of proper vocal production and music score reading using a varied repertoire of music styles ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Participation in the winter and spring concerts are mandatory and is where all of the study of singing will be showcased. This fulfills one half of a unit of Credit of the art/music graduation requirement. Prerequisites: None
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
These ensembles come in many different forms — from a jazz band to a flute choir, a percussion ensemble or anything in between. Chamber musicians are constantly improving their skills, including knowing when to lead, and when to listen, using communication and problem solving skills in a collaborative musical environment. Participating in these groups allows students to develop these skills in a more focused and fun way, offers a different rehearsal and performance setting, and strengthens the bonds of friendship. These ensembles meet after-school or in the evening at a time that is most convenient for all members. And, while the majority of the members are in the band program, opportunities exist for non-music students to participate in this program. All it takes is a willingness to work together as a team towards a common musical goal. Prerequisites: None
The Chamber Singers is a select singing group consisting of highly motivated and serious singers. Through participating in Mixed Choir students are eligible to audition and become a member of this small singing group. The maximum group size is approximately 20 students. We rehearse after school at a time that is most convenient for the group members once a week. Weekly attendance is mandatory. We sing a wide variety of music from the Baroque to the present and perform at both the winter and spring concerts. Extra community performances are also opportunities that we will take advantage of as they become available. Participation in NYSSMA and other choral competitions, as well as trips to see other choral groups and shows are also possibilities in the future.
This course will explore the different time periods of Western music compositions beginning with the roots of written music in Gregorian chant and proceed through time to the current compositions of the modern age in orchestral and vocal music. It will focus on the overall history of the time period as well as the stylistic components of each era to realize how the music was shaped during that time. This class is geared toward serious and motivated musicians who would like a deeper knowledge about the music that has shaped our Western culture. A strong musical background is recommended. Prerequisites: participation in band or chorus, grades 10, 11, 12
This course explores the inner workings and theories of music. It is an in depth study of the components that make up what musicians see and read on the page and how these components all relate to one another to create the music that is performed. Some of the main topics that are covered are: time signatures, key signatures, scales — major and minor, modes, chords, non harmonic tones, four part writing, and composing. This class is geared toward serious and motivated musicians who would like a deeper understanding of the music that they perform. A strong musical background is required. Prerequisites: participation in band or chorus, grades 11, 12.
Business and Career Prep
.5 CREDIT – 9TH GRADE
This course is designed to develop the skill of keyboarding using a proven ‘cycle approach’ through Century 21 Computer Applications and Keyboarding, 9th edition. Students will develop a foundation of basic keyboarding technique, and then revisit content to improve skill. This cycle design of instruction ensures that students understand and effectively use what they’ve learned. Students will spend time organizing thoughts and writing to communicate those thoughts through various activities. Studies have shown that when students “use word-processing features on a regular basis, students learn how computers can facilitate their writing processes and improve their final product.” (Chin, University of Montana) Prerequisite: 9th grade students only.
Personal Financial Management
.5 CREDIT – 9th Grade
Person Financial Management is designed to educate students about sound money management skills and the financial planning process. In addition, this course will help teens begin to develop positive behaviors that are necessary to attaining financial maturity and achieving a secure future. (National Endowment for Financial Education NEFE in partnership with America’s Credit Unions, 2012) Prerequisite: 9th grade students only.
.5 CREDIT – GRADES 10-12
Multi Media Design is a class that introduces students to the world of graphic design for print and screen media. Elements and principles of design and how they apply to various graphic design formats are explained. Students will be able to view illustrations of professional work and be able to apply what they’ve learned given case studies and projects to demonstrate their skills. Computers will be used to combine text, graphics, photos, video, animation and sound in fun and exciting ways. The class is project based and students will be able to collaborate in working groups on projects and presentations. The overriding goal is for students to gain a basic understanding of the field of desktop publishing and multimedia design. Theories behind effective communication and presentation techniques will guide the students work. Prerequisites: None
.5 CREDIT – GRADES 10-12
Business Communications will teach students to deliver messages in a clear, courteous, concise, complete and correct manner on both business and personal situations. Competency will be developed in oral, written interpersonal, technological, and employment communication. Listening skills will be incorporated throughout the semester. Students will be presented with practical information about communicating in different kinds of workplace environments and professional communities. They will analyze and produce a number of common technical business writing genres, including emails, letters, resumes, memos, reports, and proposals. The overriding goal is to provide students with a solid communication base, so they are able to communicate effectively. Students will work toward understanding how to analyze and react to various issues that arise, such as audience, organization, visual design, style, and material production of documents. Prerequisites: None
This semester long course seeks to connect students to the community. With the course instructor, students will reach out to areas in the community who could benefit from students volunteering their time and talents. At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to reflect on their volunteer experiences and how they have positively contributed to building a strong school-community connection.
SUNY Adirondack Principles of Marketing
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 3
This course covers the history of marketing and development of current marketing practices. Emphasis is on the marketing concept and the decision making process. Includes practical applications designed to develop student interest in the field of marketing. Prerequisites: 80+ overall average, 11th and 12th grade
SUNY Adirondack Principles of Management
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 3
This course develops both the content and process issues of management. Defines the functional activities of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling, while stressing the areas of communications, decision making, group dynamics, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership, and individual self-improvement. Prerequisites: 80+ overall average, 11th and 12th grade
SHS CREDIT 1 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 6
Financial Accounting provides students a strong foundation in basic accounting theory and procedures. This course will incorporate the fundamental principles of accounting into real life simulations that allow students to apply the procedures to current business and accounting applications. Prerequisites: 80+ overall average, 11th and 12th grade
Physical and Health Education
.5 CREDIT / FULL YEAR / EVERY OTHER DAY
Education Law and the Commissioner’s Regulations require that all students complete two units of physical education (PE) in order to graduate. All full-time students shall be enrolled in PE. The program consists of activities that promote social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Our program emphasizes on individual development, group games and activities and instruction in lifetime sports. Along with regular PE classes, students are encouraged to participate in interscholastic and intramural athletic programs.
Health (Required for all students)
Health education prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for leading a healthy lifestyle. The course focuses on promoting wellness, the prevention of health problems, management of health concerns, and risk reduction associated with personal decision making regarding the physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of health. Areas of study in Health Education include human growth and development; nutrition; family life; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; safety; community health; environmental health; diseases and disorders; consumer health; and emotional health. Usually taken in 10th grade, this is a required course for graduation.
.5 CREDIT / FULL YEAR / EVERY OTHER DAY
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and contributing techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardio-respiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.
Introduction to Foods & Nutrition
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition, wellness and food preparation. The focus of the course is centered on healthy food and lifestyle choices. The general goal is to enhance student awareness in regards to personal food choices and physical activity. The overall goal is to enhance student knowledge of food choices and to motivate students to actually improve their choices.
Complex Decision Making – Navigating the Waters
.5 CREDIT/FULL YEAR/EVERY OTHER DAY
This semester course emphasizes positive decision making on complex topics facing high school students. “Navigating The Waters” is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who seriously want to examine issues facing high school students such as drugs, alcohol, the impact of technology on relationships, goal setting, self-growth, communication, etc. Through round table discussions, podcasts, videos, book readings, and reflections, students will explore a variety of challenging topics facing young adults. Embark on this journey of self-awareness before you graduate and “navigate the waters” of life after Stillwater High School.
English 9 is a general survey course of world literature designed to help students to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Throughout this course, students will be acquainted with various types of literature including novels, short stories, essays, drama, and poetry. In addition to reading, analyzing, and evaluating literature, students will practice and develop writing skills through the use of essays, journals, creative writing, speech writing, research papers, and other literary responses. This course will build on knowledge learned in previous grades and prepare students for future English courses.
English 9 Focus
Focus 9 is a Regents level English course that prepares students for the English 11 Regents. A smaller setting provides targeted instruction to students who require more individualized instruction. The content will be comparable to the English 9 with some adjustments to meet the needs of students. Because the NYS assessment is writing intensive, this course will work towards developing the skills that students will need to be successful writers. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
English 9 Advanced
English 9 Advanced is a course designed for students who are interested in entering the AP track in English. Students will read a variety of literature, fiction and nonfiction, both in class and independently to develop their reading comprehension and analysis skills as well. Students will also be tasked with completing various writing assignments and projects within each unit that demonstrates their abilities as they analyze literature throughout the year. Prerequisites: 85 in ELA 8 and teacher recommendation
This 10th grade course is intended to continue to prepare students for Regents level work and the transition to English 11. In writing and speaking, and in the study of literature and language, evidence of the maturing of skills is sought and expected. Class discussions help foster the development of critical thinking skills necessary for future English classes and for college. Prerequisite: English 9
English 10 Focus
Focus 10 is a Regents level English course that prepares students for the English 11 Regents and future English courses. A smaller setting provides targeted instruction to students who require more individualized instruction. The content will be comparable to English 10 with some adjustments to meet the needs of students. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
Advanced English 10
The Advanced English 10 program is designed for the highly motivated, independent student. The themes addressed in this course are more complex in nature and more sophisticated in approach. In addition to the various intensive reading and writing tasks, students also engage in an in-depth study of historical context and its underlying influence on society. This course will prepare students for Advanced Placement courses in 11th and 12th grade. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
Students continue to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for literary analysis and criticism by examining standard works of both American and British literature. Through daily discussions of assigned readings, written examinations, review of note taking skills, and the development of essays, students are preparing to be successful on the Regents Examination in English in June. Prerequisite: English 10
English 11 Lab
This course is required of all students enrolled in English 11 or English 11 focus and is designed to give students additional opportunities to develop and hone the skills necessary for successful completion of the Regents exam in June.
English 11 Focus
Focus 11 is a Regents level English course that prepares students for the English 11 Regents. A smaller setting provides targeted instruction to students who require more individualized instruction. The content will be comparable to English 11 with some adjustments to meet the needs of students. Because the NYS assessment is writing intensive, this course will work towards developing the skills that students will need to be successful writers. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
English 12 is a full year course that focuses on writing. The themes explored in this course are more complex in nature and sophisticated in approach. Critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of contemporary issues are practiced in a variety of ways. The course is divided into three (3) units of study. Included in these units are longer pieces of both nonfiction and fiction including essays, articles, speeches, poems, and short stories. All units also include film study. Supplemental reading may be assigned throughout the year. The writing tasks in this course are diversified so that many types of academic and non-academic writings are explored. Students focus on developing composition skills, understanding writer’s purpose and strategy, having “conversations” with the text, analyzing images as text, evaluating documents, using synthesis skills and establishing the writer’s purpose and use of rhetoric. Students will also be exposed to aspects of language, including syntax, diction, and tone. Students will learn about their own writing styles and process, beginning with research, planning, writing, and through peer review, rewriting, editing, and applications to what they have garnered. Students will practice formal types of writing including but not limited to argument writing, analysis writing, compare/contrast writing, narrative writing, and synthesis writing. Prerequisite: English 11
This elective course is designed for the student who wishes to expand their repertoire of literature beyond American authors and Shakespeare. Classic and contemporary pieces are examined throughout the year ranging from Beowulf and Milton through Joyce and McEwan.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
This advanced class is intended for serious students of literature who wish to study in depth some of the greatest ancient and modern European, English and American literature and who are willing to assume much of the responsibility for their own learning. The basis of the course is the seminar which, while led by the instructor at the outset, is led ultimately by students. Grades are composed of longer essays treating literary themes, shorter essays of literary analysis and explication, a literary research paper, and seminar presentations. There is a summer reading and writing assignment required from the students who choose this course. All students are required in May to take the AP Examination in Literature and Composition, and there is a fee for the exam. Students enrolled in AP Literature must also take the Comprehensive English Regents in June. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
This college-level course is maintained through the framework of the AP English Course Description published by the College Board, and implemented through the use of the district’s core curriculum standards that have been established by New York State Education Department. Students focus on developing composition skills, understanding writer’s purpose and strategy, having “conversations” with the text, analyzing images as text, revising, employing argumentative writings, evaluating documents, using synthesis skills and establishing the writer’s purpose and use of rhetoric. Students will also be exposed to aspects of language, including imitation, syntax, word choice, and tone. There is a summer reading and writing assignment required from the students who choose this course. All students are required in May to take the AP Examination in Language and Composition, and there is a fee for the exam. Teacher recommendation required for enrollment.
This semester long course is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic and other situations in which formal presentations are required. Topics will include cultural conventions and speech, perceptions of others, verbal and nonverbal messages, and techniques of oral presentation and persuasion. Students will learn how to research, outline, and deliver short, informal presentations as well as longer speeches. This course will give you the opportunity to develop and strengthen skills in preparing and presenting public oral presentations in a variety of situations. It should also sharpen your skills in critical listening. This is a practice-oriented course. Speech types may include: speech of introduction, demonstration speech, informative speech, special occasion speech, persuasive speech and group presentation. Speaking clearly and comfortably in public is a valuable and often essential skill to possess. This course aims to provide you with a basic background in the theories and principles of public speaking, as well as practical experience with the basic types of speeches. Issues and current events relative to the course will be addressed. (Adapted from: Department of Media, Culture and Communication NYU)
The Great Detective
OFFER FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER 2018.
This semester long course is designed to focus on crime and detective story telling. Students will read classic and contemporary short stories and novels as well as watch and analyze film adaptations. Students will study the origins and development of the genre. Students will grapple with characters ranging from Sherlock Holmes to James Bond to Jason Bourne.
This course is designed for students who were not successful with the NYS proficiency in Spanish. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized and more significance is placed on reading and writing skills. This course will meet the NYS Checkpoint A requirements for high school language.
The basic goal of this course is to build upon basic vocabulary and structures learned in Spanish I to prepare students for the following year’s Comprehensive Exam in Spanish. It is an advanced Regents level course that emphasizes the development of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or a passing grade on the Spanish Proficiency Exam, teacher recommendation
The course emphasizes the development of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing and preparing students throughout the Spring for a Comprehensive Examination in Spanish (Checkpoint B). Prerequisites: Spanish 2, teacher recommendation
This course focuses on the continuation and development of the student’s ability to communicate in both written and spoken Spanish as well as an investigation of both the Spanish and Latino american cultures. Emphasis also will be given to reading as well as individual and group presentations. There is a focus on contemporary culture, family values and celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisites: Spanish 3, teacher recommendation
Spanish 5/HVCC 101
.5 CREDIT / 3 COLLEGE CREDITS
Online course through HVCC. This course introduces the student to the more complicated elements of Spanish grammar and concentrates on the refinement of the student’s basic communication skills. Classroom instruction continues to give the student an awareness of Spanish culture and customs. Prerequisites: Spanish 4 and recommendation
This course is open to all students who wish to study the French language and culture. Students receive instruction in the development of the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing French. This course will meet NYS Checkpoint A requirements for high school language.
This French course is designed as a continuation of the middle school program. The proficiency gained in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, is broadened and enriched. Mastery of more advanced grammatical structure is stressed. The culture of the francophone world is explored as students study a variety of topics. Prerequisite: French 1 or passing grade on the French Proficiency Exam.
Communicative proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing is developed to a more advanced level on a wide variety of topics taken from the NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English. A Checkpoint B Comprehensive examination in French is given at the end of this course. Prerequisites: French 2,
Students explore advanced grammar and composition skills in conjunction with an ongoing emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students read short stories and articles to meet their interests and talents. There are individual and group presentations to increase knowledge of the francophone world. Le Petit Prince is suggested reading. Prerequisites: French 3, teacher recommendation
French 5/HVCC 101 – French Language and Culture II
.5 CREDIT / 3 COLLEGE CREDITS
This course continues to study complicated elements of French grammar and concentrates on the refinement of the student’s basic communication skills. Classroom instruction continues to give the student an awareness of French culture and customs. Students read several short stories. Prerequisites: French 4, teacher recommendation
HVCC 200 – French Language and Culture III
This course continues its focus on more complicated elements of French grammar as we refine communication skills. There is a student reading requirement.
Pre-Algebra is a co-taught class designed for students who require one-to one interaction to help grasp mathematical concepts in order to be successful in Algebra, taken in their sophomore year. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and 8th grade NYS assessment
Common Core Algebra
Primary material will focus on developing algebra skills with applications to geometry, probability, statistics and other real-world applications. Concepts will be developed using appropriate mathematical language and symbols, and varied exercises will be used to develop skills and test understanding. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th grade math with 70 average or higher (Accelerated Status requires teacher recommendation)
Common Core Geometry
This mathematics course is the second in the New York State prescribed Regents program leading to an Advanced Regents Diploma. Students in this course are expected to identify and justify geometric relationships, formally and informally. Students will explore a variety of approaches to verification and/or proof of geometric theorems and principles. The accompanying NYS Geometry Regents exam will be taken in June. After the August 2015 administration, students will take the Common Core Geometry Exam. Prerequisite: Score of 75 or better on Algebra Regents.
Geometry NR covers the same curriculum as the Common Core Geometry Course at a slower rate. The course provides the second math credit needed for graduation with a Regents Diploma.
Algebra 2 Common Core
This course completes the curriculum outlined in the New York State Regents Core Curriculum. The course includes the study of real and complex numbers, quadratic formula, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequence and series, probability and linear regression. The New York State Algebra 2/Common Core Regents examination is administered in June and will function as a final exam for this course representing 10% of the student’s final grade. Prerequisite: Score of 80 or better on the Algebra Regents and a score of 75 or better on the Geometry Regents.
This is a consumer mathematics course where students will learn how to apply math in a real world context. Topics such as banking, credit cards, owning vs. leasing, taxes, etc. will be the basic focus of this hands-on course. Prerequisite: Open to 11th and 12th grade
This course provides an introduction to Calculus. This course will include topics such as analytic geometry, advanced algebra, limits, derivatives, conics, matrices and polar coordinates. There is a local midterm and final. Prerequisites: Score of 75 or better on Algebra 2/Common Core, teacher recommendation.
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 4
The first part of a two-term beginning course in Calculus which integrates Pre-calculus topics into the concepts and techniques of Calculus I. Students may choose to take this course for 4 SUNY Adirondack credits. The cost is $61 per credit hour. Topics include the Cartesian plane, algebraic functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, explicit and implicit differentiation and applications including optimization problems and related rates. Prerequisite: Score of 75 or better on the Algebra 2 Common Core, 80+ overall average, 73+ in pre-calculus
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 4
The continuation of Calculus with Pre-calculus I. Topics include differentials, anti-differentiation, the fundamental theorem, Reimann integration, differentiation and integration of transcendental functions and applications of integration. Students may choose to take this course for 4 SUNY Adirondack credits. The cost is $61 per credit hour. Prerequisites: Score of 75 or better on the Algebra 2 Common Core, Score of 75 or better on Calculus I
Transitional Math is a course constructed for students seeking the foundational skills in Algebra and Trigonometry necessary for college admission. The course covers college Algebra and Trigonometry topics. Students begin and end the school year with taking the HVCC entrance examination in mathematics.
Intermediate Algebra Math 110
SHS CREDIT .5 / HVCC CREDIT 3
The first semester will include prerequisite skills and concepts that are needed for the second semester. The second semester will be the HVCC MATH 110 course. Students may choose to take this second semester for 3 HVCC credits. The cost is $55 per credit hour. This course will include a review of the principles of algebra and introductory trigonometry. Topics include: operations on polynomials, first-degree equations, special products, factoring, algebraic fractions, exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, right triangle trigonometry, and graphing linear equations. Required: Successful completion of Algebra and Geometry
College Algebra with Trigonometry Math 150
SHS CREDIT .5 / HVCC CREDIT 3
The first semester will include prerequisite skills and concepts that are needed for the second semester. The second semester will be the HVCC MATH 150 course. Students may choose to take this second semester for 4 HVCC credits. The cost is $55 per credit hour. The course includes a review of algebra and numerical trigonometry. Topics include factoring, rational expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, solving simultaneous linear equations, functions, lines, exponentials, logarithms, numerical trigonometry and solving triangles. This course is intended for students who have completed Algebra 2 and would like to strengthen their skills further before taking a higher level math in college. Required: Successful completion of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 Common Core.
Regents Living Environment
Living Environment is a science that stresses inquiry and depends upon the basic relationships of the physical sciences as well as living things. Emphasis is placed on examining similarities and differences among living things, reproduction and development, the basic unit of life, physiology, classification, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, and evolution. While the presentation of content will be a major part of this course, the development of process skills will be even more important. A lab will accompany this class in which a certain number of labs must be completed to be able to sit for the Regents exam. The New York State Regents Exam is the final for this course. This course is usually taken in 9th grade. Prerequisites: None – Accelerated 8th grade Science students follow prerequisites outlined by the middle school
General Earth Science
General Earth Science is an overview of all major earth science units, including astronomy, meteorology, geology, and earth’s movements. This course follows similarly to the regents earth science course, but moves at a relaxed pace. Students are not required to meet for a lab period and there is no Regents Exam. Prerequisite: Living Environment
Regents Earth Science
This is a laboratory integrated Regents course typically taken in the 10th grade. Some topics discussed include Geology, Meteorology and Astronomy. Emphasis is placed on the ability to graph and interpret data from a variety of charts and graphs. A lab will accompany this class in which a certain number of labs must be completed to be able to sit for the Regents exam. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment
General Chemistry is a non-lab based introduction to basic chemistry. Topics are developed at a more relaxed pace than the mainstream Regents Chemistry course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of an Earth Science course
This full year course prepares students to succeed on the NYS Regents Exam in Chemistry. Topics explored include: Atomic Structure, Bonding, the Mole, the Periodic Table, States of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Acid/ Base Chemistry, Redox, Organic Chemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry. Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in (or have already successfully taken) Regents Geometry and scored 75% or greater on the Regents Earth Science Exam
This full year course is an excellent preparation for college-level chemistry, the SAT II Chemistry Exam, and, the NYS Regents Exam in Chemistry. Topics are pursued at greater depth than in the Regents level course. The topics include: Atomic Structure, Bonding, the Mole, the Periodic Table, States of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Acid/ Base Chemistry, Redox, Organic Chemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry. Honors Chemistry is a very demanding course and, as such, is intended only for very dedicated and qualified students. Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in (or have already successfully taken) Algebra 2 Common Core and scored 88% or greater on the Regents Earth Science Exam
Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP Chemistry)
AP Chemistry is a college-level chemistry course that culminates with the AP Chemistry Exam in May, and there is a fee for the exam. All students are required to take the AP Examination in Chemistry. Students will explore chemical topics in great depth and need very strong math skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Regents Chemistry or Advanced Chemistry and the recommendation of the chemistry teacher.
Based on the Physical Setting; Physics State Standards, topics will be developed at a more relaxed pace than the mainstream Regents Physics course.
This course is similar to General Physics, however the math is much more demanding. The first semester deals with mechanics. Mechanics consists of several sections including Kinematics, which consists of velocity and acceleration problems; Newton’s Laws of motion; and impulse and momentum. The second semester deals more with waves, electricity and magnetism. The final for this course is the NYS Regents Examination in Physics, offered in June. Prerequisites: 75 on Algebra 2, and teacher recommendation (if less than 75)
A general non-calculus based course in physics. Includes measurement, straight line and vector kinematics, dynamics, static’s, rotational motion, work and energy, momentum, heat and temperature, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and sound. The second half of the year focuses on light, geometric and physical optics, electrostatics, current electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic induction, atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: 75 on Algebra 2
This course explores basic ecological concepts through the study of terrestrial ecosystems. Topics covered include evolution, botany, soils, energy flow, cycles of matter, community interactions, population dynamics, climate and biodiversity. Students will gain an understanding of species interdependence and learn how species interact with their environment. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Living Environment and Earth Science
This course will allow students the opportunity to explore and develop a better understanding of all major aspects related to the livestock industry of agriculture as well as companion and other animal types. Such topics that will be covered include individual livestock species and breeds (cattle, horses, aquaculture, sheep/goats, pigs, poultry, etc.), companion animals (cats, dogs, reptiles, etc.), animal breeding and reproduction, genetics, anatomy and physiology, conformation, management and housing, daily care, feeding and nutrition, competition and judging, as well as industry trends and standards. Wildlife species will also be discussed. Basic handling skills and hands on activities with actual animals will also be a goal based on ability and resources. This course will also include laboratory components such as dissection, feeding and management, handling, safety, and more. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Living Environment, Earth Science and teacher recommendation.
Advanced Placement Biology
The AP Biology course is designed to enable you to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses—a goal of every AP course. All students are required to take the AP Examination in Biology in May, and there is a fee for the exam. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Living Environment, Regents Earth Science, Regents Chemistry.
This branch of science deals with living organisms and their use in developing technologies to help with health, fuel, and food production. Modern biotechnology methods help us to combat diseases, feed our growing population while lowering our ecological footprint, decrease energy use, and creating cleaner and more energy efficient industrial manufacturing processes. This semester course will explore all three aspects of biotechnology and how it can impact human life and the earth.
Intro to Computer Science
This is a semester course designed for the student who has never had any computer science courses, or would like to learn more. Students learn the basics of what computer science is, what type of careers use computer science, and the basics of computer programming using the language Python. This is the current language used by many of the industry’s top companies. There are no prerequisites for the class.
AP Computer Science Principles
This full year course is an AP level course, with rigorous study into the field of computer science. AP Computer Science Principle introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. At the end of the course, students will be expected to take the AP exam. Students are expected to have taken Intro to Computer Science and have teacher recommendation to be eligible for the course.
This is a semester course designed to study the exciting field of forensics! We will be studying crime scene analysis, including physical evidence, fingerprinting, hair and fibers, blood, firearms, ballistics, DNA, and all evidence gathered and studied. We will look at what is real and what is Hollywood in field of forensics. Prerequisite – Student must pass Living Environment and Earth Science class.
This is a semester course that will introduce students to the unique and diverse animal population around the world. We will study each major Kingdom of animals including reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, fish, and mammals. Major dissections will be done virtually, and all students are expected to participate. We will study what similarities and differences each group has, as well as physiology and anatomy of the animal kingdoms. Prerequisite – Student must pass the Living Environment regents.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
This is a semester course designed to introduce the human body systems in greater detail than living environment. Students will cover all the major body systems including but not limited to the nervous system, skeletal system, circulatory system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and the muscles and organs that make up our bodies. The will learn both the form and function of the different parts of the body and how they work together as a whole (hold until 2019-2020). Prerequisite – Student must pass the Living Environment regents.
Global History and Geography 9
This is the first half of a two-year course that prepares students to succeed on the NYS Regents Exam in Global History and Geography. The Regents exam is taken after completing both Global 9 and Global 10. First year topics include: geography, early and classical civilizations around the world, comparative culture studies, and the emergence of the modern world. A second area of focus includes the development of study skills, such as organization, document analysis, map and data interpretation, reading in the social studies, and the application of critical thinking skills to modern problems rooted in ancient history.
Global History and Geography 10
Global 10 continues the study of Global History and Geography, beginning with an examination of the Enlightenment and it’s impact on 17th and 18th Century Europe, and preceding to present day. All students are required to take the Global History and Geography at the end of this course. Prerequisites: Global History and Geography 9
U.S. History and Government
This course, usually taken in 11th grade, is designed to enhance student knowledge of our great nation as well as better their understanding of our great work in progress, the constitution. Special emphasis will be paid to major events in our history. The final for this course is the NYS US History and Government Regents exam in June.
Participation in Government
This is a one-semester course required for all seniors as half of their social studies curriculum. Topics that will be covered include current events, our constitution, the types of government, and politics. Students will have the opportunity to debate several relevant contemporary issues such as gun control and the death penalty. Prerequisites: None (Required for graduation)
This is a one-semester course required for all seniors as half of their social studies curriculum. Topics that will be covered include an introduction to Economics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics; students will learn about supply and demand, and our monetary system, among other things. Prerequisites: None (Required for graduation)
The goal of this course is to broaden student understanding of the legal system. Attention will be given to the following concepts: the criminal justice system including violent crimes, property crimes, organized crime, and white-collar crimes. This course offers an in-depth study of causes and prevention of criminal behavior. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Advanced Placement World History
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, perceived through the lenses of different societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks coupled with their causes and consequences, as well as, comparisons among major societies. The course presents a broad survey of the history of the world between 8000 B.C.E. to the present in order to understand whence we’ve come and to better predict where we are going. Tenth grade students taking this course will be prepared for the Global History Regents. All students are required to take the AP Examination in World History in May, and there is a fee for the exam. Open to 12th graders.
History 103 The United States to 1877
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 3
Starting with a brief examination of America before 1492, this survey examines the major events and central ideas in United States history from the colonial era to 1877. Prerequisite: 80+ overall average
History 104 The United States Since 1877
SHS CREDIT .5 / SUNY ADIRONDACK CREDIT 3
Starting in 1877, this survey emphasizes the policies and programs of the Roosevelt, Wilson and Truman presidencies and devotes significant attention to the origins and consequences of American participation in the two World Wars. Prerequisite: 80+ overall average
American History through Popular Culture
“American History through Popular Culture” is a full year course that examines our history through the lens of the media, trends, music, fads, television, advertising, and Cinema. Topics that are covered include but are not limited to the portrayal of the American family in the 1950’s, the counter culture and protest movements of the 1960’s, the Age of the Eighties Icons, as well as our views post 9/11. Prerequisite: successful completion of United
States History and Government including the
Career and Technical Education
Auto Body Repair
This is a two-year program based on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) task lists for painting and refinishing and non-structural analysis and damage repair. Includes safety, use of computer/ tools/technology,body alignment, dent removal, welding, painting, refinishing, trim, glass work, and shop operations. This program also offers live work on vehicles owned by real customers and a new state-of-the-art paint booth.
This is a two-year program based on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)/ task lists for brakes; electrical and electronic systems; engine performance; steering and suspension. This program includes the latest technologies to build diagnostic and repair skills for working on modern vehicles. The program also offers live work on vehicles owned by real customers. A wide variety of internships are available.
Environmental Conservation & Forestry
The conservation program focuses on managing natural resources including forests, fish and wildlife, water and soil, wetlands, and other ecological and environmental aspects. Program emphasizes safety, and operation and preventative maintenance/repair of equipment used to manage natural resources. Students spend a majority of time outdoors in “land labs.” Students learn surveying, tree and lumber grading, leaf and tree identifications, soil sampling, and orienteering.
Competency-based modules are and include residential construction modules such as safety, tools and equipment, blueprints, building materials, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs, roofing, windows and doors, site layout, foundations, interior and exterior finishing, and project management.
This is a two-year program dedicated to preparing students for current and emerging careers in the professions of natural hair styling, aesthetics, nail specialty and cosmetology, and to operate an appearance enhancement business. Students are expected to participate, under supervision, in the actual operation of a full service salon on each campus, catering to real customers, in order to gain management skills and customer service experience.
Criminal Justice Studies
This is a two-year program based, in large part, on the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) education and training objectives and curriculum. This program promotes a philosophy of prevention rather than apprehension and covers topics such as terrorism, VIP protection, disaster control, homeland security, emergency planning, crowd control, law, crisis intervention, public relations, and professional ethics.
Culinary Arts & Hospitality
The Culinary Arts curriculum includes basic food preparation, purchasing, inventory control, culinary nutrition, culinary techniques, pastry arts, accounting and cost control, sanitation, workplace safety, and hospitality management. Units of instruction include front and back of house operation, menu planning and developing, food cost and control, and an introduction to hospitality management and marketing.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program emphasizes child development, counseling, health, safety, nutrition, and curriculum development. The program stresses nurturing the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of the young child. Students participate, under supervision, in an on-site preschool for 3 and 4 year olds, similar to instruction labs found on college campuses.
Graphic & Visual Communication
This is a two-year program based on current and future trends and practices in the industry. This program incorporates audio and video editing, animation, digital photography and illustration, and the basics of layout and design for all mediums (television, print, internet). It uses state-of-the-art computers and digital equipment to create websites, brochures, and videos.
HVAC & Refrigeration
This is a two-year program aligned with the most current Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Excellence modules relevant for this geographic area and industry needs/trends. It includes skills required for installation, service and repair of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment and systems in both residential and commercial applications. The program integrates shop operations, job planning and estimating, customer service, professionalism and ethics.
Heavy Equipment Maintenance & Operation
This program is competency based and includes safety, diesel engine theory and overhaul, hydraulic systems, and the operation and maintenance, diagnosis and repair of construction-related equipment (e.g., backhoes, bulldozers, bucket loaders, excavators, dump trucks).
This is a two-year program aligned with the USTA requirements for basic licensing as a trainer/driver. It encompasses equine systems and physiology, nutrition, health, disease, and emergency medical care. The program integrates daily care of horses, the role of the caretaker, safety, professionalism, handling of horses, breaking a yearling, and training of Standard breeds for racing. Students also learn about stable management, which entails everything from purchasing food to breeding, purchasing, and selling. Students spend a majority of their time at the Saratoga Equine Sports Center, where they learn and apply equine and veterinary science on live, Standard bred horses.
Horticulture, Landscaping, & Floral Design
This is a two-year program that incorporates contemporary knowledge, skills, and trends found in the horticulture and landscaping industries. It integrates horticulture principles, landscape design, greenhouse production, floral design, retail sales, merchandising, and shop management. It covers botany, soil, science, plant propagation, and integrated pest management (IPM). Students design landscaping for some of the area’s finest gardens and see their vision grow from start to finish. Each educational center operates a student-run greenhouse and floral shop on-site.
This is a two-year program that offers the Nurse Assisting curriculum in the first year and Health Occupations (including Medical Assisting) in the second year. Nurse Assisting teaches skills in basic nurse assisting, medical terminology, safety, body mechanics, and communication. Students participate in a clinical setting, under supervision, during both years. The environments may be nursing homes, hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, insurance companies and community agencies.
This program includes Industrial Welding Levels I, II, and III, skills in oxygen/acetylene welding, including the cutting torch, brazing, running a bead, and multiple pass welds. Basic rod identification and use of both E-6010 and E-7018 welding rods, mig and tig welding, layout and design are all included. Curriculum integrates safety, blueprint reading, electrode selection, joint design, rigging, metallurgy, quality, symbols, reading welding detail drawings, and technology in all welding\ instruction. For more in-depth information concerning course outlines and requirements, please visit www.wswheboces.org.