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  • Department Requirement: 4 credits to include 1 course in Literature and an English course to be taken each school year

    Core Classes

    This course will offer an in-depth study of the American experience through a rich variety of literature from Native American writings to modern novels. Students will learn about the major writers and time periods, as well as the various periods of American literature and the ideas that shaped the writing of those times. Students will be challenged to study how various genres of writing and speaking transformed over time as America grew and cities were built. Students will learn to understand authors in relation to their historical settings; gather biographical information; and write literary essays, research papers, and personal responses.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    *Typically an 11th grade course

    This course will model college-level composition courses with an emphasis on expository, analytical, argumentative, personal and reflective writing on a variety of subjects. Students will learn to write effectively through rhetorical choices appropriate to audience, message, and medium. Teacher and peer writing feedback and revisions will be a large component of the course. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary/diction, grammatical conventions, organization, and effective use of tone and voice to achieve desired goals of the compositions. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare for the College Board AP English Language and Composition exam, which, with a qualifying score, can earn students college credit in English Composition at many post-secondary institutions.

    This highly advanced course engages students in the critical analysis of fiction. Students will study representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Critical analysis of literary works will include both social and historical perspectives so that students can reflect on multiple interpretations of literature. Students are strongly encouraged to read Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby over the summer months. The ultimate goal of the course is to prepare for the College Board AP English Literature and Composition exam, which, with a qualifying score, can earn students college credit in English Composition at many post-secondary institutions.

    This course is designed to help seniors develop practical reading and writing skills for the workplace. Areas of focus include author’s perspective and craft choices in career- and goal-oriented fiction writing, structures of informational nonfiction writing, verbal and written communication, and persuasive writing. We will explore how literature can help students make personal and career choices, and we will practice sharing information from research with others in an engaging way. Students will construct a personalized resume and cover letter. The capstone of the course will be the development of a business proposal that solves a problem or meets a need selected by the student.

    *Typically a 12th grade course

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    Experience the cultures of the world through fiction, poetry, and memoirs. Throughout the year students will read works from Africa, Japan, China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East to compare cultural perceptions of love and marriage, childhood, careers, and justice.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    *Typically a 12th grade course

    This course will introduce students to a variety of reading and writing skills that will help them to become familiar with literary terms, text structures, and reading strategies. They will learn how to develop their writing in response to the literature using narratives, argument writing, and informational writing. Students will read texts that will include short stories, poems, nonfiction texts, and drama. Students will begin to prepare for the Literature Keystone exam in this course.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    *Typically a 9th grade course

    This course is a continuation of Literature and Composition 1 as students finish preparing for the Literature Keystone exam in the Spring. Students will read novels as well as online texts to show mastery of literature standards for fiction and nonfiction. They will be able to apply critical reading and thinking skills to help analyze and evaluate texts. They will continue to develop writing skills in response to the literature.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    *Typically a 10th grade course

    This course is designed around the pillars of literacy. It prioritizes reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and written expression. The class actively monitors a student’s progression as a reader and as a writer.

    Electives

    Students will learn about the best ways to communicate in our digital world in order to share their thoughts and ideas. Short modern novels will be read and discussed. Students will be expected to respond using a variety of online media, such as blogs, forums, discussion boards, and images.

    In this writing-intensive course, students will be introduced to the major genres of writing, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Through lessons, class discussions, and selected readings, students will learn about the elements of good writing. Students will build a variety of writing techniques and skills through both short- and long-term writing assignments.

    This asynchronous course will look at fictional and non-fictional storytelling techniques, both written and visual, as well as how this genre influences modern media. Works will include memoirs, interpretative history, and more conventional fiction

    This course is a literature course exploring the relationship between print and screen, using literary criticism to examine authors’ purpose in narrative and the cultural interpretation as it is transformed into an alternative media.

  • Department Requirement: 3.0 credits to include 1 course in Algebra

    Core Classes

    In this Pennsylvania Algebra I Keystone Exam aligned course, students will be introduced to linear equations and inequalities in one variable, ratio and proportion, operations with radicals and radical functions and exponents and exponential functions. The course will conclude with the study of linear and quadratic functions, linear models and graphs of linear equations and inequalities. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the physically proctored Pennsylvania Algebra I Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP

    This course reviews the ideas and concepts taught in Algebra 1 along with a serious investigation of advanced algebraic concepts including: quadratic equations, systems of equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices and determinants, polynomial functions and radical functions and exponents.

    Pre-Requisite – Algebra 1

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    Description TBA. This is a Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone Exam aligned class.

    This is a college level course that covers material equal to 1 semester of college work. Students are required to have and use a graphing calculator. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways, determine limits of expressions, understand the meaning of a derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, define the derivative of a function and find the derivative and integral of functions, apply differentiation techniques to the Theory of Extrema to sketch functions, solve related rates problems, optimization problems, and apply the Mean Value Theorem, understand the meaning of the definite integral, apply integration techniques to area between curves, volumes, length of curves and average value of function, use trigonometric and algebraic substitutions, and solve differential equations.

    Pre-Requisite – Pre-Calculus

    This course is designed to prepare students, who have successfully completed AP Calculus AB, for the BC level Advanced Placement Examination of the College Board. It is a college level course that covers material equivalent to a 2nd course in college calculus. This is a rigorous course which requires mastery and recall of all AP Calculus AB topics.

    Pre-Requisite – AP Calculus AB

    This is a college level course that covers material equal to 1 semester of college work. This course is activity driven, with applications in gaming scenarios, population growth, and sports. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to perform exploratory analysis of data, making use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns, apply sampling techniques to estimate population statistics, anticipate patterns by producing models using probability and simulation, and make statistical inferences using appropriate models.

    This is the second of two year-long courses in the alternative Algebra 1 sequence. This course will focus primarily on systems of linear equations and inequalities as well as exponents and polynomial expressions, and data analysis. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam at the conclusion of this course.

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    This high school level calculus course is designed to provide the student with the background to use calculus in sciences, social sciences, and business applications. It also provides an excellent foundation for further work in calculus. The instructional approach emphasizes both applications and the theoretical basis of calculus.

    Pre-Requisite – Pre-Calculus

    Available Sections: Honors, CP

    This class is a bridge to prepare you for college-level math courses. This will include topics from Geometry, Algebra 2, and SAT preparations. Students will extend their learning through real world applications of algebraic, geometric, and statistical concepts. The class will include a review of the families of functions (linear, exponential, and quadratic), measures of central tendency, standard deviation, probability, combinations, permutations, properties of polygons, area and perimeter of two-dimensional figures, surface area and volume of three-dimensional figures, algebraic and geometric transformations, and right triangle trigonometry.

    This class will emphasize making connections within the concept of plane geometry. Students will be introduced to inductive and deductive reasoning,
    logic and proof including two column proofs, thinking logically and precisely, the basic principles of plane and coordinate geometry, development of problem solving skills, and full integration of algebra and geometry. Additionally, this class will prepare students for more advanced work in mathematics in other high
    school and college classes.


    Available Sections: Honors, CP

    This course is the first of two year-long courses in the alternative Algebra 1 sequence. This course will focus primarily on linear relationships, with an emphasis on the algebraic manipulation of linear expressions, equations, and inequalities, as well as graphing and modeling with linear functions.

    Class Description TBA.

    This course is designed to help prepare students for the financial challenges they will face in life after high school. Topics covered include the concept of “financial health” which compares the discipline required to maintain financial health to the discipline required to keep physically healthy; budgeting; and banking. The course will end with the “real world” calculator. Students have the opportunity to interact with a hypothetical post-graduation budget based on actual starting salary data for over 40 professional fields.

    This course reinforces and extends the topics covered in Algebra 2 and provides an introduction to Trigonometry. Topics covered include equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, polynomials, rational functions and expressions, radicals, exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric topics covered include the definitions and graphs of the trig functions, identities and equations, and practical applications.

    Pre-Requisite – Algebra 2

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    Electives

    Complete class description can be found in the Innovation Academy section of this site.

    This semester-long course is designed for students who are interested in or challenged by puzzles and mathematical problems. Throughout the course, students will use the familiar operations as the starting point of intriguing investigations into a variety of math and logic puzzles.

    This course is an introduction to the concepts of probability. Topics include randomness, theoretical and experimental probability, probability rules, counting rules, distributions, and calculating expected values. Students will develop analytical skills through interpreting data and making connections with actual events. This course pairs well with Statistics. It may be take before, after, or independently of Statistics.

    This course is an introduction into concepts and methods of statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics of categorical and quantitative data, the normal model, scatter plots, data collection, and an introduction to inference. Students will develop analytical skills through interpreting data and making connections with actual events.

  • Department Requirement: 3.0 credits to include 1 course in Biology

    Core Classes

    This course is designed for students who have an interest in biology/environmental themes. The class is an extension of environmental/ecology topics that were covered in the student’s first year Biology class. This is a multi-disciplinary science course that applies scientific concepts to real world problems and dilemmas. Course topics include traditional and experimental ecology, types of pollution, energy sources, oceanography, global trends, economics, ethics, and sustainability.

    This Pennsylvania Keystone aligned course examines the concepts and processes of life science. Topics include cell chemistry and function, heredity, evolutionary theory and ecology. All topics will focus on the principles that govern biological processes observed in the natural world. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the physically proctored Pennsylvania Biology Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.

    Available Sections: AP, Honors, CP, Career

    In this course, students will learn about matter, its chemical structure and properties, and the changes it undergoes. Topics include atomic structure, stoichiometry, solutions, gas laws, periodic law, bonding, molecular orbital theory, equilibrium, acids, and bases.

    Available Sections: AP, Honors, CP, Career

    This class explores the complex interactions between living organisms and their non-living environments as well as current environmental concerns and strategies for conservation and preservation. It examines the vital role that humans play in the global ecosystem. All topics focus on the scientific principles that govern ecological processes that can be observed in the natural world.

    This class will emphasize the development of basic scientific skills and concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. In addition, scientific vocabulary and reading comprehension will be addressed to assist students in furthering their science education. This class is also designed to support students in mastering key concepts in preparation for the Keystone Biology exam. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the Pennsylvania Biology Keystone exam at the conclusion of this class.

    This course will introduce students to fundamental biological principles. Students will learn about the chemistry of life, the basics of cells and cell processes, genetics, and ecology. Students will also learn how other scientific fields, such as chemistry, play an important role in the functions of life.

    Available Sections: CP, Career

    Physics is an important, relevant, and enjoyable discipline which includes the topics of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. In the various levels of this science course, students learn by doing, experiencing practical applications as well as theoretical aspects of the discipline. Students gain an understanding of how Physics applies to everyday life while preparing for the challenges of science at the college level.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    Electives

    This course investigates the study of anatomical structures, physiological systems, and body functions. Students will review human structural and functional organization at both the microscopic and macroscopic level. Units will include discussions of the basic body systems including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous, and integumentary systems. The course also includes the study of recent advances in medical technology.

    This course provides an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to an understanding of our planet and the astronomical, geological, and meteorological processes that occur daily. Students will examine the specific natural events that impact our lives and the natural causes of those events.

    Complete class descriptions can be found in the Innovation Academy section of this site.

  • Department Requirement: 3.0 credits to include 1 course in Civics (or Government)

    Core Classes

    This course requires students to analyze United States government and explore economic theory and practice. After examining the underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution, students will begin to interpret and apply the Constitution to governmental policy. Students will develop an understanding of the principles and processes of formal institutions and informal institutions. The course will introduce students to the economic perspective, and students will develop an understanding of economic indicators and the role of government in economic decision-making. The course will emphasize the importance of civic life and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Finally, students will examine civil liberties and public policy from both a legal/theoretical and a practical perspective.

    This course is designed to help students become active, productive citizens of the U.S. Throughout the course, students will learn what government is, how the American government functions, and what they can do to become an ideal citizen of the U.S. Topics covered include a study of citizenship and the American government.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    This course covers a time span that begins in the early 1500s and continues to the present day. By the end of the course, students will have developed an understanding of contemporary world history by studying subjects such as WWII, the Cold War, and the Modern Era.

    Available Sections: Honors, CP, Career

    This course investigates the events that occurred in the US as well as those that impacted the US during the 1800s through the 1970s. Throughout the course, students will explore a major events that shaped the future decades and generations of the United State, its allies, and also its enemies. The course will also look to highlight the accomplishments and challenges of minorities throughout these periods and their contributions to the development of American history. Students will learn how to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented.

    Available Sections: AP, Honors, CP, Career

    Electives

    In John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants, he wrote of the “importance of immigration to America” explaining that, “The contribution of immigrants can be seen in every aspect of our national life. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background. Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” This class will use Kennedy’s work as a framework to explore immigration to the United States. We will look at the causes of immigration from global regions, the challenges different immigrant groups faced in the U.S., and the contributions these groups have made in the creation of American society.

    Using primary sources and firsthand accounts, this semester-long class will present an in-depth look at black history in America, from enslavement through the Civil Rights Movement. While students will learn about the changing social, political, and economic discrimination African Americans faced from slavery, through the Jim Crow era, and during the Civil Rights Movement, emphasis will also be placed on the achievements and contributions African Americans have made to the U.S. By studying the past, students will also have a better understanding of current events.

    This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental tools for economic thinking. The course will examine decision-making by consumers and producers. Students will also analyze supply and demand, pricing and production, and providing goods and services. Business decisions, such as wages, material costs, and sales revenue will also be analyzed. Lastly, students will gain an understanding of economic relationships on a local, national, and international levels.

    Have you ever wondered about the brain and how it works? Or why we feel happy or sad? Psychology seeks to explain those things and more! In this full-year elective class, students will learn about and discuss the basics of psychology and the study of it. The class will explore how the brain works and thinks, why we feel and act the way we do, and much more!

    In this class, students will learn about the important roles that women
    played in America from the pre-colonial era up until the present day. Key topics include the contributions of women before and during the Revolutionary War, the abolitionist, suffrage, civil rights, and feminist movements, as well as key pieces of legislation, particularly those obtained during the 1970s. Current issues will
    also be examined. 

  • Department Requirement: 2.0 credits

    Complete class description can be found in the English Department section of this site.

    In this course students will focus on learning how to draw using elements and principles of design. Students will learn about art history and a variety of approaches to drawing. Form and value will be discovered using gesture and contour drawing, value studies of 3D forms, and still life paintings. Students will explore composition and figure/portrait development.

    In this course, students will create a variety of art projects using the elements and principles of design. Projects will be based on various periods from Art history including Surrealism, pop art, and cultural art studies. Projects aim to help develop individual self-expression and style.

    Pre-Requisite – Art 1

    Studying children helps an individual understand the importance of personal development, the developmental processes of children, and careers in the childcare/educational field. By understanding how an child develops intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, students are empowered to make choices for themselves and others to optimize their quality of life. Students taking this course will also learn about the role of a parent and how to build self-esteem within the family.

    Complete class description can be found in the English Department section of this site.

    This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, design principles, skill sets and techniques of photography. Students will learn about the capabilities and functions of the camera; dissect art elements and principles; and explore each one closely in an effort to understand photographic composition. Students will also learn how to edit and manipulate photographic images.

    Complete class description can be found in the Innovation Academy Section of this site.

    Complete course description can be found in the English section.

    This course is designed to provide students with basic information and skills needed to function effectively within the family as well as a changing, complex society. Emphasis is placed on the principles of meal management and preparation.

    Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate to Art. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the class to determine whether class goals and objectives were met and award credit.

    Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate to Family and Consumer Sciences. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the class to determine whether class goals and objectives were met and award credit.

    Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects
    that are independently approved and relate to Music. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the class to determine whether class goals and objectives were met and award credit.

    In this course, students will explore the connection between movies and music by studying topics such as music’s role in films throughout history and the uses of music to complement movie plots.

    This course is designed to expose students to the elements of music and the primary musical periods of traditional Western European classical music to the jazz age. Students will learn the basics of music reading, study a variety of composers and musicians, and listen to a variety of musical examples.

    Complete course description can be found in the English section.

  • Department Requirement: 1.0 credit to include a Health (Wellness) and a PE course to be taken each school year

    Core Classes

    In this course, students are provided with instruction and practice in the ten health skills: communication, refusal skills, conflict resolution, accessing information, analyzing influences, practicing healthful behaviors, stress management, decision making, advocacy, and goal setting. Studies show that regular physical activity is essential to good health and wellness. Students will learn basic fitness terminology, as well as how physical activity benefits both the body and mind.

    Students will work collaboratively with teachers to design projects that are independently approved and relate to Physical Education. Student evaluations will be conducted by the teacher upon completion of the class to determine whether class goals and objectives were met and award credit.

    In this course, students will learn to make informed decisions that will assist them both now and in the future. Course work has been developed using scientific evidence that has shown regular physical activity is essential to good health and wellness. Students will learn basic fitness terminology as well as how physical activity benefits both the body and mind. Students will research and choose fitness activities that promote lifelong participation.

    In this course, students will practice making informed health and fitness decisions that will assist them now and in the future. Many assignments in this course are based upon research from the AHA indicating that the primary cause of death in the United States, heart disease, can be treated with daily participation in physical activity. Students will review basic fitness terminology and benefits. The students will also be introduced to the steps of the personalized fitness program design process.

    In this class for seniors only, students will learn and review many of the concepts necessary for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Included in this class are the health-related fitness components; lifetime fitness activities; and the mental, social, and physical benefits of exercise. Students will also learn the basic principles of a fitness program.

    Electives

    The objective of this elective class is for every student to obtain certification through the American Red Cross Heart Saver CPR/AED program. Classes, held once a week, will cover topics on the certification exam. Assignments and resources to be completed outside of class will be posted to prepare students for the certification exam.

  • Complete course offerings and descriptions can be found on our Innovation Academy page.

    Complete course offerings and descriptions can be found on our Innovation Academy page.

    Complete course offerings and descriptions can be found on our Innovation Academy page.

  • Department Requirement: This program is designed to allow students to earn elective credit for participating in a weekly paid position or a non-paid internship. Students with an Individualized Educational Program should contact their Learning Support teacher for alternative eligibility, pre-requisites, and requirements.

    This course will provide students a framework with which to develop their work and career readiness skills. Students who have found a non-paid internship experience, and who can volunteer/work a minimum of 60 hours per 9 week quarterly period, will have the opportunity to earn 0.5 credits per quarter. Students will be responsible for weekly check-ins with their teacher (to include adequate progress on their quarterly grade sheet), criteria based on a quarterly assessment (rubric will be provided), and a final presentation of their experience. Students must maintain a passing GPA in their core classes and appropriate school attendance, quarterly, to be eligible to remain in the program for the next quarterly period.

    Pre-Requisite: Students must be in the 12th grade or 18 years of age.

    This course will provide students a framework with which to develop their work and career readiness skills. Students who have found paid employment, and who can work a minimum of 60 hours per 9 week quarterly period, will have the opportunity to earn 0.5 credits per quarter. Students will be responsible for weekly check-ins with their teacher (to include adequate progress on their quarterly grade sheet), criteria based on a quarterly assessment (rubric will be provided), and a final presentation of their experience. Students must maintain a passing GPA in their core classes and appropriate school attendance, quarterly, to be eligible to remain in the program for the next quarterly period.

    Pre-Requisite: Students must be in the 10th grade or 16 years of age.

  • Courses offered by AHCCS

    In this independent study class, students will be provided with all the information needed to earn their driver's license. Interactive lessons are used to examine up-to-date safe-driving techniques. Students who take this class will enjoy an effective, high-quality driver's education class that will teach them everything they need to know to become safe, confident drivers. The 24/7 online access is perfect for those students who may not have the time to attend traditional driver's education classes.

    Complete class description can be found in the Arts And Humanities section.

    Complete class description can be found in the Arts and Humanities section.

    Complete class description can be found in the Arts and Humanities section.

    Complete class description can be found in the Physical Education Department section.

    Third-Party Courses

    AHCCS offers its AP courses through FLVS, which is an online school dedicated to personalized learning. They offer dedicated, certified teachers, while AHCCS teachers are on hand to provide support as needed.
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Statistics
    • AP U.S. Government and Politics

    AHCCS joins more than 20,000 schools and districts around the world that have integrated Rosetta Stone Solutions into their curriculum to support the growing need for language skills. The following languages are offered to interested students to study independently using Rosetta Stone. Students must have a teacher recommendation and be passing all current courses to be eligible to take an Independent Study language course. Additionally, interested students must have received a C average or higher on their most recent report card or POD report and must begin the course before the second marking period. Each language typically has 3-5 levels of study available. Completion of a level is equal to one academic credit. Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in taking a language that is not listed below.

    • Arabic
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Greek
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Spanish

AP and Honors Courses
Our Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level courses taught according to syllabi prescribed by The College Board Advanced Placement Program and/or to courses designed to prepare students for College Board AP Tests. Success in AP courses can be an important factor in admission to colleges and universities. Successful performance on AP Tests (a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a 5-point scale) may lead to college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. AP courses receive appropriate weight when the Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated.

Honors courses allow students to explore topics in greater depth than non-honors courses. Honors students will complete projects that enrich their understanding of topics and the links between them. Honors level courses are listed as such on the students’ transcripts.


Graduation Requirements
Students must successfully complete 21.0 cumulative credits in grades 9-12 as follows:
*Beginning with the class of 2018-2019, students must successfully complete 23.0 cumulative credits in grades 9-12 as follows:

  • 4.0 credits in English to include 1 course in Literature and an English course to be taken each school year
  • 3.0 credits in Mathematics to include 1 course in Algebra
  • 3.0 credits in Science to include 1 course in Biology
  • 3.0 credits in Social Studies to include 1 course in Civics (or Government)
  • 1.0 credit in Health and Physical Education, to include Health (Wellness), and a PE course to be taken each school year
  • 2.0 credits in Arts and Humanities
  • 5.0 credits (*7.0 credits) in electives to include 0.25 credits in Graduation Project. Any course that has not been counted to fulfill other graduation requirements as indicated in this site shall also satisfy this requirement. Two credits in the Innovation Academy are highly encouraged, but not required.
  • 21.0 total credits
  • *23.0 total credits