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Courses

  • Department Requirement: Students must complete a core English course. Students are placed into appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the 7th grade PA Core English Language Arts standards. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize author's purpose, points of view, and language development. Students will learn how to effectively write using persuasive, argumentative, expository, and descriptive writing styles. Students will display a mastery of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

    This course is designed to help 7th grade students explore and respond to literature, including fictional and nonfictional novels, poetry, graphic novels, plays, informational texts, and short stories. Students will use the 6 Traits Writing Program to improve their skills and engage in a creative writing unit that will also address mechanics, conventions, and parts of speech.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the 8th grade PA Core English Language Arts standards. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize author's purpose, points of view, and language development. Students will learn how to effectively write using persuasive, argumentative, expository, and descriptive writing styles. Students will display a mastery of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

    This course is designed to help 8th grade students explore and respond to literature, including fictional and nonfictional novels, poetry, graphic novels, plays, informational texts, and short stories. Students will be given the opportunity to master the 6 Traits Writing Program through a variety of engaging writing prompts.

  • Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Mathematics course each year. Students are placed into appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA Core standards to prepare students for the 7th grade PSSA. It is designed to equip students for an Algebra course in their future coursework. Students will use algebraic expressions, real numbers, proportions, percents, equations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability to solve real world problems.

    This course is aligned to PA Core standards to prepare students for the 7th grade PSSA. It is designed to equip students with a mastery of the standards and prepare them to meet success. Students will authentically apply their learning towards solving problems involving algebraic expressions, real numbers, proportions, percents, equations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability to solve real world problems.

    This course is aligned to the PA Core standards to prepare students for the 8th grade PSSA.  It is designed to equip students to take Algebra in their future coursework.  Students will authentically apply their learning towards solving problems involving linear equations (including systems) and inequalities, applications of radicals and exponents, geometric transformations, data analysis, and real world geometry.

    This course is aligned to the PA Core standards to prepare students for the 8th grade PSSA, as well . It is designed to equip students with a mastery of the standards and prepare them to meet success. Students will authentically apply their learning towards solving problems involving linear equations (including systems) and inequalities, applications of radicals and exponents, geometric transformations, data analysis, and real world geometry. 

    In this Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam aligned course, students will be introduced to linear equations and inequalities in one variable, ratio and pro-portion, operations with radicals and radical functions and exponents and exponential functions. The class will conclude with the study of linear and quadratic functions, linear models and graphs of linear equations and inequalities. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the physically proctored Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam at the conclusion of the class.
    Prerequisite – A score of Advanced on PSSAs and recommendation from guidance counselor.

  • Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Science course each year. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA standards. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize informational text, as well as various theories of science. Further, this course will introduce students to fundamental science principles in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences. Topics covered will include structure and function of organisms, ecology, matter and energy, motion and force, earth features, weather and climate, and astronomy.

    This course will introduce students to fundamental science principles in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences. Topics covered will include structure and function of organisms, ecology, matter and energy, motion and force, earth features, weather and climate, and astronomy.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA science standards. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize informational text, as well as various theories of science. Further, this course is designed to support and reinforce mastery of the concepts in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences, with special focus on the nature of science. Topics include structure and function of organisms, ecological behavior and systems, properties of matter, energy transfer, principles of motion and force, atmospheric processes, and composition and structure of the universe. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

    This course is designed to support and reinforce mastery of the concepts in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences, with special focus on the nature of science. Topics include structure and function of organisms, ecological behavior and systems, properties of matter, energy transfer, principles of motion and force, atmospheric processes, and composition and structure of the universe. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

  • Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Social Studies course each year. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA standards. Students will be challenged to understand and evaluate the impact of physical and human characteristics upon places and regions. Further, students will understand, analyze, and evaluate the interactions between people and the environment.

    This course gives an overview of multiple topics in world history. Students will get a broad understanding of geography, early civilizations, ancient religions, and Egyptian and Roman history among other topics.

    This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA standards. Students will be challenged to interpret, evaluate, and analyze the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development of the United States. Students will compare historical documents and artifacts, which are critical to American history. In addition, students will analyze how continuity and change have impacted the development of the United States. Lastly, students will interpret, evaluate, and analyze how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations impacted the growth and development of the United States.

    This course will guide students through the first half of American history with a special focus on Pennsylvania history. Beginning with the very first people to reach North America and ending around 1900, students will explore a diverse array of historical topics, including Native American settlement; colonization; the American Revolution; the founding of the United States; and the Civil War.

  • These courses introduce students to the building blocks necessary to select and prepare for a career. By the end of 8th grade students will complete a career plan. Using the career exploration system, Naviance, students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio. The Career Readiness curriculum aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Career Education Standards which include:

    • Career Awareness and Preparation
    • Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
    • Career Retention and Advancement
    • Entrepreneurship

    In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of the elements of art and composition. Students will learn about form, balance, and symmetry, and will create a variety of art projects using dry media. An introduction to watercolor painting will also be given.

    This course is a combination of Art, Family and Consumer Science, and Music. Art topics include the fundamentals of the elements of art and composition, as well as  form, balance, and symmetry. Students will create a variety of art projects using dry media.  An introduction to watercolor painting will also be given. The Family and Consumer Science unit will help students improve their ability to solve problems, make decisions, and use resources available to them. Music topics include the basic elements of music and how they relate to music in society. Students will explore areas in music instruments, music ensembles, meaning in music, music history, and popular music in America. Critical listening skills will be used to evaluate musical performances in both classical and popular musical genres.

    This course is a combination of Art, Family and Consumer Science, and Music. Art topics include the principles of design. Students will learn about shape, pattern, and perspective with an emphasis on drawing with elements of creative writing. The Family and Consumer Science unit will teach students about things that affect the food you eat, how food affects people differently, and how to plan and prepare quality meals for yourself and your family. Music topics include how music is used as a form of communication. The main objective is for students to analyze, connect, and comprehend music on multiple levels and continue to develop critical listening skills. Students will examine how musical styles have evolved as part of American Culture. Students will study the art forms of jazz, musical theater, and film to understand how music is used as a tool to enhance an artist’s message. Students will also learn about music technology of the past and present and compose their own song.

    In this course, students will complete Health and Physical Education assignments on alternating weeks. They will cover topics such as nutrition, dealing with stress and conflict, the dangers of addiction and disease, and safety.

    In this course, students will complete Health and Physical Education assignments on alternating weeks. They will cover topics such as drugs and alcohol, self-esteem and body image, mental and emotional health, among other topics.

    STEM Project Lead the Way - PLTW prepares students to be innovative and productive leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. Prerequisite: Students must commit to regular live class attendance and receive guidance counselor recommendation.

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