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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 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 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 the PA Core standards to prepare students for the 8th grade PSSA, as well as to equip students to take Algebra. Topics include linear equations (including systems) and inequalities, applications of radicals and exponents, geometric transformations, data analysis, and real world geometry. Problem-solving is used to develop higher-order thinking while displaying understanding of computations.

    In this Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam aligned course, students will be introduced to linear equations and inequalities in two variables, ratios and proportions, and operations with exponents and polynomials. The course will conclude with the study of linear functions, linear models and graphs of linear equations and inequalities (including systems), and data analysis. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the Pennsylvania Algebra I Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    In this course students will explore the principles of design. Students will learn about shape, pattern, and perspective with an emphasis on drawing with elements of creative writing.

    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.

    As a teenager, it sometimes feels like you have a million different things to balance. You have school, friends, family, and maybe even a job. This course will help you improve your ability to solve problems, make decisions, and use resources that are available to you.

    A lot goes into cooking and planning a quality meal. In this course, you will learn 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.

    This course serves as an introduction to many musical topics. Students will explore 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.

    In this course, students will explore 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 theatre, 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.

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