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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.

  • This course introduces 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

    This course is a combination of various elective subjects to help 7th graders explore opportunities that will be available in 8th grade and high school.

    This course is a combination of various elective subjects to expose 8th graders to opportunities that will be available in high school and beyond.

    In this course, students will complete both health and physical education assignments. They will cover topics such as nutrition, dealing with stress and conflict, the dangers of addiction and disease, and safety. They will also learn about healthy physical activity, and strategies to track it.

    In this course, students will complete both health and physical education assignments. They will cover topics such as drugs and alcohol, self-esteem and body image, mental and emotional health, and other important and relevant health topics. They will also learn about healthy physical activity, and strategies to track it.

    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 Dynamic Immersion® method used within this program allows student to engage with the language through images, repetition, and scaffolding without need of English-to-Language translating. Rosetta Stone also offers ease of learning through a mobile application for students on the go. A school facilitator will oversee the students’ progress in this self-paced online course, as well grade assignments, and help keep students on track to complete their language level in a timely manner. Students must have at least a B in all courses and receive approval from their guidance counselor in order to enroll in an independent language course. Each language typically has 3-5 levels of study available. Completion of a level is equal to one academic credit. The following languages are offered through Rosetta Stone Solutions. 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                         

    Courses are offered in Entrepreneurship, Emerging Technologies, and Computer Science. Please see our course descriptions in the Innovation Academy section.

  • 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.

    Learn about programming with the MicroBit by blending hardware design and software development. Discover computer science concepts and develop skills while creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Solve real-world problems by designing your own prototypes. By the end of this class, you'll feel there's nothing you can't do! Guidance Counselor recommendation required. Enrollment subject to seat availability.

    Are you interested in creating and building projects? Discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in your lives. You will be challenged and empowered to use and apply what you learn to solve real-world problems by designing your own prototypes. Guidance Counselor recommendation required.

  • Drone Innovators

    Department Requirement: Drone Innovators is designed to immerse middle school and high school students in STEM related careers through drone education using a series of online creative problem-solving micro-course.

    Be immersed in virtual search and rescue missions performed by drones. You will learn how drone SAR teams operate to get the job done. Drone technology is in your future. Search and rescue is just one of many ways drones will change how we do things - inspections, construction, law enforcement, and agriculture, to name a few. Learn about drones, autonomous flight, and the foundations of the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam! Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone. Search and Rescue by Drone – part 1 and 2 are required to take more advanced drone courses. 

    In part 2, the SAR missions become trickier. How do we complete missions with drone flight safety regulations, FAA flight standards, flight principles, & drone design in mind? This course emphasizes drone flight safety and the law. FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam safety and legal questions are discussed. Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone. Prerequisite – successful completion of SAR by Drone part 1 Search and Rescue by Drone – part 1 and 2 are required to take more advanced drone courses.

    Middle School Technology Courses

    Department Requirement: The following courses are available to middle school students with guidance recommendation.

    Schoolyard Ventures, offered to Achievement House students, is an innovative program that helps teens launch businesses, non-profits and other real-world projects that are meaningful to them. The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp gives students an introduction to the program and helps them develop ideas for starting their own business.

    Schoolyard Ventures provides students with curriculum, workshops, mentorship, and micro-capital to help them launch their own businesses. Students are encouraged to experiment with various business ideas and progress in the program at their own pace. Instructors and mentors help with  this process, as students work to bring their product to market. Prerequisite - Schoolyard Ventures Entrepreneurship Boot Camp 

    This course will cover computing fundamentals, applications, and communications & networks, and will prepare students to take the IC3 certification exam. IC3 Global Standard exam objectives are aligned with today's most current technologies and relevant digital literacy requirements, including social media, collaboration, and cloud computing concepts. The GS4 certification is comprised of three individual exams and is designed to validate competency in three key areas: Computing Fundamentals, Living Online, and Key Applications.

    How would you like to code a robot to move, create a virtual reality video game, or even program NASAs space shuttles? The first step to any of this is learning Python. This is a coding language that is being used in many newest technologies of today. This entry level course will open you up to a world of opportunities and give you the programming foundation needed to take the Raspberry Pi robotics courses. Are you ready for the challenge?

    This is a continuation of the Intro to Python class. This course digs deeper into the Python programming language and project-based learning where students have the chance to design and build races cars, robotic arms and more. Prerequisite - successful completion of Intro to Python.

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