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 Art Course Descriptions

Studio in Art I      Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                              Credits: ½
Prerequisite: None
This foundation course is an introduction to the study of artworks, artists and art periods. Students will explore the elements and principles of design, different media and various techniques that can be used in the creation of art.

Studio in Art 2     Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1
Students will learn about the principals of design and how they apply to works of art including their own. The study of artworks, artists and art periods will be continued as well as the exploration of different media and techniques.

Drawing & Painting I      Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                                     Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1 & 2
Students will explore specific techniques of various media used in drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic paint will be used.

Drawing & Painting 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                                       Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting 1
Students will explore conceptual ideas creating works of art in black and white, color and mixed media. Developing individual skills in drawing and painting will continue.

Visual Design I       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1&2
This course offers an introduction to design in the area of communication. Students will learn the basics of design and apply problem-solving skills in areas such as logo design, layout, advertising, product and display design as well as computer graphics.

Visual Design 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                             Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Visual Design I
Exploration of design will continue with the use of computers, digital cameras and video equipment. Students will use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker and IMovie. Video projects will include creating storyboards, filming and editing processes.

Sculpture I        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                        Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Studio in Art 1 & 2
A course which explores the fundamentals of three-dimensional works of art. Various techniques, processes and materials will be explored with a focus on form and content. Students will study different sculptors and learn about modeling, carving and casting.

Sculpture 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                        Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Sculpture I
A continuation and exploration of three-dimensional works of art. Students will learn various methods for using clay, including hand building and wheel throwing.

Advanced Studio 1 & 2       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                    Credits: ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of studio classes and instructor’s permission (request form)
A course designed for students who wish to pursue advanced level art. This course is also recommended for students planning to take Senior Studio. Students must be able to work independently and have a strong commitment to personal growth. Each student is required to create an individual semester plan, approved by the instructor, which includes personal goals and a specific area of study.

Senior Studio 1 & 2        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                   Credit ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of studio classes and instructor’s permission; Senior Studio 1
This course is designed for students who seriously plan to pursue art related careers and need to complete a portfolio for admission to college. Students must be able to work independently and have a strong commitment to personal growth.

Each student is required to create an individual semester plan, approved by the instructor, which includes a specific area of study and personal goals. Students will concentrate on individual expression and completion of a quality portfolio. Each student will show their work in a senior exhibit and present a written artist statement.

Photography 1 & 2         Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                Credits: ½ each semester
Prerequisite: Two years of Art Classes, including Visual Design                                                                       
This course will cover an introduction to the basics of both traditional Black and White and Digital Photography. The darkroom experience will include processing film and developing black and white prints using 35mm manual cameras. The digital portion of the course will cover scanning and use of Adobe Photoshop computer software.


 

 Business Course Descriptions

The faculty of the business department brings a combined wealth of real work experience from the workplace to the classroom, and in addition to the guidance counselors, is available to discuss career options. Students in other academic majors are encouraged to explore business course electives, especially as part of their post high school decision-making process.

CAP Accounting (College Advanced Program)       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                                                                             Credits: 1
This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation for understanding generally accepted accounting principles that may be applied to subsequent coursework at the college level, as well as real life situations. The course covers the complete cycle of double-entry bookkeeping including the use of computerized simulations in Microsoft Office Excel. Four (4) college credits will be granted in cooperation with Clinton Community College with a reduced tuition fee.

Business and Personal Law      Length of Course: 40 week
Grade Level: 11-12                                              Credits: 1
As an introductory law course, Business and Personal Law focuses on life-cycle legal themes. Stressing the ethical foundation of our legal system, students are introduced to the differences between criminal and civil law, legal contracts, insurance, employment contracts, marriage and divorce, rental property, buying a home, retirement income, social security, and wills. Students will examine the pros and cons of contemporary ethical issues. Students will prepare for and participate in a mock trial.

Business of Music         Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                                   Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Keyboarding
This one-half year course is offered to those students who have an interest in music and want to see how good business skills mixed with the right music equals big money. The course covers topics such as careers in the music industry, past and present trends in the musical industry, legal aspects, economics, marketing and entrepreneurship.

CAP Career Exploration Internship (College Advanced Program)       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 12                                                               Credits: ½
A half-credit course exclusively for qualified seniors; CEIP provides an opportunity for senior students to explore a career of their choice with a local partnership. An excellent course to help students decide direction for a college major or entry into the world of work. Student placements have included athletic training, banking and finance, criminal justice, government, education, environmental science and forestry, nursing, radiology, foreign language, physical and occupational therapy, journalism, building trades, television production, photography, computer technology, business, industrial and mechanical engineering, pharmacy, social services, and veterinary science. Three (3) college credits will be granted in cooperation with Clinton Community College with a reduced tuition fee.

Digital Communications I       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                                            Credits: ½
Prerequisite: Keyboarding
Communication skills are a key to success. In today's technological age there are numerous ways to communicate; in this class we will explore and learn to use these new technologies. Students will be exposed to skills they are expected to use in the business world.

Introduction to Occupations       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                                                    Credits: ½
Prerequisite: None
This one-half credit course is a requirement for all occupational education majors. Students are introduced to the realities of the world of work and the management of their own personal and financial resources. Topics covered include banking, credit, income tax, problem solving and career decision-making, letters of application and resumes, human relations, and the connection between business and the economy.

Keyboarding I       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 9-12                              Credits: ½
Prerequisite: None 
This is a beginning course designed to develop the students’ knowledge of correct keyboarding techniques, formatting of documents, speed, control, and accuracy on PC computers using Microsoft Office. The class projects provide students with hands-on experience using realistic business applications, all of which can be applied to their personal lives, school assignments, and world of work.

Yearbook        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Grade Level: 10-12                       Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Keyboarding
Students will produce the annual high school yearbook and experience many of the tasks related to production and marketing. Skills involved: meeting deadlines, developing ads, layout and design, tracking costs via spreadsheets, and desktop publishing.


 

 English

English 9          Length of Course: 40 weeks
English 9 students read a varied selection of short stories, plays poems and novels including Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet.  Students study these works, analyzing and discussing the literary elements within each genre. Students learn to define and apply the parts of speech.  They also practice organizing and developing literature-based, persuasive, descriptive, and personal narrative essays.  Students practice active listening through note-taking and listening comprehension activities.  Students develop critical thinking skills and are taught to apply those skills to the analysis of literature and the development of essays.  As one of the major projects in English 9, students are required to give literature-based presentations to an audience of their peers.  This public speaking engagement incorporates the use of technology.

English 9 Honors       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation     Credits: 1
This advanced freshmen class will focus on improving listening skills, grammar, reading comprehension, and literary analysis with an emphasis on analytical writing. Students will study a variety of short stories and poems, Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet, Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, and Sophocles tragic play, Oedipus the King. A biography unit and a young adult novel unit will also be part of the curriculum.

English 10       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: English 9                    Credits: 1
English 10 is a literature based class. Students work with three core texts: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies and Macbeth. In addition too these, students read several shorter pieces of literature including poems and short stories. Outside class, students are required to read independently and submit quarterly book projects based on that reading. Students learn to read for analysis, identify key literary elements, apply new vocabulary, and write literature based essays.

English 10 Honors      Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Completion of English 9 Honors or Teacher Recommendation             Credits: 1
English 10 Honors is a literature based class. Students work with four core texts: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Shakespear’s Macbeth and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Outside of class, students are required to read college level novels, submitting quarterly book projects based on these readings. In addition to these, students read several shorter pieces of literature including poems and short stories. Students learn to read for analysis, identify key literary elements, apply new vocabulary, and write literature based essays.

English 11         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: English 9 and 10                             Credits: 1
In English 11 students study a wide range of literature from the United States and develop their mastery of the English language. The course also prepares students for the statewide Comprehensive Examination administered to the Junior Class students. The course will contain studies of the various forms of American Literature including the short story, the novel, poetry, the play, and film. Also included will be a study and review of the techniques and skills that will best serve the students on the statewide exam: vocabulary, spelling, reading and listening comprehension, essay and composition writing, and literary analysis. The curriculum book list includes but is not limited to: Othello by William Shakespeare, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

English 11 Honors       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Completion of English 10 Honors or Teacher Recommendation        Credits: 1
In English 11 Honors, students study a wide range of literature from the United States and develop their mastery of the English language.  The course also prepares students for the statewide Comprehensive English regents exam administered to the Junior class students.  The course will contain studies of the various forms of American Literature including the short story, the novel, poetry, the play, and the statewide exam: vocabulary, spelling, reading, and listening comprehension, essay and composition writing and literary analysis.
English Honors differs from English 11 in that it is a more rigorous course and requires a higher level of critical thinking.  It is assumed that most of these students will take AP English their senior year and with that in mind, the Honors class will start to prepare them for a college English class.  To that end, Honors students will read more books than the other classes and they will also complete a greater number of literary anlalyses.

English 12          Length of Course: 40 Weeks
Prerequisite:  English 9, English 10 and English 11              Credits:1
English 12 is an intergrated study of world literature and analytical writing.  Major authors and literary works, the development of literature and literary genres, literary periods and developments, and the relationship between history and literature will be studied.  Instruction will focus on refining reading strategies; developing the ability to analyze and interpret literary texts; increasing vocabulary; and communicating and extending understanding.  The student will respond to, analyze and interpret literary texts; increasing vocabulary; and communicating and extending understanding.  The student will respond to, analyze and interpret literary texts in class discussion, projects and presentations, and essays.  Writing instruction will focus on refining, developing and applying writing process strategies with formal essays required,.  A senior research paper is also required.

AP English Literature and Composition (Advanced Placement)       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Advanced English Skills                                                                               Credits: 1
Students will be engaged in careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers used language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. The course will include an intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Students will experience, interpret, and evaluate the literature. These three aspects of reading correspond to the approach they will take in writing about the literary works: annotation, journaling, making and explaining judgments, and exploring underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation, and argument.  Students will be expected to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam, for a fee, at the end of the course, for college credit.

Science Fiction        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12                         Credits: ½
In Science Fiction we will be exploring the science fiction genre by reading a variety of work by a variety of authors. An understanding of the genre, critical analysis of the reading material, and group discussions are the cornerstones of this course. We will read Slaughterhouse Five, I am Legend, Einsteins’s Dreams, and various short stories by prominent science fiction authors. The research component of this class requires you to evaluate and understand a developing technology or branch of science and speculate how this technology will affect our species and/or planet.


 

 Health and Physical Education

Health Education       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                                 Credits: ½
Units covered: Physical and emotional health including wellness and fitness: chemical substance abuse, nutrition, sexuality, teenage pregnancy, communicable disease, STD’s including AIDS. The topics are covered through small group discussion, lecture, question and answer techniques, group activities, films, videotapes and outside speakers.

Physical Education       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisites: None                                  Credits: ½
All students require Physical Education. Classes meet on alternating days either 1,3,5 or 2,4,6. Medically excused students obtain credit for Physical Education by arranging projects with the instructor. For medical excuse blanks see the nurse. The SCS medical excuse blanks must be used. All students must have four years of Physical Education in order to graduate. Each year a student can miss no more than 15 gym classes and still pass. A variety of team and individual sports and activities are covered. All classes are Co-Ed. The following is a partial list of the activities offered each year.

Fall
Soccer
Touch Football
Frisbee Football
Running
Winter
Basketball
Volleyball
Weight Lifting
Pickle ball
Jogging
Badminton
Lifetime Sports
Square Dancing
Spring
Tennis
Softball
Jogging/Track
Golf
Lifetime Activities

Athletic Training-Sports Medicine       Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                          Credits: ½
An in depth study of the care, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. We spend 60% of the time studying anatomy and sporting injuries and 40% is learning to tape for specific injuries. This is an ideal course for people interested in sports, any medical field or physical therapy.


 

 Languages Other Than English

French II Regents (Checkpoint B Part I)        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: French 8th Grade (plus passing proficiency test)            Credits: 1
French IIR is a course of study for student’s continuing the process of learning to speak French. French IIR begins the Checkpoint B curriculum of the New York State syllabus. Students enrolled in this course have successfully passed the NYS LOTE Proficiency Exam at the end of 8th grade. A foundation of listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills is provided within the context of grammar concepts and thematic vocabulary where students learn to address a multitude of topics in French. Skills taught in French IIR are in alignment with the New York State LOTE Standards.

French III Regents (Checkpoint B Part II)      Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: French IIR                                                                Credits: 1
French III Regents is the continuation of French IIR. Students enrolled in this course will have successfully completed French IIR. A foundation of listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills is provided within the context of grammar concepts and thematic vocabulary where students learn to address a multitude of topics in French. Skills taught in French IIIR are in alignment with the New York State LOTE Standards. Students will be able to comprehend, speak and write French at an intermediate-low level. Students will take the New York State Regents Comprehensive Exam in June. French III completes the work required for Checkpoint B of the N. Y.S. Syllabus and the Regents examination. Successful completion of both the course and the Regents exam will qualify students to be eligible for a Regents diploma with advanced designation.

 

French IV: French Culture and Civilization in France        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: French IIR & IIIR                                                                       Credits: 1
French IV is a continuation of the advanced courses. Students enrolled in this course have completed at least two years of language study and have acquired some proficiency in the French language. French IV offers students the chance to explore the culture and civilization of France in depth while continuing the process of learning specific grammatical concepts in the French language. The receptive skills: writing, reading, and translation are developed in this course. French literature and authentic materials will be integrated among the varied lessons of culture and civilization. The goal is to develop a higher proficiency using the language as extensively as possible. There will be class discussions, oral presentations and technology-based assessments. Essays and informal writings are also an integral part of the program. Students will also see films that correspond to the culture and civilization of France.

French V         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: French IV                 Credits: 1
French V offers students of serious intent an intensive course designed to foster higher-level communication with the French language. The four language skills are consistently addressed in the teaching of this course: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Thematic units will provide the context for grammar concepts, vocabulary, speaking activities, and reading selections. Students will practice these skills by using a variety of learning strategies: dialoguing, role-playing, reading and responding, written composition, listening comprehension activities, and oral interviews/discussions. Exposure to the Francophone world will also be integrated in the curriculum. Students will also see films presented in the target language.

French CAP 101/102 (College Advanced Program)      Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: French IV                                                                              Credits: 1
(Same description as French V) Students enrolled in the CAP program 101/102 will register through Clinton Community College. Students will have the ability to earn six college Credits from Clinton Community College upon successful completion of all course requirements. Students will be eligible for French CAP 102 upon successful completion of French CAP 101.
*Please note that there is a fee for this course.

Spanish II Regents (Checkpoint B Part 1)         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Spanish 8th Grade (plus passing proficiency test)                 Credits: 1
Spanish IIR is a course of study for students continuing the process of learning to speak Spanish. Students enrolled in this course have successfully passed the NYS LOTE Proficiency Exam at the end of the 8th grade. A foundation of listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills is provided within the context of grammar concepts and thematic vocabulary where students learn to address a multitude of topics in Spanish. Skills taught in Spanish IIR are in alignment with the New York State LOTE Standards.

Spanish III Regents (Checkpoint B Part 2)       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Spanish IIR                                                                  Credits: 1
Spanish III Regents is the continuation of Spanish II Regents. Students enrolled in this course will have successfully completed Spanish IIR. A foundation of listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills is provided within the context of grammar concepts and thematic vocabulary where students learn to address a multitude of topics in Spanish. Skills taught in Spanish IIIR are in alignment with the New York State LOTE Standards. As students complete Spanish III, they will be able to comprehend, speak and write Spanish at an intermediate-low level. Students will take the New York State Regents Comprehensive Exam in June. Spanish III completes the work required for Check point B of the N.Y.S. Syllabus and the Regents exam will qualify students to be eligible for a Regents diploma with advanced designation.

Spanish IV        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Spanish IIIR                 Credits: 1
Spanish IV is a continuation of the advanced courses. Students enrolled in this course have completed at least two years of language study and have acquired some proficiency in the Spanish language. Spanish IV offers students the chance to explore the culture and civilization of Spain and Latin America in depth while continuing the process of learning specific grammatical concepts in the Spanish language. The receptive skills: writing, reading, and translation are developed in this course. Spanish literature and authentic materials will be integrated among the varied lessons of culture and civilization. The goal is to develop a higher proficiency using the language as extensively as possible. There will be class discussions, oral presentations and technology-based assessments. Essays and informal writings are also an integral part of the program. Students will also see films that correspond to the culture and civilization of Spain and Latin America.

Spanish V         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Spanish IV                  Credits: 1
Spanish V continues the advanced study of Spanish. Students enrolled in this course have completed at least three years of language study and have acquired some proficiency in the Spanish language. The goal of this course is to develop a higher proficiency using the language as extensively as possible. This course continues to expand upon the grammar concepts that have been taught throughout the Spanish program. Literary selections as well as class discussions, oral presentations, and technology based assessments will be used. Students will be required to write essays, as well as informal and creative writings as they are an integral part of this program.

Spanish CAP 101/102 (College Advanced Program)       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Spanish IV                                                                                Credits: 1
(Same description as Spanish V) Students enrolled in the CAP program 101/102 will register through Clinton Community College. Students will have the ability to earn six college Credits from Clinton Community College upon successful completion of all course requirements. Students will be eligible for Spanich CAP 102 upon successful completion of Spanish CAP 101.
*Please note that there is a fee for this course.

LOTE (Languages Other Than English)          Length of Course: 40 Weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                                     Credits: 1
LOTE is a course of study for students beginning the process of learning to understand, speak, read and write in another language.  Students wenrolled in this course have little or no proficiency in the language. Successful completion of this course meets the mandatory one credit requirement for high school graduation.

World Languages Online and Cultures Online        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                         Credits: ½ per semester
World Language and Cultures Online offers students the opportunity to learn basic skills in selected languages and explore the cultures where these languages are spoken. The instruction of this course is web-based and taught exclusively in the school’s multimedia computer lab. Students use the internet to complete cultural exploration activities and CD-ROM’S to study languages from around the world. First semester languages and cultures: Italian, German, Latin American Spanish, French Canadian French. Second semester languages and cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic. No prior language study is necessary to enroll in this course.


 

 Math

Integrated Algebra         Length of Course: 40 weeks                  Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Eighth Grade Mathematics and teacher recommendation.
This is the first course in the New York State curriculum that must be completed successfully for a Regents sequence in mathematics. Listed below are the major topics that are studied in Integrated Algebra.
Number Sense and Operations Strand: Properties of Real Numbers, Order of Operations, Radicals, Scientific Notation, Ratios, Rates and Proportions, Exponents, Absolute Value
Algebra Strand:
Operations with Polynomials, Factoring, Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Patterns, Functions and Relations, Pythagorean Theorem, Trigonometry (Sin, Cos, Tan)
Geometry Strand:
Slope, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Parabolas, Area, Perimeter, Volume and Surface Area
Measurement Strand:
Error in measurement, Metric Conversions, English Conversions
Probability and Statistics Strand:
Mean, Median, Mode and Range, Percentiles and Quartiles, Data Display (histogram, cumulative frequency histogram, box & whisker, stem and leaf, line graphs), Counting Principle, permutations, Single and Compound Events, Sample Spaces and Tree Diagrams
The Integrated Algebra Regents is given in June at the completion of this course.

Integrated Algebra Part 1       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: 8th grade Mathematics                        Credits: 1
The content for Part 1 will cover the first half of the Integrated Algebra Curriculum. Students will take a local final exam at the end of the year. A final average of 65 must be obtained for a student to advance to Integrated Algebra Part II.
-Topics to be covered: (Not limited to)
-Properties and operations of real numbers and polynomials
-Algebra components (variables, expressions, simplifying, factoring, translating, fractions)
-Graphing and solving linear equations and inequalities
-Systems of equations
-Statistics-Quadratic equations (radicals, square roots)

Algebra Part 2         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Algebra Part I                     Credits: 1
Topics:
1. Radicals
2. Probability
3. Quadratic equations
4. Factoring
5. Slope
6. Parabolas
7. Statistics
8. Trigonometry
9. Linear equations and Inequalities
10. Systems of linear equations and Inequalities
The integrated Algebra Regents is given in June at the completion of this course.

Algebra II        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisites: Algebra Part 2           Credits: 1
Topics: 1. Graphing: (systems of linear equations, polynomials, and parabolas)
2. Trigonometry
3. Transformations
4. Radicals
5. Functions and Relations
6. Circles
7. Equations and Inequalities

Geometry NR        Length of Course: 40 weeks                     Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Integrated Algebra or Algebra Part II and teacher recommendation.   This is an introduction to Geometry covering the basic topics without proofs. Some of the topics are:
1. Locus
2. Logic
3. Properties of Triangles
4. Parallel Lines
5. Quadrilaterals
6. Similarity
7. Constructions
8. Coordinate Geometry
9. Parabolas and Circles
10. Solids
11. Transformations

Integrated Geometry          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Integrated Algebra or Geometry Nonregents              Credits: 1
This course is the second course in the New York State Math curriculum that must be completed successfully for a Regents sequence in math.
Major strands include:

  1. Locus
  2. Logic
  3. Properties of triangles including formal proofs
  4. Parallel lines including formal proofs
  5. Quadrilaterals including formal proofs
  6. Similarity
  7. Constructions and Concurrency
  8. Coordinate Geometry including proofs
  9. Parabolas and Circles
  10. Solids
  11. Transformations
  12. Planes

Algebra, Trigonometry, and Elementary Functions         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Int. Geometry or Algebra II                                                        Credits: 1
This covers selected topics from Course III. There is no state regent’s exam at the completion of this course. Major strands include:

  1. Algebra
  2. Complex numbers
  3. Functions and relations
  4. Trigonometric functions
  5. Trigonometric graphs
  6. Triangle trigonometry

Description of the Elementary Statistics Course          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: The successful completion of three years of high school mathematics                Credits: 1
Elementary Statistics is an introductory course that enables students to comprehend and compute the various measures of statistics. Topics include the nature of statistics, sampling, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, correlation, linear regression, normal and binomial distributions, fundamentals of probability, and statistical inferences. Applications from a wide range of areas will be presented including the physical and biological sciences, social science, education, and manufacturing.

Name of Course: Algebra 2 and Trigonometry                Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Integrated Geometry or Algebra, Trigonometry and Elementary Functions         Credits: 1
This course is the third course in the New York State Math Regents curriculum leading to an Advanced Regents Diploma.
Major strands:
1. Properties of Exponents
2. Operations with Polynomial Expressions including Complex Fractions
3. Roots and Radicals
4. Equations
5. Inequalities
6. Functions and Relations including Direct Variation, Inverse Variation and Circles
7. Complex Numbers
8. Quadratic Functions including the study of the Nature of the Roots and the Discriminate
9. Systems of Equations
10. Sequence and Series
11. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
12. Trigonometry including: Functions, Graphs and Inverses, Identities, and Equations
13. Triangle Trigonometry
14. Statistics including Regression Analysis
15. Probability including the Binomial Theorem
This course should be considered a prerequisite for Pre-Calculus.

Pre-calculus            Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Three years of Regents Math             Credits: 1
This course is an advanced mathematics course designed to prepare students to enter our AP Calculus course or to pursue technical programs in college. Algebraic, numerical, and graphical representations are emphasized throughout the course. Work will be done both with and without the use of a graphing calculator.
The major strands will include:

  1. Coordinate Geometry of Conic Sections
  2. Inequalities and Their Graphs
  3. Functions
  4. Circle Trigonometry
  5. Exponents and Logarithms
  6. Graphs of Functions
  7. Techniques of Equation Solving
  8. Complex Numbers
  9. Polynomials
  10. Advanced topics in Curve Sketching

 

AP Calculus AB (Advanced Placement)         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus                                                            Credits: 1
College Credits: Determined by the score obtained by the student on the AP exam, the college or university the student chooses to attend and the college major chosen by the student (in the recent past students have earned from 3 to 8 college Credits)
Calculus AB is a course in single-variable calculus that includes techniques and applications of the derivative, techniques and applications of the definite integral, and the fundamental Theorem of Calculus. It is equivalent to at least a semester of calculus at most colleges and universities, perhaps to a year of calculus at some. Algebraic, numerical and graphical representations are emphasized throughout the course.
The above description is from “Calculus AB Course Perspective” by Dan Kennedy.
The entire articles as well as the official College Board ® Course Description are available at www.apcentral.collegeboard.com   All students are expected to take the AP exam in the spring.  There will be a fee for this exam.


 

 Music

High School Chorus         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                        Credits: 1
This year long course is designed to give students the opportunity to sing in a choral environment. The chorus will prepare for three large concerts in the fall, winter and spring. Each student will be in a small group that will meet on a rotating schedule, these voice lessons will provide students with small group instruction time geared towards vocal technique, basic music theory, sight reading, and choral techniques such as blending and tone.

Select Chorus         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation            Credits: ½
This is a year long course which meets every other day. This course is designed as an opportunity for those vocal students who are interested in more challenging music. Select chorus will participate in five concerts, performing a varied repertoire of music.

Concert Band           Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: In grade 9 or 10 with previous instrumental experience           Credits: 1
Instrumental music students with previous experience in grades 9 and 10 will be members of the concert band. Concert band rehearses every day and performs four concerts a year. The students will perform various styles of music from the concert band literature. Each student will also be in a small lesson group that will meet on a rotating basis. The lessons provide the students with more individualized instruction on their instrument.

Wind Ensemble          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Previous experience in grades 10, 11 & 12 (10th grade must audition)      Credits: 1
Instrumental music students with previous experience in grades 11 and 12 will be in the wind ensemble. Students in grade 10 may audition to be in wind ensemble at the end of the previous school year. The wind ensemble will perform a higher level music from the concert band literature. At the four concerts each year the wind ensemble will perform plus they will combine with the concert band to play a couple of selections. Each student will also be in a small lesson group that will meet on a rotating basis. The lessons provide the students with more individualized instruction on their instrument. Wind ensemble rehearses every day.

Jazz Ensemble          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval           Credits: ½
Jazz Ensemble is offered to students in grade 9-12 who are in concert band or wind ensemble. At the two concerts each year the students will perform music in the various styles of jazz music including blues, swing, rock, ballads and Latin. Students will work on improvisation during class. Jazz Ensemble meets every other day

Theatre Production Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Credits: 1
This is a one year course which is designed to allow students the opportunity to participate in some behind the scenes theatre. Students will be designing and building sets for two to three shows throughout the year, including the spring musical. Students will also have an end of the year project to give them the chance to write, direct, and act in their own short play.


 

 Science

The Science courses at Saranac High School offer each student the opportunity to investigate several areas of Science through the presentation and investigation of fundamental principles that govern the living and physical components of our World.

Environmental Science             Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                 Credits: 1
An interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies.  Topics will vary but may include such subjects as endangered speciies, air/water pollution, environmental issues on a local and global scale, and others.

Physical Setting- Earth Science           Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                            Credits: 1
Physical Setting-Earth Science is the study of our physical environment which introduces students to the fields of Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Oceanography. Some of the specific areas of study will be weather and climate, history of the Earth and plate tectonics. All the Key Ideas in the New York State Earth Science Core Curriculum will be presented. Laboratory activities related to these Key Ideas are included and the New York State Regents Exam in the Physical Setting-Earth Science will conclude the course.

The Living Environment          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                               Credits: 1
The Living Environment is an introductory course that explores the fundamental processes of living things. Students will be introduced to biological themes and concepts that make up the living world. Topics such as Cell Theory, Genetics, Reproduction and Development, Evolution, Ecology and Human Impact on the Environment will be investigated. Laboratory activities related to all areas of the curriculum will be presented. The New York State Living Environment Regents Exam will conclude the course.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                               Credits: 1
The goal of Integrated Physics and Chemistry is to provide a basic foundation of science concepts specifically applied to Chemistry and Physics. The course will address topics from both disciplines, especially those that overlap the two subjects. There is not a required laboratory component; however laboratory activities will be presented. This course is designed for those students who have had academic difficulty passing Physical Setting-Earth Science and The Living Environment.

Physical Setting-Chemistry          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                    Credits: 1
Physical Setting-Chemistry is the study of matter and how matter behaves. Areas of study include: the atom concept, the periodic table, stoichiometry, bonding, and physical behavior of matter, kinetics, organic chemistry, reduction-oxidation, acid-base, and nuclear chemistry. Students will meet everyday for lecture and every other day for Lab Tech. Lab Tech consists of traditional laboratory experimentation and the use of computers and technology to facilitate the understanding of Chemistry.

CAP Regents Chemistry (College Advanced Placement)          Length of Course:  40 weeks
Prerequisite:  Clinton Community College placement exam         Credits: 1
This is the first semester course is a two-semester sequence which presents the basic laws and concepts of general quantitative chemistry.  In addition to the ten units of Regents Chemistry, CAP studetns are required to gain a more detailed and technical understanding of chemistry.  furthermore, students will be required to document their 1200 minutes of lab in a detailed lab journal, are expected to read/comprehend college text readings, and the students will take both the Regents and CAP exam.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 4 college credits through Clinton Community College.  There is a reduced tuition fee for this course.

Physical Setting/Physics Regents           Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade Level 11-12                                             Credits: 1
Living in the world without any understanding of physics is like seeing the world without color. In this course students will investigate, and analyze real world physical situations of everyday life and learn how these situations are controlled by the laws of Physics. The course content which is taught according to the learning standards for math, science and technology, include such areas as mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and modern physics. Five lecture periods and two lab periods are held each week. In the lab, hands-on investigation and problem solving will support and reinforce the lecture topics of the week. Don’t be satisfied with a black & white world. TAKE PHYSICS !

CAP Regents Physics (College Advanced Placement)           Length of Course:  40 weeks
Prerequisite:  Clinton Community College placement exam                                       Credits: 1
This is a two-semester sequence which covers: mechanics, which includes the study of linear, circular and rotational motion and how Newton's laws, and the concepts of energy and momentum can be applied, thermodynamics including temperature, heat transfer, and changes in state, and analysis of the sinusoidal nature of simple harmonic motion, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, optics quantum and nuclear physics.  There are three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.  All students taking CAP physics will be required to take the physics regents exam.  Students successfully completing this course will earn 8 college credits through Clinton Community College.  There is a reduced tuition fee for this course.

CAP Biology 101/102 (College Advanced Placement)        Length of Course: 40 weeks            Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Chemistry or CAP Chemistry or CAP Chemistry with an overall average of 85 or better and/or a Regents score of 85 or better. (OR, the same in Physics/CAP Physics).  AND,successful completion of Living Environment with a class average of 85 or better and/or Regents exam of 85 or better.  Students must also meet the enrollment criteria for CCC English 101.  There will be a summer assignment.
This is a course offered to high school students after the successful completion of the Living Environment and the Physical Setting-Chemistry courses. CAP Biology is equivalent to a first year college biology course in which students will study biological concepts in greater depth than in The Living Environment. Upon successful completion of this course students will receive 8 college credits through Clinton Community College.  There is a reduced tuition fee for this course.

Forensics             Length of Course: 20 weeks
Grade Level: 11-12                          Credits: ½
Prerequisite:  Two years of Regents science
The purpose of this course is for students to gain experience in the major investigative techniques currently used by forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, and other law enforcement agencies; and to develop an understanding of the scientific concepts which serve as the basis for these techniques.  Students will also familiarize themselves with the case law governing evidence collection, admissibility of scientific evidence in court, search and seizure, as well as relevant portions of the New York State Penal Law.


 

 

 Social Studies

Global History and Geography         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Grades 9 & 10 Social Requirement                 Credits: 1
“The global history and geography core curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and seven historical eras. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it enables them to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding.” Over the two years, students are consistently preparing for the culminating activity, the Regents Exam.

Global History and Geography Honors        Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation                                      Credits: 1
The honors global history and geography curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and seven historical eras. This curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it enables them to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding.
Honors students will be using authentic “real-work” examples, including timelines, maps, graphs, cartoons, charts and short readings. Participants in this class are expected to have achieved an advanced level of reading and writing skills.

U.S. History and Government Regents Course            Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Social Requirement                                                   Credits: 1
This is a comprehensive history course that follows the New York State syllabus. There is great emphasis placed on our government, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights, Landmark U.S. Supreme court cases, and post reconstruction U.S. history. At Saranac, we also intertwine current events, public speaking and ongoing and ever changing projects into this course. The main focus of this course is to meet the needs of our students so that they will pass the New York Regents Exam, develop a respect and positive attitude towards our country and become informed, loyal citizens of the United States. Working closely with our English department, we also place a priority on thematic and document based essay writing. Like all social studies courses at Saranac High School, we are very successful and very good at what we do.

AP U.S. History & Government (Advanced Placement)         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Score of 85 or better on Global Regents exam                                    Credits: 1
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and material in United States history.  The program prepares students tor intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.  Students should learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given interpretative problem, their reliability, and their importance - and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgement and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.  Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP exam in the spring which could make them eligible to receive college credits.  There will be a fee for the exam.

Economics
                                     Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12 Social Requirement                     Credits: ½
The course will deal with the basic concepts and principles of economics, the major elements of the economic systems and the roles of the various components of those systems. It will deal with issues addressed in a basic Economics 101 college course and give students an introduction to both microeconomics and macroeconomics concepts. Such issues such as supply and demand, gross domestic product, inflation, and unemployment will be explored. A further aspect of the course is a project that gives the student a real life experience in regards to how day-to-day economics will affect them. Part I of the project involves the student getting an apartment, setting up a checking account, getting a job, setting up a budget, and doing grocery shopping. The second part of the project is that the students will pay their monthly bills, including getting unexpected expenditures, and balancing their check book each month. The purpose of this project is to give student an economic experience that they can relate to their everyday life.

Government                              Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12 Social Requirement                Crediits: ½
The purpose of this semester course is to empower students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to fully participate in the political process at the local, state and national levels.  This course expands on knowledge of our government learned in previous courses.  To the extent possible, students will learn the act of participating in government by engaging in project-based work that simulates real-life participation.  Students will engage in discussion of current events affecting U.S. government including political campaigns and fundraising; the role of political parties and political action committees; U.S. domestic and foreign policy; the roles of the President and congress; and the workings of our judicial system.  Our goal is for our students to become active and educated citizens as they leave Saranac High School.

AP Government (Advanced Placement)           Length of Course: 40 weeks              Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Grade of 90 or better on the Global History and US History Regents exam, recommendation of your 11th grade social studies teacher and completion of a summer research project.
Economics/AP Government fulfills the graduation requirement of one semester of economics and one semester of government.  The first and fourth marking periods of this full-year course are devoted to economics and the second and third marking periods are devoted to the Advanced Placement course of U.S. Government and politics in preparation for the AP exam in May.  The economics portion of the course is the same as the semester-long economics course.  USGOPO is an introductory college course in United States government and politics or in comparative government and politics is generally one semester in length.  In both subject areas there is considerable variety among the courses offered by colleges.  In terms of content, there is no specific college course curriculum that an AP course in United States Government and Politics or in Comparative Government and Politics must follow.  Therefore, the aim of an AP course should be to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory U.S. or comparative government and politics courses.  Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP exam in the spring which could make them eligible to receive college credits.  There will be a fee for the exam.

Psychology                            Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12 Elective                                Credits: ½
Students will be introduced to several areas in the field of Psychology to help them to develop a Psychological-Historical Perspective. Some of the fields of study will include: Abnormal Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Social Psychology, Animal Behavior, Experimental Psychology and Counseling and Psychotherapy. Experts and Guest speakers will visit the classroom often and several field trips will be taken throughout the semester to the Merrill Cooper Program and the Main Prison at Clinton Correctional Facility.

Sociology                              Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12 Elective                                 Credits ½
Students will research and develop a Sociological Perspective that will help them to understand how culture, community, social structure, symbolism, and subgroups impact their lives, Possible topics throughout the year will include: The study of different deviant groups such as Gangs and Cults, Women of World, Human Rights issues, Genocide throughout different periods in history, The Death Penalty, Euthanasia, Ethnocentrism, The Power of Symbolism, the Juvenile Justice System, the Homeless and American Veteran. Experts and Guest speakers will visit the classroom often and several field trips will be taken throughout the semester to The Merrill Cooper Program and the Main Prison at Clinton Correctional Facility.

U.S. History through Films            Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                   Credits: ½
This semester course covers U.S. History from colonial times to the present. The films used depict U.S. history in a visual manner that relates well with 21st century students. Students complete a film review and essay about each film. This is a very popular course at Saranac High School.


 

 Special Education

504 Plan
This plan allows for a student’s testing accommodations/classroom modifications to be provided while the student is enrolled in the regular curriculum.

 

Consultant Teaching
Specially designed individualized or group instruction provided by a certified special education teacher to a student with a disability to aid the student in gaining access from general education classes. Support may be minimal through consultation with the classroom teacher.

Integrated Co-Teaching
This service involves a general education teacher and a special education teacher sharing responsibility for the delivery of primary instruction, planning and evaluation for all students. Students are on or near academic grade level.

Resource Room
Students receive supplemental instruction on class material; work to reach goals set within the IEP in improve academic deficits; are instructed in study skills and strategies to cope with learning disability. Students are enrolled in general education classes.

15:1 Academic Classes
Academic curriculum received in a small group setting; instruction provided by a special education teacher whom specializes in the particular academic class. Students are eligible for RCT exams after attempting Regents exams.

15:1 Life Skills Classes
This service is designed for students with severe academic deficiencies based on individual disabilities. A life skills component is added to program. There is an exposure to all Regents curriculum. Students will be enrolled in the Careers Program at CVES as juniors and seniors


 Technology

Design and Drawing For Production I              Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                                        Credits: ½
Serves as an entry level course that is open to all students. In this course students will learn basic drafting techniques, blueprint reading and shop skills using machines. Some design and build / create projects are part of the course. This course is excellent for anyone looking foreword to a job in any trade, manufacturing field or a must for any engineering field. After students complete this course they will be able to take Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) courses and Architectural Drafting Classes.

Design and Drawing For Production II          Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite:  Design and Drawing for Production I                          Credits: ½
In this course, students build on their computer drafting techniques and shop skills.  An all inclusive design and build project is the entirety of this course.  CAD drawing is used to design their own project which they will take home.  This course is excellent for anyone looking forward to a job in any trade, manufacturing field or a must for any engineering field.

Design and Drawing For Production III         Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite:  Design and Drawing for Production I & II                   Credits: ½
This course continues with the techniques and skills developed in DDP I & II.  A manufacturing approach to technology is focused on in this course.  Hand drawing, CAD, teamwork, self-motivation, and much more will be utilized.  This class will develop, design, draw, and manufacture products within a team.  This course is excellent for any student wishing to further their knowledge in the industrial/technical/trades field. 

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)            Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Design for Production I & II                               Credits: ½
Students need to have successfully completed the Design for Production class and have a good math background. We use a powerful program called AutoCAD Desktop. In this course the students will learn the basics of the program and do 2D drawings and make working drawings.
A must for Engineering bound students. 

Light Construction                        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite:  None                                                    Credits: ½
This course deals with the basics of frame construction, electrical roofing, plumbing, and using dry wall.  Students learn about a variety of building materials and estimating quantities needed.  The students take part in different modules sampling each aspect of construction.  Scale model houses are constructed.

Materials and Shop                               Length of Course:  40 weeks
Prerequisite:  None                                                              Credits: 1
Using a range of raw materials and machines, students will produce small modular projects.  Students will have the option to choose their own projects out of a long list that is offered.  Everyone will leave this class with a better understanding of the materials, machines, tools and skills needed to work in a garage, basement, shop, or job site.

Energy & Conservation             Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                                Credits: ½
Students taking this course will experiment with various energy saving materials.  They will test energy efficiency as well as research numerous life changing energy production techniques.  Students will be a part of growing vegetables within a hydroponics system, creating and using a solar cooker, and more.  Alternative energy is changing in the world, come be a part of it!

Toy Building (Fall Only)          Length of Course:  20 weeks
Prerequisite: None                     Credits: ½

Computer Graphics              Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                  Credits: 1
Students will have the ability to explore more possibilities within the world of computers.  Microsoft office, Adobe Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker, and more will be used in this course.  There will be limited use of the workshop in this course.  Projects can include: cartoon animations, making movies, creating professional documents, designing presentations, advertising designs, and more...