Social Sciences, Foreign Language, Fine Arts and Electives

Social Sciences

* These courses do no count as a lab science credit.

Intro to Psychology
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Introduction to Psychology is intended for any students in grades 9-12 who are interested in learning more about mental processes and human behavior. There are no fees associated with this class, and aside from the usual materials students will need a three-ring binder and spiral notebook they can dedicate to psychology. Some of the topics for this course include exploring careers and educational opportunities in psychology in addition to; the history of psychology as a science, biological bases, sensation and perception, consciousness, various perspectives, and abnormal psychology.

AP Psychology
Pre-requisite: ENG 10, Biology, Intro to Psychology
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
AP Psychology is geared toward high school students who are serious about their education, motivated to acquire new skills, and open to sharing ideas and free expression. In AP Psychology students will explore the use of research methods and critical analysis in the pursuit of explaining and understanding the complexities of human behavior. The AP Psychology course description describes this course as being designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior, mental processes, psychological and biological perspectives, principles, and ethics. Throughout this course students will engage in hands on activities to further enhance their understanding of these topics. The only fee associated with this class is the $92.00 that will be required to take the AP exam for college credit.

Abnormal Psychology
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: .5
Course length: Sem
Abnormal Psychology is a semester-long course intended for high school students in grades 9-12. There are no fees associated with this course. The usual materials will be required in addition to a spiral notebook which can be dedicated to the class. Some topics in this class include the study of the brain, mental processes, psychological disorders, health, treatments, and the diagnostic tools.

Sports and Forensic Psychology
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: .5
Course length: Sem
The Forensic and Sports Psychology combination class is a semester – long course intended for high school students in grades 9-12. Some topics in this class include criminal behavior and law enforcement, profiling, the brains of criminals, education and careers. In addition, the sports psychology section will focus on motivation, athletes and coaches, careers and education, developmental and social impacts.


Fine Arts



JH Art
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
This course is for 7th - 8th grades.

Junior High Art will explore the elements and principles of art and design through a variety of two and three dimensional mediums. We will incorporate art history and studio process throughout the year. Fee: $20

Art 1
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
High School Art I will introduce students to the practice, theory and history of art making from the Paleolithic Era to Contemporary Art. This course will focus heavily on understanding the principles of design: proportion, space, balance, repetition, harmony and rhythm, as well as properties of color such as value, hue, tint, shade and color relationships like split complementary and triadic schemes. There will be an emphasis on building a strong foundation in basic drawing skills, the foundation of all art-making. In the second semester, we will focus on 3D arts, where students will look at architecture, fashion design and industrial design, as well as traditional sculpture as a means of creation.  Fee: $25

Art 2
Pre-requisite: Art 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
High School Art 2 will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Art 1, and take student art-making to the next level in terms of intellectual awareness and process focus. In Art 2, students will have much more freedom in terms of subject matter content, but will be required to justify and explain both the meaning and process behind each project. There will also be an emphasis on elevated technique, meaning that students will be expected to demonstrate a skill set above and beyond the previous year’s standards, using one and two point perspective in drawing, rules of proportion in life drawing, varied stroke and blending techniques in painting, etc. There will also be an increased focus on cultural aesthetics and how we define and prioritize art as a society, and art as a means of social commentary and engagement. There will also be an increased focus on Art History, and students should be able to identify the most prevalent artistic movements and schools from the Renaissance through Pop Surrealism. Fee: $25

3D Art
Pre-requisite: Art 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This art course deals with art in its 3-Dimensional form. A variety of mediums will be explored, which may include textiles, ceramics, paper mache’, wire sculpture…and more! Students will participate in a wide range of experiences using additive or subtractive sculptural techniques designed to build artistic and creative confidence. An appreciation for art from various cultures will be developed. Projects are designed to teach thinking skills and to include useful Art experiences such as color theory, so that no matter what vocation students pursue, the knowledge gained in this class will be of value to them. Fee: $25

Art III/AP Studio Art
Pre-requisite: Art 1, Art 2 with grades of “B” or better
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
AP 2D design is a course for only the most dedicated art students, as the course is designed to help students earn college credit through the AP program. There will be a fee at the end of the course for submitting the portfolio to College Board for AP credit consideration. 

This course will require a significant amount of effort and commitment on the students’ part. As stipulated by the AP Portfolio requirements, students will work to complete a minimum of 24 pieces for their portfolio. In the first semester, students will complete a minimum of 12 pieces for the Breadth portion of the portfolio, which asks that students demonstrate mastery in a variety of 2D media including graphite, charcoal, and ink drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, digital art, etc. The second semester students will complete a minimum of 12 pieces for the Concentration portion of the portfolio, which asks that students focus on a central concept or theme to produce a unified body of work. Students will also learn how to photograph, matte and submit digital slides of their work. 

There are summer assignments associated with this course, as well as weekly sketchbook homework assignments. This course is designed to empower students to make art a central focus of their lifestyle, and to facilitate the development of observational, organizational and expressive habits that will help ensure their success at college and in the arts-related workplace. 

Fee: $35

Photography
Pre-requisite: 9-12
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This introductory course deals with traditional black and white photography as well as digital photography and teaches basic camera handling, and photo editing. Students learn how to control light to produce an aesthetically pleasing image. Composition and the elements and principles of art are introduced. In addition, digital photography, photograms, special effects, and the history of photography are addressed.

Film
Pre-requisite: 9-12 w/ Parent Permission
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Film class is a broad cross section of the history and significance of moving pictures within the world’s cultural landscape. Using text as well as visual media, film class will address the relevant current and historical impact of film on society on a global scale. The primary goals of the course are to develop critical insight into the many elements of the filmmaking process. Students will be exposed to film appreciation including the cultural value of film, how films communicate historical context and cross educational value as it relates to literature, history, science, mathematics and art.

A Note From the Instructor:
Some of the films presented may contain language, violence and mature themes. It is the policy of this instructor to select films that are sensitive to that issue while maintaining the original integrity of the selected works.

Acting 1
Pre-requisite: 9-12
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Acting 1 is an entry level acting class for beginners and those students with an interest in the performing arts. This class will focus on basic acting principles such as simple dialogue, moment to moment exploration, truth, and an emphasis on behavior over verbalization. The primary goal of this class is to allow students to become comfortable being in front a group of people, memorizing and speaking lines from scripts, becoming more spontaneous and free and learn that the definition of acting as “The reality of doing under imaginary circumstances”.

Acting 2
Pre-requisite: Acting 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Acting 2 is an intermediate acting class which will explore deeper, more emotionally challenging territory. The primary goal of this course is to refine the rudimentary acting student into a more rounded and efficient artist by building upon the training from Acting 1. This course will explore the complex nature of emotion and how to manipulate it, create relationships and study the craft of doing monologues. Students will also learn how to build a character which will require physical and psychological adjustments. Most of the work in this course will require the student to work in front of the class on a daily basis, thus expanding their comfort level, skill and confidence. 

Acting Master Class
Pre-requisite: Acting 2; Instructor Approval per audition
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Students will learn how to become emotionally free and “alive” by exercises focusing on daydreaming and fantasy and then incorporating “The Repetition Exercise” from Acting 1 and 2. Through the use of various texts and scripts from published writers, the acting student will learn how to create a specific relationship by “sound conditioning”. This course will also focus on monologues or “solo scenes” by using the text “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters. Selections will be read in front of the class and subsequently broken down and then performed. Finally, students will work on creating a character by the use of impediment work and the “picture exercise” by Strasberg. Scene work will be applied to enhance and develop each of these individual lessons. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to effectively meet more complex acting challenges, have a deeper understanding of breaking down text and dialogue, have deeper knowledge of writers and literature and have significantly more overall confidence in performing in front of an audience.

JH Music
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
The intent of the course is to provide a worthwhile musical experience for students, regardless of individual skill or talent level. Emphasis is placed on developing an affective and cognitive appreciation as a listener of all genres of music. This course provides instruction in music appreciation, theory, and history. Students will experiment with the different facets of music as they gain musical background. T

HS Choir
Pre-requisite: 9-12 or instructor approval
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Choir is a year-long course that explores music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performances. This choir is for male and female students, singing in unison and 2 part songs. The following musical skills for ensemble singing will be stressed: proper breathing, pleasant vocal production, blend and balance, expansion of range, good intonation, ear training and sight reading. Students in beginning choir are expected to participate in both the Winter and Spring concerts as a major part of their grade.

Guitar
Pre-requisite: 9-12 or instructor approval
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Guitar will cover the basics of guitar and an application of essential music fundamentals. Students will learn the basics of playing guitar at a beginning level through studying music notation, chord symbols, and peer modeling. A brief history of the guitar along with a study of its perspective musical styles will also be covered in this course. The main objective of this course is to create an enhanced appreciation for music through playing the guitar. Students will learn how to read music notation, chord symbols, and tablature. Students will also gain a better understanding of many different musical genres including classical, blues, jazz, and rock. Students in guitar will be expected to participate in both Winter and Spring concerts as a major part of their grade. Rentals are available at Milano Music

Beginning/Intermediate Band
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course is for 7th - 12th grades.

Beginning/Advanced Band will focus on the basics of playing a band instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion) and continue band for students with previous experience playing an instrument. Students will learn how to hold, take care of, and play the instruments, follow a conductor, maintain a steady practice routine, and how to play in a large group with mixed instruments. Students that have previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument, will continue to progress with their instruments. Students in Advanced Band will be expected to participate in both Winter and Spring concerts as a major part of their grade. Students will also need to rent an instrument from Milano Music


Foreign Language



JH Spanish
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
The Junior High Spanish course will introduce students to the basics of the language and culture. The learning objectives include familiarizing students with basic vocabulary plus oral and written use of this bank of words. Students will study the culture to better understand the Spanish speaking people and their customs.

Spanish 1
Pre-requisite: 8-12
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Spanish I is designed to introduce students to elementary aspects of Spanish language and to the cultures of Spanish speaking people. Emphasis is given to establishing a strong foundation in comprehension and basic communication on simple, everyday topics. Students will be able to comprehend main ideas and some detail on familiar topics and will be able to write an organized letter or narrative story on a simple, familiar topic. 8th grade students must be in Honors classes.

Spanish 2
Pre-requisite: Spanish 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Students continue to further develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on comprehension of Spanish, as well as, reading and writing practice in the target language using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary and structures. Supplementary materials are introduced to enhance language use. Aspects of contemporary Spanish culture are introduced through the use of media, games, and adapted readings and in small or large group discussions. In addition to written/oral tests and quizzes, students are assessed using a variety of formats: oral dialogues, presentations, written compositions and other means. 

Latin 1
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course is for 9th - 12th grades. (If space allows may be available for honors 8th grade)

Latin I is an introduction to Latin focusing on vocabulary, conjugation, declension and grammar. Course matrix will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Latin 2
Pre-requisite: Latin 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Latin II focuses on the continued acquisition of skills for reading Latin and the application of those skills in the student’s daily life. A thorough review of basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary will take place in the first quarter, followed by new syntax and an emphasis on readings of adapted Latin. Mythology and the study of the ancient world will enhance our work. Honors Latin II students read a more extensive amount of Latin text, and will develop a more detailed grasp of syntax and understanding of the connections between the ancient and modern worlds .


Electives



JH Culinary
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Junior High Culinary will provide students an introduction to proper nutrition, proper food handling, kitchen safety, dining etiquette, smart shopping and a final exam portfolio they will build in class as their final exam.

HS Culinary
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Students practice, produce and learn service skills used in commercial or independently owned food establishments and related food industry occupations.

Students plan, select, purchase, store,  prepare, and serve food and food products, study basic nutrition, sanitation and food safety, and the use and care of commercial equipment.

Critical thinking, problem-solving, job opportunities within the field, basic skills in math, science, and reading will be emphasized.

Study Hall
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Study hall is designed to provide students opportunity to complete homework during school hours, as well as get additional assistance and instruction

Robotics
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Using robots we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming using a high-level language.  A robot is an embedded system of software and hardware.  Programming and building robots applies science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts.  This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics. 

JH Physical Education
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Student will be exposed to but not limited to: cardio, circuit training, soccer, basketball, pickle ball, flag football, volleyball and many others. The teacher will be proactive in guiding the students through general technique. Formative assessments will be heavily utilized in this class. 

After completing this course, the student should have more confidence in his or her ability to perform sport activities. Students will understand the positive effectiveness and longevity in one’s health through a continuing of said activities

HS PE
Pre-requisite: N/A
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
In this physical education course, students will be exposed an introductory array of sports, workouts, exercises and training regimens. Students will learn basic rules, skills, and guidelines and benefits of sports and exercise and will be able to explain and teach purposes of them. Students will learn basic health, cellular structure, anatomy, muscles and how they work together. 

Student will be exposed to but not limited to: cardio, circuit training, soccer, basketball, pickle ball, flag football, volleyball and many others. The teacher will be proactive in guiding the students through general technique. Formative assessments will be heavily utilized in this class.

Weights
Pre-requisite: HS Physical education
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course will improve physical fitness levels of the students through learning and practicing fundamental skills and the safety principles of weight, strength, and conditioning training exercises. Weight Training is open to all male students who have completed Physical Education 1. This class will meet the needs of athletes for pre/post season conditioning, as well as the non-athlete who is interested in becoming or staying physically fit. Weight Training does not meet the graduation requirement for PE.

Advanced Fitness
Pre-requisite: PE, Weights or student athlete
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course is designed to continue to improve physical fitness levels of the students who have successfully completed Weight Training 1. Strength training involves lifting weights, and using other resistance methods, to improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury. This class will meet the needs of athletes for pre/post season conditioning, as well as the non-athlete who is interested in staying physically fit.