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2018 – 2019  

High School Course Offerings Guide

The counselors encourage you to review the graduation requirements, discuss your options with your parents, consult with your teachers about your selections, and then make some tentative choices in the areas below.  Please bring this handbook to the scheduling conference in the computer lab; you will need this as a reference. Each student is strongly encouraged to enroll in 6.5 credits worth of classes for the upcoming year. Additional credits are optional depending upon the student’s ability to handle the increased workload and if scheduling permits.  Please understand that class sizes and enrollment projections may affect the availability of certain elective classes.  Also note that not all courses will be offered during both the first and second semester.

This guidebook is a tool to summarize information for courses that are offered at OACS.  Not all classes are offered each year. They may be temporarily or permanently discontinued for a variety of reasons such as, low student enrollment and New York State curriculum changes 

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REQUIRED COURSES:

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Students must complete 4 years of English (1 every year of high school)


ENGLISH 9

Grade: 9

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 8

(Local Examination)

This course integrates reading skills through poetry, the short story, non-fiction, essays, and the novel.  It also focuses on vocabulary development, spelling skills, grammar, language mechanics and composition. Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding, literary response, and expression, critical analysis and evaluation, and social interaction.  English 9 is a required course for all secondary students.



ENGLISH 9 –PRE AP (Advanced Placement)

Grade: 9

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 8; Departmental Approval

(Local Examination)

This course focuses on making connections among the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening by blending acceleration and enrichment in the exploration and analysis of classical world literature.  Literary texts will be examined in the relationship to their critical thinking skills, which will be integrated into each unit. Moreover, students will produce a variety of creative, analytical, research-based projects in which reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are synthesized.

NOTE:  The ultimate goal of the enrollees should be the completion of a four-year Honors English sequence culminating in Honors Junior English: AP Language and Composition and Honors Senior English: AP Literature and Composition.  Also, there is a summer reading requirement for this course; the reading must be completed prior to the start of the school year.



ENGLISH 10

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 9

(Local Examination)

This course focuses on literature from non-American authors.  Students are expected to think critically about a topic or novel, and to improve their ability to communicate effectively through various modes – verbally, visually, and through writing.  There is a special emphasis on writing; descriptive, exposition, persuasive, journal, and creative writing will be taught.  Vocabulary is taught through the books read in class, and grammar is taught through weaknesses found in students’ writing.  English 10 is a transitional course that interweaves basic skills taught in English 9 and seeks to expand abilities to meet the rigors of the 11th grade English Regents Exam.  English 10 is a required course for all secondary students.



ENGLISH 10 –PRE AP (Advanced Placement)

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 9; Departmental approval

(Local Examination)

This integrated course in American and World Literature offers a continuing blend of acceleration and enrichment found in English 9 Honors.  The course focuses specifically on American literature. Students will write persuasive and expository essays as well as literary analyses. At least one major research paper requiring MLA documentation will be required.

NOTE:  The ultimate goal of the enrollees should be the completion of a four-year Honors English sequence culminating in Honors Junior English: AP Language and Composition and Honors Senior English: AP Literature and Composition.  Also, there is a summer reading requirement for this course; the reading must be completed prior to the start of the school year.

 
 
ENGLISH 11

Grade: 11

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 10

(NYS Regents Exam)            

English 11 is the chronological study of American Literature, its authors, and its trends that are the basis for the integration of knowledge and skills (reading, critical thinking, communication, and writing).  In this course students are expected to integrate their knowledge of literature through an analysis of the various novels, poetry, short stories, and selected plays.  Students are also challenged each marking period with a project associated with American literature such as researching a poet or reading a famous novel outside of class.  Students will continue to develop their skills to understand the research method, as they will successfully complete a 7-10 page thesis paper.  Students will use their previous knowledge and skills along with what they have learned throughout this school year when they take the New York State Comprehensive Examination in English.  English 11 is a required course for all secondary students. 

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH – LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

Grade: 11

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 10; Grade of 90 or higher in all previous English classes; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)              

AP English Language and Composition is a 40 week course which engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  Both students writing and their reading should make students aware of the interaction among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  The purpose of this course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.

Note: AP Language and Composition is college; it’s not a preparation for college.  Due to the higher level expectations and heavy amount of reading and writing required, it is strongly advised that a 90 average in prior English classes be achieved.  

*All students will be required to read a designated book over the summer.

** All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course.

 

 

ENGLISH 12

Grade: 12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 11

(Local Examination)

The 12th grade English course focuses on early British Literature.  The students are introduced to a variety of British literature including Beowulf, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s MacBeth, and more.  Along with the reading come a variety of projects that fulfill the graduation requirement.  “The Living Newspaper”, a group project completed in conjunction with the social studies class, is an in depth analysis of social issues.  The exit project is the creation of a “Newsweek Magazine”.  This is a collaborative assignment with the social studies class, which calls for the student to complete the required tasks, and, in turn, produce a functioning magazine.

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH – LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Grade: 12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of English 11; Grade of 90 or higher in all previous English classes; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)

The AP course in Literature and Composition is similar in content, pace, and assignments to an introductory, college-level course in literature.  The course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature, poetry, and drama. Writing is an important part of the AP Literature and Composition course.   Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include various forms of college-level writing.

Note: AP Literature and Composition is college; it’s not a preparation for college.  Due to the higher level expectations and heavy amount of reading and writing required, it is strongly advised that a 90 average in prior English classes be achieved.  

*All students will be required to read a designated book over the summer.

** All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Students must complete 4 years of Social Studies (1 every year of high school)

SOCIAL STUDIES 9 (Global Studies)

Grade: 9   

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 8

(Local Examination)

Global History and Geography I is the first half of the Global History Unit.  The course include such topics as an introduction to global history, the ancient world, civilizations and religions (4000BC-500AD), expanding zones of exchange and encounter (500-1200AD), global interactions (1200-1650), the First Global Age (1450-1770), and an introduction to the Age of Revolutions.  There will be considerable geographical, historical, and factual content. Research projects, outside reading, and homework are assigned to reinforce the extensive content of the curriculum. The course will emphasize the preparation for the Regents Examination in 10th grade.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 10 (Global Studies)

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 9

(NYS Regents Exam)  

Global History and Geography II includes such topics as the Age of Revolutions (1750-1914), a half-century of crisis and achievement (1900-1945), the Twentieth Century since 1945, and a concluding unit on making global connections and interactions.  The course is designed to prepare students to meet a graduation requirement of the Regents Examination.  Students will find emphasis placed on test taking skills, including memorization, analysis, organization, and essay writing.  Students will develop test-taking skills including Regents essay writing, as well as, studying concepts that frequently appear in the curriculum.  The general subject matter is the same for all students; the materials used, the depth of content studied and the methodology varies.  In determining a suitable course, the student and parent(s) should realistically assess the student’s reading, writing and verbal skills, dedication to work, and work habits.  Teacher recommendation for course selection will consider academic achievement, ability in test taking skills, performance on achievement tests and effort.  All students in each course will have to pass the Global History Regents examination at the end of Global History 10 to meet graduation requirements.



SOCIAL STUDIES 11 (US History)

Grade: 11

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 10

(NYS Regents Exam)  

Grade eleven United States History and Government is a chronologically organized course that involves the study of the economic, political, diplomatic, social and cultural history of America from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will be expected to do outside readings, class discussions and write an interdisciplinary research paper in conjunction with English 11. Students will develop test-taking strategies; Regents essay writing as well as studying the concepts that frequently appear in the curriculum culminating with successful completion of the required Regents exam at the end of the course.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT US HISTORY

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 10; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)  

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the AP Exam in May (cost and date to be announced annually). An emphasis is placed on interpreting documents, mastering a significant body of factual information, and writing critical essays. This course will fulfill the United States history graduation requirement. In addition to the topics listed above, the course will emphasize a series of key themes throughout the year. These themes have been determined by the College Board as essential to a comprehensive study of United States history. The themes will include discussions of American diversity, the development of a unique American identity, the evolution of American culture, demographic changes over the course of America’s history, economic trends and transformations, environmental issues, the development of political institutions and the components of citizenship, social reform movements, the role of religion in the making of the United States and its impact in a multicultural society, the history of slavery and its legacies in this hemisphere, war and diplomacy, and finally, the place of the United States in an increasingly global arena. The course will trace these themes throughout the year, emphasizing the ways in which they are interconnected and examining the ways in which each helps to shape the changes over time that are so important to understanding United States history.

** All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course

 

ECONOMICS (This is a required class for all 12th grade students)

Grade: 12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 11

(NYS Regents Exam)  

The intent of this course is to introduce student to the American Economic system. An emphasis is placed on the role that supply and demand play in the distribution of resources and goods & services. Participation in a stock market simulation game provides students a real life experience in buying and selling stocks, bonds, and mutual funds on the U.S. Stock Exchange. Students will be given opportunities to practice decision making, participate in cooperative learning experiences, and demonstrate public speaking skills through an oral presentation.

 

PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT (This is a required class for all 12th grade students)

Grade: 12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: SuccessfulCompletion of Economics

(Local Examination)  

The intent of this course is to facilitate and encourage the development of civic minded individuals capable of effectively fulfilling the “office of citizen.” Topics include: Nature of government, comparative political systems, public policy issues, and the role of the individual. Students will be given opportunities to practice decision making, participate in cooperative learning experiences, and demonstrate public speaking skills through debate and oral presentation. The course also requires student involvement in government experiences.



AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Grade: 12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Social Studies 11; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)

AP United States Government and Politics is a college-level introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States.


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MATHEMATICS  

Students must complete 3 credits of math to meet graduation requirements


EXTENDED INTEGRATED ALGEBRA

Grade: 9

Duration: 40 Weeks x 80 minutes / day

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Math 8

(NYS Common Core Exam)

Extended Integrated Algebra is a course that targets students that possess the foundational math skills and aptitudes, but is projected to have difficulty passing the NYS Integrated Algebra assessment.  Extended Integrated Algebra is the first course in a two course, three credit math graduation requirement. The mathematics operations will essentially be identical to Integrated Algebra I, except they will be taught over three consecutive semesters.  Students may request this course however, your child’s counselor and the Math department’s recommendation will authorize enrollment.

 

EXTENDED GEOMETRY

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks x 80 minutes / day

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Extended Integrated Algebra

(NYS Common Core Exam)

Extended Geometry is a course that targets students that possess the foundational math skills and aptitudes, but are projected to have difficulty passing the Geometry assessment.  Students will take the Geometry Regents exam at the end of their third semester of Extended Geometry. Extended Geometry is the second and final course in a two-course, three-credit math graduation requirement.  Students may request this course; however, enrollment will be authorized by your child’s counselor and the Math department’s recommendation.

 

INTEGRATED ALGEBRA

Grade: 9

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Math 8

(NYS Common Core Exam)

Integrated Algebra is the first mathematics course in the high school and is a required course in the three credit math graduation requirement. This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings.  Problem situations may result in all types of linear equations in one variable, quadratic functions with integral coefficients and roots as well as absolute value and exponential functions. Coordinate geometry will be integrated into the investigation of these functions allowing students to make connections between their analytical and geometrical representations.  Problem situations resulting in systems of equations will also be presented. Measurement within a problem-solving context will include calculating rates using appropriate units and converting within measurement systems. Data analysis including measures of central tendency and visual representations of data will be studied. An understanding of correlation and causation will be developed and reasonable lines of best fit will be used to make predictions.  Students will solve problem situations requiring right triangle trigonometry. Elementary probability theory will be used to determine the probability of events including independent, dependent and mutually exclusive events.



GEOMETRY

Grade: 10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Algebra

(NYS Common Core Exam)

Geometry is the second course in mathematics for high school students and is a required course in the three year mathematics requirements. There is no other school mathematics course that offers students the opportunity to act as mathematicians.  Within this course, students will have the opportunity to make conjectures about geometric situations and prove in a variety of ways, both formal and informal, that their conclusion follows logically from their hypothesis. This course is meant to employ an integrated approach to the study of geometric relationships. Integrating synthetic, transformational, and coordinate approaches to geometry, students will justify geometric relationships and properties of geometric figures. Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems. Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations, and glide reflections and coordinate geometry will be used to establish and verify geometric relationships.  A major emphasis of this course is to allow students to investigate geometric situations. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles should receive particular attention. It is intended that students will use the traditional tools of compass and straightedge as well as dynamic geometry software that models these tools more efficiently and accurately, to assist in these investigations. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics and something that sets it apart from the other sciences.



COLLEGE PREP MATH

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Algebra & Integrated Geometry

(Local Examination)

Are you planning on going to a community college or a vocational school after graduation?  Did you know that you will have to take a math placement test prior to starting one of these schools?  Did you also know that if you don’t pass the placement test you might have to pay for a non-credit course…or two?  Would you like to “ace” this type of test? Then you should consider taking this course. Topics will include algebra, statistics, consumer applications, and basic trigonometry.  Another portion of the course is devoted to “real life” math including, but not limited to: scholarships, renting an apartment, credit cards, insurance, and paychecks.

This course will meet the 3rd year New York State graduation requirement for math.

 

ALGEBRA 2

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Geometry

(NYS Common Core Exam)

Algebra 2 and Trigonometry is the capstone course of the three units of credit required for an Advanced Regents Diploma.  This course is a continuation and extension of the two courses that preceded it.  While developing the algebraic techniques that will be required for those students that continue their study of mathematics, this course is also intended to continue developing alternative solution strategies and algorithms.  For example, technology can provide to many students the means to address a problem situation to which they might not otherwise have access. Within this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers.  The families of functions to be studied will include polynomial, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Problem situations involving direct and indirect variation will be solved. Problems resulting in systems of equations will be solved graphically and algebraically.  Algebraic techniques will be developed to facilitate rewriting mathematical expressions into multiple equivalent forms. Data analysis will be extended to include measures of dispersion and the analysis of regression that model functions studied throughout this course. Associated correlation coefficients will be determined, using technology tools and interpreted as a measure of strength of the relationship.  Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be expressed in multiple forms, and arithmetic and geometric series will be evaluated. Binomial experiments will provide the basis for the study of probability theory and the normal probability distribution will be analyzed and used as an approximation for the binomial experiments. Right triangle trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of circular functions.  Problem situations requiring the use of trigonometric equations and identities will also be investigated.



PRE-CALCULUS

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 & Trigonometry

(Local Examination)

The goal of this course is to review, formalize, extend, integrate and understand graphical techniques, algebraic and transcendental functions and analytical geometry.  Upon completion, the student is prepared for Calculus-the highest level of math taught at Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.  In addition to OA high school credit, seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit through the College Enrichment Program that is coordinated by Genesee Community College.

 * This class may be taken for up to four (4) college credits through GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment Program at a discounted tuition rate!

 

CALCULUS

Grade: 12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Calculus

(Local Examination)

This is a “summing up” course that calls on the skills and information acquired in previous high-level secondary mathematics skills.  It includes differentiation, integration, and proficiency in elementary functions and analytic geometry.  In addition to OA high school credit, seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit through the College Enrichment Program that is coordinated by Genesee Community College.

* This class may be taken for up to four (4) college credits through GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment Program at a discounted tuition rate!

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SCIENCE  

Students must complete 3 credits of Science to meet graduation requirements


LIVING ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE

Grade: 8-9

Duration: 40 Weeks x 3 labs / cycle

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Science 8

(NYS Regents Examination)

Living Environment Science includes the study of the chemical nature of biological processes in cells and the human body.  Respiration and Photosynthesis, Human Ecology, Reproduction Genetics, Evolution and Classification are emphasized during the course.  Laboratory work and formal write-ups are required for each laboratory assignment. The course concludes with the New York State Regents Examination in June.



PHYSICAL SETTING – EARTH SCIENCE

Grade: 9-10

Duration: 40 Weeks x 3 labs / cycle

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Living Environment Science

(NYS Regents Examination)

Earth Science is a course designed to study the different parts of the Earth: hydrosphere, Lithosphere, and Atmosphere.  How these parts affect each other and our daily lives is also covered.  Seventeen units are covered including: minerals, rocks, earthquakes & volcanoes, astronomy, meteorology, and paleontology.  Dozens of hands-on projects are conducted throughout the year.  The students are required to assume responsibility for learning the concepts involved.  This course concludes with a New York State Regents Examination in June.

 

PHYSICAL SETTING – CHEMISTRY

Grade: 10-11

Duration: 40 Weeks x 3 labs / cycle

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra; Completion of Geometry; OR Departmental Approval

(NYS Regents Examination)

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes.  Topics of study include the structure of atoms, Periodic Table of the Elements, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry.  Chemistry is a prerequisite course for students interested in science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, materials science, and semiconductor fabrication. Students must complete thirty (30) hours of laboratory work in order to qualify for the Physical Setting/ Chemistry Regents examination in June.

 

 

PHYSICAL SETTING – PHYSICS

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks x 3 labs / cycle

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra; Completion of Geometry; Enrolled in Trigonometry; OR Departmental Approval

(NYS Regents Examination)

Physics is the study of the world around us.  Course topics include motion, forces, electricity and magnetism, waves and light, relativity, and 20th century modern physics.  Students in physics are primarily involved in experimentation using the latest computer software and scientific probeware.  The course emphasizes changing student misconceptions and building new models to better describe our world.  Physics is a fundamental course for students interested in careers in engineering, science, physical or occupational therapy, architecture, or medicine.  Thirty (30) hours of laboratory work is required for successful completion of this course. 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

Grade: 12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Grade of 90 or higher in all previous Science classes; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. Some AP students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors.

The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. Topics include, but are not limited to, animal/protist classification concepts, evolution, past diversity of life, ecology, animal behavior, cell functions, biochemistry, biotechnology, reproduction/embryology, genetics, photosynthesis and respiration, animal structure and function.

** All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks x 3 labs / cycle

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Grade of 90 or higher in all previous Science classes; Departmental Approval

(AP Examination)

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a challenging, fast-paced course that will cover the topics of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, descriptive chemistry, kinetics, equilibria, and thermodynamics. An emphasis on laboratory work and analysis is required to prepare for the AP test. College credit depends upon the AP test score and the college of choice. Students may need an additional four to six hours a week, approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour a night, outside of class time to prepare for the test. An AP Chemistry academic lab is required in conjunction with this class. It will provide additional lab finishing and time to ask or go over text problems

** All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course.



MATH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (MST)

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

MST is a hands-on, project-oriented course dealing with the principles of math and science as applied to truss construction, vehicle motion, aeronautics, and electronic theory.  The class emphasizes productivity and communication skills in a simulated workplace environment.

**MST may be used as a 3rd year science credit

 

SCIENCE SKILLS

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Living Environment and Earth Science

(Local Examination)

The first semester of the science skills course will be designed as a 20-week introduction to

the curriculum of Regents Chemistry. The goal is to get students interested in chemistry as well as provide them with an introduction of the core topics necessary to understand chemical concepts. Along with note taking the students will be provided with the opportunity to see and do chemistry through simulations, labs, and demonstrations. The topics covered will include atomic structure, periodic table, bonding and compounds, phases of matter, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. The students will have weekly homework assignments and quizzes and will have a midterm at the end of the semester.

 

The Second semester of the science skills course will be designed as a project based class designed after the popular discovery channel TV show “Mythbusters.” The students will be designing valid scientific experiments to test popular myths, stories, and misconceptions. Through project based assessments, this class will challenge students to apply their knowledge of science as well as their understanding of the scientific method. Throughout the semester the students will complete a variety of projects and will be graded based on a rubric provided for each.

 

STEM CAREERS

Grade: 10

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This is a project based course designed to provide students the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields and careers.  Some of the topics that will be included in this course are: types of STEM careers; “a day in the life” of a person in a STEM career; education and training requirements; and projections for hiring and wages.  Guest speakers employed in the STEM fields will be invited to speak about their duties, responsibilities and tasks involved in their careers. Critical and creative thinking as well as problem solving and communication skills will be utilized as students complete projects designed to enhance their knowledge of STEM related careers and to share this knowledge with others

 

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

All students must complete Spanish I, students that are working towards an Advanced Designation Diploma must complete Spanish I, II, & III


SPANISH 1

Grade: 7-8

Duration: 80 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Required Class

Spanish I is the first course in the New York State Regents Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program and is a required course.  Students must complete this course successfully before the end of the 8th grade in order to earn this Regents credit before entering high school.  The only students excluded from this requirement are those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that identifies a disability that “…adversely affects the child’s ability to learn a LOTE.”  Students who do not meet this requirement must repeat the course in high school AND pass that year successfully in order to earn their diploma.

In Spanish I students work to acquire skills and study topics in conjunction with Checkpoint A of the New York State syllabus for Languages Other Than English.  In particular, students work on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural understanding in Spanish.



SPANISH 2

Grade: 9-10

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish I

(Local Examination)

Spanish II is the second level of the New York State sequential language program.  Students acquire skills and study topics in conjunction with Checkpoint B of the New York State syllabus for Languages Other Than English.  In particular, students have the opportunity to speak, listen, read, and write while expanding their vocabulary and knowledge of the target cultures.  More grammatical structures are introduced with a focus on tenses and their uses.  The goal of Spanish II is to continue building the base for communicative proficiency in Spanish. 

 

SPANISH 3

Grade: 10-11

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 2

(NYS Regents Examination)

Spanish III is the third level of the New York State sequential language program.  Students continue to acquire skills and study topics in conjunction with Checkpoint B of the New York State syllabus for Languages Other Than English.  The four basic skills are further developed with an increased emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. This course concludes with the New York State Regents Comprehensive Examination in Spanish.  Students must pass the NYS Regents Comprehensive Examination in Spanish with a minimum grade of 65% in order to receive credit for this course.

Note:  GCC’s policy, along with many other colleges and universities, require that a student must pass this Regents Exam with a minimum grade of 85% in order to be considered for exemption from their own LOTE requirement if the student does not successfully complete Spanish IV & V as part of their Advanced Studies Program.

**Successful completion of Spanish I, II, & III fulfills one of the requirements for a NYS Advanced Regents diploma.


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ART/MUSIC

Students must complete 1 credit of Art OR Music to meet graduation requirements.  Any class below can be used to meet this requirement.

 

SENIOR HIGH BAND

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: 2+ years of music instruction

Students in this course will continue to develop their skills as musicians. They are expected to grow with increasing technical ability as well as musical sensitivity and maturity. Students desiring to enroll in this course must demonstrate knowledge of basic musical skills and be able to play a musical instrument. Participants will attend band rehearsals, pull-out lessons, and concerts, where appropriate attire is required. Rehearsals focus on balance, blend, articulation, awareness of other players, general musicality, and quality performances. Lessons will focus on musical skills and knowledge more specific to individual students and their instruments. Each year, students may participate in solo festivals for selection in All-County and Area All-State performing ensembles.

 

SENIOR HIGH CHORUS

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Students with and without previous vocal experience are both welcome in this ensemble. Students will sing a variety of choral works from many time periods and traditions (ex. African, Renaissance, Latin, Musicals, Pop music, etc.)  Students will continuously develop skills in sight reading, diction, tone production, and expression. This course includes various performance opportunities which students are required to attend. Opportunities to audition for select groups such as All-County and All-State are available to any participant.  Pull Out vocal lessons are offered as part of the course. A variety of solo opportunities in selected pieces, and solo festivals to display individual talents, are also available.



STUDIO IN ART

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Studio in Art is a full year course with an introduction to the nature, function, and techniques in the visual art of the present and the past.  Students in Studio in Art are given a variety of materials and projects to work with throughout the year with a major emphasis on aspects of design (line, shape, color, value, and textures).  Projects include charcoal sketches, painting (watercolor & acrylic), and sculpture. This class will introduce you to realistic drawing techniques in a setting that allows for creative expression.



DESIGN & DRAW FOR PRODUCTION (DDP)

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Did you ever dream of designing your own entertainment center, remodeling a house, creating a shelter that can save lives, or designing an item for the characters on the Simpson’s TV show? All these are projects you may work on in this class. You will learn drawing skills and the thought process to successfully complete these projects. Completion of this course may be used to satisfy the Fine Art requirement needed to graduate.  Several students that have completed this course have gone on into high paying jobs in the design field.


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HEALTH EDUCATION  

Students must complete .5 credit of Health to meet graduation requirements

 

SENIOR HIGH HEALTH

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

This class is a graduation requirement for all high school students.  Major topics include Self-Esteem/Self-Concept, Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Human Growth and Reproduction. Each of these issues is of major concern for adolescents.  An eight-hour Community Service Project is an additional requirement for this course. This project is tied into the Self-Esteem unit and will allow our students to experience the opportunity to give of themselves and enhance their own self-image in the process. Health class also utilizes the latest technology tools so our students can teach the Middle School students through positive role modeling.  The students who take this class learn about themselves and positive health choices.



HEALTHY LIVING

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Emphasizes reasons and strategies for assuming responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Focuses on lifestyle factors and their relationships to well-being, behaviors, and disease. Includes health and wellness, stress, drug, alcohol and tobacco use and abuse, nutrition and weight control, cardiovascular health, physical fitness, healthy relationships, sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, safety education (identifying dangerous environments, preventing child abduction, fire and arson), communications skills for productive relationships (i.e., conflict resolution), identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Legislation Certification. 

**This course will be offered as a college level course & can be used to satisfy the HS health requirement

 

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students must take 2 credits of Physical Education (.5/year) to meet graduation requirements

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 3 days / cycle / year

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Required Class

 

Physical Education (PE) is a mandated course for all secondary students in New York State.  The PE courses offered at Oakfield-Alabama Middle / High School allow students the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to engage in physical activity with competence and confidence.  Students will become familiar with the basic skills of games, fitness, risk challenging, leisure, and dancing activities. Students will work to develop a lifelong commitment to wellness and learn the principles of cooperation and teamwork.  Safety factors are stressed to insure a positive and enjoyable physical experience. PE activities can include: Jogging, Walking, Flag Football, Tennis, Soccer, Speedball, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Physical Fitness Tests, Square Dancing, Basketball, Archery, Super Stars Competition, Obstacle Course, Cross Country Skiing, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Weight Training, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming, Horseshoes, Croquet, Frisbee, Active Shuffleboard, Badminton, Golf, Track, Indoor Games, Team Handball, Aerobics, Orienteering, Bocce, Adventure Activities

**Not all Physical Education options listed above are offered every marking period or school year.  Class options rotate based on department input.
 
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COMPUTER APPLICATIONS  

Students must complete 1 credit of Computer Applications to meet graduation requirements


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

This course is designed to enable students to master beginning and advanced skills in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet data entry, presentation & graphic designs, and desktop tool applications. It will also include a review of basic keyboarding skills. Emphasis is on concepts of skill development in computer application software; computer graphics, operating systems, and computer information system careers. Communication skills and critical thinking are reinforced through software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. All of the course assignments will be completed in class so students will never have any homework in this class.



ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

An introductory course in computer applications, focused on microcomputer technology utilizing operating system/network commands, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, and other applications used in business and scientific environments. Students learn to use World Wide Web tools effectively and efficiently to locate information and to manage resources. Internet Explorations will help the student become acquainted with the various mechanisms and areas of the Internet. The course will offer “Real World” tips and strategies for Internet use.

**This course will be offered as a college level course.


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ELECTIVES:

Students that are pursuing a Regents Diploma must complete 4.5 elective credits.  Students that are pursuing a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma must complete 2.5 elective credits.

*** Some classes may be listed in both the required classes section and the electives section – this is because once a class has been used to meet a graduation requirement it may also be used as an elective credit (Example 1 – If a student takes 4 years of Band, the 1st year of Band is applied as an art/music credit that is required for graduation.  Each additional year is counted towards an elective. Example 2 - If a student is a Band student and also takes Studio in Art, the Band credit will be counted towards the art/music credit and the art class would be counted as an elective.)


ART/MUSIC

STUDIO IN ART

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Studio in Art is a full year course with an introduction to a variety of options and techniques in the visual art of the present and the past.  Students in Studio in Art are given a wide range of projects to work with throughout the year with a major emphasis on aspects of design (line, shape, color, value, shape, form, and textures).  You will learn to use materials such as charcoal, watercolor and acrylic paints, plaster, pastels, crayons, colored pencils, and markers. Projects include weekly sketches, paintings, and sculpture.  This class will introduce you to realistic drawing techniques in a setting that allows for creative expression. This class has minimal homework (aside from weekly sketches) and one final exam. Grades are based primarily on completed projects and effort in class.

 

DIGITAL ART

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Photo

(Local Examination)
In this course you will learn to create and develop visual images using the computer as a tool.   Students will learn how to “draw” and “paint” using the Photoshop software, as well as many other techniques such as using layers, filters, cloning stamps and more.  The projects assigned in this course will help you develop both your creative and technological skills. You will complete digital artworks such as time-travel photographs, self-portrait/animal morph, and business card/logo design.  This course will teach lifelong skills that can apply to many areas of interest.


CERAMICS

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Studio in Art; Departmental Approval

(Local Examination)
Studio in Pottery is a 1/2 year art course in which the primary medium is clay.  Students will learn the properties of clay to build slab, coil, and thrown pottery on the electric and kick wheels.  Students will learn to decorate their pottery through the use of glazes for color and other pottery cools to create textures in their work.  Students will be required to keep a sketchbook/notebook to document their progress in the course. The grade assigned to this class is primarily based on the work completed and the enthusiasm and creativity the student brings to the experience.


INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (35MM and Darkroom)

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Studio in Art; Departmental Approval

 

Taking pictures with a camera is a lifelong activity.  You might as well learn to take great photographs. This hands-on course teaches the fundamentals of how cameras work and how this knowledge can help you to take professional-looking photographs.  This class will introduce you to the “old school” method of photography using black & white film and darkroom equipment. Students will do projects in: elements of design, a self-interest collage, photograms, camera use, f-stop, speed and one of three independent projects (some students may choose to do more.)  This hands-on course offers very limited homework and tests. Grades are based on completed projects, enthusiasm, and effort.



DRAWING AND PAINTING

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of Studio in Art

Students in Drawing and Painting will be given an in-depth approach to the disciplines of drawing and painting.  The student will learn to create many varied types and styles of drawings in a wide variety of drawing media. The student will also be exposed to a variety of painting mediums, learning the various uses of the tools that a painter would use and the way in which they can best use them.  The student will learn about art history, with a concentration on the development of drawing and painting throughout the ages.

**This course will be offered as a college level course


AP STUDIO ART 2D

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Learn to use 2-D design principles to organize an image on a picture plane in order to communicate content.
Demonstrate mastery through any two-dimensional medium or process, such as graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking. Develop technical skills and familiarize yourself with the functions of visual elements as you create an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course.



SENIOR HIGH CHORUS

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Students with and without previous vocal experience are both welcome in this ensemble. Students will sing a variety of choral works from many time periods and traditions (ex. African, Renaissance, Latin, Musicals, Pop music, etc.)  Students will continuously develop skills in sight reading, diction, tone production, and expression. This course includes various performance opportunities which students are required to attend. Opportunities to audition for select groups such as All-County and All-State are available to any participant. Pullout vocal lessons are scheduled bi-weekly and are required as part of the course.  A variety of solo opportunities in selected pieces, and solo festivals to display individual talents, are also available.



SWING CHOIR

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 0.0

Prerequisite: Senior High Chorus; Audition

Swing Choir is a select group dedicated to the performance of the jazz, pop, and musical genres.  It is preferred that the members be from the senior high chorus. Swing choir performs the National Anthem at various school functions, has selected community engagements, and performs at each of the high school concerts.  Costumes and choreography are also part of the performance practice. Auditions for new members will be given by the vocal teacher at the conclusion of each school year. Details on audition requirements may be obtained from the vocal department.



SENIOR HIGH BAND

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: 2+ years of music instruction

Students in this course will continue to develop their skills as musicians. They are expected to grow with increasing technical ability as well as musical sensitivity and maturity. Students desiring to enroll in this course must demonstrate knowledge of basic musical skills and be able to play a musical instrument. Participants will attend band rehearsals, pull-out lessons, and concerts, where appropriate attire is required. Rehearsals focus on balance, blend, articulation, awareness of other players, general musicality, and quality performances. Lessons will focus on musical skills and knowledge more specific to individual students and their instruments. Each year, students may participate in solo festivals for selection in All-County and Area All-State performing ensembles.


HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

The structure of this course will be based on a timeline of American history that focuses on the cultural events of an era and the resulting musical output. Students will follow the course of history in reverse, from today to the jazz era.  Jazz represents a distinctive American genre of music and will thus serve as the focus of our culminating project. Topics will include, but are not limited to: Art as a reflection of what goes on around us, Study and Write Protest Songs, Basic Rock Chord Structure, Broadway, Jazz in Africa and the US, Drum Circles, Blues, Jazz and Art and Radio Shows.  Students’ interests in different topics will be accounted for and spoken to. Students will be assessed in two primary areas: historical research with a written response and musical composition with a performance expectation. Students will periodically be expected to participate in an online discussion on Schoology in which they will either respond to questions posted by the instructors or to a classmate’s response. Additional in-class assignments will be included in the student’s overall grade.


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BUSINESS EDUCATION


ACCOUNTING

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Accounting is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of double-entry accounting. The course covers the accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses, and will emphasize the proprietorship and partnership forms of business organization. At the end of the course, students should be well qualified to accept any position which might involve journalizing and posting in special journals or ledgers.  Furthermore, students should understand the impact of proper accounting practice on the success of a business

**This course can be used as a third year math credit for those not looking to pursue the Advanced Regents diploma.  

 

 

BUSINESS MATH

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

This class will explore the application of basic math to real-life scenarios. Topics will include checking accounts, record keeping, savings accounts, charge accounts, credit cards, and loans to name a few. Students will learn how to apply multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction to real situations such as buying a car or balancing a checkbook.  Business-oriented applications are used in an algebraic approach.



ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS    

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

An introductory course in computer applications, focused on microcomputer technology utilizing operating system/network commands, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, and other applications used in business and scientific environments. Students learn to use World Wide Web tools effectively and efficiently to locate information and to manage resources. Internet Explorations will help the student become acquainted with the various mechanisms and areas of the Internet. The course will offer “Real World” tips and strategies for Internet use.  This class may be offered for college credit.



PERSONAL FINANCE

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Designed to alert, inform, and educate students in concepts of personal finance and money management. Students will begin to develop the skills and strategies that promote personal and financial responsibility related to financial planning, savings, investment, and charitable giving in the global economy. Effective money management is a disciplined behavior. It is difficult to master, and much easier when learned earlier in life. This course will start students on a path toward being in control of their financial futures. Five broad topics will be the foundation of the course: college and career planning, money management, savings and investing, income, and spending. The course will teach students to search and assess college and career opportunities, identify and prioritize their personal money management goals, develop personal spending and savings plans, comprehend the impact of time on the value of money, understand the cost of using credit, and protect assets.

 


INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE IN JAVASCRIPT

Grade: 9-11

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 0.0

Prerequisite: None

The CodeHS introduction to computer science curriculum teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on developing  logical thinking and problem solving skills. The curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of programming. Once students complete the course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript.
Prerequisite: The Intro to Computer Science in JavaScript course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive making it engaging for new coders.


 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE IN JAVA

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: AP Credit

Prerequisite: None

The CodeHS AP Java course is a year-long course designed to help students master the basics of Java and equip them to successfully pass the AP Computer Science A Exam at the end of the school year. The curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of programming All learning materials and resources teachers and students need for a successful year-long AP Java course can be found on the CodeHS website. The curriculum has been pre-approved by College Board's AP Course Audit as meeting or exceeding the curricular expectations colleges and universities have for this subject.The course also provides an AP Test Practice unit with a cumulative AP Practice Multiple Choice Test and several Free Response questions.
Prerequisite:  It is recommended that students take Introduction to Computer Science prior to AP Java. Students who have completed the Intro to CS course will be able to apply knowledge of concepts covered in the Intro course to the more advanced setting of the AP Java course.



AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: AP Credit

Prerequisite: None

AP Computer Science Principles is the newest AP course from the College Board.  This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, the CodeHS AP Computer Science Principles course gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value, and develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.
Prerequisites: ​ This course is meant to be a first time introduction to computer science, and does not require students to come in with any computer programming experience. However, we recommend that students take the Introduction to Computer Science prior to our AP courses. We also recommend that students complete a first-year high school algebra course prior to taking this course. Students should be comfortable with functions and function notation such as f(x) = x + 2 as well as using a Cartesian (x, y) coordinate system to represent points in a plane.



INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH PYTHON

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: AP Credit

Prerequisite: None

The CodeHS Introduction to Computer Science in Python course teaches the fundamentals of computer programming as well as some advanced features of the Python language. Students will develop an appreciation for how computers store and manipulate information by building simple console-based games. This course is equivalent to a semester-long introductory Python course at the college level. Prerequisite: No prior programming experience is needed.  You will learn the basics of programming, and then gradually harness the power of some of Python's more advanced features to make games and solve real-world problems.
Students can take this course as their first introduction to computer science or as a secondary introductory course that explores a new language, after our Introduction to Computer Science in JavaScript.


IT EXPLORATIONS:

This course will demonstrate and teach students a wealth of computing information. Students will be exposed to several topics. They will learn to code, create mobile apps, and since today's world is global, they will learn to design websites, and incredibly useful skill for any career path. THere will be a unit on Web Development, Creating Mobile Apps and if time allow, AR/Virtual Reality and Cybersecurity will also be explored.

This is a full year course and does not have a prerequisite, however math and logic skills will be needed to be successful in this course.

 

 

3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Overview:  3D printing is poised to unlock the potential in every person to create, innovate and fabricate. Recognizing the profound implications of 3D printing for the future of design, research and manufacturing, this course will prepare students for current and emerging careers in those and other fields
Description: Begin your career equipped with practical 3D printing experience and a critical eye for the technology’s advantages and limitations. From there, students will research and develop an artifact allowing for a more authentic exploration of objects not readily available yet are significant to the study advancement in technology.
Upon course completion, students will be able to:
·   Produce a fully functional artifact in a single print.
·   Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in various fields including history, manufacturing, and engineering.
·   Understand the advantages and limitations of each 3D printing technology.
·   Evaluate scenarios and utilize 3D printing technology in historical exploration and analysis.
·   Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology which will open up new possibilities for additional learning activities.


YEARBOOK

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Faculty Recommendation or Instructional Approval

This class may be one of your greatest experiences of high school.  You will produce a book of memories that will last a lifetime. Students will produce the school yearbook for the current year.  Each student will be able to experience: pre-planning, page layout, sales of the book and ads, photographing school activities, as well as learning leadership roles.  Students are accepted as candidates in the class after reviewing their attendance history and recommendation of faculty members for student’s strengths and weaknesses.  


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SPANISH

 

SPANISH 4 & 5

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0 each

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 3

(Research Paper & Oral Defense of Spanish Presentation)

Spanish IV are V are the fourth and fifth levels of the New York State sequential language program.  These courses are designed for students interested in a more in-depth study of Spanish and various Spanish-speaking cultures.  Students continue to acquire skills and study topics in conjunction with Checkpoint C of the New York State syllabus for Languages Other Than English.  Students enhance their ability to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish as participation in this course increases accuracy and depth of communicative abilities and cultural understanding through group and individual work, presentations, oral exercises, reading and writing assignments.  Students will express themselves orally and in writing, read authentic sources, and understand clear, native speech at the intermediate level.  Laboratory-supported practice in incorporated throughout the year.  Instruction is in Spanish. 

* Spanish IV and Spanish V may be taken for up to a total of six (6) college credits each through GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment Program at a discounted tuition rate!  If a student plans to attend a college other than GCC, it is recommended that they check with the colleges they plan to which they plan to apply in order to learn how these credits transfer to those institutions.

 

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HEALTH EDUCATION

 

HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORT

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

 

History of American Sport gives students a compelling grasp of the historical evolution of American sports from past to the present. This course provides students with insights that will allow them to develop new perspectives on American sports by examining sport as a social and cultural phenomenon, generating a better understanding of current sports, and considering future developments in sport in American life. Students will examine and learn how women, minorities, ethnic and religious groups, and historical events have influenced the U.S. sporting culture. We will look at some of the greatest athletes (including Babe Ruth, Jack Johnson, Ernie Davis, Jim Thorpe, Seabiscuit, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, John Daly, Lance Armstrong, etc,) and many of the legendary teams (such as Knute Rockne's Notre Dame championship teams, The New York Yankees of the 1930s and 1950s, the 1980 Olympic Men's Hockey Team, the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era, etc )

 

FITNESS TRAINING

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness.  Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning.  Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime.

 

COACHING SPORTS

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Coaching Sports is a course designed to serve as a foundation for future coaching experiences.  The primary goal of this course is to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of concepts and techniques of coaching as well as their application of said knowledge and concepts to achieve important objectives in working with athletes.  The class will help students develop an understanding of coaching philosophy and essential techniques such as practice planning, program organization, coaching roles, and instruction. This class will allow students to reflect on why they want to coach as well as what their personal philosophy and goals are for coaching.  This course will give students an opportunity to develop and implement their own sport specific program where they will create rules, program plans, practice plans, and game strategies.



HEALTHY LIVING

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Emphasizes reasons and strategies for assuming responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Focuses on lifestyle factors and their relationships to well-being, behaviors, and disease. Includes health and wellness, stress, drug, alcohol and tobacco use and abuse, nutrition and weight control, cardiovascular health, physical fitness, healthy relationships, sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, safety education (identifying dangerous environments, preventing child abduction, fire and arson), communications skills for productive relationships (i.e., conflict resolution), identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Legislation Certification. 

**This course will be offered as a college level course & can be used to satisfy the HS health requirement

The counselors encourage you to review the graduation requirements, discuss your options with your parents, consult with your teachers about your selections, and then make

 

 

FOODS I

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

This course will help the student understand sound nutrition through many “hands-on” experiences. Students will perform basics skills and techniques of food preparation using safe and sanitary practice. They will plan, prepare, serve and evaluate a wide variety of foods and learn about large quantity cookery. Careers and employment opportunities in food & nutrition will be explored. 

 

READY, SET, COOK

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

 This course is designed for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are interested in cooking.  It will teach you basic food preparation skills to prepare foods safely, you will learn to follow basic recipes to ensure successful products, learn to plan menus applying sound nutritional concepts and practice microwave cooking techniques.  You will prepare foods you’d prefer to eat and will learn college/life preparation skills.

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SCIENCE

 

MATH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (MST)

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

MST is a hands-on, project-oriented course dealing with the principles of math and science as applied to truss construction, vehicle motion, aeronautics, and electronic theory.  The class emphasizes productivity and communication skills in a simulated workplace environment.

**MST may be used as a 3rd year science credit

 

SCIENCE SKILLS

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Living Environment Science and Earth Science

(Local Examination)

 

The first semester of the science skills course will be designed as a 20-week introduction to

the curriculum of Regents Chemistry. The goal is to get students interested in chemistry as well as provide them with an introduction of the core topics necessary to understand chemical concepts. Along with note taking the students will be provided with the opportunity to see and do chemistry through simulations, labs, and demonstrations. The topics covered will include atomic structure, periodic table, bonding and compounds, phases of matter, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. The students will have weekly homework assignments and quizzes and will have a midterm at the end of the semester.

The Second semester of the science skills course will be designed as a project based class designed after the popular discovery channel TV show “Mythbusters.” The students will be designing valid scientific experiments to test popular myths, stories, and misconceptions. Through project based assessments, this class will challenge students to apply their knowledge of science as well as their understanding of the scientific method. Throughout the semester the students will complete a variety of projects and will be graded based on a rubric provided for each.

 

FORENSIC SCIENCE

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Living Environment Science and Earth Science

 

Forensic science allows students to be able to take pieces of information and synthesize a scenario.  The students will be able to apply what they have learned to real world situations. Some topics of study include forensic pathology (traumatic deaths, toxicology, and odontology/dentistry), evaluation of crime scenes (evidence collection and bloodstain patterns), forensic science in the laboratory (biological fluids, fingerprints, footwear, & tire tracks), forensic engineering (structures, fires, & explosion), and cyber technology (databases and computer crimes) in forensic science.

 

 

HISTORY OF EARTH & LIFE

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Living Environment Science and Earth Science

This science course is designed to study the history of earth.  The past and present geology of the earth and the life forms that have inhabited it are covered in this unique course.  Some of the units that are going to be covered include: Introduction to Paleontology, History of the Earth, Dinosaurs, and History of the Great Lakes.  Hands-on projects will accompany each unit. Class discussions of current events/discoveries will occur often. This course is constructed to be student-centered and will conclude with a local exam/project at the end of the semester.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Living Environment Science and Earth Science

 

Environmental science students will have an understanding of how humans affect, and are affected by the world around them.  They will also realize that environmental science is an interdisciplinary approach that relates all subjects to a whole-earth “oneness of purpose”.  The students should value their environment and possess knowledge of the Earth’s ecology, as well as develop into responsible, motivated members of society and appreciate the diversity of life around them. Some of the projects may include making recycled books and plant books, maintaining an ecosystem, preparing an undeveloped countries meal, making recycled quilts, and hatching chickens.


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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

FUNDAMENTALS IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT  

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

(Local Examination)

You will become actively involved in learning about the responsibilities of managing various activities in the OACS, as well as the community you live in.  This class is will help you develop necessary skills that are essential for responsible citizenship, productive employment, and lifelong learning. The sole purpose for this course is to address current issues, implement projects, and assess outcomes in relation to the mission statement of our school. This course will also explore  The concepts of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are enhanced to show how these basic principles can be used to create a healthy and thriving organization in today's global environment.  Special attention will be given to decision making, problem solving, and leadership in an environment where productivity improvements is a major concern.



WORLD WAR II: THE RISE AND FALL OF NATIONS   

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)         

This course covers the main causes of the war from the end of World War II to the outbreak of hostilities.  Major events of the war will be covered to include the rise of dictators, weapons and equipment of the combatants, war on the homefront, key leaders and battles, and the end of the war.  The course will conclude with a look at the impact the war had on world events from 1945 and beyond.

 

 

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 9, 10, and/or 11

(Local Examination)

Intro to Psychology is a college level course that is taught as a hybrid course, meaning it is an online course that students take in the school's computer lab.   Access to a computer, printer, and internet is required in order to complete the assignments. However, using only the school's computer during class time does not suffice.   The major emphasis of this course is on normal human behavior. Both the biological structure of the human organism and the effect of the environment upon behavior are studied. The major areas of psychological study, including research methods, sensation and perception, learning theories, and cognitive processes are surveyed.

**This course will be offered as a college level course

 

 

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Social Studies 9, 10, and/or 11

(Local Examination)

Intro to Sociology is a college level course that is taught as a hybrid course, meaning it is an online course that students take in the school's computer lab.   Access to a computer, printer, and internet is required in order to complete the assignments. However, using only the school's computer during class time does not suffice.  Sociology is the scientific study of society and social groups. This introductory course is a study of the major factors affecting the structure and functioning of group life.  Social patterns such as cultural values, deviance, class structure, and social change will be explored. Upon completion, each student will understand the methods and perspectives sociologists employ, as well as the ways groups force influences on the individual in society.

**This course will be offered as a college level course



OA PRIDE

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

The goal of OA Pride is to improve communication between school and community, as well as, improve recognition of the various groups and organizations of the Oakfield-Alabama school district.  In this class, students work independently and collaboratively creating newspaper articles, posters, Facebook articles, webpages and various other pieces.

 

MULTICULTURALISM

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Multiculturalism is more than celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tacos and piñatas or reading the latest biography of Martin Luther King Jr. It is an educational movement built on basic American values such as freedom, justice, opportunity, and equality. It is a set of strategies aimed to address the diverse challenges experienced by rapidly changing U.S. demographics. The goals of multiculturalism include:
·        Creating a safe, accepting and successful learning environment for all
·        Increasing awareness of global issues
·        Strengthening cultural consciousness
·        Strengthening intercultural awareness
·        Teaching students that there are multiple historical perspectives
·        Encouraging critical thinking
·        Preventing prejudice and discrimination
·        Helps students develop positive self-image.
·        Allows multiple perspectives and ways of thinking.
·        Combats stereotypes and prejudicial behavior.
·        Teaches students to critique society in the interest of social justice.

 

CURRENT EVENTS

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Takes a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. domestic policy, and the global economy.  This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe.  The course will be flexible in nature to accommodate significant current events, but the general direction of the class will be to study how the world developed to what it is today and where it is going next. In addition to the course content, the common core standards will be addressed throughout all units.

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TECHNOLOGY & OCCUPATIONAL

EDUCATION CLASSES

 

DESIGN & DRAW FOR PRODUCTION (DDP)

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Did you ever dream of designing your own entertainment center, remodeling a house, creating a shelter that can save lives, or designing an item for the characters on the Simpson’s TV show? All these are projects you may work on in this class. You will learn drawing skills and the thought process to successfully complete these projects. Completion of this course may be used to satisfy the Fine Art requirement needed to graduate.  Several students that have completed this course have gone on into high paying jobs in the design field.



INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE I&II

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

This course includes an overview of all agricultural areas and is required of all agriculture majors. Some topics that will be discussed include safety, leadership, plant and animal production, as well as agribusiness management techniques and careers. Students will be required to complete a  SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) the 2nd half of year. Students will also be encouraged to participate in Career Development Events through the Community.

   

 

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR I

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Snowmobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes, go-karts, and everything in between is what Small Engines is all about. The course will create a greater awareness of the values of small engine repair and the importance of basic engine repair.  Making small engine repair a part of the general technology transportation curriculum promotes exposure to practical information about small engine construction and operation. Not only will this course cover construction and operations but will also explore many different career opportunities as well.



SMALL ENGINE REPAIR II

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Small Engine Repair I

(Local Examination)

Small Engine Repair II is an in depth continuation of the material learned in Small Engine Repair I.  In this class there will be a transition from a theoretically based class to a more hands on experience.  Student will broaden their expertise in completely repairing and restoring these engines.



ROBOTICS ENGINEERING

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None   

In this course students will explore the various robotic technologies that are shaping our world, while continuously evaluating the benefits and pitfalls they offer to our society.  Topics will include robotic devices from major areas such as entertainment, medical, transportation, military, manufacturing and construction. Students may be exposed to current technologies such as 3D printing, drone and hovercraft hardware, LEGO Robotics as well as learn how consumer products like the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner operate.  Hands on programming challenges will occur as students use iPads to design, test and optimize programs for Bluetooth operated Sphero robots. Future technologies such as Google’s self-driving autonomous vehicles and topics of student-interest will also be incorporated.

 

 

SOLIDWORKS CAD I

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of DDP

This is an introductory 3D Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) class where students will learn visualizations, sketching, and geometric construction of basic mechanical components.  This course will illustrate fundamental drafting techniques that implement graphical communication through the use of the Alphabet of Lines, Orthographic Projection and Section Views.  Using SolidWorks, students will learn to create working industrial drawings that adhere to industrial standards.

 

SOLIDWORKS CAD II

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Solidworks CAD I

This is an in depth SolidWorks course that takes CAD I to new levels. Students will learn to build assembly drawings and 3D print them for a working tangible model.   3D Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) class where students will learn visualizations, sketching, and geometric construction of basic mechanical components. This course will illustrate fundamental drafting techniques that implement graphical communication through the use of the Alphabet of Lines, Orthographic Projection and Section Views.  Using SolidWorks, students will learn to create working industrial drawings that adhere to industrial standards.

 

 

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

The major focus of this course is in the design and the construction of a vacation home. The students use mechanical drawing skills to first design their home, and then build a scaled down version of their design in class. Topics covered in this course include framing, grading, excavation, insurance needs, and financing. Further, various house designs and architecture will be thoroughly discussed. Also, current trends in contracting will be covered.

 

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE  

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 40 Weeks

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Animal  Science is a foundation-level course engaging students in hands-on laboratories and activities to explore the world of animal agriculture.
Student experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, and industry personnel, face in their respective careers.



PRECISION AGRICULTURE

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Precision Agriculture is a ½ credit course that provides knowledge in GPS, Drones, Field Mapping and Automatic Equipment Operation.  You will  learn how to install, maintain and operate precision agriculture tools.  TorCon will be the supporting equipment dealer along with BAC of Albion.  After completion of this course, you will be better prepared for work in the high-tech, fast-paced precision agriculture field.

 

 

WELDING

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 20 Weeks

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

(Local Examination)

Interested in a course that offers WELDING, FABRICATION, MACHINING, FORGING AND CASTING?  Then Welding Is a course for you! If you have an open mind and are willing to learn new skills or even sharpen up old skills in Technology, Materials Processing will teach important techniques that will look great on resumes and/or makes a great hobby.

 

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