English Course Offerings
English 7 / 1 credit
The seventh grade credit-recovery curriculum is designed to enhance the student's communication skills in a variety of areas. The student will develop an understanding for language and literature and improve his/her skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. The student will be exposed to a variety of literary genres , points-of-view, and writing styles. Students will also write and gain experience in a variety of formats.
English 8 / 1 credit
The English 8 credit recovery course emphasizes the connection between reading and writing to promote the development of thinking skills. This course provides the student with a study of the short story, novel, and poetry. Students will reflect on the literature and develop written pieces in the narrative, informative and persuasive modes. Composing on a computer and language skills will be taught in conjunction with reading and the writing process. In addition, the course will reinforce the skills identified in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
English 9 / 1 credit
English 9 integrates reading literature and the writing process. Students will read poetry, short stories, nonfiction, drama, and novels. This course provides a sequenced study of composition, language skills, and literature. Writing assignments will be developed in the narrative, informative, and persuasive modes. Research and grammar will also be studied. In addition, the course will reinforce the skills identified in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening in preparation for the PSSA.
English 10 / 1 credit
English 10 emphasizes preparation in reading, writing,
speaking, and listening skills for college. Focus is placed on writing paragraphs,
compositions, and responding to prompts. Literary analysis is sequenced through
thematic units, which include vocabulary study. Another component of the course
is preparation for the Keystone Literature Exam and the PSAT through a
study of testing strategies. In addition, the course will develop the skills
identified in the Pennsylvania Core Standards
English 11 / American Literature / 1 credit
American Literature offers students a study in the history, development and various genres of this country’s literature. Students will develop skills in language (grammar and usage), vocabulary, and effective communication. The writing process and the various modes of writing are emphasized to enable the students to perform well on 11th grade PSSA writing and reading assessments.
English 12 / World Literature / 1 credit
World Literature emphasizes a multicultural approach to literature. Students study literary forms of classical, traditional, and modern writing from a collection of world literature. Students study language (grammar and usage), vocabulary, effective communication, the writing process, and the various modes of writing. This course offers preparation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Another component of this course is a personal narrative that mirrors the requirements for the college application essay.
Social Studies Course Offerings
Social Studies 7 / American Studies / 1 credit
This course is a comprehensive approach to all areas of a social studies curriculum as mandated by Pennsylvania standards. The course contains geography, history, economics and government components and also will place a major emphasis on critical thinking skills. The course is designed to provide students with introductory knowledge and skills within the social studies curriculum, which will allow for mastery of content in subsequent courses
Social Studies 8 / American Studies / 1 credit
Social Studies 8 is a Pennsylvania State Standards-Based Course. The course will include and incorporate the required standards for geography, civics and government, economics,Pennsylvania history and U.S. history. It includes the chronological survey of the history and culture of the United States. The major goal of this course is to acquaint students with the major characters, events, trends, concepts, and themes running through our nation’s history from the Colonial time period to the early 1900's Industrial time period.
Social Studies 9 / American Studies / 1 credit
Ninth grade Social Studies is a Pennsylvania State Standards-Based Course. The course will include and incorporate the required standards for geography, civics and government, economics, Pennsylvania history and U.S. history. It includes the chronological survey of the history and culture of the United States. The major goal of this course is to acquaint students with the major characters, events, trends, concepts, and themes running through our nation’s history from the late 1800s through the 1950s.
Social Studies 10 / World History / 1 credit
This survey of world history and cultures from 1500 A.D. to the present emphasizes European history. World History integrates a chronological approach with investigations of selected trends in European history and examines their relationship to various cultures of the world. This course stresses the development of critical thinking, research and other social studies skills. A chronological approach integrates investigations of certain trends in the various cultures of the world and examines their relationship to developments in Western Europe.
Social Studies 11 / American Government / 1 credit
American Government 11 stresses basic skill development through the examination of the structure, function, and operation of the United States government. Special attention is given to understanding the rights and responsibilities of individuals in our society. This course builds basic social studies skills and is supported by a reading component.
Social Studies 12 / Contemporary History / 1 credit
Contemporary History examines the post-World War II period to the present and emphasizes American domestic history and foreign policy. Students will gain an understanding of major domestic movements and events, and the role of the United States in more complex world affairs.
Science Course Offerings
Science 7 / 1 credit
The Science 7 Credit Recovery course is designed as a credit recovery course for students in 7th grade. The course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of topics such as motion, energy, forces, matter, cells, heredity, and classification
Earth, Space Science Grades 8 or 9 / 1 credit
In this course, students are introduced to, and develop proficiency in, the basic earth science principles that will be assessed on the PSSA examination in grade 10. The topics that will be studied include astronomy, plate tectonics, topographic maps, rocks and minerals, geologic history, geologic hazards, and meteorology. Each of these topics has specific state-mandated benchmarks that all students must reach by the end of grade 10.
Biology / 1 credit
Biology examines patterns of life through the integrated study of biochemistry, cell theory, genetics, evolution, biodiversity and environmental science. Emphasis will be placed on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and selected standards of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology.
Conceptual Chemistry / 1 credit
The Conceptual Chemistry course aims to develop a basic understanding of chemistry, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to chemistry; apply chemistry knowledge to decision-making about scientific issues; recognize the importance of chemistry in daily life; and understand the benefits as well as the limitations of science and technology. Emphasis will be placed on the Pennsylvania Science and Technology standards.
Conceptual Physics / 1 credit
Conceptual Physics will provide an overview of introductory physics, focusing on conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Emphasis will be placed on the Pennsylvania Science and Technology standards.
Health (Grades 9 and 10) / 1 credit
Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own health behaviors and understand the importance of improving and maintaining positive, healthy habits. Physical, mental, and emotional health topics will be explored in order to prepare students to make healthy choices in everyday life.
Mathematics Course Offerings
Math 7 / 1 credit
Math 7 – Credit Recovery is a standards-based, interactive, hands-on curriculum that utilizes computer hardware and software technology to present 7th grade mathematical topics on an individualized student basis. Concepts taught in this course will introduce the Pennsylvania Standards for 7th Grade. Use of a graphing calculator is encouraged in this class.
Math 8 / 1 credit
Math 8 – Credit Recovery is a standards-based, interactive, hands-on curriculum that utilizes computer hardware and software technology to present pre-algebra topics on an individualized student basis. Concepts taught in this course will introduce the Pennsylvania Standards for 8th Grade – PreAlgebra. A graphics calculator will be used during problem solving activities
Algebra 1 / 1 credit
Algebra is a standards-based, interactive, hands-on curriculum that utilizes computer hardware and software technology to present mathematical topics on an individualized student basis. Concepts taught in this course will introduce the Pennsylvania standards in algebra, statistics, probability, and logical reasoning. A graphics calculator will be used during problem solving activities.
Geometry / 1 credit
In Geometry, students will develop reasoning and problem solving skills as they study topics such as congruence and similarity, and apply properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. Students will also develop problem solving skills by using length, perimeter, area, circumference, surface area, and volume to solve real world problems. Students will use a graphics calculator in this course.
Algebra II / 1 credit
In Algebra II, students will continue the study of math concepts including linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, relations, functions, radicals, imaginary and complex numbers. Emphasis is placed upon development of math skills through study of exponential and logarithmic functions, probability, statistics and elements of trigonometry.