PROGRAM OF STUDIES

VERNON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL

2020-2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

21st Century Learning Expectations……………………………………………………………………

Requirements for High School Graduation………………………………………………………….

Athletic Eligibility……………………………………………………………………………………………..

Grade Reporting………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Instructional Levels……………………………………………………………………………………………

Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank…………………………………………………………

Online Course Options……………………………………………………………………………………….

CTE Tracks………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Career and College Planning………………………………………………………………………………

Testing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Concurrent Classes……………………………………………………………………………………………

Course Descriptions:

        Business Department……………………………………………………………………………..

        English………………………………………………………………………………………………….

        Family & Consumer Science…………………………………………………………………….

        Engineering & Technology Education………………………………………………………

        Mathematics………………………………………………………………………………………….

        Performing Arts……………………………………………………………………………………..

        Physical Education & Health……………………………………………………………………

        Science………………………………………………………………………………………………….

        Social Studies………………………………………………………………………………………..

        Special Services……………………………………………………………………………………..

        Visual Arts…………………………………………………………………………………………….

        World Language…………………………………………………………………………………….

        Senior Options………………………………………………………………………………………

VERNON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION

Bradley D. Sparta, President

Justin Annunziata, Vice President

        Natalie A. Buccieri                                                Mark Cilli

        Theresa Scura Coughlin                                        Adina Leuther

        Kelly Mitchell                                                             Michael S. Peek

Joseph A. Sweeney

VERNON TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Karen D’Avino

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Charles McKay

Assistant Superintendent

Steven A. Kepnes

School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

VERNON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL

Pauline F. Anderson, Ed.D.

Principal

        Nicholas M. Demsak                                Jacquelyn M. Van Orden

          Assistant Principal                                                Assistant Principal

VERNON TOWNSHIP DISTRICT SUPERVISORS

William Foley

Athletic Director & Physical Education

          Russell Rogers                                                 Vincent Gagliostro

Director of  Science, Math & Testing                                Director of Art & the Humanities

    Deborah Merrill                                                        Cheryl VonSalzen

Director of Special Services                                                      Special Services, 7-12

Kristin Gudenkauf

Supervisor of School Counseling

INTRODUCTION

The staff at Vernon Township High School strives to provide an educational environment that promotes learning experiences, which enable each student to reach his or her potential. It is our belief that academic excellence is within the reach of all students. Of equal importance is our concern for each student’s personal growth and social responsibility. We are committed to providing a positive environment in which staff, students, parents and the community at large can work together to encourage decision-making, problem solving and a spirit of service to our neighbors. This collaboration fosters learning and promotes the highest level of student and staff performance. Through the integration of technology, the district seeks to enhance the delivery of instruction and prepare students and staff to compete successfully in an ever changing world. The program of studies has been developed to provide you and your parents/guardians with valuable information regarding graduation requirements, curriculum, course descriptions and suggestions for developing a four-year program based on your future goals and interests. It is recommended that you take advantage of the many and varied course offerings and activities available to you at Vernon Township High School.

It is extremely important that you treat the development of your program for the next year with care. Please understand that the high school master schedule is developed based on your course requests at the time of scheduling. The schedule is built on the assumption that your requests have been made after discussions with your parents/guardians, teachers and counselor. The integrity of your requests has implications for staffing, books, supplies, and room assignments. We make every effort to honor those requests. Therefore, upon completion of the open portal scheduling process, your schedule will be locked. Requests for the personalization of schedules based on teacher, class, period or friend preferences will not be honored. Requests for level changes may be considered through the first marking period as a result of a parent/teacher/student/counselor/director conference. Please make every effort to make your course selections with these thoughts in mind.

21st CENTURY LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

Responsible Citizens  observe policies and expectations for behavior. They are able to work cooperatively, collaboratively, and independently as appropriate to a learning task. They take steps to achieve personal, academic, and career goals. They are able to make informed decisions concerning health, diet, and exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They participate in their school and community in order to understand and preserve our deomcratic process, our culture and our environment. They consider other points of view in order to make ethical decisions and to live productively in a diverse society.

Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers read, comprehend, synthesize and reflect on content area materials and scholarly resources. They have organizational and study skills with which to accomplish their work. They collect and evaluate data to identify patterns, make inferences and draw conclusions. They manipulate, combine and apply formulae. They predict reasonable results using estimation and conceptual knowledge. They develop and test hypotheses, drawing conclusions from experiments, data and research. They discuss, analyze, and evaluate in light of historical precedent, current events and civic responsibilities. They observe, analyze, and present ideas, feelings and beliefs about cultures and societies.

Researchers work with a variety of print resources and technological applications to increase learning. Researchers are able to identify and apply technology to an academic task. They use technology responsibly to obtain, organize and communicate information to solve problems. They are able to evaluate the accuracy, usefulness and appropriateness of information resources.

Effective Communicators are able to read, write and speak English as well as listen to, understand and communicate in another language. They participate in discussions by listening, asking questions and responding. They design and compose work for a variety of audiences and purposes. They use the vocabulary and symbolic language specific to content areas such as math and music. They use a repertoire of skills and techniques to create and interpret works in a variety of media such as the fine and performing arts, as well as film and other forms of communication.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Graduation requirements are outlined on the following chart and are subject to change pending policy review by the State Department of Education. Students will need to demonstrate proficiency in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

        

-Students must meet or Vernon Township High School attendance requirements.

        -Satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credits as indicated below.

        -Satisfactorily complete the following course requirements as mandated by the

 state/district.

 

Graduation Requirements:

Years Required

Course Description

Credits Needed

4 Years

Physical Education/Health

20 Credits

4 Years

English

20 Credits

3 Years

Mathematics (includes Algebra I, Geometry & a course that builds on these first two years)

15 Credits

3 Years

Social Studies (Includes World History, US I, II)

15 Credits

3 Years

Science (Includes Laboratory Biology, Life Science or content equiv.)

15 Credits

1 Year

World Language (4 year college/universities require 2 years)

5 Credits

1 Year

Visual/Performing Arts

5 Credits

1 Year

21st Century Life and Careers

5 Credits

½ Year

Financial Literacy

2.5 Credits

Additional Credits in Academic Electives

37.5

Minimum Credits Required for Graduation

135 (2020)

140 (2021 and beyond)

Most lab classes meet six times per week and are valued at six credits (The 6th class will come out of lunch.)  Most subject classes meet five times per week for a full year and are valued at five credits. Semester classes meet five times per week for a half-year and are valued at 2.5 credits.


Elective Courses That Meet Graduation Requirements

Visual/Performing Arts (5 Credits)

Acting One-Theatre Fundamentals

Acting Rep

Acting Rep ACP

Art History ACP

Art History AP

Art Major, Art III ACP

AP Art and Design

Computer Graphics I ACP

Computer Graphics II ACP

Computer Graphics III ACP

Concert Band

Concert Choir        

Drawing & Painting, Art I

Meistersingers ACP

Music Production & Engineering ACP

Music Theory I ACP

Music Theory II AP

Music Theory III Honors

Orchestra

Orchestra ACP

Painting and Design, Art II

Photography

Photography Major ACP

Piano Lab

Principles of Acting

Publication Design

Sculpture I                                

Sculpture II

Survey of the Arts

Tech Theatre I

Tech Theatre II

Wind Ensemble ACP

21st Century Life and Careers (5 Credits)

21st Century Business App ACP

Accounting I ACP

Accounting II ACP

AP Computer Science A CC

CFM I ACP

CFM II ACP

CFM III ACP

Cosmetology I        

Cosmetology II

Cosmetology III

Cosmetology IV

Digital Game Development ACP CC & Web Design & Server Development ACP CC

Gourmet Foods/Culinary Chef

Hospitality & Restaurant Management

International/American Cuisine

Intro to Business Management ACP

Intro to Culinary Arts

Marketing I ACP

Marketing II ACP

Multimedia Production  / Web Design

PLTW Computer Science Essentials ACP PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture ACP

PLTW Engineering & Design Development H

PLTW Intro to Engineering Design ACP

PLTW Principles of Engineering ACP

PLTW AP Computer Science Principles CC

                

                                        

Financial Literacy

21st Century Business App ACP        

Accounting I ACP

Civics & Society ACP

Economics ACP

Business & Personal Fin Lit/Pathways

Financial Literacy (2.5 Credits)

        

                        

                        

        ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

The NJSIAA establishes the criteria for student/athlete academic eligibility for participation in any athletic program at the high school level. All students who wish to participate in interscholastic athletic programs must have passed 30 credits at the conclusion of the academic year (including summer school) in order to be eligible for fall and winter sports season. Each student must be passing 30 or equivalent (6 courses) by the end of the first semester (1st two marking periods) in order to be eligible for the spring season. Any student/athlete who needs clarification of academic eligibility or his/her academic status should see their counselor PRIOR TO signing up for a sport.

GRADE REPORTING

Quarterly grades will be posted on the Parent Portal at the conclusion of each marking period under the GRADES tab. Students and parents may check grades in progress using the Genesis Parent Portal under the GRADEBOOK tab. When doing so, please note that grades in progress may only reflect an average of the grades that have been recorded as of that date and time. Only final averages will appear on a student’s high school transcript.

INSTRUCTIONAL LEVELS

Meeting the instructional needs of students is a major goal of a comprehensive high school. Realizing that we serve students with varying abilities, our instructional program incorporates several different levels designed to meet the objectives indicated below. Students are encouraged to participate in courses that are compatible with their interests, ambition and motivation.

Honors & AP                        Requires the highest degree of personal motivation and

academic commitment. Course content is rigorous and demands are extensive. A summer assignment/project is required which is due on the first day of class.

ACP                                For the committed student seeking comprehensive academic

(Advanced College Prep)            preparation for a highly competitive higher education.

CP (College Prep)                For the student seeking comprehensive preparation for

higher education.

Special Services                Instruction is designed to accommodate student IEP’s and to

prepare students for independent lives with the ability to

function beyond high school. Enrollment is restricted.


GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND CLASS RANK

A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by:

-Multiplying the earned grade in a course by one of the following multipliers:

-Multiplying the enhanced grade in each course by the number of credits in the course

-Adding the totals of all courses

-Dividing the final total by the number of credits attempted.

The class rank is then calculated by arranging the individual grade point averages of all students in each grade level from highest to lowest. Numerical average and class rank are calculated once per year, prior to the start of the school year.

ONLINE COURSE OPTIONS

Vernon Township High School, in collaboration with online providers, offers students the opportunity to take courses for credit recovery, replacement courses and/or acceleration of their program, if appropriate.  A student’s ability to take an online course requires administrative approval. Without such approval, no online course will be recognized for credit. All costs associated with taking online courses are the responsibility of the student and parent. The student's counselor can serve as a liaison between the student and the online provider. Questions regarding online courses should be directed to the School Counseling Supervisor.

CAREER AND COLLEGE PLANNING

As students and parents plan a high school program, it is important to keep one’s goals in mind. Courses taken in high school most often provide the means to achieving an individual's goal of entering a two or four year college, a career school, military service, or full-time employment. Vernon Township High School Counselors are ready sources of information on high school programming and planning for colleges and careers. Serving in an advisory capacity, counselors can be helpful to both students and parents when choices must be made. Through counseling, group meetings, Naviance and other online resources, both students and parents can learn about admission requirements, types of training, and future opportunities in a variety of fields.

CTE TRACK PROGRAMS

We have partnered with several accredited colleges and universities and are proud to offer our students several CTE programs (Career and Technical Education). We currently offer 9 CTE programs in the following fields: Building Construction Technology, Allied Health Science, Computer Science, Music Production, Graphic Design, Marketing, Cosmetology, Engineering and Hospitality Administration/Management. CTE programs strengthen the pipeline to college and careers by effectively engaging the students and providing them with the knowledge, training, academic and technical skills to succeed in the future. Our current CTE tracks are sequenced as follows:

Allied Health: Dynamics →Clinical Emergency Care → Anatomy & Physiology

Building Construction: CFM I →  CFM II → CFM III

Engineering: Intro to Engineering → Principles of Engineering → Civil Engineering

Cosmetology: Cosmo I → Cosmo II → Cosmo III → Cosmo IV

 

Music Production: Music Production I → Music Production II → Music Business

Graphic Design: Comp Graphics I→ Comp Graphics II→Comp Graphics III  

Marketing: Intro to Business Management→ Marketing I→ Marketing II

Computer Science: Comp Sci Essentials→ AP Comp Sci Principles→ AP Comp Sci A

Hospitality: Intro to Bus Management→ Intro to Culinary Arts or Accounting→

Rest/Hosp Management

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE

Generally, four year state colleges require a minimum of 16 academic units (several have increased that to 18) at the advanced college prep level or higher for admission. Academic units are course offerings from the English, Math, Social Studies, Science and World Language departments. Many of the more competitive colleges/universities may require more with additional expectations in Math, World Language, and Science.

           English…..………….………………… 4 Units

                Algebra I & II, Geometry………… 3-4 Units

            Laboratory Science...……………….3 Units

            US & World History………….……. 3 Units

                World Languages…………………… 2-4 Units

           Academic Related Electives……..4 Units

Elective units will vary according to a student’s interests and/or planned career choice. It is important that students and parents consult individual college websites and/or catalogs as well as college guidebooks to determine academic and elective requirements at colleges of interest. Early and continues program planning by students and parents is strongly recommended, as particular elective areas may have course sequences which require up to four years to complete.

Four year colleges are most likely to consider the following factors in order of importance when determining a student’s eligibility for admission.

        

        High School Record- Strength of schedule, grade point average, class rank

        Test Results- Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT)

                          -Some colleges require SAT-II subject test(s), often for placement

    purposes.

        Recommendations- Letters submitted by teachers, counselors, and others

      assessing a student’s performance and character.

        

        Involvement- Activities outside the classroom often play an important part in

     developing leadership, maturity and discipline. Colleges look for

                                          consistency and commitment rather than number of activities

                                          and memberships.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE/TRANSFER PROGRAMS

New Jersey community colleges generally have an open admission policy. High school graduation or successful completion of a GED program is required for matriculation. All community colleges will require minimum SAT scores or an Accuplacer test to determine readiness for college level courses. Certain programs such as nursing may have additional requirements. Preparation for success at the community college is essentially the same as preparing for the first two years at a four-year institution. College level work is expected.

           English…..………….……………………………. 4 Units

               Math………………………….…………………….3-4 Units

           Science……………......……………………….….3 Units

           US & World History…………………..…..…. 3 Units

         World Languages……………..…………..…… 1 Unit

            Academic/Career Related Electives……..4 Units

            Career/Major Related Electives…...……....4 Units

TWO-YEAR COLLEGE, CAREER SCHOOL, MILITARY SERVICE, FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT

Although these programs usually require no more than a high school diploma, students entering such programs should have a solid background in written and spoken English, mathematics and an understanding in applied science and computer applications. Since the objective of these programs is to train skilled workers, the student with a solid academic background has a better chance of being placed in a lucrative and satisfying job.

TESTING

Throughout the school year, the district sponsors various tests. The PSAT is administered each fall to sophomores and juniors. The ACT, SAT and SAT-II are administered in the fall and spring of each year. These tests measure a student’s verbal and mathematical reasoning ability to apply the knowledge. The SAT and ACT are used by most four-year colleges as part of their admission/placement process. The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) may be administered to interested juniors and seniors to assist them in determining  vocational strengths and career alternatives. Juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a military career may also take the ASVAB for placement purposes.

CONCURRENT CLASSES

Vernon Township High School has partnered with Sussex County Community College, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Temple University to offer concurrent enrollment courses for students in selected courses. College credits earned will be listed on an official college transcript and may be applied toward an undergraduate degree at the affiliated school or other college depending on that institutions policies.

VTHS Course                        Affiliation                      Credits                         Tuition

Art History AP

Fairleigh Dickinson

3 Credits

$89 per credit

Art Major AP

Fairleigh Dickinson

3 Credits

$89 per credit

Biology AP

Fairleigh Dickinson

3 Credits

$89 per credit

Anatomy & Physiology

Rutgers

ACP- 4 Credits

Honors- 8 Credits

ACP- $70 (exam)

Honors- $140 (2 exams)

Dynamics of Healthcare

Rutgers

3 Credits

$70 (exam)

Emerg Clinical Care

Rutgers

2 Credits

$140 (2 exams)

Pharm Tech/Medical Math

Rutgers

4 Credits

$70 (exam)

English IV AP

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

French IV H

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

French AP

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

Music Theory I

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

Music Theory II AP

Seton Hall

4 Credits

$100 per credit

Psychology

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

Sociology

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

Spanish AP

Seton Hall

3 Credits

$100 per credit

US History II AP

Seton Hall

6 Credits

$100 per credit

Chemistry AP

Syracuse

8 Credits

$115 per credit

Forensics H

Syracuse

4 Credits

$115 per credit

21st Century Bus Applications

SCCC

 3 Credits

$75 per credit

Biology AP

SCCC

8 Credits

$75 per credit

Calculus AP AB

SCCC

4 Credits

$75 per credit

Calculus AP BC

SCCC

4 Credits

$75 per credit

Calculus Honors

SCCC

4 Credits

$75 per credit

CFM I

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

CFM II & III

SCCC

4 Credits per class

$75 per credit

Chemistry AP

SCCC

8 Credits

$75 per credit

Civil Engineering

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Comp Graphics I & II

SCCC

3 Credits per class

$75 per credit

Computer Science A AP

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

AP Computer Science Principles

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Cosmo I-IV

SCCC

7 Credits per class

$75 per credit

Economics

SCCC

6 Credits (2 classes)

$75 per credit

Engr Design Honors

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Hospitality Rest. Management

SCCC

6 Credits

$75 per credit

Intro to Business Management

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Intro to Engr Design

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Intro to Cul. Arts

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Marketing II

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Music Production

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Precalculus ACP

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Precalculus Honors

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Principles of Engr

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Prob & Stats ACP

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

Statistics AP

SCCC

3 Credits

$75 per credit

BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

2020-2021 Course Offerings/Sequence

BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

21st CENTURY BUSINESS APPLICATIONS ACP (VBUS4051)                                            5 Credits

This course is designed for students to learn how to effectively utilize Microsoft Office applications in the 21st Century as it related to business and their daily lives. Students will learn the basic competencies of each application with an emphasis on software integration skills, formatting, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and graphics. The skills developed in this course will be extremely beneficial to college-bound students regardless of their majors.

Grades 9-12

ACCOUNTING I ACP  (4200)                                                                                                            5 Credits

This is an introduction to accounting, which stresses the fundamental skills required of the accountant in the business world. Content includes accounting for sole-proprietorship, partnership, service and merchandising businesses. A simulation is used to give students practical experience in starting, operating and closing an accounting cycle for one fiscal period.

Grades 9-12

ACCOUNTING II ACP (VBUS4510)                                                                                                5 Credits

Previous skills learned are further developed with emphasis on new applications of varied phases of accounting. The use of microcomputers and business simulations are used to add a sense of reality and to keep pace with current developments in the field of accounting.

Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Accounting I CP

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT ACP (VBUS4503)                                5 Credits

This course will include theories, fundamentals and practical applications of the business world. Students will explore careers in business management. In addition, economics and business ethics issues, as well as actual case studies, will be explored. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in DECA and FBLA, which serves as the CTSO for the Marketing CTE program & the Hospitality CTE program respectively.

Grades 9-12

MARKETING I ACP (4505)                                                                          5 Credits

Marketing is a comprehensive introduction to topics and practical experience in the following areas: free enterprise system, advertising & media, finance, salesmanship, management and ownership, fashion & merchandising, data systems and restaurant marketing. Text case studies relating to marketing principles will be an integral part of the course. Students are encouraged to participate in DECA which involves: marketing competitions, career field trips and seminars, school-related projects and business and community involvement.

Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Business Management

MARKETING II ACP (4525)                                                                          5 Credits

This course offers advanced study in the area of advertising, finance, salesmanship, management, business ownership, fashion merchandising and data systems. Students are encouraged to participate in DECA, which includes marketing competitions, career field trips and seminars, school related projects and business and community involvement.

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Marketing I ACP

BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY/

PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE & CAREERS (VBUS4093)                                          5 Credits

This course invites students to explore opportunities and requirements in the planning for college and careers. Students will be able to explore career goals and consider a plan and timetable including educational and training requirements and possible college costs. Students will identify personal interests and aptitudes related to careers including analyzing how economic, social-cultural and political conditions can affect income and career potential. Students will be able to identify the educational and training requirements. Students will research how to apply for college and jobs, create a personal resume, develop  interviewing techniques, analyze application process including financial forms.

Grades 9-12

BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY VBUS                              2.5 Credits

Grades 9-12

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION/WEB DESIGN (VBUS4071)                                                  5 Credits

Students will learn how to use a variety of multimedia equipment designed to create dynamic presentations and multimedia projects. Projects may include animation, interactive game, albums, webpages and brochures. Students will produce movies, documentaries and editorials using digital movie cameras and equipment.

Grade 9-12

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

2020-2021 Course Offerings/Sequence

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

ENGLISH I CP (VENG5010)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is designed for 9th grade students who have not met expectations on their state assessments, as well as any students having difficulty mastering grade level reading and writing skills. Instruction and assessment will focus on development and improvement of those Language Arts skills mandated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and assessed via the NJSLA-English. This course will focus on providing high interest literacy selections and a comprehensive language skills program. A Summer reading assignment will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school.

Grade 9

ENGLISH I ACP (VENG5020)                                                                                                          5 Credits

English I ACP is a multi-faceted course made up of the following components: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and discussion. Students will be exposed to a survey of world literature as well as informational texts and poetry. Students will write essays in various modes, including persuasive, expository and thesis writing. Instruction and assessment will focus on development and improvement of those language arts skills mandated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and assessed via the NJSLA-English. A Summer reading assignment will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school and graded as a major test.

Grade 9

ENGLISH I HONORS (VENG5030)                                                                  5 Credits

English I Honors is a full-year course featuring writing, grammar, oral expression, literary analysis and vocabulary. This course not only covers the advanced college prep English I curriculum at a higher level, but it also incorporates additional and related genres of literature. Instruction and assessment will focus on development and improvement of those Language Arts sills mandated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and assessed via the NJSLA-English. To qualify for English I Honors, students must be recommended by their 8th grade teacher. Students will learn of the requirements for enrollment in their English 8 class or through their guidance counselor. A Summer project will be required. It will include analytical reading, submission of responses throughout the summer and a cohesive essay will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 9

ENGLISH II CP (VENG5110)                                                                                                             5 Credits

This course is designed for 10th grade students who have been identified as having difficulty in mastering grade-level reading, writing and comprehension skills. This course is also recommended for any student who has experienced major difficulty in the traditional Language Arts program. This course will focus on providing high interest, traditional American literary selections, applicable informational texts and historical primary documents, accompanied by a comprehensive language skills program. Emphasis will be placed on fulfilling the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and preparing students for success on the NJSLA-English.

Grade 10

ENGLISH II ACP (VENG5120)                                                                  5 Credits

In this course, students will study traditional American Literature, including novels and poetry. These texts will be supplemented by informational materials culled from a variety of primary source documents, selected to enhance understanding and appreciation of the core texts. Instruction and assessment will focus on development and improvement of those Language Arts skills mandated in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and assessed via the NJSLA-English. A summer reading assignment will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school and graded as a major test.

Grade 10

ENGLISH II HONORS (VENG5130)                                                                                5 Credits

This course serves as a comprehensive study of American Literature and social progress focusing on the issues of religion, race, gender and social equality from colonization to today. Students will examine primary literary works as well as supplemental historical documents and other informational texts. Instruction and assessment will focus on the development of Language Arts and critical thinking skills in adherence to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and in preparation for the NJSLA-English. A summer reading assignment will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school and graded as a major test.

Grade 10

Prerequisite: Recommendation by 9th grade English teacher. Students should exceed or meet expectations on the NJSLA-English.

ENGLISH III CP (VENG5210)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed for 11th grade students who have been identified as having difficulty in mastering grade-level reading and writing skills. This course is also recommended for any students who had experienced difficulty  in the traditional Language Arts program. This course reviews British Literature  that deals with representative pieces from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Post-Colonial period. Emphasis will be placed on fulfilling the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Grade 11

ENGLISH III ACP (VENG5220)                                                                  5 Credits

This course reviews British literature that deals with representative pieces from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Post-Colonial period. Informational texts have been added to address the themes running throughout the literature. Instruction and assessment will also address those skills and concepts necessary to prepare students for the SAT exam. A summer reading assignment will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school and graded as a major test.

Grade 11

ENGLISH III AP (VENG5230)                                                                                                          5 Credits

This course follows the English Language and Composition curriculum and assessment style as well as the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. British literature and information texts (the only type of texts on this AP test) form the focus of this course. Students will develop critical standards for the appreciation and analysis of informational texts and literary works and will engage in the writing process with an emphasis on rhetorical analysis, argument, and synthesis of the information from multiple sources. Instruction and assessment will also address those skills and concepts necessary to prepare for the SAT exam. A summer reading assignment is required. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up and take the AP English Language Composition test.

Grade 11

Prerequisite: Recommendation by 10th grade English teacher. Students should meet or exceed expectations on the NJSLA-English.

ENGLISH IV CP (VENG5310)                                                                                                           5 Credits

This course is designed for 12th grade students who have been identified as having difficulty in mastering grade-level reading and writing skills. This course is also recommended for any student who has experienced difficulty in the traditional Language Arts program. Students engage in the writing process with particular emphasis placed on the process of writing a comprehensive essay. Selected novels, stories and other literary forms are studied. This course emphasises the development of reading skills.

Grade 12

ENGLISH IV ACP (VENG5320)                                                                                                        5 Credits

This course will serve as a general survey of World Literature. The texts will be supplemented by informational material from a variety of primary source documents, selected to enhance understanding and critical thinking skills in accordance with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and in preparation for College and Career Readiness. Student will be required to complete a Senior Thesis paper based on Hamlet, which will be designed to refine the understanding of the research process. A Summer assignment will be required, due the first day of school and assessed as a major test grade for the first marking period.

Grade 12

ENGLISH IV AP (VENG5330)                                                                  5 Credits

World and modern American Literature are the focus of this course. Students will develop critical skills for the independent appreciation of literary works and engage in the writing process with an emphasis on writing critical analysis, exposition and literary theory. Students will be given the opportunity to earn three credits from Seton Hall University for a nominal fee via Project Acceleration. Additionally, students will be required to complete the AP exam, which also presents the opportunity to get college credit at a discounted rate. The course will follow College Board recommendation, approval and assessments. A summer reading assignment and essay will be required and an assessment will be given on the opening days of school and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up and take the AP test.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Recommendation from 11th grade English teacher.

ENGLISH ACADEMIC ELECTIVES

CREATIVE WRITING ACP (V5611)                                                                  5 Credits

In this course, students will explore all phases of creative writing and explore their creative voices, including poetry, fiction and non fiction prose, personal essays, one-act plays and dialogues. Students will be immersed in activities that promote authorship including the development and creation of personal works and publication. Additionally, students will engage in workshop experiences, participate in weekly “round tables” which foster their literary critiquing skills and engage in peer and self evaluation. This course may be repeated for credit, with the approval of the Director.

Grade 10-12

LITERATURE OF THE HOLOCAUST ACP (5705)                                                  5 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive study of the Holocaust, genocide and tolerance in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by studying Holocaust history and reading primary source material including fiction, historical fiction, memoirs, poetry, the graphic novel, drama and film. Student will respond to the literature through journals, presentations and research. Participation in the annual tolerance fair is mandatory.

Grades 11-12

AMERICAN SHORT STORY ACP (5770)                                                          5 Credits

This course is an intense exploration of the genre of short fiction by AMerican writers from the Civil War through the present. Students will examine the American experience by connecting with the words of writers from different times and different cultural backgrounds. In addition, students will develop their reading comprehension skills, study habits, oral presentation competence and critical thinking abilities. This course also includes writing components in the forms of thesis papers and reader response essays.

Grades 11-12

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

2020-2021 Course Offerings/Sequence

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS (VFCS8100)                                                              5 Credits

Introduction to Culinary Arts is a basic level foods course that offers all VTHS students the opportunity to learn real life cooking skills, which they will use each day. Have you ever wanted to prepare pancakes for Sunday morning breakfast, make tacos for your family or bake cupcakes for your friend's birthday? Introduction to Culinary Arts will show you how. Emphasis is placed not only on cooking but includes kitchen management, safety and nutrition. Students will learn basic culinary skills including but not limited to chopping, slicing, measuring, sauteing, etc. Students break into cooking labs and will learn how to follow a recipe. The cooking labs will prepare foods such as cinnamon buns, muffins, dinner rolls, apple pis, cakes, cooking, along with tacos, pizza and the all-time favorite, mac and cheese.

Grades  9-12

INTERNATIONAL FOODS/AMERICAN CUISINE (VFCS8200)                                          5 Credits

Students enrolled will develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures relative to meal patterns, food choices, holiday preparations, skills and techniques of food preparations. Students will utilize skills mastered in Introduction to Culinary Arts to prepare more complex foods related to a number of different world regions. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the cuisines of the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Asia. Come and explore the cuisines of the world!

Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Culinary Arts with at least a “C” average.

GOURMET FOODS/CULINARY CHEF (VFCS8260)                                          5 Credits

The focus of this course is to master more advanced principles of food preparation for the students who wish to enter the food industry. Students will be better informed about food and how to translate what they know into healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Emphasis will be placed on healthy eating, preparing foods creatively, holiday preparations, cake decorating, homemade pasta and speciality sauces.

Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Culinary Arts with at least a “C” average.

HOSPITALITY & RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT ACP (VFCS8270)                                 5 Credits

This course welcomes students into the exciting and diverse hospitality and tourism industry. It covers the principles and practices of sanitation and hygiene to the food service industry, emphasizing the training of supervisory personnel in the sanitation procedures.students will have the opportunity to earn the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s National Sanitation (ServSafe) Certificate. This certification is required by the county health administration for all establishments providing food to the public in Sussex County. Secondly, this course will serve as an introduction to food production for hospitality managers. Students will explore basic cooking techniques, preparation, use of utensils and equipment and production evaluation. Lastly, this course examines the detailed operation of a restaurant dining room. Topics include types of table service, dining room organization and table settings, staffing, responsibilities of dining room personnel, customer sales and service and the design and usage of menus. This is an interactive lab course giving students the opportunity for a hands-on approach to cooking in almost every class meeting.

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Business Management and Introduction to Culinary Arts OR Accounting I.

COSMETOLOGY I (VERN2018)                                                                                                       5 Credits

Introduction and overview to cosmetology principles, procedures and hands on skills will be covered. Topics include hair styling implements, equipment, bacteriology, scalp abnormalities and diseases, corrective treatments, sanitation, sterilization, wigs and hair pieces, draping, basic sectioning, shampoos, rinses, finger waves, pin curls, braids, rollers, combing, brushing, blow drying, school safety, cosmetology safety, math skills, histology of hair and the composition, function, requirements and procedures of the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyles exam. Emphasis on safety and sanitation measures will be implemented in all instruction. Students may be required to do additional studio/lab time to meet the number of class hours required by the state. Instruction in all understanding of the structure, diseases and disorders of the skin, face, head, neck, bones, nerves, hands and nails will be explored. Topics include histology of skin, history of barber shaving, skin care, facial massage, trimming of facial hair (including beard and mustache, eyebrow, ear and nose hair trim), straight razor shave procedure, paraffin wax treatment, basic cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, nail disease/disorders, nail repair and any corrective treatments. TOTAL HOURS: 135, Running Total 135/1000

Grade 9

Prerequisite: Instructor approval

COSMETOLOGY II (VERN2016)                                                               10 Credits

Introduction to basic serves of cosmetology and a comprehensive overview  of the history of coloring will be explored. Topics include the principles and procedures of, using creative expression and artistry for hair cutting, coloring, lightening, scalp and hair analysis and permanent waving. Emphasis on safety and sanitation measures will be implemented in all instruction. Students may be required to do additional studio/lab time to meet the number of lass hours required by the state. Instruction in understanding the science as it relates to cosmetology and a study into the ethical practices for the licensed professional will be incorporated. Topics include Physiology, Osteology, Myology, Neurology and Chemistry as they relate to Cosmetology, the Circulatory System, Endocrine, Excretory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive Systems, cell/tissue structure and body systems affected by Cosmetology. Additionally, business practices, law regulations and ethics practices will be explored. Emphasis on safety and sanitation measures will be implemented in all instruction. Total Hours: 270, Running Total 405/1000

Grade 10

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Cosmetology I and the hours required as well as instructor approval.

COSMETOLOGY III (VERN2017)                                                               10 Credits

In this course, students will independently and safely practice cosmetology methods and complete degree requirements. Topics include the art of soft selling products and services and providing services for clients in a salon atmosphere. Emphasis on safety and sanitation measures will be implemented in all instruction. Students may be required to do additional studio/lab time to meet the number of class hours required by the state. TOTAL HOURS: 270, Running Total 675/1000

Grade 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Cosmetology II and the hours required as well as instructor approval.

COSMETOLOGY IV (VERN2019)                                                               10 Credits

In this course, students will independently and safely practice cosmetology methods and complete degree requirements. Topics will include the art of soft selling products and service and providing services for clients in a salon atmosphere. Emphasis on safety and sanitation measures will be implemented in all instruction. Students may be required to do additional studio/lab time to meet the number of class hours required by the state.  Additionally, students will prepare for and take the New Jersey State Board Exam. Total Hours: 270, Running Total 945/1000

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Cosmetology III and the hours required as well as instructor approval.

***Students will be required to make up the additional hours towards their 1,000 either after school or on Saturdays. In addition, there is a possibility that students can accumulate hours through a summer week-long workshop between Sophomore and Junior year.

ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

CONSTRUCTION, FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE ACP (VIA7445)                                   5 Credits

This course is meant to give the students an introduction to the world of Building Construction and a look into many of the Trades. It will focus on the built structure and what each of the Trades role is. Covering basic hand tool and power tool usage will open up projects revolving around the different steps of a built structure and which trades are involved. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in our CTSO program- SKILLS USA.

Grade 9-12

CONSTRUCTION, FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE II ACP (VIA7455)                              5 Credits

The second year of CFM will focus more on Construction Technology. There will be more of an emphasis on or a deeper investigation into the construction process, architecture and engineering, the design process and construction systems. More in depth trades and system projects, learning of computer-based systems and scale model building will be used along with all skills learned in CFM I to complete the hands on aspects of this course. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in our CTSO program- SKILLS USA.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CFM I ACP

CONSTRUCTION, FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE III ACP (VIA7475)                          5 Credits

The final year of CFM will allow the students who have completed the first two years to choose a particular trade and complete a project-based study of that choice. Internships, work place shadowing and larger scale model building will take place along with more complicated computer based systems to fully prepare students for the field.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CFM I & II ACP as well as teacher recommendation.

 

PLTW INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING

DESIGN (IED) ACP (VIA7401)                                                                  5 Credits

In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 9th and 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Grade 9-10

Prerequisite: Enrollment or successful completion of Algebra I.

PLTW PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (POE) ACP (VIA7425)                                  5 Credits

This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a post secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Grade of 80% or above in Introduction to Engineering Design and successful completion of Algebra I and/or Geometry.

PLTW CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

(CEA) ACP (VIA7435)                                                                          5 Credits

The major focus of this course is completing long-term projects that involve the development of property sites. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of a property. The course provides teachers and students the freedom to develop the property as a simulation or to students to model the experiences that civil engineers and architects face. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture.  

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite:  Grade of 80% or above in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry.

PLTW ENGINEERING DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

HONORS (VIA7465)                                                                                  5 Credits

In this capstone course, you will work as part of a team to develop a solution to a technical problem of your choosing. Challenge yourself with one of those “Don’t you hate it when….” issues of the world and try to solve it. You and your team will use what you’ve already learned in previous PLTW courses to guide you through the process of design and product development.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3 PLTW courses & teacher recommendation.

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

ALGEBRA I CP (VMAT215)                                                                                        5 Credits

Operational skills and concepts are developed as an out-growth of the system of real numbers. Emphasis is on the development of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. Components of this course are included in the NJSLA-Algebra exam.

Grade 9-10

ALGEBRA I ACP (220)                                                                          5 Credits

Operational skills and concepts are developed as an out-growth of the system of real numbers. Emphasis is on the development of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills at a faster pace. Components of this course are included in the NJSLA-Algebra exam.

Grade 9-10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 8 with a grade of 80% or better.

GEOMETRY CP (VMAT300)                                                                          5 Credits

This course will take a practical, hands-on approach to the study of Euclidean geometry. Emphasis will be on everyday applications on geometry concepts. Euclidean geometry is the core around which major themes of this course are organized. In addition, this course includes logical sequence, geometry applications of algebra and the use of transformations and constructions.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of  Algebra I CP or Algebra I ACP

GEOMETRY ACP (310)                                                                          5 Credits

Geometry ACP includes the topics covered in Geometry CP, but topics will be covered at a faster pace and in greater depth. Euclidean geometry is the core around which major themes of this course are organized. In addition, this course includes logical sequence, geometry applications of algebra and the use of transformations and constructions.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I ACP with a minimum grade of 80%  -OR-

Successful completion of Algebra I CP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation.

GEOMETRY HONORS (VMAT320)                                                                  5 Credits

Geometry Honors includes the topics covered in Geometry ACP. Computer applications and proof writing will be emphasized and a major goal of this course will be to develop logical thinking skills. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 9

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I ACP with a minimum grade of 85% and teacher recommendation. Students should exceed expectations on their NJSLA-Math exam.

ALGEBRA II CP (330)                                                                          5 Credits

Algebra II CP is offered to students who have successfully passed Algebra I. This course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of numbers, functions and their graphs and real-world applications of functions. Topics such as data analysis, linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic functions and conic sections will be included. Graphing calculator activities will be presented throughout the course to make mathematics enjoyable and relevant to the students. NOTE: New Jersey State Colleges now require Algebra II of all students prior to admission.

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry.

ALGEBRA II ACP (400)                                                                          5 Credits

Algebra II ACP includes the topics covered in Algebra II CP but topics will be covered at a faster pace and greater depth. Students in the Algebra II ACP may take Pre-Calculus after completion of this course. Students will develop the skills needed to become proficient in the fundamental principles of mathematics so they can successfully study the mathematics that follow this course.

Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry ACP with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

ALGEBRA II/TRIG. HONORS (VMAT0410)                                                  5 Credits

Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors is offered to students who have successfully passed Algebra I ACP and Geometry ACP or Honors. This course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of numbers, functions and their graphs and real-world applications of functions. Topics such as data analysis, linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and conic sections will be included. Graphing calculator activities will be presented throughout the course to make mathematics enjoyable and relevant to the students. Students in the Algebra II/Trig Honors may take Pre-Calculus ACP or Pre-Calculus Honors after completion of this course. Students will develop the skills needed to become proficient in the fundamental principles of mathematics so they can successfully study the mathematics that follow this course.

Grade 9-10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry Honors with a minimum grade of 85% or Geometry ACP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation. Students should exceed or meet expectations of their math state assessment.

PRE-CALCULUS ACP (VMAT660)                                                                  5 Credits        

Pre-Calculus completes the formal study of the elementary functions that begins in Algebra I ACP and Algebra II ACP. This course addresses topics in algebraic, geometric and logical approaches. This course is offered to students who have successfully completed Algebra II ACP. Students focus on the use of technology, modeling and problem solving involving data analysis, trigonometric and circular functions, their inverses, polar coordinates, complex numbers, vectors, exponential and logarithmic functions. Word  problems and real-life applications are utilized to help make mathematics meaningful and enjoyable to students. Graphing calculators are used extensively to aid students in navigating through modeling, data analysis and problem solving.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II ACP with a minimum grade of 75% and teacher recommendation. Students should exceed or meet expectations on their math state assessment.

PRE-CALCULUS HONORS (VMAT670)                                                          5 Credits        

Pre-Calculus Honors is for students who have successfully completed Algebra II Honors or earned an A in Algebra II ACP. This course provides a necessary mathematical background for students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and other related fields and areas of study. Pre-Calculus Honors provides the first stage needed in the study of Calculus and AP Calculus. Pre-Calculus Honors emphasizes the study of functions and their graphs. Trigonometry and analytic geometry are reviewed with the emphasis being placed on applications of basic principles. An introduction to Calculus is given with an emphasis on limits and the derived function. Vectors, matrices and discrete math are also studied. Graphing calculator activities will be presented throughout the course to make mathematics enjoyable and relevant to the students. Completion of a summer assignment is required.

Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra II ACP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation or Algebra II/Trig Honors with a minimum grade of 85% and teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their math state assessment.

CALCULUS HONORS (VMAT650)                                                                  5 Credits

Calculus Honors is a full year first-level college course designed for students who will pursue a study in mathematics, science, engineering, business, pharmacy or medicine. Calculus Honors covers limits, derivatives, integrals, approximation, applications and modeling. It is an advanced mathematics course that analyzes meaningful real life situations and uses appropriate technology to develop concepts and applications related to continuity and discontinuity of functions as well as differentiation and integration. Students enrolled in this course will not prepare for the AP Calculus exam, which will allow them to cover the same material as the AB Calculus course, but at a slower pace.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus Honors with a minimum grade of 75% or Pre-Calculus ACP with a minimum grade of 80%.

CALCULUS AP (AB) (620)                                                                                5 Credits

AP Calculus AB is a full year first-level college course designed for students who will pursue a study in mathematics, science, engineering, business, pharmacy or medicine. Calculus AB covers limits, derivatives, integrals, approximation, applications and modeling. It is an advanced mathematics course that analyzes meaningful real life situations and uses appropriate technology to develop concepts and applications related to continuity and discontinuity of functions as well as differentiation and integration. The AP Calculus AB course at Vernon Township High School will follow a curriculum based upon the curriculum of the state of New Jersey and the guidelines of the College Board. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grades 11-12

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of 85% in Pre-Calculus Honors or a 90% in Pre-Calculus ACP, teacher recommendation and completion of the assigned summer work.

CALCULUS AP (BC) (VMAT0630)                                                                  5 Credits

AP Calcu;us BC is a full year second-level college course designed for students who will pursue a study in mathematics, science or engineering. Calculus BC covers limits, derivatives, integrals, approximation, applications and modeling in more details. It is an advanced mathematics course that analyzes meaningful real life situations through modeling and by using advanced integration techniques. The AP Calculus BC course at Vernon Township High School will follow a curriculum based upon the guidelines of the College Board. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: A grade of 95% in Pre-Calculus Honors or satisfactory performance in Calculus AP AB, teacher recommendation and completion of the assigned summer work.

ACADEMIC ELECTIVES

COMPUTER SCIENCE ESSENTIALS ACP (VIA7500)                                                             5 Credits

Computer Science Essentials is an excellent entry point for new high school computer science learners. Students who have prior computer science experience will find ample opportunity to expand upon those experiences in this course. All students who take Computer Science Essentials will have many opportunities for creative expression and exploration in topics of personal interest, whether it be through app development, web design, or connecting computing with the physical world.

Grade 9-10

PROBABILITY & STATISTICS ACP (VMAT0250)                                                  5 Credits

Probability and Statistics is an elective for students who have successfully completed Algebra II ACP. This is an introductory level course which covers the basic organizational skills, strategic planning, decision making and problem solving techniques. The skills learned in this class will be useful beyond high school. Topics such as designing and conducting valid surveys, collecting, analyzing and presenting data and probability and problem solving are explored during the course. Computers and graphing calculators will be used throughout the course to make math relevant and enjoyable to students.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II ACP and teacher recommendation.

ADVANCED ALGEBRA/TRIGONOMETRY ACP (VMAT0210)                                  5 Credits

Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry ACP is offered to students who have successfully passed Algebra II ACP. This course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of logical analysis and effective problem solving techniques in various areas relevant to a non-calculus first year college level general math course. Topics such as reasoning, strategies for problem solving, set theory, introduction to logic, counting methods, probability and basic concepts of algebra, geometry and trigonometry will be covered. Graphing calculators and college placement testing activities will be presented throughout the course to make make relevant and enjoyable to students.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II ACP with a minimum grade of 80% or Algebra II CP with a minimum grade of 90%.

COLLEGE MATH CP (VMAT0220)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed to build upon Algebra and Geometry skills learned in previous classes and to prepare students for success in college, career and beyond. This course reinforces and extends the fundamentals of geometry and algebra and will focus on the Algebra Accuplacer test to cover topics including; operations with whole numbers and fractions, operations with decimals and percents and applications and problem solving. Students that earn above a 76 on this test will place out of no credit math classes at community college. After completion of the Accuplacer exam, students will study a variety of probability, statistics and algebra II concepts.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry

WEB DESIGN & SERVER DEVELOPMENT ACP (VMAT0230)                                       2.5 Credits

This is a semester course, designed to allow students to understand two facets of a large subset of their daily life. How to design web sites, as well as how to build and maintain the technological platform which they require in order to exist. Students will learn both software and hardware requirements necessary for a web server to exist, as well as how to use them to host their own projects. Students will also learn about the problems behind maintaining a web server and preventing/correcting security vulnerabilities. Students are expected to also enroll in Digital Game Development ACP.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I CP

DIGITAL GAME DEVELOPMENT ACP (VMAT0240)                                                          2.5 Credits

This is a semester course targeted as an introduction to game theory and development. Students will be engaged throughout the course to design both new and classic games through a user-friendly game programming interface. Many topics will be addressed throughout the course including game design, theory, creation and production. Students will learn how games are distributed and design game programs that are platform independent. Students are also expected to enroll in Web Design & Server Development ACP.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I CP

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

STATISTICS AP (VMAT0160)                                                                        5 Credits

The AP Statistics course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to an introductory college, non-calculus-based course in statistics and will introduce the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The equivalent introductory college statistics class is typically required for majors in the fields of social sciences, health sciences and business. This course is also an effective preparation for science, engineering and mathematics majors whose course curriculum usually dictates upper-level calculus based statistics. Important considerations for the class will be the themes of: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. Technology will be utilized in the form of computers, computer software and graphing calculators/ Students will engage in constructing own knowledge through incorporation of lab activities, group [problem-solving, projects and class presentations. The AP Statistics course at Vernon Township High School will follow a curriculum based upon the curriculum of the state of New Jersey and the guidelines of the College Board. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisites: Successful compltetion of Algebra II/Trigonmetry Honors or Pre-Calculus.

PLTW AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (VMAT0200)                                             5 Credits

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, instilling the idea and practices of computational thinking and inviting students to understand how computing changes the world. This rigorous course promotes deep learning of computational content, develops computational thinking skills and engages students in the creative aspects of the world. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to the AP test.

Grade9-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (VMAT680)                                                          5 Credits

AP Computer Science A is intended to serve as both an introductory course for computer science majors and/or as a course designed for people who will major in other disciplines that require significant involvement with technology. It is not a substitute for the usual college-preparatory mathematics course. The following goals apply to the AP Computer Science A course when interpreted within the context of the course. Students should be able to:

  1. Design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running and debugging computer programs.
  2. Use and implement commonly used algorithms and data structures.
  3. Develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve problems.
  4. Code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm using the programming language Java. Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to use standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset.
  5. Read and understand a large program consisting of several classes and interacting objects. Students should be able to read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program. (An example of such a program is the AP Computer Science Case Study.
  6. Recognize the ethical and social implications of computer use.

The AP Computer Science A course at Vernon Township High School will follow a curriculum based upon the curriculum of the state of New Jersey and the guidelines of the College Board. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AP Computer Science Principles


PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

2020-2021 Course Offerings/Sequence

PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

CONCERT BAND (6500)                                                                          5 Credits

The Concert Band course is designed for the student who has prior instrumental experience. Students are expected to develop higher skills of technical proficiency while developing individual and ensemble musicianship. The focus of the class is to increase the artistic performance level of both individual students and the ensemble as a whole. The course includes exposure to band literature of various periods and styles, theoretical concepts, proper interpretive skills, correct performance practices, improved personal performance, proper ensemble techniques and training in team effort and common goal pursuit.

In addition to the class, a weekly sectional is required for all members. Regular individual practice is also required. Students enrolled in Concert Band, commit themselves to personal musical growth, progress toward the goals of the group and conformity of decorum as outlined in school and departmental policy. Attendance to extra rehearsals and performances is also a requirement. Yearly performances include, but are not limited to, Holiday Concert, Spring Concert and Pops Concert. The Solo/Ensemble Recital showcases seniors in the area of classical music. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Student must have prior instrumental experience.

WIND ENSEMBLE ACP (6525)                                                                  5 Credits

The Wind Ensemble course is designed for the student who has advanced instrumental experience. Students are expected to develop higher skills of technical proficiency while developing individual ensemble musicianship. The focus of the class is to increase the artistic performance level of both individual students and the ensemble as a whole. Repertoire performed includes advanced band literature of various styles and periods.

In addition to the class, a weekly sectional is required of all members. Regular practice at home is recommended and encouraged, Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble commit themselves to personal musical growth, progress toward the goals of the group and to conformity of decorum as outlined in school and departmental policy. Written assignments, performance assessments and yearly performances include, but not limited to, Fall Concert, Holiday Concert, Spring Concert, Pops Concert and the High School Senior class graduation. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Enrollment is subject to audition and/or permission of the instructor.

ORCHESTRA (6530)                                                                                  5 Credits

Orchestra is designed for instrumentalists with prior string performance experience. Students will continue to develop and advance their individual instrumental technique. Individual and ensemble musicianship skills will be developed. The focus of this class is to increase the performance level of both individual students and the ensemble as a whole. Repertoire to be studied will include a wide variety of styles and periods. Members of the Orchestra have the opportunity to audition for the VTHS Chamber Orchestra.  Students are also encouraged to audition for honors orchestras, such as Sussex County Youth Orchestra, Region I Orchestra and All-State Orchestra.

In addition to the class, a weekly sectional and regular individual practice are required. Students enrolled in Orchestra commit themselves to personal musical growth, progress toward the goals of the group and conformity of decorum as outlined in the school and departmental policy. Attendance at extra rehearsals and performances is also a requirement. Yearly performances include, but are not limited to, the Holiday Concert, Spring Concert and Pops Concert. The Solo/Ensemble Concert features solo performances, chosen at the discretion of the director. Students in their second, third or fourth year may qualify for the Tri-M Music Honor Society. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 9-12

ORCHESTRA ACP (6540)                                                                          5 Credits

Students who are currently members of the VTHS Chamber Orchestra may enroll in Orchestra ACP. Chamber Orchestra students strive to develop higher skills of technical proficiency and artistic expression on the individual and ensemble levels. In addition to meeting the requirements for orchestra, students are expected to attend at least one hour-long rehearsal after school each week and numerous afternoon and evening performances throughout the school year. Students in the VTHS Chamber Orchestra will work on literature specifically tailored for various school and community performances in addition to their Holiday, Pops and Spring concert literature.This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 10-12

CONCERT CHOIR (6600)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is designed to develop student skills in vocal technique, sight singing (i.e. music reading skills), ensemble technique and overall musicianship through a variety of vocal and choral experiences. The focus of the class is to increase the performance levels of both the individual students and the ensemble as a whole. Ensemble music and group activities are central to class activities. Music of all styles and periods will be explored with an emphasis on master choral works. Development of knowledge and skills in sight singing and music theory is included. Members of the Concert Choir have the opportunity to audition for chamber choirs and other small ensembles. Students are also encouraged to audition for honor ensembles such as; County, Region and All-State Chorus. Select opportunities are provided for solo development and performance; voice part, seniority and ability levels are determining factors.

In addition to the class, weekly sectionals are required. Students enrolled in Concert Choir commit themselves to personal musical growth, progress toward the goals of the group and to conformity of decorum as outlined in school and departmental policy. Attendance at extra rehearsals and performances is also requirement. Yearly required performances include, but are not limited to; Holiday Concert, On Broadway Concert and Spring Concert. The Solo/Ensemble Recital showcases seniors in the area of classical music. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 9-12

MEISTERSINGERS ACP (6620)                                                                  5 Credits

Student admission to this class is by audition and instructor approval. The course is designed for advanced singers with one, two or three year of experience in one of the VTHS concert choirs. Students who have been members of County, Region or All-State choruses will receive special consideration for admission. Advanced vocal technique and ensemble skills will be developed while advances horal music is studied. Additional community performances will be expected of this ensemble. Students will be involved with more demanding and sophisticated standards in terms of critiquing, aesthetic awareness and in examining the studied repitoire’s historical, social and cultural influences. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 10-12

MUSIC PRODUCTION & ENGINEERING ACP (VPFA6560)                                              5 Credits

Music Production is the fastest growing career and college major within the Performing Arts. This course is designed to introduce students to sound editing, mixing and digital music composition and arranging. Students will work independently and in groups with Korg keyboards and Apple Computers to bring recorded and midi sounds to life and to create their own original music. Music Production and Engineering students will use simple programs such as Audacity and Garageband as well as industry standard programs such as ProTools and Cubase. This course will help students who enjoy recording their own music and “beats” in their homes as well as students with aspirations to become the next big producer.

Grade 11-12

PIANO LAB ( V6519)                                                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed for beginning level piano/keyboard students. Using the piano in this full year class, students will learn the basics of music notation, rhythm, melody and harmony. Student will progress through instruction utilizing beginning piano books and supplementary materials. Each student will learn to play a repertoire of music commensurate with their ability. Access to a piano/keyboard outside the class is helpful, but not necessary. Piano lab may be used as a preparation for Music Theory. This course may be repeated as the discretion of the instructor.

Grade 9-12

ACTING ONE: THEATER FUNDAMENTALS (6800)                                                5 Credits

This is an introductory survey course in theater arts. It provides a complete background in the fundamentals of acting, with attention to scenery, lighting, makeup, theater history, creativity and the relationship of theater to all of the arts. Much activity is hands-on. This class is a prerequisite for the acting training class, Principles of Acting.

Grade 9-12

PRINCIPLES OF ACTING (6810)                                                                  5 Credits

This is a studio course to train actors for the stage, using a variety of approaches to develop characters in the performance situation. Students learn to create believable characters and relationships in monologues and scenes. Attention to voice and body training, begun in Acting One: Theater Fundamentals is continued here. Students in this class have some public performance opportunities and are expected to perform in an end-of-year recital.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite:  Acting One: Theater Fundamentals

ACTING REPERTORY (6900)                                                                          5 Credits

This is an advanced acting performance class. Student engage in the preparation of a variety of performances for statewide festivals and local public audiences as well as K-12 school groups. Continuing work on monologues, pairs, scenes and improvisations foster growth in technique, analysis and style. Acting Repertory students must recognize that extra-curricular time is required to meet the demands of this course. The Acting Repertory class produces its own full-length showcase at the end of the school year as a final project. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite:Successful completion of Principles of Acting and instructor approval.

ACTING REPERTORY ACP (6910)                                                                  5 Credits

Advanced college prep grading is available as an option for students in their third or fourth year of Acting Repertory class. Students may also be eligible who have completed other performing arts courses. Eligibility to enroll for the advanced college prep option is only by approval of both the instructor and director. Students must complete all requirements of the regular level of Acting Repertory, as well as all additional ACP requirements. Additional requirements are at the direction of the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisites: Principles of Acting or instructor and directors permission.-in addition, students must be enrolled in their third or fourth year of a Theater Arts class.

MUSIC THEORY I ACP (6710)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is a study of the theoretical foundations of music, including all aspects of notation and musical terminology, scale theory, intervals, triads, chords and harmonic progressions. Melodic, rhythmic and harmonic hearing and writing will be developed through sight singing and ear training skills development. Beginning conducting and compositional analysis is included. Students interested in learning more about music as an art regardless of future musical plans, are also encouraged to participate in this class, as are members of the VTHS choirs, bands, orchestras and students who take private piano lessons. This course is designed to complement and expand the performance capabilities and understanding of singers and instrumentalists. Music Theory I is an essential class for students majoring in music, music education, musical theater or any performing arts related to or engaged with considering music.

Grade 10-12

MUSIC THEORY II AP (6720)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is a continuation at an advanced level of all aspects of music theory as begun in Music Theory I. Advanced ear training, sight singing and analysis skills will be developed. Compositional skills will also be developed. Advanced part-writing skills, seventh chord composition and use and modulation will be studied. Students are encouraged to create their own musical compositions. This class includes detailed preparation for the Music Theory Advanced Placement Exam. A summer project is required which will be due on the first days of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grades 11-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Music Theory I ACP and instructor approval.

MUSIC THEORY III HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY (VPFA6730)                               5 Credits

This course is for students who have successfully completed the AP Music Theory course. Students will continue their growth in solfege and dictation skills. Composition and score analysis will be developed while students advance their knowledge and facility in the area of chromatic harmony. Advanced work with modulation and counterpoint will also be included. Students may choose to take the AP Music Theory Examination a second time. This course runs concurrently with the AP Music Theory class.  A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Music Theory with a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam and instructor approval.

SURVEY OF THE ARTS (V9450)                                                                                             5 Credits

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have difficulty in the mainstream areas of music, art and career and technical education but have an interest in these electives. The course will incorporate the use of academics in order to develop students' creativity and expand abstract thought processes.

Grade 9-12

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

2020-2021 Course Offerings


PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

UNIFIED  PHYSICAL EDUCATION (VPED9002)                                            

Grade 9-12

An Inclusive PE program where all students have access to fun, positive and meaningful experiences. The classroom environment will support every student and introduce an equitable peer partner strategy where all students participate as teammates and leaders. Students of varying ability levels will learn together through fitness, sports, leadership and wellness activities.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 9 (VPED9101)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/DRIVER ED 10 (VPED9102

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FAMILY LIFE 11 (VPED9103)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FIRST AID 12 (VPED9104)

Physical Education is required for all students. A variety of team and individual sports along with Project Adventure activities are presented with emphasis placed in the 11th and 12th grade on lifetime sports and leisure activities. All activities involve the teaching of skills, developing and maintaining fitness and social interaction.

General Health is part of the ninth grade program. The student becomes the central focus of this course. What he/she learns concerns the optimum health of his/her own body and mind.

Driver Education Theory is presented in the sophomore year. This course includes an in-depth study of the New Jersey Driver’s manual. Following this study, the state written examination is given. A successful score of 80% or better on the written test gives the student the ability to take Behind the Wheel instruction.

Family Life is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop self-confidence, a positive social attitude  and sound value judgement, as well as cope with the decision making experiences when dealing with issues of sexual health. The course will also provide an opportunity for students to develop a sound foundation for understanding and coping with the problems related to marriage, family and sexual health.

First Aid is required of all seniors. This course is taught in conjunction with the American Red Cross. It offers valuable information and skills in which emergency care is required and medical help is not immediately available.

PE/WEIGHT TRAINING 10 (VPED9117)

PE/WEIGHT TRAINING 11 (VPED9119)

The Weight Training class is geared to students who wish to learn basic anatomy and physiology on their way to mastering the basic fundamentals of weight lifting as well as program design and implementation. Students will be utilizing both the classroom and weight room throughout the school year. Class content will include but will not be limited to the following: anatomy and physiology, body systems, components of fitness, test and measurements to evaluate fitness, basic lifts, free weights and pin loaded machine lifts, muscle groups, nutrition and the various phases of lifting. Program goals regarding muscular, cardiovascular and flexibility development will also be stressed. In addition to written assignments, and end of year PowerPoint Project will be required along with Daily Fitness and Nutrition Log. This course will serve in place of a student’s regular physical education class as it will meet the required criteria.

PERSONAL EXERCISE & NUTRITION 11 (VPED9111)

The target audience for this class is students who may be dealing with weight issues, have nutritional concerns and or are interested in pursuing a healthy and active daily aerobic lifestyle as well as a nutritionally balanced lifestyle. One day a week, students will be in the classroom discussing nutrition and personal health. Students will also be submitting weekly articles concerning these topics. The other four days of the week students will be exploring, implementing and executing different types of cardiovascular aerobic workouts, movement exploration, as well as weight training regimes to help build healthier cardiovascular systems. Project Adventure style group initiatives and challenges will also be implemented into the course. This course will serve in place of a students regular physical education class, as it will meet the required criteria.

ADVANCED PHYSICAL EDUCATION 12 (9310)

   

   The target audience for this class is Seniors Only who are looking for and interested in developing ways to lead a healthy and active lifestyle as they move on into their adult lives. This class is geared for those students who are looking to get and achieve something “extra” out of their Physical Education Class.   This is an elective class for those seniors who are also thinking of pursuing a career in the field of health, physical therapy, Coaching, fitness, or fitness management.  One day a week, students will be in the classroom learning how to become Personal Trainers. Students will be submitting written reports each marking period demonstrating the knowledge gained around Personal Training.   Students will also be learning First Aid as required by all senior level Physical education students.  Project adventure style group challenges and initiatives will also be implemented into the course.  This course will serve in place of a students regular physical education class, as it meets the required criteria.

 

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

Class of 2021-23 Science Track

Class of 20246 & Beyond Science Track

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES

SCIENCE ACADEMIC COURSES

GEO SCIENCE CP LAB (VSCI2010)                                                                  6 Credits

This course is designed for students who have not met expectations on their state assessments. The course is a study of the Earth operating as a set of complex, dynamic and interconnected systems and is a part of the all-encompassing system of the universe. Course content includes; astronomy, physical and historical geology, oceanography, atmospheric science and the effect of humans on the Earth, oceans and atmosphere. Observational and investigative activities will be integrated throughout the unity of study.

Grade 9

BIOLOGY CP LAB (VSCI2110)                                                                  6 Credits

This course is designed for students who have not met expectations on their state assessments. The course is centered on the following content areas; cell structure and function, life processes, microbiology and disease, classification of animals and plants, ecology and genetics. The systems approach is used to study the life functions of animals, plants, fungi and protists. Emphasis will be placed on laboratory observation as related to specific units of study.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geo Science.

BIOLOGY ACP LAB (2120)                                                                          6 Credits

This is a lab course designed for college and career preparation. The course is centered on the following content areas; cell structure and function, life processes, microbiology and disease, classification of animals and plants, ecology and genetics. The systems approach is used to study the life functions of animals, plants, fungi and protists. Emphasis will be placed on laboratory observation as related to specific units of study.

Grade 9-10

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geo Science ACP and teacher recommendation.

BIOLOGY HONORS LAB (VSCI2125)                                                         6 Credits

This is a lab course designed for college and career preparation. The course is centered on the following content areas; cell structure and function, life processes, microbiology and disease, classification of animals and plants, ecology and genetics. The systems approach is used to study the life functions of animals, plants, fungi and protists. Emphasis will be placed on laboratory observation as related to specific units of study.  Completion of a summer assignment is required.

Grade 9

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

BIOLOGY AP LAB (VSCI2130)                                                                 8 Credits

This course includes all the topics covered in the AP Curriculum. Therefore, students should expect a very demanding and challenging experience. Students will have three double periods per week. A summer project will be due on the first day of class. A test will be given on this material. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science Honors with a minimum grade of 80% or Geo Science ACP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA-Science scores.

CHEMISTRY ACP LAB (2220)                                                                  6 Credits

This course is recommended for college bound students who have the necessary math background and require a physical lab science for college admission.  The course will provide students with an understanding of the major principles of chemistry and basic laboratory techniques as preparation for their college studies. The course will include topics such as the nature and properties of matter, formula writing, chemical reactions, chemical equations, stoichiometry, properties of solids, liquids and gases, acids and bases. The course is also concerned with providing students with an understanding and appreciation of the impact of chemistry and technology in their everyday lives.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology ACP and Algebra 1 ACP and Geometry ACP.

CHEMISTRY AP LAB (VSCI2230)                                                                 8 Credits

This course includes all the topics covered in the AP curriculum. Therefore, students should expect a very demanding and challenging experience. Credit is available through Syracuse University.  Students will have three double periods per week. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology AP with a minimum grade of 80% or Biology ACP with a 90%, Algebra II/Trig Honors and teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA Science scores.

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS CP LAB (VSCI2801)                          6 Credits

This course is designed for students who have not met expectations on their state assessments. The first half of the course will include topics such as the nature and properties of matter, formula writing, chemical reactions, chemical equations and properties of solids, liquids, gases, acids and bases. The second half of the course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, light, electricity and magnetism.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science CP and Biology CP.

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS ACP LAB (V2805)                          6 Credits

The first half of the course will include topics such as the nature and properties of matter, formula writing, chemical reactions, chemical equations and properties of solids, liquids, gases, acids and bases. The second half of the course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, light, electricity and magnetism.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science ACP, Biology ACP and Algebra I ACP.

HUMAN BIOLOGY CP (VSCI2340)                                                                  5 Credits

This course provides a basic survey of Human Biology. Emphasis is on the basic structure and functions of body systems and the terminology used to describe the body. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a normal understanding of anatomy and physiology and the appropriate use of medical terminology. This course covers a general study of each organ and an overview of common abnormal physiological conditions associated with each system.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science CP, Biology CP and Principles of Chemistry and Physics CP.

PHYSICS ACP LAB (2420)                                                                          6 Credits

Physics is designed to give students a basic understanding of the laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, light, electricity, magnetism and other concepts of modern physics. Problem solving, application of concepts and laboratory activities will be integral components of the course.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I ACP and a Co-requisite of Algebra II ACP

PHYSICS HONORS LAB (VSCI2431)                                                          6 Credits

This course will involve an expanded study of all the topics covered in Physics ACP but with more rigor in the concepts and problem solving. Students should have strong mathematical and reasoning skills. Students are not expected to have prior knowledge of calculus, needed calculus skills will be taught as the course progresses. A summer assignment is required which will be due on the first day of class. A quiz will also be given on this material.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chem AP with a minimum grade of 80%  or Chem ACP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation. A co-requisite of Calculus is required. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA-Science exam.

SCIENCE RESEARCH HONORS (VSCI2435)                                                                       3.75 Credits

This class is designed to guide students into the intellectual rigor of active science research generated from their own interests and experiences. Students will be required to design and conduct a research project and present their findings to their class and school district. Students will also be required to participate in student science competitions. This course is taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

Grade 12

Co-Requisite: Physics Honors or Organic/Biochemistry

ORGANIC/BIOCHEMISTRY HONORS LAB (VSCI2530)                                          6 Credits

This course is designed for the enthusiastic science students wishing to pursue knowledge beyond basic chemistry. Laboratories are an integral part of the course of study. The major emphasis is on the nature and behavior of carbon based compounds and the implications of their reactions in relationship to the life processes. The course is highly recommended for those who anticipate entering the chemical, medical and health related fields. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and be weighted as a major grade.

Grade 12

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of AP Chemistry with a minimum grade of 80% or  Chemistry ACP with a minimum grade of 90% and teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA-Science exam.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ACP LAB (2611)                                                  6 Credits

Environmental Science ACP uses concepts and information from ecology, biology, physical science, politics, economics and more, to examine the role of humans on the earth. The students examine the relationships between living organisms and their environment and to use this to understand how the earth’s life-support systems are being affected by human impact.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Geo Science and a corequisite of Chemistry or Physics.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP LAB (2730)                                                  6 Credits

This course is designed to give students a solid background in Environmental Science. An in depth review of the following topics will be presented; ecosystems, poplations, soil resources, water resources, the atmosphere, pollution and environmental problems, recycling, pests and pest management and energy resources. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class. A test will be given on this material. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP exam.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Biology with a minimum grade of 80% or Biology ACP with a minimum grade of 90%. A co-requisite of Chemistry ACP or AP is required for Juniors.

FORENSIC SCIENCE HONORS LAB (VSCI2941)                                                  6 Credits

Forensic Science Honors is focused upon the application of scientific methods and techniques to crime and law. Recent advances in scientific methods and principles have had an enormous impact upon law enforcement and the entire criminal justice system. This course is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection. Scientific methods specifically relevant to crime and analysis will be presented with emphasis [laced upon the techniques used in evaluating physical evidence. Topics include blood analysis, organic and inorganic evidence analysis, microscopic investigations, hair analysis, DNA, drug chemistry and toxicology, fiber comparisons, paints, glass compositions and fragmentation, fingerprints, soil comparisons and arson investigations. Laboratory exercises include techniques commonly employed in forensics investigations.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology ACP and/or a co-requisite of  Chemistry ACP. Students should exceed or meet expectations on their NJSLA-Science exam.

ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM

We are pleased to offer this program, which will offer basic college-level science courses needed for most health-related careers. In addition to the courses, there will be a clinical shadowing component and partnerships with local medical professionals and with Rutgers. The program will also provide support to students in the decision making process as they explore future careers. Together, these components are expected to enhance the students experience and provide a solid foundation for students to embark on their health science professions.

We have established a concurrent agreement with Rutgers University, which allows us to offer the following Rutgers classes:

DYNAMICS OF HEALTHCARE IN SOCIETY HONORS (VSCI2971)                                  5 Credits

Dynamics of Healthcare in Society is an orientation to healthcare and delivery, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on process skills to include critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication and self directed learning abilities. The professional competencies stress application to general issues and topics common to all health care providers. Emphasis is placed on the role of the healthcare practitioner as both provider and consumer of healthcare services.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science Honors with a minimum grade of 80% or Geo Science ACP with a minimum grade of 90%.

PHARMACY TECH/MEDICAL MATH ACP (VPHA2000)                                          5 Credits

This course will provide a background in pharmacology to students interested in pursuing a health related career. Students will investigate the duties of a pharmacist, drugs and drug therapy and the dispensing process. Students will be provided with the mathematical background needed for the study of pharmacology and other health professions. Students will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician exam, which most pharmacy employers prefer and often mandate for their employees. In order to receive college credit from Rutgers University, students must complete Dynamics of Healthcare before they graduate.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II ACP and Chemistry ACP.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ACP LAB (VSCI2320)                                                                  6 Credits

This course includes an in-depth study of the anatomy & physiology of the human body. Parts of the human body are studied in detail with special attention to cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Laboratory activities are included in the course of study. This course is strongly recommended for those students who anticipate a career in medicine and health related fields. In order to receive college credit from Rutgers University, students must complete Dynamics of Healthcare before they graduate.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology ACP with a minimum grade of 90% or Biology AP with a minimum grade of 80%.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY HONORS LAB (VSCI2330)                                                       6 Credits

This course includes an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Parts of the human body are studied in detail with special attention to cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Laboratory activities are included in the course of study. This course is strongly recommended for those students who anticipate a career in medicine and health related fields.  In order to receive college credit from Rutgers University, students must complete Dynamics of Healthcare before they graduate.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology ACP with a minimum grade of 90% or Biology AP with a minimum grade of 80%.

CLINICAL EMERGENCY CARE/FUNDAMENTALS

OF HEALTH & WELLNESS (VPED9420)                                                          5 Credits

Clinical Emergency Care is a course that deals with emergencies before medical help arrives. The course is designed to give the students the knowledge of how to recognize and respond to an emergency. The intent of the course is to help the student feel more confident in his/her ability to act appropriately in the event of an emergency. The impact of lifestyle choices on all aspects of personal health including physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental. The course will explore topics of nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, disease prevention, substance abuse and healthy relationships. The information and skills necessary for making informed and healthful decisions to promote wellness will be discussed with an emphasis on self-responsibility.  In order to receive college credit from Rutgers University, students must complete Dynamics of Healthcare before they graduate.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology ACP with a minimum grade of 80%


SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES


SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

WORLD HISTORY CP (1010)                                                                  5 Credits

This course gives a general overview of World History from the European Age of Exploration to modern times. This course places special emphasis on reading and writing skills and the use of informational text readings/activities to keep in line with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 9

WORLD HISTORY ACP (1020)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is offered to ninth grade students whose selection is based upon teacher recommendation/past achievement. Although the historical periods studied are the same as World History CP, this course is designed with emphasis given to the development of research skills through the study of History. Students will be required to complete research in the various units of study throughout the year. This course will use informational text readings/activities to keep in line with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 9

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

WORLD HISTORY HONORS (VSOS1030)                                                          5 Credits

This course reviews key historical time periods and significant events that have shaped Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Enrollment in this course is by departmental recommendation/past achievement. Cultural, instituiotnal and technological precedents, along with geography, are the foundations for this course. Greater understanding of the evolution of global societies will be developed through a combination of factual information and analysis. This course will use information text readings/activities to keep in line with New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).  A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 9

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA scores.

U.S. HISTORY I CP (VSOS1210)                                                                                                      5 Credits

This course satisfies the first year of the State of New Jersey’s requirements for United States History. It covers the period of United States History which begins with the American colonial period and concludes with the closing of the frontier in the 1870’s-1880’s. This course places special emphasis on reading and writing skills and the use of informational text readings/activities to keep in line with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 10

U.S. HISTORY I ACP (1220)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is offered to tenth grade students whose selection is based upon teacher recommendation/past achievement. Also considered is students interest in history and their willingness to accept the additional challenge offered by the course. Although the historical periods studies are the same as the U.S. History I CP course, the students are given more time and freedom to consider the impact of ideas and conflicting interpretations on the nature and origin of American political, social and economic institutions. Position papers and research reports, per marking period, on various ideas and interpretations studied will be required. This course will use informational text readings/activities to keep in line with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 10

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

U.S. HISTORY I HONORS (VSOS1230)                                                                                        5 Credits

Enrollment in this course is by departmental recommendation/past achievement. The areas studied are the same as U.S. Hisotury I ACP, but issues, ideas and interpretations are studied in more depth. Considerable research is required. This course will use informational text readings/activities to keep in line with New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 10

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA scores.

U.S. HISTORY II CP (VSOS1310)                                                                              5 Credits

This course fulfills state requirements in New Jersey for United States History. It covers the study of the United States from the Age of Industrialization  in the late 1800’s through contemporary American topics. This course places special emphasis on reading and writing skills and the use of informational text readings/activities to keep in line with New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 11-12

U.S. HISTORY II ACP (1320)                                                                  5 Credits

This course satisfies the second year of the State of New Jersey’s requirement for United States History. This course is offered to eleventh and twelfth grade students whose selection is based upon teacher recommendation/past achievement. Also considered is their interest is history and their willingness to accept the additional challenge and research requirements. The topics studied include all of those covered in U.S. History II CP, however, greater consideration is given to conflicting ideas and theories on these topics as revealed in the student’s research and discussion in class. Position papers and research reports on various ideas and interpretations studies are required. This course will use informational text readings/activities to keep in line with New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

U.S. HISTORY II AP (1330)                                                                                                               5 Credits

This course satisfies the second year of the State of New Jersey’s requirement for United States History. Enrollment in this course is by departmental recommendation/past achievement. This course is taught at a college level. THe is required to write and to make oral presentations frequently on U.S. History topics under study. Writing assignments include document-based essay questions, free response essays, thesis statements and research, etc. The course of study follows the recommendations established by the AP Program. This course will use information text readings/activities to keep in line with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).  A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major tst. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will apply to the AP test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. Students should meet or exceed expectations on their NJSLA scores.

ACADEMIC ELECTIVES

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACP (VSOS1500)                                                                                         5 Credits

The focus of this course is to examine the American criminal justice system and the agencies and processes that constitute it. Topics covered will include: criminal law, the police and court system, juvenile crime, the prison system, categories of crime, due process, terrorism, gangs, ahte crimes, corrections, cybercrime and careers in criminal justice. This course will explore the dynamic field of criminal justice and the ever evolving nature of crime.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of World History.

CIVICS & SOCIETY ACP (VSOS1430)                                                                                            5 Credits

This elective course is designed to empower students to take a more active role in their community. This course will build positive and productive citizenship skills by analyzing civil rights, financial responsibilities, the function of the American Government and the democratic process. Topics such as free speech, states’ rights, responsible citizenship, political participation, civil rights and financial literacy will be explored. Students will acquire a base of knowledge which will enable them to be more active and responsible citizens-essential for these young adults, in order to serve as contributing members of society in the 21st  century. This course fulfill the financial literacy requirement needed for graduation.

Grade 9-12

GLOBAL STUDIES ACP (VSOS1430)                                                                                             5 Credits

This course will examine different regions of the world through looking at current events, movies, art and music. Students will examine the nature of real vs. perceived history and investigate various conditions within different global regions. The goal of the course is to raise awareness of the current state of global affairs, spark interest in the study of history, as well as better understand the world in order to become active members within society.

Grade 10-12

ECONOMICS ACP (VSOS1540)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the vital and basic concepts of economic systems and decision making. Topics of study include supply and demand, features of the American economy, credit, savings and the stock market. Ultimately, students in Economics should expect to have a clearer sense of the economic world in which they participate as well as an enhanced ability to make more informed decisions. This course fulfills the financial literacy requirement needed for graduation.

Grade 11-12


ISSUES OF CONSCIENCE ACP (1461)                                                          5 Credits

The Holocaust pf Wprld War II and acts of genocide in the past and the present will be studies as questions of individual conscience and responsibility are raised. The problems of individual identity in a modern state and individual role in modern society are examined as we study acts of humanity and inhumanity and the consequences of those actions for all of us. Throughout the course, the roles of individuals and groups are analyzed to identify choices made by each and the impact of those choices u[pon the events that followed.

Grade 11-12

PSYCHOLOGY ACP (1431)                                                                        2.5 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of human behavior: i.e., examine the biological bases of behavior, evolutionary psychology, perception, learning, cognition, motivation, development (life span), personality theories, psychological tests and measurements, social psychology, psychotherapy and provide a foundation for those interested in the behavioral science and/or human service occupations. Upon completion of this course, students will better understand themselves and others. Students will also be well prepared if they plan to major in psychology and be able to complete a research paper for college. Students must complete all requirements as well as assignments and projects assigned by the teacher. This course will be paired with Sociology ACP.

Grade 11-12

SOCIOLOGY ACP (1521)                                                                                                               2.5 Credits

This course will develop the process of scientific observations and analysis of social behavior. The basic concepts of sociology that will be studied will provide the student with a greater awareness of others and the way each of us chooses to exist in this society. Specific areas of discussion will include culture, personality, roles, social organizations such as family, institutions and associations, race and ethnic relations, the community and social change. The student will be expected to participate in group activities and gain experience in research techniques, individually and as part of a group. This course will be paired with Psychology ACP.

Grade 11-12

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ELECTIVES

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AP (VSOS1564)                                                          5 Credits

The focus of this course is to encourage students to utilize spatial concepts and analysis to examine the connection between human populations and the environment. Topics of study include the interplay between culture and the physical world, population growth, cultural evolution, cul;cultural diffusion, the historical movement of people and ideas and the globalization of culture. This course is taught at a college level. The knowledge and skills needed, will be more complex and at a higher level of difficulty than those required in the ACP level classes. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this class will sign up to take the AP exam.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

EUROPEAN HISTORY AP (1605)                                                                  5 Credits

The study of European History since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in the shaping of the world. This course will help develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in Modern European History. Students will develop an ability to analyze historical evidence, historical interpretation and an ability to express historical understanding in writing. This course is taught at a college level. THe knowledge and skills needed, will be more complex and at a higher level of difficulty than those required in the ACP level classes.  A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP exam.

Grade 11-12 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS AP (1600)                                        5 Credits

This course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. Students will be required to write frequently on the topics under study including document-based essay questions, free response essays, thesis statements and research, etc. Students will be required on a regular basis to read and interpret primary source documents and secondary materials such as maps, charts, posters, political cartoons, etc. and work with the art of historical analysis. This course is taught at a college level. The knowledge and skills needed, will be more complex and at a higher level of difficulty than those required in the ACP level classes. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the AP test. This course is offered in even numbered  years (Fall 2020, Fall 2022).

Grade 10-12

COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS AP (V1620)                                  5 Credits

The focus of this course is an in-depth analysis of the forces and concepts behind the various ideologies which have arisen in history and examines the interplay of these forces in the world of international politics. An evolutionary examination of these political ideologies will be provided including the building of a theoretical foundation involving both institutional and behavioral factors. The students will be required to write frequently on the topics under study. These will include document-based essay questions, free response essays, thesis statements and research, etc. This course is taught on a college level. The knowledge and skills needed will be more complex and at a higher level of difficulty than those required in ACP level classes. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP exam. This course is only offered in odd numbered years (Fall 2021, Fall 2023).

Grade 10-12

VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

VISUAL ARTS

DRAWING & PAINTING, ART I  (6030)                                                                5 Credits

Students will be introduced to the concept of exercising the right side of the brain and learning to see as the artist sees. Initially, students will work with pencil, charcoal and ink. Students will then use color media including craypas, pastels, tempera, watercolor, acrylics and oil paints. After experimenting with each medium, individual expression and problem solving will be emphasized. In addition, students will develop a deeper understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.

Grade 9-12

PAINTING & DESIGN, ART II (V6011)                                                          5 Credits

The fundamentals of design, application of the elements and principles of art and developing strong instincts for strong composition are all embedded in this class curriculum. While creating a variety of original artworks, students will explore the processes of calligraphy, illustration, cartooning and comic book development, tattoo design, block printing, acrylic painting, gouache painting, watercolor painting and oil painting. Sketchbooks/journals will be used throughout the year as a means of cataloging thoughts, sketches and small works.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting or 8th grade art instructor approval.

SCULPTURE I (VVIA6000)                                                                          5 Credits

Sculpture I introduces the student to conceptualizing, designing and constructing in three dimensions. Basic principles of design are stressed in the various media explored in this discipline. , both in functional as well as non-functional artwork. Individual artistic expressions is stressed in this course and a full spectrum of artistic experiences are introduced- from clay sculpture throwing on the wheel, additive and subtractive sculpture techniques to historically developed utilitarian objects. Clean-up responsibilities are an integral part of the grading system.

Grade 9-12

SCULPTURE II (VVIA6001)                                                                          5 Credits

Sculpture II will refine and advance the use of media, tools, processes, skills and techniques. Students will work on class assignments and independent projects in a variety of sculptural materials, with the approval of the instructor. Student projectects will reflect original ideas and concepts in conjunction with themes of a personal significance, cultural and contemporary nature. Students are introduced to more complex tools and will yield a collection of artwork suitable for exhibition or college portfolio presentation.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Sculpture I & instructor approval.

ART HISTORY ACP (VVIA6050)                                                                  5 Credits

The Art History ACP course is designed to provide the same benefits to students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history. Art history ACP focuses on developing an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting and other forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. In this course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. Students will learn to look at art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity and to analyze what they see. 

Grade 10-12

ART HISTORY AP (6040)                                                                          5 Credits

The Art History AP course is designed to provide the same benefits to students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history. The focus of this course is on developing an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts. In this course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from past and present from a variety of cultures. Students will learn to look at art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity and to analyze what they see. The class included detailed preparation for the Art History AP exam.  A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sign up to take the AP exam.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Students must demonstrate the ability to work at a challenging academic “advanced placement” level.

ART MAJOR ACP, ART III (6100)                                                                                                   5 Credits

Each student will work independently on assignment in selected areas of fine arts with the direction of the instructor. Art research and readings are an integral part of the course. The students must participate in art shows as exhibitors whenever possible and will be expected to design and install mini-exhibits. The art major program is provided for those students who love the making of art and plan to attend art school or study art on the college level. Important objectives  of the course are to develop a complete portfolio that may be used for job or school applications and to maintain a sketchbook. Each student will receive a sketchbook which will primarily be used for artwork outside of the classroom (homework). There will be a $20 studio fee due to the material expense related to this portfolio development.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art I & Art II

ART MAJOR AP, ART IV (6120)                                                                  5 Credits

This advanced placement course is designed to provide a near authentic college class experience as well as the opportunity to earn college credit. Each student is expected to adhere to the digital portfolio requirement of the class. The portfolio is comprised of three components all showcasing the students original work: the quality section holds the student’s absolute best works (5 minimum), 12 works of various media for the breadth section and 12 works to demonstrate a theme specific exploration for the concentration section. The portfolio is submitted to the College Board AP for evaluation in May. As in all AP courses, summer assignments are given out the previous June and are expected to turn in the first week of school in September. There will be a $20 studio fee due to the material expense related to portfolio development.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art Major ACP

PHOTOGRAPHY (V6219)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is for the beginner digital photographer and is meant to help you master your digital camera so that you can begin to shoot in the manual lode. You will learn the basics of Digital Photography which includes a brief history of photography, composition and design elements, understanding camera settings, apertures and shutter speeds and all things necessary to produce a quality image. Students taking this course must be willing to work with technical equipment and Adobe Photoshop. If you do not own a digital camera, you will be able to sign out one from the High School to use.

Grade 9-12

PHOTOGRAPHY MAJOR ACP (6220)                                                                5 Credits

Each student will work independently in selected areas of fine and commercial photography with the approval of the instructor. Research and readings are an integral part of the course. The student is encouraged to study contemporary photography through reading journals, magazines, books and by attending gallery and museum shows. Students will be expected to participate in shows as exhibitors whenever possible and to design mini-exhibits. An important objective will be to develop a portfolio of high quality photographs that reflect a personal vision or direction as well as technical and artistic skills.  There will be a $20 studio fee due to the material expense related to portfolio development.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography

PUBLICATION DESIGN (6310)                                                                  5 Credits

Development of the modern theme, the structure of a book, layout design, graphics, typography, reporting, writing copy, editing, proofreading, cropping, photography and word processing are taught in the process of publishing the high school yearbook. A balanced budget with its record keeping and financial campaigns are included. Good typists, writers, artists and photographers are especially welcome.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

COMPUTER GRAPHIC I ACP (VVIA6040)                                                          5 Credits

Computer Graphics I ACP offers experience in working with computers and computer art applications. The students explore a variety of programs and disciplines of computer-generated art. The principles of design are studied for the planning of all projects. The history of art, design and photography are included in the program to broaden the base of each student’s ideas of design and art. Students are exposed to a variety of programs that are used in the art and design world. THese programs may include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Animation Programs and Adobe InDesign. These are the basic types of programs that are used in all collegiate art department and all these programs are used in photo studios, animation studios, painting studios and all advertising/design firms.

Grade 9-12

COMPUTER GRAPHICS II ACP (VVIA6060)                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Computer Graphics I ACP who wish to further their knowledge of using the computer as a design tool. The focus of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to create, print and present polished art for a well-rounded portfolio. Students are introduced to more complex tools and commands within the graphic software and video editing software. THis software is used to produce montages and presentations, we well as advanced designed projects.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Graphics I ACP.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS III ACP (VVIA6070)                                                                            5 Credits

This class will be a third level, advanced class, working with Illustrator & Photoshop on assignments that continue to show advanced styles and effects that may be seen in advertising, magazines, commercials, games, internet, etc. The class will also incorporate more of the design/printing processes that are part of design, which will teach cost, limitations on designs as wells budget savings. Part of the printing curriculum will also include learning how to use the banner/color printers.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Graphics II ACP

WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

2020-21 Course Offerings/Sequence

WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

FRENCH I (VWLA3000)                                                                                5 Credits

This is a proficiency and communicative based approach to learning a world language. Communication and acquiring cultural knowledge will be stressed. This course is designed only for those students to meet state mandated world language requirements for graduation and may not fulfill admission requirements for many four year colleges. If students wish to continue to study the language, the next level is French I ACP.

Grade 9-12

FRENCH I ACP (3010)                                                                          5 Credits

French I ACP is a proficiency and communicative based introduction to foreign language learning. Auditory comprehension is emphasized and integrated with speaking, reading and writing. Classroom activities stress communication, cultural knowledge and interdisciplinary connections.

Grade 9-12

FRENCH II ACP (3030)                                                                          5 Credits

French II ACP continues to emphasize oral communication, the ability to speak French with some fluency on various topics. There is a greater stress on reading and writing activities. Contemporary Francophone culture is studied with an emphasis on the life and customs of French speaking people.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I ACP with a minimum grade of 75%.

FRENCH III ACP (3040)                                                                          5 Credits

French III ACP is an intermediate course which continues to emphasize oral communication and the ability to speak French with greater fluency. At this time, emphasis is placed on developing conversational flexibility in a range of circumstances beyond intermediate survival needs. Reading and writing skills are further developed. Contemporary Francophone culture is discussed through an introduction to films, music, customs and food.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French II ACP with a minimum grade of 80%.

FRENCH IV HONORS (VWLA3070)                                                          5 Credits

Frnehc IV Honors is an advanced course which continues to perfect oral communication and the ability to speak fluently. Emphasis is placed on sustaining a sophisticated level of conversational ability. Various French historical periods and current life France are studied. The students improve their writing ability in response to a stimulus or on a topic of their own choosing. Contemporary culture will continue to be explored. Students should be prepared for a more challenging program. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III ACP and teacher recommendation.

FRENCH V AP (3090)                                                                          5 Credits

French AP is an advanced course designed to prepare students for the French AP Language Proficiency Exam. The course is designed to perfect the students speaking, reading and writing skills through the study of various topics and literary works. Students should be prepared for a more challenging and demanding program with the classes conducted in the target language. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the AP exam.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French IV Honors and teacher recommendation.

SPANISH I (VWLA3205)                                                                          5 Credits

This is a proficiency and communicative based approach to learning a world language. Communication and acquiring cultural knowledge will be stressed. This course is designed only for those students desiring to meet the state mandated world language requirements for graduation and may not fulfill admission requirements for many four-year colleges. If students wish to continue to study the language, the next level is Spanish I ACP

Grade 9-12

SPANISH I ACP (3210)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is offered to students to begin to develop the skills needed for communication in SPanish: hearing and understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students become familiar with Hispanic customs and civilizations through readings and classroom activities.

Grade 9-12

SPANISH II ACP (3230)                                                                          5 Credits

This is an intermediate course which continues to develop the skills learned in Spanish I. A review of the speaking and writing patterns is presented during the first part of the course. Later, there is a continued emphasis on auditory comprehension as well as speaking, reading and writing abilities. Students acquire an awareness of the Hispanic world from reading material dealing with the similarities and differences among the hispanic nations. Their relationship to the United States is also discussed.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I ACP with a minimum grade of 75% and teacher recommendation.

SPANISH III ACP (3240)                                                                          5 Credits

This is an intermediate course which continues to emphasize oral communication and the ability to speak Spanish with greater fluency. At this time, emphasis is placed on developing conversational flexibility in a range of circumstances beyond immediate survival needs. Reading and writing skills are further developed. Contemporary Spanish culture is explored in greater depth.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II ACP with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

SPANISH IV HONORS (VWLA3270)                                                         5 Credits

Spanish IV Honors is an advanced course which continues to perfect oral communication and the ability to speak fluently. EMphasis is placed on sustaining a sophisticated level of conversational ability. A comprehensive survey of major literary genres, including representative authors, is presented. The student should be able to write extemporaneously as a response to stimulus or on a topic of his own choosing. Contemporary culture continues to be explored. Students should be prepared for a more challenging and demanding program. A summer project is required which will be due on the first day of class and graded a major test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III ACP with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

SPANISH V AP (3290)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and information needed to successfully complete the Spanish AP Exam in Language Structures. Students will develop conversational skills by acquiring additional vocabulary and word usage practice within the contexts of various work-related areas. Students will increase their understanding  of Spanish literature by a survey of some of the most representative writers in most genres. Writing skills will be developed both practically (letters, forms, outlines, articles) and formally (Literary analysis, essays). Increased understanding of the cultures of the Spanish speaking world will also be achieved. Throughout the year, the course will adhere to the guidelines that are outlined in the course of study provided by the publishers of the AP exam. The discussions, the essays and the cassette tapes used will prepare the students for the SPanish AP exam. All course work is done in the target language. A summer project is required, which will be due on the first of class and graded as a major test. It is expected  that students enrolled in this course will take the AP test.

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish IV Honors with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

ITALIAN I (VWLA3400)                                                                                             5 Credits

Italian I is a proficiency and communicative based approach to learning a world language. Communication and acquiring cultural knowledge will be stressed. This course is designed only for those students desiring to meet the state mandated world language requirements for graduation and may not fulfill admission requirements for many four-year colleges. If students wish to continue to study the language, the next level is Italian I ACP.

Grade 9-12

ITALIAN I ACP (3410)                                                                          5 Credits

Italian I ACP is a proficiency and communicative based approach to learning a world language. Auditory comprehension is emphasized and integrated with speaking, reading and writing. Classroom activities stress communication, cultural knowledge and interdisciplinary connections.

Grade 9-12

ITALIAN II ACP (3420)                                                                          5 Credits

Italian II ACP continues to emphasize oral communication and interdisciplinary connections. This course also encourages the use of Italian with fluency in some topics. There is greater stress on reading and writing activities. The italian culture is studied with an emphasis on the life and customs of the Italian-speaking people.

Grade 9-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian I ACP and teacher recommendation.

ITALIAN III ACP (3430)                                                                                                                     5 Credits

Italian III ACP is an intermediate course continuing the emphasis on oral communication with greater proficiency in the target language. THe development of conversational flexibility in a range of circumstances beyond immediate survival needs is stressed, as is reading and writing competence. Contemporary Italian culture is explored in greater depth.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Italian II with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

ITALIAN IV HONORS (VWLA3460)                                                                5 Credits

Italian IV Honors is an advanced course, which continues to perfect oral communication and the ability to speak fluently. Emphasis is placed on sustaining a sophisticated level of conversational ability. A comprehensive survey of major literary genres, including representative authors, is presented. The students should be able to write extemporaneously as a response to stimulus or on a topic of his own choosing. Contemporary culture continues to be explored. Students should be prepared for a more challenging and demanding program. A summer project is required, which will be due on the first day of class and graded as a major test.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion Italian III ACP with a minimum grade of 80% and teacher recommendation.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES

COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Comprehensive Education Program offered through the SPecial Services Department is designed to prepare students for independent adult lives. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills needed to function competently in the job world and in the community. The focus of the curriculum will be to prepare students to demonstrate proficiency in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as measured by the NJSLA or Dynamic Learning Maps. Functional academics in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies will be infused into the curriculum to concretely show the application of these skills in real life applications. In addition, these courses will teach the personal skills and strategies students will need to develop inter/intrapersonal competencies necessary for coping with various life experiences. Students will have opportunities to explore and develop friendships, experiment with a variety of social roles and to experience control over their lives and responsibility for their actions.

PREPARATION FOR LIFE SKILLS, Pre-DILS (VSPS9440)                                 5-20 Credits

THis course is conducted in a self-contained environment and will lead to students being instructed in the fundamentals of living in the world today. It is open only to those who have the recommendation placed in their IEP. The program offers a variety of courses in the major subject areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Social Studies. These courses have been modified to provide the opportunity of academic success for students who have demonstrated the need for replacement instruction.

Grade 9-12

DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT LIFE SKILLS (VSPS9420)                                            5-10 Credits

This course will emphasize the development of self-help skills necessary for participating fully in all areas of the home environment, critical for functioning as an independent adult. Students will learn personal management skills such as budgeting and developing an ability to determine essential needs versus non-essential items. This course will be based on a simulated work environment to introduce, practice and review pre-vocational and vocational skills. Academics in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies which are fundamental to the development of independent life skills have been infused into the curriculum of this course.

Grade 9-12

CAREER/VOCATION (VSPS9506)                                                                  5 Credits

This course will focus on the educational stages of career development: awareness, exploration, preparation and training. Students will demonstrate the academic and skill training necessary to obtain and maintain a job. SOme of the topics students will study are: effective communication on the job, completing job applications, appropriate dress and behavior for an interview and/or job and selecting appropriate employment.  Academics in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and SOcial Studies which are fundamental to the study of careers and in the development of skills and attitudes necessary for success in the work world have been infused into the curriculum of this course.

Grade 9-12

PREPARATION FOR CITIZENSHIP (VSPS9400)                                                                     5 Credits

This course will utilize and study environments frequented by students and families to facilitate generalizing skills into real-life situations. Proper behavior in public places, using public transportation, developing an awareness of physical wellness and learning about citizenship rights and responsibilities are just a few of the topics studied in this course. Academics in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies which are fundamental to the study of citizenship have been infused into the curriculum of this course.

Grade 9-12

SPS FINANCIAL LITERACY (VSPS9507)                                                            2.5 Credits

This course is designed to promote personal and financial responsibility related to financial planning, savings, investment and charitable giving in the global economy. Students will learn to take responsibility for personal financial decisions, summarize major consumer protection laws, develop a plan for spending and saving and developing a system for keeping and using financial records. Applying consumer skills to purchase decisions including developing a personal financial plan, maintain creditworthiness, borrow at favorable terms and manage debt. Students enrolled in this course are expected to also enroll in Pathways to the Future.

Grades 9-12

PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE (VSPS9442)                                              2.5 Credits

This course invites students to explore opportunities and requirements in planning for their future goals. Students will be able to explore career goals and consider a plan and timetable including educational and training requirements and possible costs. Students will identify personal interests and aptitudes related to careers including analyzing how economic, social-cultural and political conditions can affect income and career potential. Students will be able to identify the educational and training requirements. Students will research how to find and apply for jobs, create a personal resume, develop interviewing techniques and analyze the application process. This class follows the Financial Literacy class.

Grade 9-12

MATHEMATICS

BASIC MATH (VSPS9595)                                                                          5 Credits

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have difficulty in the area of mathematics and who need to further develop basic life and math skills. Students will learn basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. This course is designed for students who are assessed through Dynamic Learning Maps and who are exempt from taking the NJSLA.

Grade 9-12

PRE-ALGEBRA (VSPS9500)                                                                  5 Credits

Pre-Algebra is a required course for those students who are in need of additional math skills in order to take the high school graduation required course, Algebra I. THis course will focus on the basics of algebra and geometry. Terminology, vocabulary, writing and basic operations are stressed. This course will address the NJ Student Learning Standards as prescribed in the student's IEP.

Grade 9

ALGEBRA I (VSPS9501)                                                                                5 Credits

Operational skills and concepts are developed as an out-growth of the system of real numbers. Emphasis is on the development of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. The components of this course are included on the NJSLA. This course will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed in the student's IEP.

Grade 9-11

APPLIED GEOMETRY (VSPS9502)                                                                        5 Credits

This course will take a practical, hands-on approach to the study of Euclidean geometry. Emphasis will be on the everyday applications of geometry concepts. Euclidean geometry is the core around which major themes of this course are organized. In addition, this course includes logical sequence, geometry applications of algebra and the use of transformations and constructions. This course will address the New Jersey Students Learning Standards as prescribed in the student’s IEP.

Grade 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I

COLLEGE MATH (VSPS9550)                                                                  5 Credits

This course is designed to build upon algebra and geometry skills learned in previous classes and prepare students for success in college, career and beyond. The course reinforces and extends the fundamentals of geometry and algebra and will focus on the Algebra Accuplacer test to cover topics including: operations with whole numbers and fractions, operations with decimals and percents, applications and problem solving. Students that earn above a 76 on this test will fulfill graduation requirements and place out of no credit math classes at community college. After completion of the Accuplacer exam, students will study a variety of probability, statistics and algebra II concepts.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Applied Geometry.

ENGLISH

LIFE SKILLS ENGLISH (VSPS9612)                                                          5 Credits

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have difficulty in English and who need to further develop basic life reading and writing skills. Students will focus on site vocabulary, decoding and basic writing skills necessary for career and vocational readiness. This course is designed for students who are assessed through the Dynamic Learning Map Assessment process and are exempt from taking the NJSLA.

Grade 9-12

ENGLISH I (VSPS9605)                                                                          5 Credits

This is a recommended English course for those ninth grade students identified by the IEP team as having difficulty in mastering grade level reading and writing skills. This course will focus on providing high interest literary selections and a comprehensive language skills program. EMphasis will be placed on fulfilling the New Jersey Student Learning Standards assessed on the NJSLA are prescribed by the students IEP.

Grade 9

ENGLISH II (VSPS9606)                                                                          5 Credits

This is a required English course for those tenth grade students who have been identified by the IEP team as having difficulty mastering grade-level reading and writing skills. This course will focus on high interest literary selections and a comprehensive language skills program. EMphasis will be placed on fulfilling the New Jersey Student Learning Standards assessed on the NJSLA as prescribed in the student's IEP.

Grade 10

ENGLISH III (VSPS9607)                                                                                                                  5 Credits

This is a required English course for those eleventh grade students who have been identified by the IEP team as having difficulty mastering grade-level reading and writing skills. This course will focus on high interest literary selections and a comprehensive language skills program. This course will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed within the student's IEP.

Grade 11

ENGLISH IV (VSPS9609)                                                                                5 Credits

This course is a continuation of the ENglish III course. Continued emphasis is placed on strengthening basic skills in reading, writing and public speaking. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with their teacher to develop essential communication skills necessary for independent living as adults. This track will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed within the student's IEP.

Grade 12

SCIENCE

GEO SCIENCE LAB (VSPS9701)                                                                  6 Credits

This course is a study of the earth and the physical and chemical laws that govern it. Course content includes astronomy, physical and historical geology, oceanography, atmospheric science and the effect of humans on the earth, oceans and the atmosphere. Observational and investigative activities will be integrated throughout the units of study. This course will address the Next Generation Science Standards as prescribed within the student’s IEP.

Grade 9

BIOLOGY LAB (VSPS9710)                                                                         6 Credits

Students will study topics such as structure of living things, the human body, simple to complex animals, simple to complex plants, living processes, microbiology and the organism in relation to its environment. Special attention will be given to the development of reading and study skills in the content area as well as the Next Generation Science Standards as prescribed in the student’s IEP.

Grade 10-12

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS LAB (VSPS9720)                                       6 Credits

Course content and activities in this class will cover the major topics in both chemistry and physics. This course will address the Next Generation Science Standards as prescribed in the student’s IEP.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science and Biology.

SCIENCE FOR LIFE (VSPS9520)                                                                        5 Credits

Science for Life is a course designed for those students who have successfully completed course in Geo Science and Biology. This course is in addition to the science requirement of the three year of science for a high school diploma. Each student must demonstrate a minimum competency level of 65%. Competencies will be measured by way of evaluation program consisting of teacher observations of student performance, tests, quizzes, laboratory work, homework, projects, reports, class participation, as well as class attendance in accordance with the high school’s attendance policy. Topics will include but are not limited to: measurement, nutrition, weather, landscaping and horticulture. In this program, students are introduced to various topics that will guide them in using science in everyday life. Emphasis will be placed on hands on application of concepts.

Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geo Science and Biology.

SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD HISTORY (VSPS9800)                                                                  5 Credits

This course gives a general overview of world history from the European age of exploration to the Modern period. Emphasis will be placed on individualizing instruction to enhance the potential for academic success. Activities and assignments are designed to improve basic reading, writing and organizational skills. This course will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed within the student’s IEP.

Grade 9

U.S. HISTORY I (VSPS9810)                                                                  5 Credits

This course satisfies the first year of the State of New Jersey requirements for United States History. The course begins with a study of the early Indian civilizations and concludes with the closing of the frontier in the 1870’s-1880’s. Emphasis will be placed on individualizing instruction to enhance the potential for academic success. Activities and assignments are designed to improve reading, writing, organizational and public speaking skills. This course will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed within the student’s IEP.

Grade 10-12

U.S. HISTORY II (VSPS9820)                                                                  5 Credits

This course satisfies state requirements in New Jersey for United States History. The course begins with a study of the Age of Industrialization and ends in modern times. Emphasis will be placed on individualizing instruction to enhance the potential for academic success. Activities and assignments are designed to improve reading, writing, organizational and public speaking skills. This course will address the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as prescribed within the student’s IEP.

Grade 11-12

WORLD LANGUAGE

SURVEY OF WORLD LANGUAGE (VSPS3204)                                                  5 Credits

The purpose of this course is exploration and exposure of the students to basic language concepts in German, French, Spanish and Italian. The students will learn how to count, name colors, the days of the week, months, basic weather vocabulary, etc. The main focus, however, is the cultural component of the class which allows the students to explore language through a variety of hands-on activities like baking, crafts, singing and a variety of internet based tasks.

Grade 9-12

SPANISH (VSPS3205)                                                                         5  Credits

This is a proficiency and communicative based approach to learning a world language. Communication ad acquiring cultural knowledge will be stressed. This course is designed only for those students desiring to meet the state mandated world language requirements for graduation.

Grade 9-12

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION

STUDY SKILLS (VSPS99630)                                                                 5 Credits

This course provides reinforcement of skills taught in Science, Math, English and History general education classes. Students will receive assistance in completing assignments and taking tests. This course is designed to help students to be more successful in their general education courses.

Grade 9-12

 

SENIOR OPTIONS

SENIOR SERVICE/STUDY (VERN9998)                                                            2.5 Credits

The Senior Service placement is developed by the student and the student’s Senior Service Coordinator. Students are required to keep written journals and time sheets. THe focus of the program is to make meaningful contributions to the school community.

Grade 12

EARLY DISMISSAL PROGRAM

 

Only students who have earned a minimum of 115 credits through grade 11 will be eligible. Early dismissal will be part of your twelfth grade schedule. Please note, by choosing early dismissal, there is a good chance for increased schedule conflicts. Classes will not be overloaded earlier in the day to accommodate a request for early dismissal. This senior privilege will be reevaluated at the end of each marking period.

Grade 12