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Program of Studies

2012-2013
Somerville High School

222 Davenport street

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www.somervillenjk12.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Graduation Requirements 2-3

Course Levels 4

Sample Program Guidelines 4

Visual and Practical Art 5

Administrative Course Guidelines 6

Honors Program 6

Schedule Changes 7

Vocational & Technical – Shared Time Programs 8

Online Learning 8

Physical Education Make Up Procedure 8

Early Work Release 9

Senior Options 10

Peer Leadership 10

Independent Study 11

Special Services 11

Testing 12

High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) 12

Summer School 13

Attendance 14-18

Art Department Course Offerings 19-21

Business Education Department Course Offerings 22-25

Computer Science Department Course Offerings 26

Education Course Offerings 27

English Department Course Offerings 28-32

Mathematics Department Course Offerings 33-36

Music Department Course Offerings 37-40

Physical Education/Health Department Course Offerings 41-42

Science Department Course Offerings 43-46

Social Studies Department Course Offerings 47-51

Technology Education Course Offerings 52-54

World Language Department Course Offerings 55-60


APPENDICES 61

Application for Independent Study 62

Early Release Work Program Student Application 63-64

Vocational Education Training Agreement 65

Student Information/Image Release Form 66

2011 College Acceptance List 67

Notes 68

Graduation Requirements
Somerville High School is a comprehensive high school with a single curriculum. This means that while there are certain courses required for graduation for all students, many of the subjects are elected by the student. To a large extent the courses selected determine the type of post-high school opportunities available to the student. The Somerville Board of Education mandates a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Each student is required to carry a minimum of 35 credits per year to maximize his/her educational program.


Class of 2013

Approved by New Jersey Board of Education


Subject

Years

Credits

English


4

20

Math


(Mathematics must include content equivalent to Algebra I and two years of rigorous math.)

3

15

Science


(Science must include content equivalent to Biology and two years of science.)

3

15

Social Studies



(Including two years of U.S. History per N.J.S.A. 18A:35.)

3

15

Visual and Performing Arts



1

5

Career Education and Consumer, Family, and Life Skills



(Practical Arts)

1

5

World Language



(Students able to demonstrate proficiency in a World Language may be exempted from the state requirement.)

1

5

Health and Physical Education



(The State of NJ requires one year of Health & Physical Education for each year of enrollment.)

4

20

Electives from the NJCCCS



(Elective credit will vary according to student interest and goals. Students must take a minimum of twenty elective credits.)

4

20


Proficient or Advanced Proficient on the High School Proficiency Assessment in Mathematics and Language Arts



Class of 2014 - 2016

Approved by New Jersey Board of Education


Subject

Years

Credits

English


4

20

Math


(Mathematics must include content equivalent to Algebra I, Geometry, and one year of rigorous math.)

3


15


Science


(Science must include content equivalent to Biology, Chemistry or Environmental or Physics, and one other science.)

3


15


Social Studies



(Including two years of U.S. History per N.J.S.A. 18A:35.)

3


15


Visual and Performing Arts



1

5

Career Education and Consumer, Family, and Life Skills



(Practical Arts)

1


5


World Language



(Students able to demonstrate proficiency in a World Language may be exempted from the state requirement.)

1


5


Health and Physical Education



(The State of NJ requires one year of Health & Physical Education for each year of enrollment.)

4


20


Electives from the NJCCCS



(Elective credit will vary according to student interest and goals. Students must take a minimum of twenty elective credits and a minimum of 2.5 credits in Financial Economic Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy.)


4


20


Proficient or Advanced Proficient on the High School Proficiency Assessment in Mathematics and Language Arts

Course levels

Honors/Advanced Placement Level
Honors level courses are designed to challenge highly motivated students with talent and expressed interest in a specific content curricular area.

College Preparation Level
College preparation courses are designed to challenge motivated students in a specific content curricular area. These courses provide preparation for students who wish to enter a college and/or university program.

Applied/Introductory Level
Applied level courses follow the content specific New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards employing strategies that address the specific needs of diverse learners. These strategies provide preparation for students who wish to enter a college and/or university program.

SAMPLE PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Grade 9: English I Grade 10: English II

(Class of 2016) Algebra I or Geometry (Class of 2015) Geometry or Algebra II

World Language World Language

Biology Chemistry

World Studies US History I

Physical Education/Health Physical Education/Health

Electives (Minimum of 1) Electives (Minimum of 1)




Grade 11: English III Grade 12: English IV

(Class of 2014) US History II (Class of 2013) Calculus or Math Analysis

Algebra II or Pre-Calculus and Statistics

World Language World Language

Physics Physical Education/Health

Physical Education/Health Electives (Minimum of 3)

Elective (Minimum of 1)



Visual and Practical Art
The courses listed below fulfill the graduation requirement for Visual and Practical Art. One course from each column is required.


VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

PRACTICAL ARTS

The 3-D Experience

Microsoft Office User Specialist

Exploring Art

ACCOUNTING 1

Communication Design

ACCOUNTING 2

Advertising Concepts

MARKETING 1

Experimental Studio

MARKETING 2

Studio Concentration

BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS

FRESHMEN CONCERT BAND

INTRO TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

ENGINEERING OF THE FUTURE

AP MUSIC THEORY

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING

CONCERT CHOIR

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS

WIND ENSEMBLE

ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

"A" CAPPELLA CHOIR

VO-TECH INDUSTRIAL ARTS PROGRAM

CHORALE




SYMPHONIC BAND




PUBLIC SPEAKING/ DRAMATICS




VO-TECH DANCE PROGRAM






ADMINISTRATIVE COURSE GUIDELINES


  • Preference will be given to seniors and juniors when enrollment in any subject is too high.

  • The right is reserved to withdraw any course if enrollment is insufficient.

  • A minimum grade of “65%” for the year is necessary in a subject in order to be granted a diploma credit for that subject.

  • The master schedule for the school, including the number of sections of each course and, ultimately, the number of teachers in each department, is set in accordance with the subject requests made by students. With this in mind, students are encouraged to give careful consideration to their course selections. In addition, certain courses may not be scheduled due to insufficient enrollment.

  • Schedule changes will only be made as a result of summer school sign-up, placement level change, or computer error.


HONORS PROGRAM
Specified honors courses are offered in English, French, mathematics, science, social studies, music, and Spanish. These courses offer enrichment both in scope and exploration of material presented. Honors placement for incoming freshmen is based on the following criteria:


  • 90% average in subject area at mid-year of grade 8

  • Student Self-Assessment Questionnaire

  • Signed parent (guardian)/student honors program agreement form

Students in grade 9-11 may petition for admission to the honors program based on the following criteria:




  • 90% average in subject area at the end of the school year

  • Student Self-Assessment Questionnaire

  • Signed parent (guardian)/student honors program agreement form

It is important for honors students to realize that the level of work expected in these courses is exceptionally high. Because the difficulty of the course will increase each year, it has been determined by Board of Education Policy that any student who does not maintain an 80% or higher average in an honors course will not be permitted to continue in the honors sequence.



SCHEDULE CHANGES
The process of selecting an academic program requires the collaborative efforts of parents, students, faculty, and counselors. The master schedule for the school, including the number of sections of each course, and ultimately, the number of teachers in each department, is set in accordance with the subject requests made by students. Therefore, we do not encourage schedule changes once course selections have been made. The need for a program change is recognized only under specific extenuating circumstances. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: misplacement in a level, a scheduled course that was completed in summer school, or computer error. Schedule change requests for teacher changes, lunch adjustments, and other similar types of program customizations will not be honored at Somerville High School.
All requests for a change in schedule must be requested in writing and signed by the student’s parent/guardian. Students must begin this process by completing the “Request for Schedule Change” form located in the Guidance Office. Once this form has been completed and signed by the student and parent/guardian, it must be submitted to his/her counselor.
If the parent, counselor, teacher, and the high school administration approve the schedule change, “Drop/Add” forms must be completed and signed by the appropriate teacher and guidance counselor. Students are to return the completed form to their counselor and pick up their new schedule. New schedules will only be provided to students who have submitted this form. Failure to return the “Drop/Add” form will result in a delay of the schedule change. All grades will follow to the new course and will be calculated for marking period or year end final grades.
Schedule Adjustment Procedures

Changing levels and/or Adding a course
Somerville High School Regulation

  • Schedule adjustment ends on September 24, 2012.

  • Criteria after cutoff date:

    • Teacher input

    • Conference with parent and guidance counselor

    • Student:

      • participated in extra help session

      • completed homework

      • managed time for study and other activities

      • demonstrated personal effort

      • committed to independent work

      • proven history of student achievement as applicable


Transcript Notation

  1. There will be no transcript notation for students who withdraw during the approved schedule adjustment period.

  2. Students who withdraw after the schedule adjustment period (last school day of September) will receive:



VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL – SHARED TIME

15 Credits
The Somerset County Vocational & Technical School offers a shared-time program for students who want to learn a technical trade but want to complete their academic requirements in their local high school. Students who select this vocational shared-time option spend a portion of each day at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School and the remainder of the day at Somerville High School. Transportation is provided at no cost both to and from the vocational school. Upon graduation, students receive a Somerville High School Diploma. Admission is competitive and students are encouraged to apply early. (See your counselor for description of the vocational and technical offerings at Somerset County Vocational & Technical School or visit www.scvths.org.)

Educere Online Learning

Enrollment in an online course is a unique opportunity for qualifying students.  Courses are offered in the Arts, Business, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Life Skills, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology.  A candidate for this option is curious, hard working, self reliant and computer savvy.  Candidates are granted admission through administrative approval.  Seating is limited: seniors will be granted preference in scheduling. (See your counselor for a list of course offerings or visit www.educere.net.)


Once enrolled, students are expected to remain in the course. Any student who withdraws from an online course will have a W (withdraw) reflected on his/her transcript and will be liable for any balance due for the course.

Physical Education Make Up Procedures
Students will be eligible to make up physical education classes due to a medical condition or other extenuating circumstance approved by a Somerville High School administrator. Only medical absences of 5 consecutive days’ duration or longer may be made up through the completion of special assignments. All other absences must be made up through the standard Physical Education class system, i.e. through physical participation during an approved makeup period.
The process for approval of makeup work due to medical condition is as follows:


  • Submission of documentation substantiating medical condition to the Somerville High School Health Office

  • Issuance of excused status to student by Health Office

  • Communication by student to physical education teacher to schedule appropriate work requirements and time frame for completion


EARLY WORK RELEASE PROGRAM
The Early Work Release program component will be available for seniors. Employment should be in an area in which the student has a career interest. Release time is not “work-study” because students will not receive credit for working. Students who qualify for release time will attend school for part of the day and work for part of the day.
Program Regulations:


  • Students must be in school for four instructional hours each day.

  • The employer must adhere to all federal and state regulations regarding employment, including the Fair Labor Standards act, insurance, safety, child labor laws, state and federal civil rights laws, minimum wage and nondiscrimination, and other applicable regulations, as stated in the Vocational Education Training Agreement.

  • If a student is absent from school he/she may not go to work.

  • Any student who does not abide by all of the stipulations in the Cooperative Vocational Education Training Agreement will face disciplinary action, which might include dismissal from the program.

  • The school administration must approve all work sites.

  • Students who choose to drop out of the Early Work Release program will be enrolled in a class or classes, or study halls.

  • Students who drop Early Work Release in the fourth marking period will be assigned to a study hall(s) during Senior Privileges period. Senior Privileges will not apply and the students must attend the study hall(s).

  • Students who experience academic difficulties may be removed from the Early Work Release program and be assigned to a study hall(s).

  • The school administration reserves the right to give special consideration to any student.


Application Procedures:


  • All students must complete an Early Work Release Student Application. This application will require them to explain, in detail, their post secondary goals, why they want to participate in the work release program, and a description of their job responsibilities. The application deadline is September 30th of the students' senior year.

  • All students must abide by all of the stipulations of the Cooperative Vocational Education Training Agreement. In addition, all employers must complete the Cooperative Vocational Education Training Agreement (State of New Jersey, Department of Education, Division of Vocational Education and Career Preparation).

  • The student's guidance counselor will verify that the student has sufficient credit in order to be admitted into the program.

  • Students must submit a copy of their pay stubs to the guidance office on or about the 15th and 30th of each month.



12th GRADE OPTION PROGRAMS
12th Grade Option is a 12th grade pilot program for all high school seniors that will increase their options to begin preparation for a college education or a career following graduation. Pilot programs follow two basic standards. First, participating students must pass the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). Second, the programs offered must provide multiple and diverse paths leading to success for all students. 12th grade options are coordinated through the Department of Education regional centers. Options include, but are not limited to:


  • Dual enrollment in college courses

  • Participation in structured learning experiences

  • Participation in mentorship with teachers

  • Capstone projects involved with in-depth research projects designed for mastery learning culminating with a detailed performance assessment and exhibition that demonstrates research, learning and involvement

The Raritan Valley Community College Senior Year Option Enrollment Program is a partnership program linking high schools and the College to provide qualified high school seniors the opportunity to enroll in challenging courses normally taken by College freshman. Seniors may take day, evening, weekend or online courses at any RVCC location.


The basic premise of the Senior Year Option Dual Enrollment Program is for students to increase their educational options, to enhance their opportunities for challenging and beneficial work and to begin preparation for their future college education or career.

This program will provide an opportunity for qualified seniors to receive college credit and college experience prior to high school graduation. Students who successfully complete course work taken through the Senior Year Option Dual Enrollment Program will have their earned college credits documented on a regular RVCC transcript. These credits can either be applied to RVCC degree programs or transferred to other colleges and universities across the nation. Equal high school credit will be awarded for the college course. Credit will be noted as pass/fail and will not be included in the student’s GPA.



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