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Advertising Concepts

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Advertising Concepts is designed for students interested in art as a profession. Topics include professional commercial art techniques, exploration of various graphic communication media, and exposure to professional art works. Students are required to complete sketch assignments. Students are exposed to commercial art works representative of historical periods and styles, art criticism, and aesthetics. Through the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, 2D and 3D art are explored with the use of various media. Art experiences include product illustration, package design, fashion illustration, layout techniques, pen and ink rendering, and graphic art created through technology.
Advertising Concepts Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Advertising Concepts

One of the following: Exploring Art, Experimental Studio, Communications Design, or The 3-D Experience

5


Experimental Studio in art

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Students in the full-year Experimental Studio in Art course apply a variety of media, such as pen and ink, paint, and clay. The study of art history and aesthetic thought builds evaluative skills and creative techniques. The lives and times of representative artists are examined to provide students with the historical and cultural context in which the artists worked. Personal sketchbooks and work journals document students' progress as they study and apply the elements of art, principles of design, and technological advances in art. Emphasis is placed on the development of an appreciation of the artists' work and purpose. Successful completion of Experimental Studio in Art fulfills the NJ state graduation requirement for visual arts.
Experimental Studio in Art Course Options


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Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Experimental Studio in Art

Exploring Art

5



Studio Concentration in art

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Studio Concentration in Art course is designed for students who are planning to pursue a higher education and/or career in the arts and who wish to enhance their individual art portfolio. Each of the elements of art and principles of design are extensively explored in studio art projects. Self-portraits viewed from various perspectives provide the blank canvas upon which to demonstrate knowledge of and versatility in blending the elements into a collection of original works of art.
Successful completion of Studio Concentration in Art fulfills the NJ state graduation requirement.
Studio Concentration in Art Course Options


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Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Studio Concentration in Art

Exploring Art and one full year of another art course

5



Business Education
Somerville High School requires one year of Business Education for graduation. The Business Education course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.

Business Law and ethics

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Business Law and Ethics course offers students instruction in basic business practices and introduces students to fundamental legal principles relevant to the roles of citizens, consumers, and employees. Students develop competency in applying economic knowledge to practical contemporary situations in a global economy. World-wide economics, international business, personal finance, career planning, taxes, comparative shopping, and advertising techniques are examined with respect to social and economic forces. The origin of law, the court system, legal rights/duties, contract agreements, consumer protection, employer/employee relationships, and the daily operations of businesses in society are examined.

Business Law and Ethics Course Options


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Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Business Law and Ethics

None

5



ACCOUNTING I

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Accounting I course develops an understanding of the principles of accounting by introducing the accounting cycle as it applies to a service and/or merchandising business. Topics include debit and credit theory, and the double-entry system of accounting needed to operate a business. Students are required to complete business simulations that apply acquired knowledge and skills. Additional topics focus on personal use include resume writing, check writing, bank reconciliation, income tax filing, and payroll preparations. Computer application is used throughout the course.
Accounting I Course Options


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Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Accounting I

None

5

ACCOUNTING II

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Accounting II course develops work-based modes of learning, which equip students with the required technical proficiencies of communication, interpersonal skills, and work ethic needed to succeed in the business sector. The foundation, knowledge, and hands-on experiences assist students in the pursuit of future career goals and life experiences. Emphasis is placed on computer applications.
Accounting II Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Accounting II

Accounting I

5



Financial Literacy

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Financial Literacy course focuses on developing the skills to prepare students to meet the challenges of managing one’s personal and family resources in the 21st century. Essential foundations of financial planning include “the application of knowledge, skills, and ethical values when making consumer and financial decisions that impact the self, the family, and the local and global communities” (2009 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards). The seven strands of personal finance education are included in this course. They are exploring income and careers, money management, credit and debt management, planning, saving, and investing, becoming a critical consumer, civic financial responsibility, and risk management and insurance. NOTE: The Financial Literacy course is required for graduation in addition to the five (5) credit practical arts requirement.
Financial Literacy Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Financial Literacy

None

5


Marketing I

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Marketing I course is designed to meet the needs of persons who have entered, or are preparing to enter, an occupation requiring competencies in marketing functions including sales, sales promotion, buying, transporting, storing, financing, marketing research and management. Marketing education is comprised of programs of instruction in occupational areas such as advertising services, apparel and accessories, automotive, finance and credit, food distribution, food service, general merchandise, home furnishings, hotel and lodging, industrial marketing, insurance, international trade, personal services, petroleum, real estate, recreation and tourism, transportation, small business ownership, and management. Topics include: Safety on the Job, Career Preparation, Marketing and Business Concepts, The Consumer Market, Principles of Effective Marketing, Taxes, Advertising, Visual Merchandising, Retail Merchandising, Human Relations and Communication Skills.
Marketing I Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Marketing I

None

5



Marketing II

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Marketing II course is designed to meet the needs of students who have entered, or are preparing to enter, an occupation requiring competencies in marketing functions including: selling, buying, transporting, storing, financing, marketing research, and/or managing. Methods by which marketers target consumers and the consumerism process serve to enlighten future purchases of goods and services.
Marketing II Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Marketing II

Marketing I

5



Preparation for Microsoft Office User Specialist In Word and Outlook *

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The preparation course for Microsoft Office User Specialist in Word, Outlook, and Excel is for students who want to become proficient in the most widely-used word processing and electronic mail software programs. The course addresses two possible pathways for achievement of student goals. Participants may choose to learn and practice basic skills, while highly-motivated students may choose to acquire advanced skills for success on the optional certification examination. The Microsoft Office User Specialist certification provides a portable, globally-recognized credential that is proof of demonstrated abilities as productive Microsoft Office users. Students may benefit from the opportunity to gain highly-skilled employment.

Microsoft Office User Specialist in Word and Outlook Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

MOUS in Word and Outlook

None

5

* This course addresses the state required Technological Literacy standards integrated


throughout the curriculum.

Computer SCIENCE*

Visual Basic

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Visual Basic course is designed to begin the process of making the student literate in the knowledge and use of computers. This is a programming class that uses Visual Basic and problem-solving skills to write and execute programs relating to business and mathematics.
Visual Basic Course Options


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Title

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Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Visual Basics

Algebra I College Prep

5

See page 4



Visual C++ Programming

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Visual C++ Programming course is designed to offer an alternative programming language to Visual Basic used in computer science. The prerequisite skills for the Advanced Placement Computer Science course are included in the curriculum. Topics include elementary algorithm development, programming methodology, and data structures. An object-oriented approach to programming is supported.
Visual C++ Programming Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Visual C++ Programming

Visual Basic

5

* These courses all address the state required Technological Literacy standards integrated


throughout the curriculum.


Education
Introduction to education (Teaching) Level I

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Introduction to Education course is offered in collaboration with Kean University. The students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the major roles performed by teachers, the definition of teaching, theories of the teaching-learning process, and the skills necessary for effective teaching at the elementary and secondary level. The class will investigate the importance of effective lesson planning and knowledge of subject matter, organization of the classroom to fit goals and maximize learning, types of student assessments, and discipline techniques in the classroom. Personal development of the students as learners and as teachers will be stressed. An important goal of the program is to help students understand themselves, their own motivations, hopes, prejudices, and desires which will affect their ability to relate to and teach others.
Introduction to Education Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Introduction to Education

None

5



carEer planning/sat preparation

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Career Planning/SAT Preparation course provides the skills students apply when preparing for post-secondary education. Test-taking strategies introduced and practiced are transferable to other testing options, such as the American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) II, as well as to trade entrance examinations. The curriculum encompasses review and practice of all aspects of preparation for continuing education or job applications including, but not limited to, college interviews, essay writing, preparation of resumes, and communication skills, as well as realistic planning and development of timelines to attain satisfying future professional goals.
Career Planning/SAT Preparation Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Career Planning/SAT Preparation

None

5


English
Somerville High School requires four years of Language Arts for graduation. These courses prepare students for the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment in reading and writing. Elective courses are also available. The English course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Content State Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.

english I

Grade: 9 Length of Course: Academic Year
The English I course is designed for entering freshmen students. The overall theme of English I is understanding the way internal and external factors affect one’s perspective on society and how we integrate those factors into our lives. The goal of English I is for students to become familiar with the structure and richness of literary genres of the short story, the novel, the play, and poetry. Students’ understanding of personal challenges is enhanced through the exploration of the resolution of conflict in literary works. Written composition and the practical application of the mechanics of grammar and vocabulary are incorporated through various writing assignments. Holocaust studies focus on the effects of stereotypes and prejudice on one's place in society.
English I Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

English I Applied

Grade 8 English Language Arts

5

See page 4

English I College Prep

Grade 8 English Language Arts

5

See page 4

English I Honors

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6



english II

Grade: 10 Length of Course: Academic Year
The English II course is designed for sophomores who have successfully completed one year of English. The course focuses on the literature of ancient cultures, Shakespeare, and Puritan and Colonial America. The study of internal conflict throughout various literary time periods addresses how conflict is managed and why the study of conflict is pertinent to current personal and societal issues. Written composition and the practical application of the mechanics of grammar and vocabulary are infused throughout the English II curriculum. Holocaust studies focus on prejudice during Colonial America and the McCarthy era.
English II Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

English II Applied

English I

5

See page 4

English II College Prep

English I

5

See page 4

English II Honors

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6




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