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english III

Grade: 11 Length of Course: Academic Year
The English III course is designed for juniors who have successfully completed two years of English. The overall theme of English III is how social and political environments affected the literature of the time from 1800 through the present. The course of study examines representative literature by noted authors throughout the time period. Written composition and the practical application of the mechanics of grammar and vocabulary are incorporated throughout the course. Holocaust studies focus on the persecution of emerging demographic subpopulations.
English III Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

English III Applied

English II

5

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English III College Prep

English II

5

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English III Honors

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6



english IV

Grade: 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The English IV course is designed for seniors who have successfully completed three years of English. The overall theme of English IV is the relationship between man and nature in various literary time periods, including the present. The course of study focuses on Greek drama, the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance literary periods, and British literature of the 17th through early 20th centuries. Various literary genres, such as novels, short stories, poetry, and plays provide varied experiences. Written composition, vocabulary, and the practical application of the mechanics of grammar are incorporated throughout the course. Holocaust studies focus on examples of prejudice and hatred that persist in today’s society.

English IV Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

English IV Applied

English III

5

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English IV College Prep

English III

5

See page 4

English IV Honors

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6



Concurrent Enrollment: English 4 Composition 1

Grade: 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
In partnership with Raritan Valley Community College, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit while satisfying the state English IV graduation requirement.  High school seniors must meet specific criteria prior to enrollment in the course.  These requirements have been established through a collaborative process with Raritan Valley Community College.  These criteria are as follows:
         A cumulative numeric overall grade point average of an 82;

         Meet one of the following criteria:

o   A score of at least 540 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT or;

o   A composite score of at least 24 on the English portion of the ACT or;

o   Completion of the Accuplacer Placement Test.

    


In addition to covering the required senior English curriculum, the central purposes of English Composition I are to develop critical reading and thinking skills in order to write thesis-driven, text-based essays. The course takes a process-oriented approach to writing that incorporates prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and revising. Students in English Composition I learn basic research skills and apply them to at least one text-based research essay.  There is a minimum of 25 pages of writing required for this course.  Students are responsible for the discounted concurrent enrollment tuition and the purchasing of the text.

Advanced Placement English

Grade: 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Students who meet department standards are involved in college level work in the areas of literature and composition. With a focus on British and world literature, poetry, and plays, the course calls upon students to analyze and respond to a variety of genres. Additionally, students will complete a multi-disciplined portfolio project. Students are encouraged to take the AP English exam in May. Students are expected to complete summer readings.

Advanced Placement English Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Advanced Placement English

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6



Journalism

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Journalism course includes the history and practice of journalism through the evaluation of past and present issues and events. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are employed as students evaluate information, discuss ethics and morality in the media, and apply the effective use of the English language as a tool to inform and motivate a target audience. Practical experience enables students to develop advanced language skills and to produce personal examples of journalistic writing.
Journalism Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Journalism

None

5



Creative Writing

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Creative Writing course enables students to develop personal writing skills through the study of distinct narrative points of view. The characteristics of various genres of writing are examined and employed by students as they create a variety of writing samples, such as monologues, diaries, narratives, and autobiographies. Emphasis is placed on the use of literary devices, authentic voice, and comprehensive reporting. Students’ work products are included in a comprehensive personal writing portfolio that represents the full range of genres studied throughout the school year.
Creative Writing Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Creative Writing

None

5



Public Speaking/ Dramatics

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Public Speaking/Dramatics is a full-year elective course. Public Speaking assists the high school student in identifying and applying the basic principles of speech communication. Students develop the skills and confidence that enable speaking publicly with clarity through practical, individualized, hands-on activities. Public Speaking/Dramatics includes workshop activities in the techniques of acting featuring voice production, improvisation, stage terminology, stage movement, and characterization. Rehearsal and presentation of monologues and scenes from such sources as full-length plays, movies, and television programs reinforce the public speaking skills addressed in this course.
Public Speaking/Dramatics Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Public Speaking/Dramatics

None

5



Women’s Studies

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Women's Studies course is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an interest in exploring the works of contemporary and classic scholars within the context of women's societal roles, equality and justice. This course stresses an interactive and interdisciplinary approach that involves journal writing, panel discussions, written composition, and creative problem solving.
Women’s Studies Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Women’s Studies

None

5



Shakespeare: Man AND Literature

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Shakespeare course is a full-year elective program that highlights William Shakespeare’s talent through close reading and analysis of his use of the crafts of playwriting, poetic composition, and expression. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to, Shakespeare’s biography, theatres of time, Elizabethan world view, and Shakespeare’s craft. The effects of historical, social, and astrological context of Elizabethan and Jacobean England on Shakespeare’s writings are analyzed. Students in grade 10, 11, or 12 may enroll in this course.
Shakespeare: Man and Literature Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Shakespeare: Man and Literature

English I

5

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Mathematics
Somerville High School requires three years of mathematics for graduation: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus, in grades 9, 10, and 11 respectively. Elective courses are also available. The mathematics course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Content State Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.

Algebra I

Grade: 9 Length of Course: Academic Year
Algebra I is a foundation course for secondary- and college-level courses. The goals of the program include demonstration of real-world applications of algebra and the integration of numeric, algebraic, geometric, and graphic techniques. Among the topics studied are linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, and polynomial, radical, and rational expressions. The Algebra I course provides the framework of mathematical skills and knowledge needed for future study of mathematics.

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Algebra I Course Options




Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Algebra I Applied

Grade 8 Mathematics

5

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Algebra I College Prep

Grade 8 Mathematics

5

See page 4



geometry

Grade: 9, 10, 11 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Geometry course focuses on plane geometry from theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics studied include points, lines, planes, angles, deductive reasoning, parallel lines, congruent triangles, coordinate geometry, quadrilaterals, inequalities, similar polygons, right triangles, area, volume, and circles.
Geometry Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Geometry Applied

Algebra I

5

See page 4

Geometry College Prep

Algebra I

5

See page 4

Geometry Honors

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6

Algebra II

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Algebra II is the second course in the algebra sequence. The goals of the program include the study and application of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational equations, and functions. In addition, students explore and apply principles of probability and combinations. The Algebra II course provides the framework of mathematical skills and knowledge needed for future study of mathematics.
Algebra II Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Algebra II Applied

Algebra I, Geometry

5

See page 4

Algebra II College Prep

Algebra I, Geometry

5

See page 4

Algebra II Honors

Honors placement criteria,

Geometry Honors



5

See page 6



precalculus

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Precalculus is designed to prepare students for high school or college calculus. Topics include a detailed study of composite functions and applications using exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their applications. Sequences and series and the concept of limits are also studied.
Precalculus Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Precalculus College Prep

Algebra I, Geometry,

Algebra II



5

See page 4

Precalculus Honors

Honors placement criteria

Algebra II Honors, Geometry Honors



5

See page 6


calculus

Grade: 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Calculus is designed for the student who will be taking calculus in college, but is not necessarily seeking advanced placement credit. The course builds upon concepts from Pre-Calculus, such as inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithms, and limits, and applies them to a detailed study of differentiation and integration. Considerable time is spent on the applications of calculus to the fields of business, finance, and physics through the study of related rates, optimization, and analysis of curves and slopes. Students are also required to justify answers and conclusions using graphing calculators or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and then effectively communicate their reasoning orally and in writing. Calculus provides students with the conceptual framework and analytical skills necessary for application to real-world problems and to be successful in the college calculus course.
Calculus Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Calculus

Precalculus

5

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS (AB/BC LEVELS)



Grade: 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Advanced Placement Calculus is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college calculus course. The Advanced Placement Calculus course is for students who, upon success of this, seek college credit and/or placement from institutions of higher learning. Students are encouraged to take the AP Calculus examination in May. The AB level course is equivalent to one semester of college calculus, while the BC level course is equivalent to two semesters of college level calculus. Students are required to complete a summer assignment.
Advanced Placement Calculus Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Advanced Placement Calculus

Honors placement criteria

Precalculus Honors



5

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Advanced Placement Statistics

Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Advanced Placement Statistics course provides students who entered the mathematics program in Algebra II Honors with a fourth year mathematics course of challenging caliber. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Throughout the course, students are exposed to and work within the broad conceptual themes including the exploration of data, sampling and experimenting by conducting a study, anticipating patterns using probability and simulation, and estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement, or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.
Advanced Placement Statistics Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Advanced Placement Statistics

Honors placement criteria

5

See page 6

MATH ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS



Grade: 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Math Analysis and Statistics is designed as an alternative to Pre-Calculus for those students who have successfully completed Algebra II. The course may serve as an elective for those students who have taken Pre-Calculus, but choose not to take Calculus. Topics include, but are not limited to, a review of polynomial functions, inequalities and linear programming, application of exponential and logarithmic functions, modeling with trigonometric equations, matrix algebra, combinatorics, probability and statistics, and curve fitting.

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