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Math Analysis and Statistics Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Math Analysis and Statistics

Algebra II

5

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Music
Somerville High School requires one year of fine arts study for graduation. The Music course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.
MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
This course will introduce the students to the elements of music – pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, form, tone, timbre, and volume – through a variety of activities including notation study, elementary composition, aural and visual analysis, performance, and listening. In addition, the course will provide a brief overview of music history. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to select the Advanced Placement Music Theory.
Music Fundamentals Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Music Fundamentals

None

5



AP Music Theory

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
This course will first concentrate on mastering the skills introduced in Music Fundamentals, including notation, intervals, scales, keys, chords, meters, and rhythmic patterns. The bulk of the course shall concentrate on the realization of Roman numeral progressions, realization of figured bass, continued development in compositional skills, and analysis of repertoire from the common practice period. Aural skill development (sight singing and ear training) will also be an integral part of the course. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the AP Music Theory test in the spring.
AP Music Theory Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

AP Music Theory

Honors Placement Criteria

Music Fundamentals



5

See page 6



Concert Band

Grade: 9 Length of Course: Academic Year
The primary focus of the Concert Band course is skill building in the areas of intonation, production of tone, technical facility, breath control, ensemble playing, rhythm accuracy, and sight-reading. Individual intonation and ensemble intonation are crucial areas in the development of musicianship. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared to advance to the Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble programs with a firm foundation in the basics of tonal production, notation, technical facility, rhythm accuracy, large ensemble playing, and sight-reading.
Concert Band Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Concert Band

None

5



Symphonic Band

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The primary focus of the Symphonic Band course is further development of skills in the areas of intonation, tonal production, technical facility, breath control, ensemble playing, rhythm accuracy, and sight-reading. Individual intonation and ensemble intonation are crucial areas in the development of musicianship. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared to advance to the Wind Ensemble program or to a post high school or college setting. Students benefit from an advanced foundation of tonal production, notation, technical facility, rhythm accuracy, large ensemble playing, and sight-reading.
Symphonic Band Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Symphonic Band

Concert Band

5


Wind Ensemble

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Students in the Wind Ensemble course have the opportunity to engage in the advanced study of instrumental performance. Intonation, tone, technical facility, breath control, ensemble playing, rhythm accuracy, and sight-reading of music are emphasized. Individual intonation and ensemble intonation are crucial areas of development. The music selections challenge students to develop their expertise as instrumentalists in a cooperative environment. Successful completion of this course prepares students to advance to a college or semi-professional setting.
Wind Ensemble Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Wind Ensemble

Concert Band or Symphonic Band

5



concert choir

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The primary focus of the Concert Choir is skill building in the areas of in-tune singing, vowel unification, diction, proper breathing, music notation, and sight singing. Matching pitch is a crucial element in this entry level ensemble. Careful development of the vocal instrument is ensured by using proper dynamic levels and selecting literature that contains appropriate range. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to move into the upper level ensembles with a firm foundation in the basics of healthy vocal production, music notation, and the benefits of participating in a cooperative environment.
Concert Choir Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Concert Choir

None

5



Chorale

Grade: 10 Length of Course: Academic Year
The focus of the Chorale course is to provide sophomore through senior female students with the opportunity to sing three-part women’s literature while enhancing vocal production and music reading. Breathing, intonation, vowel unification, diction, and sight-singing are the main elements of the curriculum. The singer continues to develop her range and ability to hold her part in a Soprano, Soprano, Alto (SSA) ensemble. Phrasing and expression are explored in greater detail. Upon completion of this course, students are well prepared to advance into the A Cappella Choir with a firm foundation in the basics of healthy vocal production, music notation, and the benefits of participating in a cooperative environment.
Chorale Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Chorale

Concert Choir

5



A Cappella Choir

Grade: 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
The primary focus of the A Cappella Choir course is to provide students with the opportunity to sing advanced choral literature with a mature, rich, and balanced sound. Breathing, diction, expression, intonation, vowel unification, and sight-singing are cultivated to enhance sound in performance. Students learn soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone choral selections of various styles and cultures and are well prepared to audition for college-level vocal ensembles upon completion of this course.
A Cappella Choir Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

A Cappella Choir

Concert Choir or Chorale

5


Physical Education / Health
Somerville High School requires four years of physical education and health for graduation. The Physical Education/Health course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.
Physical Education

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Three Marking Periods
Students in Physical Education develop movement skills in diverse physical activities that include rhythmic movement, games, sports, and cardiovascular exercises. The promotion of lifelong health and physical fitness is supported through units of study that are developmentally and age appropriate and appropriately challenging at each level of study. All students develop personal fitness goals and track progress toward those goals over time to ensure an individual focus on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that supports physical activity, analytical skills, team building skills, goal setting, and self-assessment.

Health I: Human Sexuality

and Chemical Health

Grade: 9 Length of Course: One Marking Period
Health education at the ninth-grade level is a one-marking period course that introduces students to concepts and information and promotes healthy lifestyles. Students explore the impact of tobacco and chemical use on the human body, the endocrine system, personal safety, and emotional health. Interwoven throughout this course are practical exercises developing social skills, including decision making, refusal skills, and bonding with the family. Knowledge of the effects of the use of drugs and smoking, smokeless tobacco, and alcohol is integrated throughout the health curriculum.

Health II: Driver Education Theory

and Chemical Health

Grade: 10 Length of Course: One Marking Period
Health education at the tenth-grade level is a one-marking period course that promotes driver education safety and positive decision-making skills related to responsible driving. Instruction includes assessing and managing risk, knowing oneself, handling social pressures, signs, signals and markings, and rules of the road. Emphasis is placed on road courtesy, state laws, and safe driving attitude. Additional areas of instruction include a unit on drug education and driving under the influence, obtaining a license, and insurance coverage. The New Jersey State Driving Test is administered at the conclusion of the program. Knowledge of the effects of the use of drugs, smoking, smokeless tobacco, and alcohol is interwoven throughout the health curriculum.
Health III: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/

First Aid, Safety, and Chemical Health

Grade: 11 Length of Course: One Marking Period
Health education at the eleventh-grade level is a one-marking period course that promotes the development of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid skills. Students participate in CPR instruction and other life-saving techniques. Certified CPR staff members provide instruction through practical exercises in CPR and First Aid. This course includes lectures, practice, and performance. Realistic mannequins are used to teach students techniques such as how to open the airway, perform rescue breathing, and administer CPR. Upon successful completion of a written examination and through practical work, students may be certified through the American Red Cross in Community CPR and First Aid. Knowledge of the effects of the use of drugs, smoking, smokeless tobacco, and alcohol is interwoven throughout the health curriculum.

Health IV: Family Life and Chemical Health

Grade: 12 Length of Course: One Marking Period
Health education at the twelfth-grade level is a one-marking period course that promotes the development of effective communication, conflict resolution, and personal planning. Seniors study adult living that includes an overview of their lives including conception, birth, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, old age, and death and dying. Students analyze their choices affecting marriage and family relationships including the subsequent responsibilities of parenthood and child rearing. Knowledge of the effects of the use of drugs, smoking, smokeless tobacco, and alcohol is interwoven throughout the health curriculum.

Physical Education / Health Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Physical Education

None

3.75

Health

None

1.25

The Family Life unit, as mandated by the State of New Jersey, is designed to provide students with the information, decision-making skills, and resources to encourage thoughtful and responsible behavior. If you choose not to have your son/daughter participate in a particular segment of the Family Life and Health Development unit, please submit your request in writing to Mr. Scott Hade, Assistant Principal, prior to your child’s Health class.



SCIENCE
Somerville High School requires three years of science for graduation: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, in grades 9, 10, and 11, respectively. Elective courses are also available. The Science course sequence is aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, district curricula, and the statewide assessment system.

BIOLOGY

Grade: 9 Length of Course: Academic Year
The Biology course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive up-to-date approach to the study of biology. Students build upon the fundamental biological concepts of life science through the study of topics, such as the biochemical basis of life, comparison and functions of cell structures, maintenance of equilibrium, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, molecular genetics, inheritance patterns, the evolution of life, environmental studies, and classification systems of organisms. The Biology course provides students with the conceptual framework, investigative skills, and heightened concern for the environment necessary for college courses, as well as preparation for the next course in the science sequence. The curriculum is aligned with the course description for the New Jersey Department of Education examination in biology.
Biology Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Introduction to Biology

None

5

See page 4

Biology College Prep

None

6

See page 4

Biology Honors

Honors placement criteria

8th Grade Algebra I concurrent with Geometry



6

See page 6



ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

Grades: 11 and 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Advanced Placement Biology is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory course usually taken by biology majors in college. Topics and laboratories include molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, organisms and populations. Emphasis is placed on providing the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Students are encouraged to take the AP Biology exam in May. Students complete a summer ecology project on which they will be tested in September.

Advanced Placement Biology Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Advanced Placement Biology

Honors placement criteria

Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors



6

See page 6



Chemistry

Grades: 10 Length of Course: Academic Year
Chemistry provides students with a comprehensive up-to-date approach to an extensive study of the nature of matter. Students introduced to basic concepts of physical science will build upon these fundamental concepts preparing the students for college courses, as well as the next course in the science sequence. The program provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to understand the composition and interactions of matter.
Chemistry Course Options


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Introduction to Chemistry

Biology

5

See page 4

Chemistry College Prep

Biology

6

See page 4

Chemistry Honors

Honors placement criteria

Biology Honors



6

See page 6



ADVANCED PLACEMENT Chemistry

Grades: 11 and 12 Length of Course: Academic Year
Advanced Placement Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course. The fundamental principles of solving chemical problems are addressed through laboratory experiences. Students complete a summer assignment. Students are encouraged to take the AP Chemistry examination in May.
Advanced Placement Chemistry Course Option


Course

Title

Prerequisite

Requirements

Credits Earned

Program of Studies Notes

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Honors placement criteria

Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors



6

See page 6



physics

Grades: 11 Length of Course: Academic Year
Physics provides students with a comprehensive, up-to-date approach to an extensive study of the nature and interaction of forces, and energy transformations. Prior knowledge of physical science is extended by incorporating advanced mathematical skills including geometric applications and algebraic operations. Topics studied include kinematics, dynamics, forces, circular and projectile motion, conservation of energy and momentum, astrophysics, waves, sound, light, optics, and electrostatics. Throughout the Physics course, students explore direct applications of topics studied to real-world technological applications. The coursework and laboratory explorations prepare students for college courses, as well as advanced courses in the science content area.

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