Family and Consumer Sciences Department

  • Family and Consumer Sciences courses are designed to meet a blend of the National and Pennsylvania Academic Standards in the following areas: Financial and Resource Management, Balancing Family, Work, and Community Responsibility, Food Science and Nutrition, and Textile Arts. When appropriate, guest speakers are invited to speak with students about their field of expertise in order to enhance classroom discussion. Courses are open to all students.

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  • Independent Living (05991151)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

    This course targets skills that will help students transition to the demands of the “real world.” Writing resumés, interviewing successfully, budgeting money, opening a checking account, saving, investing, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using credit, handling debt problems, understanding insurance and paying taxes will be covered. Aspects of daily living such as renting an apartment, basic cooking skills, and laundry will be taught. Goal setting, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution will be an integral part of the various discussions dealing with the challenges of living on your own. Students will learn financial responsibility through fun, experiential learning by participating in a classroom economy. This course can count as a Business or an additional elective credit.

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  • Textile Arts 1 (05111131)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Textile Arts students will acquire basic skills in clothing construction, and hand and machine sewing. Additionally, students will gain knowledge about fabrics and principles of design. Students choose their own fabric and pattern and work on individual projects which are appropriate for their skill level. Textile Arts encourages creativity, and provides an opportunity for hands-on activities as you use your sense of design. It also provides the opportunity to develop lifelong skills and experience the rewards of successfully completed projects.

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  • Advanced Textile Arts and Fashion Design (05111132)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
    Prerequisite(s): Textile Arts, with a minimum grade of a “C”
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

    Advanced Textile Arts and Fashion Design offers an exciting opportunity for students interested in fashion design. Students will not only improve their sewing skills and increase their knowledge by completing challenging projects, but students will also have the opportunity to design and create costumes for the fall play and spring musical. Advanced Textile Arts and Fashion Design emphasizes creativity, individuality, and a sense of accomplishment as the degree of difficulty for each project increases. Not only does this course provide a lifelong skill and offer a hobby, but it also provides a chance to explore careers in the fashion industry.

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  • Essentials of Cooking (05111101)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Essentials of Cooking prepares students to work confidently in the kitchen as they complete basic recipes. In class, students learn how to understand and work with recipes, as well as various kitchen appliances and equipment. Students cook often to put into practice what they are learning. This course covers a variety of basic food preparation techniques covering all the food groups. Students also study the relationship between diet and health. At the completion of this course, students will be able to plan, prepare, and serve a healthy and appetizing meal.

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  • Creative Cooking (05111102)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Prerequisite(s): Essentials of Cooking with a minimum grade of “C”
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

    Creative Cooking carries your cooking experience to a more advanced level. Principles of baking, including the preparation of quick breads, yeast breads, and cakes are explored. A variety of more complex recipes are prepared, including those which study various methods of cooking protein. There is a focus on healthy cooking. You will be challenged with creating your own original recipes and competing against your classmates in classroom cooking competitions.

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