Skill Development Courses

  • While these courses may be selected by any student as an elective, in some cases placement into these courses may be driven by student achievement on standardized tests, teacher recommendations, and IEP goals. For students who meet certain criteria, placement into these courses is mandatory. Additionally, all courses below also have specific exit criteria based on performance of the skills addressed in the courses.

     

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  • Essential Study Skills (05141511)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days
    Teacher recommendation required; open to all students

    This course introduces students to the basic concepts related to brain- based learning and memory theory and subsequently puts these concepts into practice through the use of research- based content area reading and study strategies. Throughout the course students will work to better understand themselves as learners and adopt study skills, reading strategies, prepare for standardized and teacher created tests, improve time management skills, create goals with actions plans, and organizational methods to maximize their academic and personal success.

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  • Essential Comprehension Strategies (05141451)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on Cycle Days
    Teacher Recommendation required

    This course will address strategic reading skills for students who struggle in the area of comprehension. Strategies and skills which will enhance the reading of fiction and nonfiction text will be taught and can be applied across the high school curriculum.

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  • Focused Reading & Writing 9/10 (05141581)

    Focused Reading & Writing 11/12 (05141582)


    2.0 Credits; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets daily
    Teacher recommendation required
    Note: This course counts for English graduation credit

    This is a double period split course that focuses on both the English Language Arts (ELA) standards for high school students and a remedial program that focuses on providing intensive, differentiated instruction in the areas of reading and writing. A variety of instructional activities, materials, and computerized activities are used. Students work at their own reading level, which is determined by a pretest and then proceed through lessons at their own pace.

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  • Essentials of Writing (05141512)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days or everyday
    Teacher recommendation required; open to all students

    This class is recommended for students who need additional instruction and guided practice in the area of writing. The focus addresses the six domains of writing including: overall development, organization, content, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics.

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  • Academic Success Center (05141502)


    0.5 Credit; not included in GPA

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days
    Graded: Pass/Fail for those students assigned to Center
    All students may access the center for help.
    This course counts as an elective credit.

    Students have the opportunity to improve writing, find a quiet place to take a test, receive help with a homework assignment, organize a presentation, study for an exam or work on IEP goals in the Academic Success Center.

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  • Essential Life Strategies (05141514)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days
    Teacher recommendation required; open to all students

    This course utilizes a researched based, systematic curriculum that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students called Positive Action. Direct instruction is implored by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. The principle Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle illustrates how this works in life: thoughts lead to actions and those actions lead to feelings about ourselves, which in turn lead to more thoughts. Positive Action is organized into six units by grade level. Units include self-concept, positive actions for your body and mind, managing yourself responsibly, treating others the way you like to be treated, telling yourself the truth, and improving yourself continually.

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  • Effective Communication Strategies (05141516)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days
    Teacher recommendation required

    The central focus of this class is to develop age appropriate social skills and instruct students on communicating effectively. Students will receive direct instruction in social development, resolving confrontational situations in a constructive manner, engaging others in conversation, and problem solving. Students will receive support in expanding areas of interest, managing time, prioritizing, and goal setting. Communication and awareness of self and others are key areas which will be focused on and expanded appropriately as the course progresses. Placement in this class will be determined by a student’s IEP and/or teacher recommendation.

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  • 9/12 English (05141607)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets everyday
    Teacher recommendation required
    Note: This course counts for English graduation credit

    This course provides differentiated instruction in the areas of fiction and nonfiction, writing, film analysis, vocabulary and communication skills. Students read and analyze short stories, poetry, novels, essays, social commentary, historic speeches, and current editorial selections. Guided writing activities are designed to improve students writing skills, while longer pieces will strengthen proficiency in composition.

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  • 9/12 Math (05141613)


    1.0 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets everyday
    Teacher recommendation required
    Note: This course counts for Math graduation credit

    This course provides students with differentiated instruction in the content areas of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Activities, lessons, and direct instruction are adapted to individual student's math content ability. Through the investigation of meaningful problems individually or in cooperative groups, while using an individualized technology program, students learn foundations of mathematics. Students will prepare for success in future mathematics courses by building content knowledge to meet mathematic standards. Students are given opportunities to review basic math skills,  continue to close learning gaps, and practice proficiency skills for Keystone Examination.

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  • Essential Math Skills (05141513)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days
    Teacher recommendation required; open to all students

    This course serves as a supplement of instruction for Introductory Algebra through Geometry. Additional skill remediation and instruction on basic computational and application strategies are supplemental to the curriculum.

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  • Essentials of Algebra I (05141508)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days

    This course is offered as a supplement to Algebra I CP and Algebra I A. Students are provided additional instruction and guided practice to mirror curriculum introduced in content Algebra courses. Students will also receive additional remediation and instruction on basic mathematics.

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  • Essentials of Algebra II/III (05141507)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days

    This course is offered as a supplement to Algebra II CP, Algebra II A and Algebra III CP. Students are provided additional instruction and guided practice to mirror curriculum introduced in content Algebra II/III courses. Students will also receive additional remediation and instruction on basic mathematics through introductory Algebra computation and application skills.

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  • Essentials of Geometry (05141503)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Meets on cycle days

    This course is offered as a supplement to Geometry CP and Geometry A. Students are provided additional instruction and guided practice to mirror curriculum introduced in content Geometry CP and Geometry A courses. Students will also receive additional remediation and instruction on basic mathematics and Algebraic computation and application skills.

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Keystone Courses

  • Keystone Mathematics (05141509)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Alternate Day
    Grades: 9, 10, 11
    Placement Criteria: Non-proficient score on Keystone Exam and/or C- or below in Algebra 1 course as teacher recommends

    This course will focus on the state standards in Algebra 1. Included topics are number systems and representation of numbers, rules of exponents, basic number theory, linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, functions and relations, interpretation of data, scatterplots, basic probability and measurement of central tendencies.

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  • Keystone Biology (05141510)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted
    Length: Year; Format: Alternate Day
    Grades: 9, 10, 11
    Placement Criteria: Non-proficient score on Keystone Exam

    This Keystone biology Course will be a course for those students that need to take and pass the Biology Keystone Exam. There will be thorough review of the eligible anchors in this course. These topics will include Cells and Processes (Basic and Biological Principles, Chemical Basis for Life, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and Transport) and Continuity and Unity of Life (Cell Growth and Reproduction, Genetics, Theory of Evolution, and Ecology).

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  • Keystone Literature (05141517)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Year; Format: Alternate Day
    Grades: 9, 10, 11
    Placement Criteria: Non-proficient score on Keystone Exam

    The Keystone Literature Course will be a course for those students that need to take and pass the Literature Keystone Exam. There will be a thorough review of the eligible anchors. Topics include: Fiction and Nonfiction texts, concentrating on vocabulary, reading for meaning, and analyzing and interpreting fiction and nonfiction.

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