Math (3 credits) – follows a college prep Pre-Algebra/Algebra I curriculum aligned with NJ state standards. The course can be adapted with modifications from Pre-Algebra to Algebra II as demonstrated by students’ needs. The course also includes preparation for standardized assessment and school entrance exams.
Materials: Glencoe Algebra I textbook, Glencoe Pre-Algebra textbook, HSPT practice workbook
Grading: Points accumulated through variety of assessments and homework
Social Studies (3 credits) – has a focus on Career, Culture, and Current Events. This course is designed to provide the students with exposure to a variety of careers through research, site visits, and interviews. Our career program emphasizes experiential learning as the students visit and interview people in a variety of careers learning what traits, personalities, strengths, and educations make a certain career path the right fit. This course also includes a review and experience in local culture and history with research and site visits to historical places in the tri-state area. A weekly discussion of current events fosters an interest in the state of affairs in the world and includes important discussion of sources of news and influences on those.
Materials: Career Report Binder, News periodicals
Grading: Points accumulated through variety of modalities including career reports, current events presentations, and written subject area assessments
Language Arts (3 credits) – Adopting an interdisciplinary mindset, Prep students take separate classes for language arts and history, but teachers collaborate closely to highlight similar reading, writing and research goals. In language arts, students cultivate their comprehension and analytical skills through reading both classic and contemporary texts. Students explore a variety of writing genres, including personal narrative, literary response, creative writing, graphic stories and blogs. An emphasis is placed on learning to analyze critical writing, write persuasively, and debate ideas through both written and spoken word. This course, like the others, includes preparation for both standardized assessments and school entrance exams.
Materials: Hot Words for the SAT workbook, various novels, short stories, poems, short pieces of nonfiction, HSPT Practice workbooks
Grading: Assessments include both written and oral compositions, evaluating vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing proficiencies. Grades are also given for homework and class participation.
Science (3 credits) –Using a STEM-based approach, this course will be a reinforcement of the Science and Engineering Practices that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The students will explore a variety of topics within the Physical, Life, Earth and Space sciences that correlate with real-world events and natural phenomena. The students will develop essential skills such as problem solving and critical and creative thinking. They will also develop collaboration and communication skills.
Materials: Various online resources and articles, science journal
Grading: Weighted average based on assessments such as tests, quizzes, labs, design projects, science journal responses and participation.
Healthy Living (1.5 credits) – This course, created by a registered dietician and college professor, provides an introduction to general nutrition, food preparation, supplements, as well as proper nutrition for student athletes (pre, during, and post activity). There is also a practical component to this with shopping and preparing healthy meals.
Materials: Nutrition & Wellness for Life Textbook
Grading: Weighted average based on a unit test, homework, and participation
Personal Development (1 credit) – This is an independent study that consists of completing a variety of activities throughout the year in 3 main areas; leadership, service, and personal growth. The students log their activities throughout the year and present periodically on those experiences. This class meets weekly for discussion on the 3 elements of this course and has readings and other multi-platform assignments to support instruction.
Materials: Parisi Personal Development Activity List
Grading: Accumulation of points through completion of available activities
Foreign Language (2 credits) – This is a widely accepted computer-based platform with students able to choose from a variety of offered languages. The course is highly individualized allowing students to work at their own pace, assess when needed, and chart progress.
Materials: Rosetta Stone Homeschool subscription
Grading: Progress charted through program by lessons completed
Materials: Laptop, VidCode coding platform
Grading: Student will accumulate points by completing VidCode assignments correctly and on-time, presenting his or her own code project, and participating during class.