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 a variety of assessments and homework
Language Arts (3 credits) – The Language Arts Program places an emphasis on building writing composition and literary analysis skills and is integrated with other courses to emphasize similar writing, reading, and research goals. Students explore a variety of writing genres such as literary response, personal narrative, creative writing, screenwriting, journalism, and the persuasive essay, and extend their vocabulary knowledge through exposure and assessment. All literary study is supported by composition. In addition, students are introduced to the essential components of research and information literacy to help them navigate today’s complex information landscape. The aim of the course is to ultimately improve upon students’ ability to read critically, 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, including high school application essays.
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.
History and Current Events (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 a variety of modalities including career reports, current events presentations, and written subject area assessments
Health Sciences & Physiology (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. This course also 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: 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
Personal Development (1 credit) – Personal Development for the fourth grading period at Parisi Prep Academy will deliver new dimensions to student-athletes, in order to broaden the definition of personal development and their experiences. Student-athletes will experience “mini-series” courses during this class period on subjects such as study habits, critical thinking, personal responsibility, discipline, and more. Mini-courses will be taught by experts in their fields and provide student-athletes with awareness of themselves and the world in which they live.
The assignments for this subject, which student-athletes have worked on throughout this academic year, will continue. The familiar aspect of completing jobs around the home and providing assistance to parents and family members will remain, but the student athlete’s assignments will now include self-development and growth, environmental awareness, and giving back to the community.
At Parisi Prep, we believe that a student athlete’s awareness and contribution to the family and world around them is as important as academic knowledge. We encourage you to be involved in this effort with your student-athlete and make suggestions that will enhance his/her experience with this life enrichment opportunity.
Materials: Parisi Prep Life Enrichment Activity List, relevant books
Grading: Completion of available activities and endeavors
Materials: Laptop, VidCode coding platform
Grading: Students will accumulate points by completing VidCode assignments correctly and on-time, presenting his or her own code project, and participating during class.
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 the program by lessons completed