ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL - 2020-2021 PROGRAM OF STUDIES

 
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL - 2020-2021 PROGRAM OF STUDIES
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL

                   2020-2021
          PROGRAM OF STUDIES
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Table of Content
  Contacts                                                                   3
  Core Values & 7 Plus H Schedule                                            4
  Overview                                                                   5
  AHS Minimum Requirements for Graduation                                    6
  Promotion Requirements                                                     7
  Requirements for Entrance to Four Year Colleges                            7
  MassCore                                                                   8
  Course Levels                                                              9
  Dual Enrollment                                                            9
  Endorsement of Global Engagement                                           10
  Online-Learning Opportunities                                              10
  AVID                                                                       11
  Senior Exhibition                                                          11
  Community Service                                                          12
  Digital Learning                                                           14
  English                                                                    19
  English Learner Education                                                  27
  Fine Arts • Performing Arts                                                28
  Fine Arts • Visual Arts                                                    33
  Health Education                                                           38
  Mathematics and Computer Science                                           40
  Physical Education                                                         50
  Science and Engineering                                                    54
  Social Studies                                                             65
  World Languages                                                            74

                          Andover High School reserves the right to cancel any courses based on funding.
                     Courses without enrollment figures that satisfy at least one full section may not be offered.

  Chapter 622

  In compliance with Chapter 622 and Title IX, the Andover Public Schools follows the law that reads:
   No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the
   advantages, privileges and course of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, sexual identity, religion,
   or national origin of such child.

                                                                         Cover Art Water Color on Paper by Jenny Yu Class of 2021

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    Directory

    Administration
                                                             Program Coordinators
    Dr. Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of
                                                  247 7010   Dr. Jorge Allen, World Language        247 5550
    Schools
                                                             Adrianne Bock, Social Studies          247 5536
    Mrs. Sandra Trach, Assistant Superintendent   247 7030
                                                             Joanna Ganci, English                  247 5535
    Mr. Philip Conrad, Principal                  247 5510
                                                             Joanne Najarian, Digital Learning      247 7035
    Ms. Caitlin Brown, Assistant Principal        247 5513
                                                             Katherine Richard, Math                247 5553
    Mr. Scott Darlington, Assistant Principal     247 5512
                                                             Donna Ruseckas, Health and Phys. Edu   247 5508
    Mr. John Norton, Assistant Principal          247 5511   Dr. Steve Sanborn, Science             247 5551
    Andover High School, Main Office              247 5500   Brian Twomey                           247 5558
                                                             Sean Walsh, Fine Arts                  247 5568
    Counseling Department
    Aixa de Kelley, Dir. of Guidance              247 5549
    Edward Abbott, Counselor                      247 5546
    Kimberly Bergey, Counselor                    247 5548
    Matthew Duncan Counselor                      247 5547
    Heather Dwyer, Counselor                      247 5543
    Anne-Marie Fortier, Counselor                 247 5541
    William Hutchins, Counselor                   247 5540
    Jayne Jones, Counselor                        247 5538
    Melissa Martin, Counselor                     247 5542
    Shaniel DeJesus, Registrar                    247 5524
    Debbie Lenzi, Secretary                       247 5504

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                                             Core Values
                                             Andover High School is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and
                                             equitable learning environment where students and staff alike lead by
                                             example, demonstrating collaboration, intellectual curiosity, effective
                                             communication, and real world application of skills. We believe that
                                             promoting physical fitness, extracurricular activities, and student-led
                                             initiatives cultivates active minds and fosters school pride. We believe
                                             strongly in a challenging and diverse curriculum that encourages the
                                             creativity, innovation and risk-taking necessary to succeed in a global
                                             community.

                                                       ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
 7+ H Schedule                                                   Students at AHS are expected to…
 Andover High School has a yearlong
 rotating schedule that operates on an           1) listen and read actively to comprehend, interpret, and analyze
 8-day cycle. Students enroll in 7 credits
                                                   meaning.
 plus an H Block. Courses meet 5 times
 during the 8 day rotation. Most courses         2) write and speak effectively with clarity and purpose.
 are 1.0 credit yearlong classes. There
                                                 3) think critically and creatively to evaluate and solve problems.
 are some elective courses that are
 offered as .5 credit classes for a              4) research, examine, and synthesize information.
 semester.
                                                 5) demonstrate real world applications of knowledge and skill.
                                                 6) utilize technology and media to enhance the learning process. to
 H-Block
 In addition to 7 academic credits, all                  SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
 AHS students participate in H-Block
 (Student Enrichment). H-Block is                                  Students at AHS are expected to…
 designed to personalize the students’
 school experience at Andover High
 School and create a strong sense of             7) act with respect, integrity, and compassion.
 community. H-Block provides students            8) make informed decisions regarding the health and well-being of
 with new opportunities:                             themselves and others.
 1) Advisory— Meets Day 1 with a                 9) demonstrate responsibility for their actions.
    small group of students throughout
    the year.
 2) Academic Support—Students                                  CIVIC EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
    seeking assistance sign up for
                                                                   Students at AHS are expected to…
    extra time with teachers. Teachers
    sign up students who are missing
    assignments/need extra help.
                                                 10) cultivate their awareness of contributing to the common good.
 3) Enrichment — If students are
                                                 11) advocate for positive change through active participation in the
    caught up on academics, they are
                                                     democratic process.
    free to sign up for a special activity
    with a teacher.                              12) broaden their knowledge of and respect for world cultures.

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 Program of Studies
 The program of studies contains information necessary to select courses for the academic school year 2020-2021. The
 requirements for graduation are itemized on page 6. It is important for students and parents to be aware of their
 responsibilities in course selection.

 Responsibilities of Students and Parents

                To be aware of all graduation requirements and to have a plan for meeting those requirements.
                To review the established plan each year and check for completed graduation requirements.
                To ensure that the student’s time spent at Andover High School is productive by choosing courses relevant to
                 his/her academic and career interests while challenging his/her abilities.
                To work with the Counseling Department in addressing academic or personal/social difficulties.
                To be aware of the scheduling deadlines for adding and dropping courses.

 Credit Information
 Andover High School students enroll in 7.0 credits of study. Students accumulate credit on their high school transcripts from
 courses successfully completed during grades 9-12 only.

 The Director of Guidance must approve all credit for courses taken outside Andover High School. No more than two summer
 school make-up credits can be counted toward graduation requirements. Enrichment courses taken during the summer are
 not eligible for credit and are not listed on the Andover High School transcript.

 No credit will be given for a course previously passed but repeated to improve proficiency; the repeated course may not be
 used in determining eligibility for interscholastic athletics, with the exception of upper level Physical Education courses.

                            Andover High School reserves the right to make any necessary changes.

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                                     ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL
                                   GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

             Department                                        Class of 2020 & Beyond

             English                    1 credit               4 credits
                                   per academic year
             Social Studies      includes World History:       3 credits
                                   Global Interactions,
                                   The Modern World,
                                      US History II

             Mathematics                1 credit               4 credits
                                   per academic year
             Science                  lab sciences             3 credits

             World Language                                    2 credits*

             Physical                                          2 credits
             Education
             Health Education                                  1 credit

             Arts: Performing/                                 1.5 credits*
             Visual or Digital
             Learning
             Electives                                         3.5 credits

             Minimum credits                                   24 credits
             for graduation:

                                             *The principal may waive this graduation requirement for
                                             students with severe language-based learning disabilities

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 Promotion Requirements

 Class of 2020 and beyond
Grade 9 to 10                                  Students must have passed                               6 credits
Grade 10 to 11                                 Students must have passed                              12 credits
Grade 11 to 12                                 Students must have passed                              18 credits
Grade 12 to Graduation                         Students must have passed                   24 credits & the MCAS

                Massachusetts Public College and University Minimum Admissions Standards

                      4 Years English
                      4 Years Math (minimum of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry)
                      3 Years Lab-based Science
                      2 Years Social Studies (including 1 credit in U.S. History)
                      2 Years Foreign Language (in the same language)

                      2 Years Electives

                Ideal Program for Entrance to Selective Colleges

                      4 Years English
                      4 Years Math
                      4 Years Science
                      4 Years Social Studies
                      3-5 Years World Language

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             MassCore
             Massachusetts High School Program of Studies
             English/Language Arts          4 Units*

             Mathematics                    4 Units

                                            Including the completion of Algebra II or completion of the Integrated Math equivalent. All
                                            students are recommended to take a math course during their senior year.

             Science                        3 Units of lab-based science
                                            Coursework taken in technology/engineering may count for MassCore science credit. Note: In
                                            June 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) revised its admission standards to
                                            count technology/engineering coursework based on academic standards and taken for science
                                            credit as meeting the science admissions requirement.

             History/Social Science         3 Units
                                            Including US History and World History.
             Foreign Language**             2 Units
                                            Of the same language.
             Physical Education             As required by law
                                            State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3) states: “Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all
                                            grades for all students.”
                                            Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.
             The Arts**                     1 Unit

             Additional Core Courses        5 Units
                                            Business Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Health,Technology or any of the
                                            subjects above. Note: Most students majoring in CTE will take more than 5 units in a CTE program
                                            of study.
                                            22 Units - Is a minimum that students should take in high school

             Additional Learning            Complete as many of the following as possible:
             Opportunities                  Advanced Placement (AP); Capstone or Senior Project; Dual Enrollment courses taken for both
                                            high school and college credit; Online courses; Service Learning; and Work-based Learning.

             *A unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a subject that covers all the standards contained in a specific
             Curriculum Framework.

             MassCore is the recommended program of study that Massachusetts high school students need in order to be better prepared for
             college and a career. Developed by a statewide advisory group from the K-12, higher education and business sectors, MassCore
             maintains flexibility for students and high schools while allowing districts to set additional graduation requirements. Courses
             included in MassCore should be rigorous, engaging, and based on appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks high
             school level standards.

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Credit Values of Courses
In a year, the majority of academic courses will meet 5 times in an 8 day cycle and 1.0 credit will be granted per course. Courses
meeting for one semester receive .5 credit. Credits are determined by the frequency of class meetings and granted as follows:

Full year courses:                        1.0 credit

Semester courses:                         0.5 credit

All courses offered at Andover High School emphasize critical thinking skills and are leveled according to difficulty.

                     Courses are leveled as follows:
   Level 7            Advanced Placement
   Level 5            Enriched
   Level 1            Honors Program
   Level 2            Demanding College Preparatory Program
   Level 3            College Preparatory Program
   Unleveled          Elective Courses

 Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement program at Andover High School is designed to offer the able and motivated student an
academically challenging classroom experience comparable to a first year college course. Students recommended for an
Advanced Placement course are expected to complete a student contract and the required summer assignments. It is the
expectation that students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses take the A.P. exam(s). Students taking the exam(s) are
responsible for paying the standard test fee.

The Dual Enrollment Program provides opportunities for Andover High School juniors and seniors to take college-level
courses and earn credit simultaneously toward high school completion and their future college degrees. The Dual Enrollment
Program eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and
provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students.

Merrimack College Program
Andover High School juniors and seniors who have shown to be capable of succeeding at college level work are eligible to
take courses at Merrimack College on a tuition-free, space-available basis. Any other fees or costs are the responsibility of
the student. Students interested in registering for fall semester classes should discuss this option with their counselor and
review the course of studies and registration materials from Merrimack College during August.

Acceptable Use Policy & Administrative Procedures
All students must complete the district’s Acceptable Use Policy & Administrative Procedures form in order to receive a
password to access the school’s computer network. Please be aware that many courses require access to the school
department’s computer network.

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Endorsement of Global Engagement
The Endorsement of Global Engagement program (EGE) is an opportunity for students to earn an official certification attached
to the Andover High School transcript stating that the student has gone beyond normal expectations to analyze, interact and
develop global competence and understanding which will lead to future success in an increasingly interconnected world.

To obtain the endorsement, rising sophomores who are admitted into the program must meet the following criteria:
         Earn 4 credits in the same world language.
         Take 4 additional courses from the identified academic course list.
         Participate in a Global Service Learning experience outside of Andover for a minimum of 20 hours.
         Participate in an Immersive Global Engagement Travel experience for a minimum of 20 hours
         Fulfill the EGE e-Portfolio requirements, which includes a Capstone Research Project and a final presentation.

Virtual Courses – Online Learning Opportunities

    Andover High School juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic success have the opportunity to enroll in online
    elective courses through a variety of educational institutions including Virtual High School, Keystone High School Online,
    Brigham Young University Online and edX.

    Virtual High School (VHS) is a non-profit organization that offers online learning opportunities to high school  students
throughout the United States and the world. VHS utilizes teachers from member schools to teach courses. Because of the
large number and variety of member schools in VHS, VHS offers a wide range of classes. Many courses are available, including
Advanced Placement, honors, and standard courses spanning a variety of disciplines and interests. Juniors and seniors at
Andover High School may apply to take courses through VHS. Because VHS uses an online format, students must possess a
high degree of self-discipline and independence in order to keep up with the coursework. Interested students should peruse
the VHS catalog (http://vhslearning.org/) and see if there are courses that interest them. Some courses have grade level
restrictions, so students should make sure that they are at the appropriate level. Students may not take a VHS course that
directly duplicates a course offered at Andover High School.

Students will receive credits for VHS courses, but VHS courses will not count towards the Andover High School GPA. Students
should take the VHS on-line quiz to see if they possess the necessary skills to be successful in the program. Students who feel
that VHS is an appropriate choice, should find a course of interest in the VHS catalog, and fill out an application. Applications
are available in the Counseling Department. Once this paperwork is complete, the student should return the application to
the Director of Guidance, who will evaluate the student's application. If approved, the student will be assigned an account on
VHS and be enrolled in the course. Andover High School is allotted 25 VHS seats per semester. If there are more qualified
students interested in VHS than seats available, a lottery will be held to select students

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AVID
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness elective class for highly motivated students who
plan to attend a four-year college. Students are required to take a rigorous course load (some honors and AP), with the under-
standing that they will be supported in the AVID Elective class.
Students will be supported by focusing on various strategies, which will help them to be successful such as:
                               organization        time management
                               study skills        reading & writing
                               note taking         public speaking

INFORMATION ABOUT THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS - Students must complete a weekly assignment, which requires them to
demonstrate a deeper understanding of the content from their other classes. College students visit the AVID classes each week
to support their learning and to serve as role models. Starting freshmen year, AVID students begin to learn what is required to
be accepted into a four-year college and about the college experience. Each year, students visit at least one college campus in
order to begin to consider the characteristics that will be important to them when they apply to college.
 WHAT IS REQUIRED OF AN AVID STUDENT? AVID students are required to maintain an organized binder, to utilize a planner,
and to take Cornell notes in their classes. In addition, they are expected to maintain good grades and appropriate behavior. As
freshmen, AVID students are strongly encouraged to take at least two honors classes. Each progressive year of high school,
enrollment for honors and AP courses is expected to increase.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE AVID PROGRAM? AVID applications are available in the Counseling Department. For more infor-
mation about the application process for incoming 9th graders, please contact Aixa de Kelley at (978) 247-5549.

   AVID1                       AVID Year 1                                                           1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: Students will be selected through an application and interview process.

   AVID2                       AVID Year 2                                                           1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: AVID Year 1 or permission from the AVID Elective Site Team.
   AVID3                       AVID Year 3                                                            1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: AVID Year 2.

    AVID4                     AVID Year 4                                                           1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: AVID Year 3.

Senior Exhibition
                       Senior Exhibition                        Unleveled                    .5 to 1.0 Credit

Students should not select Senior Exhibition as part of their course selection sheet.
A highly selective, independent, academic project, this project offers a senior an opportunity to conduct a rigorous
investigation on a topic of his/her choice and create an original product. Permission is granted after the submission of a written
proposal. The student must meet regularly with an advisor. At the completion of the investigation, the student must present
their final product at the annual Senior Exhibition in May. Credit is awarded based on hours completed.

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Community Service
  CS040                Peer Mentor Health Connections           Unleveled                     .5 Credit

Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Excel Program and help facilitate instruction in the Health
Connections classroom. The Health Connections class is co-taught by a general education Health teacher and the Special
Education teacher in a reverse inclusion model. The Peer Mentors work closely with both the Health and Special Education
teachers to plan and prepare Health lessons within the reverse inclusion model and then are paired up with their disabled
peers and help facilitate instruction.

  CS050                Peer Mentor Science Connections          Unleveled                     .5 Credit

Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Excel Program and help facilitate instruction in the Science
Connections classroom. The Science Connections class is co-taught by a general education Science teacher and the Special
Education teacher in a reverse inclusion model. The Peer Mentors work closely with both the Science and Special Education
teachers to plan and prepare science lessons within the reverse inclusion model and then are paired up with their disabled
peers and help facilitate instruction.

   CS060               Peer Mentor Excel/ABA Programs           Unleveled                     .5 Credit

Students volunteer to work as Peer Mentors in either the Excel or ABA Special Education Programs. Peer Mentors are paired up
with disabled students in either the Excel or ABA Program and work under the direction of the special education teacher.

   CS070               PE Buddy Program                         Unleveled                    .5 Credit

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to work with high school students with special needs through the
adapted physical education program. Students will assist the adapted physical education teacher in implementing the program
and will also learn how to work with students who have varied physical and/or cognitive special needs. Students who desire to
become part of the Methods/Practicum: Specializing in Adapted Physical Education course (PE Buddy program), must attain
prior approval by the Andover High School course instructor and the physical education department program coordinator.
Approval will be based on character, past physical education performance/participation, and career choice. Once a student
attains approval, he or she will be accepted into the PE Buddy program. Students who are accepted into the PE Buddy program
will act as “student teachers” and one-on-one assistants for students with special needs within the adapted physical education
program. Under the direction of the teacher, they will be given the opportunity to work with students with special needs, one-
on-one and as a group. They will also be given the opportunity to plan and lead a variety of activities such as warm-ups, lesson
skills and physical activities and culminating activities. This course is designed for juniors and seniors and must be taken in
addition to a traditional physical education course.

   CS080               Peer Mentor Life Skills                  Unleveled                    .5 Credit

Students volunteer to work in the Life Skills Program. Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Life Skills
Program and work under the direction of the special education teacher.

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Seniors Only

    CS090              AVID Tutor                              Unleveled                        .5 or 1 Credit

AVID Tutors work under the direction of the classroom teacher to facilitate and coach small groups of students who are
engaged in academic problem-solving. The tutors do not re-teach curriculum nor do they work as homework assistants. The
tutors engage with students as academic coaches to facilitate peer learning and instruction. All tutors must participate in a
comprehensive AVID training on program methodologies .
Essential Functions:
     Facilitate and coach small groups of students with academic curriculum
     Engage in problem-solving with students
     Teach and model the use of skillful questioning with students
     Take direction from the classroom teacher on coaching strategies and methodology
     Act as role models and mentors for students

Being part of a program at the forefront of education is the best preparation possible for a career in teaching or in any other
job which is people oriented. AVID is currently in over 5,000 schools in 44 states and in 16 countries.

    CS100              COM SERV- SC LAB ASSISTANT              Unleveled                        .5 Credit

Science lab assistants support science teachers in both the laboratories and classrooms by assisting with a variety of tasks
including but not limited to helping to prepare materials for laboratory investigations, researching information for class and lab
prep, conducting inventories of lab equipment and materials, cleaning and maintaining lab spaces and equipment, assisting
teachers when appropriate and possible with carrying out lab investigations with classes, organizing and preparing class
instructional materials, and other related tasks as needed.

     Please note that community service work completed during the summer is not eligible for high school credit.

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 DIGITAL LEARNING
 Digital Learning courses offer insights in the Business, Technology
 and Communication fields. Each course offers students opportunities to
 address real world problems and a variety of business issues. Students will
 apply critical thinking and communication skills in each of the classes offered.
 In addition; students will enhance creativity by working individually as well as
 collaboratively. In addition to providing valuable career information and
 experiences, courses in Digital Learning are intended to provide transferable
 skills that are useful in both personal and employment situations. The
 emphasis on technology in these courses is intended to reflect transferable
 skills, competencies and technological advancements, which are important
 components of all career fields.

     DL112              Marketing                                      College Prep/ Level 2           .5 Credit

  Introduction to Marketing is a program of instruction in merchandising and management. Students also investigate many
  career opportunities and are prepared for a business administration/business management curriculum in college. Some of
  the areas covered are retailing, fashion merchandising, advertising, buying and selling as well as the marketing and
  distribution of goods and services. Students have the opportunity to join the DECA Business and Marketing Organization.
  Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop
  as well. Additionally, students participating will receive a certification in Online Business Development. Students who
  participate in DECA may also receive a Certificate of Excellence. Open to grades 10-12.

    DL100              Entrepreneurship                               Unleveled                     .5 Credit

 This course will provide students with the techniques and tools needed to start and operate their own business. Tools include
 web design, financial reports, advertising campaigns, and public relations. Through peer reviews and product development,
 students will utilize critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication to fulfill the course requirement. The focus
 of this course will be to select a business/product, prepare a business plan, and learn how to manage an ongoing business.
 Students will also have the opportunity to join the DECA Business and Marketing Organization. Students enrolled in this
 course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop. Additionally, students
 participating will receive a certification in Entrepreneurship: Creating The Business. Open to grades 9-12.

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   DL200                Film/Video Production                   Unleveled                      .5 Credit

This is a hands-on course designed to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of television as a medium for communication.
Working primarily in groups, students will learn about the principles of communication, techniques of effective audio/visual
communication and technical setup and operation of television equipment. They will also be taught to write, produce, direct,
and edit both studio and field productions for use on the Andover Channels: Educational Channel (Verizon 43/ Comcast 99) and
Public Channel (Verizon 47 / Comcast 8), also streamed live 24/7 at AndoverTV.org. The course involves after-school hours that
will be used to record various sports and school events. At the conclusion of the course students will have the opportunity to
receive a certification in Video Production. Students enrolled in this course have access to a computer lab but are encouraged
to bring their own district-approved laptop as well for scriptwriting, note taking and daily assignments. This entry level course
requires no previous production experience. Open to Grades 9-12.

 DL230                 Advanced Film/Video Production          Unleveled                      .5 Credit

This hands-on course is designed for students who have completed DL200 (Film/Video Production). It is a project-based course
where students would become proficient at the following tasks and functions: Talent/Anchor, Producer, Director, Technical
Director, Writer, Editor, Camera Operator, Graphic Coordinator, Teleprompter Operator, Audio Technician, Set-Design, and
Lighting. The students will produce a wide variety of studio and field productions. They will develop in-depth skills to shoot “On
Location” as well as in the High Definition Television Studio. Most productions will be aired on our local cable television
channels: Education Channel (Verizon 43 / Comcast 99) and Public Channel (Verizon 47 / Comcast 8), also streamed live 24/7 at
AndoverTV.org. The course also requires students to work after-school hours recording, producing, and packaging various
events. Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved
laptop as well for scriptwriting, note taking and daily assignments. Students will receive a certificate in Video Editing & Digital
Storytelling. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Film/Video Production

   DL240                Broadcast Journalism                    Unleveled                     .5 credit

Broadcast Journalism is an introductory course that will explore all aspects of television news and visual storytelling. Students
will learn the basics of reporting, videography and broadcast journalism. In this hands-on, collaborative environment, students
will produce and broadcast the AHS News program, which will air weekly to the AHS Community. Areas of study would include
producing, story selection, writing, reporting, interviewing, camera work, editing, directing, graphics, audio, lighting and much
more. This entry level course requires no previous production experience. Open to Grades 9-12.

   DL 245               Broadcast Journalism (Full Year)        Unleveled                     1.0 credit

Semester 1 - Full Year Broadcast Journalism students will explore all aspects of television news and visual storytelling. Students
will learn the basics of reporting, videography and broadcast journalism. In this hands-on, collaborative environment, students
will produce and broadcast the AHS News program, which airs every Day 1 to the AHS Community. Areas of study include
producing, story selection, writing, reporting, interviewing, camera work, editing, directing, graphics, audio, lighting and more.

Semester 2 - Full Year Broadcast Journalism students take on a leadership role in AHS News. Students will assist in Producing
each AHS News as well as instructing new classmates.

This entry level course requires no previous production experience. Open to Grades 10-12.

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    DL400              Web Design and Development I                    Unleveled                         .5 Credit

This project-based course introduces students to the design and development of websites using HTML5 and CSS3 and
JavaScript. By the end of the course, students will know how to plan, design and code web applications from scratch.
Students will learn how to convert a design mockup into static web pages and to use Responsive Web Design Fundamentals so
their web apps look good on any device - desktop, tablets and mobile!

Throughout the course students will become proficient in the languages of HTML and CSS. In addition, the basics of JavaScript
will be covered.
Technologies, software and frameworks used last year:

    Brackets code editor

    Image editors such as Pixlr and Gimp

    Materialize CSS front end framework based on Google’s Material Design

Some additional topics covered include:

    How the Internet Works and the Internet and Society
    User Interface and User Experience
    Web App Performance
The course does not require any prior knowledge of HTML or web development.
Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop as
well.

    DL430              Web Design and Development II                   Unleveled                      .5 credit

The JAMstack is a new way of building websites and apps that delivers better performance, higher security and lower cost
development.

The J is for JavaScript This could be any frontend framework, library, or even vanilla JavaScript.

The A is for APIs. All server-side processes or database actions are abstracted into reusable APIs.

The M is for Markup. Templated markup should be prebuilt at deploy time, usually using a site generator for content sites, or a
build tool for web apps.

Throughout the course of a semester, students will explore JAMstack solutions through real-world projects. Each student will
be coached to “discover” new technologies and concepts, on their own, and working in groups. Some example projects might
include a blog, e-commerce site or a sophisticated company website.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Web Design & Development I
Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop as
well.

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    DL420              Andover Innovation Design Lab                  Unleveled                          .5 credit

The AI Design Lab is an innovation lab that offers our students the skills to grapple with problems that do not yet exist.
Students in the AI Design Lab experience an “intense integrated environment characterized by ambiguous, complex, ill-
defined and unstructured problems to be addressed by rigorous brain/hand storming, extreme collaboration, prototyping,
iterating, design, and experimental methodologies.”

The AI Design Lab class operates around a semester based theme, (themes include: the classroom, myth, fun and games, play-
ground power, stuff, society, risk, etc), during which students participate in four, month-long design challenges. During the
first month of every semester, students learn essential design thinking skills utilizing IDEO and Stanford University’s Design
Thinking tool kits. Design challenges in each theme are based on an iterative model, where learners undergo a series of gradu-
ated problems under the close supervision of a faculty coach who constantly assesses and offers feedback to the students.
There is an online component to this class. Students are required to spend time posting to the discussion board on the class
website (http://andoverhighschoolstudenthelpdesk.blogspot.com). Students will also find critical information for class posted
there as well. Students are expected to visit the website daily.
Course Objectives: Through the AI Design Lab, the students will develop the following skills:

      radical collaboration
      immersive project-based environment
      mission-critical classroom
      cutting edge skills and technologies
      work with ill structured problems in completely integrated, action oriented environment

Students also enhance classical skills                                       The AI Design Lab offers students an opportunity to
                                                                             focus on five process areas -
      research                                                              1.   solution-finding/framing,
      oral communication and presentation                                   2.   multidisciplinary team building,
      quantitative reasoning and analysis                                   3.   ideation/brain and hand storming,
                                                                             4.   prototyping/testing and iterative design,
      audio, visual and digital art
                                                                             5.   narrative/counter-narrative development.
      scientific reasoning and analysis
                                                                             Students will engage the course as design thinkers
                                                                             tackling local and global issues and then mapping/
                                                                             creating solutions.

    DL300              Yearbook Publication                            Unleveled                              .5 Credit

Students enrolled in this course will work collectively to develop the Andover High School Yearbook. The course requires
outside time. Students will develop knowledge of photo, typography, color theory and online design programs. This course
will use various software to create, edit and lay out the annual yearbook. Class activities will be coordinated with the advi-
sor of the yearbook. Open to all grades. Prerequisite: Students with experience producing a yearbook, who have taken
Graphic Design or Photography, or with permission from the teacher.

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 English Language Arts
The mission of the Andover High School English Department is to prepare all students to successfully participate in a modern
society in which great literature and literary traditions are valued and passed on, clear communication and successful collabo-
ration are essential to the common good, and creative endeavors are wholeheartedly supported. We offer a program that
strives to develop literate and literary citizens who can read and think critically and creatively, who can analyze literature and
text, and who are able to write with power and clarity for various purposes. Students also learn study and research strategies
and they develop communication and active listening skills. By experiencing a relevant and rigorous English curriculum, Ando-
ver High students will be well-positioned to pursue advanced studies in any area of interest.

Andover High School students are required to earn four credits of English and to take English all four years to qualify for a di-
ploma.

Our curriculum is informed by the Guiding Principles for English Language Arts and Literacy Programs as outlined in the 2017
Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy. In addition to the course specific essential ques-
tions we have developed, students in grades 6-12 explore the overarching essential questions Who am I as a reader, as a writ-
er, as a speaker, and as a thinker?, Why are reading, writing, and storytelling essential components of the human experience?,
and How does English Language Arts expand our perspective?

Our courses are designed to:

● Develop thinking and language through interactive learning
● Use literature to develop student understanding of their literary heritage
● Draw on informational texts and multimedia to build academic vocabulary and content knowledge
● Develop oral language and literacy
● Emphasize writing arguments, explanatory/informative texts, and narratives
● Hold high expectations for all students
● Provide explicit skill instruction in writing
● Build on the language, experiences, knowledge and interests of students
● Nurture students’ sense of their common ground and prepares them to participate responsibly in school and civic life
● Reach out to families and the community to sustain a literate society

Summer Reading Initiative
The Andover High School English Department will continue its summer reading program to encourage all students to be active
readers during the vacation months. Our goal is to build a community of readers and to provide our students the experience of
sharing, discussing and writing about a text at the start of each semester. The summer reading assignment/choices will be
posted on the APS website. We encourage family members to participate.

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    English Language Arts Course Offerings
Year                                          Course Options                                     Options
Freshman                                      English 9                                          Honors
1 credit                                      OR                                                 or
                                                                                                 College Prep
Freshman                                      World Studies                                      Honors and College Prep in
2 credits (1 English & 1SS)                                                                      same class
Full year: meets 2 periods across the cycle

Sophomore                                     English 10                                         Honors
1 credit                                                                                         or
                                              OR                                                 College Prep
Sophomore                                     Modern World Studies                               Honors and College Prep in
2 credits (1 English & 1SS)                                                                      same class
Full year: meets 2 periods across the cycle

Junior                                        AP Language and Composition                        Advanced Placement, Honors
1 credit                                      Survey of American Literature                      or
                                                                                                 College Prep
                                              OR

Junior                                        American Studies                                   Honors and College Prep in
2 credits (1 English & 1SS)                                                                      same class
Full year: meets 2 periods across the cycle
                                              English 12 Courses/Junior Electives
Senior                                        Survey of British Literature                       Honors
1 credit                                      Dramatic Literature                                or
                                              Humanities                                         College Prep
                                              Literary Connections: STEM, STEAM to ESTEAM
                                              Mirrors and Windows: Exploring Our Multiple
                                              Identities in Texts
                                              Contemporary Text
                                              Dominant Ideas
                                              Journalism: Literary Non-Fiction
                                              Senior Capstone: Advanced Research Project

                                              Survey of American Literature or AP Language and   AP
                                              Composition (Seniors may choose a Junior course
                                              they did not take in Grade 11.)

Advanced Placement Junior or Senior Year      Advanced Placement Language and Composition        AP
1 credit
Advanced Placement Senior Year Only           Advanced Placement Literature and Composition      AP
1 credit
                                              Elective Courses— do not count toward ELA credit
Sophomore, Junior, Senior                     Creative Writing                                   Unleveled
1/2 credit, 1 semester
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior           Newspaper Production (this course may be taken     Unleveled
½ credit, 1 semester                          more than once)

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 Leveling
 The Honors/Level 1 course is designed for those who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in both reading
 and writing, who can work easily and well with abstract ideas and who can responsibly and independently manage a
 rigorous academic workload. The College Prep/Level 2 course is designed for those who have demonstrated proficien-
 cy in both reading and writing, who need some assistance making the leap from concrete to abstract ideas and who
 benefit by a bit more structure in order to be successful with a rigorous academic workload. College Prep/Level 3 is
 designed for students who require substantial accommodations or modifications in order to access the general educa-
 tion curriculum. Classes offered at varied or mixed levels provide differentiated approaches to instruction, assign-
 ments, assessments, and/or pacing.

 Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught at the college level and follow an approved College Board curricu-
 lum. AP courses are demanding courses requiring a great deal of outside preparation. The pace is rigorous.

 Grade 9
 Criteria for Placement into Grade 9 Honors and College Prep
 Past experience indicates that students experience greatest success when the information about class levels and the
 course selection criteria below are followed:
     Honors – Students should average A or A- in English Grade 8.
     College Prep/Level 2 – Students should average B+ to B- in English Grade 8.
     College Prep/Level 3 – Students averaging C+ or below in English Grade 8.

     EN011             English 9                                         Honors                             1 Credit
     EN012             English 9                                         College Prep/Level 2               1 Credit
     EN013             English 9                                         College Prep/Level 3               1 Credit

 English 9 explores the essential questions Why do see the world the way we do?, How do relationships shape who we are?,
 How is our identity developed, changed, influenced?, and How do universal human experiences connect us to one another?
 Students will explore these questions through foundational texts like The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet as well as through
 robust text sets that provide students with voice and choice. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and
 listening, and language throughout the year while learning to work in a collaborative community of peers.

     EN021             World Studies                                 Honors                         1 Eng/1 SS Credit
     EN022             World Studies                                 College Prep/Level 2           1 Eng/1 SS Credit

 World Studies is a full year course which combines ninth grade English and Social Studies, and is therefore an alternative to
 taking English 9 and World History: Global Interaction separately. This course will utilize an interdisciplinary, team-taught ap-
 proach to studying the cultures, history, and literature from the time-period of early modern world history. Using small group
 collaborative activities, oral presentations, process writing, debates, discussions, and individual assignments, the class will
 engage students in a broad spectrum of educational experiences preparing them to participate responsibly in school and civic
 life. Honors and College Prep are combined in the class.

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English 10
    EN121              English 10                                     Honors                              1 Credit
    EN122              English 10                                     College Prep/Level 2                1 Credit
    EN123              English 10                                     College Prep/Level 3                1 Credit

The 10th grade curriculum seeks to expand on the idea that students can use their personal life experiences and what they
know of the universal concerns of mankind to make meaning from texts. Students will explore the following essential ques-
tions: How do we balance the need to conform with the desire to retain our individuality?, How do we know if the progress we
make benefits us and the world around us?, How can exploring multiple perspectives inform our ideas of what is true?, and
How do we maintain our beliefs and advocate for what is right when challenged by those around us?
In works such as Night, Lord of the Flies, and The Crucible, students will consider the tensions between ethnicity and intoler-
ance, materialism and spirituality, and individuality and conformity. Students will engage with the literature through text-
based critical and discussions, seminars, collaborative multimedia presentations, and opportunities for creative writing and
performance. Writing for varied purposes is regularly assigned in order to develop the higher order thinking skills required for
analysis, argument, and synthesis.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9.

    EN131              Modern World Studies                           Honors                             1 Eng/1 SS Credit
    EN132              Modern World Studies                           College Prep/Level 2               1 Eng/1 SS Credit

    Modern World Studies is a two credit interdisciplinary course that infuses tenth grade English and Social Studies with
    arts and innovation. Students will explore the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through global history, literature and
    art. They will examine phenomena of the past two hundred years, such as industrialization, imperialism, nationalism,
    genocide and revolution, and seek to understand the human experience through various text forms and genres from and
    about this time-period. Working collaboratively, students will then apply their understanding of the modern world and
    will explore problem-solving processes such as Design Thinking to create solutions to the pressing challenges facing our
    world.

Grade 11 Courses
Grade 11 students will choose from AP Language and Composition, American Literature or British Literature. Students may
choose additional English courses as academic electives.

Recommendation for placement in Grade 11* will be based on the academic performance during the previous year. The
basic criteria are as follows:
     Honors/Level 1: Students already enrolled in an Honors class should maintain a B or better to continue in that level
     College Prep/Level 2: Students with A or A- grades in College Prep may be recommended for Honors, but students who
      have received B+ to a C and below in College prep should remain at that level.
     College Prep/Level 3: Students who require substantial accommodations or modifications to access the general educa-
      tion curriculum should be in College Prep/Level 3.
     AP Criteria listed in upcoming pages

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   EN231               Survey of American Literature              Honors                                   1 Credit
   EN232               Survey of American Literature              College Prep/Level 2                     1 Credit
   EN233               Survey of American Literature              College Prep/Level 3                     1 Credit

Using a multi-genre approach to studying the American voice, this junior year course traces the development of the American
identity through literature. Starting with the founding American documents, students will determine the values that lay at the
core of the American heritage. They will search to understand both America’s roots and their own. Students will read both the
early quintessential American writers such as Hawthorne, Poe, Frost, Emerson, Thoreau, Hughes, and Steinbeck and more
modern American writers like Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Toni Morrison. The course will call students to examine their own
identity as an American and the collective American identity as it has changed over its course as a growing nation. Through the
lens of literature, we will look closely at how writers have played a role in reflecting, shaping, and challenging the nation and
its people. While studying American literature, students will keep a focus on the development of critical thinking and writing
skills. In addition to reading, discussing, and presenting, students will be asked to write extensively in a variety of ways and use
a multi-genre approach to studying the American voice.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Grade 10.

   EN221                American Studies                              Honors                           1 Eng/1 SS Credit
   EN222                American Studies                              College Prep/Level 2             1 Eng/1 SS Credit

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American Studies is a team-taught 11 grade course, which uses a chronological, interdisciplinary approach to the study of
American History from the period of Reconstruction through the present. Using seminars, small and large group presenta-
tions, creative projects, simulations, discussions and debates, students will gain a greater understanding of American history,
literature, music, art and culture. The literary selections for the course may include (but are not limited to) the following: Or-
phan Train, When the Emperor Was Divine, Thirteen Days, The Road, Cat’s Cradle, and The Great Gatsby. Students in this
course will be given opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections between historic material and key works of literature.
Possible field trips in this class include the Addison Gallery of Art and the JFK Library. Honors and College Prep students are
combined in the same class. Students are provided with differentiated approaches to instruction, assignments, assessments,
and/or pacing, to support all students in accessing the curriculum. Students will receive separate grades for English and Social
Studies. Students will receive 1.0 credit in English and 1.0 credit in Social Studies upon completion of this course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or World Studies AND English 10 and The Modern World or Modern World
Studies.

   EN407                    Advanced Placement English                 AP                                 1 Credit
                            Language & Composition
                            (available to Juniors and Seniors)

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which
requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts.
Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a per-
sonal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and
their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
(Description from the College Board.)

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  Prerequisites: (1) Final grades for the first 2 years of Honors English should be B+ or better.
                       (2) students considering AP English Language are encouraged to take an additional full or ½ credit literature
                          -based elective);
                       (3) recommendation of current English teacher;
                       (4) spring diagnostic reading and writing sample.
  Grade 12* Courses
       *Juniors may take any of these classes in addition to their English 11 requirement.

    EN251                    Dramatic Literature                         Honors                       1 Credit

    EN252                    Dramatic Literature                         College Prep/Level 2         1 Credit

    EN253                    Dramatic Literature                         College Prep/Level 3         1 Credit

  Dramatic Literature explores drama through a variety lenses and genres. The course employs dramatic techniques which will
  help students learn to read, to comprehend and to write with greater insight. Students will be expected to present and per-
  form material in front of their peers in order to demonstrate their understanding of a text. Acting is a significant aspect of
  the course and students will be graded on their preparation and delivery of material. In all levels, students will be expected
  to write extensively and continue to develop analytic and creative writing skills through process essays, timed essays, and
  scripts. Students will read classic and modern plays by William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams,
  Margaret Edson, David Auburn, and John Guare. Other works include short story collections, poetry, and spoken word.
  Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
  required course.

    EN241                  Survey of British Literature                    Honors/Level 1                        1 Credit
    EN242                  Survey of British Literature                    College Prep/Level 2                  1 Credit
    EN243                  Survey of British Literature                    College Prep/Level 3                  1 Credit

  Survey of British literature covers the backgrounds and works of literary periods from the Anglo-Saxon warrior-hero litera-
  ture of Beowulf to the novels of the early 20th century. Between these vastly different eras we will see the inextricable inter-
  twining of literature with history and philosophy. In addition to studying the literature, students will focus on literary analysis
  as they examine such texts as Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's tragedy and comedy, as well as the rise of the modern novel.
  Students may also begin preparation for college testing and application essays.
  Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
  required course.

    EN261                     Humanities                                       Honors                             1 Credit

    EN262                     Humanities                                       College Prep/Level 2               1 Credit
    EN263                     Humanities                                       College Prep/Level 3               1 Credit

  ""Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" This famous painting by the French artist Paul Gauguin
  offers a critical lens into our study of classical and contemporary literary voices. The focus of this course is the study of hu-
  man nature through the perspectives of classical and contemporary literary voices. Works of literature include Greek

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mythology, Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Othello, Sartre's No Exit, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and Morrison's Beloved. In
addition, highlights from significant art periods may be incorporated into the curriculum through classroom presentations and
student research. A significant amount of analytical and creative writing will be required for this course. Students should be
familiar with the writing process and expect a rigorous reading schedule. Honors and College Prep are combined in the same
class.
Prerequisite: For seniors, successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

 EN291                   Literary Connections: STEAM                     Honors                          1 Credit
 EN292                   Literary Connections: STEAM                     College Prep/Level 2            1 Credit
 EN293                   Literary Connections: STEAM                     College Prep/Level 3            1 Credit

         “Science arose from poetry…when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.” -Goethe

Literary Connections will examine the confluence of literature, art, and science. The course will include content that is multicul-
tural and multi-genre, which asks students to consider essential questions such as: How does language unlock the world of oth-
er disciplines? How can stories communicate our understanding of the world? How does literature become a gateway to
growth and healing? Students will be encouraged to explore topics such as narrative medicine, psychology, genetics, nature,
aesthetics, and ethics, as well as to follow their own line of inquiry. Seminar and inquiry-driven practices will be the foundation
of the class structure. Therefore, students who demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and maturity and are eager to explore,
discover, and create are most suited for this course. Student learning will culminate in an independent project during the sec-
ond semester of the course.
Prerequisite: For seniors, successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

 EN301                        Identity through Literature                    Honors                             1 Credit
 EN302                       Identity through Literature                     College Prep/Level 2               1 Credit
 EN303                        Identity through Literature                    College Prep/Level 3               1 Credit

The intersectionality of individuals’ multiple identities influence the ways in which we understand and interact with the world.
Our race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, socio-economic security, and nation of
residency all coalesce to form our unique identity.
This multi-level course seeks to explore the myriad identities people possess through the critical study of classic and contempo-
rary fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, art, music, and film. Students will be asked to examine not only the diverse identities of
characters and writers, but also the ways in which students’ own identities influence their understanding of others, themselves,
and the world around them.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

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  EN321                     Contemporary Text: Fiction and Non-Fiction                 Honors                          1 Credit
  EN322                     Contemporary Text: Fiction and Non-Fiction                 College Prep/Level 2            1 Credit
  EN323                     Contemporary Text: Fiction and Non-Fiction                 College Prep/Level 3            1 Credit

Contemporary Text is designed specifically to engage students with a multi-media approach to reading and writing. The
course uses print and digital media to explore themes and concepts found in works pertinent to the world today. Students
continue to build and practice communication and literacy skills using 21st century tools and platforms.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN271                            Dominant Ideas                    Honors                        1 Credit
  EN272                            Dominant Ideas                    College Prep/Level 2          1 Credit
  EN273                            Dominant Ideas                    College Prep/Level 3          1 Credit

Dominant Ideas is a PBL directed class that explores major philosophical concepts in literature, such as morality, personal
existence, ethical values, and aesthetics. Class requirements will include reading from the Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Her-
man Hesse’s Demian, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. A high degree of critical analysis will be required, as assess-
ments involve research, exploration, problem solving, and collaboration. Honors and College Prep are combined in the same
class.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN281                Journalism: Literary Non-Fiction                Honors                              1 Credit
  EN282                Journalism: Literary Non-Fiction                College Prep/Level 2                1 Credit
  EN283                Journalism: Literary Non-Fiction                College Prep/Level 3                1 Credit

Journalism is an intensive reading and writing course with a focus on literary non-fiction.
Students will read the work of many outstanding long form journalists. Certain articles are considered classics; others will be
chosen from the latest issues of well-respected publications. Reading will serve as exemplars for styles of writing the stu-
dents will then employ themselves. Students will produce a capstone research and writing project. Honors and College Prep
are combined in the same class.
Prerequisite: For seniors, successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN501                Senior Capstone-Advanced Research Project         Honors                        1.0 Credit

Prerequisites: Open to all seniors in good standing.
The AHS Capstone is a course focused on refining essential thinking and writing skills necessary to be college and career
ready. Students will answer a researchable question through quantitative and qualitative research methods. In order to have
a successful Capstone experience, students will examine contemporary and classic literature to develop the necessary and
essential critical reading and writing skills required to pursue a long-term inquiry project in preparation of college-level
course work. Capstone offers students a chance to create a semi-independent academic experience, with a focus on authen-
tic and personalized learning. The goal of Capstone is for students to merge their various interests, curiosities, and passions
with their academic and intellectual lives. Capstone projects take shape through original Field Research, a formal Inquiry Pa-
per, a web-based Project Portfolio, and a community Presentation.

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