Johnston Senior High School

 
Johnston Senior High School
Johnston Senior High School

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JOHNSTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
                            345 Cherry Hill Road
                             Johnston, RI 02919
                          Telephone: (401) 233-1920

           HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
     Mr. Dennis Morrell, Principal 			                          Ext. 2602
     Mr. Michael Mancieri, Assistant Principal                  Ext. 2701
     Dr. Donna Pennacchia, Assistant Principal		                Ext. 2706

              SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
     Patrolman Jeffrey Cicchitelli				                          Ext. 2626

                  GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

 Mr. Ryan Barrette 				                        (A-F)            Ext. 2703
 Mrs. Natarcia Pursche				                     (G, H, L-Pe)     Ext. 2702
 Miss Deborah Licciardi, Chairperson           (I-K)		          Ext. 2704
 Mrs. Lauren Fagundes                          (Ph-Z)		         Ext. 2705

               CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION
                                  (401) 233-1900
     Dr. Bernard DiLullo, Jr.			 Superintendent of Schools
     Mrs. Julie-anne Zarrella			 Assistant Superintendent
     Dr. Sally Mitchell				      Director of Special Education
     Ms. Janet Griffith          Asst. Director of Special Education
     Mr. David Cournoyer		       Director of Facilities/Transportation
     Mr. Fred Azar					Business Manager

           JOHNSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE
     Mrs. Janice D. Mele, Chairperson		 Mr. Robert LaFazia, Vice Chairperson
     Ms. Dawn Aloisio				Mr. Joseph W. Rotella
     Mrs. Susan M. Mansolillo

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                            ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
Core Values & Beliefs ......................................................................................................... 4
The Vision of the Graduate ................................................................................................... 5
Accreditation Statement ....................................................................................................... 6
JPS Affirmative Action Policy .............................................................................................. 6
Diploma System/Graduation Requirements ..................................................................... 7-8
Grading and Academic Ranking/Honor Roll ....................................................................... 9
Grade Level Classification/Course Credit/Credit Recovery Program ............................... 10
Course Selection Procedures .............................................................................................. 11
Course Changes/Release of Records .................................................................................. 11
Selective Service Registration ............................................................................................ 12
ASVAB/College Entrance Exams ...................................................................................... 12
College Admissions Requirements ..................................................................................... 12
Student Support Services ................................................................................................... 13
        English Learners (EL)
        Guidance
        Special Education

           COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & PATHWAYS
Academic Program General Information ...................................................................... 14-15
Art ................................................................................................................................. 16-18
Art Pathways ................................................................................................................. 19-21
Business & Technology ................................................................................................ 22-25
Business & Technology Pathways ................................................................................ 26-27
English Language Arts .................................................................................................. 28-33
Mathematics ................................................................................................................. 34-37
Music ............................................................................................................................ 38-40
Music Pathways ............................................................................................................ 41-42
Physical Education/Health ............................................................................................ 43-44
Science .......................................................................................................................... 45-49
Social Studies ................................................................................................................ 50-55
Law, Public Safety, and Government Academy ................................................................... 56
World Languages .......................................................................................................... 57-60

Appendix A: Johnston Senior High School Early College Access Policy ..................... 61-62
Appendix B: Advanced Coursework Network ................................................................... 63
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CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS
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ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
Johnston Senior High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and
Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated
institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions, offering postgraduate
instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it
meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality, periodically applied through

                                                                                                      ACCREDITATION
a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the
necessary resources, to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs,
is substantially doing so and given reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the
foreseeable future.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as
a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or
the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the
quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association
should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also
contact the Association.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA. 01730-1433
(617) 271-0022

            JPS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY
The policy of the Johnston Public Schools prohibits discrimination based upon age, physical
handicap, sex, marital status, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, race, religion,
national origin, color, creed, or political affiliation. No employee or applicant shall be denied
employment because of discriminatory practices.

It should be noted that in accordance with Title IX every effort is being made so that all
students have an equal opportunity to enroll in any course established for their grade and
preparation, regardless of sex.
(Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action)

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                                                                                                       JSHS DIPLOMA SYSTEM
                               DIPLOMA SYSTEM
To earn a Johnston Senior High School Diploma, students must complete 24 credits and participate
in departmental comprehensive course assessments and state assessments. In addition for the Class
of 2021 and beyond, students will complete a performance based diploma assessment.

CREDITS

              CLASS OF 2020                               CLASS OF 2021 and Beyond
All students will successfully complete 24          All students will successfully complete 24
credits in the following subjects to be eligible to credits in the following subjects to be eligible
graduate:                                           to graduate:

 English                                 4.0         English                                 4.0
 Mathematics                             4.0 *       Mathematics                             4.0 *
 American History                        2.0         World History                           1.0
 Social Studies Elective                 1.0         American History                        1.0
 Science                                 3.0         Social Studies Elective                 1.0
 Physical Education                      1.0         Science                                 3.0
 Health                                  1.0         Physical Education                      1.0
 Fine Arts                                .5         Health                                  1.0
 Technology                               .5         Fine Arts                                .5
 Personal Financial Literacy              .5         Introduction to Computer Science         .5
 Electives                               6.5         Personal Financial Literacy              .5
                                                     Electives                               6.5
 Minimum Credits                        24.0         Minimum Credits                       24.0

* One credit of mathematics may be an applied mathematics.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
            COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ASSESSMENTS
All students will take departmental comprehensive course assessments that are standardized by,
and embedded in, courses.

       PERFORMANCE BASED DIPLOMA ASSESSMENT
A performance based diploma assessment is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating
demonstration of a student’s applied learning skills and knowledge of one or more content areas.
Successful completion of performance-based diploma assessments shall include demonstrations
of both applied learning skills and proficiency in one or more content areas. The specific content
area(s) is a local decision often made by the student and directed by student interest. The content
area(s) explored through this assessment need not be a core content area. To the maximum degree
possible, the topic of the performance-based diploma assessment will be chosen with input from
the student and will be related to the academic, career, and personal/social goals as reflected in the
student’s ILP.
(RIDE Secondary Regulations Reference Guide June, 2018)

                          TRANSFERS AND APPEALS
Students who transfer from another school will have their transcripts reviewed. Graduation
decisions are the responsibility of the principal. Parents or guardians may appeal graduate/not
graduate status by submitting a written request for a hearing to the principal.

         SUMMARY OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
•      Credits (24) in appropriate academic disciplines
•      Comprehensive Course Assessments (departmental/embedded in courses)
•      Participation in State Assessments
•      Class of 2021 and beyond, Performance Based Diploma Assessment

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GRADING AND ACADEMIC RANKING

                                                                                                        GRADING & ACADEMIC RANKING / HONOR ROLL
                      WEIGHTED GPA SCALE
               Grade      Grade           College     Honors        AP/EEP
                                          Prep/Career Courses       Courses
			                                                   plus .5       plus 1.0

               A+         97-100          4.00           4.50       5.00
               A          93-96           3.90           4.40       4.90
               A-         90-92           3.67           4.17       4.67
               B+         87-89           3.30           3.80       4.30
               B          83-86           3.00           3.50       4.00
               B-         80-82           2.67           3.17       3.67
               C+         77-79           2.30           2.80       3.30
               C          73-76           2.00           2.50       3.00
               C-         70-72           1.67           2.17       2.67
               D          65-69           1.00           1.50       2.00
               F          < 65            0              0          0

Report cards are issued four times annually and progress reports are issued semi-quarterly. Numeric
grades are used at Johnston Senior High School. All courses, including Physical Education and
Health, are included in the numerical grade point average (GPA).

                                      HONOR ROLL
Honor roll is computed each quarter and is not a cumulative honor. The unweighted GPA is used to
calculate honor roll. The honor roll is reported to the local newspaper so that students will receive
recognition for their academic achievement.

                 HIGH HONORS:                            93.000 -100       GPA
                 1st HONORS:		                           90.000 - 92.999   GPA
                 2nd HONORS:		                           83.000 - 89.999   GPA
		               3rd HONORS:		                           80.000 - 82.999   GPA

               VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN
The valedictorian and the salutatorian of each class are those students whose weighted rank is first
and second in the class, after seven semesters of high school. To be selected valedictorian and
salutatorian, students must have completed three semesters of academic work at Johnston Senior
High School.

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GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION / COURSE CREDIT
    GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION/CLASS STANDING
A student is placed in a specific grade according to the number of years he/she has attended high
school. A first year student is in 9th grade, a freshman; a second year student is in 10th grade, a
sophomore; a third year student is in 11th grade, a junior; and a fourth year student is in 12th grade,
a senior.

                                    COURSE CREDIT
To receive credit for a course, the student must complete the course with a passing grade of 65 or
above during the school year. Summer school, credit recovery, or tutoring will be accepted only
under the conditions outlined in the policy of the Johnston School Department. A student who
passes a repeat course will have both the failure and a passing grade of 65 recorded on the transcript.

                       CREDIT RECOVERY PROGRAM
The Credit Recovery Program provides online course opportunities to students that did not meet
the required grade of 65 or above to earn course credit. Credit Recovery is offered after school and
during the summer on an as needed basis.

                   COURSE SELECTION PROCEDURES
The course selection process is a process that involves the recommendations of teachers, consideration
of the student’s past performance, and future life plans. Students will be given a Program of Studies
for 2019-2020 and their current teachers will recommend students for core courses. Students will
then meet with their school counselors to make course selections for the year.

Courses will run if there are sufficient student requests and available staff.  If a selected course must
be cancelled, we will try to give students the opportunity to make alternative selections. Students
are encouraged to make responsible choices when initially selecting courses. Please be certain to:

•   Consult with your parents and school counselor.
•   Read all materials carefully before choosing courses.
•   Speak with your teachers about their recommendations.
•   Meet with your school counselor to discuss recommended courses and select elective courses.
•   Remember that there is no guarantee that all courses listed will run. Student selection will
    determine which courses will run and which will not.
•   Courses may be combined at the discretion of the administration.

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COURSE CHANGES

                                                                                                         COURSE CHANGES / RELEASE OF RECORDS
Careful thought must be given to each course selection. Discuss your choices with your school
counselor, teachers, and parents/guardians. A decision to elect a course is much like a contract.
All changes in a student’s schedule will be made in accordance with the following guidelines and
restrictions:

• Contact the Guidance Department as soon as you know a schedule change is necessary.
• Course changes are subject to the availability of space in the requested course. Teacher
  preferences cannot be the basis of course request changes.
• The Guidance Department will be open for a limited time period in the summer for course
  change issues based on end of year and/or summer school status.
• During the first five days of a semester, schedule changes may be made for reasons,
  including:
		 a. Correcting an error in your schedule.
		 b. Adding an additional course (Students are responsible for all work covered during
		       their absence).
		 c. Dropping a course provided the credit requirement is met.
• Courses will not be dropped after the first five days of the semester unless extenuating
  circumstances exist and a replacement course can be found.

                             RELEASE OF RECORDS
Federal law and school department regulations direct that individual school records cannot be
released to any person or organization without the specific written consent of the parent or adult
student who has reached his/her 18th birthday, unless specifically exempted by law or unless
the student has clearly registered in another secondary school. Such authorization shall clearly
identify the recipient, the types of information being released, the length of time for which his/her
release is valid, and the general purpose for which the records will be used. In the event that such
records are sent out without specific authorization (for example, by court order), the parent or adult
student will be so informed. Records to other educational institutions may be released upon request
if evidence shows that the student has registered there (unless specifically prevented by the parent/
guadian); however every effort will first be made to have parental authorization.

Students seeking issuance of transcripts to colleges should be aware of additional requirements
in addition to that of written consent.  There is a special form available in the Guidance Office
that should be submitted to the Guidance secretary at least 10 school days in advance of the
due date. Students should consider the mailing transit time to assure arrival before the deadline.
School counselors shall be given 10 school days to process the school counselor’s portion of the
application packet and/or completion of the Common Application.

Transcripts issued to undergraduate students will be issued at no cost to the student; however,
students must provide postage.

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SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION

                                                                                                                SELECTIVE SERVICE / ASVAB / COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
All males, no later than 30 days after their 18th birthday, must register with the U.S. Selective Service.
Registering online is the recommended method of doing so.

                CAREER RELATED ASSESSMENT: ASVAB
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a career interest inventory offered to juniors and
seniors at no cost or obligation. The Guidance staff announces to all upper class students when and
how they should register for this test.

                          COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
                                 2019 - 2020
PSAT 10 AND PSAT/NMSQT
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is offered in
October of each academic year. The test is normed for students in the 10th and 11th grade. Juniors
who take the test are eligible to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

SAT
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is offered numerous times per year. Typically, students take the SAT
in the spring of their junior year and then in the fall of their senior year. Registration materials are
available online at https://www.collegeboard.org. Students are responsible for registering online.

SAT II
SAT II’s are subject tests (formerly known as Achievement Tests) that test knowledge in a specific
area and are offered several times a year. Some colleges may require as many as three SAT II tests.
Students are responsible for registering online at https://www.collegeboard.org.

ACT
The ACT is offered several times a year. The ACT is an alternative to the SAT, although not all colleges
accept it in place of the SAT. Typically, students take the ACT in the spring of their junior year and
then again in fall of their senior year. Registration materials and further information is available at
www.act.org. Students are responsible for mailing the registration materials or registering online.
*Accommodations may be provided for college entrance exams if a student qualifies and is approved
by the College Board/ACT.

               COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
English …….....………………………………………………………………........................ 4 credits
Mathematics (Alg.1, Alg.2, Geometry, College Alg., Pre-Calculus, Calculus) ..................... 4 credits
International Languages (h.s. level, 2 years minimum of same language) ...................... 2-4 credits
Social Studies ………………………......………………………………............................ 3-4 credits
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Science) ...…………………............................ 3 credits

*Courses in art, music, humanities, computer science, etc., are suggested to complete a well-rounded program.
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STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
                STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

                                        GUIDANCE
The Guidance Department of Johnston Senior High School, in partnership with the Rhode Island
School Counselor Association (RISCA), has implemented a comprehensive, school-counseling
program. This comprehensive counseling program serves as an organizational framework to
provide multiple opportunities for students to meet the American School Counseling Association
(ASCA) national standards. Standards-based counseling has shifted the focus from a student-
by-student system of service delivery to a comprehensive and developmental focus in the three
domains that are fundamental to student success: academic, career and personal/social development.
School counselors work with all students, school staff, families, and members of the community
as an integral part of the education program. The counseling program provides an opportunity
for all students to achieve success. The program is data driven, and allows for review, analysis,
and interpretation of data to make an ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s
comprehensive guidance program.

                              SPECIAL EDUCATION
Services are designed to enable students to make academic progress in the general education
program curriculum whenever possible. These services are available for students who meet the
federal guidelines. These services may include in-class support, social work services, speech and
language services, occupational therapy services, out of classroom support, and specialized classes
for students unable to make progress in the general education curriculum.

                               ENGLISH LEARNERS
The goal of the EL program is to provide appropriate language experience so that students with
limited English skills may become proficient in English. The program emphasizes the acquisition
of interpersonal communication skills and encourages competitive academic skills. Instructional
strategies promote effective speaking, reading, writing, listening and thinking in English. Credit is
earned through enrollment in general curriculum courses.

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ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The following is some general information relating to Johnston Senior High School academics:

•   Johnston Senior High School subscribes to the Modern Language Association (MLA)
    format for scholarly writing. Writing is taught in all courses throughout the curriculum.

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•   Some students may wish to earn college credit for advanced studies at Johnston Senior High
    School. This potentially may be done through the following programs that are subject to the
    Johnston Senior High School Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Policy. See Appendix A.

            ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM (AP)
The Advanced Placement program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level work
while they are still in high school and earn possible college credit and placement. Many colleges
and universities will award student college credit for having earned grades of 3-5 on their AP
exams. Students who choose to enroll in AP courses are required to take the AP exam in the
spring. Starting in the Fall of 2019, students must register online by the month of November for
their AP exams. Please visit www.collegeboard.org for more information.

             EARLY ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (EEP)
Johnston Senior High School (JSHS), in association with Rhode Island College (RIC), offers
EEP which allows high school students to take college courses and earn college credits while at
JSHS. The courses are the same as those courses taught at Rhode Island College and the credits
later may be applied to a RIC degree or they may be transferred to most other colleges. Library
privileges at RIC are a part of the program. EEP courses are approved by RIC and taught by
qualified Johnston Senior High School faculty.

LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND GOVERNMENT ACADEMY
The Academy of Law, Public Safety and Government is a three-year program of study
supplemented by career specific courses.   The curriculum is designed to follow a planned
sequence beginning in the sophomore year. Those students admitted will be assisted by faculty
and guidance personnel to select an appropriate course of study based on the student’s academic
goals and career aspirations. Students who complete four required courses (Law and Society,
Criminal Justice, Forensics, and Street Law or Contemporary Issues) may earn six college
credits from Roger Williams University. To earn college credits, students must pass each course
with a B+ average.

                              FINANCE ACADEMY
The Finance Academy is a two- or three-year program open to all students their sophomore,
junior, and senior years. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to go directly into the
workforce with solid marketable skills in the areas of business and finance or to prepare students
who plan to pursue an associates or bachelor’s degree in business.
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ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY
The Engineering Technology Pathway is a three-year program open to all students who desire to
study both high and low technical subjects relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.
Students will obtain a strong understanding of many career opportunities that fall within the STEAM

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(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) area and provide them with a foundation to
continue their studies at a college, technical school, apprenticeship program, or to enter directly into
the workforce.

                                      ART PATHWAYS
The Johnston Senior High School Art Department provides a wide range of experiences to develop
student ability in both personal expression and visual communication for a wide and varied audience.
Visual art challenges one to push past obvious answers and engage in multifaceted strategies in order
to arrive at unique solutions to problems posed in class as well as self-initiated tasks. Artistic process
in studio is supported by relevant studies in art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. Each Art Academy
provides students an opportunity for study focused on a particular area in the visual arts - including
two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, and digital art.

                                     MUSIC PATHWAYS
The Johnston Senior High School Music Department offers two pathway programs. Students in the
programs connect a rich and rigorous curriculum with real-world experiences to prepare themselves
for secondary instruction and professional application of the materials. The Music Technology
Pathway allows students to access their creativity while utilizing multiple media platforms. Students
will gain the knowledge to prepare them for a professional career or secondary instruction. The
Music Education/Music Performance pathway gives students the collegiate experience through their
high-school careers. Students will become comprehensive musicians and experts on and off the stage.
Through performing ensembles and support classes students will gain the knowledge to prepare them
for future musical study.

                       UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
                            WRITING COURSE
This course is open to senior AP/honor students and only junior AP students who will be exposed to
strategies of writing for different audiences and situations.  College credit is determined by the final
grade.

             COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND
                   ENGINEERING COURSE
This Engineering Technology course is open to students in Grades 11 and 12. It introduces students to
various tools and problem solving skills common to most fields of engineering and technology.  Upon
successful completion of the course, students may be awarded three credits from Community College
of Rhode Island.

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The Art Department provides a variety of experiences and challenges,
       teaching students new skills and raising their awareness in the area of art
       appreciation. The arts are part of the required high school curriculum.
       The arts encourage visual perception and awareness of surroundings,
       personal involvement, and experimentation in all areas of the arts.
       In all art classes, students will study written and visual resources and
       maintain an art portfolio of their progress with written reflections and
       self-evaluations. Students will participate in class and school exhibits.

             J116-112 Art History                               J122-112 Two-Dimensional Art I
                       (.5 Credit)                                                (.5 Credit)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                       Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This is a survey course. Students will think, talk, and    This is a foundation art course. Various two-

                                                                                                                       ART
write about art from a variety of periods and cultures.    dimensional art media including drawing, painting and
Students will engage in art making that reinforces art     printmaking are explored. Students analyze their own
history lessons. This course will provide opportunity      work as it relates to the national standards. Art History
to strengthen knowledge of history through the             is incorporated as it pertains to specific assignments
creation of an art history timeline. This is an active     and in accordance with visual art and design grade
course, designed to develop critical thinking strategies   span expectations. Portfolios, group critiques, written
and address multiple learning styles while fostering art   reflection and school exhibition participation will also
appreciation.                                              be required in this course.

   J117-112 20th Century Art History                           J123-112 Two-Dimensional Art II
                       (.5 Credit)                                                (.5 Credit)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                       Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Art I
This course surveys the history of modern art and          Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
critical theories from Post Impressionism in the 1890s.
The development of Modernism, including Cubism,            Perspective drawing, painted landscapes and
Abstract Expressionism, Dada/Surrealism, and Pop           portraiture are just a taste of what is taught in this
Art, and contemporary trends are traced through            course. Materials used range from colored pencil and
painting and sculpture. A focus on current issues that     oil pastel to watercolor and acrylic paints. Students
inspire artists will illuminate the relevancy of visual    practice observation and visualization skills in order to
art in today’s global society. Development in design       make the imagined realized. Students build knowledge
and architecture will also be covered.                     of color theory and principles of composition upon the
                                                           foundation from the prerequisite course. Artistic styles
                                                           and individual artists are studied in museum and/
                                                           or gallery setting. Matting, mounting, and preparing
                                                           works for exhibition are also covered. Students
                                                           maintain a portfolio of their work.

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J124-112 Two-Dimensional Art III                           J126-112 Three-Dimensional Art I
                     (.5 Credit)                                                 (.5 Credit)
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Art II                      Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Grades 10, 11, 12                                         This course introduces students to various three-
Emphasis is on the synthesis of basic drawing/painting/   dimensional techniques and concepts. Materials
printmaking language and fundamental design skills.       such as clay, paper mache, plaster and found objects
A focus is placed on the manipulation of materials and    are introduced and serve as a vehicle of expression.
conceptual aspects of image construction. Portfolios      Lessons challenge students’ imaginations as well as
are maintained. Students have multiple opportunities      their technical skills. Portfolios, group critiques and
for exhibition. Development of aesthetic judgment is      art show participation are all required in this course.
enhanced by the opportunity to study art objects in
person through field trips and in house visits from art      J131-112 Three-Dimensional Art II
professionals.                                                                   (.5 Credit)
                                                          Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art I
   J133-112 Two-Dimensional Art III                       Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
           Honors (.5 Credit)                             This natural progression of three-dimensional art
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Art II                      further investigates various three-dimensional
Grades 10, 11, 12                                         mediums and concepts. More advanced materials
Emphasis is on the synthesis of basic drawing/painting/   and techniques are utilized as vehicles of expression.
printmaking language and fundamental design skills.       Lessons continue to challenge students’ imaginations
                                                          and technical skills. Portfolios, group critiques and art

                                                                                                                      ART
A focus is placed on the manipulation of materials and
conceptual aspects of image construction. Portfolios      show participation are required. Gallery and museum
are maintained. Students have multiple opportunities      trips are also included in this course.
for exhibition. Development of aesthetic judgment
is enhanced by the opportunity to study art objects
                                                            J128-112 Three-Dimensional Art III
in person through field trips and in house visits from
                                                                                 (.5 Credit)
                                                          Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art II
art professionals. This rigorous course is intended for
                                                          Grades 10, 11, 12
students that demonstrate a marked interest in visual
art and seek extended, higher level challenges.           Students in this course continue working three
                                                          -dimensionally and building upon their prior
    J125-112 Two-Dimensional Art IV                       knowledge. Lessons become more in depth as various
                     (.5 Credit)                          artists, movements and styles are explored. Portfolios,
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Art III                     group critiques, and art show participation are required,
Grades 10, 11, 12                                         and gallery and museum trips are included.
Students build and edit portfolios for personal growth,
job search, and/or college application purposes.            J129-112 Three-Dimensional Art IV
Personal vision is stressed. Using two- dimensional                                (.5 Credit)
techniques, a synthesis of the skills and concepts        Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Art III
developed in the past three courses is realized.          Grades 10, 11, 12
                                                          In this advanced class, students expand upon techniques
    J134-112 Two-Dimensional Art IV                       learned in their previous courses and they synthesize
            Honors (.5 Credit)                            their acquired skills and knowledge. Lessons are
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Art III                     explored individually as well as in small groups.
Grades 10, 11, 12                                         Portfolios, group critiques and art show participation
Students build and edit portfolios for personal growth,   are required. Gallery and museum field trips are also
job search, and/or college application purposes.          included.
Personal vision is stressed. Using two-dimensional
techniques, a synthesis of the skills and concepts
developed in the past three courses is realized.
This rigorous course is intended for students that
demonstrate a marked interest in visual art and seek            17
extended, higher level challenges.
J115-112 Digital Art I                                     J115D-112 Digital Art IV
                       (.5 Credit)                                                 (.5 Credit)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                         Prerequisite: Digital Art III
                                                             Grades 10, 11, 12
This introductory course deals with using computer
technology to produce an artistic image. Via the             Students begin an individual exploration of digital
Adobe Suite, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator,         art concepts specific to their own interests.  Students
students will learn computer illustration techniques,        will build and edit portfolios for personal growth, job
image manipulation, graphic design visual literacy,          search, and/or college application purposes. Personal
and the elements and principles of design. Art               vision, artistic growth, and versatility are stressed.
historical movements will also be studied as they            Gallery and museum trips are included in this course.
relate to students' projects. Students maintain a
digital portfolio of their work.  This course fulfills the              J132-112 Film Production
graduation requirement for technology.                                             (.5 Credit)
                                                             Prerequisites: Digital Art I and II
           J115B-112 Digital Art II                          Grades 10, 11, 12
                       (.5 Credit)                           This course introduces students to basic video/film/
Prerequisite: Digital Art I                                  audio production using Adobe After Effects and Adobe
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                         Premiere. Students will capture footage and use digital

                                                                                                                       ART
This natural progression of digital art further              editing programs to finalize their work. This course
investigates computer technology and various                 provides instruction and training in pre-production,
programs in the Adobe Suite. Students will continue          production, and post-production phases of project
to apply more advanced illustration techniques, image        development. Students maintain a digital portfolio of
manipulation, graphic design visual literacy, and the        their work.
elements and principles of design. Students will use
these skills as a utility and vehicle of expression.
Lessons continue to challenge students’ imaginations
and technical skills. Students maintain a digital
portfolio of their work. Gallery and museum trips are
included in this course.

          J115C-112 Digital Art III
                       (.5 Credit)
Prerequisite: Digital Art II
Grades 10, 11, 12
The practical application of digital art making is
the focus of this advanced course. Students will be
challenged to produce successful solutions to visual
communication problems by synthesizing fundamental
design concepts with their growing skill set of various
digital editing programs. Students may explore the
commercial application of digital art making by
creating advertisements, posters, invitations, and/or
logos for various school programs and events. Students
maintain a digital portfolio of their work. Gallery and
museum trips are included in this course.

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                     Digital Media & Design Academy
   The Digital Media & Design Academy allows students the opportunity to learn and participate in
   all aspects of graphic communications and digital production. Since this academy encompasses
   several different disciplines, students are able to produce media content through multiple
   mediums including print, film, and music. Students will have extensive exposure to the elements
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   and principles of design, composition, advertising, media literacy, music technology, basic camera
   skills, as well as an array of digital editing software (including the entire Adobe Suite, GarageBand,
   and Logic). Students will maintain a digital portfolio throughout the duration of the academy in
   preparation for post-secondary education and careers in art and media-related fields.

                                                                                              ART PATHWAYS
     REQUIREMENTS
     •   Application
     •   (0.5) Digital Art I
               (Grades 9, 10, 11)
     •   (0.5) Digital Art II
               (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Digital Art III
               (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Digital Art IV
               (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Film Production
               (Grades 10, 11, 12))

     Required Electives:
     (choose one from:)
     • (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art I
             (Grades 9, 10, 11)
     • (0.5) Three-Dimensional Art I
             (Grades 9, 10, 11)
     (choose one from:)
     • (0.5) Music Production & Technology I
       		     (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Music and Video Arts
     		       (Grades 11, 12)

     Suggested Electives:
     • (0.5) Public Speaking
             (Grades 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Industrial Design I
            (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Architectural Design
            (Grades10, 11, 12)

     Minimum Required Credits: 3.5
     Completion of School Based Project
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                       Two-Dimensional Art Academy
   The Two-Dimensional Academy tailors the educational experience to students who are
   interested in pursuing a post secondary visual art education, design career, or personal
   exploration that focuses on two-dimensional media. These classes include training in
   drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and mixed media, as well as guidance in realizing
   one’s artistic voice. The Two-Dimensional Academy will explore potential careers that
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   utilize an art education. Exhibition, field trips, and non-studio coursework will highlight
   real world situations faced by working artists, building upon studio experiences. A portfolio

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   and sketchbook will communicate vision and artistic process.

     REQUIREMENTS
     •   Application
     •   (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art I
               (Grades 9, 10, 11)
     •   (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art II
               (Grades 9, 10, 11)
     •   (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art III
            or Two-Dimensional Art III Honors
               (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art IV
            or Two-Dimensional Art IV Honors
               (Grades 10, 11, 12)

     Required Elective:
     (choose one from:)
     • (0.5) Art History
             (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     • (0.5) 20th Century Art History
             (Grades 10, 11, 12)

     Suggested Electives:
     • (0.5) Public Speaking
             (Grades 11,12)
     • (0.5) Marketing
             (Grades 11, 12)

     Minimum Required Credits: 3.0
     Completion of School Based Project
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                    Three-Dimensional Art Academy
    The Three-Dimensional Academy tailors the educational experience to students who
    are interested in pursuing a post secondary visual art education, design career, or
    personal exploration that focuses on three-dimensional media. These classes include
    training in hand-building in clay, paper-mache, wire, and mixed media, as well as
    guidance in realizing one’s artistic voice. The Three-Dimensional Academy will explore
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    potential careers that utilize an art education. Exhibition, field trips, and non-studio
    coursework will highlight real world situations faced by working artists, building upon

                                                                                   ART PATHWAYS
    studio experiences. A portfolio, sketchbook, teacher conference, and group critique will
    communicate vision and artistic process.

      REQUIREMENTS
      • Application
      • (0.5) Three-Dimensional Art I
              (Grades 9, 10, 11)
      • (0.5) Three-Dimensional Art II
              (Grades 9, 10, 11)
      • (0.5) Three-Dimensional Art III
              (Grades 10, 11, 12)
      • (0.5) Three-Dimensional Art IV
              (Grades 10, 11, 12)

      Required Electives:
      (choose one from:)
      • (0.5) Two-Dimensional Art I
              (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
      • (0.5) Digital Art I
              (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
      (choose one from:)
      • (0.5) Art History
              (Grades 10, 11, 12)
      • (0.5) 20th Century Art History
              (Grades 10, 11, 12)

      Suggested Electives:
      • (0.5) Public Speaking
              (Grades 11,12)
      • (0.5) Marketing
              (Grades 11, 12)

      Minimum Required Credits: 3.0
      Completion of School Based Project
The Business Department offers courses of interest to a wide audience.

                                                                                                                       BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
      Students may take business courses for their own enrichment, to
      prepare to enter the world of business and technology immediately
      after high school, or to help prepare themselves for college.

     J219-112 Career and Consumer                                J231-112 International Business
           Awareness (.5 Credit)                                                  (.5 Credit)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                        Grades 11, 12

The goal of this course is to empower students to           Students analyze how international business impacts
become more aware of personal options that will help        commerce at all levels (local, state, national, and
them reach their full potential for success in high         international) in regards to communication, ethics,
school and beyond. Students are provided with the           organizational structure, trade relations, and finance.
information needed to enable them to make choices           A strong understanding of the interrelationships of the
pertaining to post-secondary education, training            social, cultural, political, legal, and economic factors
programs and work. Students also explore how they           that impact the international business environment
relate to the business environment as consumers by          are studied along with discussions of how personal
being introduced to the numerous challenges they            management skills, human resource functions,
will encounter as they assume the responsibility of         technology tools, and a business’ competitive position
becoming productive citizens. Curriculum highlights         are needed to function effectively in a business
include on-line resources and simulations for career        environment. In addition, the concept of foreign trade,
pathways, personality profiles and personal business        monetary differences, foreign exchange rates, and
practices.                                                  international financing are explored.

        J202-112 Financial Planning                          J204-112 Personal Financial Literacy
                       (.5 Credit)                                                (.5 Credit)
Grades 11, 12                                               Grades 11, 12
This course introduces students to the financial planning   In this course students will be introduced to various
process and the components of a comprehensive               personal finance components to increase their
financial plan.   Students learn to prepare a financial     knowledge in the areas of money, credit, resource and
plan that includes saving, investing, borrowing, risk       risk management to aide them in achieving financial
management, and retirement. A portfolio is required         security. Through application activities, the student
and students will utilize on-line resources to include      will learn how to compute payroll deductions, prepare
INVEST and stock market simulation strategies.              income tax statements and create budgets to allow for
                                                            housing and automobile expenses, as well as how to
                                                            maintain a checking account and determine how to
                                                            choose appropriate savings, credit and insurance plans.
                                                            This course is required for all juniors beginning with
                                                            the Class of 2019.

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J221-112 Accounting I Honors                           J214-112 Accounting II: Principles of

                                                                                                                       BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
                      (1 Credit)                                    Financial Accounting
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation                                             (1 Credit)
Grades 10, 11, 12                                          Prerequisite: Accounting I Honors or Accounting I
This course provides students with a working               Grades 11, 12
knowledge of the accounting cycle for a sole               Students in this course are provided the opportunity
proprietorship, service business. Skills include the       to apply skills learned in Accounting I to a variety of
recording of business transactions, posting, preparation   accounting situations. Students apply more in-depth
of trial balance and worksheets,   preparing financial     accounting skills including financial statement analysis,
statements, recording closing entries, and banking         accounting for departmental business, corporation
activities. Additionally, students will complete a         accounting, inventory accounting and control,
business simulation. Completion of extra projects          cost accounting, accounting adjustments including
and assignments are also mandatory. Accounting I,          uncollectible accounts, depreciation, prepaid and
a mathematics- related course, may be counted as a         accrued expenses, and unearned and accrued revenues.
fourth credit in mathematics.                              Accounting II, a mathematics-related course, may be
            J206-112 Accounting I                          counted as a fourth credit in mathematics.
                      (1 Credit)
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                        J210-112 Marketing
This course provides students with a working                                     (.5 Credit)
knowledge of the accounting cycle for a sole               Grades 11, 12
proprietorship, service business. Skills include the       Students will be introduced to the principles and
recording of business transactions, posting, preparation   practices of marketing. Students will become familiar
of trial balance and worksheets, preparing financial       with the methods that businesses utilize to market
statements, recording closing entries, and banking         their products and services. A concentration will be
activities. Additionally, students will complete a         placed on the understanding of the marketing mix (4
business simulation. Accounting I, a mathematics-          P’s), target markets, and marketing strategies. Real
related course, may be counted as a fourth credit in       life advertising campaigns will be used as the topic of
mathematics.                                               discussion along with complementary text and video
                                                           to enhance understanding. Course will culminate with
 J223-112 Accounting II: Principles of                     the creation of a product with associated marketing
    Financial Accounting Honors                            ideas.
                      (1 Credit)                                   J220-112 Entrepreneurship
Prerequisites: Accounting I Honors or Accounting I                               (.5 Credit)
               and Teacher Recommendation                  Grades 10, 11, 12
Grades 11, 12
                                                           In this course, students are introduced to the elements
Students in this course are provided the opportunity       of operation and the risks associated with starting a
to apply skills learned in Accounting I to a variety       new business as they explore the advantages and
of accounting situations. Students apply more in-          disadvantages of the different types of business
depth accounting skills including financial statement      ownership.      Students are also exposed to the
analysis, accounting for departmental business,            management, marketing, human resource and financial
corporation accounting, inventory accounting and           and organizational skills necessary to become a
control, cost accounting, accounting adjustments           successful entrepreneur. A detailed business plan
including uncollectible accounts, depreciation,            that demonstrates an understanding of those skills is
prepaid and accrued expenses, and unearned and             required at the end of the course.
accrued revenues. Completion of extra projects and
assignments are also mandatory. Accounting II, a
mathematics-related course, may be counted as a
fourth credit in mathematics.
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J227-112 Robotics                             J232-112 Introduction to Technology

                                                                                                                     BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
                       (.5 Credit)                                       Education
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                              (.5 Credit)
This course introduces students to the dynamic field      Grades 10, 11, 12
of Robotics by building, modifying, and programming       Students will learn the proper usage of a lab/shop
robots. Students incorporate computer programming,        environment.     Lessons will concentrate on the
mathematics, science, and technology skills to solve      following topics: lab/shop safety, reading a ruler to
problems which involve developing and testing a           1/16", proper hand tool usage, proper power hand tool
method or product to comply with specific parameters/     usage, proper stationery power tool usage, reading
criteria to reach a desired outcome. This course          plans to create a product, and basic/tool/machinery
emphasizes the possible career choices available within   maintenance. Upon completion, students will create
a robotics field including: engineering, manufacturing,   at least one take-home project. Students will be
computer technology/programming, marketing, and           evaluated through quizzes, tests, class assignments,
entrepreneurship to name a few.                           and demonstration of subject mastery. Introduction
                                                          to Technology Education is the prerequisite for all lab
       J229-112 Industrial Design I                       component technology education classes.
                       (.5 Credit)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                             J230-112 Architecural Design
This course introduces students to many fields of                              (.5 Credit)
industrial design, technical drawing, and graphic         Grades 10, 11, 12
communication. Using available resources, including       This course introduces students to the field of
computers and computer aided drafting and design          architecture by studying various types and styles of
(CADD) software, students prepare graphic                 commercial and residential real estate. Emphasis is
representations of products/solutions used in the         placed on the students’ understanding of the design
business world. Studies include technical drawing,        elements incorporated into each architectural example.
isometric, and orthographic projections. This course      Students will culminate their learning experience
fulfills the graduation requirement for technology.       by creating a complete set of plans, using computer
                                                          aided design (CAD) software, which includes front,
      J229B-112 Industrial Design II                      rear, left side and right side elevations, plot plan,
                       (.5 Credit)                        floor plans for each level, and a perspective drawing.
Prerequisite: Industrial Design I                         Additional topics will include construction concepts
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                      and materials, geographic factors, energy efficiency,
                                                          and cost analysis.  This course fulfills the graduation
Industrial Design II continues students' study of         requirement for technology.
industrial design, technical drawing, and graphic
communication through solid and 3-D modeling.
Students gain first-hand knowledge of industrial
practices that may lead to future career endeavors or
post-secondary studies in the fields of engineering,
product development, marketing, graphic design, and
manufacturing.

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J233-112 Construction 101:The Basics                                J232-112 Panther Technology

                                                                                                                          BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
                       (1 Credit)                                         Internship (PTI) I
Prerequisite: Introduction to Technology Education                                  (.5 Credit)
              (starting in the 2020-2021 school year)         Prerequisite: Interview with Technology Department
Grades 11, 12                                                 Grades 10, 11, 12
This modular approach to the world of construction            The PTI course is a hands-on study of technology
will offer students a glimpse into "real-world" trades        integration, problem-solving, and Chromebook
used in practice today and into the future. Each              repair. This course is intended to provide a real-life
quarter, students will learn about one or two trades          workforce experience, and students will be required
through lectures, videos, guest speakers, and hands-on        to treat the course as so. Students will quickly and
application. Trades to be studied will be: carpentry,         accurately diagnose technology issues using specialty
plumbing, electrical, interior finishes, exterior finishes,   software & hardware to make solution-based
and landscaping. Students will practice these skills by       recommendations to our students and staff in a timely
constructing a section of a building. Students will be        fashion. This is a highly-coveted technology role
evaluated through quizzes, tests, class assignments,          that is perfect for a team player who thrives on both
and demonstrations of subject mastery.                        customer interaction and heads down troubleshooting.
                                                              Students will have opportunities in achieving
    J228-112 Engineering Technology                           proficiency in creativity, resilience, critical thinking,
                       (1 Credit)                             analytical, and leadership skills. Students who wish
Prerequisites: passed Algebra 1, Geometry, and 2              to take a second semester of this course may do so if
years of Language Arts. Students will be required to          recommended by teacher.
take the CCRI Accuplacer exam prior to enrollment
for CCRI credit. Upon successful completion of the                  J232A-112 Panther Technology
course students may be awarded 3 CCRI college                            Internship (PTI) II
credits.
                                                                                    (.5 Credit)
Grades 11, 12                                                 Prerequisites: Panther Technology Internship I and
This course introduces students to various tools and          Teacher Recommendation
problem solving skills common to most fields of               Grades 10, 11, 12
engineering and technology. The course will emphasize         PTI II offers students the opportunity to extend their
developing both individual critical thinking, and             study of computer technology applications in real-life
collaborative problem solving skills, essential in            troubleshooting situations. PTI II students will also be
today’s world of technology. Students will learn the          required to work collaboratively with PTI I students
basics of the engineering design process, product             to demonstrate troubleshooting techniques and take a
design, testing, and evaluation. As teams, students will      leadership role in the internship program.
apply this process to complete a semester-long project
that will involve practical problem solving, computer
simulation and physical product fabrication. To assist
in the project analysis, documentation and presentation,
students will develop skills with spreadsheets,
word processing and presentation software. It is
recommended that students successfully complete
Industrial Design and Problem Solving – CADD prior
to enrolling in this course.

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                                           Finance Academy
    The Finance Academy is a two- or three-year program open to all students their sophomore,
    junior, and senior years. The curriculum is designed to accomplish two major goals:

    1. To prepare students who desire to go directly into the workforce with solid marketable skills
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    in the areas of business and finance.

    2. To prepare students who plan to pursue an associates or bachelor’s degree in business.

    To earn a JSHS diploma endorsement, in addition to the successful completion of course
    requirements listed below, other integrated assessments will include the Rhode Island Treasurer’s
    Financial Scholars Program (EVERFI) and one of the NOCTI Finance Cluster assessments.

     REQUIREMENTS

     •   Application
     •   (1.0) Accounting I
               (Grades 10, 11)
     •   (1.0) Accounting II
               (Grades 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Entrepreneurship
               (Grades 10, 11, 12)
     •   (0.5) Personal Finance Literacy
               (Grades 11)

     Required Elective:
     (choose at least one)
     • (0.5) Marketing
             (Grades 11, 12)
     • (0.5) International Business
             (Grades 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Economics
             (Grades 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Financial Planning
             (Grades 11, 12)

     Other Suggested Electives:
     • (0.5) Digital Art
             (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
     • (0.5) Public Speaking
             (Grades 11, 12)

     Minimum Required Credits: 3.5
     Completion of School Based Project
Johnston Senior High School
               Engineering Technology Academy
Industry today requires workers in all levels of technological literacy. From computer
programmers to plumbers, skilled workers are in demand.

In the Engineering Technology Academy, students will study both high and low tech
subjects relevant to today's and tomorrow's workforce. Problem solving, hands-on and
practical learning will be the focus of all classes involved.

Students will obtain a strong understanding of many career opportunities that fall within
the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) area and provide them
with a foundation to continue their studies at a college, technical school, apprenticeship
program, or to enter directly into the workforce.

REQUIREMENTS

•  Application
•  (0.5) Introduction to Technology Education
          (Grades 9, 10, 11)
• (0.5) Robotics
          (Grades 10, 11, 12)
• (0.5) Industrial Design I
          (Grades 10, 11, 12)
• (0.5) Industrial Design II
          (Grades 10, 11, 12)
• (0.5) Introduction to Computer Science
          (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
• (1.0) Engineering Technology
          (Grades 11, 12)

Suggested Electives:
• (0.5) Architectural Design
        (Grades 10, 11, 12)
• (1.0) Construction 101
        (Grades 11, 12)
• (0.5) Digital Art
        (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
• (0.5) Consumer and Career Awareness
        (Grades 10, 11, 12)

Minimum Required Credits: 3.5
Completion of School Based Project
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