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PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

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                PROGRAM OF STUDIES
                     2020-2021

1 Stateliner Boulevard, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865   Phone: 908-454-3400   Fax: 908-777-3978   www.pburgsd.net
PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

                                1 Stateliner Boulevard, Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865 / 908-454-3400, x7011
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Dear Parents:

On behalf of the administration, staff, and student body at Phillipsburg High School, it is a great pleasure to extend
this welcome to the “Class of 2024”!

Within this Program of Studies, you will find all the necessary information and planning material to complete the
scheduling process for the 2020-2021 school year. I encourage you to review this information as a family in order
to make informed decisions about the future. We are proud to say that you will find a curricular program that is
comprehensive and meets your child’s academic needs. Very soon, it will be time to review and discuss your
child’s course selections with his/her teachers and counselor. While our high school graduation requirements are
rigorous and meet state requirements, colleges often have additional requirements and will consider your child’s
academic record from freshman through senior year. Colleges will also be interested in extracurricular activities
in which your child has participated.

At PHS, we understand that our students have different interests and different goals in life. If college is one of
those goals, it will be essential to create a four-year plan that will best prepare you for admission to the college
of your choice. PHS offers more than two dozen “dual enrollment credit” courses, coordinated with Warren
County Community College, allowing a graduate to leave PHS with not only a high school diploma but college
credits that can be applied to other New Jersey institutions. Additionally, we have recently begun another
partnership with nearby Centenary University, offering in-house AND online elective coursework for college
credit.

As you begin this process, please pay particular attention to the “General Information” section that follows this
letter. You will find graduation requirements and minimum required courses, as well as other pertinent
information that is extremely important to your child’s high school career. A detailed list of course offerings
listed after the General Information section gives a snapshot of the grade level prerequisites. Finally, use the
“Course Selection Worksheet” on page 53 to draft the desired courses for the 2020-2021 school year.

We at PHS wish you the best of luck as you plan for the future. If you have any questions or concerns regarding
the scheduling process, please feel free to contact the Guidance Department.

I look forward to working with each of you in the fall of 2020.

Sincerely,
Matthew J. Scanlon
Matthew J. Scanlon, Ed.D, Principal
PHILLIPSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                     MISSION STATEMENT

The Phillipsburg School District, a proud and diverse learning community with a strong sense of tradition,
ensures all students are afforded a safe, nurturing, and secure environment, while providing them with
opportunities to be engaged in a rigorous and enriching program of study designed to prepare them for college
and career. Mastery of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards empowers our graduates to become
effective, lifelong learners and contributing members of their communities, representing the ideals of the
Stateliner family.

                                                  BELIEFS
In the Phillipsburg School District, we believe that…
* Each member of the school community is entitled to a safe, caring, learning environment.
* Every person is unique, important, and deserving of respect, understanding, and appreciation.
* Education is the shared responsibility of the student, school, home, and community.
* School success occurs when self-esteem is fostered and challenging work is meaningful.
* Daily attendance and participation maximize student achievement.
* Technological resources empower all stakeholders to succeed in an ever-changing society.
* Quality professional development drives innovation and continuous improvement within the school system.
* An engaging curriculum prepares students to become lifelong learners and contributing members of society.
* Membership in extra-curricular activities and athletics contributes to students’ overall well-being.
  Multiple assessment strategies guide instruction and advance learning.
*

                    PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER

                                    Our High School, you will be forever,
                                       A guiding light that shines for all.
                                       We'll back you everyone together,
                                  With you we'll stand, with you we'll fall.
                                         Loyal we'll be to you always,
                                     And when our banners wave on high,
                                 We'll sound our cheers, ringing loud and clear
                                        and be steadfast to P'Burg High.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Board of Education Members/Central Office Administration ................................................................................... 2
PHS Supervisory Personnel ....................................................................................................................................... 3
General Information.............................................................................................................................................. 4-14
   I.       Graduation Requirements
   II.      State Assessment Requirements
   III.     Minimum Required Courses per Grade Level
   IV.      Grading
   V.       Course Level Descriptions
   VI.      Recommendation for Level Placement
   VII.     Rank and Honors Designation
   VIII. Academic Eligibility Requirements
   IX.      College Admissions Policies
   X.       NCAA Eligibility Requirements
   XI.      Criteria for Changing Student Schedules
   XII.     Criteria for Dropping or Adding a Course
   XIII. Loss of Credit/Attendance Appeals
   XIV. Coursework Taken Prior to High School
   XV.      Independent Study
Course Descriptions ............................................................................................................................................ 15-52
        ENGLISH .............................................................................................................................................. 15-18
        MATHEMATICS .................................................................................................................................. 19-22
        SCIENCE ............................................................................................................................................... 23-27
        SOCIAL STUDIES ............................................................................................................................... 28-31
        WORLD LANGUAGE ......................................................................................................................... 32-34
        CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
            Agricultural Science ........................................................................................................................ 36-38
            Business........................................................................................................................................... 39-40
            Family and Consumer Science ............................................................................................................. 41
            Industrial Technology ..................................................................................................................... 42-43
            Informational Technology ............................................................................................................... 44-45
        FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
            Fine Arts .......................................................................................................................................... 46-47
            Music ............................................................................................................................................... 48-49
            Media Arts............................................................................................................................................ 50
        HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION .............................................................................................. 51-52
        FOUR-YEAR PLAN WORKSHEET ........................................................................................................ 53
PHILLIPSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                         50 Sargent Avenue
                                  Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
                                           908-454-3400

                           BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

                                       Rosemarie Person, President
                                     Timothy J. Zagra, Vice-President
                                 John Albright, Bloomsbury Representative
                                                 Alan Amey
                                  Kevin Bayne, Greenwich Representative
                                                Peter Marino
                                Robert McFarlane, Lopatcong Representative
                                          Vickie Mendes-Branch
                                               Cathy Morgan
                                            Sandra Morrisette
                                            Matthew T. Scerbo
                                             James M. Shelly

                           CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Gregory A. Troxell, Ed.D.                   Superintendent               Extension 1010
                                        troxell.gregory@pburgsd.net
Dr. Maureen Kehoe, Ed.D.                  Assistant Superintendent           Extension 1013
                                        kehoe.maureen@pburgsd.net
Mrs. Staci Horne                   Business Administrator/Board Secretary    Extension 1100
                                          horne.staci@pburgsd.net
Ms. Mary Jane Deutsch                Administrator of Special Services       Extension 2011
                                       deutsch.maryjane@pburgsd.net

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PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL
                       908-454-3400

                                       ADMINISTRATION
Dr. Matthew J. Scanlon, Ed.D.                      Principal                  Extension 7011
                                      scanlon.matthew@pburgsd.net
Mr. Kyle R. Rovi                   Assistant Principal (Grades 11 and 12)     Extension 7015
                                           rovi.kyle@pburgsd.net
Mr. John S. Stillo                 Assistant Principal (Grades 9 and 10)      Extension 7013
                                          stillo.john@pburgsd.net
Mrs. Kathleen C. Troxell              Assistant Principal (Guidance)          Extension 7031
                                       troxell.kathleen@pburgsd.net

                         GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT SECRETARIES
Ms. Lynn Garrison                       garrison.lynn@pburgsd.net             Extension 7033
Ms. Lisa Honey                           honey.lisa@pburgsd.net               Extension 7030

                                   SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Mr. Brandon Beahn                       beahn.brandon@pburgsd.net             Extension 7032
Ms. Terri Castagnoli                    castagnoli.terri@pburgsd.net          Extension 7038
Mr. Christopher Clarke                clarke.christopher@pburgsd.net          Extension 7036
Ms. Sarina Orta                           orta.sarina@pburdsd.net             Extension 7034
Ms. Ashley Parkansky                  parkansky.ashley@pburgsd.net            Extension 7037

                           STUDENT ASSISTANCE COUNSELORS
Ms. Amy Craig                             craig.amy@pburgsd.net               Extension 7039
Ms. Jan Swick                             swick.jan@pburgsd.net               Extension 7035

                                 CURRICULUM DIRECTORS
Ms. Michelle Chipaloski                       Mathematics/Science             Extension 1027
                                       chipaloski.michelle@pburgsd.net
Mr. Ryan Ditze                      English/ESL/Fine Arts/ Library Media      Extension 1029
                                             ditze.ryan@pburgsd.net
Mr. Thomas Fisher                 Physical Education/Health/Nurse/Athletics   Extension 7081
                                          fisher.thomas@pburgsd.net
Mr. James Gonzalez              Social Studies/World Language/Career & Tech   Extension 1028
                                         gonzalez.james@pburgsd.net
Mr. Robert Stem                               Alternative Education           Extension 7026
                                            stem.robert@pburgsd.net

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GENERAL INFORMATION
I. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Local high school graduation requirements include completion of 120 credits in courses designed to meet
    all of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, including but not limited to the following:

          Content Standards                            Minimum Course & Credit Requirement
    English/Language Arts Literacy         20 credits (including English I – IV)
     Health & Physical Education           5 credits per year in physical education, health & safety during
                                           each year of enrollment
              Mathematics                  15 credits (including Algebra 1 content, Geometry content, and a
                                           third year of math that builds upon Algebra 1 and Geometry and
                                           prepares students for college and 21st century careers)
                 Science                   15 credits (including laboratory Biology; Chemistry,
                                           Environmental Science or Physics; and an additional lab/inquiry-
                                           based science)
             Social Studies                15 credits (including Modern World History/Geography, US
                                           History I & US History II)
            World Languages                5 credits
      21st Century Life & Careers          5 credits
  (Family/Consumer Science, Business
     Administration & Technology,
        Technology Education)
       Financial, Economic, and            2.5 credits
        Entrepreneurial Literacy
      Visual and Performing Arts           5 credits
      (Art, Music, Drama, Dance)
               Electives                   15 credits
   Total Number of Required Credits        120 credits

II. STATE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
    The State of New Jersey has ended its membership of the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership
    for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. While the online platform will
    remain the same, the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments will no longer be called
    Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC). The statewide assessments for ELA
    and Mathematics will be called:
                         New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – ELA (NJSLA-ELA)
                       New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Mathematics (NJSLA-M)

   The NJDOE updated the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English Language
   Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics for the Classes of 2019 through 2022, pursuant to an amended Consent
   Order from the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

   Beginning with the class of 2021, students will have two pathways to meet high school graduation
   assessments requirements:
   1. Pass the ELA 10 and Algebra 1 assessment or:
   2. Demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or Mathematics by meeting the designated cut score on one of the
       alternative assessments listed on the chart below or
   3. The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the portfolio appeal process assuming the
       student has taken all NJSLA assessments associated with the high school level courses for which they
       were eligible and received valid scores.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS                                              MATHEMATICS
        NJSLA/PARCC ELA Grade 9 ≥ 750 (Level 4), or                  NJSLA/PARCC Geometry ≥ 725 (Level 3), or
        NJSLA/PARCC ELA Grade 11 ≥ 725 (Level 3) or
                                                                      NJSLA/PARCC Algebra II ≥ 725 (Level 3) or
       SAT Critical Reading (taken before 3/1/16) ≥ 400, or
     SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (taken             SAT Math (taken before 3/1/16) ≥ 400, or
                    3/1/16 or later) ≥ 450, or                      SAT Math Section (taken 3/1/16 or later) ≥ 440, or
        SAT Reading Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) ≥ 22, or            SAT Math Test (taken 3/1/16 or later) ≥ 22, or
         ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading1 ≥ 16, or                        ACT or ACT PLAN Math1 ≥ 16, or
              ACCUPLACER WritePlacer ≥ 6, or                          ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra ≥ 76, or
           ACCUPLACER WritePlacer ESL ≥ 4, or                        Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative
          PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading
                                                                        Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
                 (taken before 10/1/15) ≥ 40, or
   PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading (taken 10/1/15 or                 (beginning January 2019)2 ≥ 255, or
                         later) ≥ 22, or                                 PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math
                ACT Aspire Reading1 ≥ 422, or                                (taken before 10/1/15) ≥ 40, or
                ASVAB-AFQT Composite ≥ 31                                PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math
                                                                            (taken 10/1/15 or later) ≥ 22, or
                                                                              ACT Aspire Math1 ≥ 422, or
                                                                            ASVAB-AFQT Composite ≥ 31

    III. MINIMUM REQUIRED COURSES PER GRADE LEVEL
         To meet minimum graduation requirements, the following basic curriculum should be followed:
9th Grade                     10th Grade                      11th Grade                       12th Grade
English 1                     English 2                       English 3                        English 4
Math                          Math                            Math                             Health & Phys. Ed 4
Biology                       Chemistry                       Science                          Electives
U.S. History 1                U.S. History 2                  World History
Health & Phys. Ed 1           Health & Phys. Ed 2             Health & Phys. Ed 3
World Language                Electives                       Economics/Financial Literacy
Electives                                                     Electives

    IV. GRADING
        Grading on the report cards will be numerical:
                   100—90                 A—Superior
                   80—89                  B—Above Average
                   70—79                  C—Average
                   60—69                  D—Below Average
                   59 and below           F—Failing
        The only grades which are not numeric:
                   I                      Incomplete Grade
                   P                      Pass (Pass/Fail courses only)
                   F                      Fail (Pass/Fail courses only)
                   WP*                    Withdrawn Passing
                   WF*                    Withdrawn Failing

        Grade Recording –Each marking period represents 25% of the final grade. In a half-year course, each
        marking period represents 50% of the final grade.

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V. COURSE LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS
       Course Levels - All courses have been classified into three levels according to the degree of difficulty.
       Numerical grades achieved for these respective levels will be weighted using the following chart:

                  LEVELS OF RANKED COURSES/GPARC (Grade Point Average Ranked Courses)
                                (Dual Enrollment Courses are Noted by an *)

               AP LEVEL                                  HONORS LEVEL                              CP/APPLIED LEVEL
AP English Language & Comp.                 H English 1, 2, 3, 4                         CP English 1, 2, 3, 4 / English 1, 2, 3, 4
AP English Literature & Comp.*              H Algebra 1*                                 ESL 1, 2, 3, 4
AP Calculus AB*                             H Algebra 2                                  CP Journalism 1, 2, 3
AP Calculus BC*                             H Geometry                                   CP Leadership: A Cultural Revolution
AP Statistics*                              H Pre-Calculus*                              CP From Novel to Film
AP Biology*                                 H Calculus*                                  Contemporary Literature
AP Chemistry*                               H Anatomy/Physiology                         CP Making Comics
AP Environmental Science*                   H Biology*                                   CP Comic Literature I: Analyzing Comics
AP Physics 1*                               H Chemistry                                  CP Reading & Writing in Modern Society
AP Physics C                                H Environmental Science                      CP Algebra 1, 2 / Algebra 1, 2
AP Computer Science*                        H Genetics                                   Foundations of Algebra
AP Computer Science Principles              H Physics*                                   Applications of Mathematics
AP European History*                        H Research in Molecular Biology              CP Geometry / Geometry
AP Government and Politics*                 H American Law Studies*                      CP Pre-Calculus*
AP Microeconomics and Financial Literacy*   H Microeconomics and Financial Literacy      CP Statistics
AP Psychology                               H US History 1, 2                            CP Financial Algebra
AP US History*                              H World History                              CP Animal Behavior
AP World History*                           Pre-AP US History 1                          CP Biology* / Biology
AP French Language                          H Child Psychology*                          CP Chemistry / Chemistry
AP Spanish Language*                        H Introduction to Special Education*         Integrated Science
AP Studio Art*                              H French 1, 2*, 3*                           CP Earth/Space Science
AP Music Theory                             H Spanish 1, 2*, 3*                          CP Environmental Science / Env. Sci.
                                            H Computer Networking and Cyber Security-    CP Forensics*
                                            CISCO I & II                                 CP Genetics
                                            H Engineering Design                         CP Marine Biology
                                            H Introduction to Engineering                CP Physics
                                            H Introduction to Programming                CP Meteorology
                                            H Intermediate Programming                   CP Geology
                                            H Social Media Marketing                     CP Astronomy
                                            H Animal Science                             CP Economics and Financial Literacy
                                            H Plant Science                              CP Mythology
                                            H Introduction to Sustainable Practices*     CP Sociology*
                                            H Sustainability Assessment and Reporting*   CP US History 1, 2 / US History 1, 2
                                                                                         CP World History / World History
                                                                                         CP Foundations of Education*
                                                                                         CP French 1, 2 / French
                                                                                         CP Spanish 1, 2 / Spanish
                                                                                         CP Introduction to Programming
                                                                                         CP PC Technician-IT Essentials

   Phillipsburg High School will compute two averages for students based on a 4.0 weighted scale. The first
   computation is a weighted average for all courses attempted (GPAAC=Grade Point Average All Courses).
   The second is a weighted average (GPARC=Grade Point Average Ranked Courses) that includes only those
   courses identified as ranked, as listed above, to determine Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Honors Graduate Status
   and Class Rank.

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The following is the GPA scale:

  Numerical Grade         PERCENT GRADE                  4.0 SCALE            Honors           Advanced
  Will appear on Report                             (Formerly Applied and                      Placement
          Card                                              CP)
           A                     93-100                      4.0                4.5               5.0
       (90-100)                   90-92                      3.7                4.2               4.7
           B                      87-89                      3.3                3.8               4.3
        (80-89)                   83-86                      3.0                3.5               4.0
                                  80-82                      2.7                3.2               3.7
           C                      77-79                      2.3                2.8               3.3
        (70-79)                   73-76                      2.0                2.5               3.0
                                  70-72                      1.7                2.2               2.7
           D                      67-69                      1.3                1.8               2.3
        (60-69)                   63-66                      1.0                1.5               2.0
                                  60-62                      0.7                1.2               1.7
           F                  59 and below                   0.0                0.0               0.0

VI. RECOMMENDATION FOR LEVEL PLACEMENT
    a. When scheduling students into academic classes for the next school year—level placement will be
       determined by student performance in the same academic program. Placement will be based upon
       student grades at the time of scheduling.
    b. In order to move up an academic level, the student will need to earn a 90% average or higher (or receive
       teacher recommendation) in current level class at the time of scheduling.
         Example:
           1. Student is in CP History and wants to move to Honors History for the next school year. Student
               is earning an 82% average at the time of scheduling—student will need current teacher to
               recommend the move into Honors History for the next school year.
           2. Student is in Honors English and wants to move to AP English for the next school year. Student
               is earning a 94% average at the time of scheduling–student may move into AP English for the
               next school year.
    c. In order to stay at the same academic level, the student will need to earn a 75% average or higher (or
       receive teacher recommendation) in current level class at the time of scheduling.
       Example:
           1. Student is in CP Math and wants to remain in CP Math for the next school year. Student is
               earning a 67% average at the time of scheduling—student will be moved into general level
               Math for the next school year.
           2. Student is in CP Math and wants to remain in CP Math for the next school year. Student is
               earning a 74% average at the time of scheduling—if the student has teacher recommendation
               to stay in CP Math, the student will remain in CP level Math for the next school year.
    d. Movement up two levels is generally discouraged and will only be considered as a result of teacher
       recommendation.
    e. Students taking AP and/or Honors level courses will confront a broader scope, a more in-depth
       investigation of topics, and a more intensive workload. Students taking AP and/or Honors level courses
       may have assigned summer work as part of the course requirements.
    f. Placement recommendations are based upon past performance, current grades, standardized test
       scores and teacher recommendations. This process was developed to support student success,
       minimize scheduling conflicts, and to develop a strong educational plan. A Placement Appeal
       Request may be submitted following a review of your child’s recommendations and scheduling
       conference. Please note the following:

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1. A separate form is required for each request and may be accessed on the Guidance
               Department Website or in the Guidance Office. Forms MUST be received by the
               designated due date;
            2. Only completed forms (no electronic or phone requests) will be accepted;
            3. Submitting the Placement Appeal Request DOES NOT guarantee that the request will be
               approved;
            4. All requests will be reviewed by a Committee;
            5. Some appeal requests may not be feasible due to scheduling limitations;
            6. All course requirements, including summer assignments, must be completed; and
            7. Students should access extra help, if needed, to support their success in the approved
               course.

VII. RANKING AND HONORS DESIGNATION
    a. Phillipsburg Board of Education requires that a full-time student at Phillipsburg High School maintain
       a minimum of thirty–five (35) credits each school year. The high school principal may grant an
       exception to this regulation.
    b. Individual student averages will be calculated for each school year based on grades received in ranked
       courses as determined on Pages 4 and 5.
    c. Student averages are calculated by multiplying credits attempted times the quality points earned for
       each course elected. The total quality points for the year, divided by the credits attempted that year,
       equals the yearly average. The total accumulated quality points, divided by the total accumulated
       credits, equals the student’s accumulated average. All averages will be rounded to the fourth decimal
       point.
    d. Class rank will be calculated at the end of each year, and again at the end of the third marking period
       of the senior year based on the student’s final grade. Class rank will be determined by placing the
       cumulative average from highest to lowest.
    e. The student with the highest academic average will be declared the Valedictorian for the class. The
       student with the second highest average will be declared the Salutatorian for the class. In the event of
       a tie for the highest cumulative average, the student that has achieved the most credits in the highest
       level courses will be declared the Valedictorian. To be declared Valedictorian or Salutatorian, the
       student must be in residence for the entire senior year.
    f. Students will be eligible for the quarterly honor roll if they earn no grade lower than an 80% in each
       subject during the course of one complete marking period. Students will be eligible for the quarterly
       high honor roll if they earn no grade lower than an 90% in each subject during the course of one
       complete marking period.
    g. The following will be used to establish recognition for High Honor Graduate status, Honor Graduate
       status and National Honor Society eligibility:

                                                   Class of 2020
                 High Honor Graduate Recognition                            3.5000 and above
                   Honor Graduate Recognition                                3.0000 – 3.4999
                      National Honor Society                                3.0000 and above

                                                   Class of 2021
                 High Honor Graduate Recognition                            3.7500 and above
                   Honor Graduate Recognition                                3.5000 – 3.7499
                      National Honor Society                                3.0000 and above

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Class of 2022 and Beyond
                 High Honor Graduate Recognition                              3.7500 and above
                   Honor Graduate Recognition                                  3.5000 – 3.7499
                      National Honor Society                                  3.5000 and above

VIII. ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
   a. To be eligible for athletic competition and/or to hold office in any student organization during the fall
       semester (September 1 to January 31) of the 10th grade or higher, a student must have earned 30 credits
       during the preceding academic year.
   b. All 9th grade students are automatically eligible for athletic competition or to hold an office in any
       student organization during the fall semester.
   c. A student who is eligible during the fall semester but is not passing 15 credits at the conclusion of the
       fall semester becomes ineligible the rest of the year (February 1 through end of the school year).
   d. Student athletes who are eligible to participate at the beginning of their respective seasons shall be
       permitted to complete that season.
   e. An athlete cannot participate in interscholastic athletics if he or she has reached the age of nineteen (19)
       prior to September 1st of any year.

IX. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS POLICIES
    All colleges require students to have a strong preparatory curriculum in high school. Students must
    successfully complete a minimum of 16 academic units of high school course work in AP, Honors or
    College Preparatory (CP) subjects. An academic unit is a full year academic AP, Honors or CP level course.
    A strong academic transcript should include (but is not limited to) four units in English, three units of
    Mathematics (Algebra I & II and Geometry are suggested), three units of Social Studies (U.S. History I, II
    and World History), three units of laboratory science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are suggested), and
    at least 2 units of World Language (consecutive years of the same language are preferred).

X. NCAA ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
   In order to be eligible to play sports in a Division I or II University or College, you must graduate from
   high school and complete a curriculum of at least 16 core courses. Required courses are listed on the
   NCAA Eligibility Center website which can be accessed at www.ncaa.org under resources. Any student
   who intends to participate in college athletics is recommended to visit this website and download the current
   year Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. This document and website give very clear
   explanations of the responsibilities and requirements for Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics
   as a college freshman. Any student who intends to participate in Division I or Division II athletics must
   register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Please contact your counselor if
   you have questions about this process.

                                       NCAA APPROVED COURSES:

          ENGLISH:                               MATHEMATICS:                            WORLD LANGUAGE:
         CP English 1                              CP Algebra 1                               CP French 1
          H English 1                              H Algebra 1                                CP French 2
         CP English 2                              CP Algebra 2                               H French 2
          H English 2                              H Algebra 2                                CP French 3
         CP English 3                              CP Geometry                                H French 3
          H English 3                              H Geometry                                 H French 4
         CP English 4                             CP Pre-Calculus                         AP French Language
          H English 4                             H Pre-Calculus                             CP Spanish 1
      AP English Language                           H Calculus                               CP Spanish 2
      AP English Literature                       AP Calculus AB                              H Spanish 2
        CP Journalism 1                           AP Calculus BC                             CP Spanish 3
        CP Journalism 2                            CP Statistics                              H Spanish 3
        CP Journalism 3                            AP Statistics                              H Spanish 4
                                                                                          AP Spanish Language
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SCIENCE:                           SOCIAL STUDIES:
         CP Astronomy                              CP US 1
        CP Meteorology                             H US 1
          CP Geology                          Pre-AP US History
   AP Environmental Science                        CP US 2
          CP Biology                               H US 2
           H Biology                               AP US 2
          AP Biology                           CP World History
    H Anatomy & Physiology                     H World History
      CP Marine Biology                        AP World History
         CP Chemistry                       H American Law Studies
          H Chemistry                        AP European History
         AP Chemistry                           AP Psychology
          CP Forensics                    AP Government and Politics
           H Genetics                     CP Economics and Financial
   CP Earth and Space Science                      Literacy
           CP Physics                      H Economics and Financial
           H Physics                               Literacy
         AP Physics 1                   AP Microeconomics and Financial
         AP Physics C                              Literacy
                                                 CP Sociology
                                                CP Mythology
                                             AP Human Geography

XI. CRITERIA FOR CHANGING STUDENT SCHEDULES
    Because of the complexity of the schedule, it is difficult to accommodate schedule changes. Therefore,
    students should make careful and thoughtful decisions when choosing all courses, including
    electives and alternate choices.

   SCHEDULE CHANGES WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
      a. The correction of a clerical error in the schedule (i.e. a missing course, a conflict between two or
         more courses, or not having the appropriate prerequisite).
      b. A recommendation from the Child Study Team.
      c. A student is repeating a course with the same teacher he/she previously had.
      d. A student wishing to take additional courses, in place of a Study Hall, which do not entail the
         dropping of any other courses.

     SCHEDULE CHANGES WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS
     INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
       a. Course content or standards differing from student expectations.
       b. Dropping a course because it is not needed for graduation.
       c. Inability of a student to relate well to a given teacher.
       d. Preference for some other subject.

     Level changes may be accommodated at the discretion of the curriculum director/administration
     but will only be made through the first marking period. Please note: when making a level change,
     the previous assessments will be used in calculating a final average.

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XII. CRITERIA FOR DROPPING OR ADDING A COURSE
      Changing courses after a semester has begun can be very disruptive to a student’s schedule.
      Permission may be granted for a student to withdraw from a course. If the withdraw for a course occurs
      after October 15th for a full-year class, a grade of “Withdraw Passing” (WP) or a “Withdraw Failing”
      (WF) will be issued, based upon the student’s current grade. This “WP” or “WF” will be recorded on
      the student’s permanent transcript. As a reminder, a full-time student must maintain 35 credits.

XIII. LOSS OF CREDIT/ATTENDANCE APPEALS
   Students are expected to be in attendance on all days school is in session. Students who exceed the number
   of (unexcused) absences are subject to loss of credit in the class.

    Students who exceed the allowable absences in a course and lose credit will have the opportunity to
    complete an appeal form and submit it to the Attendance Committee.

XIV. COURSEWORK TAKEN PRIOR TO HIGH SCHOOL
   High School level courses taken prior to Grade 9 may be used to meet prerequisites or advancement in a
   particular subject area. However, because graduation requirements may only be met by courses taken in
   grades 9-12, high school level courses taken prior to grade 9 are not included in GPA or credits earned,
   nor are these listed on the high school transcript. Grade 9 begins upon graduation from grade 8.

XV. DUAL ENROLLMENT
   Dual Enrollment is a way to earn college credits for approved high school courses. Dual enrollment is
   defined as a student receiving high school credit toward a high school diploma and college credit toward
   an Associate Degree or occupational credit toward a technical certificate. Students will be taught by a
   qualified high school instructor during the regular school day, and will be awarded credits for that course
   from both the high school and the participating college.

                             APPROVED DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES

PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL                  WARREN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE                          CREDITS
        AP Biology                                       General Biology I                             4
                                                         General Biology II                            4
  AP Studio Art-2D Design                                    2D Design                                 3
          Painting                                           Painting I                                3
    Drawing & Sketching                                       Drawing                                  3
  AP Environmental Science                            Environmental Studies                            4
        CP Biology                                     Principles of Biology                           4
         H Biology                                     Principles of Biology                           4
       AP Chemistry                                     General Chemistry I                            4
                                                       General Chemistry II                            4
         H Physics                                       College Physics I                             4
        AP Physics 1                                     College Physics I                             4
                                                         College Physics II                            4
    AP Computer Science                                 Programming I C++                              3
    AP English Literature                              English Composition I                           3
                                                      English Composition II                           3
       CP Sociology                                  Introduction to Sociology                         3
      AP World History                                 Western Civilization I                          3
                                                      Western Civilization II                          3

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AP European History                              Western Civilization II                           3
           AP US History                                     American History I                             3
                                                            American History II                             3
         AP Microeconomics                                    Microeconomics                                3
             H Algebra 1                                      College Algebra                               3
            H Pre-Calculus                                      Pre-Calculus                                3
           CP Pre-Calculus                                      Pre-Calculus                                3
             CP Calculus                                         Calculus I                                 4
             AP Statistics                                        Statistics                                3
           AP Calculus AB                                        Calculus I                                 4
           AP Calculus BC                                        Calculus II                                4
  AP Government & Political Science                Introduction to American Government                      3
      H American Law Studies                                Introduction to Law                             3
             Accounting                                  Principles of Accounting I                         3
       Introduction to Business                   Business Organization and Management                      3
      Introduction to Marketing                           Principles of Marketing                           3
         CP Forensic Science                                  Forensic Science                              4
             H French 2                                      Beginning French I                             3
             H French 3                                     Beginning French II                             3
             H Spanish 2                                    Beginning Spanish I                             3
             H Spanish 3                                    Beginning Spanish II                            3
             AP Spanish                                    Intermediate Spanish I                           3
                                                          Intermediate Spanish II                           3

   PHILLIPSBURG HIGH SCHOOL                             CENTENARY UNIVERSITY                            CREDITS
       H Social Media Marketing                           Social Media Marketing                            4
  Introduction to Sustainable Practices             Introduction to Sustainable Practices                   4
Sustainability Assessment and Reporting           Sustainability Assessment and Reporting                   4
           H Child Psychology              Psychology of Low and High Incidence Exceptionalities            4
      CP Foundations of Education                        Foundations of Education                           4
     H Introduction to Special Education           Pre-School/School-Aged Development                       4

    XVI. OPTION II GUIDELINES (Alternative ways of attaining High School Graduation Credits)
    General Statement: Option II establishes alternate pathways for students to satisfy graduation requirements
    and meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code
    N.J.{A.C. 6A:8-5.1 (a) l ii}. Option II alternative experiences are voluntary. Students may fulfill the
    requirements for graduation by pursuing credits earned through the traditional classroom environments,
    alternative learning experiences availed through Option II, or through a combination of both programs.
    Option II permits students to engage in a variety of alternative learning experiences which are stimulating and
    intellectually challenging, enabling them to fulfill or exceed expectations set forth by the academic
    department’s New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Students may take part in Option II alternatives by
    participating in the following: student exchange programs, interdisciplinary or themed-based programs,
    independent study, internships, accredited college coursework, concurrent enrollment at colleges and
    universities, on-line and distance learning opportunities.
    Rationale for Option II:
         1. Credit Recovery - To make up a subject failed during regular school session.
                Credits are awarded after the recovery course has been successfully completed. Successful
                    completion requires the minimum passing grade.
                The course must have a minimum of 60 clock hours to recover five credits.

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   The recovery grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript but will not factor into the
               G.P.A.
              It is the student’s responsibility to have appropriate grade reports forwarded to the Guidance
               Office upon completion of the external course.
              For the purpose of meeting prerequisites, the summer school grade and the grade from the full
               year course will be included on the transcript.

   2. Original Credit – To earn credits outside of PHS for academic advancement or to meet graduation
      requirements.
           Credits are awarded after the course/program has been successfully completed. Successful
             completion requires the minimum passing grade.
           A grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript and will not affect G.P.A.
           A copy of the transcript from the institution where an alternate class was taken will be
             provided to the Guidance Office and will be included on the PHS transcript.

Programs for which original credits may be earned:
     Independent Study: An Independent Study is meant to broaden our curricular offerings and to
    provide students with an opportunity to design individual projects and enter into a contract for the
    completion of project activities. Students interested in developing an Independent Study project should
    first discuss their idea with an appropriate PHS teacher who is willing to serve as the student’s facilitator.
    Completed Independent Study projects will receive a Pass/Fail grade, which will be recorded on the
    transcript but will not be calculated into the GPA. An Independent Study will be for the term of one
    semester and may continue for a second semester, pending department approval.
                Independent Study Students must meet the following prerequisites:
                          a. Completed 60 or more credits toward graduation
                          b. Achieved a grade of 70 or better in all courses
                          c. Completed an application, which has been signed and approved by the student,
                              parent, independent study teacher, department director and counselor.

       Senior Learning Experience: The Phillipsburg High School Learning Experience Program is an
  initiative of the New Jersey Department of Education that provides eligible students the opportunity to
  utilize their last year of high school to gain purposeful real-life experiences. This program allows seniors
  who have passed the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and who
  are in good academic standing, to focus on their interests and abilities and serves as an alternative to high
  school classes. The program emphasized, creates, maintains and encourages diverse and multiple paths for
  student success. It is designed to clarify career goals, explore career possibilities, develop employment
  skills, or make the transition between school and employment or further education and training.

  Students attend classes at Phillipsburg High School for half the school day, including 20 course credits,
  and are engaged in one of the following Senior Learning Experience programs for the remainder of the
  day:
                                    Warren County Community College Enrollment
                      (These classes do not replace required Phillipsburg School District courses)

                                        Structured Work Experience
                             (May be scheduled on or off the high school campus)

                                            Self-Designed Experience

                                       Structured Learning Experience
                             (May be scheduled on or off the high school campus)

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Academic Requirements
    100 credits by the end of the Junior year.
    Proficient on both sections of NJSLA.
    Cumulative 2.5 GPA at the end of the Junior Year.
    No out-of-school suspension incidents during the preceding two marking periods.
    No more than 6 lates to school or 5 unexcused absences during the preceding two marking periods.
            ***Please contact your counselor if you are interested in this exciting opportunity***

      Distance/on Campus Learning: Students may participate in on-line or on campus courses offered by
   preapproved accredited institutions. Courses may not be taken in State Tested content areas and will not be
   included in the overall GPA. Students must complete an Application which has been signed and approved
   by the student, parent/guardian, counselor and department director.

Applications for All Option II Experiences: Students must complete an application which includes a
proposal through the High School Guidance Department prior to enrolling in any Option II Experience. The
request must be submitted for consideration to the Director of Guidance for review by the Option II committee.
Option II participation requires a student and/or parent/guardian responsibility for attendance, transportation,
personal safety and well-being, specialized equipment and any and all costs not otherwise provided by the
Phillipsburg School District. Option II will be used to provide academic/employment opportunities for
motivated students. Option II will only be utilized if a student is scheduled for 40 credits.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
                                                       ENGLISH

                        THE ENGLISH RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
            9th                             10th                             11th                                12th
         English 1                        English 2                       English 3                           English 4
        CP English 1                   CP English 2                   CP English 3                          CP English 4
        H English 1                    H English 2                     H English 3                           H English 4
                                                                  AP English Language &             AP English Literature & Comp.
                                                                         Comp.                      AP English Language & Comp.

110 ENGLISH 1                                                               Grade 9                                   5.0 CR (Level: 1)
Prerequisite: Placement by 8th Grade Matrix Score
          This course is designed to help students develop literacy skills by actively engaging in reading, writing, listening, speaking
and viewing activities. This course places special emphasis on the reading and writing skills needed for successful performance on
the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments. Thematic literature study is supplemented by a heavy emphasis on refining reading
and writing skills. The students will demonstrate proficiency in writing narrative, persuasive, descriptive and comparison-contrast
expository essays. The students will be taught strategies that will assist them in editing text for spelling, grammar, mechanics and
punctuation. The students will learn the skills associated with Internet and text research for formulation of a research project.

112 CP ENGLISH 1                                                           Grade 9                                 5.0 CR (Level: 1)
Prerequisite: Placement by 8th Grade Matrix Score
           This course is designed to help students develop and refine literacy skills by actively engaging in reading, writing,
listening, speaking, and viewing activities. Specific emphasis is placed upon effective composition, analytical response to literature,
collaboration and discussion techniques. The students will demonstrate proficiency in writing narrative, persuasive, descriptive and
comparison-contrast expository essays. The students will explore a variety of literary genres that include poetry, short stories, non-
fiction, drama and novel. The students will learn to respond analytically, personally, and imaginatively to literature to discover
connections between literature and the world outside the classroom. Students will be required to complete a research paper. This
class will also address study skills, grammar and usage, and vocabulary development.
114 H ENGLISH 1                                                              Grade 9                                  5.0 CR (Level: 2)
Prerequisite: Placement by 8th Grade Matrix Score
           This course is designed to challenge the highly motivated and academically skilled students. The students will develop
and refine literacy skills by actively engaging in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing activities. Specific emphasis is
placed upon effective composition, analytical response to literature, collaboration and discussion techniques. The students will
explore a variety of writing discourses such as persuasion, cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution as well as research
based projects. The students will explore a variety of literary genres that include poetry, short stories, non-fiction, drama and novel.
The students will read a supplemental, parallel text in addition to the grade 9 curriculum. The student will learn to respond
analytically, personally, and imaginatively to literature to discover connections between literature and the world outside the
classroom. The students will be introduced to literary theory in preparation for further study at the Honors English 2 and AP
levels. In addition, cumulative vocabulary development and grammar study will be included in the course of study. This course
will place rigorous demands upon students in terms of study skills, homework and independent projects.

120 ENGLISH 2                                                                 Grade 10                                 5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course further enriches students’ growth acquired in English 1. This course continues the emphasis on the reading,
writing, speaking, and listening skills needed for future education endeavors and career readiness. The thematic approach of the
program incorporates exercises in critical reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a variety of contexts. Thematic units of study
will include “Diversity,” “Contemporary Issues,” “Relationships and Love” and “Conflict and Resolution.” The students will
practice all stages of the writing process including: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and post writing. The student will respond
analytically, personally, and imaginatively to literature and make connections between literature and the world outside the
classroom. The class will also address study skills, grammar and usage, public speaking components, vocabulary development, and
research procedures.

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122 CP ENGLISH 2                                                          Grade 10                               5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course further enriches students’ growth acquired in College English 1. The thematic approach of the program
incorporates exercises in critical reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a variety of contexts. Thematic units of study will
include “Diversity,” “Contemporary Issues,” “Relationships and Love” and “Conflict and Resolution.” The students will practice
all stages of the writing process including: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and post writing. The student will respond
analytically, personally, and imaginatively to literature and make connections between literature and the world outside the
classroom. The class will also address study skills, grammar and usage, public speaking components, vocabulary development, and
research procedures.
124 H ENGLISH 2                                                               Grade 10                                5.0 CR (Level: 2)
          This course is designed to challenge the highly motivated and academically skilled students. The theoretical approach of
the program incorporates exercises in close-reading, critical analysis, writing, listening and speaking in a variety of
contexts. Theoretical models will include Aristotle’s Dramatic Construction, New Historicism, Postcolonial, Feminist, and
Psychoanalytic theories, as well as Formalism. Students will analyze literature and examine central questions through the
aforementioned theoretical lenses. The students will practice all stages of the writing process including: posing essential questions,
integrating cited material effectively, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and post writing. The student will respond analytically
and imaginatively to literature as well as non-fiction, connecting literature to the world outside the classroom. The class will also
address study skills, grammar and usage, vocabulary development, and research- based argumentation.
130 ENGLISH 3                                                             Grade 11                              5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course offers an intense New Jersey Student Learning Assessment review and organizational strategies for writing.
The course provides students with a diverse foundation in American Literature that explores thematic units including: “Feminism,”
“Exploitation,” “Cultural Representation” and “Racism” in American Literature. The students will respond persuasively,
analytically, personally and imaginatively to literature. The course will prompt students to make connections between their lives
and literature. The class will also address grammar and usage, vocabulary development and research procedures.

132 CP ENGLISH 3                                                           Grade 11                               5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course focuses on the American tradition in literature through a thematic approach incorporating exercises in critical
reading, writing, listening and speaking in a variety of contexts. Thematic units include: “The Journey,” “Progress and Social
Maladies,” “Good, Evil, and Innocence” and “Trials, Tribulations, and Adversity.” Students will respond persuasively,
analytically, personally and imaginatively to literature. The course prompts students to make connections between their lives and
literature. The class also addresses grammar and usage, vocabulary development and the research paper.

134 H ENGLISH 3                                                           Grade 11                               5.0 CR (Level: 2)
           This course is an American Literature course designed to challenge the highly motivated and academically skilled students
through a thematic approach that focuses on the problems and fears that Americans have been confronting for centuries. Students
will examine how these issues have evolved and how language and writing styles adapt to adequately reflect these social changes
through various literary movements and social issues including systematic oppression, prejudice, representation, war, and class
disparity. In each unit, students will analyze how writers try to expose our country’s problems, ameliorate social injustices, and
persuade readers to take action through their genre, diction, and literary devices. The class also addresses grammar and usage,
vocabulary development, close reading, and the research paper.

135 ENGLISH 3 WORKSHOP                                                Grades 11-12                            2.5 CR (Level: 1)
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
          The English 3 Workshop is for students who have not yet met expectations on the English Language Arts 10 New Jersey
Student Learning Assessment. During this workshop, students will review topics in preparation to retake the ELA 10 New Jersey
Student Learning Assessment for English Language Arts during the re-test window at the end of the semester. *This half-year
course will run during the fall or spring semester depending on information provided by the NJDOE.

140 ENGLISH 4                                                               Grade 12                                5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course focuses on the British tradition in literature. Students will examine several time periods in British Literature
with a concentration on Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian periods. The thematic approach of the program
incorporates exercises in critical reading, writing, listening and speaking in a variety of contexts. The students will respond
persuasively, analytically, personally and imaginatively to literature. The course prompts students to make connections between
their lives and literature. The class will also address grammar and usage, vocabulary development and the research paper.

142 CP ENGLISH 4                                                            Grade 12                                5.0 CR (Level: 1)
           This course focuses on the British tradition in literature. Students will examine several time periods in British Literature
with a concentration on Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian periods. The thematic approach of the program
incorporates exercises in critical reading, writing, listening and speaking in a variety of contexts. The students will respond
persuasively, analytically, personally and imaginatively to literature. The course prompts students to make connections between
their lives and literature. The class will also address grammar and usage, vocabulary development and the research paper.

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144 H ENGLISH 4                                                             Grade 12                                 5.0 CR (Level: 2)
            This course is designed to challenge the highly motivated and academically skilled students. Honors English 4 focuses
on the British tradition in literature. Students will examine several time periods in British Literature with a concentration on Anglo-
Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian periods. The thematic approach of the program incorporates exercises in critical
reading, writing, listening and speaking in a variety of contexts. The students will respond persuasively, analytically, personally and
imaginatively to literature. The course prompts students to make connections between their lives and literature. The class will also
address grammar and usage, vocabulary development and the research paper.

146 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION                                  Grade 12                              5.0 CR (Level: AP)
Prerequisite: H English 3, AP Language or Teacher Recommendation
                                                                               Dual Enrollment Option through WCCC: 3 Credits
            The objective of this course is to provide an enriched program in literature and writing that will enable students to score
well on the Educational Testing Service’s test of the same name. Students will acquire the ability to interpret, analyze, critique,
and appreciate literature of a variety of genres and to express their ideas about the literature they read both orally and in writing.
In addition, they will learn to do in-depth literary research. Finally, students will become familiar with both the objective and
subjective test-taking skills needed for use on the Advanced Placement test.

148 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION                                    Grade 11                           5.0 CR (Level: AP)
Prerequisite: H English 2 or Teacher Recommendation
           This course offers students the opportunity to pursue college level work in exposition and composition. The course has
an interdisciplinary focus, drawing on issues in literature, science, the arts, world cultures, government and philosophy. The
students will learn to appreciate structure and style of language and composition. Students will study mass media and propaganda
techniques to learn discrimination in judgment and precision in expression. Studying advanced writing skills, students will master
writing techniques, develop their own style and voice and prepare for the Advanced Placement test.

150 ESL 1                                                               Grades 9-12                            2.5 CR (Level: 1)
152 ESL 2                                                               Grades 9-12                            2.5 CR (Level: 1)
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
           This course is available to any student whose primary language is not English and who has demonstrated a need for the
course. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will be developed, as well as additional skills for communication and
understanding will be developed. Individualized needs will be met to assist students in meeting the requirements for a New Jersey
high school diploma.

162A CP JOURNALISM 1                                                     Grades 10-12                             5.0 CR (Level: 1)
162B CP JOURNALISM 2                                                     Grades 11-12                             5.0 CR (Level: 1)
Prerequisite: CP Journalism 1
162C CP JOURNALISM 3                                                       Grade 12                               5.0 CR (Level: 1)
Prerequisite: CP Journalism 1 and CP Journalism 2
           This course provides students with an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of writing, editing, and producing
news. Students will explore the role of media in our society through participation in the production of our online newspaper, The
Karux. Students will investigate various formats of communication with interviews, in depth research, and video making. This
course should be considered a must for any student interested in a career in print or broadcast journalism.
164 CP READING AND WRITING IN MODERN SOCIETY                           Grades 11-12                             2.5 CR (Level: 1)
           This course is a “hands-on” course for those students who have successfully completed College English 1 and College
English 2. Students will experience literary genres and various types of language usage through their own writing. Students will
learn language process, elements, and conventions as they read, write, and discuss their own and other writing. The course will
also provide an awareness of a broad scope of contemporary literature allowing students to write in the genres studied.

170 CP LEADERSHIP: A CULTURAL REVOLUTION                                  Grades 11-12                            2.5 CR (Level: 1)
           This course is a course in the art and science of leadership. Through various forms of literature, students will study the
lives and practices of current and former leaders in society. Students will put their research into practice and experience the
transformation that leadership promotes. This course is designed to prepare students for the many facets of leadership in society –
so they can develop a skill set that will prepare them for the real world beyond their academic careers.

172 CP FROM NOVEL TO FILM                                                 Grades 11-12                             2.5 CR (Level: 1)
            This course explores the relationships between literary works and their film adaptations to create a better understanding
of their major differences. Students will analyze works of fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Students will critically analyze film
through careful examination of literary adaptations by exploring character development, performance, and dramatic structure. This
class also establishes a vocabulary of both literary and specific cinematic terminology.

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176 CP MAKING COMICS                                                    Grades 11-12                              2.5 CR (Level: 1)
            Making comics teaches students the fundamentals of sequential art – paneling, closure, pacing, line styles, coloring, and
picture-word dynamics – through reading theory texts by some of the most prominent contemporary comic writers. Students will
further study these graphic storytelling techniques by reading graphic novels, on-going series, and individual issues from various
comic genres. This writing and project based course will require students to analyze and critique issues, create their own character,
and redesign a costume, culminating in writing or drawing a single issue of a visual narrative script. Students do not need prior
knowledge of comic theory or writing, they just need to have an interest in comics.

178 CP COMIC LITERATURE I: ANALYZING COMICS                                 Grades 11-12                       2.5 CR (Level: 1)
           Analyzing Comics exposes students to classic story arcs and individual issues that have shaped comic and graphic novel
history. The course begins by examining the physical layout and structure of comics, which will allow students to analyze and
critique comics from the golden to modern ages. Through these varied readings, discussions, mini-papers, and creative projects,
students will examine the historical, social, literary, and aesthetic value of comics and graphic novels.

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