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Exploring Computer Science

Course Number: C833
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Exploring Computer Science courses present student with the conceptual underpinnings of computer science through an exploration of human/computer interaction, web design, and computer programming. While these courses include programming, the focus is on computational practices associated with doing computer science, rather than just a narrow focus on coding, syntax, or tools. Exploring Computer Science courses teach students the computational practices of algorithm design, problem solving, and programming with a context that is relevant to their lives.
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Integrated Computer Applications

Course Number: C802
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: To be marketable and attractive to employers in today's world potential employees must have well-developed 21st century technology skills. In this course, students develop these skills by working with a wide variety of computer applications in specific areas such as word processing, working with spreadsheets, and developing presentations. They will apply file navigation techniques and acquire skills needed to complete reports, term papers, and projects. Students learn and apply techniques for researching content on the Internet and study the practical and ethical issues that arise from web-based research.
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Craft of Writing

Course Number: C116
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students increase their academic and creative writing skills by exploring works from various genres including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, responses to literature, and exposition and use these works as models for their own writing. Although the course covers all stages of the writing process, special emphasis is placed on revising and editing. Students write regularly, both in and out of class, and significant class time is spent critiquing each other's work. Each student completes a major writing assignment that demonstrates his/her growth as a writer.
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From Page to Screen

Course Number: C166
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students conduct an interdisciplinary study of fiction by examining authors' uses of storytelling on the page and directors' methods on the screen. They compare and contrast the elements of fiction found in both mediums, while analyzing their uses and focusing on their respective effectiveness. Students develop and apply skills and strategies surrounding the reading process as well as strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate fiction from a variety of cultures and times. They compose well-developed analytical texts and apply effective research skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information. Students develop an understanding of the critical analysis of film through careful examination of cinematic adaptations of literary texts, focusing primarily on character development, dramatic structure, cinematic elements, and performance.
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Rhyme and Rhythm

Course Number: C165
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this class students discover how music, literature and history shape who they are in both the Chelsea High School community as well as the world around them. They listen to music, read short stories, write and perform their own skits and celebrate their culture by creating projects to reflect their pride in who they are. Through self-reflection, students will explore their personal identities and how their actions shape their school and community cultures. Special attention will be paid to how artists and ordinary citizens have changed the world through social justice and how students can do the same in their school, community, and country. Topics range from Holocaust studies, to the Hippie movement, to J. Cole's influence on modern hip hop.
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True Crime

Course Number: C185
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In True Crime, students will explore crime, psychology, and the criminal justice system through nonfiction articles, essays, and books. Students gain insights into the techniques writers use to write narrative and expository works about real-life occurrences. True Crime delves into the history, mechanics, and oddities of the famed genre. The class explores crime dating back to America?s first murder trial all the way to modern day media examples such as Serial and Making a Murderer. Aside from experiencing crime nonfiction across multiple mediums, True Crime places an emphasis upon how we view crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system in our society, school, and community.
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Holocaust

Course Number: C356
Category: History and Social Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course explores the historical and literary material of the Nazi era to help students understand the social and political effects of stereotyping, prejudice, and racism. Topics include, but are not limited to, the rise of Adolph Hitler, the Nuremberg laws, Jewish ghettos, propaganda and racist indoctrination, Holocaust victims, concentration camps, resistance efforts, liberation, and Holocaust survivors. Students also examine other historical and contemporary examples of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Students express their knowledge through written assignments, various types of projects and presentations, and traditional testing.
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Introduction to Law

Course Number: C359
Category: History and Social Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course provides an introduction to the criminal laws of the United States. Students examine the American legal system and the progression of criminal cases from arrest through a jury verdict. Coursework includes a mandatory in-class mock trial simulation. Students learn to critically evaluate and understand the practical reality of American law and legal practice. This course is recommended for students interested in the law, particularly those who are considering a career in law or law enforcement.
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Cantare Choral Ensemble

Course Number: C620
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Cantare is an advanced choral ensemble that performs challenging music from a variety of styles and cultures. The course stresses music theory, music history, and sight singing. Participation in concerts is mandatory and singing in the Spring All-School Musical is highly encouraged. Prerequisites: Audition with the instructor.
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Concert Band

Course Number: C604
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Students improve their skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments while learning to perform in a large ensemble. Music theory, ear training, music history, and a range of musical styles and composition are covered. Individual/group practice is expected and performances are mandatory. Prerequisite: One year of previous instrumental instruction or the permission of the instructor.
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Dance 1 - Foundations

Course Number: C655
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students study the basics of several types of dance including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Classes consist of: (1) a short physical warm-up; (2) technique drills related to each dance style; and (3) a final application of the technical elements learned. Each student develops a group of several 'combinations' related to each dance style and participates in a final recital. Proper dance attire is required for each class.
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Dance 2 - Advanced

Course Number: C657
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students explore a range of more difficult dance techniques. Emphasis is placed on performance, world dance, and original student choreography. This class ends with a final recital performance. Proper dance attire is required for each class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance 1 ' Foundations or the permission of the instructor.
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Drama Workshop 1

Course Number: C651
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students experience a practical approach to drama in a workshop setting. They study elements of drama including acting, writing, make-up, set design, costume design, lighting, characterization, staging, directing, and theatrical history. Students experience different forms of drama through a variety of activities, and are encouraged to participate in the Fall Play and/or the Spring All-School Musical.
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Drama Workshop 2

Course Number: C653
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students take a much more in-depth approach to theater and build on the techniques and skills they learned in Drama Workshop 1. They analyze characters, plays and musicals, develop playwriting skills, and refine performance techniques. Students study the elements of drama as seen from the perspectives of both a critical viewer and a production team, and are encouraged to participate in the Fall Play and/or the Spring All-School Musical. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drama Workshop 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Guitar 1

Course Number: C606
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Through in-class lessons students learn basic skills in guitar technique such as chord strumming, picking, and reading music. Music used in the class includes folk, popular, and classical styles. Students perform in four quarterly in-class recitals.
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Guitar 2

Course Number: C608
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Students who already play guitar are given the opportunity to develop a variety of personalized styles ranging from classical music to rock improvisation. Guitar 2 students are encouraged to own their own guitar. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Guitar 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Introduction to Concert Band

Course Number: C605
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course allows students who have never played an instrument the opportunity to study a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument while also learning to perform in a large ensemble. Music theory, ear training, music history, and a range of musical styles and compositions are covered. Individual/group practice is expected and performances are mandatory.
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Percussive Grooves

Course Number: C630
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students combine elements of music and dance to create grooves and musical compositions with their body. Students use movements such as hand clapping, foot stomping, stomach slapping, knee slapping, jumping, and finger snapping to develop a catalog of 'grooves.' Students create and perform a final composition. This course ends with a final recital performance.
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Piano 1

Course Number: C622
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students learn basic piano technique and music theory through in-class lessons. Musical selections include classical, modern, popular, and world music. Students critique well-known piano selections from various periods of history, and perform in four quarterly in-class recitals.
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Piano 2

Course Number: C624
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students broaden and develop the techniques learned in Piano 1 and expand their repertoire. Students perform in four quarterly, in-class recitals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Piano 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Music Production

Course Number: C627
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This advanced course teaches the foundations of music theory, writing multi-part harmonies, and songwriting. Students also learn elements of music technology and recording skills through student-centered projects. These projects encompass a variety of musical genres and production techniques, including singer/songwriter, blues, rock, rap, hip-hop, classical, and film scoring. Students foster a deeper appreciation for all genres and styles of music and develop the confidence and self-awareness to produce their own music. Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency on a musical instrument and/or vocal performance, either through successful completion of Guitar 1 or Piano 1 or an audition with the instructor.
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Fitness and Wellness

Course Number: C732
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students learn how to develop strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness and are expected to design a personal fitness program. Proper nutrition and lifetime healthy living habits are also discussed. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Physical Education - Team and Physical Education - Life.
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Health

Course Number: C740
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course focuses on specific ways that students can incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives. Students explore lifestyle choices that can influence decision-making and learn to make choices that benefit their health. Course topics include human growth and development, including reproduction/sexuality education; social and emotional health; tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse prevention; nutrition and consumer health; infectious diseases (including STDs and HIV/Aids education); and community and public health.
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Physical Education - Advanced

Course Number: C730
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course continues the development of the skills and strategies students learned in Physical Education - Team and Physical Education - Life. Students create a personal weight training and fitness program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Physical Education - Team and Physical Education - Life.
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Physical Education - Mentorship

Course Number: C725
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course allows students in their junior or senior year to become mentors in a physical education class. Students must understand the qualities of patience, proper behavior, leadership, and the ability to work well with other students. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Physical Education - Team and Physical Education - Life and the approval of the Physical Education Department Lead Teacher.
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Physical Education - Team

Course Number: C710
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course focuses on introducing students to lifetime fitness, weight training, and the development of team sport skills including - but not limited to - football, basketball, and softball. Problem solving and team-building through physical challenges are emphasized. Project Adventure games and initiatives are introduced during the second half of the course, as well as elements of the indoor ropes course
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Stay in Shape

Course Number: C735
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is taught through a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and provides female students an opportunity to participate in a health and exercise program specifically tailored to meet their needs. Students must have 50 hours of participation to earn course credit. Interested students may also participate in this program as a non-credit course. The course is offered after school each Quarter.
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Weight Training

Course Number: C736
Category: Physical Education, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students improve both their cardiovascular and muscular strength through a series of strength training exercises in the weight room. This program takes place before and after school. Students must have at least 50 hours of participation to earn course credit. Interested students may also participate in this program as a non-credit course. The course is offered before and after school each Quarter.
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Intro to Forensic Science

Course Number: C419
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this class, students learn about how scientists use forensic evidence to solve crimes. Topics covered include crime scene investigation, trace evidence, ballistics, fingerprints, DNA analysis, forensic psychology, blood evidence, and forensic anthropology. Performance tasks include a mystery powders lab where students use lab techniques to investigate the physical and chemical properties of several powders, and a forensic anthropology lab where students collect and analyze data to determine the owner of a fibula bone found at a construction site. Prerequisite: Completion of 9th grade biology or biology honors.
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Environmental Science

Course Number: C403
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course engages students in project-based learning while studying topics such as ecology, water, energy, air, human populations, biomes and environmental pollution and threats. Students use laboratory equipment to assist their process of inquiry and discovery. They will also use their knowledge of environmental science to research real world problems and develop practical solutions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology. With the permission of the Science Department Lead Teacher, Chemistry may be taken concurrently.
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Art Portfolio

Course Number: C685
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course is designed for students who are most serious about art and who want to pursue art after graduation. The goal of the course is to help students develop a well-rounded portfolio of artwork which might be used to for college admission. Instruction will focus on independence and developing a personal voice in artmaking as well as college and career guidance. Interested students may opt to receive Advanced Placement credit for the course through additional course work and AP registration in October. Prior to taking this course, students are highly recommended to take Drawing and Painting for Realism. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art 1.
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Ceramics

Course Number: C691
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is focused making artwork in clay. Students will learn the process of hand-building, decorating and firing clay to make functional pieces (like teacups) as well as tiles and ceramic sculptures. They will investigate the history of ceramics and look at contemporary ceramic artists for inspiration. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art 1: Foundations or Crafts and Culture
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Introduction to Digital Art

Course Number: C690
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this course, students will use the computer as an artistic tool. They will learn the basics of programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to make digital art, photography and design projects regardless of their drawing ability. They will learn to talk about their art though critique and discussion and will study contemporary digital-media artists as inspiration. Students with more experience in computer-based art should take the Advanced Digital Art course instead of this one. Prerequisite: None.
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Advanced Digital Art

Course Number: C699
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course is for students who have some experience in computer-based art. This full-year class allows students to create sophisticated digital artwork in three major areas: graphic design (layouts, logos, typography) illustration (digital painting and collage) and animation (character design and movement). Students will use the artistic process to plan, execute, critique and refine their work for best quality. Students with less computer experience should take Introduction to Digital Art before this course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Digital Art or Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design.
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Painting and Drawing for Realism

Course Number: C680
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course is for students especially interested in learning to draw and paint realistically. Students explore a variety of painting and drawing media including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, oil pastel, watercolor and acrylic paint. Additional topics include learning to observe, study of art history and stretching a canvas. This course is designed to provide the skills necessary for working independently or creating a high-quality portfolio. Students are recommended to register for this course if they would like to take Art Portfolio in the future. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art 1: Foundations.
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Studio Art 1: Foundations

Course Number: C675
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course introduces students to the basics of making, understanding, and discussing art. Students explore media and techniques related to drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They will be introduced to various artists and art styles by surveying art history. All students are welcome, regardless of skill level or previous experience. Prerequisite: none.
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Crafts and Culture

Course Number: C684
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Crafts and Culture is a hands-on course in which students will develop skills in a variety of craft techniques. Students will investigate the history and culture surrounding each craft and its relevance in today?s society. Possible areas of study include origami, weaving, printmaking, book-making, jewelry, stained glass, mask-making or calligraphy. The course is great for students who enjoy making things with their hands regardless of skill level or previous experience. Prerequisite: None.
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Studio Art 2

Course Number: C677
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course builds on the skills and experience developed in Studio Art 1. Students explore similar themes and media, but materials and techniques are designed for a more sophisticated and advanced skill set. Students explore drawing, painting, visual storytelling, design, linear perspective, printmaking, and sculpture. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Studio Art 1: Foundations.
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AP Studio Art

Course Number: C683
Category: Visual Arts, Elective
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: AP
Length: Full Year
Description: Students interested in AP Studio Art should register for the Art Portfolio course. Once students are a part of the Art Portfolio course they will be given the option to register for Advanced Placement credit in October.
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Engineering

Course Number: C476
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this Quarter-long class students will learn and apply the steps of the engineering process to design and build solutions to complex problems. One type of project will be a civil engineering project, another will be a computer-aided design project.
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Minority Voices in Literature

Course Number: C180
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students will explore the diverse voices and perspectives of minorities in literature while honing their writing and analytical skills. Units will focus on the perspectives of female, African American, Latino, LGBTQ, and other writers who have historically struggled to find a place in mainstream literature and the academic canon. In addition to developing their reading and writing skills, students will have the opportunity to consider and discuss issues such as civil rights, the challenges and rewards of living in a diverse community, and the exclusion of minority voices in literature and in society.
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Principles of Computer Science

Course Number: C834
Category: Science, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Description coming.
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Taking Action In The Community

Category: Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this class, students will learn about different levels of government, and focus on how individuals have successfully used government to create change. Students will then learn about the different strategies they can use in order to advocate for change. Finally, students will work collaboratively to create their own service project, where they will partner with non-profit organizations to advocate for change within their community.
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College & Career Exploration

Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Length: Full Year
Description: Based on the Commonwealth’s College and Career Readiness effort, this elective will prepare 9th graders for their high school career and beyond to provide students the requisite knowledge, skills, and experiences in the academic preparation, workforce readiness, and personal/social domains. This class will provide a strong foundation for students to build their career awareness and paths as well as develop the knowledge and skills to be active and responsible citizens. This course will enable students to specifically explore and be prepared for the Pathways and Early College options available at CHS.
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