Course Descriptions


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following courses. 

Click any section below to see the corresponding descriptions. Each course description includes information about credit, grade level and prerequisites.

Please note that these course descriptions are also available in the 2019-20 Program of Studies, which can be downloaded as a PDF booklet by clicking here.
 

INTRO TO ART

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory visual arts course that integrates art with students' personal and academic interests and their ability to explore and communicate ideas and concepts. Through learning foundational drawing, painting and ceramic skills, students will practice creative thinking, self-expression, planning and problem solving. Technology will be used to create drawings and support various aspects of the art-making process.


PHOTOGRAPHY I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is an introduction to photography course, which exposes students to the materials, processes, and artistic techniques of taking artistic photographs. Students learn about the operation of a camera, composition, lighting techniques, depth of field, filters, camera angles and film development. As students advance, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic style.


DRAWING AND PAINTING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course teaches the student techniques in painting and develops drawing and design skills. Students will use a variety of media and processes such as colored pencils, charcoal, ink, acrylic, watercolor paint and printmaking. Projects integrate technology, the study of cultures, history, criticism and aesthetics.


CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Intro to Art

This course is for students with a personal interest in sculpture and 3-D media. Students will create three-dimensional artwork, using a variety of sculptural techniques and media. 3-D Studio is for the study of relief sculpture, clay slab and coil construction, landscape design, mosaics, metal and wire sculpture, weaving and paper mache. Within the projects there will be an emphasis on planning, sketching, multiculturalism, art history and art criticism.


AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has three sections: Quality (Selected Works), Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches). Drawing can be addressed through a wide range of media.


AP STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has three sections: Quality (Selected Works), Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches). Use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way in any two-dimensional process or medium.


AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

Intro to Art, Ceramics and Sculpture

As an AP art student, you will be asked to emphasize research, experimentation, discovery, inventive thinking, critical analysis and problem solving in your work. Your goal will be to create a portfolio of college-level work, and at the end of the school year submit it for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn college credit and/or advanced placement. You will submit a digital portfolio as well as actual artworks. Each portfolio has three sections: Quality (Selected Works), Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches). Students will explore 3-D Design issues through additive, subtractive and fabrication processes.

BUSINESS PRINCIPLES I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of many aspects of the business world, including concepts, functions and skills for meeting the challenges of operating a business. Business Principles will unlock the mysteries of what businesses are, how they work and what impact they have on students' lives. Students will learn about our economic environment, business ownership, and how business and government function in our economy. This course will also serve as a background for future business courses at Elmwood Park High School.


BUSINESS PRINCIPLES II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is a continuation of the topics covered in Business Principles I. The topics expanded upon include careers in our global economy, business ethics and small business management concepts. Students will learn about basic functional areas, such as finance, management, marketing, administration and production. Students will prepare for roles as consumers, workers and citizens. This course will also serve as a background for future business courses at Elmwood Park High School.


CONSUMER EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12 (10 with approval)

None

This course provides students with personal financial management techniques. Students learn how to clarify their own values, goals and priorities before they are faced with adult concerns. Students will cover financial and resource management topics. Consumer topics addressed include shopping, automobile ownership, housing, banking services, credit, taxes, insurance and consumer action. This course is also designed to prepare students for the transition from formal education to the world of work. Topics discussed include proper work ethics, the need for punctuality and good attendance on the job, resume writing and the application process, the interview, as well as dress, attitude and other characteristics that will assist students as they become employees.

This course DOES satisfy the Consumer Education requirement for the State of Illinois.


INFORMATION PROCESSING I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Students will develop basic skills in touch keyboarding and proper technique. Major emphasis is placed on keyboarding techniques, speed and accuracy development, proofreading and the correction of errors. Formatting and production that meet business standards are introduced.


INFORMATION PROCESSING II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Information Processing II reinforces skills learned in Information Processing I. Special emphasis is placed on production formatting in an effort to help students complete a variety of work in a limited amount of time. Students will use the features of word processing software as a tool to create and upload documents and to put together slideshows using presentation software. Students will create business letters, prepare reports, edit and utilize spreadsheets, create memorandums and engage in business correspondence. Students will review basic language skills with data to create customizable reports and letters. This course will incorporate keyboarding skills and the editing, formatting and printing of documents.


DIGITAL LITERACY I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of using electronic devices to provide students with employability skills that are of high demand in the workplace. Students will gain experience and practical application through hands-on use of word processing, computer concepts, the internet, telecommunications, information-processing equipment and emerging communication software. The following topics will be covered: editing and formatting text and documents, illustrating documents with graphics, merging files, internet safety, privacy and security, digital footprints and online reputations, information literacy, creative credit and copyrights, digital citizenship and ethical issues. Integration of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google and several open-source applications will be used as application tools in this learning environment. Workplace skills as well as communication skills will be taught and integrated throughout this course.

Students may have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized digital literacy certification as part of this course.


DIGITAL LITERACY II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of using electronic devices to provide students with skills for working in an internet or networked work environment at both entry-level and upper-level management positions. Students will gain experience and practical applications through hands-on use of spreadsheet software, presentation software, the internet and communication software. The following topics will be covered: worksheet basics, formatting and editing worksheets, calculating worksheet data, working with charts, creating slideshows and presentations, as well as a continuation of the themes of privacy and security, digital footprints and online reputations, information literacy, creative credit and copyrights, digital citizenship and ethical issues. Integration of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google and several open-source applications will be used as application tools in this learning environment.

Students may have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized digital literacy certification as part of this course.


ACCOUNTING I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Junior or senior status;
sophomore status, with
administrative approval

Accounting I & II are skill-level courses that are of value to all students pursuing a background in business, finance, marketing and management. These courses include planned learning experiences that develop initial and basic skills used in systematically computing, classifying, recording, verifying and maintaining numerical data involved in financial and product control records, including the paying and receiving of money. Instruction includes the interpretation and analysis of data to provide assistance to management for decision making.

Accounting computer applications will be integrated throughout the course where applicable. Career opportunities in the accounting field will be discussed throughout the school year. Practice sets will be utilized throughout the school year. Practice sets with business papers will be used to emphasize actual business records management. These courses provide a technical background for college-bound students who plan a business curriculum as well as for those who wish vocational preparation.

Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Upon acceptance by Triton College and completion of both courses with a final grade of C or better, the student will receive dual credit from Triton College.


MARKETING I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

This course provides a basic understanding of marketing principles. Topics include marketing, buyer behavior, trend analysis, advertising, wholesaling, merchandising, pricing and product development.

Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Completion of Marketing II is required to obtain the college credit.


MARKETING II | MERCHANDISING AND SALES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

This course is a continuation of Marketing I with a focus on the dynamic activities that are associated with merchandising. Students will become acquainted with the various marketing careers, wholesaling, pricing, sales promotion, creative selling techniques, merchandise planning and advertising.

Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Upon acceptance by Triton College and completion of the course in addition to Marketing I with a final grade of C or better in both marketing courses, the student will receive dual credit from Triton College.


COMPUTER GRAPHICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory class exploring the manipulation of images and symbols through the use of the stated software, photography, source images (internet), printed page, scanners and the historical and design process/techniques. Students will use image-editing programs to manipulate scanned images, computer graphics and original artwork, as well as creating graphical headers, interactive menus and buttons, and visually appealing backgrounds. Through this course, students will experiment with the language of design to create a variety of works that will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will work with Adobe Photoshop.


COMPUTER GRAPHICS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory class exploring the manipulation of images and symbols through the use of the stated software, photography, source images (internet), printed page, scanners and the historical and design process/techniques. Through this course, students will experiment with the language of design to create a variety of works that will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will learn the fundamentals of web-page design using HTML, HTML editors and graphic editors and Javascript. Students will work with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.


AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Algebra 1

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cybersecurity concerns and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. The AP Assessment for this course includes two performance tasks that will be integrated into class time and will be submitted electronically to the College Board, as well as a written end-of-course exam. Scores on each of these components will be used to determine the student's total AP score.


DIGITAL ANIMATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This studio class is a computer-based course that explores a variety of animation techniques and production techniques. Through the creation of short digital animations, students will explore two-dimensional methods of animation, methods of production, basic editing processes, stylistic/visual concerns and how to incorporate the images onto web-enabled files. Instruction will include multimedia authoring, applications and programming tools such as Javascript to use hardware and software to capture, edit and create animated text, graphics and images. This will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will work with Adobe Animate.


WEBSITE DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This class is designed to introduce students to website design using a Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will use this technology to develop web pages using HTML coding in the Adobe Dreamweaver program. Those students who are interested in art, design or website development and plan to enter the world of advertising, web design or film animation would benefit from this class. Course activities include developing individual web pages, coding, and website planning and design. There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that students have basic computer skills and knowledge.


VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTERNATIONAL

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

One credit of business education

This capstone course provides a macro-level simulated business environment in which students create and manage a virtual company, conducting business with other "firms" nationally and internationally. Students are involved in every aspect of running the business (formulating, analyzing and evaluating decisions), including human resources, accounting, product development, production, distribution, marketing and sales. In the simulated business environment, students belong to a specific department based on skills, prior knowledge and personal interest. Leadership opportunities within the firm provide further relevant experience. The program enables participants to experience careers, acquire global economic knowledge, learn about interconnections among the industry and government, develop interpersonal and organizational skills, utilize technology as applied in business, and gain a clear understanding of how employees work together to meet the goals of the company while at the same time conveying the professional expectations of the workplace. This is a repeatable credit course.

Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Upon acceptance by Triton College and completion of the course with a final grade of C or better, the student will receive dual credit from Triton College.

DRIVER EDUCATION | CLASSROOM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

Must be at least 15 years old
on the first day of the course

This one-quarter course is typically offered at the sophomore level. The Classroom Driver Education course is designed to cultivate desirable attitudes toward safe driving and traffic safety. The rules and regulations of safe driving are presented in the classroom phase of Driver Education. Upon successful completion of the Classroom and Behind the Wheel instruction, students are able to attain an Illinois State Driver's License.

A condensed version of this course is offered during the summer. Students who choose to enroll in this version of the class will meet the minimum requirements as determined by the State of Illinois but will not receive high school credit for the course.


DRIVER EDUCATION | BEHIND THE WHEEL

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

FEE

No credit

9, 10, 11, 12

Previous or concurrent enrollment
in the classroom portion

$275

The driving phase of Driver Education will be offered to students before school or after school and during the summer. To be enrolled in this course, students must have taken the classroom portion of Driver Education or be concurrently enrolled. This course consists of six hours of behind-the-wheel time with a certified instructor and approximately 12 hours of driving observation. Grades are issued for the course.

This course requires a fee of $275.

DUAL CREDIT COURSES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

Various

11, 12

Acceptance into Triton College

Elmwood Park High School is pleased to offer junior and senior students the opportunity to enroll in Triton College classes while still in high school.

Students who take advantage of this opportunity will earn high school credits toward graduation as well as college credits, which will appear on an official Triton College transcript. These college credits are often transferable to other institutions of higher learning.

Courses traditionally offered for dual credit have been in the following two-year sequential programs:

► Allied Health
► Automotive Technology
► Computer Science
► Criminal Justice
► Early Childhood Education
► Engineering Technology
► Hospitality/Culinary Arts
► Nursing Assistant
► Personal Training

Credits earned in these areas apply toward both a certificate and an associate degree in applied science. However, course options vary by semester and are posted by Triton College approximately six weeks before the semester begins.

EPHS students may complete the application process for Triton and register through EPHS for a Triton course during the registration window at the high school. Students will then choose a specific course when the list of courses becomes available.

Students who successfully enroll in a Triton College course will not be required to attend a Mod 4 class at EPHS. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the college campus, where classes take place as listed in the college course schedule and the Triton College calendar.

Tuition, fees and cost of books will be the responsibility of District 401, provided the student completes the Triton course with a final grade of C or better. If the student earns a D or drops or fails the course, all costs associated will become the responsibility of the student's family.

Students who wish to enroll in a Triton course will need to complete an application and submit standardized test scores and/or take the Triton Placement Exam in order to be accepted as a student of the college. EPHS counselors will facilitate this process for each interested individual.

To see what courses are available at Triton College, visit the link below:

► Triton Course Catalog

ENGLISH 9 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

In English 9, students will develop a common understanding of key literary elements and forms, as well as a common vocabulary for discussing them. In alignment with Common Core Standards, significant concepts will be targeted with the reading and thorough analysis of each individual text. The student is introduced to the technique of interpreting literature with special emphasis on reading strategies and skills, such as inference and main idea. In-depth study of recurrent themes will also be an integral part of the course. Students will be exposed to independent reading expectations and writing requirements. An accelerated sequential writing program is also included in this course with emphasis upon the writing of well-constructed multi-paragraph themes.

English 9 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


EFFECTIVE WRITING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

This is a required course in which students will study a variety of communication techniques. The major emphasis of this course will focus on the development of grammar, punctuation and the writing process. Students will be exposed to different methods of writing and public speaking and be required to write expository, persuasive and narrative papers. Students will be introduced to the various methods and stages of the research process to validate and enhance the writing process. The course also introduces speaking and listening skills.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ENGLISH 10 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10

English 9

The sophomore curriculum allows students to experience a variety of texts from several cultures and time periods. Each text provides a different cultural and literary experience. Students will gain a greater understanding of the historical framework of each piece. The literature and supplementary materials will provide each student with a multicultural perspective on worldly issues. In conjunction with the Common Core Standards, the sophomore curriculum possesses a rigorous writing and reading focus while building speaking and listening skills. The course requires students to actively work with their peers while defining themselves as readers and writers.

English 10 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ENGLISH 11 | REGULAR

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

English 10

The third year of English explores major themes that pervade American life, both past and present. By reading and viewing literature of every genre and other forms of cultural expression in the United States, students understand their literary and cultural traditions, interrogate their own roles in the world and become more effective critics and builders of American culture. We will investigate enduring questions that persist throughout American literature.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11

English 10 Honors or
teacher recommendation

This is a college-level course with a purpose to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. These skills will allow students to read critically and write effectively in different modes in the college classroom and beyond.

Students will become increasingly more aware of how language works through the study of nonfiction in all its varied forms — essays, biographies, visual texts, letters, speeches, journalism, etc. Students will analyze what the writers say along with how they say it.

The writing will be formal and informal; it will primarily be responses to your reading, both analyzing it and emulating it, as well as creating original arguments and supporting them through logical development and appropriate style. Students will learn how to synthesize research materials and use proper MLA style.

This course will also offer students the opportunity to read American fiction and drama such as Fitzgerald, Salinger and Miller. ACT test prep will also be incorporated into the class.

Additionally, an important goal of this course is to help to prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam given in May. The course will teach students the expectations of the AP examiners and will provide many opportunities for practicing writing and reading in the exam format. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


ENGLISH 12 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

English 11

This course focuses on speaking, writing and analyzing literature. Students explore the universal theme of identity through various pieces of literature: nonfiction, fiction and Shakespeare. This courses focuses on literary analysis, speaking, writing and collaborative assignments, and it essentially helps students increase their inquiry-building skills. This course will expose students to various writing assignments that will help improve their writing skills for the collegiate level.

English 12 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

AP English Language and 
Composition or teacher
recommendation

This is a college-level dual-credit course that is the equivalent of the first year of college rhetoric. It is based on the idea that many high school students can successfully complete college English at the high school level. This course will prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement test given in May; successful performance on this test will earn the student college credit.

This course includes extensive training in all modes of discourse, including exposition, narration, argumentation and literary analysis. In addition, the course includes extensive reading and analysis of demanding and challenging literary works such as "Crime and Punishment," "The Sound and the Fury" and "Hamlet."

The underlying approach to the study of literature is textual rather than historical. The selections reflect a concern for depth rather than breadth. The student completing this course can expect to be a fluent, capable writer and a perceptive, critical reader. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


READ 180

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

READ 180 is an intensive reading program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses the identified reading needs of students through the use of adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature and remediation of reading skills.


PUBLIC SPEAKING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

Public Speaking has the student expand upon the speaking and listening skills learned in Effective Writing with a focus on public speaking in various formats.


CREATIVE WRITING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

Creative Writing has the student look at various fiction pieces, in addition to writing his or her own creative products. The formats the student will read and write will include poetry and short stories.


INTRO TO ACTING AND DRAMA

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

None

Intro to Acting and Drama is designed to give the student an appreciation of the world of theater and an opportunity to discover the artist we each hold within. In this course, students will study the wide range of knowledge demanded by theater and develop personally as they apply their newfound knowledge in classroom activities. This course enriches student's awareness, skills and self appreciation, enabling them to build a foundation for future arts development. Intro to Acting and Drama provides for diverse learning styles and capabilities and allows students to experience the joy that comes from artistic communication.


INTRO TO JOURNALISM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

None

The construct of this course will focus on the study of rhetoric in many different forms. Students will read a wide range of prose nonfiction and prose fiction in order to explore how reputable authors use linguistic patterns to persuade, inform, entertain and explore. The class is designed entirely around a project-based learning scenario in which students will create an original, authentic product that will be shared with the entire school district. The Tiger online newspaper will be a student-led publication created and distributed using a wide range of technological resources. Much like a real-world working scenario, students will be asked to conduct research to develop their ideas, revise their products and adhere to deadlines.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) BEGINNING I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 1.0-1.5
and teacher recommendation

This class is part of a course sequence designed for students who recently came to the United States and have limited English proficiency. The classes will focus on learning the basics of the English language as well as exploring American culture.

Using a variety of methods, students will work on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition, students will learn about American history, customs, traditions, holidays and related topics. As students progress, they will be introduced to a variety of applications in daily life, including work applications, bank forms, bills, invoices and doctor forms.


ESL I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 1.0-1.5
and teacher recommendation

This class is part of a course sequence designed for students who recently came to the United States and have limited English proficiency. The classes will focus on learning the basics of the English language as well as exploring American culture.

Using a variety of methods, students will work on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition, students will learn about American history, customs, traditions, holidays and related topics. As students progress, they will be introduced to a variety of applications in daily life, including work applications, bank forms, bills, invoices and doctor forms.


ESL III/IV

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 1.6-3.0 
and teacher recommendation

This class is part of a course sequence designed for students who recently came to the United States and have limited English proficiency. The classes will focus on learning the basics of the English language as well as exploring American culture.

Using a variety of methods, students will work on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition, students will learn about American history, customs, traditions, holidays and related topics. As students progress, they will be introduced to a variety of applications in daily life, including work applications, bank forms, bills, invoices and doctor forms.


ESL ENGLISH I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 1.6-3.0 
and teacher recommendation

This class is part of a course sequence designed for students who recently came to the United States and have limited English proficiency. The classes will focus on learning the basics of the English language as well as exploring American culture.

Using a variety of methods, students will work on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition, students will learn about American history, customs, traditions, holidays and related topics. As students progress, they will be introduced to a variety of applications in daily life, including work applications, bank forms, bills, invoices and doctor forms.


ESL V/VI

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 3.1 and above, 
and teacher recommendation

This class is part of a course sequence designed for students who recently came to the United States and have limited English proficiency. The classes will focus on learning the basics of the English language as well as exploring American culture.

Using a variety of methods, students will work on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition, students will learn about American history, customs, traditions, holidays and related topics. As students progress, they will be introduced to a variety of applications in daily life, including work applications, bank forms, bills, invoices and doctor forms.


ESL VII/VIII

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement determined by
ACCESS test scores of 3.1 and above, 
and teacher recommendation

This course is designed for students of various English skill levels. The class will focus on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency and writing. In addition to focusing on language, students will be introduced to many American literature masterpieces. Most of the works are adaptations, to ensure appropriate level material. Students will learn about story elements, such as characters, plot, setting and theme.

ITALIAN I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

The student is introduced to the basics of listening, understanding, speaking and reading in the Italian language. The student builds vocabulary, practices pronunciation, studies grammar, reads simple passages and writes original sentences. Italian culture is introduced and studied through lecture, readings, film and music.


ITALIAN II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Italian I

The student continues the study of grammar, understands more complex structures, converses more freely in Italian, using a wider vocabulary, composes short, grammatically correct paragraphs and develops more insights into the Italian culture.


ITALIAN III HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Italian II

The student learns to communicate effectively in Italian. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and complex verbal structures. Through appropriate literary works and films, the student will improve in comprehension and be able to interpret longer narrations. The student will be able to write story summaries, dialogues and compositions on a variety of subjects. The student will immerse himself or herself in Italian culture, art, opera and cuisine.


ITALIAN IV HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Italian III

In this fourth level of Italian class, students will continue to build vocabulary, learn new grammatical skills and will take an in-depth look at regions and cultural topics. Some of the vocabulary will focus on giving directions, ecology and the environment, songs and the world of music, television and immigration. Grammatical topics include the imperative and present conditional verb tenses, comparatives and superlatives, relative and indefinite pronouns, the present and past subjunctive tenses and the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive. Students will learn how to incorporate these new skills into their speech and writing in Italian.


SPANISH I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

During the first year, emphasis is placed on developing, listening and speaking skills. These skills are developed by conversations and daily oral and written work. In addition to speaking and understanding the language on an elementary level, the students who successfully complete the course will also be able to compose simple paragraphs employing present and preterite tenses and read basic selections with comparative ease. Throughout the year various aspects of the culture are also discussed.


SPANISH II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Spanish I

During the second year, greater emphasis will be placed on reading for comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on increasing the pupil's ability to express himself accurately and idiomatically in all verb tenses. Structure and syntax will be studied in greater depth, so that these aspects of language can be used effectively and correctly in oral and written work.

Students who have taken Spanish I during grades 7 and 8 may earn one full high school credit in foreign language if they earn credit in Spanish II during their first year at EPHS.


SPANISH III HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Spanish II

At the third-year level, appropriate selections of standard literary works are read. Together with short stories, poetry and various culture studies, they will form the basis for improvement in reading, comprehension, fluency and recall, as well as for oral discussion and extension of an active vocabulary. Written composition work will include story summaries, recounting of a personal experience and other suitable topics. A continual study of vocabulary, grammar and syntax will help students improve their speaking and writing abilities. Cultures will be emphasized through written and audiovisual materials.


SPANISH IV HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Spanish III

Students in the fourth year will improve their skills in written and oral Spanish through various projects and presentations during the year. Such projects may include newsletters, relief maps, themes/essays, speeches and research projects. There will be extensive review of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Honors credit may be earned.


AP SPANISH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

Spanish IV

Students in the Advanced Placement Spanish course will cover material equivalent to a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. This four-quarter course will emphasize the use of Spanish for active communication. It will encompass aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar and composition. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions and the expression of ideas orally will be an integral part of the course. The students will also read abridged versions from well-known authors in Spanish literature. The students will study from practical AP exams in preparation to take the AP exam in May. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement Spanish are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

HEALTH EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Health Education is a state-required course designed to teach students ways of maintaining good physical, mental and social health. The following topics are covered:

► Mental health and mental illness
► Health careers
► Purchasing health products
► Environmental influence on health
► Prevention and control of diseases
► Physical fitness
► Tobacco, alcohol, drugs

► Human sexuality
► Nutrition
► AIDS education
► Single parent lifestyles
► Coping with death
► Health insurance and life insurance programs

ALGEBRA I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

The content of Algebra 1 is organized around families of functions, with special emphasis on linear, exponential and quadratic functions. Students will learn to represent functions through verbal descriptions, equations, tables and graphs. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


GEOMETRY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Algebra I or CPM I

The content of Geometry includes geometric forms, shapes, patterns and relationships. Algebraic methods are used as they apply to geometric situations. The use of logical reasoning is stressed, which helps the students in real-life situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ALGEBRA II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Geometry or CPM II

The content of this course gives students a strong background in mathematical reasoning and problem solving that will be important in the future. The course emphasizes using functions, equations and graphs to model problem situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


PRE-CALCULUS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Algebra II or CPM III

This is a college preparatory course designed to complete the student’s study of high school algebra and move into topics covered in a trigonometry and an introductory calculus course. This class is intended for those students entering college or taking an Advanced Placement math course. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.


FINANCIAL MATH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Algebra I, Geometry and teacher recommendation

This course reinforces general math topics (such as arithmetic using rational numbers, measurement, ratio and proportion, and basic statistics) and applies these skills to consumer problems and situations. Applications typically include budgeting, taxation, credit, banking services, insurance, buying and selling products and services, home and/or car ownership and rental, managing personal income and investment. This class is a junior/senior math course, which can be taken in lieu of Algebra II, in which students will utilize mathematics as a tool to model the world around them.


TRANSITIONAL MATH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II

This transitional course is for high school seniors who have passed Algebra II with a C or better and will prepare them for a general education college-level math course. The course will serve as a prerequisite for the following college-level courses: General Education Statistics, General Education Mathematics, Quantitative Literacy, Elementary Mathematical Modeling or a technical/occupational mathematics pathway.

Topics will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Numeracy — Operation sense, estimation, measurement, quantitative reasoning
  • Algebra — Operations on expressions and functions (must include at least one factoring technique in context), construction and solving of equations
  • Functions and modeling — Characteristics of functions including graphical analysis, modeling with geometry, modeling with linear and nonlinear functions (must include at least three types of nonlinear functions from the following list: polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic)

Taking and passing this course means that you will not have to take the college-level entrance exam. You will be placed into a credit-bearing course.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

Teacher recommendation

The first course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding patterns in data, patterns of change, linear models, graph models, patterns in space and visualization, exponential models and simulation models.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10

Teacher recommendation

The second course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding matrix models, patterns of location, shape and size, patterns of association, power models, network optimization, geometric form and its function, and patterns in chance.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS III

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11

Teacher recommendation

The third course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding multiple-variable models, modeling public opinion, symbol sense and algebraic reasoning, shapes and geometric reasoning (including proof), patterns in variation, families of functions and discrete models of change.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS IV

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

The fourth course in the Core-Plus series contains mathematical content that allows considerable flexibility in tailoring a course to best prepare students for various undergraduate programs. CPM IV is designed for students intending to pursue programs in the mathematical and physical sciences or engineering. The topics include rates of change, modeling motion, logarithmic functions and data models, polynomial and rational functions, functions and symbolic reasoning, and space geometry. Depending on time available, additional topics of study will be selected based on student performance and interests.


AP CALCULUS AB

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an AB Advanced Placement Calculus class. The equivalent of one semester of college calculus, the course begins with functions and graphs and proceeds through limits, continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The use of the graphing calculator and computers as tools to assist in sound problem-solving techniques will be emphasized. The course will create the ideal environment for the integration of mathematics, science and technology. As a result of successfully completing the course, together with their performance on the AP exam, students may receive college credit and/or advanced placement in calculus at several colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Calculus AB are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


AP CALCULUS BC

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

Following the College Board's suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses, AP Calculus BC courses provide students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications, and also require additional knowledge of the theoretical tools of calculus. These courses assume a thorough knowledge of elementary functions, and they cover all of the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB as well as the following topics: vector functions, parametric equations and polar coordinates; rigorous definitions of finite and nonexistent limits; derivatives of vector functions and parametrically defined functions; advanced techniques of integration and advanced applications of the definite integral; and sequences and series.


AP STATISTICS I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an Advanced Placement Statistics class. It is the equivalent of one semester of college statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Four broad conceptual themes are covered: (1) exploring data, (2) planning a study, (3) probability models and (4) statistical inference. As a result of successful completion of this course and performance on the AP exam, students may be able to receive college credit and/or advanced placement in statistics at numerous colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Statistics are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

CONCERT BAND

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Passing grade in previous year’s
band class and/or director's approval

The Concert Band is open to all students who have shown an acceptable level of progress and performance throughout their elementary school band training and can qualify by audition with the director. Prior experience on an appropriate instrument and the ability to read music notation are essential components of success in this course. The music covered will include the baroque through contemporary periods of composition, with the main emphasis being placed on rhythm, articulation, intonation and the total band sound. Advanced players may participate in All-Conference Band and the ILMEA Senior Festival. All choir students who are enrolled in band should see their directors to discuss a PE waiver. Commitment to Concert Band should be considered for four full years.

In addition to concert appearances, the Concert Band will appear as a marching band and as a pep band at parades and athletic events. Attendance at all performances and after-school rehearsals is required and will be graded. A sincere and serious commitment to band is vital to the ensemble and its success.


CHORALE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11

None

The Chorale is open to all students and is a beginning choir designed to provide a foundation for the Concert Choir. The Chorale studies and performs a variety of music throughout the year. A commitment to singing and performing is important, and upon successful completion of Chorale, a student can then audition for Concert Choir and/or Swing Choir.

Chorale students participate in the four major concerts of the year, and attendance at all concerts is required.


CONCERT CHOIR

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

One year of Chorale and
director's approval

The Concert Choir is the largest performing vocal group at the high school. The Concert Choir performs at the four major concerts each year as well as commencement. Advanced performers may audition to participate at the ILMEA competition and appear as solo vocalists throughout the school year. Along with more advanced part-singing ability, a sincere interest in musical training, participation and performance is vital to the group.

Attendance at all four major concerts is required.


JAZZ BAND | HONORS OR REGULAR

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

Director's approval

Jazz band meets from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Prior experience on an appropriate instrument and the ability to read music notation are essential components of success in this course. Students will explore and perform a variety of music styles, including swing, rock, ballad and Latin. Improvisation and elementary concepts of music theory will be introduced. The Jazz Band will perform at least four times throughout the school year. Prior experience is required on an appropriate instrument (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drum set, guitar, bass or piano) as well as the ability to read notated music and/or approval of the director.

Attendance at all performances and after-school rehearsals is required and will be graded. A sincere and serious commitment to band is vital to the ensemble and its success.


SWING CHOIR

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Director's approval

The Swing Choir is the most advanced choral offering at Elmwood Park High School, and it is limited to those students who excel in vocal talent and part-singing ability. This performance-oriented ensemble will focus on all types of music with an emphasis on proper singing, staging and microphone technique when called for. Performers may audition to participate at the ILMEA auditions and appear as solo vocalists throughout the school year.

Students must audition to receive director's approval to enroll in this course. Attendance at the four major concerts plus commencement is required with occasional out-of-school performances throughout the school year.


MUSIC THEORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course encompasses the study of the language of music notation and composition. Students are taught to analyze and understand written music, compose music and identify aspects of recorded musical examples. This course is a must for anyone considering a career or college study in the arts. However, it is also a useful and interesting course for anyone with a strong interest in music. Confident music-reading skills in both treble and bass clefs are STRONGLY recommended as a prerequisite.


VOICE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Director's approval

Students will benefit from group and individual vocal instruction. They will familiarize themselves with the characteristics of vocal production and the anatomy of the vocal mechanism.

Students must audition to receive director's approval to enroll in this course.

PE I | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9

None

This physical education course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as introduction to individual and team activities such as walking, softball, track and field, football, group fitness, pickleball, floor hockey and badminton. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, improvement and knowledge to be a participant in the activity. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE II | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10

None

This physical education course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as introduction to individual and team activities such as basketball, weight training, floor hockey, volleyball, tennis, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and yoga. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, improvement and knowledge to be a participant in the activity. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE III | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11

None

This physical education course revisits activities introduced during PE I or II. Previously learned skills, as well as advanced skills, will be applied to the individual and team activities. This course will include an emphasis on personal fitness, strategy and application of rules during gameplay. Students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


PE IV | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

12

None

This physical education course revisits activities introduced during PE I or II. Previously learned skills, as well as advanced skills, will be applied to the individual and team activities. This course will include an emphasis on personal fitness, strategy and application of rules during gameplay. Students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


COMPETITIVE TEAM SPORTS I & II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

PE I & II

This course is for a student who has advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of team sports. Choosing this course means you have the desire to compete against others with a similar intensity level. Students are expected to have a firm grasp of the official rules to a variety of team sports, such as football, softball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, handball, volleyball, outdoor or indoor hockey, basketball and badminton. The focus will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy and the improvement of knowledge and individual skills.


GROUP FITNESS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

This class offers students the opportunity to exercise in a variety of forms, including floor aerobics, step aerobics, circuit training, weight/resistance training and yoga.


GROUP FITNESS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

Group Fitness I

This class is a continuation of Group Fitness I. This class will use the same format, but students will be expected to take an active role in designing daily workouts.


STRENGTH & CONDITIONING I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

None

During this course, students will participate in basic to advanced strength-training exercises that involve anaerobic and aerobic exercises. Throughout the course, students will learn to identify muscular anatomy and understand how to develop those muscles through various exercises. Participation will include, but not be limited to, cardio and weight-training activities. The weight room is the main classroom setting where students will be provided with a weight-lifting plan that is developed by the teacher.


STRENGTH & CONDITIONING II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

Strength & Conditioning I

This course is a continuation of Strength & Conditioning I as described above. This course allows students the opportunity to help develop their own fitness plan that will be useful after they leave high school.


JUNIOR STUDENT PE LEADER

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

Teacher recommendation only

The purpose of this class is to develop students' leadership skills so as to enable them to assist our physical education staff in class activities. Through use of leadership skills they will develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem. They will acquire attitudes and habits of loyalty, self-control, cooperation and courtesy. Course outcomes include the following:

► Students will learn to apply the rules and regulations of all physical education activities offered in the regular PE program.

► Students will learn how to officiate and apply proper techniques of officiating in game situations.

► Students will learn proper exercise techniques and will monitor student performance of these techniques.

► Students will learn proper safety rules and techniques in all PE activities. These rules and safety practices will be observed and enforced in all such activities.

► Students will become proficient in performing/correcting peers in a variety of PE activities.

This course requires an additional fee, which will be used for the purchase of a special T-shirt and for possible field trips.


SENIOR STUDENT PE LEADER

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

Successful completion of the
Junior Student Leader class
and teacher recommendation

Skills learned and developed in the Junior Leader program will now be put into practice. Leadership skills will be used to assist our physical education staff in class activities. Leaders will lead exercises, officiate, assist with equipment as well as motivate and encourage PE students. Senior Leaders will be assigned to a teacher for the quarter and will be given further instructions for duties and leadership roles.

BIOLOGY I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

Biology I is an introductory course in the life sciences. Basic concepts stressed include the scientific method, cell theory, genetics, ecology, evolution and classification. Lab work is a part of the course. Students will work in groups as well as individually and will have the opportunity to use the available technology.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


BIOLOGY I HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

Teacher recommendation

Biology I Honors is an introductory course in the life sciences. The basic concepts stressed, as well as the use of available technology and group/individual learning, are similar to that of Biology I. The Biology I Honors curriculum is designed to challenge the science student who is highly motivated and academically mature enough to handle a teaching method that incorporates problem solving, analysis and inquiry.


CHEMISTRY I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10

Biology 1

Chemistry is the science that deals with the properties and structure of matter. It is based on the premise that the properties of matter are a consequence of its structure. As one of the exact sciences, it requires mathematical skills involving proportions. This course is recommended for all students interested in college programs in the teaching of science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, nursing and associated health careers. Basic principles and laboratory activities stress understanding concepts above rote memory. Solving problems on the basis of general principles rather than one-type formulas will be expected. Students will be introduced to the measurement and manipulation of real numbers, significant digits and an understanding of precision and accuracy. Topics covered include heat, chemical formulas, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas pressure, phase changes and gas laws. Lab experiences in this class include performing flame tests, finding melting points, reacting metals with acid and using freezing-point depression to make ice cream.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


CHEMISTRY I HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10

Biology 1 Honors or
teacher recommendation

Chemistry I Honors is an accelerated course introducing the science of chemical properties and structure of matter. The basic concepts stressed, as well as the use of available technology and group/individual learning, are similar to that of Biology I Honors. The Chemistry I Honors curriculum is designed to challenge the science student who is highly motivated and academically mature enough to handle a teaching method that incorporates problem solving, analysis and inquiry.


PHYSICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

This course is a conceptual look into classical mechanics (how and why things move), electricity, magnetism, buoyancy and wave properties. This course does not concentrate on the mathematics of physics as much as the explanations for why an event took place. Equations are looked at as guides to thinking about the physical world around us. The class includes experiments and demonstrations, which further the course by engaging students in scientific observation of the physical world. Our goal is to increase the student's scientific literacy while instilling a genuine wonder about the world we live in.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP PHYSICS 1

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11

Biology 1 Honors & Chemistry 1 Honors
or teacher recommendation

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to the first semester of an introductory, algebra-based physics college course. Because this is a yearlong course, students have time to foster deeper conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction. Students have time to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement in college. Course topics include Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introduction to electric circuits. All students enrolled in AP Physics 1 are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


INTRO TO SPORTS MEDICINE AND MANAGEMENT

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Biology, Chemistry and passing Health with a B or higher

The Intro to Sports Medicine and Management course uniquely combines student interests in physical activity and science. Designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, nursing, exercise physiology, EMT/paramedic and other allied medical fields, this course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques for the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of common injuries and illnesses related to physically active people. This lab-based course includes taping and bandaging, proper use of protective padding, treatment modalities, medical terminology, budgeting, ordering supplies, as well as general operation of an athletic training-room facility. More advanced topics include injury assessment, the phases of healing, and the use of exercise and equipment to help in the reconditioning of injured athletes.


AP PHYSICS 2

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2 is a continuation of AP Physics 1. Also algebra-based, it is a physics course equivalent to the second semester of an algebra-based physics college course. Because this is a yearlong course, students will again have time to foster deeper conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction. Students have time to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement in college. Course topics include principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and topics in modern physics. All students enrolled in AP Physics 2 are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


BIOLOGY II | HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

4th-year science

Teacher recommendation

Biology II is a study of human anatomy and physiology. This course is designed to help students prepare for higher education, to further their studies in an area of biological interest or to enter a health-related profession. The course will also benefit those students interested in liberal arts, physical education and pre-chiropractic programs. The course material contains general information on a wide range of topics that are relevant to the health and well-being of not only students but all members of the communities in which they live.

This course deals with the most wondrous of all structures — the human body. It presents information about the body's structures and its functions. It attempts to discover answers to such questions as: What enables people to move? How is it possible for them to talk? How can they see the expanse of the food they eat? How do individuals derive from food the energy they need for exercise and other types of activities? All these and other human activities make up life; the study of anatomy and physiology attempts to explain them. This course will provide for the student a basic understanding and working knowledge of the human body. Extensive laboratory work will be an integral part of this course.


AP CHEMISTRY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

4th-year science

Chemistry 1 Honors, Biology, Physics
& teacher recommendation

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium. Labs and demonstrations will help students develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena. Students who enroll in this course should have a grade of C or better in Chemistry I Honors and be proficient in algebra. All students enrolled in AP Chemistry are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

CIVICS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

Civics is a required course for graduation. The course will examine the in-depth workings of the American government and political system. This will include national as well as local politics. A main focus of the course will include specific current governmental policies, debates, party beliefs and laws. During the semester, students will be required to take and pass the Constitution Test in order to meet state requirements.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a college-level course designed to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the earth's surfaces. Students also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Specific topics of the course include analysis of maps and spatial data, how political regulations, economics, values and tastes create particular cultural landscapes, how regions came into being and what they reveal about the changing character of the world we live, and how events and processes operating in one place can influence those in other places. All students enrolled in AP Human Geography are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


WORLD HISTORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10

None

World History is a survey of the most important events, ideas, beliefs, customs and institutions from earliest times to the present. Attention is focused on the growth of freedom and justice in government, but considerable study is given to geography, religion, science, business, fine arts, language, literature, education and family life. The important men and women of every age and nation are studied to see how individuals both shape and are shaped by their society. World History is an important background for an understanding of world affairs and world literature, as well as essential background for understanding United States history.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP WORLD HISTORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

10

Teacher recommendation

This course provides a broader and more in-depth analysis of the content studied in World History. There is also considerable in-depth study and reading outside the required textbook. Students may also be offered opportunities for field trips as part of their enrichment in the social sciences. All students enrolled in AP World History are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


UNITED STATES HISTORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

None

The principal aim of this course is to provide students with the background, knowledge and pride in their American heritage that will prepare and motivate them to discharge their duties and preserve their rights as citizens. The course includes a study of the contributions of various ethnic groups to the growth and development of this state and nation. The course is organized chronologically around the major forces, events and personalities of our history from America's beginnings in Europe to the present. Special attention is focused on the political and economic struggles that led to the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, the growth of democracy, the settling of the West, the Civil War, the growth of industries, corporations, labor unions, commercialized farms, rise of cities, social problems and our emergence into world leadership.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11

Teacher recommendation

The principal aim of this course is to provide students with the background, knowledge and pride in their American heritage that will prepare and motivate them to discharge their duties and preserve their rights as citizens. The course includes a study of the contributions of various ethnic groups to the growth and development of this state and nation. The depth of study is greater than that of the United States History course, with frequent use of readings outside the text. All students enrolled in AP United States History are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

None

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Students will also be required to take and pass the Constitution Test during the course. This course fulfills the civics requirement. All students enrolled in AP U.S. Government and Politics are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


MIND & MEDIA I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

The Mind & Media I course is designed to introduce students to the basic study of the human brain and how we as humans interact with each other and the world around us. In this course we answer questions such as: How does the physical human brain look and how does it work? How does personality develop? How does memory work? Why are we different from others? How does mental illness influence the human experience? Students will gain a basic understanding of the foundations of the discipline of psychology through this course.


MIND & MEDIA II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

The Mind & Media II course is focused on how we as humans interact with each other and the world around us, and what role media and government take in shaping our understating of the world. In this course we answer questions such as: How has television, the internet and social media changed how humans interact and behave? What do movies say about our values and culture? How does media reflect our cultural values? How do race, socioeconomic status and gender influence our society and how we behave? What motivates humans to hurt other humans? What is safety, and how do we create safe schools? How do we critically examine our media to create a thoughtful citizenry? Students will gain a basic understanding of the foundations of sociology and media through this course.


CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

This is a survey course designed to familiarize the students with the nonhistorical aspects of social studies. Topics will include sociology, multiculturalism and many current issues facing American society. These issues may include ecology, crime, poverty and life skills.


AMERICAN CULTURE SINCE WORLD WAR II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

Students will be exposed to a variety of elements that constitute the rapid change in the American way of life since the end of World War II in 1945. American culture has undergone significant changes in the morals, values and behaviors of youth. During the Baby Boom and Cold War era of the 1950s/1960s, American teens were looking to carve out their own niche following WWII, and arguably no period saw as much student-led activism. As America exited Vietnam, there was a sense of disillusionment. By the 1990s, a younger generation spearheaded massive change with the internet and technology boom. And finally, as we enter into a new millennium, the rise of social media and smartphones has completely revamped America's place globally. Special focus will be paid to the human struggle for equality and civil rights, but students will mainly examine the impact of how music, fashion, sports, movies, celebrities and new inventions and technologies have made America the most powerful country in the world.

RESOURCE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12. Resource offers students individualized support and accommodations aligned to their individualized education plans (IEPs). Students receive support with content area subjects and study skills, and they learn strategies to adequately compensate for an identified disability area. This is a repeatable credit course.


INSTRUCTIONAL ACADEMIC COURSES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (one/two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

Instructional special education classes are available in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, health and consumer education. These classes are taught by teachers with a special education license and are subject to the class-size requirements per special education legislation. The course outcomes for instructional classes are based upon the outcomes of the general education core course, with modifications to material and resources to ensure appropriate levels of instruction to meet the needs of students with IEPs. Math and English instructional classes will be offered on an A/B block schedule occurring for the duration of the year (two semesters). Science and social studies instructional classes will be offered every day for one semester.


EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS PROGRAM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

Various

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

The emotional supports program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12 who have been identified as having behavioral, social and/or emotional disabilities that adversely impact their participation within the general education environment. This is a supportive, specialized program that emphasizes modification of behaviors and uses daily instruction to support the development of appropriate behavior, social skills and responses. Behavior modification procedures and techniques are used to address individualized goals for each student. In addition, a number of support services are used to assist students.


CORE PROGRAM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

Various

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12 who have been identified as having disabilities that inhibit their participation within the general education learning environment. Students who participate in the CORE program require an alternative curriculum that is based on developing functional academic, independent-living, social, language and employment skills at cognitively appropriate levels.

STUDENT AIDE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.25 (one quarter)

11, 12

Teacher recommendation

Qualified juniors and seniors may perform a variety of services as student aides in the EPHS Counseling Office, Athletic Office, Library Media Center and other academic departmental areas. Upon successful completion, students will receive a 0.25 credit per academic quarter.

This is a repeatable credit course.