New Courses for 2019-20 & 2020-21


During the next two years, Elmwood Park High School will introduce new courses in a variety of subject areas. These courses are being offered as part of District 401's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning EPHS and Elm Middle School courses with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

The goal of the College & Career Pathway is to better prepare D401 students to compete and succeed in the global economy. 

With the help of aligned programs of study and pathway exploration, students will graduate with well-developed post-secondary plans, stronger experiential learning opportunities and a diverse set of skills suited for academic and career success.


2019-20 New Course Descriptions


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


2020-21 New Course Listing


EPHS will offer the following new courses during the 2020-21 school year. Please note that descriptions are not yet available for these courses.


SUBJECT AREA

COURSE TITLE

ART

Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture

ART

Advanced Drawing and Painting

ART

Advanced Photography

BUSINESS/CTE

Business Law

BUSINESS/CTE

Computer Applications

BUSINESS/CTE

Computer Programming

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

AP Italian Language and Culture

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

AP Spanish Language and Culture

MUSIC

AP Music Theory

MUSIC

Intro to Band

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Nutrition and Wellness

SCIENCE

AP Biology

SCIENCE

Intro to Health Careers

SOCIAL STUDIES

AP Psychology

SOCIAL STUDIES

Criminal Justice