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Program of Studies

At Waltham High School, we are proud of our academic programs.  We provide courses to meet every student’s needs: challenging standards-based courses for all students, advanced placement courses for higher achieving students, and technical certification courses for multiple vocational and technology pathways.  Our fine and performing arts, vocational, and athletic programs are an integral part of Waltham High School that augment our academic program of studies. We are educating the citizens of tomorrow.

    Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math
  • 3 years of History - World History, United States History I & II
  • 4 years of Physical Education and Wellness
  • 3 years of Lab Sciences
  • 10 credits in Arts Electives*
  • 2 years of a single World Language
  • Every student must have a schedule that has 30 class periods per week and accrue minimum of 120 credits by graduation.
  • * See Arts Electives for more information.

    MASSCORE

The Massachusetts High School Program of Studies (MassCore) is intended to help students be college and career ready by taking a rigorous course of study. Students will arrive at college or the workplace well-prepared and the number of students taking remedial courses in college will be reduced. MassCore recommends a comprehensive set of subject area courses and units to be completed before graduating high school.

The recommended program of studies includes: four years of English, four years of math (to include Algebra II), three years of lab-based science, three years of history, two years of the same foreign language, one year of an arts program, and five additional “core” courses such as business, health, and/or technology. MassCore recommendations are aligned with Massachusetts University admission requirements beginning with the Class of 2017.

    Special Education

The Waltham Public Schools Special Education Department offers a wide variety of programs for special needs students. The goal of the Special Education Department is to enable students to access the general education curriculum. For all students deemed eligible, and on an Individual Education Program (I.E.P.), instruction is individualized taking into consideration each child’s unique learning style. Programming is developed which allows the student to work to their potential in the least restrictive environment. Selection of the appropriate programs is done through the TEAM process and is based on individual needs as developed in the educational plan. Students who receive special education services work closely with their liaisons to ensure that their individual education program complies with standards based instruction and the curriculum frameworks.
 

Course Offerings

    Career and Technical Education

Director: Michael Grace

The Career & Technical Education Department encompasses four different program areas including Ch.74 Vocational Technical Programs, Business, Family Consumer Science and Technology Education. Students participating in CTE programming are able to learn in a practical, hands on environment while earning credit towards their 'Arts' graduation requirement. Students who participate in a Ch.74 Vocational Technical Program may qualify for a certificate upon graduation which can lead them directly into the workforce, or earn them college credit through one of our many articulation agreements.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    Business

The Business Department offers a variety of courses for grades 9-12. All business courses meet the Waltham High School Art requirement as well as the MassCore requirement for graduation. Each course provides students with real and relevant skills including; critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving, team building, entrepreneurial, organizational and mechanical reasoning skills using a hands-on Project Based Learning Model. Students will gain valuable insight to the Business Industry in courses like Introduction to Business, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Retail Management, Financial Literacy, Finance and Investments, Entrepreneurship, and the School to Career Program.

    INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS CONCEPTS

This course provides opportunities to learn about and experience a wide variety of topics in the field of business, including the economy, business types, marketing, e-commerce, sales process, and business management and leadership. Students will also learn about personal financial planning, real estate, college aid, resume building, career options and retirement planning. The course will be heavily focused on real-world application of the material and incorporates projects where students can apply the content in the real business world. (2.5 Credits)

    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING

The sports and entertainment industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that has some effect on every consumer, regardless of their age. Thus, sports and entertainment marketing is a growing division of the marketing field with a tremendous impact on the economy and with many career opportunities. This class will provide students with an overview of the sports and entertainment field from a business perspective. Students will explore the world of marketing through the sports and entertainment industry. This course includes business, management, and entrepreneurship; communication and interpersonal skills; economics; and professional development foundations. Emphasis is placed upon the functions of marketing-information management, pricing, product/service management, promotion, and selling. Students will spend a large part of this course with hands-on, student-developed activities to meet course goals. Special projects within the school and community will be added to ensure real-world experience. (5 Credits)

    RETAIL MANAGEMENT

Retail Management is a course that will prepare students to operate businesses that sell, rent, or lease goods and services. This course will provide insight into the theory behind buying, storing, pricing, advertising, display, selling, financing, and other activities necessary for successful retail business operations. Hands-on application will come in the form of the operation of a new venture: The Waltham High School Store, both on the floor and behind-the-scenes. The Waltham High School Store operation will involve: retail, marketing, accounting/bookkeeping, customer service, merchandising/inventorying, and more. 21st century skills and project-based learning will be stressed (communication, high standards of personal behavior, critical thinking, the use of technology, and working cooperatively). (5 Credits)

    FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS

This course is designed to examine aspects of finance and investments. You will learn how to manage your money, how to provide financial security for oneself, and how to make the best investments for financial independence. Insurance, mutual funds, 401K plans, tax sheltered annuities, and the stock markets are some of the units studied. Highly motivated students who plan to pursue a college major in business will benefit greatly. We welcome students who wish to use this course for financial improvement. (5 Credits)

    FINANCIAL LITERACY

This personal financial literacy course is designed to alert, inform, and educate students in concepts of personal finance and money management. Students will begin to develop the skills and strategies that promote personal and financial responsibility related to financial planning, savings, investment, and effective money management. Topics covered in this course will include: college and career planning, money management, savings and investing, income, and spending. The course will teach students to search and assess college and career opportunities, identify and prioritize their personal money management goals, develop personal spending and savings plans, comprehend the impact of time on the value of money, understand the cost of using credit, and protect assets. (2.5 Credits)

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUILDING LEADERSHIP FOR FUTURE CAREERS IN BUSINESS

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This course concentrates on starting and growing new businesses. During this course, students will investigate the concepts, tools, and practices of entrepreneurship. This course will concentrate on: identifying new venture opportunities (versus ideas), evaluating the viability of a new venture, writing a business plan, understanding which skills are necessary for success, how to market the business and selecting a type of business ownership, and learning about the financial management strategies of being an entrepreneur. At the end of this course, students will be able to write, and present a business plan that will be ready for investor review, and possess a better understanding of their personal entrepreneurial capacity. Additionally, the course will have a strong focus on leadership skills essential in all future business career choices. (2.5 Credits)

    SCHOOL TO CAREER PROGRAM

This work based learning program is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate aptitudes that cannot be evaluated in a regular classroom setting. Students will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, or more depending on their school schedule. These work hours should take place both during the week and the weekends. The students’ workplace or community service venue is considered a classroom and the employer’s evaluation of the student as well as the submission of monthly timesheets or proof of employment documentation, and daily sign out logs earn the student credit towards graduation. Prior to admission into this program, students must complete an application signed by their parent/guardian, housemaster and guidance counselor, and meet with the School to Career Coordinator. The School to Career Coordinator will verify employment prior to the student being allowed to participate. Students interested in this program MUST meet with the School to Career Coordinator for rules and approval prior to acceptance into the program. (5 Credits)

    Family Consumer Science

The Family and Consumer program offers a variety of courses for grades 9-12. All family and consumer courses meet the Waltham High School Arts requirement as well as the MassCore requirement for graduation. Each course provides students with real and relevant skills including; critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving, team building, entrepreneurial, organizational and mechanical reasoning skills using a hands-on Project Based Learning Model. Students will gain valuable insight to the following industries; Early Education Child Care, Fashion Design, Health and Nutrition, Baking and Culinary.

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    BAKE SHOP

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of baking and the dessert presentation. Preparation and baking of dough, quick breads, cookies, tarts, pies, cakes and pastry items will be covered. Students will learn baking terminology, weighing, measuring, the functions and proper use of ingredients, the use tools and equipment, and presentation of the product. This course gives valuable insight to the Baking Industry that will provide guidance into Career and College pathways. (2.5 Credits)

    CHEFS

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of basic meal planning and food preparation. Students will use a wide variety of cooking and food preparation techniques, focusing on the skills necessary to live on your own. Units will include, breakfast; lunch; breads and desserts. Culture and its impact on food will be explored. (2.5 Credits)

    FOODS

This course includes the continuation of fundamentals of cooking and baking principles achieved in Chefs or Bake Shop. Topics will include advanced food preparation, Food safety, personal sanitation, and guided nutritional practices . Skills learned in this class will provide guidance into College and Career pathways. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chefs or Bake Shop. (5 Credits)

    CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

This course will introduce students to early education child care and the relationships of families. The developmental stages, interaction and supervision of children, health and safety practices, appropriate activities and positive interactions with children, family engagement and appropriate care of children are the foundations of this course. Students will gain valuable insight to the Child Care Industry that will provide guidance into Career and College pathways. (2.5 Credits)

    INTRODUCTION TO FASHION DESIGN

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This course provides the foundation for the future study in the field of Fashion Design. This course will introduce students to the mechanics of the sewing machine as well as basic hand sewing techniques. Redesigning, recycling and alterations of garments will allow students to work independently, master their skills and tap into their own creativity through design. (2.5 Credits)

    PINTEREST© CRAFT CLASS

Express your inner creativity through inspired projects from the popular site Pinterest©. Learn the latest trends and techniques to create jewelry pieces, hair accessories, paper crafting, holiday decor and much more. (2.5 Credits)

    FASHION DESIGN I

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This course teaches basic sewing skills and the use of the sewing machine, while exploring fashion trends, color choices, and textile basics. Students are responsible for their own project materials. (5 Credits)

    FASHION DESIGN II

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This advanced course presents design principles and wardrobe planning. More challenging fabrics and techniques are encouraged. Prerequisite: Fashion Design I Students are responsible for their own project materials. (5 Credits)

    FASHION DESIGN III

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This course is designed for the student who plans to pursue a career in fashion design or the textile arts. Students will recognize and apply the principles and elements of design to create original designs. Prerequisite: Fashion Design II. Students are responsible for their own project materials. (5 Credits)

    Technology Education

The Technology Education program offers a variety of courses for grades 9-12. All technology courses meet the Waltham High School Arts requirement as well as the MassCore requirement for graduation. Each course provides students with real and relevant skills including; critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving, team building, entrepreneurial, organizational and mechanical reasoning skills using a hands-on Project Based Learning Model. Students will gain valuable insight to the Technology Industry in the fields of Health Assisting, Small Engines, Construction Techniques, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Graphic Design, and Digital Illustration.

    TECHNOLOGY FOR SCHOOL

This course introduces students to the uses and misuses of technology for school. Students will gain a basic knowledge of computers and systems to then develop skills to operate technology concepts and operations, create and communicate research information, and digital citizenship. Microsoft office, Google Apps, budgeting websites, resume and cover letter writing, and student portfolios are a few of the applications. This course gives valuable insight to the Technology Industry that will provide guidance into Career and College pathways. (2.5 Credits)

    SMALL ENGINE SYSTEMS

This course will introduce students to the systems and the mechanics of small engines. Roll up your sleeves and join us to learn how small engines work, and how to service and repair them. This class examines the workings of 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines and the theory of operation. Fuel systems, basic electrical, maintenance and storage of power equipment are some of the topics covered. Students will gain valuable insight to the Auto Industry that will provide guidance into Career and College pathways. (2.5 Credits)

    BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals and interdisciplinary connections of carpentry and welding. Construction and manufacturing techniques, metal fabrication and welding techniques, drafting and using hand tools and machinery are the foundations of this course. Students will gain valuable insight to the Carpentry, Electrical and Metal Fabrication Industries that will provide guidance into Career and College pathways. (2.5 Credits)

    DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION

Since the dawning of the computer age, artists have explored new techniques and discovered the creative potential of the digital canvas. From illustrated books, comic books, graphic novels, editorial illustration and children’s books, digital illustration is quickly becoming the artist tool of choice for commercial artists around the world. In this class, students will learn the process of illustration to create digital art using Adobe Photoshop. (2.5 Credits)

    GRAPHIC DESIGN I

Graphic design is all around us. Part of a wide range of commercial arts, graphic design is a powerful visual communication practice that can transform how we interact with the world. Through websites, magazines, CD and book covers, logos, advertising, and social media, graphic designers shape messages using words and images to communicate a message. In this course, you will learn skills and techniques to creatively solve problems in a variety of real-world projects. Topics include: design principles; color theory; typography; image editing and retouching;; page layout; and graphic design career possibilities. (5 Credits)

    GRAPHIC DESIGN II

Graphic Design is everywhere! Expanding on the foundation created in Graphic Design One, students will continue their exploration of the commercial arts with advanced graphic design and illustration projects using Adobe software and traditional art tools. With an introduction to vector graphics, students will explore the wonder of Adobe Illustrator creating real-world projects including logo design, t-shirt design, package design, movie and book design. (5 Credits)

    ANIMATION AND MOTION GRAPHICS

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This course introduces students to the fundamentals of both digital and traditional animation and motion graphics. Students will learn basic concepts, methods and techniques through hands-on experiences and projects directly related to professional experiences in the field of animation and motion graphics. Exploring stop-motion, hand drawn and digital animation, this class is geared toward individuals who wish to use and develop their creative expression skills, in conjunction with professional-level computer software techniques, to create design and illustration that moves!. Careers in commercial art and animation will be explored. Prerequisite: Digital Illustration or Graphic Design. (5 Credits)

    AP 2-D DESIGN STUDIO ART: ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN

The Advanced Placement 2-D Design Studio course is designed specifically for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the experience of creating college level 2-D Design and plans to pursue a career in the visual arts. Students will create a portfolio meeting the National expectations of the College Board Advanced Placement 2-D Studio Art Program. The required portfolio will serve as the AP Exam for the course and must be submitted to College Board for scoring. A superior work ethic both in and out of school will be required to prepare the 24-piece portfolio, which may include but is not limited to graphic design, illustration, digital imaging, photography, collage, painting, and printmaking. Throughout the portfolio, an emphasis will be made on three sections; Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. (5 Credits)

    PRINCIPLES OF TELEVISION AND MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION

Students who elect to enroll in this fun, and fast paced elective will enjoy exposure to state of the art television, computer and multimedia equipment. Through interesting and thought-provoking assignments, students will learn the basics of creating clear and concise multimedia presentations. They will deconstruct film, television and commercials in order to discover the role media plays in their social, economic and political lives. Assignments will range from television commercials to full-scale programming and will air on our own local access education channel WE-TV. Active participation is mandatory, as students should be prepared to perform daily, both in front of and behind the cameras. For classroom assignments students will record and videotape some programs after school and during weekends, as well as written homework and short papers. Upon completion of this course students will have developed the writing, vocabulary and production skills, essential to quality media productions. (2.5 Credits)

    SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT BROADCASTING

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You watch the games. You know the players. You remember that signature call in that memorable game on television or that red carpet special at the Oscars and would love nothing more than to have a similar job in the industry. This course covers the nuts and bolts of the industry. We will also tackle the production requirements for pre-game/show preparation, play-by-play and color commentary, as well as in-game host, followed by post event coverage. Any aspiring sports broadcaster who hopes to succeed in this attractive career needs to understand the detailed ways in which the industry actually operates and functions. Opportunities will include: Guest speakers, field trips, working behind the scenes at sporting events at the high school/college level as well as producing a demo reel consisting of statements of work throughout the year. (2.5 Credits)

    STUDENT TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

The Student Technology Innovation and Integration course, open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, is a hands-on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. The course also asks students to have a prior understanding of ChromeOS. To be considered for the Help Desk, students are required to interview with the Digital Learning Teacher and Administrator of Educational Technology Integration. Interviews are held in the late spring. (2.5 Credits)

    Chapter 74 Career Vocational Technical Programs

Waltham High School offers Chapter 74 vocational programs to students in grades 9-12 including:

Automotive Technology; Collision Technology ; Carpentry; Culinary Arts; Early Education and Care; Electrical; Electronics; Graphic Communications; Health Assisting (in initial application stage); TV Broadcasting

*Metal Fabrication is a Ch.74 Program available to students in grades 10-12 only.

Students who participate in the 9th grade CVTE Exploratory Program will have the opportunity to continue his/her education in their chosen career field and follow a sequential path of courses for the next three years. By choosing a career pathway students have the unique opportunity to learn technical knowledge and skills, problem solving, and professional employability skills in a live shop using a hands on Project Based Learning (PBL) Model. Career Vocational Technical Education programming prepares students for their future goals, which can include college or pursuing a career right after high school. Students have access to rigorous academic courses, cultivating career skills in their chosen field, as well as potentially earning credit towards postsecondary programs while still in high school through our articulation agreements. In addition, CVTE students will have access to industry relevant certifications in their programs like OSHA-10 and ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). Each CVTE pathway follows state regulated curriculum frameworks and policy regulations. Maintaining CTE Chapter 74 approvals allows students to be able to earn their Competency of Occupational Proficiency (COP’s) certification in addition to their high school diploma. CTE pathways also provide internships and co-op opportunities for eligible junior and senior students who are in good standing academically as well as in their CVTE program.

    Grade 9 Exploratory Program

    CTE EXPLORATORY

Freshman who are interested in learning more about CTE programming are encouraged to participate in our Exploratory Program. This year long course will provide students with essential information about the Chapter 74 programs available at Waltham High School and related career pathways. Students will spend two weeks exploring each program before making a single course selection for the second half of the school year. During this exploration period, students will examine their interests, abilities and career pathway options while participating in mini projects that introduce them to the program. The exploratory program instructors will evaluate students during the first half of the school year using an established grading rubric in the following areas: Safety; Professionalism; Employability; Effort. (5 Credits)

    Automotive Technology

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    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Automotive Technology Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including vehicle safety inspections, tire service, hand and power tools as well as shop & personal safety standards. Students will begin to learn vehicle and engine configurations, basic engine construction, engine systems, basic electrical/electronics, and diagnostic tools/techniques. Students will have the chance to disassemble, inspect and rebuild an engine. SP2.org mechanical safety and pollution prevention certification will take place and a look at OSHA safety regulations/safety standards within the Auto Tech program will be covered. During the course students will be introduced to working on ‘live’ cars including practice vehicles and actual customer’s cars. (5 Credits)

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Auto Tech 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as an Automotive Technician or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of automotive theory and diagnosis. Additionally students will study all aspects of brake, steering, and suspension systems and begin to interact with customers regarding the repairs to their vehicles Students will take part in SP2.org mechanical safety and pollution prevention course, ASE student certification, Ford ACE certification and Valvoline ignition program certification. (15 Credits)

    AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Auto Tech 2 course. Students will work on all aspects of engine performance including basic operation, mechanical problems, computer controls, electronic fuel injection, forced induction, and emission controls. Students will also learn about heating and air conditioning systems. Students will participate in SP2.org mechanical safety and pollution prevention safety certification. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (17.5 Credits)

    Carpentry

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    CARPENTRY 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Carpentry Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including an overview and use of shop equipment like the band saw, sander, and drill press, measuring/reading a tape measure, and hand and power tools as well as shop & personal safety standards. Students will look more in depth at architectural drawings/blueprints, basic construction techniques like framing for ceilings/walls/floors, and basic cabinet making skills like joining. New equipment to be introduced is the table saw, cross cut saw, rip saw, dado and rabbet saws. Sample projects include a bench and chest. They will look to become proficient at safety standards. A more in-depth look at OSHA safety regulations and safety standards within the Carpentry program will be covered. During the course students will be introduced to working on real construction projects around the school building as available. (10 Credits)

    CARPENTRY 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Carpentry 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as a Carpenter or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of construction techniques including stair construction, drywall, plaster, tile, and roof construction. Students will be introduced to ‘green’ products like insulation, windows and doors. Activities will include building a coffee table, encompassing inlay techniques, learning more about types of wood and their properties, and learning new shop equipment like the router table. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    CARPENTRY 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Carpentry 2 course. Students will work on developing skills in drawer construction including raised and flat panel with the construction of a nightstand. The course continues to focus on construction techniques and safety standards on the jobsite. A large focus is on entrepreneurial skills needed when running a business including withholdings, writing checks, balancing books, and job estimating. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. Prerequisite – A passing grade in Carpentry 2, and meeting attendance, discipline/conduct record, and safety requirements. (17.5 Credits)

    Collision Technology

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    COLLISION TECHNOLOGY 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Automotive Collision Technology Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including vehicle safety inspections, detailing, identifying vehicle components, light cosmetic repairs, and hand and power tools as well as shop & personal safety standards. Students will look more in depth at vehicle structures and identifying when to repair vs replace vehicle components. They will look to become proficient at preparing new and used panels, masking vehicles for paint, and final car detailing. A more in-depth look at OSHA safety regulations and safety standards within the Auto Collision program will be covered. During the course students will be introduced to working on ‘live’ cars including practice vehicles and actual customer’s cars. (5 Credits)

    COLLISION TECHNOLOGY 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Auto Collision 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as an Automotive Collision Technician or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of non-structural vehicle repairs. Activities will include dent repair, water leaks, glass removal/repair, welding technology, plastic repair, panel replacement/alignment and basic refinishing. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    COLLISION TECHNOLOGY 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Auto Collision 2 course. Students will work on developing skills in vehicle estimating, understanding vehicle insurance policies, basic structural analysis and repair, and advanced refinishing technology. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    Culinary Arts

    CULINARY ARTS 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Culinary Arts Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including kitchen safety, proper food handling practices and sanitation, knife skills, beginning stages of food preparation as well as shop & personal safety standards. Students will look more in depth at the strands of the culinary arts curriculum. In addition to menu planning, ordering, basic nutrition, and preparation of all food. Culinary students will gain experience in a student managed restaurant, and catering business. ServeSafe/ safety regulations and safety standards within the Culinary Arts program will be covered. (5 Credits)

    CULINARY ARTS 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Culinary Arts 1 course. They will continue to expand their knowledge of kitchen safety, knife safety and begin exploring menu planning, nutrition, and complex multistage recipes. Students will have the opportunity to obtain their ServeSafe certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    CULINARY ARTS 3

This course building upon the skills learned in Culinary 1 & 2. It will focus on restaurant and catering production, menu planning, and the front of the house services aspects of the industry. (15 Credits)

    Early Education & Care

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    EARLY EDUCATION & CARE - CHILD DEVELOPMENT 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Early Education & Care Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including basic child development, classroom management techniques, and curriculum models, as well as shop & personal safety standards. Students will look more in depth at how children develop from infancy through preschool. They will look to become proficient at understanding the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth of children. The Baby Think It Over dolls are an integral part of this program. A more in-depth look at OSHA safety regulations and safety standards within the EEC program will be covered. (5 Credits)

    EARLY EDUCATION & CARE 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Early Education & Care - Child Development 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as a Preschool teacher or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of children, but the focus becomes how to teach preschool students. The class is broken down into three components: class work, learning activities, and field placements at local daycare centers. Course work is designed so students develop a complete understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of children and their families. Activities will include a variety of hands on activities, lesson planning, cooking activities, and classroom maintenance. Students will be responsible for planning and implementing lessons with their classmates as well as visiting preschool students from a local center. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    EARLY EDUCATION & CARE 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Early Education & Care 2 course. In addition to continuing activities listed above, students will work on developing and organizing files for future use and complete extensive work on their portfolios. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    Electrical

    ELECTRICAL 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Electrical Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including basic wiring, switches, and lighting, hand and power tools as well as construction safety standards. Students will begin to learn residential wiring methods, using Romex© and low voltage wiring. They will be taught to read, interpret, follow, and draw electrical drawings and schematics. A more in-depth look at OSHA safety regulations and safety standards within the Electrical program will be covered. At the end of the course students will be introduced to commercial wiring methods. (5 Credits)

    ELECTRICAL 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Electrical 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as an Electrician or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of electrical drawings and schematics. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA Construction safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score of 70% or better. (15 Credits)

    ELECTRICAL 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Electrical 2 course. Students will begin to work on industrial/commercial wiring methods; theories and motors; motor controls; and relays. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. Hours earned in class or on the jobsite are credited towards the Massachusetts state licensing requirements for Electricians. (15 Credits)

    Electronics

    ELECTRONICS 1

As part of the Electronics team students are exposed to authentic theory and practice within this career field leading to employment or further study. Investigate basic concepts and applications of analog electronics to include power supplies, amplifiers and oscillators. Prototype analog circuits and use diagnostic instrumentation to troubleshoot. Illustrate and simulate analog circuits using computer software. Fabricate printed circuit boards and printed circuit board assemblies. Perform “live work” on various non-functional, serviceable circuits and systems to return them to industry standard condition. Requisites: Safety and Ethics Contract and Dress Code. (5 Credits)

    ELECTRONICS 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Electronics 1 course. The second in a series of three consecutive outcome-based courses in which students are exposed to authentic theory and practice within this career field leading to employment or further study. Investigate basic concepts and applications of digital electronics to include logic gates, counter displays, memory registers, and data selectors. Prototypes digital circuits and use diagnostic instrumentation to troubleshoot. Illustrate and simulate digital circuits using computer software. Fabricate printed circuit boards and printed circuit board assemblies. Perform “live work” on various non-functional, serviceable circuits and systems to return them to industry standard condition. Requisites: Safety and Ethics Contract and Dress Code. (15 Credits)

    ELECTRONICS 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Electronics 2 course. The third in a series of three consecutive outcome-based courses in which students are exposed to authentic theory and practice within this career field leading to employment or further study. Use the engineering design process to investigate advanced concepts and applications of electronics to include consumer appliances, computers/peripherals, telecommunications, robotics, additive/subtractive manufacturing and drones. Encounter the entire manufacturing cycle by prototyping advanced circuits and systems using microcontrollers and microprocessors. Utilize interactive web-based instruction to supplement and complement training. Perform “live work” on various non-functional, serviceable circuits and systems to return them to industry standard condition. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    Graphic Communications

    GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Graphic Communications Exploratory course. If you’re interested in communications you will benefit from this course of study. This first in a sequential set of courses exposes students to the world of communications. Pre-press use of Macintosh and Windows computers to create printed and web designs will be explored in a real-world shop serving the school department and some local non-profit community organizations. Successful completion of this sequence of courses can earn the opportunity to receive college credit through existing articulation agreements with local colleges. Among the activities explored will be more in-depth use of the Adobe Creative Suite of software including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat. The basics of digital photography, scanning, and web page creation are also covered. Operation of digital and offset presses and bindery and finishing skills will be used in meeting customer needs. (5 Credits)

    GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Graphic Communications 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as a Digital Press Operator and teaches the skills necessary to succeed in the world of communications. The responsibilities of performing complex pre-press, print, and finishing tasks will be conducted in a real-world shop serving the school department and local non-profit community organizations. Students will create and print posters, tickets, brochures, and forms, in complex tasks utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite. Folding, binding, and finishing techniques will be more complex and students will benefit from the additional time on task. More in-depth use of digital photography and scanning for print and web page creation will be conducted. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Graphic Communications 2 course. The final level of study in the Graphic Communications sequence dives deeper into the skills necessary to succeed in the world of communications. Responsibilities increase in all areas and these students will be managing the business and print production. Scheduling, operator oversight, and Quality Assurance will lead to the student acquiring a certificate in Graphic Communications. Students at this level will oversee underclassmen in the creation and printing of posters, tickets, brochures, and forms, in increasingly complex tasks utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite and proprietary software. More in-depth use of digital photography and scanning for print and web page creation will be conducted. Folding, binding, and finishing techniques will be more complex and will require additional time on tasks. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    Health Assisting *anticipated

    HEALTH ASSISTING 1

Health Assisting 1 will begin by offering students an overview of healthcare professions and the various occupations available in the field. The goal is to have an introductory knowledge and pre-care skills necessary to continue in the Nurse Aide curriculum. Students are introduced to the language of medicine and medical terminology, and begin studying the basic structure of the human body. The Health Assisting curriculum also includes an introduction to nutrition & introduction to geriatrics and understanding dementia. The students are taught CPR, first aid, infection control and basic anatomy and physiology. Additionally students study the structure and function of the human body, medical abbreviations, medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Students are taught the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the special senses, reproductive and integumentary systems. (5 Credits)

    HEALTH ASSISTING 2

Health Assisting 2 is a continuation of the Nurse Aide curriculum, Students will begin to prepare for clinical placements by practicing important CNA job responsibilities such as ADLs (activities of daily living) which include personal hygiene, feeding, contenance management, mobilization, and dressing; communication skills; companionship; mental health support; and maintaining a safe environment are also covered. How to read patient charts, doctors orders, and documenting care provided are also covered. A more in depth medical terminology unit is required. Students enrolled in Health Assisting 2 will become certified in both CPR and First Aid in preparation for site visits beginning in the second half of the school year. (15 Credits)

    HEALTH ASSISTING 3

Health Assisting 3 is a continuation of the Nurse Aide curriculum. Students who have earned their CNA certification may be eligible to participate in a cooperative education placement. Students looking to be placed on co-op must meet the academic and programmatic requirements for placement. Students not participating on co-op will continue to learn and practice CNA skills in the WHS Health Assisting shop. Additional supervised clinical hours will be offered along with field trips and guest speakers from the industry. (15 Credits)

    Metal Fabrication *Grades 11-12 Only

    METAL FABRICATION 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the Metal Fabrication 2 course. Students will be introduced to TIG welding of aluminum and ferrous metals. ARC welding will be performed in the vertical and overhead positions. Creativity is encouraged. During the course students will have the opportunity to work on real life repairs including rebuilding and maintaining heavy equipment/machinery. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    Programming & Web Development

    TV Broadcasting

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    TV BROADCASTING 1

This course builds on the foundation learned during the TV Broadcasting Exploratory course. Students will review concepts and methods previously taught including learning the basics of creating programming using television, camera, computer and multimedia equipment and program & personal safety standards. Students will look more in depth at preproduction scripting and storyboarding as well as production and postproduction editing practices. They will look to become proficient at understanding the writing and technical skills required for quality video production. A more in-depth look at OSHA safety regulations and safety standards within the TV Broadcasting program will be covered. (5 Credits)

    TV BROADCASTING 2

This course builds on the foundation learned during the TV Broadcasting 1 course. Students will begin to work on assigned CBVE (Competency Based Vocational Education) projects that are progressively difficult to expand their knowledge to prepare them for a career as a Camera Operator, TV Producer, or related field. They will continue to expand their knowledge of “real world” roles of writers, producers, directors, actors, camerapersons, technical and audio directors, and editors. Students in this program will apply organizational production skills to produce a weekly newscast among many other projects throughout the year. Projects will demonstrate effective pre-production, production, and post-production using best practices all while reinforcing the fundamentals of digital video and broadcast journalism. This is a very fast paced deadline oriented course. Students will be required to produce the daily news show “Hawks Eye View” to be shown in first period class each day. This is a very fast paced deadline oriented course that requires planning, producing, and overall teamwork. Students will take part in a 10-Hour OSHA safety course, earning their OSHA safety certification if they achieve a passing score. (15 Credits)

    TV BROADCASTING 3

This course builds on the foundation learned during the TV Broadcasting 2 course. Students will be exposed to advanced concepts in Television Production. Students enrolled in this class will be responsible for a wide variety of projects that will solidify their skills. This class covers single camera film style production. This class meets concurrently with the Television Broadcasting II so these students will serve as mentors for the TV II students. Students will direct live studio productions as well as direct and produce ENG and EFP productions. Students in this class should expect a large amount of extra-curricular production work, as they will be involved in creating their own production company and videotaping sports and school events as part of their curriculum. Students completing this course will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to advance into a college level program or seek gainful employment in a rapidly growing field. Eligible students may participate in the Cooperative Education Program at an approved worksite. (15 Credits)

    English

Director: Daphne Fay

The mission of the English Department is to develop the lifelong habits of reading, writing, and critical thinking in all of our students. We strive to create daily, thought-provoking learning opportunities through engaging and culturally relevant texts, rich discussion with peers, challenging writing assignments, and routine choice reading.

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    ENGLISH 9

Literary selections will focus on the theme of Archaeology of the Self and may include the following major texts: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Kindred, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, The Book Thief, and Persepolis. Over the course of the year, students will be digging deep into the idea that reading and writing helps further their understanding of their own identities and the world around them. In reading an assortment of prose and poetry from different places and time periods, students will reflect on the influences that culture and society have on identity. Major units topics may include “Archaeology of School,” “Archaeology of Relationships & Community,” “Archaeology of Racism,” “Archaeology of Society,” and “Archeology of Duality.” Student writing will focus on text-based argument, synthesis, and narrative. Students will complete a series of common formative and summative assessments aligned with English Language Arts standards and departmental priorities. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENGLISH 10

Literary selections will focus on the theme of Voices of Power and Oppression and may include the following major texts: A Raisin in the Sun, Night, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Alchemist, and Macbeth. Additional readings will include contemporary, young adult fiction and nonfiction through a literature circles unit and a variety of nonfiction, poetry, and short stories that are thematically connected to the major texts. Students will engage in collaborative discussion, guided research, deep reading, and meaningful writing in order to explore essential questions around whose stories are heard, whose stories are not, and why. Students read texts not just to understand plot, character, theme, and author’s purpose, but to engage with social issues and topics that are relevant to their lives and to the collective life of the community as a whole. Student writing will focus on text-based argument, synthesis, and narrative. Students will complete a series of common formative and summative assessments aligned with English Language Arts standards and departmental priorities. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENGLISH 11

This course provides a survey of American literature through the theme of The Individual Versus The Establishment. Major texts may include: The Scarlet Letter, Walden and other transcendentalist readings, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Additional readings will include a variety of nonfiction, poetry, and short stories that are thematically connected to the major texts. Students will work toward college-level writing with a focus on evidence-based argument, literary analysis, and synthesizing research. Students will complete a series of common formative and summative assessments aligned with English Language Arts standards and departmental priorities. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENGLISH 12

This course engages students with a variety of literary genres through the question: What does it mean to be a global citizen? Students will re-evaluate their identities in their final year of high school and examine the interrelationship between themselves and the larger community and country in which they live. Major texts may include: Educated, There There, and The Fire Next Time. Additional readings will include a variety of memoirs, nonfiction, poetry, and short stories that are thematically connected to the major texts. Students will continue to work toward college-level writing with a focus on evidence-based argument, literary analysis, and synthesizing research. Students will complete a major research project focused on a social issue rooted in considerations of human morality. They will also complete a multifaceted, senior portfolio as their culminating writing piece final grade for the school year. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

This course demands a student’s commitment and ability to sustain a high level of academic rigor in reading and writing. Students will read for depth and breadth from a primary text, The Language of Composition, and learn about rhetorical form from a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts in order to develop skilled writing. Authors include Huxley, Plato, Machiavelli, Capote, Fitzgerald, and O’Brien along with a variety of other nonfiction sources selected for the quality of their writing: rhetoric, argument, and analysis. Each quarter will involve work pertaining to skills that prepare students for the A.P. Language and Composition exam, and all students are expected to take the A.P. Language and Composition test in May. Students must be recommended by their sophomore English teacher and gain approval before enrolling in this course. Summer reading will be addressed at the beginning of the first quarter through exams, essays, and discussions, and will be referred to throughout the year. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

This course assumes the student’s commitment and ability to sustain a high level of academic performance on a daily basis. Since the final exam in this course is the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition test, each quarter will involve work pertaining to skills that prepare students for this exam. Students will read widely and deeply from both the recognized canon: Hamlet, Crime and Punishment, Jane Eyre, poetry, essays, and short stories by well-known and respected authors, and from “companion works” that illuminate the originals in a different light, for example: Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead. Frequent close readings and numerous short essays will be assigned. One long research project will also comprise one third of one quarter’s grade. This is a rigorous course, and students may actually earn college credit and/or advanced standing in college by achieving a satisfactory score on the Advanced Placement Exam. Students must be recommended by their junior English teacher and gain approval before enrolling in this course. Summer reading will be addressed at the beginning of the first quarter through exams, essays, and panel discussions, and will be referred to throughout the year. This course meets the recommendation for an English class as outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    THIS IS AMERICA: INTERSECTIONS OF RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND CITIZENSHIP

This is a co-taught interdisciplinary course that was proposed by WHS students. In this course, students will explore themes such as intersectionality & identity, power & oppression, resistance & advocacy, and citizenship & identity. Major questions that students will examine include: How does race connect with other forms of difference such as class, gender and sexuality? How do factors such as race and class impact our opportunities and experiences? How have various social movements inspired change? And, ultimately, what does it mean to be American in our changing times? Through historical and literary study of academic and cultural texts, students will engage in seminar-style discussion of these crucial issues, conduct research, and craft their own opinions through college-preparatory writing assignments. (5 Credits)

    TEACHING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Students as part of the Social Justice in Education Fellowship will meet weekly with their cohort of Fellows to explore and examine topics related to social justice, equity, and teaching diverse student populations in the 21st century. As an interactive course, guest speakers, educators, and organizations related to teaching will participate. In addition, an online component, in partnership with Lasell University (where students will receive 1 college credit), is designed to explore careers in teaching beginning with the unifying question: Why should I become a teacher? Students examine their motivations to become teachers while they learn about college and state requirements and expectations. (5 Credits)

    CREATIVE WRITING

This course is designed to foster students’ creativity in writing through experimentation with a variety of different genres. The writing focus begins with personal experience and memoir and moves toward fiction and narrative techniques in short stories and poems. The year culminates with the production of a compilation of student work. (2.5 Credits)

    FILM & SOCIETY

This class will focus on how film has affected society over the course of 100+ years. We will see how films (feature and short) and documentaries throughout history reflect the time period in which they were created, through such concepts as culture, politics, art, and economics. We will critically look at films or film clips from such titles as Birth of a Nation, City Lights, The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Forrest Gump, Life is Beautiful, Dead Poets’ Society, Good Will Hunting, Hugo, Life is Beautiful, House of Flying Daggers, Les Miserables, Cinema Paradiso, The Red Balloon, Hoop Dreams, Night and Fog, Gasland, Steamboat Willie, Paperman, and others. Social issues to be discussed include racism, censorship, prohibition, the Great Depression and poverty, family relations, and many others. Students will not only study the films, but will respond to prompts concerning social issues in their classroom journals. A short film will also be required of each student.

Not only will students analyze the societal effect of these films, but film study itself will be addressed. Students will learn about the directors behind these films, the actors who portray the roles, the regional area the films hail from, and the way the films themselves are created. We will discuss film scores, cinematography, lighting, costuming, and other aspects of filmmaking. Students will write one short paper per quarter on some aspect of film or filmmaking. (2.5 Credits)

    JOURNALISM

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This course introduces students to the exciting world of print and online media. They study the basic principles of print and online journalism, as they examine the role of printed news media in our society. They learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles. Students conduct interviews, research, write, and design their own online publication, The Talon Tribune. (2.5 Credits)

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO SCHOLARS PROGRAM

This course is designed to acknowledge cultures and support high achievement among students of color at Waltham High School. This course will provide support to students of color to reach their fundamental academic goals. Students will engage in complex and cognitively challenging work, showcase their academic talents, build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships. The overall goal of this course is to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, college, and to become innovators who contribute to our diverse communities, nation, and global world. (2.5 Credits)

    SPORTS, LITERATURE, & SOCIETY

Sport functions as its own literature, complete with its distinct language, characters, conflicts, themes, symbols, setting, and, points of view. We will be using a wide array of non-fiction sports writing, including articles, columns and essays, in addition to a variety of clips from TV journalism and cinematic documentaries to examine and analyze how language and image are used to establish a story: the always changing, always controversial story of sports. Readings will draw from a wide variety of contemporary and classic works. The course will use excerpts from book length works like How Soccer Explains the World (Franklin Foer), Summer of Beer and Whiskey (Edward Achorn), Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series (Louis Masur), Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell), and various biographies, as well as current sports journalism from newspapers, magazines, and online sources, and clips from films such as Remember the Titans, Miracle, League of their Own, The Sandlot, and Rocky. We will look at some of the great motivational and inspirational sports speeches of all time. Writing for the course will include expository, persuasive, and journalistic assignments. For instance, students will be expected to attend WHS sporting events and report on them. Additionally, we will incorporate current technology to include blogging and infographics, thus connecting the course work to real-life experience, and offering students a chance to explore realistic sports-related career options. (2.5 Credits)

    SAT REVIEW

This course is for college preparatory students who will be taking the SAT for admission into a two- or four-year college. Coursework includes test-prep strategies and instruction for both critical reading, writing, and mathematics subtests. Students will shift between an English teacher and a math teacher during the year to prepare for all subtests. Using material from SAT preparatory sources, students will be prepared for the SAT exam in the spring. Students will be introduced to the test format, be given a diagnostic exam to determine strengths and weaknesses, be acquainted with test-taking strategies and be given numerous practice exercises. The course will be pass/fail based on attendance, effort, completion of assignments, quiz scores, progress, and participation in discussion and group work. This class will be co-taught by a math and English teacher. Therefore, students must be signed up for SAT Review in both English and math. (1.25 Credits)

    ENG MCAS PREP

This elective is required for at-risk students who are in jeopardy of failing or have already failed the grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts test. Areas of study will include the following: developing test-taking strategies, improving composition topic development, practicing open responses, improving organization and clarity in writing, making inferences and drawing conclusions, understanding and applying literary terms and devices, and acquiring challenging words in context. Prerequisite: A WIDA sub-score of 3 or higher (2.5 Credits)

    ACADEMIC SUPPORT - ENGLISH

Academic Support is an opportunity for students to receive academic tutoring, MCAS support, in English, Math, History, or Science during the school day. Sections will be staffed with content-certified teachers. Students will participate in Academic Support for limited periods of time throughout the school year as needed to bolster academic performance. (2.5 Credits)

    English as a Second Language

Director: Sara Hamerla

Placement in ESL classes is determined by English language proficiency tests, grades, and teacher recommendation. Placement in SEI Math, SEI Science, SEI History, and SEI MCAS Prep is also determined by student English language proficiency, grades, and teacher recommendation. ESL instruction provides systematic, explicit, and sustained language instruction, and prepares students for general education by focusing on academic language while also attending to social instructional language.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The WHS English as a Second Language (ESL) department strives to fulfill the vision statement from the Massachusetts Blueprint for English Learner Success: “English learners in Massachusetts attend schools in which all educators share responsibility for their success, engage effectively with their families, and value and nurture their linguistic and cultural assets. English learners are taught by effective, well-prepared, and culturally responsive educators who hold them to high standards and have the resources and professional learning they need to advance students’ academic and linguistic development simultaneously. English learners have equitable access to meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on their cultural and linguistic assets and the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional supports they need to excel. English learners thrive in high school and graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in college and/or a career of their choice, and to contribute to civic life in a global community. (5 Credits)

    NATIVE LANGUAGE SPANISH LITERACY

This class runs concurrently with ESL Literacy I. The more intensive, smaller class environment will enable the student the opportunity to catch up with Spanish speaking peers who have been schooled in consecutive years. This class will build on students’ existing Spanish Language literacy skills and use Spanish literature and non-fiction to provide a foundation to transfer English language and academic skills. Grade level expectations for reading, writing , listening and speaking will be modeled first in Spanish to assist students with transfer of skills to ESL and content area classrooms. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project.There is no prerequisite for this course, eligibility is determined by a language and math assessment and intake survey. (5 Credits)

    ESL Literacy

This class is designed for students who are new to the study of English and to the United States and who may have gaps in their educational experience. Students who are enrolled in ESL Literacy are also enrolled in ESL Composition. The class focuses on lessening the gaps in education, making students comfortable with both the culture of the high school and the rapid development of English speaking and listening comprehension skills. In addition to English, students learn about study skills, team work, and basic reading and writing to enhance speaking activities. Students will use visuals to increase vocabulary for speaking and writing, complete short readings in order to write about and discuss them, write dialogues to learn and perform everyday English, and compare their school experience with that of their new environment. In addition to the basic vocabulary students need, they will also learn skills, such as: note-taking, technology, dictionary use, dictation, spelling and grammar in context for accuracy. Students will write in basic forms to express ideas such as writing to learn and journaling, building up to sentences and paragraphs in English. In addition, they will learn and strategies for approaching a standardized test in their second language. (5 Credits)

    ESL COMPOSITION

This class is for students new to English who have missed a year or more of schooling. This class runs concurrently with ESL Literacy . The more intensive, smaller class environment will enable the student the opportunity to catch up academically with peers. This class will teach students how to read and write in English by building on developing literacy skills and incorporating technology. (2.5 Credits)

    ESL IA

This course is designed for students at the beginning/entering English language proficiency level. Students enrolled in ESL I are also enrolled in either English for the Workplace or ESL Comp I. The course focuses on developing a student’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Literacy skills such as vocabulary development, sentence structure and word order patterns, verb tenses, reading and writing skills are taught in a holistic and integrated manner and use grade level appropriate content topics to contextualize learning. Students will regularly interact with text and each other in these classes. The development of reading and writing skills, including MCAS preparation, is given strong emphasis. Students will learn how to write compositions aligned with the text types focused on in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, with a focus on narrative in ESL I. Students will research topics meaningful to them and give short individual and group presentations. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, there will be frequent on demand assessments, regular tasks to complete in the classroom, curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. (7.5 Credits)

    ESL IB

This course is designed for students at the entering English language proficiency level who may have completed ESL 1A. Students enrolled in ESL IB are also enrolled in either English for the Workplace or ESL Comp I.. The course focuses on developing a student’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Literacy skills such as vocabulary development, sentence structure and word order patterns, verb tenses, reading and writing skills are taught in a holistic and integrated manner and use grade level appropriate content topics to contextualize learning. Students will regularly interact with text and each other in these classes. The development of reading and writing skills, including MCAS preparation, is given strong emphasis. Students will learn how to write compositions aligned with the text types focused on in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, with a focus on writing to inform in ESL IB. Students will research topics meaningful to them and give short individual and group presentations. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, there will be frequent assessments, regular tasks to complete in the classroom, curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. (7.5 Credits)

    ESL IIA

This course is designed for students who have achieved or are approaching an emerging level of English language proficiency. Students enrolled in ESL II are also enrolled in either English for for the Workplace or ESL Comp II. The structure, process, and activities of ESL 2 are similar to those noted in ESL 1. However, course content becomes more complex and additional skills are introduced and stressed. The course focuses on developing a student’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Literacy skills such as vocabulary development, sentence structure and word order patterns, verb tenses, reading and writing skills are taught in a holistic and integrated manner and use grade level appropriate content topics to contextualize learning. Students are expected to read, write, and speak with greater fluency and demonstrate growing control over basic errors as they continue to develop reading, research, presentation and writing skills. Students are introduced to the skills and strategies needed to read for meaning and inference in a second language, and are encouraged to use their cultural and first language knowledge to assist them in becoming critical thinkers. Students will continue to learn how to write compositions aligned with the text types focused on in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, with a focus on argument and expository essays in ESL II. Emphasis will also be placed on developing speaking skills that will be necessary for success in core content classes. Students will research meaningful topics and give short individual and group presentations, using technology. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, there will be regular tasks to complete in the classroom, curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Demonstrated competence of the language addressed in ESL 1 or equivalent assessment and teacher recommendation. (7.5 Credits)

    ESL IIB

This course is designed for students who have achieved an emerging level of English language proficiency. Students enrolled in ESL IIB are also enrolled in either English for for the Workplace or ESL Comp II. The structure, process, and activities of ESL 2B are similar to those noted in ESL IIA. Students will continue to learn how to write compositions aligned with the text types focused on in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, with a focus on argument, expository and research. Emphasis will also be placed on developing speaking skills that will be necessary for success in core content classes. Students will research meaningful topics and give short individual and group presentations, using technology. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, there will be regular tasks to complete in the classroom, curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Demonstrated competence of the language addressed in ESL 1 or equivalent assessment and teacher recommendation. (7.5 Credits)

    ESL III

This course is designed for ESL students at the intermediate/developing level of English proficiency. Students enrolled in ESL III concurrently enroll in their grade-level standard, curriculum English class. In ESL III, students apply the skills and strategies needed to read for meaning in a second language, and are expected to actively use their cultural and first language knowledge in becoming more proficient critical thinkers.

Emphasis is placed upon the higher level literacy skills such as: drawing conclusions, predicting outcomes, distinguishing fact from opinion, drawing inferences, determining author’s purpose, author’s bias, determining mood/tone, and identifying problem/solution. The course addresses academic reading and writing skills that will be applied across content areas and include an analysis of literature with the emphasis on the following: the identification of major characteristics and elements of literary genres and understanding of common literary terms, literary techniques, and recurrent motifs and themes. Reading, writing, and general academic skills specific to nonfiction will also be explicitly taught and practiced to strengthen academic skills necessary for success across content areas. These will include, evaluating an author’s purpose, note-taking, and prioritizing information from a text. All strategies will be introduced and practiced with both digital and print based text. Students are expected to write in a variety of text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including argument essays, creative papers, research papers with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays as well as other formative and summative assessments. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, a variety of technology platforms will be used with curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL II or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (5 Credits)

    ESL IV

This course is designed for ESL students at the expanding level of English proficiency. Students enrolled in ESL IV will also take grade-level standard, curriculum English classes. This course focuses on mastering listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students are expected to continue to read increasingly complex fiction and nonfiction text while they develop their individual voice to improve their writing of text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including argument essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays as well as other formative and summative assessments. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students will complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESLIII or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (5 Credits)

    ESL V

This course is designed for ESL students at the transitioning/bridging level of English proficiency. In this course, students set goals for their own learning. Students enrolled in ESL V will also take grade-level standard curriculum English classes. This course focuses on mastering reading and writing skills at the transitioning level. Students are expected to continue to read increasingly complex fiction and informational text while they develop their individual voice to improve their writing of text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including argument essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays as well as other formative and summative assessments. Increasing emphasis will be placed on the academic speaking and listening skills required to be academically competitive in core content classes. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students complete curriculum-embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL IV or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (2.5 Credits)

    English for the Workplace I

Students will learn practical language to prepare for success in a career. This course is taken concurrently with ESL 1 and introduces vocabulary from Career and Technical Education. Topics include: English for hospitality and chefs (hotels/restaurants), English for business and construction, English for medical sciences and the language of basic First Aid, and English for technical professions including automotive. Students will build background knowledge in these areas through reading, writing, listening, speaking, and academic conversations. (2.5 Credits)

    English for the Workplace II

Students will learn practical language to prepare for success in a career. This course is taken concurrently with ESL 2 and introduces vocabulary from Career and Technical Education. Topics include: English for hospitality and chefs (hotels/restaurants), English for business and construction, English for medical sciences and the language of basic First Aid, and English for technical professions including automotive. Students will build background knowledge in these areas through reading, writing, listening, speaking, and academic conversations. (2.5 Credits)

    ESL COMPOSITION I

This course will be offered to students in ESL 1. This course will focus on the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in core content classes. Students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of fiction and non-fiction using texts that may include video, audio, tables, graphs, text features, photos, and infographics. These texts will serve as a vehicle to practice reading aloud, think-alouds and reading for information and detail. Students will be introduced to writing text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including narrative essays, expository essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed writing prompts as well as other formative and summative assessments. The writing process will be introduced and practiced to support in-class writing and compositions that may be assigned in ESL and content classes. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning,students will complete curriculum-embedded performance assessments and a final project. There is no prerequisite for this course and it will be offered in conjunction with ESL I. (2.5 Credits)

    ESL COMPOSITION II

This course will be offered to students in ESL II. This course will focus on the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in core content classes. Students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of fiction and non-fiction using texts that may include short fiction or nonfiction, excerpts of longer work, novels, non-fiction text, video, audio, tables, graphs, text features, and infographics. These texts will serve as a vehicle to practice reading aloud, think-alouds, reading for information and detail, determining an author’s purpose. Students will be introduced to writing text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including expository essays, argument essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays, MCAS preparation, as well as other formative and summative assessments. The writing process will be introduced and practiced to support in-class writing in class and ESL and content area assignments.In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students will complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL I or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (2.5 Credits)

    ESL COMPOSITION III

This course will be offered to students in ESL III. This course will focus on the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in core content classes. Students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of fiction and non-fiction using texts that may include short fiction or nonfiction, excerpts of longer work, novels, non-fiction text, audio, tables, graphs, text features, and infographics. These texts will represent all MESH subjects and will serve as a vehicle to practice reading aloud, think-alouds, reading for information and detail, determining an author’s purpose. Students will be introduced to writing text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including expository essays, argument essays, creative papers, content focused research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays, MCAS preparation, as well as other formative and summative assessments. The writing process will be introduced and practiced to support in-class writing in class and ESL and content area assignments. Increased focus will be placed on peer editing and revision in ESL III Composition. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning,students will complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL II or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (2.5 Credits)

    SPANISH LANGUAGE COMPOSITION I

This course will be offered to Spanish speaking students in ESL I. This course will build on students exiting Spanish literacy skills to further develop academic language development in Spanish. The course will focus on the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in high school. Students will experience a range of fiction and nonfiction texts that will serve as a vehicle to practice reading aloud, think- alouds, reading for information and detail, and determining author’s purpose. Students will be introduced to writing text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including narrative essays, expository essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed writing prompts as well as other formative and summative assessments. The writing process will be introduced and practiced to support in-class writing and compositions that may be assigned in ESL and content classes. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students will complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. There is no prerequisite for this course and it will be offered in conjunction with ESL I. (2.5 Credits)

    SPANISH LANGUAGE COMPOSITION II

This course will be offered to Spanish speaking students in ESL I. This course will build on students exiting Spanish literacy skills to further develop academic language development in Spanish. The course will focus on the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in high school. Students will experience a range of fiction and nonfiction texts that will serve as a vehicle to practice reading aloud, think-alouds, reading for information and detail, determining author’s purpose. Students will be introduced to writing text types aligned to the expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks including argument essays, creative papers, research projects with Works Cited, on demand timed written essays, MCAS preparation, as well as other formative and summative assessments. The writing process will be introduced and practiced to support in-class writing in class and ESL and content area assignments. Language bridging from Spanish to English will be a major component in this class. In line with the school’s focus on Project Based Learning, students will complete curriculum embedded performance assessments and a final project. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL I or equivalent assessment or teacher recommendation. (2.5 Credits)

    Fine and Performing Arts

Director: Douglas Trudeau

The Fine and Performing Arts Department provides exploratory, intermediate and advanced studies in four arts areas: Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. The departments offers a variety of courses that will enhance the overall high school experience and provides a great richness to a student’s overview of the arts and culture as it exists in today’s society.

All courses are designed to activate a student’s creative mind, develop skills, techniques and knowledge. The program provides opportunities for all experience levels and every student is encouraged to participate as they explore a possible vocation, or further develop a love for the arts.

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    Art

    ART I

This two-period class serves as a general introduction to studio art for students of all abilities. Students will explore a variety of media including drawing, painting, mixed-media, printmaking, fiber and sculpture in order to give them a broad basis for personal expression. Students will be introduced to the practice of critique and analyze contemporary and historical artists from diverse cultural backgrounds in regions across the Americas and throughout the world.(2.5 Credits)

    ART II

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Students in Art II will expand their skills in a variety of 2D and 3D media- drawing, painting, mixed-media, printmaking, fiber and sculpture while further developing their individual style and self-expression. Students will hone their skills in the practice of critique and formal analysis and examine contemporary and historical artists from diverse cultural backgrounds in regions across the Americas and around the world. Students will have the opportunity to visit local museums to further their understanding. (5 Credits)

    ADVANCED ART

Advanced Art is designed for students who want to pursue a more advanced level of art making. Students will work in all areas of art with an emphasis on 2D media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking and fiber. Students will have the opportunity to visit local museums and galleries to further expand their understanding. This course is a prerequisite for AP Drawing and Portfolio Prep courses. In this course, students start building a portfolio for college as well as the AP portfolio. A sketchbook journal will be a requirement of the course, as well as an end-of-year art exhibition. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. (5 Credits)

    HON PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

Portfolio is designed for students who want to concentrate their artistic efforts at a more advanced level and/or intend to further their education at an art school, college or university. Students work in all areas of art with an emphasis on drawing, painting, 2D and 3D design, art history and aesthetics. Students in this class must be willing to put in the extra time and effort to produce the high quality of work expected in an honors-level art course. A sketchbook journal is a requirement for this course as well as an end-of-year art exhibition Prerequisites: Teacher recommendations (5 Credits)

    AP DRAWING STUDIO

Advanced Placement Studio Drawing is for highly motivated students and involves a significant level of commitment and work outside of school. This course is designed for students who wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas and will address two major concerns: 1) a sense of quality in a student's work; 2) a sustained investigation of a particular theme or concept. Upon completing AP Studio Art, students will submit a portfolio to the College Board for college credit. A sketchbook journal is a requirement for this course as well as an end-of-year art exhibition. (5 Credits)

    CERAMICS

This four-block course focuses on the methods and techniques of using clay as a media to create functional and creative works of art. The origins, nature, and qualities of clay will be explored. Craftsmanship, technical proficiency, personal expression and vision will be stressed. Students will problem-solve through the development of a series of works using traditional and non-traditional methods to express themselves through specific themes, concepts, and methods. Prior experience in ceramics is not necessary for success. A sense of adventure is! (5 Credits)

    SCULPTURE

This class offers an introductory exploration of sculpture, hand built ceramics and 3D design. Materials that will be used will be paper, wood, clay, plaster and wire. Students will learn basic tools and techniques required for 3D work. Craftsmanship, personal vision, creative expression & reflection will be of primary concern. Cultural, historical and contemporary art concepts will also be explored. No prior art experience is necessary. (2.5 Credits)

    ADVANCED SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS

A unique experience of problem solving and creative thinking applied to 3D media is the main focus of this advanced curriculum. Students with an interest in 3-D design will challenge themselves by developing a series of major works related to specific themes, concept, media and methods. Special attention will be paid to craftsmanship, personal vision, and creative expression. Students will take an in-depth look at various materials in order to select those that best express their personal statement in order to create 3D art of portfolio quality. Prerequisite: Sculpture OR Ceramics (5 Credits)

    GLASS

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Create 2 & 3D handcrafted designs of light, color, line, and texture. Students will safely learn to cut, grind and solder stained glass, and integrate with other non-porous materials, to create unique works of art. Employing the Tiffany Method through a series of assignments, students will use their creativity and insights to create various striking works of glass in combination with compatible materials. (2.5 Credits)

    PHOTO I

In this course we will explore how and why photographers create work and the basics of taking a successful photograph. This class will include students taking their own original photographs, learning multiple techniques on Photoshop, and analyzing and discussing historic and contemporary photographers. Use of your smart phone or personal camera is encouraged. Point-and-shoot cameras are available to all students in the course. (2.5 Credits)

    PHOTO II

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Photo II is designed for students who want to continue their exploration of photography. This course will include taking original photographs, more advanced Photoshop techniques, and engaging in deeper analysis and discussion of historic and contemporary photographers. Students will explore a variety of styles of photography and begin developing their own personal voice as an artist. Students will have the opportunity to visit local museums and galleries to further expand their understanding. Use of smartphones or personal cameras is encouraged. Point-and-shoot cameras are available to all students in the course. This art course requires weekly homework. (5 Credits)

    AP PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is designed for highly motivated students interested in continuing their exploration of photography. In this course we will take a deeper look into the work of past and contemporary photographers and explore career options within the fine art and commercial photography fields. Students will continue learning more advanced editing techniques in Photoshop and be pushed to create work that is personally significant and reflective of their interests. Students should be aware that AP work involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school course. AP students will submit a portfolio of work to the College Board at the end of the year for college credit. Prerequisite: Photo I, Photo II and/or teacher approval. (5 Credits)

    AP 3-D ART & DESIGN

Departmental approval is required for this rigorous course for the highly motivated artistically gifted student who intends to pursue a career in the visual arts. Participants will create work which meet the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Studio 3D Design guidelines. Students will submit works of art, digital images and reflective documentational writings & drawings, that support their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, & revision. In the Selected Works section special attention is paid to materials, process, and ideas used. Prerequisite: Two years of a 5-credit studio class including one year in Advanced Sculpture and or AP Drawing Portfolio. (5 Credits)

    Drama and Dance

    INTRO TO THEATRE AND DANCE

This class explores the many areas of the theatre and dance world. Students will be introduced to improvisation, acting, movement and choreography, technical theater and film work. A true sampling of the many other theatre and dance courses you can advance to at WHS! No prior performance experience needed. (2.5 Credits)

    ACTING I

This course focuses on the building blocks of acting and public speaking. Through a variety of professional and student written scripts, we will focus on creative drama, communication, movement, theatre games, improvisations, voice and speech, scene work and musical theatre. This course is directly aligned with the skills needed for our extracurricular plays and musicals. (2.5 Credits)

    ACTING II

This intermediate course is designed to build on the acting skills introduced in Acting I. More advanced scene work, character study, self-scripting and playwriting will take the student’s acting to the next level. This course is directly aligned with the skills needed for our extracurricular plays and musicals. (2.5 Credits)

    ADVANCED ACTING HONORS

This course is designed for students who are serious about acting and theatrical performance. We will cover in depth acting techniques and methods, monologue work, musical theatre, Shakespeare, stage combat among other subjects. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in a one act play. This course is directly aligned with the skills needed for larger roles in our extracurricular plays and musicals. Can be taken as a 2 or a 4 period class. Prerequisite: Acting I, Acting II or Instructor's Approval. (5 Credits)

    STAGE AND BODY MOVEMENT I

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This course offers an exciting study of physical stage and body movement for both the performing and non-performing student. Learning to relax and feel comfortable with one’s body, in front of others, is essential for all students. Choreography, construction, and quality of movement are covered. Some detail is spent on different styles of movement, dance, mime, musical theatre and various ethnic styles. Students may repeat this course and will continue to receive credit.. Students will be invited to participate in one evening performance at the end of the school year. (2.5 Credits)

    STAGE AND BODY MOVEMENT II

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This course is an advanced version of Stage and Body Movement I. It gives the student an opportunity to expand upon technique, skills and concepts introduced in Level I. Independent choreography and performance are stressed. Students electing Stage and Body Movement II are required to participate in one evening performance at the end of the school year. Students may repeat this course and will continue to receive credit or may also participate in two sections simultaneously. (2.5 Credits)

    ADVANCED STAGE AND BODY MOVEMENT INTENSIVE HONORS

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This course is designed for students who are serious about dance and theatrical performance. A majority of the class will be spent on classical dance technique, vocabulary and cover lyrical, contemporary, tap, ballet and jazz genres of dance. Time will also be spent on technical & theatrical aspects of performance in depth theories of movement, cross curricular connections and independent choreography. There is an expectation that all students will perform in this class throughout the year. This Intensive course will be averaged into the student’s GPA at Honors Level. Prerequisite: Stage & Body Movement I, II & Audition or Instructor's Approval (5 Credits)

    LATINX DANCE

This course offers an exciting study of Latinx dance and cultural dances from around the world. Students will explore the different styles of Latinx movement, with exposure to Bachata, Cha-cha-cha, Merengue, Rhumba, Salsa, Samba and Paso Doble. In addition, students will be exposed to dance, mime, musical theatre and various ethnic styles of dance worldwide. Music of Pop Latino Artists and artists from around the world will be used to create routines. Students may repeat this course and will continue to receive credit.. Students will be invited to participate in one evening performance at the end of the school year. (2.5 Credits)

    PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course is open to all students who need/want the confidence and speaking skills to be successful in a project based world! The course aims to reduce students' anxiety in public presentations, enhance public speaking skills, and make students better able to evaluate their own performance and that of others. Students will participate in a variety of games and activities and present an array of speeches. This course is grounded in the very real world skills ALL students need for their lives after high school. (2.5 Credits)

    STAGECRAFT AND DESIGN

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This class is for the student who is interested in a behind the scenes look at the world of theatre. This class will offer a hands on approach to scenic design and stagecraft as the students become a part of the design and construction team of all the major stage productions at the high school. The class will focus on the different facets of design including lighting, costume, sound, special effect make-up, and scenery. (2.5 Credits)

    Music

    WIND ENSEMBLE HONORS

Wind Ensemble is open to any student with previous experience playing a band instrument. Students who are members of Wind Ensemble will perform at all home football games, at the Holiday Festival of the Arts, Student Santa, winter, spring and All City Concerts, and at graduation. Each performance counts as 10% of the quarter grade. Some Wind Ensemble members will also play with the Symphony Orchestra and may be required to attend after-school rehearsals with the string players. (Usually two per concert) Additional opportunities exist for an out of state trip (such as Walt Disney World) for band members in good standing. Students will play music in a wide range of musical styles, and experience the cooperative skills needed to perform in an ensemble. (5 Credits)

    CONCERT BAND

Students enrolled in Concert Band are considered to be members of the Wind Ensemble and are required to learn all of the same music and fulfill the same responsibilities. Concert Band is a two period option available ONLY to 9th and 10th grade students who would otherwise be unable to fit Wind Ensemble into their schedule. Because of the considerable increase of difficulty in high school music, it is highly recommended that everyone take Wind Ensemble Honors if possible to ensure an enjoyable and successful band experience. (2.5 Credits)

    JAZZ BAND

In addition to the skills demonstrated in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band, Jazz Band students will be expected to become familiar with various jazz idioms from blues to big band to rock/fusion. They must demonstrate improvisational skills in class and during all in-school and evening performances. Performances at school programs and evening concerts will account for 10% of the grade. Concurrent enrollment in Wind Ensemble or Concert Band is required. (2.5 Credits)

    STRING ORCHESTRA HONORS

String Orchestra is open to any student with previous experience playing an orchestral string instrument. Students who are members of String Orchestra will perform at the Holiday Festival of the Arts, Student Santa, winter, spring and All City Concerts. Some String Orchestra members will also play for special events in the greater Waltham area. Orchestra students may be required to attend after-school rehearsal when playing Symphony Orchestra music with winds and percussion (usually two per concert). Additional opportunities exist for an out of state trip (such as Walt Disney World) for string members in good standing. Students will play music in a wide range of musical styles, using complex rhythms, in a variety of keys, using advanced techniques, and experience the cooperative skills needed to perform in an ensemble. (5 Credits)

    STRING ORCHESTRA 2

Students enrolled in String Orchestra 2 are considered to be members of the Orchestra and are required to learn all of the same music and fulfill the same responsibilities. String Orchestra 2 is a two period option available ONLY to 9th and 10th grade students who would otherwise be unable to fit String Orchestra into their schedule. Because of the considerable increase of difficulty in high school music, it is highly recommended that everyone take Honors String Orchestra if possible to receive more extensive instruction, and to ensure an enjoyable and successful orchestra experience. (2.5 Credits)

    HON FRESHMAN CHORUS AND SHOW CHOIR

Freshman Chorus is an entry level high school ensemble designed to improve vocal technique and music literacy. This chorus will sing music from various styles and cultures. The group appears at several performances throughout the school year. Students who complete this course will be eligible to move to a more advanced chorus in subsequent years. (5 Credits)

    FRESHMAN CHORUS AND SHOW CHOIR

Freshman Chorus is an entry level high school ensemble designed to improve vocal technique and music literacy. This chorus will sing music from various styles and cultures. The group appears at several performances throughout the school year. Students who complete this course will be eligible to move to a more advanced chorus in subsequent years. (2.5 Credits)

    MUSIC UNLIMITED - MIXED SHOW CHOIR

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Music Unlimited is a select group of singers and dancers who perform a wide range of vocal styles from classical concert literature to popular and show choir music. Placement in this ensemble is based upon a vocal and choreography audition. This course is co-curricular and functions as both a concert choir and extra-curricular competitive show choir. This group typically rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays, and attends competitions. Students will sing music in four or more parts from various styles and cultures. Attendance at school performances, community events, and show choir competitions is mandatory. (5 Credits)

    HONORS MUSIC EXPRESS

Music Express is a select group of singers for a non-competitive treble show choir made up of students in grades 9 - 12. Music Express performs standard choral music along with contemporary pop music such as Beyonce, Andra Day, Meghan Trainor, Bruno Mars and Pentatonix. Placement in this ensemble is based upon a vocal and choreography audition. Course expectations are to increase students’ vocal technique, sight singing, choreography, stage presence, and performance skills. Music Express performs at several concerts throughout the year. (5 Credits)

    MUSIC EXPRESS

Music Express is a select group of singers for a non-competitive treble show choir made up of students in grades 9 - 12. Music Express performs standard choral music along with contemporary pop music such as Beyonce, Andra Day, Meghan Trainor, Bruno Mars and Pentatonix. Placement in this ensemble is based upon a vocal and choreography audition. Course expectations are to increase students’ vocal technique, sight singing, choreography, stage presence, and performance skills. Music Express performs at several concerts throughout the year. (2.5 Credits)

    HON MIXED CHOIR

Mixed Choir is a group of singers who work on a wide range of vocal styles from Classical to modern pop and musical theater. This course focuses on building vocal technique, sight singing, and music theory skills. This group appears at several performances throughout the school year. (5 Credits)

    MIXED CHOIR

Mixed Choir is a group of singers who work on a wide range of vocal styles from Classical to modern pop and musical theater. This course focuses on building vocal technique, sight singing, and music theory skills. This group appears at several performances throughout the school year. (2.5)

    LATINX CHOIR

Latinx Choir will perform, analyze and celebrate music from a variety of Latin cultures. We will sing music from some of the top Latin singers such as Selena, Romeo Santos, Celia Cruz, Shakira and more! This is a place where students will come together to make music based around the Latin culture and Spanish language. This group appears at several performances throughout the school year. (2.5 / 5 Credits)

    VOICE TRAINING

This course is designed for students who would like to further develop their solo singing voices. Class material will be focused around solo singing including topics such as: vocal production, breathing techniques, and expanding vocal ranges. Voice Training incorporates listening to and analyzing singers of all styles, along with preparing songs of all styles with a solo mindset. (2.5 Credits)

    MUSIC THEORY

Students taking this course are expected to learn basic concepts of music reading and writing, and apply these concepts using available music technology. Students will learn to read pitch notation on the treble and bass clef staves, and learn scales, keys, intervals, and chords as the building blocks of harmony. They will become fluent in rhythm reading in common time signatures, and learn to identify rhythm and pitch structures by ear. Students who are already advanced in this regard can enroll in AP Music Theory without taking Theory I. (2.5 Credits)

    AP MUSIC THEORY

This course is designed for those students who have a serious interest in music as a career and who plan to elect music as a major or minor beyond high school. It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least two years in a performance group, have a solid background in music theory and can display competence on a principal instrument. Theory Exam in the spring. Course content will focus on advanced concepts in Music Theory; including four part harmonization using principles of 18th century voice leading, harmonic analysis including secondary dominants and modulations, advanced sight-reading in major and minor modes, composition of a bass line and melodic dictation. Advanced projects in performance and composition will also be components of this course. Along with planned instructional activities, much of the course work will involve directed study, independent performance, music analysis, and utilization of music technology. It is expected that all students enrolled will take the Advanced Placement Exam. (5 Credits)

    ROCK MUSIC & Scoiety

Students in this course will explore the historical and societal aspects of our American musical tradition, beginning from its early roots to the present day. Students will learn about the genres of music which influenced the development of Rock & Roll, its innovators and prominent artists. Students will explore how those artists influenced political, economic and social trends, and how those trends influenced music. Students will discover the ways that music not only documents human events, but in many cases actually influences the direction and evolution of individual and societal thought and action. Classwork will include discussions of artists, differences of styles and genres of music, understanding meanings of song lyrics, protest songs, and analysis of musical forms such as the lubes. Material presented includes recording and video documentaries. This unit-based course requires no previous musical experience and fulfills the required Fine Arts credit. (2.5 Credits)

    BEGINNING PIANO CLASS

This class is open to all students who wish to learn to play the piano. It is intended for students with little or no prior piano experience. Students will learn to read treble and bass clef, play with both hands, and play multiple keys and positions. Students may be asked to improvise or compose a song with a melody line and chords. Periodic worksheets and assessments will be given to strengthen understanding of musical concepts. (2.5 Credits)

    LATINX GUITAR CLASS

This class is open to all students who wish to learn to play the guitar. This would be a guitar class that will use music from a variety of Latin cultures as the basis for learning guitar. Many of the songs and teaching materials will be in Spanish.Students will be able to choose songs from many of their favorite singers. Any student participating in this class should expect to develop a strong ability to master the fundamentals of guitar playing including learning chords, strum patterns, common rhythms, notes and scales. (2.5 Credits)

    BEGINNING GUITAR

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This course is for students who wish to begin the study of guitar. Students will learn to play open position major, minor, and dominant chord progressions, recognize note values and associated rhythms, read and play melodies in open finger position, have small group performances in the blues, classical and pop/rock styles and develop improvisational and compositional techniques utilizing the 12 bar blues structure. All of the above will be assessed through in-class performance and recitals. A limited number of school guitars will be available and assigned to students at the discretion of the teacher. (2.5 Credits)

    INTERMEDIATE GUITAR

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This class will cover more advanced guitar skill development in various styles, building on areas covered in Beginning Guitar. Material covered includes movable Barre chord forms, major and minor pentatonic scale patterns across the neck, reading in the fifth position, more advanced improvisation techniques within a variety of musical styles and composing using all of the above. As with Beginning Guitar, there will be recitals and performance. A limited number of school guitars will be available, assigned at the teacher’s discretion. (2.5 Credits)

    GUITAR ENSEMBLE

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Guitar Ensemble is a performance based class that will follow Intermediate Guitar in the guitar sequence. Students enrolling in Guitar Ensemble will continue their studies in reading standard guitar notation, improvisational skills and chord patterns. Repertoire will be chosen from a variety of styles including classical, jazz, Latin, rock, blues and other contemporary forms. Students will learn to play individual guitar parts which then come together as a group performance. Guitar Ensemble will perform at the in-school winter and Spring Concerts. There can also be off-campus performance opportunities as well throughout the year. Class participation and presentations are a significant aspect of this course. Guitar Ensemble may be repeated each year for credit. (2.5 Credits)

    HONORS GUITAR ENSEMBLE

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Honors Guitar Ensemble is a four-period class that is designed to offer an extension of the two-period Guitar Ensemble Class. Students electing to take the Honors level will be responsible for meeting all the requirements of Guitar Ensemble. Additionally, Honors candidates will study scales, modes, chord voicings, theory, ear training, improvisational techniques in a variety of styles and advanced rhythms in greater depth as it relates to improvising, composition, note reading and repertoire. Class participation and presentations are a significant aspect of this course. Honors Guitar Ensemble may be repeated each year for credit. (5 Credits)

    History and Social Sciences

Director: Derek Vandegrift

The WHS History and Social Studies department strives to fulfill the vision statement that opens the Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework: “All Massachusetts students will be educated in the histories of the Commonwealth, the United States, and the world. They will be prepared to make informed civic choices and assume their responsibility for strengthening equality, justice, and liberty in and beyond the United States.”

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    HON MODERN WORLD HISTORY

This course is an in-depth examination of events and concepts of world history from the French Revolution to the present. It emphasizes how these developments have created our modern world, and analyzes present-day movements and problems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Assignments from the text, analysis of primary sources, and supplemental readings are required. Research papers, projects, and novels are also assigned. Traditional as well as computer aided research skills will be emphasized. Each student will be assigned a formal, detailed research project. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in June. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors course should have earned a grade of "B" or better in 8th grade World History I. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 1) (5 Credits)

    CP MODERN WORLD HISTORY

This course covers world history from the French Revolution to the present. Developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas that were influential in creating modern movements and problems, are emphasized. World religions are also studied in depth. To properly prepare student for college, students will be required to review primary source readings and perform independent research, and to complete frequent homework assignments. Students will maintain a notebook of all completed class work and homework, as well as class notes. A research project is assigned which will incorporate traditional and computer-aided research. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in June. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 1) (5 Credits)

    HON UNITED STATES HISTORY I

Beginning a sequence of United States history that will be completed in Grade 11, this course will study the United States from the American Revolution to the close of the nineteenth century. The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the history of pre-twentieth century America. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of the Founding Documents, the Early Republic, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and industrialization. Homework and outside readings will be assigned regularly. Students will read several historical selections throughout the year as well as two historical novels. In addition, students will use primary and secondary source materials to complete a substantial term paper. Traditional and computer aided research skills will be a significant component of the course. A cumulative final examination will be administered in June. Prerequisite Course: Modern World History Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in Modern (5 Credits)

    CP UNITED STATES HISTORY I

Beginning a sequence of United States history that will be completed in Grade 11, this course will study the United States from the American Revolution to the close of the nineteenth century. The course aims to explore in detail the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Early Republic, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the end of the frontier, immigration, and the era of American industrialization. Regular homework assignments will be given, and students will maintain a notebook of all related materials. Readings from the text, selected historical works, and at least one novel will be assigned. Primary and secondary sources will be analyzed as the basis for report writing. Traditional and computer aided research skills will be components of the course. A cumulative final examination will be given in June. Prerequisite Course: Modern World History Recommended (WHS HSS MassCore Component 2) (5 Credits)

    AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

This is an intensive course in United States history conducted at a college level exploring United States history from the period of pre-Columbus America to the present. Primary source documents, the work of prominent historians, and major social, cultural, economic and political trends will be studied and discussed. In-depth historical research and independent study will be expected of the student who enrolls in this course. Students are also expected to take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the year. Such works as Democracy in America, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the Jungle, Only Yesterday and others will be read and analyzed. Prerequisite: Maintaining a B average in two years of Social Studies courses at the high school honors level, approval of the sophomore honors teacher and director is required. Prerequisite Courses: Modern World History, US History I. (5 Credits)

    HON UNITED STATES HISTORY II

Completing the sequence of United States history begun in Grade 10, this course explores American history from the Age of Imperialism to the present day. This is an honors course and, as such, the pace and course materials will be rigorous. Primary source materials are used extensively. Each student is required to complete several research projects, and to read novels reflecting historical periods studied. A formal, detailed term paper is also required, based on traditional and computer-aided research. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in June. Prerequisite Courses: Modern World History, US History I. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in US History I honors or a grade of "B" or better in US History I C1. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 3)(5 Credits)

    CP UNITED STATES HISTORY II

This course, designed for college bound students, focuses on the history of the United States from the era of U.S. Imperialism in the 1890s to the present. The course aims to deepen the students’ understanding of their history and culture as Americans. Special emphasis is placed on events in the twentieth century, the growth of our country to its present position as a world power, and the contributions of immigrant and minority groups. Readings from the text and from selected historical works are required, and homework will constitute a significant grade each term. Primary source and secondary source materials will be used as the basis for report writing. Traditional and computer aided research skills will be reviewed and utilized. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in June. Prerequisite Courses: Modern World History, US History I (WHS HSS MassCore Component 3) (5 Credits)

    PBL HON UNITED STATES HISTORY II

    PBL CP UNITED STATES HISTORY II

    SEI UNITED STATES HISTORY II

This is the second course in the American history sequence that exposes the ESL I, II, III or ESL Literacy students to American history from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present era. Students cover the Imperialism, Immigration, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and the post Cold War period through present day. Coverage is provided in a variety of formats that support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs of ELL students. Students keep a notebook. There are frequent quizzes, tests, reports, projects, and a final exam. Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. (5 Credits)

    PSYCHOLOGY

This course is designed to introduce major schools of psychological theory and practice including personality theory, child development, human motivation, emotions, behaviorism, and abnormal psychology. Included in the program of study will be the contributions of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Rogers, Jung, Fromm and others. Students will read materials representing humanist, existential, psychoanalytic and other schools of thought. Research projects based on extensive readings will be required. This is an honors course open to interested and capable students and is comparable to a college introductory psychology course. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in May. (5 Credits)

    AP PSYCHOLOGY

This course adheres to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Psychology developed by the College Board. It is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology; including, but not limited to, abnormal, developmental, biological, and cognitive psychology. This course is designed to prepare motivated college bound students for the Advanced Placement examination administered in the spring, and taking the exam is a course requirement. At most institutions of higher learning, a passing grade on the test can be counted as college credit and will exempt the student from introductory psychological study. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) Prerequisite Courses: Modern World History, US History I and II. (5 Credits)

    HON PSYCHOLOGY

This course is designed to introduce major schools of psychological theory and practice including personality theory, child development, human motivation, emotions, behaviorism, and abnormal psychology. Included in the program of study will be the contributions of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Rogers, Jung, Fromm and others. Students will read materials representing humanist, existential, psychoanalytic and other schools of thought. Research projects based on extensive readings will be required. This is an honors course open to interested and capable students and is comparable to a college introductory psychology course. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in May. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in US History II honors or a grade of "B" or better in US History II C1. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    HON SOCIOLOGY

This course is for students who are interested in an in-depth study of how people interact in groups. Students will be expected to construct and use the tools of sociologists, such as surveys, behavioral observations and documented research. Required work will include participation in group projects and presentations, analysis of sociological trends in written and discussion formats, and the reading of the class text as well as other supplemental books. Students will study such topics as adolescence, personality development, deviant behavior and social control, the nature of prejudice, and the influence of heredity and environment on human behavior. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in May. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in their most recent honors level core history course or a grade of "B" or better in their most recent C1 level core history course. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    CP SOCIOLOGY

This course is for students who are interested in people and how they interact in groups. Students will be required to do detailed research and critical thinking on current social concerns such as the nature of prejudice, juvenile problems, family relationships, drugs and alcohol, dating and marriage, personality development and psychology. Sociological terminology will be studied. In-depth discussions, frequent student reports, and a research paper are key elements of this course. A supplemental book will also be assigned. Homework based on the text and assigned readings will constitute a significant part of the grade. Additional topics of student interest may be included. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered in May. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    HON CONSTITUTIONAL & CRIMINAL LAW

This course is a detailed and rigorous examination of the Massachusetts criminal justice system, as well as an in-depth analysis of individual civil liberties and their basis in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Landmark American trials, key constitutional cases, and current legal issues are extensively reviewed. Current criminology theories will be examined and researched. Students will be asked to complete research papers, prepare legal briefs, participate in mock trials, read Truman Capote’s classic non-fiction work, In Cold Blood, and Lara Bricker’s book Lie after Lie, describing the successful investigation by the Waltham Police Department in the recent “anti-freeze” murder case. Students will view trials in Suffolk Superior Court and interview a Superior court judge. The course features guest lectures by Waltham police officers, state police officials, district attorneys and defense lawyers. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in their most recent honors level core history course or a grade of "B" or better in their most recent C1 level core history course. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    CP CONSTITUTIONAL & CRIMINAL LAW

This course is an examination of the Massachusetts criminal law system, as well as an analysis of individual civil liberties and their basis in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Landmark American trials, key constitutional cases, and current legal issues are studied. Students will be asked to complete a term paper, prepare legal briefs, participate in mock trials, complete assignments from their text, as well as read Truman Capote’s classic non-fiction work, In Cold Blood. Students will view trials in Suffolk Superior Court and interview a Superior Court judge. The course features guest lectures by Waltham police, state police officials, and lawyers. A final examination on all aspects of the course will be administered. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    HON HISTORY OF WALTHAM

This course will provide students with an intensive study of some of the major topics in local history including the English settlement of Waltham, Waltham in the Revolutionary War, Waltham’s role in the industrial revolution, immigration into the city, the development of neighborhoods and downtown Waltham, and the impact of Route 128 on the city. Students will also examine Waltham’s geography, architecture, local government, and current issues facing the city. Primary source documents will be analyzed, and students will visit historical sites of interest. Students will also develop their own original research project on Waltham’s history. Field trips and guest speakers are part of the course. This is an honors course open to interested and capable seniors. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in their most recent honors level core history course or a grade of "B" or better in their most recent C1 level core history course. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    CP HISTORY OF WALTHAM

This course provides an in-depth look at the history of Waltham from its founding to the present day. Among the topics covered are colonial Waltham, Waltham’s architectural history and estates (the Gore, Lyman, and Paine Estates), the industrial revolution in Waltham, immigration, the development of Waltham’s neighborhoods, and our local government. There is an emphasis on primary sources including historical maps, census reports, city directories, newspaper accounts, and photographs. Individual projects are required, and field trips are included. A final on all aspects of the class will be given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: Eleventh grade United States History. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    AP MICROECONOMICS

This course adheres to the Advanced Placement curriculum for Microeconomics developed by the College Board. Students pursuing this course of study must be self-motivated learners interested in pursuing advanced economic study. Students will analyze basic economic systems, supply and demand, models of consumer choice, the behavior of firms, product pricing, government economic policy, factor markets and efficiency. This course is designed to prepare college bound students for the Advanced Placement examination administered in the spring, and taking the exam is a course requirement. At most institutions of higher learning, a passing grade on the test can be counted as college credit and will exempt the student from introductory economic study. Not to be taken with any other class in the field of economics. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this course must be committed to completing the rigorous coursework associated with an Advanced Placement class. Students should have a strong record of success in a previous honors level history class. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    AP MACROECONOMICS

Strongly recommended for students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement Microeconomics #346. This course adheres to the Advanced Placement curriculum for macroeconomics developed by the College Board. Students must be self-motivated learners interested in pursuing advanced economic study building on their foundation of economic knowledge established in Advanced Placement Microeconomics (346). After a review of basic concepts, students will study topics such as: economic performance measurement, national income and price determination, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance. This course is designed to prepare college bound seniors for the Advanced Placement examination administered in the spring, and taking the exam is a course requirement. At most institutions of higher learning, a passing grade on the test can be counted as college credit and will exempt the student from introductory economic study. Prerequisite Course: Advanced Placement Microeconomics Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this Advanced Placement course must have a passion for the study of economics and must have successfully completed Advanced Placement Microeconomics. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    CURRENT ISSUES A & B

This student-driven course will examine events happening now that will affect our lives in the future. It will evaluate the impact news coverage and reporting have on our understanding of current world history. What sort of stories make it into the news and why? Who decides which stories are reported and from what angle? Students will investigate how events are reported, compare different media reports of the same event and analyze the consequences of instant reporting of events through various media outlets. Comparisons will also be made between recent news reports and similar past events. Students will be required to read and watch daily reports while comparing and reacting to their content and point of view. . Students will be asked to complete several critical analysis projects and assignments, culminating with a final point of view project at the end of the academic year. Students electing this course for a second time should use the 381 number for this course. (2.5 Credits)

    AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

This course will provide students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students successfully completing this course will be expected to learn important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government; understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences; be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics; be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, and apply them appropriately. The main thrust of the course, however, is to be able to apply an understanding of our political system to contemporary events. Students will conclude this course with the Advanced Placement Exam in this subject. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this Advanced Placement course must have a passion for the study of history and should have earned a grade of "B" or better in US History II honors or should have successfully completed Advanced Placement United States History. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    CIVICS - GOVERNMENT, AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

This course will begin with an examination of the foundations of American government but through readings, discussion, film, and research, students will explore how our system of government has changed over time. The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated. Students will examine how the concept of civic participation has evolved and will investigate the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our modern world. Throughout the course we will focus on how citizens can play an active role in our government and show how individuals, through civic participation, can shape our society. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this honors level course should have earned a grade of "C" or better in their most recent honors level core history course or a grade of "B" or better in their most recent C1 level core history course. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    THIS IS AMERICA: INTERSECTIONS OF RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND CITIZENSHIP

This is a co-taught interdisciplinary course that was proposed by WHS students. In this course, students will explore themes such as intersectionality & identity, power & oppression, resistance & advocacy, and citizenship & identity. Major questions that students will examine include: How does race connect with other forms of difference such as class, gender and sexuality? How do factors such as race and class impact our opportunities and experiences? How have various social movements inspired change? And, ultimately, what does it mean to be American in our changing times? Through historical and literary study of academic and cultural texts, students will engage in seminar-style discussion of these crucial issues, conduct research, and craft their own opinions through college-preparatory writing assignments. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO SCHOLARS PROGRAM

This course is designed to acknowledge cultures and support high achievement among students of color at Waltham High School. This course will provide support to students of color to reach their fundamental academic goals. Students will engage in complex and cognitively challenging work, showcase their academic talents, build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships. The overall goal of this course is to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, college, and to become innovators who contribute to our diverse communities, nation, and global world. (5 Credits)

    HON LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

Latin American History is a survey of early Latin American civilizations to the present-day diaspora. This course will emphasize the events, ideas, and institutions that have shaped, influenced, and defined Latin America’s place in the world. This course will enable students to understand current events, crises, conflicts and their causes, and implications for the future from the perspective of Latin American nations and the peoples of the region. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach; course materials will include novels, historical works, scholarly articles, and excerpts from documentary and other films. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

This course adheres to the Advanced Placement curriculum for AP Human Geography developed by the College Board. AP Human Geography is designed for students interested in digging into the patterns and processes that shape our world. By looking at “big picture” questions, we will explore how our global society functions today. Students will learn key vocabulary and concepts and apply their learning through the analysis and interpretation of case studies. This is a course that focuses on depth of content instead of breadth and is a great fit if you have a curious mind. Topics covered include Population & Migration, Cultural Patterns & Processes, Political Organizations of Space, Cities & Urban Land Use and more. Note: This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination administered in the spring and taking the exam is a course requirement. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this Advanced Placement course should be in good standing in their previous history course and have the support of their current teacher. (WHS HSS Additional Core / Learning Opportunity) (5 Credits)

    SEI HISTORY SURVEY

Typically limited to students enrolled in ESLI, ESL II or ESL Literacy, this survey course emphasizes the development of both student literacy and the essential skills and habits of historical study. In this broad historical survey course, students will engage key primary source documents. Instructional practices will support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs of ESL students. Standards drawn from the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Social Studies and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and outcomes guide the course curriculum. (5 Credits)

    SEI MODERN WORLD HISTORY

Typically, limited to students enrolled in ESL I, II, III or ESL Literacy, this course focuses on the major events and outstanding personalities that shaped world history from the French Revolution to the present day are taught using Sheltered English Immersion methods. The growth of world religions and the historical and cultural influences of China, Japan, Africa, Latin America and the nations of Europe will be presented as well as major global events of the twentieth century. Students will participate in class discussions and maintain a current notebook. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, study, and computer skills will be practiced through the study of world history. In addition to quizzes, tests, reports, and projects there will be a final examination in June. Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 1) (5 Credits)

    SEI UNITED STATES HISTORY 1

Typically limited to ESL I, II, III or ESL Literary students, this course introduces students to American history from the Revolutionary period to the close of the nineteenth century. Students are exposed to the American Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialization, and Immigration. Coverage is provided in a variety of formats that support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs of ELL students. Students keep a notebook. There are frequent quizzes, tests, reports, projects, and a final exam. Standards outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 2) (5 Credits)

    SEI UNITED STATES HISTORY II

This is the second course in the American history sequence that exposes the ESL I, II, III or ESL Literacy students to American history from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present era. Students cover the Imperialism, Immigration, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and the post Cold War period through present day. Coverage is provided in a variety of formats that support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs of ELL students. Students keep a notebook. There are frequent quizzes, tests, reports, projects, and a final exam. Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. (WHS HSS MassCore Component 3) (5 Credits)

    ACADEMIC SUPPORT - History & Social Sciences

Academic Support is an opportunity for students to receive academic tutoring, MCAS support, in English, Math, History, or Science during the school day. Sections will be staffed with content-certified teachers. Students will participate in Academic Support for limited periods of time throughout the school year as needed to bolster academic performance. (2.5 Credits)

    Mathematics

Director: Valerie Alfeo

The mission of the Mathematics Department is to develop mathematical understanding and to extend computation through cognitively demanding mathematical tasks, which are represented in multiple ways, such as visual diagrams, manipulatives, symbols, and problem situations. Making connections among multiple representations helps develop meaning. In order to find solutions and make the connections, students must draw on their knowledge and skills, act on their curiosity, and develop the habit of perseverance.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    Intergrated 1

Integrated I aims to deepen and extend student understanding built in previous middle school courses by focusing on developing fluency with solving linear equations, inequalities, and systems. These skills are extended to solving simple exponential equations, exploring linear and exponential functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and as sequences, and by using regression techniques to analyze the fit of models to distributions of data. On a daily basis, students will use problem-solving strategies, questioning, investigating, analyzing critically, gathering and constructing evidence, and communicating rigorous arguments justifying their thinking. Under teacher guidance, students learn in collaboration with others while sharing information, expertise, and ideas. (5 Credits)

    CP & HON PBL Integrated 1

Students will put math into action through interdisciplinary work. Integrated I aims to deepen and extend student understanding built in previous middle school courses by focusing on developing fluency with solving linear equations, inequalities, and systems. Through a series of real life problems and interdisciplinary projects, students will investigate essential questions and use linear and exponential relationships to collect, model, and analyze data and draw conclusions. On a daily basis, students will problem-solve, question, investigate, analyze, gather and construct evidence, and communicate rigorous arguments to justify their thinking. Under teacher guidance, students learn in collaboration with others while sharing information, expertise, and ideas. Prerequisite Course: Grade 8 Mathematics. Levels offered: Honors and C1. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    SEI Integrated 1

Limited to students enrolled in ESL I or ESL II, this course will integrate Algebra with Geometry for students who are learning English. Students will develop algebraic concepts, acquire competency in algebraic computation and problem solving as well as learning the vocabulary of Math and reading for Math applications. Students will develop skills in working with polynomials, linear equations, quadratic equations and their connections with geometry as well as practical applications. Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    SEI TRANSITIONAL MATH

Limited to students enrolled in ESL I or ESL II who are not quite ready for SEI Integrated 1, this course will integrate middle school math standards to fill in gaps that students may have (operations with signed numbers, exponents, basic graphing, percentages, geometry). Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    NEWCOMER MATH

Students enrolled in this class have been identified for the Newcomer program through assessments and intake interviews. These are students new to the United States, new to English, and with demonstrated gaps in knowledge necessary for success in US schools. Students will be individually assessed to identify the strengths and knowledge that each brings to expand the foundational math knowledge necessary for success on the Math MCAS and subsequent math courses. This course will introduce middle school math standards to fill in gaps that students may have (parts of a whole, operations with signed numbers, exponents, basic graphing, percentages, geometry). Standards outlined in The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    CP & HON Integrated 2

Integrated II aims to formalize and extend the geometry that students have learned in previous courses. It does this by focusing on establishing triangle congruence criteria using rigid motions and formal constructions and building a formal understanding of similarity based on dilations and proportional reasoning. It also helps students develop the concepts of formal proof, explore the properties of two- and three-dimensional objects, work within the rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships and prove basic theorems about circles. Students also use the language of set theory to compute and interpret probabilities for compound events. On a daily basis, students will use problem-solving strategies, questioning, investigating, analyzing critically, gathering and constructing evidence, and communicating rigorous arguments justifying their thinking. Under teacher guidance, students learn in collaboration with others while sharing information, expertise, and ideas. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    SEI Integrated 2

Limited to students enrolled in ESL I or ESL II, students will acquire proficiency in reading for understanding of mathematical concepts, refine skills in algebraic computation, and develop understanding of the application of mathematics through critical thinking and problem solving. Geometry, data analysis, and probability will be integrated. Linear and parabolic functions and their applications will be studied in conjunction with their applications. Standards outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes guide the course curriculum. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    ALGEBRA 2

This course addresses the Common Core Standards for Model Algebra 2. Model Algebra 2 focuses on four critical areas: (1) relate arithmetic of rational expressions to arithmetic of rational numbers; (2) expand understandings of functions and graphing to include trigonometric functions; (3) synthesize and generalize functions and extend understanding of exponential functions to logarithmic functions; and (4) relate data display and summary statistics to probability and explore a variety of data collection methods. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1 and Geometry. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    PRECALCULUS

This course addresses the Common Core Standards for Model Precalculus. Model Precalculus focuses on four critical areas: (1) extend work with complex numbers; (2) expand understanding of logarithms and exponential functions; (3) use characteristics of polynomial and rational functions to sketch graphs of those functions; and (4) perform operations with vectors. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    QUANTITATIVE REASONING

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This course complements our Geometry and Algebra 2 courses. It will review the standards from these courses by utilizing a project-based approach to review and use the standards to solve both home and job-based application problems. Students should take this class to improve their high school mathematics skills in preparation for choosing a college major, planning a career path, or for use in day-to-day life. Assessments for the course are mostly project-based, so students signing up should be independent and motivated workers during class time. Topics will include unit conversion, measurement, logical thinking, personal finance, data analysis and organization, probability, and modeling with geometry. If you have ever asked yourself, "When will I use this math?” this may be the course for you! Prerequisite courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Recommended Placement: Students planning to enroll in this course should have successfully completed Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    TOPICS IN ALGEBRA & TRIGONOMETRY

This course complements Algebra 2 C2. The course uses a standards-based approach to the study of algebra 3. Students should take this course if they are not ready for precalculus and if they would like to improve their current math skills, expand their mathematical knowledge in preparation for college level mathematics, and learn how mathematics is applied in various subject areas. The course includes such topics as quadratic equations, exponents, radicals, trigonometry, logarithms, statistics, probability, data analysis, problem solving techniques, and applications of concepts covered in algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS STANDARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

All students on an EPP (Educational Proficiency Plan) are required to take and pass a mathematics course during their senior year. This course is for those students who need an alternative to fill the EPP requirement for graduation. The course will cover topics that prepare students for an end of course proficiency exam. Students will need to pass the course as a graduation requirement. The exam will address the high school mathematics content in the Massachusetts Frameworks. The course will also prepare students for topics they may encounter in a college math course. Topics addressed will come from the following conceptual categories: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. (5 Credits)

    INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS STANDARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL 2

This course is for those students who have already taken Integrated Math 1 but have yet to successfully pass the Math MCAS test. The course will cover topics that prepare students for an end of course proficiency exam. Students will need to pass the course as a graduation requirement. The exam will address the high school mathematics content in the Massachusetts Frameworks. The course will also prepare students for topics they may encounter in a college math course. Topics addressed will come from the following conceptual categories: Number & Quantity, Algebra & Functions, Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Integrated Math 1. (5 Credits)

    CALCULUS

This course uses a standards-based approach to the study of calculus. The course surveys the main topics of calculus dealing with differential calculus, some integral calculus, and analytical geometry in the plane. It leans heavily on the intuitive approach with an emphasis on physical applications. Use of a graphing calculator is required. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Precalculus. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP CALCULUS AB

This is a course for the mathematically proficient student. The course uses a standards-based approach to the study of calculus and follows the established AP curriculum for calculus at the AB level. Students in this course are required to take the AB level Advanced Placement Examination in Calculus. The course combines theoretical development with sound problem solving techniques. Use of a graphing calculator is required. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Precalculus. Students will be expected to take the AP exam for this course in May. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP CALCULUS BC

This is a course for the mathematically advanced student. The course uses a standards-based approach to the study of calculus and culminates the study of the most rigorous aspects of mathematics at the school. It follows the established AP curriculum for calculus at the BC level. Students in this course are required to take either the AB or BC level Advanced Placement Examination in Calculus. The approach combines a strong theoretical development with sound training in technique and the use of multiple representations of the solutions to problems. Use of a graphing calculator is required. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Precalculus. Students will be expected to take the AP exam for this course in May. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

This course is meant to provide an enjoyable challenge to students who have excelled in math classes at WHS. Specifically, this courses introduces students to new mathematical tools, drawn from linear algebra and multivariable calculus, for analyzing and describing two and three dimensional space. More generally, the course pushes students to think, argue, and communicate with clarity and rigor through genuine mathematical proofs. To be eligible for this course, a student must either (1) complete AP Calculus (AB or BC) with a grade of "B" or better prior to enrollment or (2) enroll concurrently in AP Calculus (BC). This class meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    STATISTICS

This course uses a standards-based approach to the study of statistics and probability. It is designed so that students will discover how to use probability and statistics to research and analyze data, compare results, and document how statistics are used and misused on a daily basis. A statistics calculator and statistical application software will be used. Connections to functions, both algebraic and trigonometric, will be introduced in the latter part of the course. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP STATISTICS

This course uses a standards-based approach to the study of statistics and probability. It follows the established AP curriculum for Statistics and is designed for the mathematically advanced student. Students in this course are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Statistics. Students will use sophisticated techniques of probability, statistics, data collection, research, data analysis, a statistics calculator, statistical application software, and algebraic and trigonometric functions. Connections to real world and cross-curricular applications will be made. Prerequisite Courses: Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Precalculus. Students will be expected to take the AP exam for this course in May. This course meets the recommendations for a math class outlined in MassCore. (5 Credits)

    INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING

In this introductory computer science course, students will learn how to program in Python. Students will make visual, interactive programs using a Python environment and solve programming challenges through problem solving. Additional computer science topics will be explored including how programming fits into the broader field of computer science. (5 Credits)

    CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely. (5 Credits)

    AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

AP Computer Science Principles provides students a broad overview of computer science topics, including: programming, algorithms, the Internet, and data. Students will explore these topics through interactive and collaborative activities. Students will become proficient in a programming language. Creativity is a big idea of this course, and students will create multiple programming projects. The impact of technology and computing on society will also be explored through current events and recent computing innovations. Students will be expected to take the AP exam for this course in May. As part of the AP exam, students will submit one of their programming projects. (5 Credits)

    AP COMPUTER A

This course is the equivalent of an introductory college-level course in computer science. Students will be introduced to the Java programming language and become proficient in the fundamentals of programming. The following topics amongst others will be covered: loops, String processing, arrays, lists, and recursion. Throughout the course, students will deepen their computational thinking and knowledge of algorithms. By the end of the course, students will be able to design and implement a full program in Java. (5 Credits)

    MATH MCAS PREP

This elective is required for students who are in jeopardy of failing or have already failed the grade 10 MCAS Mathematics test. Areas of study will include the following: Number & Quantity, Algebra & Functions, Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Practice MCAS exams, with an emphasis on open response questions, will be a major part of the preparation process. (2.5 Credits)

    SAT REVIEW

This course is designed for a focused college preparatory student who will be taking the SAT for admission into a two or four-year college. Using material from several SAT preparatory sources, students will be prepared for the SAT exam in the spring. Students will be introduced to the test format, be given a diagnostic exam to determine strengths and weaknesses, be acquainted with test taking strategies and be given numerous practice exercises. A letter grade will be given based on attendance, effort, completion of assignments, quiz scores, progress, and participation in discussions and group work. This class will be co-taught by a math and English teacher. (1.25 Credits)

    PROBLEM SOLVING FOR MATH CONTESTS

In this rigorous problem-solving course, students will be challenged to think creatively and strategically about a wide variety of problems based on algebra, geometry, probability, combinatorics (counting), and number theory. Students will learn new techniques for solving contest-style math problems, and they will explore the connections between the various branches of mathematics. Throughout, we will put an emphasis on developing our ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly and effectively, in writing, in small-group discussions, and in formal presentations. Students will be expected to complete weekly problem sets and give regular 10-minute presentations, and they are encouraged to take the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 contest in February. Prerequisite: Algebra II. (2.5 Credits)

    ACADEMIC SUPPORT/MATH

Study Math is an opportunity for students to receive academic tutoring and support in math, by a math teacher, during the school day. Students will have the opportunity to work with others in the class who are taking the same math course to strengthen their knowledge and skills, as well as receive support from the teacher. Students who have struggled in middle school math courses should highly consider signing up for this course. (2.5 Credits)

    Physical Education, Health and Wellness Department

Director: Heather Metallides

The Waltham High School physical education, health and wellness curriculum aligns with both the National Association Standards for Physical Education and Health and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks. Students are required to successfully complete one physical education course every year. Each course completed earns 2.5 credits and 10 credits are required for graduation. In grade 9 students are required to take a semester of PE and a semester of Health for a combined 2.5 credits. Courses are designed to develop and challenge students physically, mentally, and socially (Cognitive: knowledge, Affective: growth in feelings or emotional areas, and Psychomotor: manual or physical skills). Each course provides students with an opportunity to grow as individuals in a physically challenging environment. Students will learn and be able to develop the skills and knowledge to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. All PE, Health and Wellness courses embed the five core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) of social and emotional learning into the curriculum. We learn best by moving. Our bodies and minds are completely interconnected and interdependent. Movement stimulates the mind to create more nerve connections, promoting more learning potential.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    FRESHMAN PERSONAL FITNESS & WELLNESS

This course is an introduction to health related fitness and wellness. This is a semester course (1/2 year) that combines with 482 Freshman Health and Wellness to give all freshman a year of Wellness. The curriculum consists of a Scope and Sequence which will guide individuals in developing a quality personal fitness plan. Throughout the course students will collect fitness data, develop personal goals, and utilize safety procedures that will enhance their health/fitness and wellness. This unit culminates with students designing individualized fitness plans that can be used during the individual activities that will be introduced during the year. Students will also have the opportunity to learn CPR. (1.25 Credits)

    FRESHMAN HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This required course is an introduction to health and wellness. This is a half year semester course that will be paired with 514 Freshman Personal Fitness and Wellness. Topics include 1. Health and Wellness (including stress management, decision making, goal setting), 2. The Human Body Systems as they relate to health and fitness (Skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiopulmonary, integumentary) 3. Nutrition and the Digestive System 4. Disease Prevention (including immune system, skin cancer, lifestyle diseases and infectious diseases) 5. Refusal Skills/Addiction, 6. Substance Abuse Prevention (including tobacco, e-cigarettes, vape, opiates, marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol), 7. Healthy Relationships/Violence Prevention (including bullying, harassment and dating violence), 8. Reproductive and Sexual Health, 9. Mental and Emotional Health (including stress, anxiety, depression and suicide). (1.25 Credits)

    HON HEALTH SCIENCE

This is a course for the honors student who plans to pursue or who is interested in a career in any of the allied health professions. Students will gain an understanding of the human body as it relates to the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Students will learn about various allied health careers and relevant medical terminology for these careers. Other topics include human development, bioethics, food policy, and reproductive health. This class will include labs such as taking blood pressures, EKG’s, vital signs, lung auscultation, cardiovascular labs and monitoring oxygen saturation. . Honors Health Science may be taken concurrently with another science course. This course fulfills a unit of “Additional Core Courses “for MassCore (5 Credits)

    CURRENT HEALTH

This is a course about you and how the quality of your life is affected by smoking, drugs, alcohol, sleep, nutrition, fitness, stress management, and other lifestyle choices. The life cycle is explored from conception to birth including parenting. Other topics include the body systems, reproductive health, genetic diseases, decision-making, goal setting, and relationships. Students will explore current issues and trends in health through online, newspaper, and magazine sources. This course will help you deepen your awareness of the above topics and give you the tools you need to live your healthiest life. This course fulfills a unit of “Additional Core Courses “for MassCore (5 Credits)

    STRESS MANAGEMENT/VIOLENCE PREVENTION

The first half of the year, students will examine the effects of stress on the body and mind, as well as the impact stress has on one’s health, wellness, and quality of life. Students will learn how to recognize stress as well as effective strategies for managing and coping with the stressors in their daily life. In addition, students will increase their concentration and focus and create a healthy life balance that will allow them to reduce stress and increase productivity. The second half of the year, the course will shift to Violence Prevention: Hawk Strong where students will examine a variety of issues including bullying, harassment, dating violence, sexual assault, and the impact of the media in society. Students will explore the sources of violence in school and society and will develop skills to prevent and combat violent situations acquiring effective conflict resolution skills to foster personal growth. Particular attention will be paid to dating violence and the importance of developing healthy relationships. (2.5 Credits)

    NUTRITION, FOOD, AND FITNESS

This class looks into proper nutrition for anyone who wants to be at their best. The course will cover the major components of good nutrition for men and women and the development of lifelong healthy eating habits. The topics in this class include: eating for success, proper hydration and fluid replacement, supplements, vitamins and minerals, metabolism, anaerobic vs. aerobic exercise, injuries resulting from poor nutrition, the proper amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in the diet, and eating disorders. (2.5 Credits)

    SOPHOMORE PROJECT ADVENTURE

This course is designed to promote self-confidence, group cooperation, and problem solving skills in a mutually supportive environment. The course is divided into three distinct phases. The initial activities are designed to develop trust and mutual support among group members. The second phase emphasizes group cooperation and problem solving skills. The initiative problems presented require a full contribution from every member of the group. The final activities in this course are designed to encourage risk taking and to develop self-confidence. These activities include working on the ropes course located at the high school. Students are not mandated to participate on the high elements but are encouraged to try. Students will also use Cooperative activities through team sports to continue supporting their group or team members. Sports will include Basketball, Hockey, and Soccer. (2.5 Credits)

    JUNIOR PERSONAL FITNESS & WELLNESS

This course is a continuation of the Freshman Fitness curriculum. Students will build on prior knowledge gained and apply the fitness principles to various movements and modalities. Students will learn the value of Nutrition as it relates to Metabolism and the benefits of physical activity with regards to mental health. Students will establish goals based on fitness assessment data in order to develop, implement, achieve, and monitor an individual health and fitness plan. Students will apply these principles during the activities within the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity within this class to try additional individual activities such as: Archery, Orienteering, Table Tennis, and Yoga during the school year. (2.5 Credits)

    SENIOR FITNESS & ADVENTURE LEARNING

12th grade will be Adventure Learning based. This course will be an extension of the learning experience they had in their sophomore Project Adventure Class. Students in this course will participate in more advanced climbs, and learn how to facilitate problem solving initiatives, as well as how to lead various Sophomore Project Adventure activities/games. Students will also use strategies they have learned through Adventure Learning and implement them into team sports such as Football, Volleyball, and Invasion Games. (2.5 Credits)

    UNIFIED PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS

This course combines students of all abilities to participate in developmentally appropriate activities including lifetime activities, physical fitness and sport. Students will work together to increase competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities. Through ongoing leadership opportunities, members of this course will be empowered to help create a more inclusive and accepting school environment for all students. Students who are members of Best Buddies and students who are looking to enter the field of education would be encouraged to take this course. PE teacher sign off is required. (2.5 Credits)

    Science

Director: Deena DePamphilis

The mission of the Science and Health Department is to provide students with a high quality, hands-on, rigorous education that will prepare them to be college and career ready. We strive to create a community of learners that are scientifically and health literate who can make informed decisions based on evidence. We hope to inspire our students with a love and enthusiasm for health and science and a spirit of inquiry that will make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of people in their community.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    Science

    HON FRESHMAN CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

This is an introductory college preparatory physics course for the honors student who has shown deep interest in science and has demonstrated strong ability in previous science courses and math. This course engages students in activities that help them to conceptualize key physics concepts while also challenging them to develop and manipulate mathematical models of those concepts. This course will prepare students for advanced science coursework in high school and beyond. Students will study essential topics including forces, motion, electricity, magnetism, waves, light, sound and heat. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering Practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. Additional focus will include experimental design, accurate measurement using a variety of instruments and technologies, quantitative and qualitative observations, construction and interpretation of graphs, application of algebra and geometry to science problems, and applications of science concepts to the real world. Upon completion of the course, students will take the Introductory Physics MCAS exam. Prerequisite: 8th grade teacher recommendation and strong familiarity with the fundamentals of algebra. Recommended Placement: grade of B+ or higher in grade 8 science and math. This course should be taken concurrently with Integrated Math I or higher. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    CP FRESHMAN CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

This is a first year physics course that will provide a physics background for the college or career bound student. This course engages students in activities that help them to conceptualize key physics concepts while also challenging them to develop and manipulate mathematical models of those concepts. Students will study essential topics including forces, motion, electricity, magnetism, waves, light, sound and heat. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering Practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. Additional focus will include experimental design, accurate measurement using a variety of instruments and technologies, quantitative and qualitative observations, construction and interpretation of graphs, application of algebra to science problems, and applications of science concepts to the real world. Upon completion of the course, students will take the Introductory Physics MCAS exam. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of grade 8 science. This course should be taken concurrently with Integrated Math I or higher. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    PHYSICS MCAS SUPPORT

This course is offered two times per week for students that did not pass the Physics STE MCAS in grade 9 and need additional support. Students will review necessary concepts and build skills to help them pass the Physics MCAS. Practice MCAS exams, with an emphasis on open response questions, will be a major part of the preparation process. (2.5 Credits)

    HON CHEMISTRY I

This is a first year college preparatory chemistry course for the honors student who has shown deep interest in science and has demonstrated strong ability in previous science courses. This course will prepare students for advanced science coursework in high school and beyond. An inquiry based approach is used to examine matter and the changes it undergoes. Students will study essential topics including atomic structure, chemical bonding, reactions, mass relationships in reactions, gasses, liquids, solids, solutions, acids and bases, kinetics and equilibrium, oxidation and reduction, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering Practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. Additional focus will include differentiating between quantitative and qualitative observations, making accurate measurements using a variety of instruments and technologies and construction and interpreting graphs to solve problems and identify patterns. Students will be required to work independently and collaboratively on projects and experiments. This course grade will be compiled of nightly homework, laboratory reports, tests/quizzes, and projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman Conceptual Physics. Recommended Placement: B or better in Honors Freshman Physics and Integrated Math I or Algebra 1, or A- or better in CP Freshmen Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I or Algebra 1. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    CP CHEMISTRY I

This is a first year chemistry course that will provide a solid chemistry background for the college or career bound student. Topics to be covered include the study of atomic structure, chemical bonding, reactions, mass relationships in reactions, gasses, liquids, solids, solutions, acids and bases, kinetics and equilibrium, oxidation and reduction, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering Practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. Additionally, students will make accurate measurement using a variety of instruments and technologies, make quantitative and qualitative observations, and use critical thinking skills to solve problems and identify patterns. This course grade will be compiled of homework, laboratory reports, tests/quizzes, and projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman Physics. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore(5 Credits)

    HON BIOLOGY I

This is a first year college preparatory biology course for the honors student who has shown deep interest in science and has demonstrated strong ability in previous science courses. This course will prepare students for advanced science coursework in high school and beyond. Students will study essential topics including biochemistry, cellular biology, human body systems, genetics, and evolution. Emphasis is on experimental design and application of the scientific process. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. It is expected that the honors student will be able to work independently and collaboratively with other students, communicate clearly and effectively in verbal and written formats, use mathematics to analyze findings and form conclusions, and will do additional research to deepen knowledge of biology. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry Recommended placement: B or better in Honors Chemistry. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    CP BIOLOGY I

This is a first year biology course that will provide a solid biology background for the college or career bound student. Topics to be covered include human body systems, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and evolution. Laboratory experiments and projects will develop Science and Engineering practices such as asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. Students will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively in verbal and written formats; will be able to use mathematics to analyze data and form conclusions; and will complete all assignments including homework, laboratory reports, and projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    AP PHYSICS 1

This is a college level survey of Algebra-based Physics for students interested in science related careers. The major topics covered are: Mechanics, Rotational Dynamics, Work and Energy, Waves and Sound, and Circuits. There is an emphasis on conceptual understanding, student-driven experimental design, and physical reasoning. Students must also be comfortable with both team and independent work. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Physics examination. Prerequisite: Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I (or higher ) or Geometry. Must be concurrently enrolled or have completed Integrated II or Algebra II Recommended Placement: B or better in Honors Freshman Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I or Geometry; A- or better in CP Freshmen Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I (or higher) or Geometry. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    AP PHYSICS 2

This is a college level survey of Algebra-based Physics for students interested in science related careers. The major topics covered are: Electric Fields, Electric Circuits, Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Fluids, Optics, Quantum Physics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics. There is an emphasis on conceptual understanding, student-driven experimental design, and physical reasoning. Students must also be comfortable with both team and independent work. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Physics examination. Prerequisite: AP Physics 1 and Precalculus (may be concurrently enrolled). This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    AP CHEMISTRY II

This is an intensive course in Chemistry using college level texts and laboratory activities. A wide range of advanced topics will be considered such as: Concepts of matter, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, etc. The approach will be qualitative and quantitative with an emphasis on lab work. Students are expected to take the AP examination in chemistry. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry and Algebra II, Chemistry teacher recommendation. Recommended placement: B or better in Honors Chemistry, and Algebra II, A- or better in C1 Chemistry and Algebra II. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (7.5 Credits)

    AP BIOLOGY II

This is an intensive survey course in biology using college level texts and laboratory exercises. The successful student is highly motivated, has strong reading comprehension skills, can communicate effectively in writing and is able to maintain a rigorous study schedule. Major topics include cells, biochemistry, biotechnology, biodiversity, genetics, evolution, and human anatomy & physiology. Students are required to complete a summer assignment. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Biology examination. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Chemistry and Honors Biology and Biology teacher recommendation. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (7.5 Credits)

    SEI PHYSICAL SCIENCE

This course is for students who are new to the United States and the study of English and who have been identified through an assessment and interview process as having gaps in their educational experience. Students who are enrolled in SEI Physical Science are also enrolled in Native Language Literacy. This is a course integrating general science and student life experiences to help prepare them for future science courses. There is an emphasis on relating physics concepts to everyday life. This course of study includes the basic concepts of measurement, accuracy and precision, speed, distance, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s Laws and their application. In addition, students will explore the vocabulary associated with science concepts. (5 Credits)

    SEI PHYSICS

This course is limited to students enrolled in ESL I or II, This course prepares ESL students for the state science exam in physics. This is a physics course in which students will learn important science related skills including experimental design, accurate measurement using a variety of instruments and technologies, quantitative and qualitative observations, construction and interpretation of graphs, application of algebra to science problems, and applications of science concepts to the real world. This activity-based course will provide the foundation for all future science courses. Lab experiments will examine forces, motion, electricity, magnetism, waves light, sound and heat. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (7.5 Credits)

    SEI CHEMISTRY

Limited to students enrolled in ESL I or II, this course focuses on the application of various computations in chemistry as well as dimensional analysis. The vocabulary of chemistry continues to be an important focus in order to ensure that students understand essential concepts in Chemistry. Students will explore the system of measurement, matter and energy, atoms and molecules, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical equations, etc. Students will learn about lab safety and how to be productive in the lab. Students are expected to keep an organized notebook, participate actively in class, and complete all assignments. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore (5 Credits)

    SEI BIOLOGY

This course is limited to students enrolled in ESL I or II. This course prepares ESL students for the MCAS exam in biology. Topics to be covered include human body systems, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and evolution. Students will be taught to 1) be able to communicate clearly and effectively in verbal and written formats in the science classroom; 2) be productive in laboratory activities; and 3) keep a portfolio of his/her work. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    HON ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This provides students an opportunity to investigate the intricate relationship between structure and function in the human body. Students will explore histology and gross human anatomy, in addition to homeostasis and pathophysiology for each body system. Students will research case studies, present research projects and participate in laboratory activities and dissections that reinforce concepts presented in the course. Honors Anatomy and Physiology is an excellent introduction for those considering a career in the medical field or for anyone with a general interest in the human body. Good study habits and self motivation are cornerstones of a successful experience in the honors level course. Recommended placement: B or better in previous honors science course and science teacher recommendation. A- in CP Chemistry and Biology. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    CP ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This is a yearlong course that provides students an opportunity to investigate the intricate relationship between structure and function in the human body. Students will explore histology and gross human anatomy, in addition to homeostasis and pathophysiology for each body system. Students will also research case studies, present research projects and participate in laboratory activities and dissections that reinforce concepts presented in the course. C1 Anatomy and Physiology is recommended for any student with a general interest in the human body or for those considering a career in the medical field. Recommended placement: C or better in previous CP science course and science teacher recommendation. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    FORENSIC SCIENCE

Students will apply their knowledge of science to solving “crimes” and mysteries of human history. From fingerprinting, to studying DNA evidence, to studying physical evidence, this course brings CSI into the classroom. Students will also be introduced to principles of physics. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This is a senior elective course that uses the environment as a central theme. In addition to studying fundamental ecological concepts and relationships, students will research and critically examine current environmental concerns and controversies including human population size and its impact on the environment, issues concerning air, water, soil and biological resources, energy use and conservation, land use and waste management, and sustainability practices. Throughout the course, the application of environmental science in students’ lives is explored through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory activities, field work, and shared research projects and reports. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

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In this rigorous course, students explore concepts of biology and medicine as they take on roles of different medical professionals to solve real-world problems. Students are challenged in various scenarios including investigating a crime scene to solve a mystery, diagnosing and proposing treatment to patients in a family medical practice, to tracking down and containing a medical outbreak at a local hospital, stabilizing a patient during an emergency, and collaborating with others to design solutions to local and global medical problems. Students develop technical and in-demand, transportable skills that they need to thrive in life and career. By completion of this course students should understand the diverse set of careers and related skills in the biomedical science field. This is the first of 4 courses in the biomedical pathway, no prerequisites are required, freshmen are encouraged to enroll. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore.:

  • Recognize the connection to various disciplines (engineering, computer science, etc.)
  • Identify and be able to utilize the technology, equipment, and techniques used by biomedical science professionals
  • Understand the diverse set of careers and related skills in the biomedical science field Principles of Biomedical Science highlights how concepts in science, technology, math, and engineering have to be applied in tandem in order to understand and solve problems.
This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS

In this rigorous course students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Principles of Biomedical Sciences or Biology. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS

In this rigorous course, students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Prerequisites: Students must have completed Principles of Biomedical Science OR Biology AND students must have successfully completed Human Body Systems OR Anatomy & Physiology. Preference will be given to students that have completed PLTW PBS or HBS. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS

In this capstone course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor. Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Medical Interventions, or Honors Biology and Honors Anatomy & Physiology. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

In this introductory engineering design class, students will dig deep into the engineering design process and apply math, science and engineering standards to hands-on-projects. They will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. No prerequisites are required, freshmen are encouraged to enroll. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING DESIGN

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Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car. Prerequisites: Successful completion of IED, or B or better in Freshmen Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I or Algebra 1. Preference will be given to students that successfully completed IED. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software. Prerequisites: Successful completion of IED or POE. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in this capstone course. Students will identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards and upon completion of EDD they will be ready to take on any post-secondary program or career. Prerequisites: Successful completion of POE and one additional PLTW engineering course. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ACADEMIC SUPPORT - SCIENCE

Academic Support is an opportunity for students to receive academic tutoring, MCAS support or other science support during the school day. Sections will be staffed with content-certified teachers. Students will participate in Academic Support for limited periods of time throughout the school year as needed to bolster academic performance. (2.5 Credits)

    World Language

Director: Cynthia Piantedosi

Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy- Any graduating senior who is proficient in English and another language, and meets specific criteria, is eligible to earn this prestigious award. The seal would be displayed on student transcripts and diploma.

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and in another language by high school graduation. It promotes biliteracy as an asset and rewards students’ hard work in becoming bilingual and biliterate.

The Seal of Biliteracy provides evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

Please see the Course Selection Book for detailed information on each course offering.

    CP FRENCH I

This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to learn a foreign language. This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to learn a foreign language. . Students will be expected to acquire a solid understanding of the structure of the language through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Paired communicative activities, and short compositions will reinforce these skills. Cultural aspects of the French speaking world will be presented. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage I. (5 Credits)

  HON FRENCH 1

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed French I, or have a teacher’s recommendation. The course continues the student’s development of the four foreign language skills. Listening and speaking skills are enhanced through various conversational activities. Reading and writing skills are further developed through supplemental readers and role playing. Students continue to become familiar with the culture and traditions of the French speaking world. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition to regularly assigned homework, there will be quizzes and unit tests. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage II Prerequisite: French I. Recommended Placement: “C” or better in French I CP

    HON FRENCH II

This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed French I. Honors (200) or have a teacher’s recommendation. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed at a rapid pace. French is used extensively in class to enhance students’ comprehension and conversational skills and students are expected to respond in French. Students will write short essays in the target language using the acquired vocabulary and grammar structures. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition to regularly asigned homework, there will be quizzes, unit tests, language and culture projects and role playing in the target language. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage I. Prerequisite: French I. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in French I Honors, or an “A” in French I CP. (5 Credits)

    CP FRENCH II

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed French I, or have a teacher’s recommendation. The course continues the student’s development of the four foreign language skills. Listening and speaking skills are enhanced through various conversational activities. Reading and writing skills are further developed through supplemental readers and role playing. Students continue to become familiar with the culture and traditions of the French speaking world. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition to regularly assigned homework, there will be quizzes and unit tests. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage II Prerequisite: French I. Recommended Placement: “C” or better in French I CP (5 Credits)

    HON FRENCH III

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed French II Honors (203) or have teacher’s recommendation. Students are expected to acquire detailed knowledge of all essential elements of language structure and grammar. Conversational proficiency will continue to be emphasized through a variety of activities, including skits, dialogues, presentations and projects. Students’ reading, writing, and listening skills are further developed in the classroom with role playing, outside readings, journal writing, and composition writing. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and respond to daily activities using the target language. Students will continue to enhance their knowledge of culture through selected readings, videos, and songs. Quizzes, unit tests, and cultural projects are utilized to assess students’ performance. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final examination will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage II. Prerequisite: French II. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in French II Honors or an “A” in French II CP (5 Credits)

    CP FRENCH III

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed French II. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills continue to be developed at a higher level. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are further developed in the classroom with conversation, role playing, journal writing, and guided writing. French culture will be integrated into the course through the use of readings, videos, and songs. Quizzes, unit tests, language and culture projects, role playing and classroom participation are utilized to assess students’ performance. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage II. Prerequisite: French II. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of French II (5 Credits)

    HON FRENCH IV

This course is designed for students who demonstrated excellence in French and have completed French III. Class is conducted almost solely in the target language. Students are expected to further enhance their reading ability and cultural awareness through the use of excerpts from authentic literary works as well as other various short stories and websites. Listening and speaking skills are further developed through a variety of audio activities and videos. Students are expected to make presentations and write compositions in the target language. In addition to regularly assigned homework, classroom participation, quizzes and tests will be administered, based on selected readings are required. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a final examination is administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage III. Prerequisite: French III. (5 Credits)

    CP FRENCH IV

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed French III. Students are expected to enhance their reading ability and cultural awareness through the use of excerpts from authentic literary works as well as other various short stories and websites. Speaking and listening skills are further developed through a variety of conversational and audio activities, including video. Students are expected to make presentations in the target language, and write compositions in the target language. Students will have the opportunity to work with technology in an interactive manner. In addition to regularly assigned homework, classroom participation, quizzes and tests will be administered, based on selected readings. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a final examination is administered in June. Text: Bon Voyage III. Prerequisite: French III. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of French III (5 Credits)

    HON FRENCH V

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The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: French 4 Honors or CP levels. Recommended Placement: B or better in the fourth year level of language study. (5 Credits)

    CP FRENCH V

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The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: French 4 Honors or CP levels. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of the fourth year level of language study. (5 Credits)

    AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: French IV. This class is only offered exclusively to grade 12 students. (5 Credits)

    ITALIAN I

This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to learn a foreign language. Italian will be widely used in class to enhance students’ communicative skills and to provide a solid base for the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis will be placed on communicative tasks, language structure, and grammar, practical use of vocabulary, and a true understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Students are expected to participate in oral discussions, complete daily writing assignments, including interactive online assignments and participate in group activities. Selected readings in the target language will be used regularly during the year to enhance students’ reading and comprehension skills. Cultural understanding will be achieved through authentic videos, music, classroom presentations and multimedia projects. In addition to classroom participation, daily homework, quizzes, and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final examination will be administered in June. Text: Sentieri. (5 Credits)

    HON ITALIAN II

This course is designed for students who have excelled in Italian I Honors (210) or have a teacher’s recommendation. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are further developed. Additional grammar elements and verb tenses are introduced at an intensive rate. Students will be expected to formulate complete and logical sentences in speaking and writing, including interactive online assignments. Communicative skills are reinforced through conversational exercises, short oral presentations, role playing and other group activities. Several selected readings will be used to further enhance students’ comprehension skills. Aspects of Italian culture and traditions will be presented in class through videos, music, readings and other sources. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes, and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive test will be administered in June. Text: Sentieri. Prerequisite: Italian I. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Italian I Honors, or an “A” in Italian I CP (5 Credits)

    CP ITALIAN II

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian I, or have a teacher’s recommendation The course continues the student’s development of the four major skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will continue to learn basic vocabulary, verb tenses and other elements of Italian grammar with a focus on communication skills. Students will be engaged in practical conversation, paired activities and group work, including interactive online assignments. Aspects of Italian culture and traditions will be presented in class through videos, music, songs and other sources. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered and a final comprehensive test will be administered in June. Text: Sentieri. Prerequisite: Italian I. Recommended Placement: “C” or better in Italian I CP (5 Credits)

    HON ITALIAN III

This course provides a challenging and rigorous program for students who have successfully completed Italian II. Honors (213) or have teacher’s recommendation. Students will be expected to write coherent, comprehensive paragraphs, to read selected stories and authentic selections of short articles from magazines, newspapers, and various online resources. Students’ communicative skills are continually developed through the use of songs, music, videos, movies and other sources. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and respond to daily activities using the target language. Italian cultural aspects are presented through readings related to the world of art, music, literature and history. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes, and unit tests, a comprehensive final test will be administered in June. Text: Parliamo Italiano/Sentieri. Prerequisite: Italian II. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Italian II Honors or an “A” in Italian II CP. (5 Credits)

    CP ITALIAN III

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian II. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are further developed to enable the student to create complex and meaningful communication. Students will be expected to formulate sentences into short paragraphs as well as to read selected short stories, from magazines, newspapers, and various online resources. Students’ communicative skills are further developed through the use of music, videos, movies and other sources. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and respond to daily activities using the target language. Italian cultural aspects are presented through readings related to the world of art, music, literature and history. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes, and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a final comprehensive test will be administered in June. Text: Parliamo Italiano/Sentieri. Prerequisite: Italian II. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of Italian II. (5 Credits)

    HON ITALIAN IV

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian III Honors (216) or have a teacher’s recommendation. The purpose of this course is to further develop students’ knowledge of Italian language and culture. The course is in part a review of grammar and concepts previously studied. Special importance is given to oral production in class, a deepening of reading comprehension skills and analysis, written work and projects. At the end of the course, students will have increased familiarity with the basic structures of Italian language, a more developed vocabulary, and extensive exposure to social, cultural, literary, and historical themes. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes, and unit tests during the school year, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and the course will conclude with an end of the year assessment. Text: Sentieri Prerequisite: Italian III. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Italian III Honors or an “A” in Italian III CP (5 Credits)

    CP ITALIAN IV

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Italian III. The purpose of this course is to further develop students’ knowledge of Italian language and culture. The course is in part a review of grammar and concepts previously studied. Special importance is given to oral production in class, a deepening of reading comprehension skills and analysis, written work and projects. At the end of the course, students will have increased familiarity with the basic structures of Italian language, a more developed vocabulary, and extensive exposure to social, cultural, literary, and historical themes. In addition to classroom participation, homework, quizzes, and unit tests during the school year, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and the course will conclude with an end of the year assessment. Text: Sentieri Prerequisite: Italian III. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of Italian III (5 Credits)

    HON ITALIAN V

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The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: Italian 4 Honors or CP levels. Recommended Placement: B or better in the fourth year level of language study. (5 Credits).

    CP ITALIAN V

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The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: Italian 4 Honors or CP levels. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of the fourth year level of language study. (5 Credits).

    AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The Advanced Placement language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted exclusively in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. The course will emphasize preparation for the AP exam; and students will be expected to take the AP Italian Language exam in May. This class is only offered exclusively to grade 12 students. (5 Credits)

    HON SPANISH I

This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to learn a foreign language. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed, through oral presentations, dialogs, as well as reading and writing assignments. Students will learn about the geography and culture of different Hispanic countries through their text and other sources. Students will be expected to respond in Spanish to questions posed by their peers and their teacher, to write conversations and dramatize them. The target culture will be presented in class through videos, music and selected readings from a variety of sources. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final examination will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate I. Prerequisite: “B” or better in middle school Spanish or director approval(5 Credits)

    CP SPANISH I

This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to learn a foreign language. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed, through oral presentations, dialogs, as well as reading and writing assignments. Students will learn about the geography and culture of different Hispanic countries through their text and other sources. Students will be expected to respond in Spanish to questions posed by their peers and their teacher, to write conversations and dramatize them. The target culture will be presented in class through videos, music and selected readings from a variety of sources. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final examination will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate I. (5 Credits)

    HON SPANISH II

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I Honors (220) or have teacher’s recommendation. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will continue to be developed at a rapid and intense rate through oral presentations, readings, writing assignments, and special projects. Students will be expected to write coherent, comprehensive paragraphs, to read selected stories and authentic selections of short articles from magazines, newspapers, and various online resources. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and respond to daily activities using the target language. Aspects of Hispanic culture will be presented in class through videos, music, and selected readings from a variety of sources. In addition to classroom participation, regularly assigned homework, quizzes, and unit tests, a mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive test will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate II. Prerequisite: Spanish I. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Spanish I Honors, or an “A” in Spanish I CP (5 Credits)

    CP SPANISH II

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I, or have teacher’s recommendation. The course continues the students’ development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will continue to learn basic vocabulary, and other elements of grammar with a focus on communication skills. Students will be engaged in practical conversation, paired activities and group work, including interactive online assignments. Aspects of Hispanic culture will be presented in class through videos, music, and selected readings from a variety of sources. In addition to regularly assigned homework, there will be weekly quizzes and unit tests on essential elements of language structure and usage. A midterm exam will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate: II. Prerequisite: Spanish I. Recommended Placement: “C” or better in Spanish I CP, or “B” (5 Credits)

    HON SPANISH III

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish II Honors (223) or have teacher’s recommendation. Students are expected to acquire a detailed knowledge of essential elements of language structure and grammar. Students will explore Spanish readings including literary excerpts, short stories, poetry and articles. Conversational proficiency will continue to be emphasized through a variety of activities including skits, dialogues, presentations and projects. Students will continue to develop Spanish writing skills via note taking, journal writing and guided compositions. Appreciation of the rich and varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world will continue through the use of video clips, cultural and popular music, art and culture-based projects. In addition to regularly assigned homework, a variety of performance assessments will be utilized. These include class participation, projects, tests and quizzes. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive exam will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate III. Prerequisite: Spanish II. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Spanish II Honors or an “A” in Spanish II CP (5 Credits)

    CP SPANISH III

This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed Spanish II. Spanish is used for a large percentage of class time in the classroom. Students are expected to acquire detailed knowledge of all essential elements of language structure and grammar. Students will be expected to read stories of increasing length, be engaged in discussing topics in the target language and guided writing. A variety of conversational exercises will be used to enhance students’ vocabulary and language proficiency. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are further developed in the classroom. Students continue to enhance their knowledge of culture through selected readings, videos, music and cultural projects. In addition to regularly assigned homework, a variety of performance assessments will be utilized. These include class participation, projects, tests and quizzes. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive exam will be administered in June. Text: Exprésate III. Prerequisite: Spanish II. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of Spanish II (5 Credits)

    HON SPANISH IV

Prerequisite is successful completion of Spanish III and teacher recommendation. The three essential components of this course are Spanish language, culture, and literature. This course is designed for the highly motivated language learner. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are enhanced through numerous techniques. Spanish is used exclusively in the classroom. Students continue to practice these skills through projects, presentations, debates, and team learning. A goal of this course is to prepare students for future language study. Students are expected to actively participate and independently complete regularly assigned work. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and the course will conclude with an end-of-year assessment. Prerequisite: Spanish III. Recommended Placement: “B” or better in Spanish III Honors or an “A” in Spanish III CP (5 Credits)

    CP SPANISH IV

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish III CP. The two essential objectives of this course are language proficiency and cultural awareness. Students will be given the opportunity to review and fine tune their language skills from prior years of study; and to apply these skills to four areas of communication: reading, speaking, listening, and writing. The class includes a variety of activities. A goal of this course is to prepare students for future language study. Students will be assessed through quizzes, tests, projects, homework, and participation. A mid-term examination will be administered in January and a comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of the year. Prerequisite: Spanish III. Recommended Placement: Successful completion of Spanish III (5 Credits)

    SPANISH V

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The fifth year language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted primarily in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. Prerequisite: Spanish IV. (5 Credits)

    AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The Advanced Placement language and culture course is designed for the student who has successfully completed the fourth year of language study. It is a course that is conducted exclusively in the target language and offers students an opportunity to review grammatical concepts and enrich vocabulary; while building proficiency in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. The course is divided into six thematic units which are guided by essential questions and focuses on incorporating cultural elements through authentic materials to each unit of study. The course will emphasize preparation for the AP exam; and students will be expected to take the AP Spanish Language exam in May. This class is only offered exclusively to grade 12 students. (5 Credits)

    HON AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I

This course provides an introduction to American Sign Language. Areas studied include the grammatical structure, usage and history of ASL, as well as finger spelling, ASL classifiers and cultural information related to Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community. Class work and daily homework assignments focus on ASL expressive and receptive skill development, utilizing interactive reinforcement drills, role-plays, videotapes, dialogues, and ASL storytelling. Through hands-on activities, partner and group work, students will learn to develop and enhance their receptive and expressive signing skills. Successful completion of ASL I may be applied toward the Waltham High School and MassCore World Language requirements. (5 Credits)

    CP AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I

This course provides an introduction to American Sign Language. Areas studied include the grammatical structure, usage and history of ASL, as well as finger spelling, ASL classifiers and cultural information related to Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community. Class work and regularly assigned homework will focus on ASL expressive and receptive skill development, utilizing interactive reinforcement drills, role-plays, videotapes, dialogues, and ASL storytelling. Through hands-on activities, partner and group work, students will learn to develop and enhance their receptive and expressive signing skills. Successful completion of ASL I may be applied toward the Waltham High School and MassCore World Language requirements. (5 Credits)

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II

This course is a continuation of ASL I focusing on the fundamental elements of American Sign Language in a cultural context. Building on the foundation skills in ASL I, more in depth work will continue on grammatical structures, glossing, and ASL/English translation. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of expressive and receptive skills. Interactive reinforcement drills, role plays, dialogues, ASL storytelling, student reflections, and video work will continue to be required to improve skills. Also included in the course work will be a deepening in knowledge of Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, and Deaf History. The goal is for students to be able to comprehend and respond with increasing accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness. Successful completion of ASL II may be applied toward the Waltham High School and Mass Core World Language requirements. Prerequisite: ASL I. (5 Credits)
 

PLTW STEM Elective Pathways

    Bio Med Pathway

Director: Deena Depamphilis

Please see the PLTW Overview and PLTW Website for detailed information on each course offering.

    PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (PBS)

In this rigorous course, students explore concepts of biology and medicine as they take on roles of different medical professionals to solve real-world problems. Students are challenged in various scenarios including investigating a crime scene to solve a mystery, diagnosing and proposing treatment to patients in a family medical practice, to tracking down and containing a medical outbreak at a local hospital, stabilizing a patient during an emergency, and collaborating with others to design solutions to local and global medical problems. Students develop technical and in-demand, transportable skills that they need to thrive in life and career. By completion of this course students should understand the diverse set of careers and related skills in the biomedical science field. This is the first of 4 courses in the biomedical pathway, no prerequisites are required, freshmen are encouraged to enroll. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS (HBS)

In this rigorous course students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Principles of Biomedical Sciences or Biology. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (MI)

In this rigorous course, students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Prerequisites: Students must have completed Principles of Biomedical Science OR Biology AND students must have successfully completed Human Body Systems OR Anatomy & Physiology. Preference will be given to students that have completed PLTW PBS or HBS. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS (BI)

In this capstone course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor. Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Medical Interventions, or Honors Biology and Honors Anatomy & Physiology. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    Engineering Pathway

Director: Deena Depamphilis

Please see the PLTW Overview and PLTW Website for detailed information on this Pathway.

    INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED)

In this introductory engineering design class, students will dig deep into the engineering design process and apply math, science and engineering standards to hands-on-projects. They will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. No prerequisites are required, freshmen are encouraged to enroll. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore

    PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING DESIGN (POE)

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car. Prerequisites: Successful completion of IED, or B or better in Freshmen Conceptual Physics and Integrated Math I or Algebra 1. Preference will be given to students that successfully completed IED. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (CEA)

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software. Prerequisites: Successful completion of IED or POE. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)

    ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (EDD)

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in this capstone course. Students will identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards and upon completion of EDD they will be ready to take on any post-secondary program or career. Prerequisites: Successful completion of POE and one additional PLTW engineering course. Any exceptions require a meeting with, and signature from, the course instructor or Director of Science. This course is a lab science and fulfills a unit of lab-based science for MassCore. (5 Credits)
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