New Science and History Electives offered this year

The following courses will be offered at the high school next year.

The new Stem Design Lab course is an art/science hybrid and the two new anthropology classes count as science electives. Robotics Engineering Design and Computer Aided Drafting are also being offered next year as science electives.  History is offering two new semester length courses, Sociology and Facing History.


Videos about the new anthropology and STEM Design class can be found here:

new anthro classes:

new stem lab classes:

Beginning next week, and continuing over the next several weeks, student schedules will be distributed beginning with the rising seniors.  Once they receive their schedule they may schedule an appointment with guidance if they would like to enroll in any of the new programs.  Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 30 credits each school year. These courses offer an opportunity to fill out their schedule.

Rising Junior, Sophomore and Freshman schedules will be distributed in subsequent weeks.  The staggered distribution will allow juniors and seniors first preference in the addition of electives.



STEM Design Lab
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
This project based course combines various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with art. Initial units of Industrial Design, Architecture, Front End Web Development (basics of HTML5, CSS, Javascript Programming), UX (User Experience Design), Data Visualization/Infographics, and additional design problems will be taught. Students will engage in research, writing, sketching, labs, activities, and projects. Then students will work in groups in a design area of their choosing to complete final projects. All process and work will be documented in online portfolios. Additionally, to mirror the methodology used currently in much of the technology sector, students will be working with a modified Agile and Scrum project management development to improve productivity and collaboration skills.


Biological and Medical Anthropology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Biological Anthropology is the study of human biological diversity over time and space. Students will start with basic primatology and go on to study hominid evolution based on the fossil record and evidence of tool making. Additional topics include Heredity and Genetics, Mechanisms of Evolution, Human Variation and Adaptation, and Anatomy and Culture. Student will then move on to an examination of the intersection of genetics, disease, and culture in the study of Medical Anthropology. Factors which influence health and well-being, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, and the cultural importance and use of various medical systems will be explored. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.


Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, society, culture, and biology. Students will learn about cultures past and present in a holistic and comparative way. Cultural Anthropology is the subfield that describes, analyzes, interprets, and explains social and cultural similarities and differences. Some aspects of society that will be covered are Subsistence Methods and Social Stratification, Marriage and Kinship, Ethnicity and Race, Economics and Politics, and Language and Communication. Archaeology is the examination of past human behavior and cultural patterns though the evidence of material remains. Students will analyze the rise and fall of civilizations over time. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.


Grade 9-12
555 Semester Honors  2.5 Credits
554 Semester CP 2.5 Credits  
This hands-on, rich and exciting multidisciplinary course will immerse you in the exciting and popular science of robotics.  Working in small teams, students will explore topics that include: engineering, applied physics, electronics and control theory and technology.  The interest in robotic devices and systems has exploded over the last few years, as advances in robotic technologies have proven useful in many human and government scientific endeavors.  This course introduces students to the exciting field of robotics, while providing unique opportunities to design, engineer, manufacture, test, program, and control robots while putting them through a series of real-world design challenges.  This course will require students to read in the content area, think critically, and work with other to solve challenging problems.  Lab work, research, troubleshooting, instrumentation and building/manufacturing will be an important part of the course.


COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (3D Solid Modeling with Pro/Engineer)
626 Semester Honors Grades 9-12
624 Semester CP 2.5 Credits
This class is a hands-on, exercise-intensive approach to all of the important parametric (geometric definitions of a design)  3D Modeling techniques and concepts. The goal of this course is to introduce and develop Parametric Modeling techniques and concepts for the CAD novice. Students will begin with constructing basic shapes and progress towards building intelligent solid 3D models that rotate with multiple views. This is accomplished through a series of ten tutorial style lessons. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson, creating a solid foundation of Computer Aided Engineering skills.


GRADES 11-12
253 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
254 – Semester Honors 2.5 Credits 
Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of the way that societies work—or don’t work. By using methods, information, and observations of the social sciences, sociologists seek to make meaning out of the relationships and institutions within communities. Sociology combines analysis, empathy, and inquiry to build on theory and frame a deeper understanding of social constructs, perceptions, and realities. Possible topics include: social interaction, family and community, wealth and poverty, social constructs, deviance, social control, and social change.



GRADES 11-12
255 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
256 – Semester H 2.5 Credits 
In order to promote greater awareness of the societal issues students will face in today’s world, this course will examine bias, racism, and prejudice in a historical context. Through the study of intolerance, genocide, and the Holocaust, students will be able to make the fundamental correlation between history and the moral and ethical choices they are forced to make on a daily basis in their own lives. While students will learn facts and background surrounding specific events in history, they will also be asked to examine the psychological motivations of the individual and of the group and the ethical implications of their actions.



Author: eppc

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