High School Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions:

High School Credit Diploma


English

English Reading


This course emphasizes the fundamental skills in reading and writing. The goals of this course are for students to develop these skills and to acquire a life long appreciation of reading and writing.

Basic Grammar


This course emphasizes ways students can improve grammar skills and vocabulary. Students learn to use grammar correctly, choose words wisely, and improve writing skills.

Fundamentals of Writing


This course offers the student practice in the different skills and activities at each of the three productive stages of writing: prewriting, writing, revision. Prepares students for functional writing skills.

Composition


This course presents a more advanced writing process that involves the application of a wide range of thinking skills and language abilities. Focus is placed on the techniques and tools writers need, the knowledge they must develop, and the choices the writer must make.

Types of Literature I


This course further develops the students' reading and literary skills. Types of literature studied: drama, poetry, short story, and nonfiction.

Types of Literature II


This course is offered to those students who have successfully completed Types of Literature I or its equivalent. Different types of fiction and nonfiction are studied that further develop the students' reading and literary skills.

Short Story


This course concentrates on the elements of the short story. Students will identify those elements in a story and develop a lasting appreciation of both reading and literature.

Suspense Novel


This course introduces the student to the suspense and mystery novel and its basic elements. The course challenges the student to read critically, and it provides the student with a basic knowledge of the novel.

Selected Readings from English and American Literature


This course surveys the development of literature in each country. Readings from different periods in English and American literature are studied.

Word Literature


This course offers selected readings of writers from around the world. Various types of world literature are studied.


Mathematics

GENERAL MATH 1A


This course helps students develop basic math skills. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills are developed using positive whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

GENERAL MATH 1B


This course is an extension of the basic skills developed in General Math 1a. Students are taught probability, ratio, proportion, percent, measurement and the interpretation of tables and graphs. General Math 1a or its equivalent is a prerequisite for General Math 1b.

CONSUMER MATH


This course helps the student gain practical knowledge in the various ways wages are earned, taxes and net pay are computed, and budgeting, banking and retail purchasing are applied.

PRE-ALGEBRA WITH GEOMETRY


This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of and competency in basic algebra and geometry. The primary goal is to teach the student essential algebraic and geometric skills that may be applied to solve common, everyday problems. For example, the student will be able to predict the amount of paint or flooring needed based on his/her ability to determine overall area of a surface.

ALGEBRA 1A


This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the basic fundamental concepts of algebra. The real number system, as well as the operations on it, is studied. Methods of solving first degree equations and their use in solving real world problems are studied.

ALGEBRA 1B


This course is designed primarily as a continuation of Algebra 1a. Students who have successfully completed Algebra 1a are encouraged to take Algebra 1b. In this section course content continues from where Algebra 1a ended. This includes further examination of first degree equations, properties of exponents, polynomials and rational expressions and the operations performed on them, factoring polynomials, quadratic equations and techniques for solving them. Other topics are covered at the instructor's discretion and as time permits.


Social Studies

UNITED STATES HISTORY I


This course provides a survey of United States history from the 1750's to the 1790's. The French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution are studied thoroughly.

UNITED STATES HISTORY II


This course provides a survey of the United States from 1790 through 1895. The institution of slavery and its affect on the political, economic, and social institutions of the United States will be discussed in great detail. The Civil War Period and the Restoration Period will also be included in this course of study.

WORLD CULTURES I


This course begins with the introduction of the Industrial Revolution and concentrates on its effect on early world development from 1750-1900. European, African, and Asian cultures are studied.

WORLD CULTURES II


This course begins with a detailed study of World War I. Also, the effects of the Great Depression on Europe are analyzed politically, economically, and socially. Finally, World War II is covered in great depth.

GEOGRAPHY


This course studies the people, land, and resources of the United States. Early geological activity of the planet earth are analyzed and discussed. Map reading, and state and capital locations are included. Students will gain a better understanding of the unique social, industrial, and geographical differences that exist in various regions of the United States.

ECONOMICS


This course deals with the study of many different economic systems found throughout the world. It emphasizes the Industrial Revolution, immigration, and the growth and urbanization of the United States. Special attention is given to the Great Depression and the "New Deal" economic reforms.

CIVICS


The focus of civic education for the new century is to increase the capacity of secondary students to understand the meaning of citizenship in a democratic society and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students will apply knowledge of the US constitution, learn how the US system of government works, and understand how the rule of law and the value of liberty and equality have an impact on individual, local, state and national decisions. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens to participate in and shape public policy, and contribute to the maintenance of our democratic way of life.


Science

GENERAL SCIENCE


This course is the study of elements of the scientific world. Though the treatment of any particular subject matter may be cursory, the course is intended to be a springboard to future inquiry and study. The student will learn to appreciate the physical world. Included in the course will be the scientific method, matter and its changes, properties, changes and composition of matter, atoms and molecules, compound formation, acids, bases, and salts, the chemistry of water, oxidation, and combustion.

HEALTH AND DISEASE


In this program students will learn to recognize and practice health-enhancing life styles including exposure to proper nutrition, exercise and preventive health care. Health and safety issues will be discussed in an effort to make students capable of analyzing and evaluating how to become healthy, responsible citizens. Conflict resolution, tolerance and in-depth acceptance will be related to self-respect and respect for others. An in depth discussion of substance abuse and addiction will be incorporated in hopes of giving students the social "tools" necessary to say "no" at the appropriate time.

BIOLOGY


After a brief discussion of science, students will be guided through a discussion of living things, their needs and characteristics. A survey of all kingdoms will reveal the characteristics used to classify living things. Students will then survey each of the five kingdoms and viruses. Ecology and evolution will be discussed as a means of tying together the concepts brought forth to this point. Having established mammals as being the most complicated/advanced organisms on earth, we will then proceed with a study of human anatomy and physiology. The trimester will end with a unit on genetics.

EARTH SCIENCE


After an introduction to science and the nature of matter and energy, this course will introduce students to the topics of astronomy, meteorology, hydrology, and geology. The approach will be from a practical standpoint incorporating current events from the local newspaper and from Connecticut's own situation whenever possible.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE


In this course students will first be made aware of what the word "environment" means and what its components and intricacies are. Once students have become familiar with some basic ecological relationships we will delve into issues and concepts of local, national and global concern as discussed in the Globe Science, Technology and Society Series. Six themes will be presented: water resources, air resources, land use, management of solid waste, energy resources and hazardous substances.


Electives

SCHOOL TO CAREER


The major content of this course is to learn employability skills, basic skills, consumerism, and independent living. The curriculum is based upon finding and applying for a job, keeping a job, and progressing on the job. The basic skills of this course include communication skills, math skills and computer literacy. Overall, decision-making and problem-solving skills are better developed. All of the content taught in this course is then used in the workexperience program, thus giving the student a basic understanding of the world of work.

CULINARY ARTS I


Culinary Arts focuses on practical principles including safety, sanitation, the proper use of utensils and equipment, as well as the fundamentals of commercial cooking and baking.

CULINARY ARTS II


Culinary Arts II emphasizes career exploration and more actual experience in the commercial aspects of food preparation and service.

COMPUTERS


A. Introduction - Basic understanding of Windows XP Pro, Microsoft Word, and Excel
B. Advanced - Advanced techniques in Windows XP Pro, Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Power Point and Microsoft Access.

KEYBOARDING


To provide students with the opportunity to achieve a sufficient keyboarding skill level, and operate a keyboard by touch. To provide students with the opportunity to acquire the habit of using the keyboard as a basic communication tool in the preparation of both personal and business documents.

 

Course Descriptions: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY) AND ADULT BASIC EDUCATION


1. Waterbury Adult Continuing Education offers a diversified program of studies that encourages a varied array of talents and interests of the general population. It incorporates opportunities for maximum intellectual, social and emotional growth based on individual and group goals as measured by CASAS competencies.

2. Waterbury Adult Continuing Education is determined to continually revise and refine courses and curricula through an assortment of instructional techniques and guidelines, the use of textbooks, and the relevant application of technology. Actual real life materials are geared to target Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System competencies that anticipate the demands of our student population.

3. Waterbury Adult Continuing Education understands the growing multicultural, international society and promotes the use of specific, measurable competency statements based on the information or skills the student needs to learn. A commitment is held between the WACE program and the learner as the student continues to pursue his/ her individual goals at his/her targeted pace of instruction until mastery of specified competencies are demonstrated.

4. Waterbury Adult Continuing Education is devoted to assisting students in achieving level promotion based on specific, measurable CASAS competencies, discussing those findings with the learner and reporting the results to ensure the students excel within the program and achieve entry into higher education, advanced training, or the work force. Reporting CASAS competencies also assists our interagency collaboration in order to better meet and serve the needs of the Greater Waterbury area.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
 

BEGINNING ESL LITERACY


This level is a basic introduction to reading and writing skills as well as speaking and understanding English on a fundamental level.
 

BEGINNING ESL


This level develops vocabulary, sentence writing, and basic oral English needed for immediate needs and limited social situations.
 

LOW INTERMEDIATE ESL


This level develops comprehension and sentence structure and mechanics (e.g., present and past tense, punctuation). Oral communication abilities are developed.
 

HIGH INTERMEDIATE ESL


This level improves oral and written communication, spelling, and punctuation. Completion of basic medical forms and job applications are developed.
 

LOW ADVANCED ESL


This level develops chart and graph reading inferences, comparing and contrasting, and other reading skills. Short essay writing using basic structure and mechanics is practiced.
 

HIGH ADVANCED ESL


This course develops reading and writing skills to meet most routine social and work situations. Interpreting charts, graphs and tables is taught. Communicating on the telephone and interacting with people are stressed.

 

ESL CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM


This program targets instruction in the competency areas required for employment and/or career advancement through instruction in English, reading, mathematics, computer literacy, and career development.


ADULT BASIC EDUCATION - GENERAL

 

BEGINNING ABE LITERACY


This Level's focus is a basic development of the ability to read and write names or simple words. The development of computational skills in adding and subtracting numbers as well as counting is taught and reinforced.
 

BEGINNING BASIC EDUCATION


Through various academic content areas this Level develops writing simple messages with simple punctuation. Skills in reading directions, signs, and maps as well as filling out simple forms are emphasized. Life skills applications are stressed.
 

LOW INTERMEDIATE BASIC EDUCATION


This level develops writing simple and compound sentences with focus and clarity. The four processes in math using up to three digits are taught. Following basic written instructions are stressed. Level skills are reinforced through application in various academic content areas.
 

HIGH INTERMEDIATE BASIC EDUCATION


This level improves writing paragraphs with main ideas and supporting details, using combinations of all major sentence types. Computational skills involving the four basic math operations with whole numbers and fractions are developed. Converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions is taught. Life skills, such as reading employee handbooks, payroll stubs, and procedural texts are practiced. Working with basic computer software is introduced. A greater emphasis is placed on the academic content areas.


ADULT BASIC EDUCATION - RESOURCE ROOM
 

LANGUAGE ARTS


The aim of this course is basic communication in daily life. Students' reading and writing skills are developed.
 

MATHEMATICS


Basic computation skills in daily life are developed. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills are emphasized.
 

SOCIAL STUDIES


The focus of this course is the study of government and law. Consumer economics relating to wages, taxes, banking, budgeting, and retail purchasing is applied to daily life.
 

SCIENCE


This course deals with health, self-care, and home-care skills.
 

LIFE MANAGEMENT


This course deals with community resources, employment, and living skills.

Applied Design and Technology    [1 elective credit]

 

The course will show the student how to interpret Assembly drawings, Dimensions and Tolerances, Sectional views, and notes, Threads, and tolerances.

 

Integrated Mathematics                  [1 elective credit]

 

The following general topics will teach the student:

          Measurement

          Common Fractions     

          Decimals

          Metric Measure

          Statistical Process Control

          How to use Micrometers and Calipers