Juniors, Class of 2022: It is time to choose your Senior courses!
Selections must add up to 36 Credits:
» 18 Shop Credits, 3 English Credits (1 course), 3 Senior Related Credits (1 Course),
» 9 Elective Course Credits (3 courses), 3 Trimester Course Credits (3 Courses)
- CVTE SHOP-Mandatory
- English 12-Mandatory
- 1 Science and 1 Math Course – Mandatory
- 1 CVTE Shop Related Course- Mandatory
- 3 Elective Courses- Must Choose 3:
- Related II, VHS Course, Biotechnology, Botany, Physics, Environmental Science, Human Body Systems, Applied Science, World History II (CP, Honors), African American History, AP European History, Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, Statistics (CP, AP)
- 3 Trimester Courses:
- Physical Education-Mandatory
- United States Government and Politics –Mandatory
- Must Choose 1:
- Local History, General Psychology, or Research & Writing (Research & Writing recommended for College Bound Students)
*** Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course MUST take the AP Exam.
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Students will be automatically placed in the same level as English 11. Any level change must be approved by the Department Head.
This course focuses on independent and challenging reading aligned with consistent writing assignments. It includes the close reading of selected works of fiction, drama, and poetry from the 16th to the 21st century; the development of critical thinking skills; formal and informal writing; and AP practice exercises, with the goal of success on the AP Examination in May. Because a high score on this examination may earn college credit, the course may be considered equivalent to college freshman English and is considered to be rigorous.
Honors Senior English
CP College Math IV
** Only if the student did not pass in summer school.
Virtual High School Course
CP Human Body Systems
The scientific study of plants and their relationship to the environment. This course will provide instruction related to the broad fields of botany with emphasis on the scientific and technical knowledge related to the discipline. Special emphasis will be in the practice of gene technology, laboratory and inquiry based genetic and hormonal experiments. The student will discover and understand the modern perspective of plant genetics as it relates to crop production and environmental issues. Topics in this course include information on plant anatomy and physiology, plant growth, plant diversity, general botany, soil analysis, crop gene modification detection, hormonal regulation of plant growth and its implications, phylogenetic and taxonomic classification, burgeoning concepts of plant social and intellectual structure, cellular energetics, gardening and land use, etc. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the greenhouse.
CP Environmental Science Lab
This college preparatory course will further develop students’ understanding of environmental issues pertaining to ecological interactions and ecosystem structure. Prerequisites for this course are grades of 70 or higher in chemistry or physical science.
CP Chemistry Lab
*** Only if student did not pass in summer school
This challenging college preparatory course is designed to aid students in further developing the skills they will need to be successful in college. An understanding of Algebra is necessary to be successful in this course. The prerequisite for this course is an 80 or higher in Biology (Lab) and a 70 or higher in Geometry.
CP Physical Science
*** Only if student did not pass in summer school
This college preparatory course is designed to aid students in further developing the skills they will need to be successful in college. An understanding of Algebra is necessary to be successful in this course.
Virtual High School Course
Senior Related Course -Mandatory as Determined by the Student’s CVTE Shop
AP European History
African American Studies
The African American Studies course is designed to develop an understanding of the causes, character, and consequences of the African American experience and its influence on both the world and the United States. Students will gain an appreciation of the richness, diversity, and contributions of African American culture to national and international life. The course will include a comprehensive review of important people, events and ideas that have played a key role in shaping the history and culture of African Americans. Content will highlight dynamic contemporary topics and contributions made by members of the Greater New Bedford African American community.
Honors World History II
Trimester Courses ( 1 Credit)
Mandatory for Every Senior:
Senior Physical Education
The twelfth grade physical education course allows students to choose activities that meet their skill level and interest while promoting lifelong fitness. Curriculum is focused on gameplay in which students incorporate skills learned during freshmen and sophomore year.
United States Government & Politics
This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government. Topics include the constitutional framework; federalism; the three branches of government, including the bureaucracy; civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy information. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system. In addition, the course will examine the role and responsibilities of local, state and federal government in the context of addressing issues related to contemporary American society. The core objective of the course will be the completion of a student led non-partisan action civics project. This is a single trimester course.
Trimester Elective Courses (1 Credit):
CP Local History
CP Economics & Finance
Research & Writing
This course focuses on college and career research and writing – Recommended for college-bound students.
VHS Learning offers high school core, elective, and Advanced Placement® courses. Students may supplement the school’s offerings by enrolling in one of the following VHS Learning courses. * Students taking an AP VHS course must take the AP Exam. ** Once students are enrolled in a full-year VHS course they will not be allowed to drop the course
- Spanish I
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Physics (Algebra Based)
AP® Calculus AB
AP® Calculus AB builds upon prior knowledge in previous mathematics course work. Students will explore topics within the three big ideas covered in the course: (1) limits, (2) derivatives, and (3) integrals. This course allows students to gain conceptual understanding through discussions, group activities and investigations. Students will learn how to use the graphing calculator to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. In order to prepare for the exam, students will complete weekly AP® practice quizzes and unit exams that will conform to the constraints of the AP® exam.
AP Environmental Science
This Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is equivalent to a one semester, college level, environmental science course. The rigor of this course is consistent with colleges and universities and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may receive college credit and will be well-prepared for advanced environmental studies coursework.
AP Computer Science Principles
According to the College Board, the AP® Computer Science Principles course (AP® CSP) is designed to be equivalent to a first semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about the importance of these problems and the impacts to their community, society, and the world.
This Advanced Placement Physics 1 course is equivalent to a first semester, algebra-based, introductory Physics college-level course. The rigor of this course is consistent with colleges and universities and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may receive college credit and will be well-prepared for advanced physics coursework.
CP Spanish 1
CP Spanish 2