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Course & Program of Studies

Learning Strategies & Literacy Courses

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School seeks to provide students  with the opportunity to engage in a broad variety of enriching educational opportunities. The  elective courses described in the Program of Studies offer students the opportunity to develop  and pursue their interests through the individual choice of a variety of learning experiences  that augment the core academic and technical curricula. 

In addition, some enriching courses may be required for students who, through testing, have  demonstrated specific areas that need improvement. These required electives are specifically  geared to enrich student learning in targeted areas.  

Literacy Courses (9th and 10th Grade)


These courses support and strengthen achievement in core curriculum subjects through  disciplinary literacy strategies, media literacy, and digital literacy. In a vocabulary-rich  classroom, students will increase comprehension of informational and complex texts, learn to  determine the authority of online resources, increase efficacy in using databases and create  digital presentations to showcase their learning. 

Learning Strategies


Math Strategies I – 1 Credit

Math Strategies I is a course designed for freshmen who have a demonstrated weakness in  certain mathematical skills. This course will review all basic operations, fractions, decimals, and  percentages. Simple equations, order of operations, patterns, graphs and ratio and proportions  are also topics that will be covered. The main objective of the course is to provide students with  additional mathematical skill-building time to afford them the best possible chance to earn a  proficiency rating on the Sophomore MCAS Math test.  

Math Strategies II – 1 Credit 

Math Strategies II is a continuation of Math Strategies I for designated sophomores. In addition  to the skill building component found in the Math Strategies I course, students will focus on  review of Algebra and MCAS Math Test preparation. Students will incorporate test-taking  strategies, and focus on improving their performance on open-response questions. This course  will have a strong focus on skill building, vocabulary, test-taking strategies and MCAS Math  preparation.

ELA Strategies I – 1 Credit 

This course is designed to contribute to preparing students for the tenth grade English Language  Arts (ELA) MCAS test. The course will focus on multiple choice and open response test taking  strategies and will emphasize improving critical reading skills, increasing vocabulary use and  using textual evidence in writing. Students will learn these skills via the use of such strategies as  understanding prefixes/suffixes, annotating texts and evaluating peer writing. Students will be  required to maintain a binder of work that will count as their final portfolio grade for the course.

ELA Strategies II – 1 Credit 

This course designed to contribute to preparing students for the tenth grade English Language  Arts (ELA) MCAS test and the grade 11 English class. The first and second trimesters of the  course will focus on ELA MCAS long composition test taking strategies and will emphasize  evaluating composition prompts, organizing an essay and developing a thesis statement and  topic. The third trimester will focus on SAT preparation, MLA formatting and research  strategies. Students will learn these skills via the use of such strategies as creating a  composition outline, sequencing ideas and evaluating peer writing. Students will be required to  maintain a binder of work that will count as their final portfolio grade for the course. 

Biology Strategies I – 1 Credit 

The Biology I strategies course prepares students for the Biology MCAS test. The course will  begin with an understanding of the scientific method and test taking skills. Students will  encounter standards in the areas of The Chemistry of Life, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell  Biology, and Ecology. Students will apply test-taking strategies to sample multiple choice and  open response items.

Biology Strategies II – 1 Credit 

The Biology II strategies course is a continuation of the Biology I strategies course that prepares  students for the Biology MCAS test. Students will encounter standards in the areas of Cell  Biology, Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity, and Ecology. Students will apply test-taking  strategies to sample multiple choice and open response items. The Biology MCAS will be taken  at the end of this course.