High School

Curriculum Guide


Whitehall High School Curriculum Guide 2018-2019


          This guide has been produced to assist Whitehall Jr. Sr. High School students in the process of setting their short and long-term educational goals. It provides information on Whitehall High School course content, state graduation requirements, college admissions requirements and vocational training opportunities.  Our website also outlines a variety of guidance services available to help individual students cope with the choices, decisions and problems they will face in a world that is growing more complicated every day. With the student, family and school working together, we hope to help students make the choices and plan necessary to reach their full potential.

The Course Selection Process

       The first step is for all students to read and discuss this information with their parents. With an understanding of course content and graduation requirements, students can prepare for their individual annual guidance review by preparing tentative course selections for next year. Students will then meet with their counselor to discuss their current academic progress and future educational goals. This meeting will result in course selections, which will be sent home for parental approval. If they choose, parents may request a conference on a form sent back to the guidance office.  Students’ tentative fall schedules will be sent home over the summer or sooner if possible. Parents are encouraged to contact the guidance office at 518-499-0480 whenever they have questions or concerns about their children’s education. Each student is scheduled for an annual individual planning conference, during this meeting students and parents are encouraged to get involved with developing a “plan of action” in terms of both short-range and long-range goals. These conferences determine student responsibility for meeting NYS graduation requirements and connect the high school experience to college and/or employment.

The Whitehall Junior Senior High School uses a web based system to record daily attendance, grades and behavioral referrals on all enrolled students. Whitehall Junior Senior High School now has the capability to offer access to parents in regard to their own student(s). By logging on to the Whitehall Railroaders website parents will have immediate access to student grades and individual class assignments. For more information on Guardian access, or any of the other services offered by the Guidance Department, please feel free to call us at (518) 499-0480.

Whitehall Junior Senior High School Guidance Office Staff


       Ms. Andrea Maynard                                     Mr. Christopher Montville

School Counselor for Grades 9-12 School Counselor for Grades 6-8

          amaynard@railroaders.net                       cmontville@railroaders.net

Ms. Jenna Boisclair





New York State High School Graduation Requirements

Students must earn the following credits (minimum) in order to earn a diploma in NYS:


Local Regents Regents Diploma with

Diploma Diploma Advanced Designation

English 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits

Social Studies 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits

Mathematics 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits

Science* 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits

Art or Music 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit

Health .5 credit .5 credit .5 credit

Physical Education 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits

Foreign Language** 1 credit 1 credit 3 credits**

Electives 3.5 credits 3.5 credits 1.5 credits

Total Credits 22 credits 22 credits 22 credits


*     Must include at least one life science and one physical science.

**   Students acquiring 5 units in Art, Music, Business, Technology or Vocational Education may be exempt from the LOTE requirement for the Advanced Regents Diploma.

New York State Assessment Requirements for a Local or Regents Diploma

Students must earn a passing grade of 65 or above* on the following Regents exams to earn a Regents diploma using the 4 + 1 Pathway (5 exams):


1 English Regents

1 Social Studies Regents

1 Math Regents

1 Science Regents

1 Additional assessment from Social Studies, Math or Science or an approved pathway


*Examination requirements for a Local Diploma are the same as the Regents Diploma except that students with disabilities have the safety net option of scoring between a 55-64 on all Regents exams.  In addition, students with disabilities who score between a 45-54 on a required Regents exam other than English or Math can be compensated with a score of 65 or above on another required Regents exam.  In all cases, students must achieve a 55 or above on English and Math, and pass the associated courses.



Regents or Advanced Regents Diplomas with Honors are awarded to students who score an average of 90 or above

on all the Regents exams required for that diploma.  


NYS Assessment Requirements for Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Students must earn a grade of 65 or above on these additional assessments to earn a

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation (8 exams):


1 English Regents

1 Global History & Geography Regents

1 U.S. History Regents

3 Math Regents exams (Algebra, Geometry & Algebra II)

2 Science Regents exams (one in a physical science and one in a life science)


Mastery in Math Seals are awarded to students who score 85 or above on all three Math Regents Exams.

Mastery in Science Seals are awarded to students who score 85 or above on three Science Regents Exams.

Career & Technical Education Endorsement Seals are awarded to students who pass the Regents assessment requirements and the certification exam for a vocational field of study.


The Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential* is awarded to students who meet the criteria set forth by the New York State Education Department.


* The CDOS can be earned along with a Local or Regents Diploma, can be used as a pathway to substitute for a required

Social Studies or Science Regents exam and in some cases can be awarded as a student’s sole exiting credential.


The Skills and Achievement Credential (SACC) is awarded to students with disabilities who are eligible to take the

NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA).


Course Descriptions - Alphabetical by Subject  


The following is a listing of all courses offered in grades 9-12, in alphabetical order by subject.

Please note some courses are not offered every year based on enrollment.





(800) Studio in Art

Credit: 1 unit

This course introduces students to functions and techniques of visual arts. Students will study the elements and principles of design and apply them in their project work. Main topic areas include a variety of media, both in the second and third dimensional areas of art and a brief survey of artists and art history. Studio in Art is the state recommended course for students who are fulfilling their one-unit requirement in art for graduation. For students seeking a sequence in art, it is recommended that Studio in Art be taken in the 9th grade so that art majors have sufficient time in grades 10-12 to take their art electives. Keeping a sketchbook is a required part of the course.


(806) Drawing and Painting

Credit: 1 unit

This is an advanced course designed for students who have completed Studio in Art. The first half of the year is devoted to developing a foundation of exploratory experiences in drawing. The second half of the year is used to examine the different mediums used in painting such as acrylic, tempera, oils and watercolor. Students will gain knowledge in composition, methods and media. Keeping a sketchbook is a required part of the course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art with an average of 80 or higher


(810) Drawing I - SUNY Adirondack ART 106 (offered every other year)

Credit: 1 unit ( plus 3 college credits upon successful completion of the course)

This is an advanced course, designed for students who have completed Drawing and Painting. For this course, students will explore the two dimensional mediums with a higher degree of independence and self-expression. Students will study artists to understand how to develop their own personal style.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art and Drawing and Painting with an average of 85 or higher.  SUNY Adirondack requires an overall average of 80 or an 80 average in art courses.


(796) Advanced Studio in Art (offered every other year)

Credit: 1 unit

This is an advanced course, designed for students who have successfully completed Studio in Art and Drawing and Painting I. Students need to have received an 85 average or above in Studio and DPI. Students will explore two and three-dimensional mediums with a higher degree of independence and self-expression. Students will work with the teacher to develop assignments.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art with an average of 85 or higher


(799) Digital Design

Credit:  .5 unit

This introductory course deals with controlling computer technology to produce an artistic image. Using a variety of tools, including computers, IPads, digital cameras, scanners, apps, and key programs from Adobe's "Creative Suite" (including Photoshop), students will work on a wide variety of projects. These can include photo manipulation, collage, logo design, varieties of digital mark‐ making and drawing, along with some limited video and animation work. The aim throughout the course will be to help you gain skill and confidence with both the technical and the artistic skills involved in making digital art. Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on visual problem solving and the communication of ideas through the thoughtful and creative integration of type, text, and imagery. Art historical movements will also be studied as they relate to student projects. From painting to photography and now to computers, the ways in which art is made will always change. Semester course designed to follow Digital Photography.


(798) Digital Photography

Credit: .5 unit

This course focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of digital single lens reflex camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result.  Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition and lighting. Students will learn basic photo editing software.  Students will also study photographers throughout history. Cameras will be provided.  Digital Photography students should plan to take Digital Design second semester.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art with an average of 85 or higher Preference given to students who have completed Drawing & Painting or are working towards a sequence in art.


(802) Pottery

Credit:  1 unit (.5 unit course in the fall, .5 unit course in the spring)

This course will include studio setup and management. Students will be taught to use clay bodies and hand-building techniques as well as wheel thrown vessels. The use of glazes and glazing techniques will also be taught, as well as kiln and firing procedures.

Emphasis is on three-dimensional one of a kind art.

Prerequisite: Art 8 with an average of 85 or higher. Preference will be given to those who have completed Studio In Art.


(804) Mixed Media

Credit: .5 unit

This course is an elective for students who have completed Studio In Art.  Students will create works of art that combine more than one traditional visual arts mediums together. The artwork created will be focused around unique applications of two dimensional mediums.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art with an average of 80 or higher. Preference given to students who are working towards a sequence in art.


(816) Creative Crafts

Credit: .5

This course is designed to expose students to various processes, techniques, and methods related to crafts from around the world. The students will also explore the history and traditions from multiple cultures as it relates to various crafts. In this course we will often compare how other cultures may relate or contrast to our own. With crafts making, a variety of mediums will be used and combined to create projects, new skills will be taught and practiced to improve craftsmanship, and students will be introduced to art history and art/craft terminology. Areas such as mask making, sculpture, stained glass, mosaics, leather craft jewelry, printing, and woodworking will be covered.  Lastly students will be able to gain a sense of their own place in the scope of thousands of years of human artistic expression.



(009) Financial Literacy

Credit: .5 Unit

This course aims to prepare students for the major economic decisions of life by planning for them now. Beginning with a survey of the the economic world they live in students will examine credit score impact and management, understanding interest, types of credit instruments, types of investments, and much more to establish a foundation by which they can begin planning for the decisions they will have to make over the second portion of the course. Next students will learn skills such as tax preparation, conducting cost benefit analysis, budgeting for various circumstances, choosing to buy or rent, investing money, buying/renting a home, using spreadsheets, paying for college, and preparing for retirement. Students will prepare their own customized plans and budgets for upcoming financial decisions. Students will participate in a stock simulator over the course.


(011) Intro to Business and Marketing

Credit: .5 Unit

Introduction to Business is designed to expose the interested student to many functions of modern business. The course shows the student how these functions exist in a changing society and the type of decisions which must be made within that environment. The course is also designed to expose the student to the multitude of career fields in the areas of business. The importance of business in the modern society is also stressed throughout the course. Topics such as business environment, management, organization, marketing, finance, accounting, and data processing are discussed in an introductory manner.




(100) English 9

Credit: 1 unit

This course introduces students to the basic forms of literature and development of writing skills. This course develops reading comprehension and written expression through process writing as well as focusing on basic skills in spelling, grammar and the mechanics of writing. Students also learn to analyze and interpret the basic forms such as prose, poetry and drama, through novels, short stories, poems and plays.


(101) English 10  

Credit: 1 unit

This course explores World Literature through thematic units in preparation for the Junior Common Core English Regents. The Regents itself is reviewed, studied and practiced. Literature is read orally, silently, independently, and the principles of writing are also stressed on a daily basis.  There is a lot of practice in close-reading which will improve student comprehension and be carried on to their English 11 class.


(102) English 11

Credit: 1 unit

This course provides integrated reading and writing techniques through American Literary emphasis which complements the U.S. History curriculum. The curriculum is guided by the National and New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English/Language Arts. Using literature as its focus, the course reinforces skills and strategies introduced at the 10th grade level, and initiates critical thinking through close reading activities, as well as evaluate and interpretive skills necessary for more challenging courses. Grammar, syntax, and rhetoric are clarified on an independent basis through the discussion of essays and other written efforts.


(114) Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Credit: 1 unit  (College level course that also meets English 11 requirement.)

This one-year advanced placement course engages college-bound juniors in the careful reading and critical analysis of classic and contemporary American and European literature. Through the active reading of a rigorous selection of texts, including a summer assignment, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature, including expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  AP students will take the Regents exam and the AP Exam.


English 12:  Students can meet this requirement by choosing ENG 101 & ENG 102, or by choosing 2 of 4 elective courses.

(006) Horror

Credit: 1/2 unit

This course will assist students in developing skills in reading and analyzing fiction, as well as introduce them to the fascinating world of gothic and horror fiction. Writers from many different time periods will be explored as the course navigates through the process of how the very earliest gothic works are still influencing horror writers today. The various elements of fiction will also be analyzed: character analysis, plot, narration, use of symbols, theme, tone and style. Students will analyze how horror stories can instill fear, anxiety, and revulsion in a reader. Students will be expected to read, write about, and discuss literary, image-based, and film-based texts on a regular basis. Additionally, students will be expected to read criticism and professional readings on horror stories.


(007) Creative Writing

Credit: 1/2 unit

This course is designed to guide students in creative writing through experience in three genres: short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The course includes analysis of literary models (professional writings in each genre), individual and class criticism of work in a workshop mode, and lecture on and discussion of literary techniques in each genre.

(009) Science Fiction and Fantasy

Credit: 1/2 unit

This course will explore contemporary and classic titles in science fiction and fantasy.  Possible units of study include post-apocalyptic, monsters, fantasy of the past (early sci-fi like Wells and Verne), sci-fi fantasy as coming-of-age, mythology/epic (Tolkein & Martin), "realistic" fantasy (Vonnegut), new worlds (sci-fi or fantasy that takes place in an entirely different world than ours), graphic novel fantasy, and humorous fantasy (Hitchhiker's Guide). Course essential questions include the following: How is fantasy a reflection of culture?  What are the risks and rewards associated with challenging the status quo? How have prior authors influenced modern day writers?Why do people create fantasy stories in the first place? What challenges or benefits are there to writing or reading Sci-Fi Fantasy as opposed to another genre? Why do SciFi/Fantasy stories appeal to people? Units of study will involve the reading of fiction and non-fiction as well as comparative media experiences. Writing will be both analytical and creative.
(008) Film and Literature

Credit: 1/2 Unit

During the semester we will consider what happens when a variety of short stories, novels, or plays are made into a film; if we approach film and literary texts differently; and how we view and read these texts. We will also consider the cultures out of which the texts come: Does it make a difference if the work was written in 1789 or 1934 and filmed in 2011, or if the story was written by an Argentinian, and filmed in London by an Italian director?

(130) ENG101 Intro to College Writing & ENG102 Academic Writing

College level courses taught on our campus through SUNY Adirondack

Credit: .5 unit each and 3 College Credits each (Meets English 12 requirement.)

Instruction and practice in the process of writing, including revision, careful analysis, and the sharing of each other's writing. Assignments may include reflection on experience, exposition, and interpretation of a text. Information literacy, in the form of research and documentation, will be presented. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn college credit. Students may miss no more than nine (9) class days, excused or unexcused, in order to receive credit.

SUNY Adirondack requires an average of 80 in previous years’ English courses or an overall GPA of 80 in order for students to be eligible for college credit.



Credit: 1 Unit (Elective)

In this elective course, students will practice journalism - both print and broadcast - writing articles in a variety of styles, publishing them in a school newsletter, and broadcasting the morning announcements. Classes will include discussions, workshops, group and individual meetings, writing, revising, and publishing. Students may find themselves with several days to accomplish any number of things before deadline: conducting an interview outside of class, editing a draft of an article, submitting a draft for publication, researching the next story, and so forth.


Foreign Language


(605) Spanish I

Credit: 1 unit

This is a full year course (the second of two), which continues the study begun in the previous year. Basic vocabulary and topics are reviewed and new topics covered. Among the topics covered are: family and personal identification, the house, weather, telling time, shopping, etc. Various methods are used to present the material. Students obtain one unit of graduation credit by passing the class and the New York State Proficiency Exam in Spanish/French.


(606) Spanish II

Credit: 1 unit

This is a full-year course, which builds on skills acquired in Spanish/French I, while placing more emphasis on authentic language through a personalized level of expression. Vocabulary development and increased listening skills are a focus of the course. Additional topics are covered in Level II to encompass even more common situations in which young people might find themselves.

(607) Spanish III

Credit: 1 unit

This is a full-year course, which is the culmination of language study to prepare the student for a cumulative Regents Examination at the end of the year. Previously learned skills are put to use in the target language in the classroom. This course is aimed at a more advanced level of proficiency in: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students at this level should be able to communicate in a variety of realistic day-to-day situations. As in the other two levels, students should be able to: socialize; provide or obtain information; express personal feelings; and get others to adopt a course of action.


(613, 614) Intermediate Spanish I & II (SPA201, SPA202 SUNY Adirondack)

Credit: 1 unit

Spanish IV offers a different perspective for a more advanced communication course. The course is offered in conjunction with SUNY Adirondack. Authentic Hispanic literature (mostly short stories) serves as a basis for increased communication, comprehension and writing in Spanish. A wide variety of vocabulary and grammar are offered throughout the year. Students will receive 3 SUNY credits for each of the two levels upon successful completion of the course.

Prerequisite: Must have passed the Spanish III Final Exam as well as hold an overall 80 average or better in the previous years of study of the foreign language or have an overall average of 80 to be eligible for SUNY Adirondack credit.



(719) Health

Credit: 1/2 unit

This half credit course is designed to fulfill the health requirement for graduation by covering the topics covered in the health course during the freshman year of high school.  This course focuses on providing students with life skills to improve health and wellbeing. Health is the quality of life that includes physical, mental-emotional, and family-social health. The Health program at Whitehall seeks to enhance students’ knowledge in all three of these areas. The philosophy is a comprehensive one that is illustrated by the Health and Well-Being Model. To maintain and improve health, prevent disease, and reduce related risk behaviors, students must assume personal responsibility and do the following: Comprehend health facts, Access health information, products, and services, Practice healthful behaviors, Manage stress, Analyze influences on health, Use effective communication skills, Use resistance skills, Resolve conflict in a healthful and responsible ways, Set health goals, Make responsible decisions, Advocate for health, and Demonstrate good character. Through a variety of instructional techniques that include but are not limited to group work, guest speakers, wellness projects, and community involvement students are able to enhance their health and wellness.




(413) Pre-Algebra

This class is designed to strengthen students’ computational and algebraic skills.  We will focus on mastering algebraic equation solving, graphing and writing linear equations, and operations with polynomials.  Mastery of these topics will provide a strong foundation for success in Common Core Algebra 1.


(411) CC Algebra I

Credit: 1 unit

This course will cover topics such as: solving algebraic equations, evaluating algebraic expressions, translating verbal phrases to algebraic expressions, graphing linear & quadratic equations, solving quadratic equations by factoring, writing, graphing, and evaluating exponential functions, among many others. Students will take the Common Core Algebra Regents in June. Students who take this course as a 9th grader will be able to obtain an Advanced Regents diploma.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation


(414) CC Geometry

Credit: 1 unit

Topics to be studies include geometric relationships, constructions, informal and formal proofs, coordinate geometry, and transformational geometry. Students will receive further training and practice with the TI-83 graphing calculator, which will be provided. Algebraic skills and concepts will be maintained and applied as students are asked to investigate, make conjectures, give rationale, and justify or prove geometric concepts. There will be a school mid-year exam. The final exam will be the Geometry Regents Exam.

(434) Local Geometry

Credit: 1 unit

This course is offered to students who have completed the 2-year Integrated Algebra Program.   Topics will include geometric relationships with lines angles, symbolic logic, laws of inference, polygons and circles, constructions, coordinate geometry, transformational geometry, right-triangle trigonometry, and locus.  No formal proofs will be studied. Students will receive further training and practice with the TI-83 graphing calculator. Algebraic skills will be maintained and applied as students are asked to investigate, make conjectures, and give rationale in geometric application.  There will be both school mid-term and final exams.

Recommended for students who achieved marginal success in algebra and do NOT plan to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma.


(416) CC Algebra II

Credit: 1 unit

This course is designed for the accelerated or average student who is pursuing an Advanced Regents Diploma. Units of study will include: advanced algebra and graphing, logarithms, functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics. Word problems relating to real world problems will be presented numerically, algebraically and graphically. The use of the TI-83 Plus graphing calculator will be required. A school midterm will be given. The final exam for this course is the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents exam given in June.

Prerequisite: Geometry and a grade of 75 or higher on the Geometry Regents Exam


(517) Math and Financial Applications

Credit: 1 unit

This one-year course is a review of basic mathematical fundamentals and their application to business and financial transactions. The course introduces many financial topics including checking accounts, savings accounts, loans, credit cards, interest, stocks, bonds, taxes, payroll, inventory, depreciation, trade & cash discounts, markup/markdown, present value, and insurance.

Can be used to fill the third math credit required for graduation if the student has already passed a math regents exam.


(408)  Statistics

Credit: 1 unit school credit

An exploration of the basic concepts of statistics: collecting and describing data, measures of central tendency, normal distributions, confidence intervals and inference for means and proportions. The focus of this course is on data analysis and making students better consumers of statistics. Exploration of these topics will make use of computer technology.


(430A) Pre-Calculus

Credit: 1 unit school credit

Pre-calculus is a rigorous course which builds on the syllabus of the first, second and third year courses in the Advanced regents program. Students spend the first half of the year extensively studying the following family of functions: linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric. In addition, they will study polynomial theory, logarithms, exponential equations and limits. The second half of the year will focus on a more complete study of the unit circle, trigonometry and solving trigonometric equations. If time permits, additional topics from calculus will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: Pass both the CC Algebra 2 course and the CC Algebra 2 Regents exam with a minimum of 65.    




(707) Senior Band

Credit: 1 unit

Senior Band covers intermediate instrumental techniques, sight-reading and music history through instrumental performances of works of various musical styles. This course is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who satisfy a basic music reading and performance competency before members of the music faculty. Three major concerts and marching band performances are required, as well as others that present themselves. Other performance opportunities include: All-County Band. Students are required to participate in weekly group lessons as well as band rehearsal.


(710) Senior Chorus

Credit: 1 unit

Senior Chorus covers intermediate vocal technique, sight singing and music history through vocal performances of songs representative of various musical styles. This course is open to all 9th through 12th  grade students who satisfy a basic pitch matching and music-reading competency before members of the music faculty. Three major concerts and graduation are required performances, as well as others that present themselves. Other performance opportunities may include Select Chorus, All-County Chorus, and Area All-State-Festival evaluation.


(713) Music in Our Lives (Offered every other year.)

Credit: 1 unit

In this course, we will study the impact and contributions of music on both society and ourselves, with an emphasis on American popular music from the 1950’s to the present. We will examine the elements of music, (melody, harmony, rhythm, pitch, instruments, and form), as well as the cultural, social, economical, and political conditions surrounding the music of America’s youth.


(711) Music Theory (Offered every other year.)

Credit: 1 unit

Did you ever wonder how to write a song? Music theory covers basic music composition skills. Students compositions will be performed by/for classmates. Music Theory, along with four ensemble credits, is required for a 5 unit music sequence.  


(715) Hand Bell Choir

Credit: .25 unit - Fall Semester Only

Prerequisite: Member of Senior Band or Senior Chorus, Admittance based on playing audition


(709) Select Chorus

Credit: ½ unit

Prerequisite: Member of Senior Band or Senior Chorus, Admittance based on singing audition


(714) Jazz Band

Credit: ½ unit

Prerequisite: Member of Senior Band, Admittance based on playing audition


(717) Show Choir

Credit:  .25 unit - Spring Semester Only

Show Choir is a performance-based class, where students learn to prepare and perform popular/theater music. Students learn how to add choreography to songs, as well as text interpretation, facial and body expression, and many performance skills.  Student will also experience basic technical theater concepts such as lighting design and sound management. The course will be offered every other day, “10th period,” during the Spring semester. Prerequisite: 2 years of Chorus and/or Band.



Physical Education


(998, 999) Physical Education (9th through 12th Grade)

Credit: ½ unit (9th – 12th)

Students are offered a wide variety of activities where they gain an understanding of the rules and strategies of the games, and acquire the appropriate physical and social skills in developing a positive attitude toward movement. Physical Education programs offer opportunities for all students to develop and maintain an optimum level of physical fitness. Emphasis includes team and individual sports, rhythm and dance, aquatics, outdoor skills and physical fitness. Focus is placed on good sportsmanship and the development of a positive self-image. Students will leave prepared to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.





(305) Living Environment (Life Science-Regents)

Credit: 1 unit

This course follows the New York State Regents syllabus. It provides the student with an introduction to the science of living things through the textbook study of topics such as cells, basic biochemistry, genetics and evolution, a survey of organisms, the human body, and ecology. The laboratory component requires at least 1200 minutes of successful hands-on lab investigation. A Regents examination is given at the end of the year.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science 8.


(309) Earth Science & Lab (Physical Setting-Regents)

Credit: 1 unit

This is a basic science course dealing with both structural and historical geology, fundamentals of weather and how it affects our planet, both in short and long term consequences, as well as how the surface of our planet changes from deposition, erosion, volcanism, and earthquake activity. In short, everything that affects our planet is included in this course and is studied through a common sense approach. A Regents examination is given at the end of the year.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment Course


(312) Integrated Science (Non-Regents)

Credit: 1 unit

This course covers the basic topics of Earth Science without taking the Regents exam at the end of the course.

Recommended for students who achieved marginal success in Living Environment


(303) Chemistry & Lab (Physical Setting-Regents)

Credit: 1 unit

The content of this course is designed to insure that students understand the basic chemical concepts that make up the New York State Regents chemistry curriculum. This includes laboratory experiences, basic facts, formulas, and concepts, which are covered in a high school Chemistry course including matter and energy, atom structure, bonding, kinetics and equilibrium, organic and acids and bases. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, not only to use in chemistry, but by extension, to use in everyday life.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science and Living Environment courses. Chemistry students should be enrolled in CC Algebra II.


(306) Science & Society

Credit: 1 unit

A survey course examining the different scientific disciplines and their applications to issues faced by our society.  Disciplines include chemistry, biology, earth science, physics, and engineering. Emphasis will be placed on identifying real world problems, researching possible solutions, and evaluating those solutions for their scientific merit.  Students will be asked to research and design in addition to being exposed to new content within these disciplines. Possible topics include but are not limited to: tsunamis, food chemistry, genetics, consumer chemistry, ecology, and ballistics.


(314) Forensics

Credit:  1 unit

Students will learn the basics of forensics through hands-on experiences. This class is not for the faint of heart! Students will learn about the process of death and decay on human bodies including the importance of insect evidence on dead bodies. They will learn how to process and diagram a crime scene including the intricacies of evidence collection, blood spatter patterns and their origins, how to analyze imprints and impressions, how to take and analyze fingerprints, ballistics, and the importance of hair and fiber analysis. The unit on Forensic Anthropology will include analyzing bones to determine the approximate age, gender and race of a skeleton and will include learning how to do facial reconstruction by creating a plaster face mold. Students will research and present information on illegal drugs during the unit on toxicology. Students will also research and present information on a career in forensics. This course which meets one period daily.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment.


(307) Environmental Science

Credit:  1 unit

This course is open to Juniors and Seniors who have already passed a Regents exam in Science.  Students explore the science of the environment and ecology by using basic knowledge to identify and formulate solutions to environmental problems on both the local and global levels.

Recommended: Background in biology and chemistry.


(204) Physical Science

Credit:  1 unit

This course looks at the physical sciences (chemistry, force, motion, energy, sound, light, electricity, & magnetism) and how it applies to the student.  The course wraps up with the application of all of the above and how it directly affects the student technologically and, quite possibly, vocationally.


(301) Physics & Lab (Physical Setting-Regents)

Credit: 1 unit

The content of this course is designed to insure that students understand the basic physics concepts that make up the New York State Regents physics curriculum. This includes laboratory experiences, and understanding of the physical laws fundamental to all sciences, and concepts, which are covered in a high school physics course including mechanics, energy, electricity, magnetism, wave phenomenon, and modern physics. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to be used as the primary means of studying physics.

Prerequisite:  Physics students should have successfully completed Regents Chemistry and CC Algebra II.



Social Studies


(200) Global History 9

Credit: 1 unit

This course is first in the high school social studies curriculum. This is a two-year course finishing in Global History 10 with the Global History and Geography Regents Exam. This course is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and eight historical eras.  These eras include, but are not limited to, Introduction to Global History: The Ancient World, River Valley Civilizations, Religion, Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter; Global Interactions and The First Global Age.


(202) Global History 10

Credit: 1 unit

This is the second course in the sequence for the high school social studies curriculum and the Global History and Geography Course. Organized chronologically, Global History 10 picks up where Global History 9 leaves off. A Regents Exam will be given at the end of this course that is a culmination of both grades 9 and 10 Global History. There is a same focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place and historical eras. These eras include An Age of Revolution; A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement; the 20th Century Since 1945; Global Connection and Interactions.


(204) U.S. History and Government 11

Credit: 1 unit

This is the third course of the Regents sequence for social studies. Students complete this course after two years of global studies and before taking the economics/ government course required by the state. Its purpose is to give students an appreciation for the structure and function of the American government, as well as, an understanding of the basic principles and cultural heritage upon which our nation was founded. A Regents examination is administered as the final exam at the completion of this course.                                                                                                                                


(AHIS 100): American Political and Social History I & II

Credit: ½ unit each semester, 3 college credits per semester

Starting with an examination of America before 1492, this survey analyzes the major events and central ideas in United States history from the colonial era to Reconstruction, stopping at the critical turning point in United States History, the year 1877. Through student generated discussions, readings, projects, oral presentations and lectures, the students will obtain a working knowledge of US History and be able to interpret readings, think critically, and solve problems. Major themes will be addressed throughout the course, and emphasis will be on relationships between themes and showing change over time. Curriculum will focus on cause and effect of important time periods, explain the impact of economic, religious, social, and political forces on American history, and how to analyze, interpret and critically apply primary sources in their discussions and writing.  

Prerequisite: Demonstrates mastery (85 or higher) on the either the Global History and Geography Regents exam or the United States History and Government Regents exam and teacher recommendation.


(207) Participation in Government 12

Credit: ½ unit

This is a one-semester program that focuses on key government issues and current court proceedings in America. Students are helped to understand the fundamentals of law and their basic rights and freedoms. Main topic areas include the Constitution and the people, the electoral process, congressional powers, the federal court system, the Supreme Court, the American legal system, American freedoms, and due process and equal protection in society.


(208) Economics

Credit: ½ unit

This course is taken as a half-year credit complement with American Government and is the last phase required by the state in the social studies program. Students will study how people and countries use their resources to produce, distribute, and consume goods and services for personal use with emphasis on America’s capitalistic system. Main Topic areas include basic economic issues, economic systems, economic growths, our market system, competition, income and spending, economic institutions, economic change, national goals, government’s role and the federal budget.


(010) Military History of the United States of America

Credit: 1 unit

This course will cover the military conflicts in which the United States has been involved.  Conflicts from the American Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism will be studied. The major emphasis will be on cause-effect relationships of war and the human experiences in-between.  There will also be military tactics and innovations from each conflict presented. Conflicts studied will include: the the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, and GWOT.

(209) APSY101 - Introduction to Psychology - University in the High School program through SUNY Albany

Credit: 1 unit (3 college credits)

This course will provide students with the basic methods and points of view in the scientific study of human behavior. It covers units on the history and different approaches of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Whether you choose to pursue a career in psychology or in some entirely different field, this habit of mind will be of great value.

A variety of assignments, projects, videos, debates and presentations will be used to integrate the skill areas into the topics covered in the course. Over the course of the year, students will be taught both the skills and content necessary to excel in an advanced level psychology course.

Prerequisite: SUNY Albany requires students be working at the 11th or 12th grade level and have above an 85% grade point average to take the class, have a recommendation from a Social Studies teacher and a mature attitude. Topics discussed in class may be sensitive in nature.  




(832) Design & Drawing for Production (grades 9-12)

Credit: 1 unit

This course teaches students about the fundamentals of drafting. Students will first learn about the correct use of drafting tools and equipment. Students learn how to read drawings and then learn how to produce each type of drawing. Many projects that involve designing, drawing and building will be introduced during this course. Students will also be introduced to many career opportunities included in the drafting field.

This course can be used to meet the art or music requirement for graduation credit.


(831) Construction Systems

Credit: ½ unit

Students will have the opportunity to perform activities that relate specifically to the construction industry. These activities include working with construction tools and materials, laying out a site, planning, organizing and controlling a construction project. Careers in the construction industry are also explored. This course is required for a sequence in technology education.


(830) Manufacturing Systems

Credit: ½ unit

This course provides instruction and activities related to the manufacturing industry. By understanding the elements of the manufacturing system, students will better understand the world around them. Students will explore how companies are organized and managed to produce and sell products. Students will have the opportunity to manufacture a number of projects. This course is required for a sequence in technology education.


(830A) Advanced Materials Processing

Credit: ½ unit

The world is more technologically advanced now than it ever has been, however there is still a major need to be skilled in the use of machine tools. Advanced Materials Processing will teach you those advanced skills, building upon the skills you developed in grades 7 and 8 and Construction and Manufacturing. Your basic skills will be challenged and your projects will be more complex, allowing you the opportunity to complete something you have never done before. This class will enable you to have knowledge and skills to help you after you graduate high school.

Prerequisites:  Must be in 11th or 12th grade and have demonstrated success in Construction/Manufacturing.  This course is offered based on student readiness for the course and teacher availability.





Students can apply during their sophomore year to attend CTE programs at BOCES.

 Accepted students attend half days during their junior and senior year.


(905,920) Automotive Technology I & II

The operation of tools and equipment used in the automotive industry and the basic fundamentals of the occupation are covered in this program. Students learn to diagnose automotive systems problems and to service and/or repair a variety of vehicles.

(908, 936) Environmental Conservation & Forestry I & II

Conservation is for students who want to work outdoors and make a real contribution to their communities.  The “classroom” in this program can be a wetlands area one day, a local park the next day and a forest the next.


(906, 921) Construction Trades I & II

Students obtain a basic knowledge of tools, methods, materials, and technologies currently used in the construction industry; emphasis is placed on theory, as well as related math concepts. Practical experience is gained through on-site and community service-based construction projects throughout the year, and students will also complete the construction of a modular home during the school year.


(909, 924) Cosmetology I & II

Offering instruction and practical experience, this program teaches the skills and theory required to be a cosmetologist. Cosmetology laboratory equipment is equivalent to that found in a modern salon.


(904, 937) Criminal Justice Studies I & II

Public/Private Security provides background in civil and criminal law, emergency tactics crime prevention, detection equipment, investigation methods, forensic science and computer applications.


(912, 927) Culinary Arts I & II

Culinary arts are a comprehensive program in a teamwork production setting. Special emphasis is placed on basic cooking techniques and skill development. Standards established by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) are practiced.                                                                       

(907, 922) Early Childhood Education I & II

Early childhood education provides intensive study in developmental theory and application of early childhood education. The management and day-to-day operation of a child care center or related day-care or child-care occupation is covered.


(916,935) Health Occupations I & II

A two-year program teaching skills in basic nurse assisting, medical terminology, safety, body mechanics, symptoms of health and disease, infection and control, patient care, holistic health, consumer rights, ethical and legal issues and communication.

(913, 928) Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance I & II

Students learn diagnostic procedures, inspection and repair of heavy equipment such as tractor-trailers, bulldozers and backhoes. Also covered is the use of precision measuring instructions. Students learn the basics of operating the equipment as well.


(915, 930) Machine Tool Technology I & II

This program provides instruction in the use of machine tools such as lathes and drill presses. The shaping and assembling of projects is covered. Students learn machine shop theory, related math and blueprint reading. The machine tool technology program offers hi-tech instruction in CAD/CAM (computer aided drafting/computer aided manufacturing).


(917, 932) Power Sports Technology I & II

Students learn to diagnose, repair and maintain two and four-cycle small engines on a variety of yard and recreational equipment including ATV’s, snowmobiles and motorcycles.

(918, 933) Welding I & II

Instruction covers the basic operation in welding and metal fabrication. Students gain valuable experience in the use of equipment and materials in both skill areas. Blueprint reading and layout are included as part of the classroom instruction and shop theory.


(961) Service Level Programs

These programs prepare 11th and 12th grade students for entry-level trade positions.  Upon successful completion of the program, students can earn a completion certificate, employability profile, portfolio, internship experience and National Workforce Readiness Credential.  They are designed to introduce students to various CTE programs and corresponding careers while emphasizing the development of soft skills and the world of work. Service Level programs are offered in two different career fields:

Technical & Trades - This program focuses on trade & mechanical basics, materials and distribution handling.

Hospitality & Human Services - This program focuses on health, caretaking, hospitality & retail.



These programs allow qualified juniors and seniors to take classes for a half day in high school and a half day in college at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.  Students who successfully complete the program will graduate from high school with 28 college credits (one year of college) completed. Students must have an 80 or above overall Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply.  Interested students must fill out an application and pass a math placement test in order to gain admission to the program. (Math placement test not required for the New Media or Business programs.)


Early College High School Advanced Manufacturing

Early College High School Informational Technology

Early College High School New Media

Early College High School Business Enterprises


For more information about these programs you can refer to the BOCES website at www.wswheboces.org and the SUNY Adirondack website at www.sunyacc.edu.  Speak to your school counselor about any questions you may have.



New Visions Programs

New Visions Programs are highly selective programs for seniors.  Students apply in the spring of their junior year.


(934) New Visions: Engineering

New Visions Engineering is an academically rigorous program for college-bound high school seniors who plan to major in an engineering discipline. New Visions Engineering students have an opportunity to observe and work alongside a wide variety of engineering principles. Students will graduate from the program with applicable skills for a four-year engineering program and valuable experiences to help them strive for a rewarding career.


(995) New Visions: Health Explorations

New Visions provides high school seniors with an exciting and purposeful educational alternative while providing health care agencies (e.g., hospitals) with the means to recruit and train future personnel. New Visions helps component schools by offering the administrative structure to provide seniors with professional experience, an academic curriculum and another way of realizing school-to-work transitioning. Admission into New Visions is rigorous and student applications are considered on individual case basis.


International Baccalaureate Program at QHS

Queensbury High School and WSWHE BOCES have partnered to allow students from local schools to participate in their International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  This is a very selective, highly rigorous program for exceptional students who have excellent math, writing and communication skills. Students who apply and are accepted would attend Queensbury High School full time in eleventh and twelfth grade, and if successful would graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which is highly respected by colleges and universities around the world.  

For more information and videos about these and other programs offered through BOCES, please visit their website at www.wswheboces.org.


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