Resource Department

  • Students enrolled in Resource Department classes are required to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The IEP is developed by a diagnostic team and guides the student’s development and progress through the curriculum.  Student class choices and levels are determined by individual goals and objectives are evaluated annually.  Not all courses will be available each year.

     

    Education Courses

    Resource Lab

    Course #:  490           Grades:  9-12                  Length:  1-2 semesters                       Credit:  ½-1

    The purpose of Resource Lab is to assist students mainstreamed in general education classes.  The focus is on study techniques and organization.  Students are encouraged to keep daily assignment notebooks and to establish good study routines.  The students are given assistance in completing their assignments as needed.  Resource lab implements accommodations recommended for success in general high school classes and is open to students for whom the majority of their daily schedule is within the general curriculum.

     

    English Courses

    Each class in this area is designed to accommodate a four year progression through the English curriculum.  Student placement will be commensurate with class level and individual goals and objectives.

    Reading Development 1

    Course #410                      Grade: 9                            Length:  2 semesters                      Credit:  1

    At all levels, work is designed for students to develop reading skills.  Students will be encouraged to read for information and enjoyment.  Efforts will be made to diagnose and remediate reading problems through individual and group methods.

     

    Basic English 1-4

    Course #:  422, 423, 424, 425                  Grades:  9-12                   Length:  2 semesters                 Credit:  1

    All work is designed to teach a combination of writing mechanics, language skills, reading, and vocabulary development.  Emphasis is on improving basic communication skills, both receptive and expressive.

     

    Family and Consumer Science Courses

    Independent Living

    Course #460               Grades:  9-12                Length: 1 semester                 Credit:  ½

    Work is designed to introduce students to basic family living skills.  Learning experiences help students understand growth and skills necessary to move through adolescence to adulthood.  Self-actualization, communication skills and skills necessary for participation in the adult world are emphasized.  This course is typically taken in conjunction with Health (#470).

     

    Physical Education Courses

    Health

    Course #470                Grades:  9&10                Length: 1 semester                Credit:  ½

    Work is designed to give students basic knowledge of the physical, mental, and social components of wellness.  Decision making skills and positive health practices are emphasized.

     

    Mathematics Courses

    Individualization of basic mathematics will take place at three levels:  instructional, exploratory, and review.  Work will focus on computation with emphasis on comprehension skills and application.

    Work Place Math

    Course #401                 Grades: 9-12                   Length:  2 semesters               Credit:  1

    This course is designed to focus on the 4 operations of math:  addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as related to whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percents.  This course will introduce students to uses of math that they will meet in the working world.

     

    Life Consumer Math

    Course #402                  Grades: 9-12                   Length: 2 semesters                 Credit: 1

    A reinforcement of basic math through application to consumer activities, including:  banking, shopping, leisure activities and other practical consumer skills. Through the course of the year, students will also be introduced to basic geometry concepts.

     

    Basic Applied Math

    Course #408                   Grades 9-12                     Length: 2 semesters                Credit: 1

    This class is designed for students who could benefit from a course on practical math skills.  This course will review some of the math skills the students have already learned in school while introducing new topics that the students will need to know to be successful in their day to day lives after high school.   These skills will include money handling, banking, budgeting, time management, calculating sales tax, calculating discounts, applying for loans, earning hourly wages, investing, adjusting recipes and other math skills the students may encounter in their everyday lives.

     

    Basic Pre-Algebra

    Course #405                   Grades: 9-12                     Length: 2 semesters                  Credit:  1

    Work in this class is designed for the student who has demonstrated adequate skills in basic math operations.  Students will be introduced to variables and basic algebraic concepts.

     

    Basic Algebra 1

    Course #406                  Grades: 9-12                       Length:  2 semesters                  Credit: 1

    Work will continue to develop knowledge and competency of algebraic concepts.

     

    Introduction to Geometry

    Course #407                  Grades: 9-12                       Length:  2 semesters                   Credit:  1

    This work deals with the study of basic geometric figures.  This includes formulas for perimeter and area and an introduction to the vocabulary of geometry.

     

    Science Courses

     Introduction to Physical Science

    Course #431                    Grades: 9-12                      Length:  2 semesters                   Credit: 1

    This class will look at how and why things work.  Basic chemistry and the principles of matter are studied through the use of common, everyday materials, which are likely to be familiar.  Electricity, magnetism, sound, hearing, light, work, motion, and force are also covered as the traditional subjects of physics.

     

    Introduction to Biology

    Course #432                     Grades:  9- 12                     Length:  2 semesters                   Credit:  1

    Biology is the study of all living things.  Using the human body as the model, students will be introduced to the scientific method, characteristics of all living things, and cell processes.  This class will emphasize learning the various body systems and how they work together to support life.  Classroom labs and videos are part of the course work.

     

    Earth Science

    Course #433                     Grades:  9- 12                     Length:  2 semesters                 Credit: 1

    This class will explore new discoveries and ideas, as well as the foundations of earth science.  Main topic areas include:  (1) how science works (2) forces that have shaped our planet (3) the composition of the earth, its oceans, and atmosphere (4) and the earth’s position in the solar system and the universe beyond.

     

    Social Studies Courses

    Consumer Economics

    Course #440                      Grades: 10&11                     Length: 1 semester                     Credit:  ½

    Work is designed to introduce students to consumer concepts that will enable them to make wise choices in the adult world.  Topics include all areas of consumer activities and offer practical experiences in these areas.

     

    U.S. Government

    Course #441                       Grades: 10&11                     Length:  1 semester                      Credit:  ½

    Work is designed to expose students to the establishment, structure and operation of our system of government.  Students study the U.S. Constitution.  Students use current events to supplement their study of these concepts.

     

    United States History

    Course #444                        Grades:  10- 12                    Length:  2 semesters                    Credit:  1

    This course covers America’s social, cultural, and historical birth and development from the early explorers to the present day.  An emphasis will be on developing the habit of critical thinking about the past to see its relationship to the present and possible effects on the future.

     

    Senior Seminar A

    Course #445                          Grade: 12                           Length:  1 semester                         Credit: ½

    Class is designed to teach principles of personal financial management and help students plan for a transition from adolescence to independent adult living.  It includes activities in banking, budgeting, consumer credit, and independent living.

     

    Senior Seminar  B

    Course #446                           Grade:  12                      Length:  1 semester                     Credit:  ½

    Students will explore the transition from adolescence to adulthood in the areas of personal relationships, physical health, and emotional and social well-being.  Emphasis will be on forming and maintaining healthy relationships in all areas of their life and includes an introduction to community support resource.

     

    Vocational Courses

     Introduction to Keyboarding

    Course #450                          Grades:  9-12                      Length:  1 semester                    Credit:  ½

    This course is designed to develop the abilities to type-touch, proofread, correct errors, and format documents.  Success in formatting letters, reports, centered documents, memos, forms, and other business documents will also be enhanced.  This course would benefit any student wanting to develop keyboarding skills to keep up with today’s technology.

     

    Introduction to Computers

    Course #451                           Grades:  9-12                     Length:  1 semester                         Credit: ½

    This course will expand some of the skills and knowledge to which the student was exposed in Introduction to Keyboarding.  The student will develop knowledge of computer use in a variety of modern business and personal applications.  The course will introduce students to software packages including Microsoft Office which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher.  The student will strengthen his/her computer literacy through hands-on experiences with word processing, spreadsheet development, desktop publishing, electronic communications, file management, and electronic presentations.

     

    Pre-Vocational Training 1

    Course #480                          Grade: 10                             Length:  2 semesters                       Credit: 1

    This career education class will be an entry-level format class designed to teach and explore career options to sophomore level students.  The class will assist students in completing career interest surveys/ interviews and researching related jobs and careers of interest.  Students will participate in a variety of formal and informal transition assessments designed to assist in the development of appropriate and meaningful post-secondary goals.  Students will begin to develop an individual career portfolio that will compile the research, work, and artifacts the student has generated over the four years of study.  The class will culminate with students developing short and long range goals related to post-secondary education, training, employment, and independent living.  Students requiring additional vocational support during and after high school will be identified through this class and referred to the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). 

     

    Pre-Vocational Training 2

    Course #481                            Grade: 11                            Length:  2 semesters                          Credit: 1

    This career education class will be a classroom format designed to teach and practice job readiness skills to junior level students who will likely take part in a cooperative work experience in future years.  This course will be a natural progression from Pre-Vocational Training 1.  The class will incorporate many work themes such as communication, grooming, completing job applications, resume writing, mock interviews, and role-playing scenarios.  Students will also participate in work/career related field trips, job shadowing opportunities, and guest lectures.  Students may also have some limited assisted work experience within the school building to begin to apply work skills.  Student will continue to participate in formal and informal transition assessment, further refine post-secondary goals, and add to their individual career portfolio.  Students requiring additional vocational support during and after high school will be identified through this class and referred to the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

     

    Cooperative Work Experience I

    Course #482                          Grade: 11                               Length: 2 semesters                           Credit: 1

    This course will be offered to students who have already completed pre-vocational training courses and are ready for their first job placement.  The beginning of this course will focus on students searching for an appropriate job by utilizing want ads, the internet, and calling local businesses with assistance from their job coach.  Students will be encouraged to locate a job over the summer in preparation for this course.  Once a job is secured, the student will be given release time from school to work at their job site.  Students will be encouraged to identify jobs that relate to their field of interest.  Students will have a deadline to secure a job before being dismissed from the course.  The student will be provided job coaching, support and site visits by the resource vocational coordinator depending on the specifics of their IEP and level of need.  Students will be evaluated jointly by the resource vocational coordinator and employer for a final grade.  Students will also be expected to keep a journal of their experiences.  Student will continue to participate in formal and informal transition assessment, further refine post-secondary goals, and add to their individual career portfolio.

     

    Cooperative Work Experience 2

    Course #483                           Grade: 12                            Length: 2 semesters                              Credit: 1

    This course will be offered to students in their senior year who have completed the Pre-Vocational course and Cooperative Work Experience 1.  Students may be approved to take this course without the necessary pre-requisites with permission from the principal’s office.  This course will be a continuation of Cooperative Work Experience 1for many students, with increased responsibilities, new tasks and less support and monitoring by the vocational coordinator.  For other students, this experience may be an entirely new position in a different industry from their first work experience.  Students will have a deadline to secure a job before being dismissed from the course.   Students will continue to be monitored and evaluated by the vocational coordinator in conjunction with their employer.  Students will also be expected to keep a journal of their experiences.  Student will continue to participate in formal and informal transition assessment, further refine post-secondary goals, and complete their individual career portfolio.

     

    Life Skills Program

    The Life Skills Program is a functional, vocationally oriented, community-based program designed to give students with mental and physical impairments an alternative to the traditional curriculum offered at the high school level.  The program includes a combination of academic and daily living skills with preparation for employment being a major goal of the program. 

    The vocational training provides students with the opportunity to work in various work sites both in the school and at sites throughout the larger community.  The academic side of the program focuses on functional academics and is geared towards the specific goals described in each student’s IEP.  Practicing community living skills is an important aspect of the program and involves taking students on trips outside of school on a weekly basis.

    Students are assigned to this program through the decision of the IEP team.  Students are allowed to stay in the program until the day before their 22nd birthday.  Students enrolled in the Life Skills Program work towards a certificate of completion rather than a high school diploma.