2012-13 Course Levels New LevelsNumber of Courses AP/UCONN ECE(9) 13 Honors(11) 34 Academic 89
Why Change? College readiness data indicates that a high percentage of college students are not prepared for and do not finish college To set higher expectations for all students To align NCCC and our DRG schools have 3 levels or less Increase course offerings and rigor simultaneously
Why Change? ( continued) Data from the College board indicates that we have over 100 students ready to meet the challenge of Advanced Placement courses Give more students an opportunity to achieve at higher levels Alignment with Ellington Middle School NEASC is requiring more heterogeneous core level classes
Program of Studies Cover Letter Our Program of Studies is the key to planning and selecting a pathway to your aspirations. We have expanded our course offerings to help meet the needs of all students. To prepare for the challenges of the 21st Century all students are encouraged to pursue rigorous coursework at the highest level possible. Students should always consider and work towards taking honors or AP level courses to reach their full potential. Data statistics prove that students engaged in this level of coursework have a higher percentage of success in college and career aspirations. It is important to set high expectations for yourself and make thoughtful decisions about your coursework as an integral step in planning for your future.
Course Rigor and Expectations All course levels are designed with preparation for college and career in mind. Although there are varying degrees of rigor offered at each level, with Advanced Placement and UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) offering the highest degree of challenge, the content, skill development, and expectations for students reflect the content, skill development and expectations required for success at the collegiate level. Regardless of level, all coursework reflects a depth of understanding and application of knowledge through: inquiry, problem solving, higher order thinking, cross disciplinary learning, authentic learning opportunities and informed and ethical use of technology.
Academic Courses offered at the Academic level require students to be actively engaged in their own academic success. These classes provide coursework that prepares students for college and/or post-secondary plans. Academic classes engage students in research projects, homework that reinforces skills taught in the classroom, reading and writing class work and projects, as well as collaborative work. Courses offered at the Academic level will provide targeted instruction in acquiring the skills needed for academic success in a career or college bound student and beyond. Some academic level courses are available for college credit.
Honors Courses offered at the Honors level require students to be actively engaged in their own academic success. Honors level courses offer an opportunity to explore subjects in more depth and at an accelerated pace and, in some cases, are a good preparation for AP/ECE coursework. Students are expected to be self-motivated, responsible, and committed to academics. Honors classes engage students in research projects, homework that is an extension of class work, extensive reading and writing class work and projects, as well as collaborative work. Students recommended for placement at the Honors level have demonstrated a solid degree of commitment to academic achievement. Some honors courses are available for college credit.
AP/UCONN ECE AP/ECE courses are the highest level of academics on campus. These are college level courses taught in high school. Part of the national program overseen and administered by The College Board (www.collegeboard.com), AP/ECE courses are rigorous, demanding, intensely academic and exciting providing students a college experience while in high school. Any student may enroll in any AP/ECE course as long as they are willing and interested in working at the most difficult levels. Courses offered at the AP/ECE level require students to complete a large amount of work outside of class, including extensive reading and writing, completion of fast-paced course objectives, project-based work, and in-depth research projects. Students who enroll in AP/ECE courses have demonstrated a high degree of commitment to academics.
Interventions SRBI Differentiated Instruction Student Achievement Target Plans(SATP) Support classes Advisory Program SPED
2012-13 New Courses CourseLevel AP Studio ArtAP AP Music TheoryAP AP Environmental ScienceAP AP PsychologyAP UConn American StudiesUConn/ ECE Monsters and HerosAcademic
2012-13 New Courses CourseLevel ShakespeareAcademic Contemporary FictionAcademic Utopian/Dystopian LiteratureAcademic Global Perspectives in LiteratureHonors Creative WritingAcademic JournalismAcademic