New Classes at AHS

New Classes at AHS

Middle School Yearbook Design and Production (Grades 7 & 8) – This course is for Middle School students who want to be involved in the production of their own Middle School yearbook. Students will learn basic principles of digital photography and journalistic writing. Students will also learn how to utilize a computer to produce the yearbook that will be sold to their peers. Students who participate in yearbook will be involved in theme development, cover design, page design, planning, and designing and implementing ideas to be included in the yearbook. Students will be required to work collaboratively to produce, market, and distribute a true Middle School yearbook. 


Robotics (Grades 10, 11, & 12) – Prerequisite: Algebra I CP and English I CP with a final grade of 85. 5 Credits/Full Year. This course is designed to introduce the VEX robotic system where students will become familiar with the concept of control – having a device effectively perform a function that a human wants it to perform. The intent is to demystify the “automatic” machine and to see that the “machine's intelligence” is nothing more than human intelligence incorporated into the design of the machine. Solutions to problems in the area of control systems will be explored through project design and documentation. Students will develop critical thinking skills and apply an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Topics include the design process, robot applications, motors, transmissions, autonomous behaviors, sensors, and programming.


ELA Portfolio Prep (Grade 12) – Prerequisite: See course description. 1.25, 2.5 or 5 Credits. This course is designed to help students who have not met the New Jersey high school graduation English/Language Arts (ELA) assessment requirement (http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf ). Instruction will include test prep for alternative assessments prior to working on the portfolio assessment that is available during the second semester. Students will be given several opportunities to meet the ELA requirement via free alternative assessments such as ASVAB and Accuplacer. Parents and students are encouraged to register for other alternative assessments such as the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the senior year if their child has not met the graduation requirement. Students will be removed from the course when they have met ELA graduation requirement. Students will be awarded credit based on how long they are enrolled in the course (Example – 1st Marking Period = 1.25 credits). This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies. 


Math Portfolio Prep (Grade12) – Prerequisite: See course description. 1.25, 2.5 or 5 Credits. This course is designed to help students who have not met the New Jersey high school graduation mathematics assessment requirement (http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf ). Instruction will include test prep for alternative assessments prior to working on the portfolio assessment that is available during the second semester. Students will be given several opportunities to meet the mathematics requirement via free alternative assessments such as ASVAB and Accuplacer. Parents and students are encouraged to register for other alternative assessments such as the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the senior year if their child has not met the graduation requirement. Students will be removed from the course when they have met mathematics graduation requirement. Students will be awarded credit based on how long they are enrolled in the course (Example – 1st Marking Period = 1.25 credits). This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies. 


Fundamentals of High School Math – Pre-requisite: Students taking Fundamentals of High School Math must have achieved a passing grade in the previous year’s course. Fundamentals of High School Math covers many of the traditional topics of Algebra I, including a review of the real number system, lines & slopes, solving equations & inequalities, exponents & polynomials, and other algebraic topics. The course also includes fundamental topics in discrete math and probability. Through Fundamentals of High School Math, students will begin to prepare for the State-mandated PARCC Algebra I exam, which will be taken the following school year. Students who successfully complete this course will move on to Algebra I. This course may be partially funded via Title I grant monies.


Honors Human Genetics (Grades 11 & 12) – 5 Credits/Full Year Prerequisite: This course is offered to junior and senior students who have completed Honors Biology with an 89 or better. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts of human genetics and genomics, in preparation for higher level biological sciences in their college careers. They will be presented with the fundamentals of human genetics, including the physical basis of inheritance, principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell genetics, the mechanics of inheritance, probability, chromosomal abnormalities and anomalies, gene structure and function, molecular genetics, behavioral genetics and contemporary issues in human genetics. Both classical and modern genetic principles and methods will be covered, with a strong emphasis on applications to human biology and medicine and presented with approaches to finding disease susceptibility genes and therapy of genetic diseases. Students will examine where the field is today, where it is going, and what goals there are for the future. They will use problem solving skills and critical thinking to explore the positive and negative aspects of expanding knowledge in genetics.


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