Special Services Courses

Director: Carol Webb, Director of Special Services, 908-284-7249, carol.webb@hcrhs.org

These following courses may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. This chart illustrates possible course sequencing. Please note: Prerequisite requirements and recommendations for all courses are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully, to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.

2018-2019 Special Services Course Descriptions

#S019 - ENGLISH I - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This is the first in a four-year course sequence to meet language arts literacy graduation requirements. The English I course provides the student an opportunity to develop the communication skills basic to the language arts, including grammar and language and reasoning and emphasizes effective composition in the form of both analytical response to literature and creative expression. Vocabulary and literary terms are studied in the context of the literature examined in class. Students learn active reading and inquiry skills as they read classic and contemporary works of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. In addition, students will practice research skills and will be instructed in informational literacy in the process of producing a written argument. The course leads to English II.

#S029 – ENGLISH II - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 10

This is the second in a four-year course sequence to meet language arts literacy graduation requirements. The English II course will provide students with a course of study that is designed to facilitate the development of reading, comprehending and analyzing literature. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, essay writing, and the overall writing process. The course leads to English III.

#S039 – ENGLISH III - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11

This is the third in a four-year course sequence to meet language arts literacy graduation requirements. The English III course provides the student with a course of study designed to facilitate improved literacy through further skill development, especially in reading. Students will interpret and analyze popular reading materials, explore the genres of drama, short stories, novels, essays and poetry. Instruction is more multi-sensory and the course taught in a computer lab setting. Students will receive 2.5 Literature and 2.5 Expository Writing credits for this course. The course leads to English IV.

#S049 – ENGLISH IV - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 12

This is the fourth in a four-year course sequence to meet language arts literacy graduation requirements. The English IV course continues the teaching of analysis, synthesis and writing skills. Semester one places emphasis on creative writing as poetry and short fiction are both crafted and explored. Students will continue to learn and apply the basic principles of effective composition, as well as master important grammar, punctuation, and usage skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively. Semester two focuses on media literacy and places an emphasis on non-fiction writing through inquiry, the art of rhetoric in persuasive writing, and journalism. Lastly, there is a unit of study on career-based real life application of writing.

#S055- ENGLISH (LEARNING CENTER) - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

The Learning Center English program is designed to facilitate developmental skills in the areas of spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and writing and meets the language arts literacy graduation requirement. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in language arts literacy and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student. Course materials used include the Scholastic Read 180 or System 44 reading programs. The course can be taken for four years to meet language arts literacy graduation requirements.

#S075 – READING- 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Selection is based on achievement scores, case manager/teacher input and reading screening process.

This course provides students instruction in reading utilizing The Wilson Reading System and is an elective program that does not meet graduation requirements in language arts literacy. This program is designed for students who are reading and/or spelling well below their expected level. This system directly teaches the English language and emphasizes decoding and encoding (spelling). Students develop phonological awareness, decoding skills, and an understanding of the structure of the English language. They also learn to apply decoding and encoding skills and rules of syllabication to unfamiliar words.

#S118 - UNITED STATES HISTORY I - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This is the first of a three year sequence of courses to meet the Social Studies graduation requirement. This United States History I course of study provides the student with a solid foundation of early United States history from Sectionalism (1844) to America on the World Stage (1929). Through this course, the student reviews early American history integrating the study of geography, government and citizenship. This course leads to US History II.

#S115 - UNITED STATES HISTORY I (LC) - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This is the first of a three year sequence of courses to meet the Social Studies graduation requirement. The Learning Center United States History I course has the same objectives and proficiencies as the U.S. History I #S118 course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in social studies and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student. This course leads to US History II (LC).

#S128 - UNITED STATES HISTORY II - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #S118 U.S. History I

This is the second in a three-year required sequence of courses to meet the Social Studies graduation requirement. A chronological/topical survey of U.S. history from Economic Crisis/World War II (1929) to the present is studied. U.S. History II is taught within a global framework, with historical comparisons in different time periods receiving special emphasis. Foundations of modern society and the U.S. involvement in modern affairs are also addressed. U.S. History II continues, as well as refines, the development of skills, behaviors, and knowledge taught in U.S. History I. This course leads to Global Studies I.

#S125-UNITED STATES HISTORY II (LC) 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #S115 U.S. History I (LC)

This is the second in a three-year required sequence of courses to meet the social studies graduation requirement. The Learning Center United States History II course has the same objectives and proficiencies as the U.S. History II #S128 course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in social studies and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student. This course leads to Global Studies (LC).

#S138 – GLOBAL STUDIES I - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisites: #S118 U.S. History I and #S128 U.S. History II

This is the third of a three year sequence of courses to meet the social studies graduation requirement. This departmentalized course of study builds on the skills, behaviors and knowledge taught in US I and US II. The course is designed around five themes of analysis, Governance, Security and Human Rights; Geography and the Environment; Economics, Innovation and Technology; Culture; and Global Citizenship. Global Studies explores world history topics from 1400 to the present.

#S135 – GLOBAL STUDIES (LC) - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #S115 U.S. History I (LC), #S125 U.S. History II (LC)

This is the third of a three year sequence of courses to meet the social studies graduation requirement. The Learning Center Global Studies course has the same objectives and proficiencies as the Global Studies #S138 course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in social studies and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special education student.

#S317 – ALGEBRA IA - 5 ELECTIVE CREDITS*
Grade: 9

The Algebra IA course provides the student with a course of study designed to facilitate use of mathematics in daily life. Units of instruction include skill development in the following: basic arithmetic operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions; number theory; ratio, proportion, and percent; metric and customary measurement; geometry; perimeter, area, and volume; statistics and probability; and integers and coordinate graphing. This course leads to Algebra IB. * Denotes that this course receives elective credit and does not meet an HCRHS mathematics graduation requirement.

#S337 – ALGEBRA IB - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: #S317 Algebra IA

The Algebra IB course provides students with opportunities for using basic algebra to understand and solve practical, real-world problems. Students are shown connections between concrete examples and algebraic symbols and concepts. The course emphasizes the use of symbolic language and a methodical approach to problem solving. Instruction to develop skills for the End of Course Algebra exam will be provided. This course meets the mathematics graduation requirement. This course leads to Geometry I and meets an HCRHS mathematics graduation requirement.
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#S327 – GEOMETRY I - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: #317 Algebra IA and #S337 Algebra IB

The Geometry course facilitates the use of mathematics in daily life. The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of geometry. Units of instruction include triangles, quadrilaterals, patterns, area and volume and circles. This course leads to Advanced Algebra and meets an HCRHS mathematics graduation requirement.

#S357 -- ADVANCED ALGEBRA – 5 CREDITS
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Algebra IA, Algebra IB, Geometry I

The Advanced Algebra course builds upon concepts previously learned in Algebra IB and Geometry.The areas of instruction will be focused on linear functions, quadratic functions, quadratic equations and complex numbers, polynomial functions, rational exponents and radical functions, sequence and series, probability, data analysis and statistics.This course meets an HCRHS mathematics graduation requirement.

#S347 – BUSINESS AND CONSUMER MATH - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Pre/Corequisite: #S317 Algebra IA or Math Learning Center

This is a mathematics elective class, but can be taken as the third in a three year sequence of courses to meet the mathematics graduation requirement for students in the class of 2015 only. The Business and Consumer Math program provides the student with a course of study designed to strengthen and develop mathematical skills for use in consumer and business applications. The connections between algebra and geometry are reinforced, while developing problem solving skills.

#S355 - MATH (LEARNING CENTER) - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

The Learning Center Math program is designed to provide students with the skills needed to facilitate the development of life-coping skills in the area of basic mathematical operations. Topics include a review of the basic skills (operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and other applications); a component on tables, graphs, and measurements; and perimeter, area, and volume. Computer application and problem solving in life-skill areas such as banking and budgeting are also utilized throughout the course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in mathematics and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student. The course can be taken for three or four years to meet mathematics graduation requirements.

#S416 –ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE I - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This is the first of a three year sequence of courses to meet the science graduation requirement. The Earth Science I course is a laboratory course designed for students to develop an understanding of scientific principles through the study of contemporary problems. Areas of study include astronomy, chemistry concepts, geology, meteorology, ecology issues involving environmental applications and basic physics concepts. This course will require an understanding of systems, problem solving, critical thinking, history of science, the use of technology and the integration of math skills. This course leads to Environmental Science II.

#S415– ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE I (LEARNING CENTER) 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This is the first of a three year sequence of courses to meet the science graduation requirement. The Learning Center Earth Science I course is a laboratory course with the same objectives and proficiencies as the Science I #S416 course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in science and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student. This course leads to Environmental Science II (LC).

#S426 – BIOLOGY I- 5 CREDITS

Grade: 11
Prerequisite: #S416 Earth Science I and #S436 Environmental Science II

This is the third of a three year sequence of courses to meet the science graduation requirement. Biology is a laboratory course that provides students with a general background in several major topics in biology including cell structure and function, genetics, animal and plant functions, the human body, and ecology. This course will require an understanding of basic biology, chemistry and ecology. Instruction to develop skills for the End of Course Biology exam will be provided.

#S425 - BIOLOGY I (LEARNING CENTER) - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: #S415 Earth Science I (LC) and #S435 Environmental Science II (LC)

This is the third of a three year sequence of courses to meet the science graduation requirement. Learning Center Biology is a laboratory course has the same course objectives as the Biology #S426 course. This course provides a more individualized approach to the topics of instruction in science and is implemented with appropriate adaptations and modifications to meet the individual reading and cognitive skill abilities of the special services student.

#S956 CAREER EXPLORATION – 5CREDITS
Grades: 9-10

This program is designed to allow students who are unsure about possible career choices, to explore and experience diverse opportunities. Students will be given the opportunity for hands-on experiences to career exploration. The class will participate in occupational activities, listen to guest speakers, conduct career interviews and visit elective programs at Hunterdon Central and Hunterdon County Polytech as a chance to discover personal interests and strengths. Students will research career clusters with the intent of identifying career goals and evaluating their desire for continued educational and vocational training.

#S955 COLLEGE & POST SECONDARY OPTIONS – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

This program is designed to help students explore post secondary opportunities. Students will gain a better understanding of college options, vocational training, apprenticeships, military life, employability skills, and entrepreneurial endeavors and military options. Assessing strengths and providing guidance, while working with parent input, will be the focus of the course. Students compile a working portfolio as they learn which resources are available to them and they look to develop personal goals.

#S9451 & #S9452 SCHOOL STORE/Business Skills – 5 CREDITS – 5 CREDITS
Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: Recommendation of case manager

This course is the first in a series designed to provide students structured learning experiences in an on-campus retail setting.Students will learn about the operational aspects of running a business, including marketing and managing the finances, through management of the District’s School Store and assistance with the operation of the District’s cafeteria services and school offices. Students will practice appropriate communication and social skills and individual strengths will be monitored and assessed in a variety of job positions in both settings. This course fulfills the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.

#S934 EMPLOYMENT READINESS – 10 CREDITS
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Recommendation of case manager.

This course is the second in a series, designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in structured learning experiences on the school campus for the purpose of career exploration and the development of individualized work readiness goals. Instructional topics will include identifying the skills and the skill levels required for employment, self-assessment of skill levels and abilities, job applications, resume writing, interview techniques and workplace safety. Finally, the course will address personal qualities such as responsibility and behavior both at and outside of work, self-esteem social skills, self-management, integrity and honesty.

S958 INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY LIVING – 20 CREDITS
Grades: 12+

This course supports postgraduate students with successful transition to independent adult living by strengthening community involvement. Students initially acquire skills within a classroom setting; then have an authentic learning experience through community-based (CBI) experiences. Functional skill sets include: meal planning/preparation, consumer shopping, household cleaning/management, personal/community safety, money and time management, and utilizing local public transportation. Instruction also incorporates: social skills, problem solving skills, enhanced social communication, recreational opportunities, and service learning projects.

#S935 WORKPLACE READINESS – 20 CREDITS
Grade: 12+
Prerequisite: Recommended completion of one other Structured Learning Experience course

This course is the third in a series to provide opportunities for students to participate in structured learning experiences, on and/or off campus, for the purpose of career exploration and the development of individualized workplace readiness goals. Instructional topics will include self assessment, job applications, resume writing, interview techniques, workplace safety, job adjustment, advancement, personal finance, and other topics helpful for survival in today’s workforce.

#S5151, S5152, – SEMINAR 9 SUPPORT STUDY –2.5 CREDITS PER SEMESTER
Grade: 9

This pull-out support Resource Center Program is a semester elective that provides an opportunity for students to learn important self -advocacy skills while providing academic support in their courses of study. Units of instruction include skill training in the following areas: Freshman Survival Skills, Self Assessment, Public Speaking and Research Skills. Organization, Time Management, and Note-Taking skills will be reinforced. Students will additionally participate in on-line assessment of mathematics and literacy skills through software programs, in order to identify personalized remediation programs. The student utilizes the pull-out support class to complete seminar course work, as well as to be provided with assistance in monitoring individual progress in other academic and elective courses. The student’s progress is monitored by the resource center teacher through the review of grades in Aspen and consultation with subject area teachers.

#S5051, S5052 – SEMINAR 10 SUPPORT STUDY 2.5 CREDITS PER SEMESTER
Grade: 10

This pull-out support Resource Center Program is a semester elective that provides the student with a course of study in the general and functional skills needed to enhance academic performance. Units of instruction include skill training in the following areas: Driver’s Education, SAT Practice and College and Career Research. Organization, time management, and note-taking skills are reinforced. The student utilizes pull-out support class to complete seminar course work, as well as to be provided with assistance in monitoring individual progress in other academic and elective courses. The student’s progress is monitored by the resource center teacher through the review of grades in Aspen and consultation with subject area teachers.

#S5251, S5252 –SUPPORT STUDY - NON-CREDIT PER SEMESTER
Grades: 9-12

This pull-out support program is a semester elective that provides the student with supportive assistance in academic and elective areas. There are no curricular requirements and no grades or credit assigned to this course. The students utilize the pullout support class to complete assignments or tests and make up class work under the supervision of special services instructional staff. The student is assisted with monitoring individual assignments and progress. Additionally, the student’s progress will be monitored by the resource center teacher through grades in Aspen and consultation with subject area teachers.

#S993- ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION – 5 CREDITS
Grades 9-12

The Adaptive PE course is designed to meet the needs of students identified by the district’s IEP Team. The intent of the class is to encourage our students to live a healthy, active lifestyle and learn skills to help form strong, healthy relationships. The class is divided into two groups. One group participates daily in Physical Education with a Physical Education teacher, while the other group participates in Health with a Special Education teacher. After 40 minutes, the groups switch. An individual educational program is made for the student by the physical educator and child study team with input from the physician and/or school medical inspector. Exercises, activities, and skills are presented and acted on an individual basis. Many of the activities included in the general education physical education classes will be taught and modified as necessary. Health topics their general education peers do. The five broad areas of study in Health are communication and social skills, harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB), hygiene and nutrition, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco and decision making and problem solving.

#S10 PEER MENTOR – 2.5 CREDITS through Alternative Credit Pathway
Grades: 10-12

The Peer Mentor course offers students the opportunity to serve as peer supports for students with disabilities by serving as mentors in unit lunch, activity clubs, extracurricular activities and, where possible, common academic or elective courses. Students will learn about various disabilities, adaptations, accommodations and modifications for both physical and intellectual disabilities as well as barrier free environments. The course goal is to enhance the participation of students with and without disabilities as friends and members of the school community, to diminish stereotypes and negative perceptions of disabilities and to encourage opportunities for students with disabilities to interact with non-disabled peers. This course is an Alternate Credit Pathway experience; students will be required to meet with instructors during unit lunch periods once a week for 8 weeks at the start of the school year (Sept-Oct) and participate in on-line instruction. Use the following link for information on enrolling in an Alternate Credit Pathway course:http://www.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/campus-life/counseling/Option-II-information/index.aspx. This course may be repeated.