Fifth- & Sixth-grade Science and Social Studies: Welcome to the wonderful world of 5th and 6th grade science and social studies. In social studies, the 5th and 6th grade students will venture back in history to explore and learn how the early ancient civilizations developed after the Ice Age. Science class will be very active and the students will participate in many hands-on lab activities. The students will use content specific vocabulary in both science and social studies. They will continue to develop and improve their reading, writing, research, and technical skills throughout the school year.
Junior-High Social Studies: General Course Information: A two-year chronologically based course that focuses on the development of the United States. The focus is on the development of social studies skills needed for the success for passing the Global History and American History Regents Exams. A state exam is also required at the end of eighth grade.
Social Studies 7: (201) Introduction to Social Studies, Early Native Americans, European Exploration and Colonization of the Americans, A Nation is Created, Experiments in Government, and Life in the New Nation.
Social Studies 8: (211) Division and Reunion, An Industrial Society, The United States as an Independent Nation, The United States Between the Wars, The United States Assumes Worldwide Responsibilities, and The Changing Nature of the American People from World War II to the Present.
Global History I - Grade 9: (221) Using a variety of techniques and resources, students will investigate the political, social and ideological development of the world from Ancient Times through the Age of Exploration. This is the first year in a two year course that will culminate in the Global History and Geography Regents exam.
Global History II - Grade 10:(231) Using a variety of techniques and resources, students will investigate the political, social and ideological development of the world from the Age of Exploration through the 21st Century. The final for the course will be the Global History and Geography Regents Exam. Prerequisite: Global History I
US History and Government: Grade 11 (241) Using a variety of techniques and resources, students will investigate the political, social and ideological development of the United States from revolution through the twenty-first century. The final for the course will be the United States History and Government Regents Exam.
Participation in Government & Economics: Grade 12 (253) Using a variety of techniques and resources, students will investigate and evaluate the political, social and ideological aspects of the United State’s Government and Economic environment. The course curriculum relates directly to problems or issues addressed by students on a local, state and national level. Prerequisite: Successful completion of United States History and Government.
History Versus Hollywood: By examining the ways in which Hollywood has depicted American history this writing intensive and research based course will answer the question, “What happens to history when Hollywood filmmakers put their hands on it?” Students will research various points in American History and critically view a number of feature films, clips, and documentaries to understand how filmmakers have used and abused history and to what ends. Students will be expected to use both online and library resources to research film reviews, and the events on which the films are based. Prerequisites: Global History and Geography, United States History and Government
World War II: This semester-long social studies elective will cover the causes, events, and lasting effect of World War II on the world. We will look at military, political, and social events connected to the war. Activities will include lecture, class discussions, film and document analysis. Heavy emphasis will be placed on analysis of information and class participation. Prerequisites: Global History and Geography, United States History and Government
Yearbook: Students will become proficient in Adobe Pagemaker, digital photography, and journalism to create the annual New Horizons Yearbook. Prerequisites: Completion of junior high courses.
History Elective: Local History This course is designed to introduce high school students to the unique history of New York State and their local communities as they relate to American history and themselves as part of their communities. Students will utilize varies methods to approach the study of their communities through research, writing, and presenting their findings. This is a research and writing intense course. Prerequisite: United States History
History Elective - Debate: This course is designed to introduce students to the principles, practices and concepts of argumentation and debate. It is a performance course with significant amount of time spent on research, presentations, small group interaction, and debate exercises. This is a research and writing intense course. Prerequisite: United States History
Psychology: (243) Psychology focuses on the study of growth and development. Students become responsible for their personal growth – social, emotional, intellectual, and physical – and explore human values and their relationship to basic human needs. Adolescent crises are identified and examined.