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All students must complete 4 years of English. 

English: (Grade 9) In this year long course students will be introduced to a variety of authors and writing styles through a humanities curriculum answering the essential questions, “What makes us human?  How do we share our stories?”  Texts studied will include play(s) by Sophocles, the study of Greek and Roman mythology, and Beowulf.  There is on-going writing instruction, which concentrates on the structure of the paragraph, as well as a strong focus on the incorporation of literary elements and the controlling idea in a paragraph structure (ELA Regents preparation).  In addition, there is instruction on vocabulary, grammar, literary elements, critical thinking and analysis of text, test taking and study strategies, note-taking skills, organizational skills, and an introduction to basic research skills.  Each freshman student is directed on engaging in and completing a mythology project in the fall and a creative writing project in the spring.

English: (Grade 10) Students will be exposed to world literature, which may include Frankenstein, Macbeth, Kaffir Boy, 1984, and Metamorphosis, in addition to the mandated texts, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen and Night, by Elie Wiesel.  Students in their sophomore year will answer the essential question, “How is one’s identity influenced by society?”  Through the writing process students will be instructed on how to write, re-write, edit, and publish a critical lens essay (ELA Regents preparation.)  Instruction includes vocabulary, grammar, research skills, citing works to create a bibliography using the MLA format, critical thinking and analysis of text, and poetry.  Each sophomore student is directed on engaging in and completing projects entitled, “The Creative Exploration of Identity Project” in the fall and “The Memoir Project” in the spring.  The projects will incorporate writing, public speaking, technology, student creativity, and research.

English: (Grade 11) This course covers American literature from Native American folk tales to World War II.  Students will answer the essential questions, “What is justice?” and “What is the American Dream?”  Texts read include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter or The Crucible, and The Great Gatsby as well as works by Hawthorne, Emerson, Whitman, and Steinbeck.  Through the writing process, students will learn how to write a comparative and thematic essay in addition to a strong focus on the critical lens essay, in preparation for the English Language Regents, which they will take in January.  Instruction continues to include vocabulary, grammar, research skills, citing works to create a bibliography using the MLA format, critical thinking and analysis of text, and poetry.  Each junior student is directed on engaging in and completing a comparative essay and/or a thematic essay in the fall and a personal essay in the spring.  The personal essay is a part of the College Application Process Unit, which also includes instruction from guidance in creating a bio page in preparation for the student resume. 

English: (Grade 12) Students are exposed to a myriad of writers, poets, essayists and playwrights.  Texts studied by all students include Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Shakespeare’s Othello or Hamlet, and The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.  Students will begin the fall semester by focusing on perfecting their personal essay and their college resume for their college applications.  Students will answer the essential questions, “How do we discover ourselves through literature?” while exploring the themes of “Waking up to the reality of the world we live in” and “The Quest and Journey.”  In addition, each student will complete a Pre-College Research Paper; the process for this will begin the late fall and end in late spring.

AP English: (Grade 12) This is a survey course meant to deepen the appreciation a student has for literature, as well as prepare them for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam.  The yearlong course covers literature from the 11th century to the 21st century, mostly from Great Britain.  Works and authors that may be covered include Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales; William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, as well as works of the Metaphysical, Romantic, and Victorian poets.  **

Journalism: (Grade 12) Students will study the fundamental principles of gathering, writing, reporting, and editing the news, acquiring advertising, and publishing four editions of our Frank Sinatra School of the Art’s newspaper, The Bennett.  

**All Senior English Classes will continue to work on essay writing and creative writing and complete the College Application Process Unit, which focuses on the completion of the personal essay and student resume.


Integrated Algebra: This course is an in-depth study of algebraic principles, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving.  This is the first course of the new NYS High School Mathematics Regents sequence.  This 2-semester course culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

Geometry: Covers basic geometry including measures, proofs, and parallels.  You will examine the properties of congruence, as well as polygrams.  This course on geometry also teaches the meaning and importance of proofs. This 2-semester course culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

Algebra II/Trigonometry: The follow-up to Algebra I; this course teaches how to analyze equations and inequalities.  Students learn how to graph linear relationships, use matrices, and work with algebraic and qualitative functions.  This 2-semester course culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

Calculus: This is a branch of mathematics involving derivatives and integrals, as well as the study of motion, in which changing values are studied.

AP Calculus AB: This is a branch of mathematics involving derivatives and integrals, as well as the study of motion, in which changing values are studied.  This is a two-semester course, which culminates in taking the Advanced Placement exam in May.

AP Calculus BC: This is a branch of mathematics involving derivative and integrals, as well as the study of motion, in which changing values are studied.  The BC course includes sequences and series.  This is a two-semester course, which culminates in taking the Advanced Placement exam in May.

Statistics (Fall)/Applied Mathematics (Spring):  These courses focus on the exploration of real world problems in:  financial planning, statistics, and basic math.


All students must complete three years of science in addition to one passing grade on a science Regents examination. A passing grade on a second Regents examination is required for an Advanced Regents Diploma. The first two years of science must be Regents sciences, one of which must be Living Environment.

EARTH SCIENCE will focuses on the study of our planet, its changing systems and its setting within the universe. Students study the geological processes on earth and their influence on nature and on humans. Students will also learn weather patterns and astronomy. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.

LIVING ENVIRONMENT is a one year biology course designed to prepare students to understand basic biological concepts.  This includes the similarities and differences among living organisms, homeostasis in organisms, genetics, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, human impact on the environment, scientific inquiry, and laboratory skills. This course follows the New York State Core Curriculum for Living Environment. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.

CHEMISTRY investigates the study of energy and the interactions of particles which make up the physical properties of matter. Students learn to use symbols, formulas and numerical trends to study chemical reactions and the process of radioactive decay. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.

AP BIOLOGY is designed to help students develop a conceptual foundation and a deeper understanding of science as a process.  The students are expected to be highly motivated in achieving their own academic success. The breakdown of this course is as follows: Molecules and Cells (25%), Heredity and Evolution (25%), and Organisms and Populations (50%). All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May.

PHYSICS is a course with fundamental concepts of physics.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the concepts of energy, energy transfer, energy conservation, and radiation, developing laboratory skills and using scientific method to investigate, applying the ideas of physics to technology and developing an awareness of the impact of physics on society.

FORENSICS (Fall Semester) focuses on the relationship between science and crime. Students examine how the proliferation of scientific technology has impacted the criminal laboratories, autopsies, types and analysis of evidence. Students use a combination of textbooks, the internet, current news articles, and media to prepare for class discussions.

MARINE BIOLOGY (Spring Semester) In Marine Biology, you will explore the amazing watery world and the life that calls the ocean home.


Global I-II will focus on the Neolithic Revolution—the time when humans settled down to build agriculturally-based towns and cities— through the Age of Exploration—when Europeans set out to find new trade routes, inadvertently transforming the entire world as they did so.

Global III-IV will cover world history from the Scientific Revolution through to the second war in Iraq. Topics covered will include the French Revolution, the rise of nation-states in Europe, World War I and II, and the Cold War. We will cover contemporary phenomena such as the Green Revolution, pollution, and globalization. The coursework from Global I-IV culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

US I & II will focus on the history of the United States from early colonization to the present day. We will emphasize important themes in US history such as continuity and change, and the building of a particular American culture. The class will also focus on US government and the judicial system. The course culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT (Senior Fall semester) is a senior level course in which students analyze the theories and ideas of how political systems came into being, in particular US government and democracy.  Students will draw comparisons between the US government and other government systems.

ECONOMICS (Senior Spring semester) is a senior-level course which analyzes different economic systems and examines how societies allocate funds.  Students will investigate financial strategies which they will utilize in their personal lives. 

AP United States History is a rigorous college-level course that covers in depth the period from before the settlement of Jamestown to the post-Cold-War period. Students engage in exciting historical simulations and elaborate projects as well as lively debates and discussions. The course culminates in an Advanced Placement Examination in May.


Spanish First Year (Español 1/2): This courses serves as an introduction to Spanish, with particular emphasis on cultural awareness, food, travel, and includes an introduction to Spanish-speaking countries.  Students use dialogue and skits as methods of developing communication skills in addition to developing their skills in grammar; reading; writing and listening.

Spanish Second Year (Español 3/4): This course will build upon concepts learned in Spanish 1 and 2.  The focus centers more upon the development of the student's speaking, reading and writing skills. Classroom discussions are conducted, for the most part, in the target language. Students are expected to complete one major project for the fall and for the spring term, in addition to daily homework assignments. Students complete journal writing assignments to enhance their writing skills and create travel brochures to promote their knowledge of a Spanish speaking country and its.

Spanish Third Year (Español 5/6): Students build upon concepts learned from levels 1-4. In addition, new grammar points are absorbed through study.  Students participate in discussions/presentations in the target language about the cultures, which surround them.  In addition, the students receive an introduction to literature through the reading of classic short stories.  This course terminates in a Regents examination.

AP Spanish Language:  A college-level course which focuses heavily on the students' mastery of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  The target language is utilized to promote cultural discussions, debates and presentations.  There is an intense focus on literature and grammar.  Students are exposed to classic Latin-American authors, such as Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Frederico Garcia Lorca and well as many other modern 20th century writers.  In this course, students are exposed to the writer's narrative style and have the opportunity to receive three college credits upon completion and approval from the AP Spanish Language examination committee.