At the November 14th BOE meeting, the 2018-2019 Program of Studies was approved. Changes are in red in the Program of Studies booklet.

Listed below are the changes:

1. The deadline for changing elective courses has been moved up to August 1st. The traditional deadline has been August 15th. This date has conflicted with the final exams for online summer courses and PARCC testing creating a tremendous amount of student interaction the week of the 15th. August 1st is a reasonable deadline, as students receive their schedules prior to leaving for the summer and after participating in Moving Up Day.

2. In the Architectural and Engineering Department, two strands have been developed. In the past students were required to schedule Engineering Drawing. However, with the use of Inventor for the Engineering students and Revit for the architectural students, there is no longer the need for the architectural students to schedule Engineering Drawing. As a result, the prerequisites have changed for those students. (Pages 8 & 9)

3. The Science Academy had added concentrations.

4. There are two additional courses that are directed toward students interested in computer science: AP Computer Science Principles and Robotics (Pages 8, 23 & 46). These new courses will be offered to all students, both Science Academy and non-Science Academy students.

724- Robotics 5 credits/Level 2 Grades 10-12
Approved 21st Century Life and Career Elective
Prerequisite: Engineering Drawing, Technical Drawing and Design (Inventor),Algebra II, & Geometry or by teacher recommendation
This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be utilizing, inventor software and various VEX Robotics materials. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to programming as well as problem solving strategies. This course will involve students in the development, building and programming robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems.

The big challenge, Students will be participating in First Robotic Competition an international high school competition which gives high school students the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.

350 - Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles 5 Credits Grades 10-12
Approved 21st Century Life and Career Elective
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I and Geometry
This course serves to teach the underlying principles of computation. Students will be introduced topics such as programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. Students will be required to use their understanding of concepts learned in class to create computer artifacts. Students are required to take the AP examination.

5. For the MBLA students, the advisory committee has recommended to flip Intro to Finance and make it the first course in the sequence for both Accounting and Economics/Finance majors. (Pages 53 & 54). The committee believes the math skills acquired in Intro to Finance will be a solid foundation for future MBLA courses. Currently, all students, MBLA and non-MBLA, have the option of taking Intro to Finance.

6. Independent Financial Literacy II was introduced this year as a pilot program.

614- Independent Financial Literacy II 1.25 credits/Level 3 Grade 10
Prerequisite-Students with a minimum 4.0 GPA in their freshman year may select this option to complete their state requirement.
Mandatory graduation requirement per NJ Department of Education; students will be automatically scheduled for this course.
Students will continue to develop strategies that promote financial responsibility related to budgeting, banking and investing, and charitable giving in the global economy. Students will investigate careers; analyze the relationship between various careers and personal earnings potential, taxation system, inflation, insurance and civil financial responsibility.

7. Accounting II has been added as the third required course in the four year sequence for MBLA Accounting. Currently, all students, MBLA and non-MBLA, have the option of taking Accounting II.

616 – Accounting II 5 credits/Level 3 Grades 9-12
Approved 21st Century Life and Career Elective
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of the complete accounting cycle for a merchandising business organized as a corporation. Emphasis will include the daily activities of the business with purchases, sales and cash receipts, payroll records, preparing financial statements, closing entries and analysis. Students will be able to prepare, interpret and analyze financial statements. Real world experiences will be provided through the use of business simulations, the use of accounting software and MS Excel.

8. We have formalized the process for removing a student from an academy program for cheating and/or plagiarism with the following phrase for each of the four academies.
(Pages 44,51, 57 & 60)

“Any student violating the honor code in any fashion, including cheating and plagiarism, will face serious consequences that could include removal from the academy program.”