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Art

Spotswood High School provides students with a wide variety of stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable art courses.  These courses are designed to help students meet graduation requirements as well as provide an excellent opportunity to develop creative, expressive, artistic skills.
 
 Art Department Course Flow Chart 
 
   Sequence I
Drawing/Painting & Ceramics/Sculpture
(semester courses)
Fine Arts I Honors Fine Arts II
  • AP Studio Art
  • Honors Fine Arts III
Sequence II
Ceramics/Sculpture
(semester course)
Ceramics/Sculpture II
Fine Arts I
Honors Fine Arts II
Sequence III    
*Drawing/Painting & *Ceramics/Sculpture
(semester courses)
     
Sequence IV    
*Multi-Cultural Arts      
 * Course can be taken at any time in grades 9-12.
 
Business

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Business Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission.  Students are required to complete ½ year (2.5 credits) of Financial Literacy to meet graduation requirements.  This requirement can be satisfied by taking Money Management or Accounting I.  Additionally, students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments.
 
 Business Course Offerings 
 
Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
Introduction to Marketing 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year
5
Honors Principles of Business 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors Advanced Marketing 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors College Marketing 11, 12 1 Year 5
Career Exploration 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Semester 2.5
Money Management 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Semester 2.5
Accounting I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors College Accounting 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
  
Computers

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Computer Education Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission.  Students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments to meet graduation requirements.
 
 Computer Education Course Offerings 
 
Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
Exploring Computer Science 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year
5
Web Design & Development 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors Computer Programming 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
AP Computer Science 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors Special Topics in Computer Science 11, 12 1 Year 5
  
Digital and Industrial Technology

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Digital and Industrial Technology Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission.  Students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments to meet graduation requirements.
 
 Digital and Industrial Technology Course Offerings 
 
Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
TV Production I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year
5
TV Production II 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
TV Production III 11, 12 1 Year 5
Technology I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Construction I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Semester 2.5
Construction II 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Semester 2.5
Construction Technology III 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Computer Graphics & Design I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Computer Graphics II 10, 11, 12 1 Year 5
Honors Computer Graphics III 11, 12 1 Year 5
  
English

It is the goal of the English Department to provide students with quality, rigorous instruction that encourages them to become critical and creative thinkers through experiences that help them meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.  Spotswood High School offers a variety of sequences that provide students opportunities to achieve this goal.  All students must take four years of English Language Arts to meet graduation requirements.  All courses are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSCS) with PARCC assessments being administered in grades 9, 10, and 11.  Students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, Honors English 12, and College Composition.
 
Please note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between “levels” as long as prerequisite courses are taken.
 

English Language Arts Department Course Flow Chart 

 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade 
   Sequence I
English 9 English 10 English 11
  • English 12: Contemporary Literature
  • College Composition
Sequence II
College Prep English 9 College Prep English 10 College Prep English 10
  • College Prep English 12: World Literature
  • College Composition
Sequence III    
Honors English 9 Honors English 10 Honors English 11
  • Honors English 12
  • College Composition
AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
 

Elective Offerings:

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade 
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Myth and Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Myth and Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Myth and Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Myth and Media
 
Mathematics

 Mathematics Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Mathematics Department to inspire students to understand the fundamental concepts of mathematics, think analytically, communicate mathematically, become resourceful problem solvers, and develop an appreciation for the usefulness of mathematics.
 
Spotswood High School offers a variety of sequences that provide students opportunities to achieve this mission. Our goal is to ensure all students are ready for success after high school and are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. All students must take Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Although only three math courses are required for high school graduation, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a mathematics course in each year of their high school experience. Depending on pre-high school and high school course selections, students may complete their mathematics study with Pre-calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, Algebraic Systems, Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Calculus or Advanced Placement Statistics. All courses are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards with PARCC assessments being administered for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Beginning with the class of 2021, a passing score on the Algebra I PARCC exam is required to fulfill the math standardized test graduation requirement. Because of the sequential nature of mathematics course offerings, many courses have prerequisites.
 

Mathematics Department Course Flow Chart

This chart illustrates possible course sequencing in the Mathematics Department. Courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of a student’s academic schedule and the grades received are key aspects considered by college admission officers. Please note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between “levels” as long as prerequisite courses are taken.
 
 
 

Mathematics Best Practices

Mathematics teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.
 
 
Performing Arts

Students at Spotswood High School are presented with a myriad of courses that provide the opportunity for the performance and study of the theories, history, and practices of all music, as well as development of theatre performance. Each course enables students to investigate their own perspectives on music and theatre.  Empowering students to shape their philosophies on music and theatre’s role in humanity is the cornerstone of a Spotswood performing arts education.
 
The following chart indicates the performing arts course options at each grade level:
 
Course 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Band Lessons x x x
x
Concert Band x x x x
Honors Music Theory x x x x
Honors Wind Ensemble   x x x
Advanced Placement Music Theory   x x x
Drama I/II: Acting x x x x
Drama III: Play Production   x x x
Drama IV: Studio Theater     x x
  
 
Physical Education and Health

Physical Education courses in grades 9-12 are designed to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in positive, health-enhancing experiences.  In promoting wellness, integrated skills, motor skill development, and fitness, the department attempts to guide students to physical activities and life skills they will enjoy and continue to participate in after high school in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Organizing the curriculum into an “arena” schedule, students are presented with choices grouped as team, individual, and fitness activities.  Each marking period, students will be given selective choice in each of these three identified areas to decide activities in which to participate.  By engaging in and focusing on each grouped area every marking period, the department believes students will be better prepared to fulfill the department mission and goals.  Students are required to complete Health and Physical Education courses each year in accordance with New Jersey State requirements.  To this end, the following activities are offered:
 
Team Activities
Basketball, Beach Games, Challenge I & II, Elementary Games, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Frisbee Games, Horseshoes, Lacrosse, Netball, Newcomb, Soccer, Softball, Speedball, Team Handball, Volleyball, Wiffleball
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the team activities section of the arena will involve students working as a large group to accomplish a specific goal.  Students will develop the use of strategy and exploratory tactics.  Students will also use cooperative and leadership skills in the group atmosphere with the occasional added motivation of competition.  Skill development of kicking, passing, catching, throwing, and striking will be emphasized, practiced, and mastered.
  
 
Individual Activities
Archery, Badminton, Bocce, Bowling, Croquet, Golf, Lifetime Leisure Activities, Line Dance, Partner Dance, Pickleball, Square Dance, Tennis, Modified Track & Field Events
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the individual activities section of the arena will provide students opportunities to learn a number of activities they can do on their own or with a small amount of people or equipment.  Student focus will be on developing and learning activities that foster an active lifestyle without the intensity of team sports and without the focus of “exercise.”  Students will master the concepts of hand-eye coordination, manipulative skills, and rhythmic skills.
  
 
Fitness Activities
Aerobics, Aerobic Kickboxing, Circuit Training, Core Training, Endurance Training, Interval Training, Jogging, Non-Contact Martial Arts, Pilates, Power Walking, Resistance Band Routines, Self Defense, Step Aerobics, Strength Training, Weight Training, Yoga
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the fitness activities section of the arena will allow students to participate in any activity that is directly related to improving flexibility, body composition, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and/or cardiovascular endurance.  All students will apply health-related and skill-related fitness concepts and skills to develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.  Students will also understand key components of training in regards to overload and specificity.  They will also work to improve balance, agility, power, and speed.  Students will be able to measure heart rate, body composition, and body mass index.  Students will also develop the skills to be able to assess personal level of fitness, design a plan that addresses goals and interests, and have the tools to monitor and evaluate the plan.
  
Students in grades 9-12 are required to complete a Health course each year in accordance with New Jersey State Standards.  Health courses at Spotswood High School are organized by grade and include the following units of study:
 
9th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Nutrition
Unit 2: Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Unit 3: Family Life
 
10th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Graduated Driver's License
Unit 2: Risk Management
Unit 3: Signs, Signals, & Roadway Markings
Unit 4: Alcohol Awareness
 
11th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Mental and Emotional Health
Unit 2: CPR/First Aid
 
12th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Disease Prevention
Unit 2: Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Unit 3: Body Systems
Science

The Spotswood High School Science Department offers students the opportunity to explore the physical and living world.  Science courses are designed to meet individual career goals.  In today’s job market, it is important for students to have as many career opportunities as possible.   State graduation requirements mandate 15 credits (three years) in science, including Lab Biology, Lab Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Environmental Science, plus a third laboratory/inquiry-based science.  Courses designated as lab sciences may meet for either five periods or six periods a week, as long as there is a significant laboratory based component within the course.  All students, and especially college bound students, are strongly encouraged to take four years of science, and those considering future careers related to science are strongly encouraged to take advanced level coursework, including Chemistry, Physics, and Honors Biology II, or an Advanced Placement Science class.
 

Science Department Course Flow Chart

The chart below illustrates possible course sequencing in the Science Department and each progression listed in the chart meets State graduation requirements.  Courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of a student’s academic schedule and the grades received are key aspects considered by college admission officers.  Please note:  Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between “levels” as long as prerequisite courses are taken and State graduation requirements are met.
 
 
 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade 
   Sequence I
Honors Biology I Honors Chemistry I
The following courses may be taken in 11th or 12th Grade:
Honors Physics
AP Physics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Forensic Science
Meteorology & Astronomy
Sequence II
College Prep Biology I College Prep Chemistry
The following courses may be taken in 11th or 12th Grade:
College Prep Physics
Environmental Science
Honors Biology II
Forensic Science
Meteorology & Astronomy
Sequence III    
Biology I Integrated Science Environmental Science
Forensic Science
Meteorology & Astronomy
 
 
 
 
Social Studies

 Social Studies Mission Statement
 
Spotswood High School offers a variety of classes that provide students opportunities to achieve this mission.  All students must take Modern World History, US History I and US History II.  Although only three social studies courses are required for high school graduation, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a social studies course in each year of their high school experience.  The Social Studies Department offers a variety of both year-long and semester courses to fulfill both scheduling and academic needs.  All courses are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curricular Standards and incorporate the essential elements of the Common Core Standards.  Because of the vertical alignment of skills assessments in each course offering, many courses have prerequisites.
 

Social Studies Department Course Flow Chart

This chart illustrates possible course sequencing in the Social Studies Department. Required curricular courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of the student’s academic schedule and student performance are key aspects considered by college admission offices.

Please Note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between “levels” as long as prerequisite courses are taken.
 
 
Sequence I
 Grade 9 Grade 10  Grade 11 Grade 11/12
Honors Modern World History Honors US History I AP US History
   Sequence II
 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 11/12
Honors Modern World History Honors US History I Honors US History II
AP US History
Sequence III
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11
Grade 11/12
1st semester
Grade 11/12
2nd semester
Modern World History (CP) US History I (CP) US History II (CP)
Sequence IV
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11
Grade 11/12
1st semester
Grade 11/12
2nd semester
Modern World History US History I US History II
 

Social Studies Best Practices

Social Studies teachers at Spotswood High School consistently applies document-based and research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.
 
World Languages

 World Languages Mission Statement
 
Spotswood High School students are required to complete two full years of study in World Languages for graduation, as the great majority of four-year colleges require two years of World Languages for admission.  Spotswood offers four-year programs in Spanish, French, and German.  Additionally, we offer an Honors track in Spanish for those students who wish to be enrolled in a program with increased academic rigor that leads to further study.  Course offerings and suggested sequencing is shown in the chart below:
 

World Language Department Course Flow Chart

 
 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade 
   Sequence I
Spanish I Spanish II Spanish III Honors Spanish IV
Sequence II
 German I German II German III Honors German IV
Sequence III    
 Honors Spanish I Honors Spanish II Honors Spanish III  Honors Spanish IV
AP Spanish
Sequence IV    
 Honors Spanish II Honors Spanish III Honors Spanish IV AP Spanish
 
NOTE:  Students who completed all components of Honors Spanish I in Grade 8 Spanish and earned an A average have the option to take a placement test.  Based on performance on the test, teachers will recommend placement in either Honors Spanish I, Spanish II, or Honors Spanish II.