Classes

Global History and Geography:

Grades 9 and 10 (One Unit for Each Year)

The program for grades nine and ten is a two-year global studies course that utilizes a chronological format organized around themes and concepts to study world history.  In the ninth grade portion of the course, students study the beginnings of civilization up to the Age of Exploration.  In the tenth grade portion of the course, students study from the 1700s to the present day.  All students are prepared for a local final exam as well as the NYS Assessment which is required for graduation.

This course is typically taught by Mrs. Baker, Mr. May, Mr. Newman, Mr. Scholz, and Mrs. Wozniak.

Honors Global History and Geography:

Grades 9 and 10 (One Unit for Each Year)

The program for grades nine and ten is a two-year global studies course that utilizes a chronological format organized around themes and concepts to study world history.  In the ninth grade portion of the course, students study the beginnings of civilization up to the Age of Exploration.  In the  tenth grade portion of the course, students study from the 1700s to the present day.  Greater emphasis on interpretation and analysis provides interested students greater opportunity to perfect their skills.  All students are prepared for a local final exam as well as the NYS Assessment which is required for graduation.

This course is typically taught by Mrs. Baker and Mr. May.

United States History and Government:

Grade 11 (One Unit)

This is a chronologically organized course in United States history.  The emphasis in this course is on the United States as an industrial nation.  Constitutional and legal issues are developed, as well as issues of national and international importance.  All students are prepared for the local final exam as well as the NYS Assessment which is required for graduation.

This course is typically taught by Mr. Hamner and Mr. Newman
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Advanced United States History and Government:

Grade 11 (One Unit)

This course may be substituted for the required United States History and Government course.  It is designed to prepare students for both the NY State Regents' Examination and to attain ECC course credit (HI 101 and HI 102) that may transfer to SUNY colleges and most two and four year colleges.  The course is a chronological treatment of U.S. history from the colonial era to present.  This course is designed for the highly motivated, college bound student with emphasis placed on reading and writing skills as well as interpretations and analysis of historical documents.  All students prepare for local exams as well as the NYS Assessment which is required for graduation.  All students interested in college credit (6) through ECC will pay the required fees to ECC.

This course is typically taught by Mr. May.

Government & Economics:

Grade 12 (One Unit)

The Government portion of the course teaches students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights within the federal system of local, state, and national governments.  Projects on a variety of topics will be assigned.  The Economics portion of the course will cover the basic economic concepts, such as receiving credit and interest rates.  It will also study how every day economic issues are influenced by international and national policy issues and changes.  Course also contains a unit on personal finance topics such as loans, taxes, budgets, and credit cards.

This course is typically taught by Mr. Haley and Mr. Scholz.


Academic Intervention Services (AIS):

Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12

Students who fail or are in danger of failing mandated NYS Assessment are assigned to Academic Intervention Services (AIS).  AIS provides additional instruction and/or student support services which supplements the instruction provided in the general curriculum.  The decision to provide AIS is guided by NYS and district guidelines.  The two goals are to assist the students in meeting the NYS Learning Standards and to ensure their success on the mandated NYS Assessments.

This course is typically taught by Mr. Hamner and Mr. May.

African American Studies:

Grades 10, 11, or 12 (One Half-Unit)

The purpose of this course is t
o gain a broader and deeper appreciation of African-American History.   The main approach will be to dig deeper into traditional African cultures, untold stories of African-American History and to study the impact African-Americans have had on America today.  Remember this is an elective course.  It is meant to be fun and educational at the same time.  You will be required to work hard but it will not be as taxing vigorous as a non-elective course or a college level course.

This course is typically taught by Mr. Hamner.

Foundations of Western Civilization:

Grades 11 or 12 (One-Half Unit)

This elective course surveys the classical world - Minoan Crete, Sparta, Athens, Macedonia, and Rome - and addresses its role in the formation of modern western civilization.  This course is designed for the highly motivated, college bound student with great emphasis placed on reading and writing skills as well as interpretations and analysis of historical documents.  Enrollment in this course requires teacher approval and mastery level success in previous social studies' coursework and assessments.  This college course (HI 100) is offered through a partnership between Cleveland Hill High School and Erie Community College.  Upon successful completion of this course, students can earn three transferable college credits for a low cost.

This course is typically taught by Mr. May.


History of World History II:

Grades 11 or 12 (One-Half Unit)

This elective course examines World War II - the broad historical background, the military, diplomatic, technological, social, and cultural histories, and its enduring impact on the societies of the world.  This course is designed for the highly motivated, college bound student with great emphasis placed on reading and writing skills as well as interpretations and analysis of historical documents.  Enrollment in this course requires teacher approval and mastery level success in previous social studies' coursework and assessments.  This college course (HI 241) is offered through a partnership between Cleveland Hill High School and Erie Community College.  Upon successful completion of this course, students can earn three transferable college credits for a low cost.

This course is typically taught by Mr. May.


Local History, Investigating Ourselves:

Grade 12 (One-Half Unit)

History, or historia, in the truest sense of its Ancient Greek incarnation, means the on-going, open-ended inquiry and investigation into one’s past.  The importance of such an analysis is immense.  After all, the past defines us.  We are identified by the events that have shaped us and the actions that have characterized us.  We are our past.  And despite this fundamental reality, our past, Cleveland Hill’s past, has never been documented, leaving us without the knowledge of the foundation in which we are built upon.  This semester-long course will attempt to change that.  We will actively explore and engage the primary and the secondary, the oral and the written sources of our individual and communal past, as the inventors of history intended, to comprehend Cleveland Hill as a school and as a community.  In essence, we will seek to understand ourselves.

As an elective independent study course, we will not meet on a scheduled daily basis, requiring a tremendous collegiate-level like independent initiative and work ethic.  In addition, as a reality of this “class of creation,” there is no text or one source of information.  You will need to take initiative and head into the community, interviewing your family and neighbors, exploring your local and regional libraries, and investigating your town and museum archives.  In the end, you will need to produce a product that tells the previously untold story of Cleveland Hill.

Requirements: US History 11 and current and future instructor approval

This course is typically taught by Mr. May.



Business Law:

Grades 10, 11, or 12 (One Unit)

Do you want to be a knowledgeable and wise consumer?  Do you need to learn to protect yourself and your assets from all those unscrupulous individuals who would like to take them from you?  Are you going to purchase a house, automobile, insurance and consumer goods in the future? If so, then Business and Personal Law is the course for you.

You will learn about the complete legal system in the United States.  Crimes and torts will be covered with a major emphasis placed on contracts.  You will study the fundamentals of all contracts and then learn in detail about the most common one's you will deal with everyday in your life.  This course will benefit all students and will help them to understand the business world they will interact with in their future.  Major units of study will include: Real Estate, Sales, Leases, Automobile Ownership, Money & Banking, Insurance, Wills, Bailments, Agency Relations, Stocks & Bonds, and Business Ownership.  Personal Law will include Marriage, Divorce, adoption, guardianship, and other social contracts.  Business Law is required in all Business Related Programs at the college level.  It may also be used to learn about and explore the many different career fields it touches upon.  This course may be used as one elective credit towards your Regent's Diploma or it may be used as the fifth unit of Social Studies in a five unit Social Studies Sequence.

This course is taught in conjunction with the Career Development and Occupational Studies Department and does not require any prerequisites.


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