Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses
6th Grade : Computer Applications
Students will learn new applications in technology to include skills they will need throughout secondary school and beyond. Students will focus on Digital Citizenship, Google Applications, Cyber Security and Keyboarding. These programs are supportive of state and national standards and will be utilized to help teach critical thinking skills as well.
7th Grade: Business Education
Students will understand how their personal choices can affect their financial circumstances and how their financial circumstances will ultimately impact their lifestyle choices. This unit of study is intended to increase their knowledge of personal finance concepts in order to make good financial decisions. The goal is to provide the foundational knowledge so they will know how to live within their means. All activities are supportive of middle school state standards (Economics & Math) and national financial literacy programs. Students will also be introduced to business principles and communication.
7th Grade : Project Lead the Way - Gateway
Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
Students learn that programming goes beyond the virtual world into the physical world. Students are challenged to creatively use sensors and actuators to develop systems that interact with their environment. Designing algorithms and using computational thinking practices, they code and upload programs to microcontrollers that perform a variety of authentic tasks. The unit broadens students’ understanding of computer science concepts through meaningful applications.
8th Grade: Business Education
Students will explore the career planning process. The main goal is for them to become familiar with the process and understand some of the resources available to help them. Students develop a career plan that includes a simple self-assessment, selection of an occupation of interest, definition of goals to obtain the occupation, potential barriers and alternate careers. Students will also practice resume writing, interview skills and professional business communications. These skills support state and national business education standards for postsecondary college and career readiness.
8th Grade: Project Lead the Way - Gateway
Automation and Robotics: Semester
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Design & Modeling: Semester
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to create problem solving designs, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
Electives are required for graduation. In addition to the core curriculum subjects, students may choose electives in business and marketing, consumer and family studies, health science, information technology, trades or technical sciences, and other special courses offered by schools. Academic electives include any English, math, science, social studies or fine arts classes taken in excess of the stated requirements.