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Course Levels and Recommendations

Course Levels and
Course Recommendations


EXPLANATION OF ASSIGNMENT OF LEVELS TO COURSES

Courses have been assigned a numerical value to indicate the level of difficulty. Each of the three levels will have students with a range of ability and aptitude. A brief description of the three levels follows:


  •  Level 1Courses which are remedial in nature and designed for reinforcement of the basic skills. These courses provide for a slower paced learning environment.
  • Level 2Courses which are for the average to above average student. A command of the basic skills is necessary along with the interest to do self-initiated work. This level is appropriate for students planning to pursue a post-secondary education.
  •  Level 3Courses designed for high ability and honors/gifted students. Students need to be highly motivated, actively creative, and willing to assume much responsibility. Many courses at this level are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examinations.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COURSE SELECTIONS

Academic (college-bound students) 

Bethel Park High School is a comprehensive school in that students may select courses from all areas of the curriculum. If you are planning to attend college, the following areas of study are suggested:

ENGLISH

  • Four credits with emphasis on writing and reading.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Four credits are required.

 MATHEMATICS

  • Four credits minimum: Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry

SCIENCE

  • Four credits minimum: Science 9 or Science 9 (Honors) required.

WORLD LANGUAGES

  • Two credits minimum in the same language. Some post high school institutions do not require a language, while others require three or four credits.

 HEALTH

  • May be taken in Grade 10, 11, or 12.

ELECTIVES

  • Those courses which will be helpful to you in meeting your career objective, as well as courses designed to give a well-rounded academic background.

You may obtain further information by reading the Course Descriptions, consulting College Catalogs, or contacting your Counselor.


AREAS OF STUDY BY GRADE LEVEL

 

 

GRADE 9 – ACADEMIC

Required:

ENGLISH

SOCIAL STUDIES

MATHEMATICS

   Algebra I or Geometry

SCIENCE

    Science 9 and/or Biology 


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

ELECTIVES

World Language I or II,
Fine/Practical Arts,
Business 

 

CREDITS

1

1

1

 

1

 

 

.5

2

 

 


GRADE 10 – ACADEMIC

Required:

ENGLISH

SOCIAL STUDIES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Suggested or Required:

MATHEMATICS

   Geometry or Algebra II

SCIENCE

   Biology and/or Chemistry

HEALTH

ELECTIVES:

World Language II or III,

Fine/Practical Arts 

 

CREDITS

1

1

.5

 

1

 

1

 

  .5 

 2


 



GRADE 11 – ACADEMIC

Required:

ENGLISH

SOCIAL STUDIES

Suggested or Required:

MATHEMATICS

 Algebra II / III

SCIENCE

 Chemistry or Physics 

ELECTIVES:

World Language III / IV,

Fine/Practical Arts 

 

 

 

CREDITS

1

1


 1

 

 1

 

 





GRADE 12 – ACADEMIC

Required:

ENGLISH

SOCIAL STUDIES

Suggested or Required:

MATHEMATICS

Algebra III or Calculus

SCIENCE

   AP Chemistry,

AP Biology, or AP Physics

ELECTIVES:

World Language IV or V

OTHER ELECTIVES

 

 

 

CREDITS

1

1

 

1

 

 1

 

 

  1


1.5 

 

A description of Elective Courses is found in your Course Selection Guide. Look for prerequisites for the courses.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The course descriptions that follow this page are intended to give students detailed insight into course offerings at Bethel Park High School. 

Courses are designated into two categories: 

 3 indicates a Full-year course                                            1.0 credit

1/2 indicates a Semester course that can be taken
during either the Fall or Spring semester                             0.5 credit