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MISSION: To lead an educational partnership with the Community, maintaining an environment that challenges all students to reach their potential as lifelong learners and responsible members of society.

Course Levels and 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:

  1. Level 1:  Courses which are remedial in nature and designed for reinforcement of the basic skills.  These courses provide for a slower paced learning environment.

  2. Level 2:  Courses 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 postsecondary education.

  3. Level 3:  Courses 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 9, 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 ACADEMIC STUDY BY GRADE LEVEL


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GRADE 9 - ACADEMIC


 


GRADE 10 - ACADEMIC


 

 

 

Required

Credits


 

 

Required

Credits


 

 

 

ENGLISH

1


 

 

ENGLISH

1


 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

1


 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

1


 

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

.5


 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

.5


 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

1


 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Algebra I or Geometry

 


 

 

Suggested or Required

Credits


 

 

 

SCIENCE

1


 

 

MATHEMATICS

1


 

 

 

 

Science 9 or Biology

 


 

 

 

Geometry or Algebra II

 


 

 

 




 

 

SCIENCE

1


 

 

 

ELECTIVES

2


 

 

 

Biology or Chemistry



 

 

 

 

World Language I or II

 


 

 

HEALTH

.5


 

 

 

 

Fine / Practical Arts

 


 

 

ELECTIVES

2


 

 

 

 

Business

 


 

 

 

World Language II or III

 


 

 






 

 

 

Fine / Practical Arts

 


 

 






 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GRADE 11 - ACADEMIC


 


GRADE 12 - ACADEMIC


 

 

 

Required

Credits


 

 

Required

Credits


 

 

 

ENGLISH

1


 

 

ENGLISH

1


 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

1


 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

1


 

 


 

 

 


 


 

 

 


 

 

 

Suggested or Required

Credits


 

 

Suggested or Required

Credits


 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

1


 

 

MATHEMATICS

1


 

 

 

 

Algebra II / III

 


 

 

 

Algebra III or Calculus

 


 

 

 

SCIENCE

1


 

 

SCIENCE

1


 

 

 

 

Chemistry or Physics

 


 

 

 

AP Chemistry, AP Biology, or AP Physics

 


 

 

 

ELECTIVES

3


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

World Language III or IV

 


 

 

ELECTIVES

1


 

 

 

Fine / Practical Arts

 


 

 

 

World Language IV or V

 


 

 






 

 

OTHER ELECTIVES

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 may be taken during either the fall or spring semester  .5 credit