January 21, 2015
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
On behalf of all the educators of Leland and Gray, we present the 2015-16 Program of Studies. This catalogue offers a wide array of compelling courses, both required and elective, that engage every student in an excellent secondary education. L&G’s course sequences in the core – English, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health, family/consumer science, and physical education – provide the foundation of well-rounded, critically-minded, collaboratively-orientated citizens of our country and the world.
One-third of all courses taken by high school students are based on choice, and we hope every upperclassman fills his or her day with elective choices to take the greatest advantage of a free, public education. Electives serve four distinct purposes. The first purpose is individual student passion. Some examples include students who rearrange their schedules to keep band; students who choose not to graduate early in order to take every science option offered; and students who start the next foreign language while completing the first. Oftentimes these students become so skilled that they aspire to leadership roles and compete for scholarships in the field, and become known as the whiz in the subject.
The second purpose is public school opportunity: electives expand the core. Here teachers’ backgrounds and professional connections help students delve deeper. Students hear about the class from staff or friends and decide to check it out; students become curious while reading the Program of Studies; or students sign up to fill their schedules. Whether or not this “accidental” study becomes a passion, students’ skill-set and knowledge base grows, and can be applied in unforeseen ways.
The third purpose is learning relationship: students hope to learn again with a specific teacher. Virtually every elective is taught by an L&G teacher with core classes. A bond is formed in the classroom, and devoted students jump at the chance to work again with him or her.
The fourth purpose is earning Dual Enrollment (DE) and Advanced Placement (AP) credits. Students save thousands of dollars by participating in many of the 17 DE courses and 7 of the AP courses taught at L&G. Students can earn the equivalent of three semesters at college and begin their postsecondary education as a sophomore.
Whichever the intent, students who fill their school-day with a wide variety of core and elective courses graduate exceptionally prepared to succeed in college and career opportunities, helping ensure a prosperous future. We encourage students to talk with their teachers, school counselor, parents, and other mentors to make the most of their education. Whether students plan to travel the world, remain close to home, or a little of both, a robust middle and high school program will take each student further than imagined. Speaking for all L&G educators: We are there to challenge, support, and nurture every student.
Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, Principal Melanie Zwolinski, Director of Student Services
Notes Regarding the 2015-16 Program of Studies
- In every subject area, not every elective course may be offered every year. Students who sign up for an elective that does not run due to low enrollment will be enrolled in another elective in that subject area.
- In English and mathematics for grades 7-11, support classes will be provided to students struggling with grade-level learning. English and math support courses meet every day or every other day, taught by a certified English or mathematics teacher. High school students earn elective credit for participation in support classes.
- Juniors and seniors who successfully complete Psychology, Introduction to Popular Culture, Military History, Economics, Algebra II, Probability and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Meteorology, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry may earn 3 college credits with the Community College of Vermont or another postsecondary institution. In foreign language levels III and IV, any high school student who earns a minimum final course grade of 85 will earn 3 college credit per course with the School for International Training.
- Some Advanced Placement courses run every year, while others run every other year, or as enrollment permits. AP English and Calculus are scheduled every year. AP Chemistry and AP Physics run alternately, as do AP US History and AP Biology. AP Art and Chinese are held with sufficient enrollment; otherwise students may enroll in these two courses as independent studies.
- All students who attend Advanced Placement courses are required to participate in the AP exam, unless the student has a compelling reason not to do so. If the student seeks exemption from this requirement, then s/he must present his/her reason(s) to the classroom teacher. The teacher writes a letter to approve or disapprove the request and gives it to the student and high school counselor. Earning a 3 or higher on the exam is the equivalent of 3 college credits.
- Additional information on the Program of Studies and Personal Learning Plans can be found on www.lelandandgray.org.
Leland and Gray Graduation Requirements
4.0 credits of English
3.0 credits of Mathematics, including Geometry
3.0 credits of Social Studies, including United States History (Classes of 2016 and 2017)
or including Early Global Expansion, European History, and United States History
(Classes of 2018 and 2019)
2.0 credits of Physical Education
1.0 credit of Art
0.5 credits of Health
8.5 credits in Electives
4.0 credits of Science, including Biology and Earth Science
26 credits required for high school graduation